We are very sad to hear of the passing of Jim Lawrence.
Jim died on Friday 3 April after a long illness. He was our branch treasurer for many years and he, along with his wife Maureen, were regulars at our functions.
We send our love to Maureen and the family.
Due to this crisis, our reunion due on April 17th and our Annual Dinner due on Friday May 15th have both been cancelled.
We will update future events on this site.
We send our best wishes to all our members. Stay safe.
It is with sadness that Captain John Davis has had to stand down from the post of our branch secretary at our AGM. John, who has given outstanding service over the last decade to our branch, has been in poor health and feels he can no longer provide the time and commitment to the post that it requires.
Our chairman, Col Kiddie, thanked John Davis for his service, which was also appreciated by all of the members present. We wish John the very best for the future and hope to see him back at the Tower soon.
Appeal for Korean War Artefacts
The Memorial Hall in Pusan Cemetery in Korea are asking for artefacts relating to the Korean War. Can you help?
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At our AGM on Friday 7 February the members unanimously elected Mr Ray O'Brien to be only our third secretary in nearly forty years.
We wish Ray well in taking the branch into the new decade. He will now be your point of contact, his details are below.
Our annual Dinner is a another great success
The annual association pilgrimage to Mondement was another great success, superbly organised by Richard Adams.
This year's tour to commemorate the 1st Battle of the Marne in 1914 was better than ever. Staying in a friendly private hotel in the Champagne region with wonderful weather, it's not surprising this tour is always fully booked. More details of this trip appear in the latest newsletter The White Hackle.
Mondement Tour 2019
The last reunion in 2019, was held in our wonderful association room at The Tower of London.
Even with poor weather the turn out was superb and it was a pleasure to welcome two new members.
The Terry Crowley memorial dinner held at the Tower on Saturday 18th May was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all. Above is our President Col Mike Dudding (left) and our former President Maj Gos Home. Standing behind them is Johnny Ringwood who looked extremely well after his recent illness. Good to have you back Johnny! More photos and details here
Joe Hill celebrated his 90th birthday on the 28th November.
Many happy returns Joe!
Hope to see you and Marie at the annual dinner next year.
A short history of the Royal Fusiliers between 1945 and 1968 is to be written as that period has never been adequately covered.
A professional editor and author, Mr. David Martin, will work with designated overseers of chapters. All members of the Association are invited to contribute a short word or two about an amusing or interesting event in that time frame.
THIS IS NOW CANCELLED
Reunion dates for 2020
The next reunion at the Tower will be Friday 17th April 2020, starting at 7pm.
Full 2020 dates on Events page.
Welcome to our website and hope that you find it interesting and informative. Although this Association was originally started for ex 1st Bn servicemen (hence the White Hackle), we warmly welcome both serving and former members of RRF to our wonderful Association room at HM Tower of London.
If you are still not a member then this is your chance to find old friends and to make new ones.
The Association has five reunions a year, all at the Tower of London, along with a special reunion for Korean veterans. See the events page for 2020 diary dates.
Our well supported reunions at The Tower of London are the backbone of the Association.
A special Vintage lunch (over 80's) is also held in September.
5 Ashurst Drive, Worth, Crawley,
West Sussex RH10 7FS
Tel: 07988 833944
Colonel M J Dudding OBE TD DL
Lieutenant Colonel K W Kiddie
36 Maryfield Close, Bexley,
Kent DA5 2HY
Tel: 01322 550285
The White Hackle editor
2 Keswick Road,
West Wickham, Kent BR4 9AT
Tel: 07702 008446