Our Heroes At Rest
Whilst serving

They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them

Once a Fusilier Always a Fusilier

The last Battalion photo of 2nd Bn The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Killed off no murdered by our own Government August 2014
(this act of treason by Cameron, Hammond and General Wall)
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SPECIAL ORDER OF THE DAY - THE SECOND BATTALION THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF FUSILIERS

At 1600 hours (BST) on Tuesday 5 August 2014 in Alexander Barracks, Cyprus, the Regimental Flag of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be lowered for the last time. This will be a quiet ceremony where those remaining in the 2nd Battalion and their families will gather to pay their respects to the passing into history of a great Battalion. They will remember those members of the Battalion who have lost their lives in the service of their Queen and Country, and the family members of the 2nd Battalion who died in an IRA terrorist attack in England. They will not be forgotten, and neither will the 2nd Battalion. The 2nd Battalion has served with courage in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. When it was announced they were to merge with the 1st Battalion they were a fully manned unit, training for deployment to Afghanistan as the Theatre Reserve Battalion. The refrain 'ours is not to reason why…' may never have been more apposite.

All members of the 2nd Battalion have now been relocated, with 224 moving to the 1st Battalion and the remainder distributed amongst other Infantry Regiments, the largest cohort going to the PWRR.

The Colonel in Chief and the Colonel of the Regiment wish all members of the 2nd Battalion good luck and send their deepest appreciation for their outstanding contribution to the security and defence of our great Nation. Never found wanting, they faced every challenge and danger with courage, steadfastness, resolve, pride and an iron will to win against all odds; that is what being a Fusilier is all about. They will serve their new Battalions and Regiments in the same manner and show what being a Second Fusilier meant.

The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor MBE, has issued the following special order of the day for Tuesday 5 August 2014:

"Today we will lower the Regimental Flag of the Second Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for the last time. Tomorrow our handover to 2 PWRR will be complete and our role as the Cyprus Operations Battalion will come to an end. On 31st August 2014, the Second Fusiliers will be removed from the Army's Order of Battle. As we lower the flag this evening, we can reflect on a job well done; both in Cyprus over the last 2 years and since our formation on St George's Day in 1968. We are an operationally proven, robust and highly professional infantry battalion. We can hold our heads high and take great pride in our achievements. Since 1968 we have done much to honour our great forbearer regiments. Each of them has an exceptional place in military history and set a fine example for us to follow. The Second Fusiliers have an equally proud history that will stand the scrutiny of time. In our 46 years we have conducted successful operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Second Fusiliers will long be remembered for the dignity and forbearance its soldiers have shown in the face of every adversity, and for its record of success on operations and in barracks. The last year has been no exception. As the Regimental Flag is lowered this evening, you can be rightly proud that we pass into history at the top of our game. You will not falter in your new battalions if you take the spirit and ethos of the Second Fusiliers with you. We now hand the baton to the First Fusiliers. They inherit our legacy of distinguished service and will be richer for it. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier!"


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Fusilier Tony Emery

2nd Bn Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Killed in a road traffic accident in Bolton
6th January 2014
with kind permission of Deborah Emery
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Fusilier Lee (Riggers) Rigby

2nd Bn Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
brutally Murdered on the streets Woolwich, London
whilst recruiting at our RHQ The Tower of London
22nd May 2013
with kind permission from Rebecca Rigby and Lynn Rigby
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Updated 29th March 2015


Fusilier David Lee Collins

2nd Bn Royal Regt of Fusiliers
Killed outside a club in Cyprus
4th November 2012
with kind permission from Lisa Minott
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Ex ASKARI THUNDER, in Kenya 2011
Fusiliers James Wilkinson

killed on training exersice
26th November 2011

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Our Afghanistan Heroes
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Our Heroes Killed on
Op Telic Iraq

The Wall at The Arboretum

Fus K J Turrington

1RRF
6th April 2003
aged 18

Fus D A Meade

2 RRF
5th September 2005
aged 20

Fus S R Manning

2RRF
5th September 2005
aged 23

Sgt J P Jones

1RRF
20th November 2005
aged 31


Op Desert Storm
Liberation of Kuwait
August 1990 - July 1991
all
3rd Bn Royal Regt of Fusiliers

A USAF A-10 'Warthog' tank buster attacked two Warrior IFVs of the 4th Armoured Brigade killing nine of the British troops inside including 7 Fusiliers

Fus Lee Thompson, 19,

Fus Stephen Satchell, 18,


Fus Conrad Cole, 17

Fus Paul Atkinson,19.



Fus Richard Gillespie.



Fus Kevin Leech, 20.


