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

Fusiliers Korean War Memorial Service

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, Holborne, 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.

Appeal for Korean War Artefacts

The Memorial Hall in Pusan Cemetery in Korea are asking for artefacts relating to the Korean War from all nations who took part in the conflict.

Mr Alan Guy MBE, Korean Liaison Officer of the BKVA has been asked to appeal to veterans and their families for anything that can be donated. Typical items would be weaponry, items of uniform, medals or replica medals, photographs or copies of photos, letters to home, cap badges, shoulder flashes, Christmas menus, shell cases, propaganda leaflets etc. please ask yourselves what will happen to your own artefacts after you have gone?


If you can help in any way, please contact
Mr Guy at 28 Foxlake Road, Byfleet,

Surrey KT14 7PW.

Email: a.guy2@ntlworld.com

All donations will be acknowledged

Depot RF rifle shooting team 1955

Peter Harris, who now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, sent in this fine photograph from 1955. He writes that the names are: Back row: Sgt Jones RAEC, Fus Bird, Capt Marriott, Sgt Hooper and CSM Hopton

Front row: Fus (later Cpl) Springle but the next two we are struggling for names. Do you know? If so, get in touch!

Click on the photo to enlarge.

Click here to read more about Peter Harris.


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


Ray O'Brien

5 Ashurst Drive, Worth, Crawley,

West Sussex RH10 7FS

Tel: 07988 833944

Email: rayobn1@gmail.com



Colonel M J Dudding OBE TD DL



Lieutenant Colonel K W Kiddie


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Kent DA5 2HY

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