There has been no News from the Tower for sometime due to pressure of work, but Lancashire HQ has been sending in their news so we are going to put it on as a replacement for the time being as
News from Lancashire HQ
by
Col Mike Glover

LANCASHIRE HEADQUARTERS NOTES FUSILIER NEWS
November 2010

Poppy Appeal Launch Manchester. St Peter's Square in the centre of Manchester witnessed the launch of the 2010 Manchester Poppy Appeal. The media event starred the Lancashire Fusilier tram supported by serving and retired Fusiliers. The event was organised by Denis Laverick from the Association and included Scot Knowles from Friends of Fusiler Museum the suitably dressed as a 1918 Lancashire Fusilier, Lance Corporal Wayne Traynor and Fusilier Wormald who were allowed to come down from Holcombe Moor for the day. Major Mike MacDonald was also present with Pete and Ann Annis



Collection Trust Meeting.

Trustees of the Lancashire Fusilier and Royal Regiment of Fusilier Collections meet twice a year. The Trustees are responsible to the Charity Commission and are appointed to ensure that the regimental heritage collections held in Bury are in good order and are being managed effectively by the Fusilier Museum Company. It is important to remember that the collections do not belong to the Fusilier Museum, they remain the responsibility of the Trust who loan heritage material to the Museum.
Past and Present TA Dinner.

The Fusilier Platoon from the Castle Armoury organised and ran an excellent dinner in the TA Centre. The Past and Present Dinner was attended by over 100 guests including members of the TA from before 1968 to Fusiliers only recently returned from Afghanistan. Guests included Colonel Brian Gorski and the Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Kennedy. Entertainment was provided by the Fusilier Corps of Drums in Lancashire and was much appreciated. The evening also provided an opportunity for the Platoon to say farewell and thank Sergeant Martin Jones. It was quite clear that the Fusilier Platoon continues to punch above its weight. The Platoon is well recruited with solid community support, excellent facility in the Castle Armoury, its own band to call upon and active support from the AHQ. Undoubtedly, in this day and age, the chances of returning to a fusilier company are slim but on this performance the chances of forming another platoon in Bury are good.


The Dinner Sgt Jones

Sgt Jones

AMOT Conference.

The annual Army Museum Ogilby Trust Conference in London during the month. It was well attended with a good Fusilier turnout form our respective regimental museums. The focus of attention was the much anticipated keynote speech given by Lieutenant General Mark Mans CBE the Adjutant General. He made it clear that no firm decisions had been made with regard to the future of regimental museums and regimental headquarters. He announced that there would be a study into museum that would report in March 2011 to be implemented in April. Following AG's presentation it was clear from the audience that there was some concern that museums would be reviewed independently from regimental/area headquarters which in effect would reduce the impact and importance of both.
Self Help. As we are all aware money is tight at present, therefore self help and volunteers have never been more important. Volunteers contribute thousands of pounds of value to the Museum/Headquarters and it is the Ministry of Defence that ultimately benefits. The restoration of the large display cabinet situated outside the Area Secretary's office is a case in point. Restoration of this cabinet, inherited with the building, was estimated to cost in the region of £3,000. The cabinet has been successfully renovated through a combination of money raised through the sale of the old cabinets from Wellington Barracks and the hard work of one volunteer namely Elizabeth Glover the wife of the Area Secretary who spent two weekends cleaning out and painting the cabinet. Colonel Brian Gorski is also getting in on the act and has made cloth covered boards to be fitted inside


Before

After


SSAFA Big Brew.

The SSAFA welfare team are collocated with the Fusilier Association in the Museum Building and this year held their big Brew fundraising event the Fusilier Museum Café. The event was well attended and included a visit from the Mayor of Bury Councillor John Byrne


Councillor John Byrne Mayor of Bury at SSAFA Big Brew

Army Careers Exhibition Altcar.

At the beginning of October a Fusilier a Museum/Headquarters team deployed for a week to Altcar Training Camp near Southport on the Lancashire coastline. Altcar Training Camp was the focus for the Army Careers Exhibition North West which by the end of the week had seen 14,000 children and cadets from 140 schools. The aim of the team was to explain to schools the importance of regimental heritage and the contribution it can make to education in schools. The display was well received and if the event is funded next year we will be there again.


