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

Fusiliers Korean War Memorial Service

July 22nd 2021

 

The annual event to pay respect to those of our comrades who did not return from that bloody conflict was held at St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn, London on the 22nd of July.  Twenty one veterans, widows and supporters attended the service.  We were honoured by the attendance of the Republic of Korean Defence Attache Captain (Navy) Jihoon Kim and Mrs Kim.  We were fortunate in that RHQ under the control of Major Mick McCarthy  and our TA battalion were proactive in their support.

 

This brought some key refinements to the whole proceedings in that instead of Last Post being a recording we had six buglers under the guidance of Drum Major Colin Ashton who played The Last Post and Reveille with such aplomb which would put the Royal Marines Band to shame.

 

The Padre Rev Nick Mottershead conducted the service, Colonel Mike Dudding read the lesson.  Mike Mogridge read a short memories of Korea which brought back recollections of the unpleasant period the Regiment spent during the monsoons on hill 355.  Outside the church by the plaque naming the fallen Mick McCarthy recited the Epitaph and the Kohima address whilst Captain Kim and Drum Major Colin Ashton laid wreaths.

 

Peter Galloway and Dave Leggit carried the Regimental Standard with the usual expertise after which our good friends the London Black Cab drivers took us back to the Tower for an excellent lunch courtesy of Major Mick and RHQ.

 

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

Secretary

Ray O'Brien

5 Ashurst Drive, Worth, Crawley,

West Sussex RH10 7FS

Tel: 07988 833944

Email: rayobn1@gmail.com

 

President

Colonel M J Dudding OBE TD DL

 

Chairman

Lieutenant Colonel K W Kiddie

Treasurer

George Rose

36 Maryfield Close, Bexley,
Kent DA5 2HY

Tel: 01322 550285

 

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