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Everyone is looking forward to a change as the Battalion joins 1 Brigade and starts to prepare for deploying on Operations in the near future. Despite the persistently soggy weather (made all the more miserable by the swelteringly hot previous few days) Thursday 4th August was a memorable day for 38 soldiers from X Company for several reasons.Not only was it Battalion Minden Day, which is always a good day, but more importantly as part of the Minden Day celebrations, the 38 soldiers who served in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 13 as part of the Battle Casualty Replacement Cohort were awarded their Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan.It will sit on a plinth of solid granite approx 11 ft by 5 ft engraved with a suitable inscription on the front such as; 'We Will Remember Them' (not shown in photo) and be surrounded by 4 granite benches.After considerable deliberation the design on the memorial was agreed as it is the Colours which all Fusiliers follow and are the embodiment of the Regts achievements and sacrifices.The CO also promoted several NCOs and had the pleasure of awarding 2 Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to Cpl Martin Pike and Sgt 'Sandy' Sanderson.The CO presents Cpl Dixon his Afghanistan medal CSgt Gardner promoted to WO2 by the CO Despite an extremely wet start to the day, the gods must have been on the side of the Unit Welfare Officer Capt 'Goldie' Goldsmith as it stopped raining and the sun even came out for the 1 RRF families day on the rugby pitches.The cost of the Monument is £25k and it is estimated that a further £10k will be needed for the unveiling ceremony in 2013 to which all Fusiliers and the families of our Fusiliers killed in action will be invited.
All of these opportunities will be very helpful when the Battalion starts its own Pre-Deployment Training for Afghanistan.RHQ/RRF/1363 19th September 2011 OFFICERS ANNUAL REGTL DINNER The Officers Annual Regimental Dinner will be held at HM The Tower of London at 1930 hours . Ticket prices remain unchanged from 2009 (inflation busting) and are available through Capt Andy Harris at RHQ, Tel: 02.All serving and retired Fusilier Officers are encouraged to attend what promises to be another splendid evening.We are still in negotiation with them over whether it can be put into the same location as the current memorial, but early indications are that this is achievable.An artist's impression of the new Memorial is shown below.
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By the end of the 2 years, however, the Fusiliers knew the Plain inside out, and it was always brilliant to see new Company Commanders stressed on their course asking junior Fusiliers how to attack a position.