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

Lt Col. Mike Kelly OBE

Served 1952 – 1988, 1RF, 1 Para, 1RRF, 6RRF


Mike enlisted at the Tower of London in 1952 and was commissioned from RMA Sandhurst into the Royal Fusiliers in 1954. He commanded 6 platoon, B Coy in 1954-55 in Sudan, 1956-57 Egypt. In 1957 he joined 1 Para in Cyrus and Jordan before rejoining 1 RF to command D Coy in Malta.


His career took him to Germany, Sharjah and North Africa before becoming Assistant Defence Adviser to High Commissioner to Canada in 1968, before special company command in Northern Ireland with 1RRF.


After he retired from the army in 1988 he took a role as Technical Manager Mortar Systems with Royal Ordnance and British Aerospace until 1990. He then became Marketing Manager for Armtec covering Europe, Middle East and South Africa before retiring in 2012.


Mike was awarded the OBE for securing the sale of mortars and ammunition to the USA which secured hundreds of jobs and realised hundreds of millions of pounds.


Mike married Veronica in 1960 and they had 3 children. Veronica died in 2012. In the 1980s Mike was our branch chairman, it was during this time that our membership started to grow in the hundreds and laid the foundation for a successful branch that brought so many old friends into contact again.


Lt Col Michael Kelly OBE 30th September 1930 – 2nd January 2023


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