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

RONNIE MILLER

Ron, who died on Thursday 15th July 2021 aged 87, joined the Fusiliers in February 1952. By July of that year he was on his way to Hong Kong and then onto Korea.

In April 1953, while on patrol, Ron and three others he was with came under enemy  fire. One of his patrol, Stephen Gywn, was shot and killed, while Ron was taken prisoner.

His mother was sent a telegram informing her of her sons death, but was corrected within weeks of a another telegram saying he was captured.

Ron was released at the end of August 1953 and returned home to a street welcoming party later that year.

Ron was a regular at our reunions for many years until very recently when he struggled with the pain in his legs, and will be missed by his many friends at the Tower.

MAJOR (RETD) MAURICE FRENCH MBE

Maurice was commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers in 1950 and served with them on operations in Korea in 1952. He also served in 3RRF and the 11th Bn Kings African Rifles. He played a very active role in Regimental matters up to his late 80s. Having been the Chairman of the Trustees for the Fusilier Museum London and then staying on as a Trustee until very recently.

 

He was a staunch supporter of Mons commemoration. Being the nephew of Lt Maurice Dease VC, Royal Fusiliers, he was passionate in his efforts to ensure this WW1 action was commemorated annually.

 

Maurice’s family aim to hold a memorial service in London later in the year. Once details are known, they will be published. A full obituary will be published in the 2021 Fusilier Journal.

John Sparks

Johnny Sparks passed away on the 3rd February, our condolences to his family and friends. He was another of the regular crew that made our reunions so successful over the years.

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.

Pete Bateman

Pete Bateman passed on Friday 19th February while in hospital from a covid related illness.

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.

 

Major Gospatric Home

Gos Home died on Saturday 11th April 2020.

 

After reading Modern History at Oxford he was Commissioned as an officer into the Royal

Fusiliers whose 1st Battalion was already serving in Korea in 1953.

 

In 1964 Gos, along with a group of friends, put £64 into starting up a housing association to help those homeless or in poor housing. That association was called Quadrant and later became L&Q. He remained on the board until 2000. Today the company is a £35bn housing charity.

 

Gos became our chairman after the death of Col John Daniel in 2004 and then our President.

 

 

Left top: Gos and Diana Home

 

Left: Maj Gos Home on The Hook, Korea, 1953.

 

 

 

Jim Lawrence

Jim died on Friday 27th March 2020 after his cancer returned. He was 85.  Jim served 1953-55.

 

Jim was our Treasurer for many years until his health meant he needed to stand down. He was a collector of arms and weapons and built up a huge collection.

 

He and his wife Maureen supported our branch for so many years and will be much missed.

 

 

 

Members we lost in 2020

Tom Harland

Tom joined the Regiment in Osnabruk in 1963.

He served until 1978 in Sharjah, Gibraltar and Northern Ireland. Tom passed away on the 11th April 2020.

 

 

 

Stan Brown

Stan passed away a day after his 87th birthday on 18 May 2020. He was a Korean veteran, serving 1952-53.

 

He was a regular at our reunions and will be sadly missed by his many friends.

 

Stan Brown

Major General (Retd) Bryan Webster CB, CBE
General Bryan died overnight 9th/10th December 2019.

 

General Bryan was commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers in 1951 and served in Germany, Egypt, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and as a platoon commander in 1RF during the Korean War (1953).  He commanded the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 1971 and 73 and 8 Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland from 1975 to 77.  Subsequent staff posts included Director of Administrative Planning 1980-82 and Director Military Quartering 1982-86. 
He retired from the Army in 1986.

 

More detailed obituary here

 

Mr Robert Wallbanks

A proud member of the Fusilier family, Bob passed away on 21 January 2020.

Mr Brian Lowe

Brian died on Friday 3 January 2020. His funeral took place on Thursday 30 January at 1pm at Eastbourne Crematorium.

Mr Jim Jasper

Korean veteran James passed away on 29 December 2019, he was 88. His funeral was held on Friday 17 January 2020.

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

 

The White Hackle editor

Rob Crowley

2 Keswick Road,
West Wickham, Kent BR4 9AT

Tel: 07702 008446

rob@crowleydesign.co.uk