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

Eddie Thorogood

Eddie died on 25 July 2022, aged 95. He joined as a boy soldier during WW2 and stayed as a regular until 1967, reaching the rank of Colour Sergeant. Eddie served in Korea and was a member of the NE London Korean Veterans.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Diana Home.

Diana, wife of Gos who died 2 years ago, was a huge supporter of our branch and will be much missed.

Diana, died early on the morning of Sunday 19 June.


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.


Fred passed away in January 2021 aged 86.

He served May 1952 - May 1955

March 1953 MMG Ptn. S.P. Coy Korea, Egypt and Regimental Police in the Sudan.


Fred was a huge supporter of Arsenal football club and knew the team and staff personally and was a keen fundraiser for them. In 2010 he helped raise £1000. He gave £250 to the War Wounded fund, £250 to the Regimental Museum Fund and £500 to the Branch funds of our Association.


Pictured here, back row, 2nd from the left.


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.


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


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