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Easter Greetings from Doeberitz 1918.This postcard was sent from Döberitz, Germany by Pte Frank Godley to his niece Doll...
04/04/2021

Easter Greetings from Doeberitz 1918.

This postcard was sent from Döberitz, Germany by Pte Frank Godley to his niece Dolly Godley on 6 April 1918.

Godley was captured in August 1914 at Mons and became a POW at Delotz Camp. He remained there until the Armistice.

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It’s #FusilierFriday and today we remember Pte Ectos Maffuniades DCM from the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. You may r...
02/04/2021

It’s #FusilierFriday and today we remember Pte Ectos Maffuniades DCM from the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. You may remember him from our Mother’s Day post!

Ectos was born on 9 March 1895 in Dalston, London Borough of Hackney to parents Alexander Maffuniades and Jane Esther Wright Maffuniades. He later enlisted with the army like many other men at the outbreak of the First World War.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for saving Captain Roberts who was wounded by a grenade. The London Gazette announced this on 15 March 1916:

“For conspicuous gallantry in carrying a wounded comrade, at great personal risk, into a place of safety. On a previous occasion he remained alone with his Captain, who was wounded, dragged him a distance of 100 yards into a place of comparative safety, and remained with him till stretcher-bearers arrived.”

Ectos was tragically Killed-in-Action not long after saving Captain Roberts on 28 May 1916. He was only 21 years old. His burial place can be found at Berles-au-Bois Churchyard Cemetery.

The portrait above was donated by his mother to the Imperial War Museum in September 1917.

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Marching into the long weekend with the 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Wishing everyone a hap...
01/04/2021

Marching into the long weekend with the 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Wishing everyone a happy Easter!

Image: Presentation of new Colours on 28 July 1956.

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The Queen’s Guard stand outside our museum almost daily and their scarlet tunics return today as the clocks go forward! ...
28/03/2021

The Queen’s Guard stand outside our museum almost daily and their scarlet tunics return today as the clocks go forward! We can’t wait to welcome you all to the Tower of London when the time comes.

Images pre-Covid by our Social Media Volunteer Alex.

Members of the UK Defence Attachés in France recently found a photo in their archive dating back to 6 June 1948 (See fir...
26/03/2021

Members of the UK Defence Attachés in France recently found a photo in their archive dating back to 6 June 1948 (See first image). Questions were raised whether the men pictured were Fusiliers due to the short caption. All was put to rest by our Regimental Area Secretary/Curator who identified them in the Royal Fusiliers Chronicle, August 1948. Pictured are members of Stock Exchange Company, 1st Cadet Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.

Today marks one year since the first coronavirus lockdown. Stand vigil tonight at 8pm with your phones, candles and torc...
23/03/2021

Today marks one year since the first coronavirus lockdown. Stand vigil tonight at 8pm with your phones, candles and torches to light a beacon of remembrance for the losses felt by so many.

Image: ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow’ installation in 2018 (Historic Royal Palaces).

#Onthisday in 2003, the war in Iraq begins. The 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers deployed under Operation ...
20/03/2021

#Onthisday in 2003, the war in Iraq begins.

The 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers deployed under Operation TELIC in March 2003 as part of 1 (UK) Armoured Division. They were instrumental in the capture of Basra and subsequent operations for stabilisation. Following the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Coalition Forces remained to stabilise and support operations in Iraq until 2011. The 1st Battalion conducted two six-month deployments in 2005, 2006 and in 2008. The 2nd Battalion also deployed reinforcements from Belfast and Cyprus. Four Fusiliers were Killed-in-Action under Op TELIC and numerous others injured.

Photo: Members of W Company Mortar Platoon, 1st Bn. RRF, prepare to engage enemy targets after an intense evening of incoming fire on the front line just south of Basra (Cpl P Jarvis/MOD 2003).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️This frock coat belonged to Major C Heseltine OBE who was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Earl ...
17/03/2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️

This frock coat belonged to Major C Heseltine OBE who was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Earl of Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in September 1902.

Previously, Heseltine was appointed a Major to the 7th Bn. Royal Fusiliers in July 1898. He transferred to the Imperial Yeomanry in February 1900 following the outbreak of the Second Boer War and sailed the same month. His service earned him the Queen’s South Africa Medal which can be seen on the upper left breast of the frock coat.

During the First World War, Heseltine rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the Royal Fusiliers and was mentioned twice in dispatches.

He was also an avid cricket player having played with Marylebone Cricket Club and Hampshire Cricket Club. He became President of the latter in his later years.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mums out there! Thank you for all the love and care from day one.Image: Pte E Maff...
14/03/2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mums out there! Thank you for all the love and care from day one.

Image: Pte E Maffuniades from the 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers with his mother.

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Today we remember Pte Harry Owen of the 23rd Bn. (1st Sportsman’s) Royal Fusiliers who was killed on 13 March 1916. Owen...
13/03/2021

Today we remember Pte Harry Owen of the 23rd Bn. (1st Sportsman’s) Royal Fusiliers who was killed on 13 March 1916.

Owen played football for Southend United FC prior to enlisting in May 1915. Throughout the winter of 1915 to 1916 he escaped several brushes with death where he was nearly blown up by a land mine and artillery shell. On the latter occasion, the shell ripped through his rifle butt which he carried on his shoulder.

His luck sadly ran out in the early hours of 13 March 1916. At the time, the battalion was at the frontlines of Souchez North for four days before being relieved by the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Just five minutes before being relieved from sentry duty, a mortar struck Owen at 0355 hours.

His sister retells the story where “Owen saw it coming and gave a warning to his section, with the result that he saved lives of three parts of the section... The mortar however, burst right in front of him, inflicting forty or fifty wounds on the unfortunate man. He was not killed outright, but lived about an hour in an unconscious condition, and then passed peacefully away.”

He is now interred at Lievin Cemetery along with 700 other comrades of which only 300 were identified.

Image: 23rd Battalion (1st Sportsman’s) Royal Fusiliers Tin.

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Happy #InternationalWomensDay and #CommonwealthDay 2021!Images: 2nd Bn., RRF parading through Warwick in 2013 (Andy Rich...
08/03/2021

Happy #InternationalWomensDay and #CommonwealthDay 2021!

Images: 2nd Bn., RRF parading through Warwick in 2013 (Andy Richardson/Birmingham Mail). Members of First Fusiliers training in BATUS, Camp Crowfoot in Canada, 2019 (First Fusiliers Facebook).

March forth today on Marching Music Day!Image: Signed painting (A G Ryman) of a Bandmaster accompanied by the Regimental...
04/03/2021

March forth today on Marching Music Day!

Image: Signed painting (A G Ryman) of a Bandmaster accompanied by the Regimental Mascot. The rock of Gibraltar can be seen in the background.

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Happy St. David’s Day, Patron Saint of Wales!Image: Regimental cap badge of our friends in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Wi...
01/03/2021

Happy St. David’s Day, Patron Saint of Wales!

Image: Regimental cap badge of our friends in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Wikimedia Commons).

#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.
http://ow.ly/LvGv50B0HIZ

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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.