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#OTD in Fusilier history, Lt. Robert Gee of the 2nd Battalion was commended for the Victoria Cross (VC). This form detai...
09/12/2020

#OTD in Fusilier history, Lt. Robert Gee of the 2nd Battalion was commended for the Victoria Cross (VC). This form details the action for which Gee was awarded Gee the #VC in November 1917. http://ow.ly/aWTU50B1g8S

Since the country transitioned from lockdown to Tier 2 restrictions as of yesterday, the Tower of London is now open Wed...
03/12/2020

Since the country transitioned from lockdown to Tier 2 restrictions as of yesterday, the Tower of London is now open Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00-17:00. Although the Fusilier Museum remains temporarily closed, you can still visit our HQ!

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Happy St. Andrew's Day!Here is a postcard (ca. 1916) written by Pte. F York, 31st (Reserve) Bn. Royal Fusiliers to his m...
30/11/2020

Happy St. Andrew's Day!

Here is a postcard (ca. 1916) written by Pte. F York, 31st (Reserve) Bn. Royal Fusiliers to his mother in Essex. York wanted to show her what his barracks looked like in Edinburgh which is marked by a cross on the right.

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Around two billion letters were delivered between soldiers and their loved ones during the First World War, helping to e...
26/11/2020

Around two billion letters were delivered between soldiers and their loved ones during the First World War, helping to ease the pain of separation.

How have you been passing time with lockdown?

Image: Brief letter to family from hospital dated 11 November 1916.

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#OTD in 1917, the Battle of Cambrai sees the first large-scale use of tanks in warfare. Happy Cambrai Day to the Royal T...
20/11/2020

#OTD in 1917, the Battle of Cambrai sees the first large-scale use of tanks in warfare. Happy Cambrai Day to the Royal Tank Regiment!

Here are a few pages from LCpl J H Hughes' (24th Bn. RF) pamphlet which explains the battle's significance.

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Happy International Men's Day, an occasion for celebrating the achievements and contributions made by boys and men to th...
19/11/2020

Happy International Men's Day, an occasion for celebrating the achievements and contributions made by boys and men to the nation, society, community, family, and more.

Image: Cpl Colin Gibs in Hospital Blues.

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Wishing HRH The Prince of Wales a Happy 72nd Birthday!To mark the event, a 62-Gun Salute by the Honourable Artillery Com...
14/11/2020

Wishing HRH The Prince of Wales a Happy 72nd Birthday!

To mark the event, a 62-Gun Salute by the Honourable Artillery Company usually takes place at the Tower of London, but this was sadly cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Photo by our volunteer Alex.

At eleven o'clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent across the Western Front. Let us pause...
11/11/2020

At eleven o'clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent across the Western Front. Let us pause to reflect and remember those who gave their today for our tomorrow.

Photo from Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance in 2016 by one of our volunteers.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down ...
08/11/2020

They shall grow not 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.

Photo from today's social-distanced remembrance ceremony at the Fusilier Memorial by our volunteer Alex.

Owing to the national lockdown, we encourage everyone to take part in remote and socially-distanced Remembrance activity...
06/11/2020

Owing to the national lockdown, we encourage everyone to take part in remote and socially-distanced Remembrance activity by wearing a poppy, watching services online and pausing for a two-minute silence at home.

Image: Unveiling of the Fusilier Memorial in 1922.

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#OTD in 1854, the Battle of Inkerman takes place during the Crimean War.This is Major R Y Shipley's Crimea Medal which i...
05/11/2020

#OTD in 1854, the Battle of Inkerman takes place during the Crimean War.

This is Major R Y Shipley's Crimea Medal which includes clasps for his involvement at Sevastopol, Inkerman and the Alma with the 7th Royal Fusiliers. He later retired as a General in 1882.

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Today the Tower of London will be raising the drawbridge at 5pm in line with government advice. We will do our very best...
04/11/2020

Today the Tower of London will be raising the drawbridge at 5pm in line with government advice. We will do our very best to continue sharing stories from the collection online.

Image: The Royal Fusiliers conducting the Ceremony of the Keys.

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#OTD in 1650, William III was born.  He became the Regiment's 2nd Monarch, after the abdication of his uncle (and father...
04/11/2020

#OTD in 1650, William III was born. He became the Regiment's 2nd Monarch, after the abdication of his uncle (and father-in-law!) James II. William is responsible for turning the Royal Fusiliers into an Infantry Regiment.

Happy Halloween from the Fusilier Museum London!Here's our spooky little friend to accompany you tonight, Dick Whittingt...
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween from the Fusilier Museum London!

Here's our spooky little friend to accompany you tonight, Dick Whittington's cat on the formation badge of the 56th (London) Infantry Division previously owned by a Cpl. J D Hyatt.