Helen Field and Fusilier Museum Stand


Fusilier Team at Army Careers Exhibition Altcar

LANCASHIRE FORECAST OF EVENTS

Fusilier Memorial Service, Bury.
Date. 11 November 2010.
Timings. Parade 1030hrs.
Location. Fusilier Memorial, Gallipoli Garden, Bury.
Contact. Fusilier Museum 0161 763 8951

Visit to Freedom Mayors Bury, Rochdale and Salford.
Date. 12 November 2010.
Details. Colonel Lancashire to pay official visit to all Freedom Mayors.

Museum Company Board Meeting, Bury.
Date. 12 November 2010
Timings. Commencing at 1300hrs.
Location. Gallipoli Room, Lancashire Headquarters.

Inkerman Dinner, Bury.
Date, 12 November 2010
Timings. 1930 for 2000hrs.
Location. Gallipoli Room, Lancashire Headquarters.
Details. Invitations have been sent out
Contact. Lancashire Headquarters, 0161 763 8969.


Ultimate Cage Championship, Manchester.
Date. 12 November 2010.
Timings. 1930hrs to2230hrs.
Location. The Ritz, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ.
Details. Paul Wadsworth is doing the "Manchester Ground N Pound" in honour of Sgt Simon Valentine. Tickets, £30 unreserved, £50 reserved and going fast. All money raised to the Fusilier Aid Society.
Contact Paul Wadsworth on 07966 021395.

Fusilier Christmas Dinner, Stockport.
Date. 4 December 2010.
Contact. Ron Owen, Oldham Branch of the Fusilier Association

Christmas Disco, Salford.
Date. 18 December 2010.
Timings. 1930hrs-2330hrs.
Location. The Royal Arms, Cadishead.
Details. In aid of, the Simon Annis Appeal for the Fusilier Aid Society.
Contact. Ann Annis on 07892 794257.

Fusilier Reunion, Bury.
Date. 18 December 2010,
Timings. Starting at 1900hrs.
Location. Bury Football Club Gigg Lane.
Contact. Paul Wadsworth, Paul Williams, Spud Taylor(ex 2RRF) or Carol Valentine.

Spion Kop Commemoration, Bury
Date: 24 January 2011
Timings. 1045hrs at the
Location: Boer War Memorial, Whitehead Park
Contact. AHQ Lancs 0161 763 8969


LANCASHIRE HEADQUARTERS NOTES FUSILIER NEWS
December 2010


November has been an interesting month for the Headquarters. It started with the routine meetings and conferences generated by usual regimental activity and ended with a media scrum including TV, radio and newspapers generated by the discovery of several bodies of First World War soldiers in Belgium


Armistice Day Ceremony. The month commenced with the Collection Trust Meeting, which was closely followed by the Regimental Council Meeting in London. For the second year a short service took place at the Fusilier Monument in Gallipoli Garden on Armistice Day and although this is a private service it attracted many members of the public. For those Coronation Street fans out there, the citation was read by Jenny McAlpine who plays the character "Fizz." Jenny is very much part of the Regimental family as her grandfather served in the "LFs."

Remembrance Weekend.
The Remembrance Weekend started on the Friday with the usual courtesy visit to our Freedom Mayors in Bury, Rochdale and Salford. The afternoon was occupied with the Fusilier Museum Company Board Meeting followed by the Inkerman Dinner. The Inkerman Dinner was well attended with 32 sitting down to dinner. Guests included the Mayor of Bury, Councillor John Byrne, Brigadier Bill Aldridge CBE, Commander 42 (NW) Bde, Colonel Les Webb TD Commandant Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Kennedy Commanding Officer 4th Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. Saturday saw the Lancashire Area Council Meeting in the morning and in the afternoon; Colonel Brian Gorski was a guest of the Directors of Bury Football Club at Gigg Lane. On Sunday Colonel Lancashire attended the Remembrance Sunday service and parade in Rochdale. Following the parade Colonel Brian together with the Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Zulfiqar Ali presented the second Elizabeth Cross Memorial Scroll to Julia Heath, niece of Corporal Terry O'Neill.



Oldham Branch Christmas Dinner.

You know that the Christmas season has started when the Oldham branch dinner takes place. The dinner well attended as ever with 220 sitting down to dinner. On behalf of all those that attended I would like to thank Ron Owen and his dedicated team for putting the event together. There is also a special thanks to Colonel Brian Gorski who at the last minute was able to put a very effective state of the nation speech together. (I think that the Regimental Secretary owes him a good malt whiskey!)