Fus Alexander Bunney,20.



Our Heroes Killed in
Northern Ireland
Under their names are the Trees and Plaques at the Arboretum

Major Jeremy Snow
2RRF
8th Dec 1971
aged 35
Fus Terry Neil Thomas
2RRF
25th Jan 1972
Pte Michael Prime (RAPC)
3RRF
16th Feb 1972
aged 18

Fus Kenneth Canham
2RRF
14th Jul 1972
aged 24

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Fus Alan Tingey
2RRF
23rd Aug 1972
aged 25

L/Cpl John Davis
3RRF
15th Sept 1972
aged 22

Cpl Derek Napier
2RRF
9th Aug 1973
aged 32

Fus Charles Marchant
3RRF
9th April 1973
aged 18

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Cpl Clifford Haughton
2RRF
4th Feb 1974
aged 22

Fus Jack Hynes
2RRF
4th Feb 1974
aged 19


L/Cpl James McShane
2RRF
4th Feb 1974
aged 28



Fus Stephen Whalley
2RRF
7th Feb 1974
aged 18

Fus Anthony Simmons
1RRF
15th Nov 1974
aged 19

Cpl David Llewellyn
3RRF
18th Sept 1975
aged 21

Cpl Edward Gleeson
3RRF
9th Oct 1975
aged 28

Sgt Simon Francis
3RRF
21st Nov 1975
aged 29


Fus James Duncan
3RRF
22nd Nov 1975
aged 19

Fus Peter McDonald
3RRF
22nd Nov 1975
aged 19

Fus Michael Sampson
3RRF
22nd Nov 1975
aged 20


Cpl Donald Traynor
3RRF
30th Mar 1976
aged 28


Fusilier G W Foxall
2RRF
16th June 1980:



Fus Thomas Foxall
2RRF
19th Jun 1980
aged 18

Cpl Phillip Barker
1RRF
25th Jan 1981
aged 25

L/Cpl Wayne Makin
3RRF
3rd Jan 1983

aged 22

Cpl Thomas Agar
1RRF
18th May 1984
aged 35

L/Cpl Robert Huggins
1RRF
18th May 1984
aged 29

Click here to see the family laying flowers at the foot of the tree

L/Cpl Peter Gillimore
1RRF
18th Oct 1984
aged 27

Fus Andrew Grundy
2RRF
1st May 1992
aged 22

Cpl Terence O'Neil
3RRF
25th May 1991
aged 44


L/Cpl Michael Beswick
2RRF
9th Feb 1993
aged 21


Families Killed M62 Coach Bomb
Mrs Linda Haughton

2RRF
4th Feb 1974
aged 22
Master Lea Haughton

2RRF
4th Feb 1974
aged 5
Master Robert Haughton

2RRF
4th Feb 1974
aged 2

 

M62 Memorial Parade 2009
Click here to see the refurbished M62 Memorial 2011
Taken in June 2009
The new M62 Memorial Plaque
on the
Oldham Cenotaph,
Poppy Walk,
Oldham

Prayer for the Day Radio 4
Fri, 04 Feb 2011

with the Revd. Simon Doogan.

GOOD MORNING
Growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1970’s there were 40 miles of M1, 30 miles of M2 and that was just about it. I’ll never forget 'crossing the water' for the first time and discovering not only that motorways on the 'big island' had long since made it into double figures
but that they had three lanes rather than two! I’ve ticked off many of those 'M numbers' in the years since then but there’s one I have yet to chalk up and it etched itself on the national consciousness precisely 36 years ago today.

'Off duty' soldiers and their families were travelling on the M62 from Manchester, after a weekend break. They were on their way to an army base in Catterick, North Yorkshire, when a suspected IRA bomb exploded on their coach. Twelve of the occupants were killed, including two young children.

Lots of things move me to pray about the M62 coach bombing. There’s the innocence of the twelve people who died and their families. There’s the guilt of the perpetrators who have yet to be brought to justice. There’s the years of relative peace ushered in since 1997, by a welcome succession of ceasefires and yet what strikes me most forcefully is that I was four years old in 1974 when that bus exploded and before today I’d never even heard of it.
.PRAYER
Lord, so much in life passes us by, like traffic on the fast lane of a motorway. Make us grateful today for all those who -- like your Son --
have borne the pain of evil and wickedness for no good reason
than to expose the futility
of what they had to suffer.
Amen


24128004 Cpl Ron G Wade ,

Died in service 21 May 1984

Buried at Hipswell Cemetery.

R Warks Fus .1967-1968, 2 RRF 1968-1984.




A Poem
" A Soldier Died Today "

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