ENGLAND’S REGIMENT BIDS A FOND FAREWELLTO A COLOURFUL PAST

Fusiliers both old and new took part in the annual Fusilier Association (Warwickshire) Parade in Warwick on Sunday 9 October.

This year’s event however, was a poignant and significant occasion for all as the Colours of our disbanded Second Fusiliers were paraded for the last time and laid up in St Mary’s Church, Warwick, never to be used again.

Many former 2 RRF members from across the country attended this unique Parade and Laying Up. To mark the significance, the Colonel of the Regiment and the Army’s Chaplain General, Major General David Coulter CB QHC, officiated.  The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr Timothy B Cox, represented Her Majesty the Queen.

The Fusiliers have been recruiting in Warwickshire since the early 1700s, and many Warwickshire Lads have served bravely and proudly in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and in Second Fusiliers.

Following the parade CO First Fusiliers, Lt Col Jez Lamb, said:

“The laying up of these Colours in Warwick is a significant event that formally marks the disbandment of our Second Battalion.  Having served for eight years with the Second Fusiliers, from a personal perspective it is clearly sad to close this chapter.  But I know that as the First Fusiliers go forward we remain ready to meet the threats and challenges of the future whilst preserving the reputation and remembering the sacrifices made by the Second Fusiliers.”