The Fusilier Drums light show

First World War Bodies.

Finally the bodies of six British soldiers of the First World War have recently been excavated in Belgium. The site of the excavation is in an area south of Ypres in the vicinity of Ploegsteert close to the village of le Touquet. The discovery was the result of an archaeological dig directed by Emmanuel Bril, a French archaeologist with considerable experience of excavating the Western Front. The Regiment has been connected to Emmanuel Bril and his team for many years. It was Emmanuel and his team who were responsible for excavation the bodies of Harry Wilkinson (2000) and Richard Lancaster (2006) of the 2nd Battalion the Lancashire Fusiliers (2LF).


The circumstances surrounding their deaths were that in the autumn of 1914, 2LF was moved to this area to stem the German advance. On the 17th October 2LF formed part of a brigade operation to take and hold le Touquet. The operation lasted till the evening of October 22nd October when the battalion was relieved. During four days of incessant fighting the battalion lost 30 killed, 69 wounded and seven missing. Of the 30 killed, three are recorder as:
"Believed lying under the culvert on Railway N. E. of Le Touquet Station."
The three are named as:
1412, Sergeant Edgar Matthew Parkinson, of Rusholme Manchester
1596, Private Henry Pulford, of Bradford Manchester
9054, Private James Rowan, of Wigan Lancashire


All three are recorded as having been killed on the 20th October 1914. Unusually the regimental diary has a specific entry relating to Sgt Parkinson and Pte Pulford:
"Our machine gun, worked by Sergeant Parkinson, Private Pulford, Private Lynn and Private Yates, did wonders. The two first named were unfortunately sniped by two consecutive shots during the action. Both had done splendid work from August 25th till the moment they fell."


It is worth noting that Private John Lynn would later be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and the Victoria Cross (VC) in May 1915 for using his machine gun to stop a German attack.


Unfortunately the excavation has not turned up any identity disks and therefore at this stage the bodies cannot be positively identified. However two of the bodies have been found with Lancashire Fusilier cap badges, two with Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment cap badges and two with nothing. Throughout this period the Kings Own were operating alongside the Lancashire Fusiliers which is why Kings Own bodies were also excavated in the area.


To identify the Lancashire Fusilier casualties an appeal has been made to the public for relatives of Parkinson, Pulford and Rowan to come forward. To date a nephew of Sergeant Parkinson has been found and a local historian has located the Pulford family. There is still a considerable amount of work to be done. In the meantime MoD's Joint Compassionate and Casualty Centre (JCCC) will attempt to find any remaining personal records at the National Archive which would show physical detail including height. Once the JCCC is convinced that the Headquarters has found reasonable family links, the next stage will be to move onto DNA testing.

LANCASHIRE FORECAST OF EVENTS

Christmas Disco, Salford.
Date. 18 December 2010.
Timings. 1930hrs-2330hrs.
Location. The Royal Arms, Cadishead.
Details. In aid of, the Simon Annis Appeal for the Fusilier Aid Society.
Contact. Ann Annis on 07892 794257.

Fusilier Reunion, Bury.
Date. 18 December 2010,
Timings. Starting at 1900hrs.
Location. Bury Football Club Gigg Lane.
Contact. Paul Wadsworth, Paul Williams, Spud Taylor(ex 2RRF) or Carol Valentine.

Spion Kop Commemoration, Bury
Date: 24 January 2011
Timings. 1030hrs at the Fusilier Museum, 1055hrs at the "Shouting Fusilier"
Location: Boer War Memorial, Whitehead Park
Contact. AHQ Lancs 0161 763 8969

M62 Coach Bombing Memorial
Date. 6 February 2011 TBC
Timings. Ceremony at 1100hrs
Location. Hartshead Service Area, M62, west bound
Contact. TBC

Collection Trust Meeting
Date. 7 April 2011
Timings. 1430-1600hrs
Location. Gallipoli Room Lancashire Headquarters
Contact. AHQ Lancs 0161 763 8969

Fusilier Museum Annual General Meeting
Date. 15 April 2011
Timings. 1200-1500hrs
Location. Normandy Room Fusilier Museum
Contact. Helen Field 0161 763 8961

Dining Out Colonel Brian Gorski
Date. 15 April 2011
Timings. 1930 for 2000hrs
Location. Gallipoli Room Lancashire Headquarters
Contact. Major Edmund Gartside 0161 763 8969