Fusiliers Association

1st Bn Royal Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (London) Branch of the Fusiliers Association

Doug Wainwright

Doug passed away 9 December 2017 after a long illness.


He served 1952-54 in ‘C’ Company and included Korea along with Japan, Hong Kong and Egypt.


Doug and his wife June were regulars at reunions and our thoughts are with her.

John Sheldon

The Association was very sad to hear of the passing of its former chairman John Sheldon. John died on Sunday 3rd December 2017 after a long illness.


John became our chairman shortly after the death of John Daniels in 2003 and served the Association in this role until 2014.


Lt Sheldon served 1955-57, which included Suez, after being stationed at Dover.


Our thoughts are with his wife Manya.


Lieutenant Colonel George Pettifar MBE

Lieutenant Colonel George Pettifar MBE, a former Regimental Area Secretary for London and member of the Royal Fusiliers Association, passed away on 18 December 2017.  He had been an active Fusilier for 52 years from boy soldier to Lieutenant Colonel and was a very well respected member of the Fusilier family.  Very close to his 90th birthday he passed away in the Royal Surrey Hospital.

Peter Russell

Peter, who died aged 84, served 1952-53 in Germany and Korea.

Frederick Rye

Died 21st July.  He was a Korean Veteran.


After training he was posted  to 1 RF in Germany where he was stationed for 18 months. He was sent to Korea in 1952 and served with the Bn on active service on Operation PIMLICO.


He was wounded and in the MASH for about a month.

Back in the Bn he was employed guarding UN prisoners, not prisoners-of-war, but British soldiers who were to be sent to prisons back in the UK.

Lawrence Gibbins

Jim Fox

Jim Fox passed away on 20th May 2017 aged 96.


He was born 25th July 1920 and served in the second world war.

'B' coy 12th Btn 4th Indian Division 5 Brigade

Hounslow 1937, 2nd Btn 1938. 1st Egypt. Sudan, Eritria,  Agordat Keren. April 1941 Western Desert

Syria, Iraq, Trantot, Italy.


He left the Battalion at Pescara, Italy.

Edward (Ted) Albert Brian Buckle

Ted Buckle passed away on the 19th of April 2017. Ted, who was 83, served with 1st Bn RF, 1951-1953.


His funeral was at 
St. Mary's Church,
Church Hill, Tatsfield, Surrey, TN16 2JX on 8th May 2017.

Bob Riley

On 25 March WO2 Bob Riley, ex 1st and 3rd Battalion and Queens Royal Surreys passed away.


Bob commenced his service as a National Serviceman enlisting into the Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment.


His funeral will took place on 11 April  at Sunderland Crematorium, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR4 7RS.

Gordon Russell

Died 14 December 2016, aged 83.

Gordon joined in 1952, D Company based at the Tower of London and saw active service in Korea.

He attended many reunions and was a keen member of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Lawrence Gibbins

Lawrie Gibbins  sadly passed away on 16th June 2017 in Malaga, Spain where he had lived for the past 32 years. He was 85.


Lawrie served  September 1949 –  September 1954. He was based at the Tower of London and also spent time in Berlin and BAOR.


He fought in Korea where he was injured after being blown up which broke his neck as well as getting shrapnel in his leg and foot. He spent 3 months in Japan for medical treatment and R&R.


He married Solange, who is Swiss, and they had two daugthers, Nathalie and Laura-Jane. He also had Nigel and Suzanne from his first marriage.


Left: Lawrie at the Fusilier memorial in Holborn and Right: A young Lawrie in uniform.



Lawrence Gibbins

Bert Mayle

Bert Mayle sadly passed away on 27 June 2017.

Around 400 people attended the funeral of Bert at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Many had travelled long distances to pay their last respects to a lovely man and a fine Fusilier.

After the service at Chelsea, a private family service was held followed by refreshments in Surrey. More images here.

Bert was an extremely well known Fusilier in London. He served with 2RF, 1RF, 8RF and 5RRF. For a number of years he was the caretaker at Fusilier House in Balham.

Bert ended his years in uniform as an

In-Pensioner at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.


Left: Bert with former speaker of the House, Betty Boothroyd.

Major General David Woodford CBE

Major General David Woodford CBE, died on Thursday 6th April 2017, following a long illness.


He was originally commissioned as a Royal Fusilier in the 1950s and served in Korea. He went on to command 3rd Bn RRF 1970-1972 in Gibraltar and Colchester, including two roulemont tours in Northern Ireland.


He was appointed Deputy Colonel of the RRF for Lancashire from 1977-1982 and was Colonel of the Regiment RRF 1982-1986.


In December 2013, David wrote an article for the The White Hackle newsletter recalling his time in Berlin after the Second World War, where he met Rudolph Hess in Spandau Prision. A pdf of the article can be found here.

1st Bn Royal Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (London) Branch of the Fusiliers Association


Capt. John Davis

16 Grebe Close, Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 4BY

Tel: 07752 384320

Email: jonpudavis@googlemail.com



Colonel M J Dudding OBE TD DL



Lieutenant Colonel K W Kiddie


George Rose

36 Maryfield Close, Bexley,
Kent DA5 2HY

Tel: 01322 550285


The White Hackle editor

Rob Crowley

2 Keswick Road,
West Wickham, Kent BR4 9AT

Tel: 07702 008446