Published: May 1st, 2017

RHQ-MuseumLast week was a difficult time for the Regiment – my bleakest since I have been your Colonel.  Events at our RHQ were reported broadly across the media and our reputation significantly tarnished. I thought the Times summarized the issue quite well; a Regiment with over a 300 year extraordinary record of fighting excellence brought into disrepute by the unthinking actions of a minority.

A reputation hard-won by generations destroyed in a couple of minutes of stupidity.

The matter is now subject to formal RMP investigation and anyone found guilty will not only have to deal with the disciplinary consequences but also with the fact that he/they have let the Regiment and their mates down.

This is not the first time we have suffered set-backs like this and in the fine traditions of the Fusiliers we will now tighten our chin-straps and drive on.  Lessons must be learned and I have demanded a full review of processes and procedures at RHQ. I realise that this might be seen a punishing all for the sake of a few, but we need to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Whatever our rank – Fusilier or General – we must lead by example; on or off duty.

“I welcome feedback from anyone in the Fusilier family.  Whether it’s your experience at the sharp end, ideas for the Regiment or issues you don’t feel are being sorted, let me know at ColofRegt@thefusiliers.org