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An experienced war memorial stonemason has been appointed; he has previously produced work at the National Arboretum and at the Somme and is highly respected for the quality of his work.Meetings have been held with the Arboretum Authorities who have agreed the general size, shape and design of the new memorial.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.
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.
Front of Memorial Rear of Memorial A good start has been made in raising the necessary funds for the memorial but there is still much to do.
Donations should be sent to the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ with cheques made out to the RRF Memorial Fund.
There will be those who do not like the design of the memorial, the size the shape and so on.
Where I am sure there is common ground is that our Fusiliers who have lost their lives deserve a lasting and fitting memorial at the Arboretum and the small stone that is there currently does need replacing.
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The Minden Band and 1RRF Corps of Drums provided a fine selection of music, and many of the Fusiliers' families and friends were present to watch the parade.