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Happy 356th Birthday to the Royal Marines who were formed #OTD in 1664.Image: Beating Retreat by the Massed Bands of the...
28/10/2020

Happy 356th Birthday to the Royal Marines who were formed #OTD in 1664.

Image: Beating Retreat by the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines, Royal Malta Artillery and Royal Fusiliers.

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Ever wondered how soldiers dealt with tattered uniform? The John Bull 'Mend-A-Tear' Tin was a compact kit for mending wa...
28/10/2020

Ever wondered how soldiers dealt with tattered uniform? The John Bull 'Mend-A-Tear' Tin was a compact kit for mending waterproofs and other garments. This one still contains 2 swatches of khaki fabric, some adhesive and, of course, instructions!
http://ow.ly/AzyT50B1i7B

George Legge, Lord Dartmouth, died #OTD in 1691 at the #TowerofLondon. He was the Fusiliers' first Colonel, appointed by...
25/10/2020

George Legge, Lord Dartmouth, died #OTD in 1691 at the #TowerofLondon. He was the Fusiliers' first Colonel, appointed by James II in 1685. After the abdication of James, the triumphant William III dismissed Legge and imprisoned him in the Tower in July 1691. http://ow.ly/9BsF50B0EhY

The notorious Kray Twins were born #OTD in 1933. #DidYouKnow that Ronnie and Reggie were Fusiliers, albeit for a short s...
24/10/2020

The notorious Kray Twins were born #OTD in 1933. #DidYouKnow that Ronnie and Reggie were Fusiliers, albeit for a short spell? Listen to Lt. Col. Pettifar recall his time with the twins here: http://ow.ly/ui6P50B0EjA

From professional football to the first Prime Minister of Israel or gangsters from East London, we showcase 9 available ...
23/10/2020
FusilierMuseumLondon | Famous Fusiliers

From professional football to the first Prime Minister of Israel or gangsters from East London, we showcase 9 available personalities who served with the Royal Fusiliers. See our online exhibition Famous Fusiliers through the link below.

https://www.fusiliermuseumlondon.org/famous_fusiliers

From a Pirate Radio 'Prince' to notorious East End Gangsters.,Many famous people have served their countries when the need arose. Here are just a handful of Fusilier soldiers who either left their fame behind to fight, or rose to fame, or infamy, after service. 

See the latest personality that was added to our online exhibition "Famous Fusiliers" below, Mrs. Cunliffe-Owen, who fou...
20/10/2020
FusilierMuseumLondon | Mrs Cunliffe-Owen

See the latest personality that was added to our online exhibition "Famous Fusiliers" below, Mrs. Cunliffe-Owen, who founded the Sportsman's Battalions for the Royal Fusiliers during the First World War.

https://www.fusiliermuseumlondon.org/art25077

Mrs Emma Cunliffe-OwenBorn: 1863Died: 1950Founder: 23rd & 24th (Sportsman's) Battalions Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)Mrs Emma Cunliffe-Owen holds a unique place in the history of the regiment, through her efforts to raise two Sportsman Battalions in the First World War.She was born i...

British soldiers' uniforms were produced by tailors to patterns approved by the war office. This example of Officers' la...
19/10/2020

British soldiers' uniforms were produced by tailors to patterns approved by the war office. This example of Officers' lace, braid, cord and other materials was approved in October 1903.
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#OTD in 1633, James II of England was born. James is responsible for the formation of the Royal Fusiliers in 1685, which...
14/10/2020

#OTD in 1633, James II of England was born. James is responsible for the formation of the Royal Fusiliers in 1685, which was the first Regiment to gain the 'Royal' title. Find out more in our blog on the life of James II here: http://ow.ly/yHJN50B0DZK

A month ago today the National Army Museum opened a new exhibition which covers the experiences of British soldiers in G...
12/10/2020
Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945 | National Army Museum

A month ago today the National Army Museum opened a new exhibition which covers the experiences of British soldiers in Germany from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/foe-friend-british-army-germany-1945

More than a million British soldiers have lived and served in Germany over the past 75 years. Immerse yourself in their stories and follow their evolution from conquerors and occupiers to allies and friends.

Today marks the start of the Second Boer War in 1899. The 2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers served with the 6th Brigade, taking pa...
11/10/2020

Today marks the start of the Second Boer War in 1899. The 2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers served with the 6th Brigade, taking part in the Relief of Ladysmith, Mafeking, and more.

Photo: Framed South African Republic flag captured by the 2nd Bn. at the Battle of Transvaal, RFM.ARC.3548.

Today on World Mental Health Day, we focus not only on the visible but also the invisible. Let us continue to support ea...
10/10/2020

Today on World Mental Health Day, we focus not only on the visible but also the invisible. Let us continue to support each other through trying times, it's okay to not be okay.

Image: Two members of 24th (Service) Bn. Royal Fusiliers (2nd Sportsman's) ca. 1914-18.

