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.
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?
We're now on Twitter!
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The 75th anniversary of VE Day was marked rather differently than was planned. He's Johnny Ringwood doing his best Churchill impression. Once a Fusilier always a fusilier.
Anzac Day 2020
Anzac Day 2020 was unlike any other before. Usually war memorials would be packed with people, young and old, remembering the fallen.
Under lockdown, this wasn't possible to do that this weekend.
Peter Harris, who lives in New Zealand, explained to us that this year households were asked to pay their respects at their front gates at 6am.
Also, they could place a large poppy (photo on the right) on their post boxes.
Below: A wall for Anzac Day in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The bad news continues as we have to announce the very sad news that Gos Home died on Saturday 11 April after complications from heart surgery. He was 87 years old.
Gos served in Korea in 1953 and in later years became our branch Chairman and then President.
He and his wife Diana organised very successful trips to Monte Cassino in recent years.
Our thoughts are with Di and their family.
Gos and Diana Home. Gos in Korea 1953
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.
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.
Very sad news that Stan Brown has passed away. He died a day after his 87th birthday, 18 May. Stan was a Korean vet, serving 1952-53. He was a regular at our reunions and will be sadly missed by his many friends.
We are very sad to hear of the passing of Jim Lawrence.
Jim died on Friday 27 March after a long illness. Jim was 85. 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.
Maj Gen Bryan Webster CB, CBE
Maj Gen Bryan Webster
CB CBE passed away on Monday 9 December 2019 surrounded by his family.
More details to follow.
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.
Due to this crisis, all reunions and other functions have been cancelled until further notice.
We send our best wishes to all our members. Stay safe.
Mondement Tour 2019
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.
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