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.
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 2021 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?
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We hope that all our members aged over 70 have now had their first jab. If you haven't, then please contact your GP. The sooner we all have these the sooner we can back to some sort of normal...and maybe, just maybe, we can get back to having reunions at the Tower and meeting up again very soon.
Be safe, take care
Major Anthony (Tony) Murly-Gotto
It is with sadness that I must report the death on 2nd February 2021 of Major Tony Murly Gotto after a long and brave battle against cancer. Tony served with the 1st Bn Royal Fusiliers and the SAF Oman before retiring to a career in the City.
The funeral will be a private family affair and it is planned to hold a memorial service in the Summer, present restrictions permitting.
Gos Home, with wife Diana
2020 will be remembered for Covid19 and lockdowns, but it was also a very sad year as we lost a number of close friends from the Fusilier family.
Gos Home, a former chairman and president of our branch died over Easter. Jim Lawrence, our former long serving treasurer died after a long illness, and Stan Brown, a familiar face at our reunions for so many years also died in Spring.
Jim Jasper, a Korean vet like Gos and Stan, passed away at the very end of last year.
We also lost Brian Lowe, Robert Wallbanks, Michael Weller and Tom Harland.
Our thoughts are with their families at this special time of year.
The White Hackle
In a year in which very little happened, social wise, we still had a reunion earlier in the year and a tour to the Marne. The 2020 newsletter was posted out before Christmas and we hope you enjoy the read.
The 75th anniversary of VE Day was marked rather differently than was planned. Here's Johnny Ringwood doing his best Churchill impression. Once a Fusilier always a fusilier.
Reunion dates for 2021
No dates have yet been agreed upon for next year, but once the new vaccine starts to work on the virus hopefully we can start planning for events, hopefully late Spring/Summer.
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.
Despite the travel restrictions the annual association pilgrimage to Mondement went ahead and was another great success, superbly organised by Richard Adams.
Staying in a friendly private hotel in the Champagne region with wonderful weather.
More details of this trip appear in the latest newsletter The White Hackle.
Mondement Tour 2020
Geoffrey (Jim) Newell
Jim passed away on 18 January 2021 of Covid, 2 days after his 89th birthday.
Jim joined the 1st Bn. Royal Fusiliers in 1951.
He served in Korea and was injured in Operation Pimlico.
He was one of the last survivors to retreat from what he recollected was Kin Gong ridge, where he thought they were ‘the last four’ to retreat along with L/Cpl Clark and Fusilier Bromley and Fusilier Hodkinson.
As a result of the action he was Mentioned In Despatches. He never spoke of his time in Korea, until the last few months before he passed, other than to say he was a ‘bren gunner’, he got blown up, and woke up in hospital.
All of his family and friends, and drinking buddies at the local British Legion and Association will miss him.
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