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Wishing HRH The Duke of Kent, the Fusilier's Colonel-in-Chief, a very Happy 85th Birthday!Image: HRH inspects the Royal ...
09/10/2020

Wishing HRH The Duke of Kent, the Fusilier's Colonel-in-Chief, a very Happy 85th Birthday!

Image: HRH inspects the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at the London Guildhall on their 50th Anniversary, Ministry of Defence © Crown Copyright 2018.

Many servicemen made or bought trench art as souvenirs or gifts for family and friends back home. In this example four c...
07/10/2020

Many servicemen made or bought trench art as souvenirs or gifts for family and friends back home. In this example four cartridges are clipped around a shell casing, with three of the bullets carved into crosses.
http://ow.ly/rfI450B0HvJ

#OTD in 1940, a German bomb struck our HQ the Tower of London and narrowly misses the White Tower during the Blitz. Trag...
05/10/2020

#OTD in 1940, a German bomb struck our HQ the Tower of London and narrowly misses the White Tower during the Blitz. Tragically, Yeoman Warder Reeves was killed in the blast.

Image: The North Bastion in the aftermath © Historic Royal Palaces Image Library/Yeoman Warder Archive.

A hearty welcome to 6 Regiment RLC who began public duties earlier this week across the Royal Palaces. Our museum remain...
04/10/2020

A hearty welcome to 6 Regiment RLC who began public duties earlier this week across the Royal Palaces. Our museum remains temporarily closed, but the Tower of London is open Wed-Sun. Do drop by to see the RLC throughout the autumn season!

Photo by our volunteer Alex.

Happy #WorldSmileDay everyone!Men of the 10th Bn. Royal Fusiliers marching to the frontlines at Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, ...
02/10/2020

Happy #WorldSmileDay everyone!

Men of the 10th Bn. Royal Fusiliers marching to the frontlines at Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, November 1916.

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We have some wonderful porcelain Fusilier figurines in the collection. This one depicts an Officer's uniform from 1792-9...
30/09/2020

We have some wonderful porcelain Fusilier figurines in the collection. This one depicts an Officer's uniform from 1792-97- when the Fusiliers were based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. http://ow.ly/k1Dk50B0FwR

#OTD in 1854, the Battle of the Alma took place during the Crimean War. Pictured is the regimental bugle of the 7th Regi...
20/09/2020

#OTD in 1854, the Battle of the Alma took place during the Crimean War. Pictured is the regimental bugle of the 7th Regiment of Foot (Royal Fusiliers) which was recovered in the battle's aftermath.

https://www.fusiliermuseumlondon.org/object-rfm-26

The NAM and Royal Hospital Chelsea have launched the 2nd Chelsea History Festival today. World-class speakers, authors a...
17/09/2020
Chelsea History Festival

The NAM and Royal Hospital Chelsea have launched the 2nd Chelsea History Festival today. World-class speakers, authors and historians will bring the past to life on a virtual and physical stage in military history, art, and more.

https://www.chelseahistoryfestival.com/

This year’s Chelsea History Festival will bring the past to life through a series of talks, tours and events, both physical and virtual. The immersive programme will reveal history in all its variety, and demonstrate its ongoing resonance and relevance today.

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4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Gas training
I’m looking for anything to do with J432 Barnet Vigdor. 38th royal Fusilier. Served 1914- 1920. I know he is listed in the Jewry book of honours and received 2 medals. Long shot but how if possible in locating a photo. Thank you.
I'm searching for the artist Amies Milner. Can anyone help please
A large Mounted Photograph 1st Volunteer Battalion Royal Fusiliers, c1905, with very nice 1VBRF Cloth Shoulder Titles and an unusual combination of Hammers and Pincers with Cycle wheel. Given the presence of "military" bicycles and the badge combination I suspect they are the units bicycle mechanics. Superb detail on this one (scanned in at 1200 DPI), a wonderful image showing the details of the Bicycles. (With permission of Toby Brayley)
Spotted today at Eden Camp Museum
As a New Zealander who lost a great uncle from the 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, I remember 2nd Lt William Joseph Francis for ANZAC Day. His body was never identified. KIA defending the Crozat Canal, March 23rd 1918.
A hand-painted self-portrait from my nan to my grandfather, Fusilier Charles Albert Slater (26th Bankers'), fighting in France and Belgium 1916 to 1917. As soon as he had recovered sufficiently from his injuries they wed on St George's Day (of course!); he can be seen here, still proudly wearing his Royal Fusiliers' cap-badge.
Great War recruitment poster for the 3rd City of London Regt (Royal Fusiliers).
Guy Chapmans served as an Officer in the 13th (Service)Battalion RF during the Great War, As did my Grandad.
On the inside cover of my 1922 copy of H.C. O’Neills book of the Royal Fusiliers in the Great War.
H.C. O’Neills book published in 1922.
My Grandad , 13th Royal Fusiliers during the Great War, standing far right.