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Royal Anglian Regiment Memorial Appeal  [29/03/08]

The Duke of Gloucester, C-in-C of the Royal Anglian Regiment together with Ross Kemp, Kate Adie and Martin Bell joined other guests at the launch of an appeal for funds to extend the memorial to Royal Anglians killed in action.
A high-tech memorial is planned for the regiment's museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire and is likely to cost in the region of £200,000. It will include a digital archive which will use audio/visual displays to commemorate those who have been killed on active service, along with showing what day-to-day life is like for soldiers in modern battle theatres.
An appeal to build a more traditional memorial has already raised in the region of £300,000.

This circular memorial will have a statue of a Royal Anglian infantryman and will also be located at Duxford. It will carry the names of the 68 soldiers killed in action since the regiment's formation 50 years ago.
Those honoured will include Pte Chris Gray, L/ Cpl George Davey, Cpl Darren Bonner, L/ Cpl Alex Hawkins, Pte Tony Rawson, Capt David Hicks, Pte John Thrumble, Pte Aaron James McClure and Pte Robert Foster who all lost their lives fighting for their country in Afghanistan.
Funds have also gone directly to some of the 57 soldiers wounded on the tour, to help them recover from their injuries.


Royal Anglian Fund nears £300,000  [12/04/08]

The Afghanistan Memorial Fund, set up last summer to finance a permanent memorial in honour of the nine members of 1st Battalion, The Vikings who lost their lives during the last tour in Afghanistan, has now reached £280,000, nearly three times the original target. The Fund is also providing support to the families of those killed and helping to rehabilitate the 120 troops who were injured in the fighting, enabling them to continue their military career where possible. As the months since returning from Afghanistan pass, a number of soldiers are beginning to show symptoms of post-traumatic stress resulting from their combat experiences on the frontline.
The monument will take the form of a statue of a Royal Anglian soldier with a plinth for the names of those killed and steps on which wreaths can be laid. It will bear the names of Pte Chris Gray, L/cpl George Davey, Cpl Darren Bonner, L/cpl Alex Hawkins, Pte Tony Rawson, Capt David Hicks, Pte John Thrumble, Pte Aaron James McClure and Pte Robert Foster.

To contribute to the Fund visit:
MoD: 1 R Anglian Afghanistan Memorial Fund


Royal Anglian Regiment - Operational Honours: 14 medals [07/04/08]

The Ministry of Defence today announced the Operational Honours list for April to October 2007. Six soldiers from 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, the Vikings, have been decorated with MCs for exemplary gallantry and Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Carver, their commanding officer, has been awarded the DSO.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO): Lieutenant Colonel Stuart William CARVER

Military Cross (MC): Lance Corporal Levi David ASHBY, Major Michael Patrick ASTON, Major Dominic Stead James BIDDICK MBE, Captain David Charles HICKS (killed in action), Corporal Robert William MOORE and Lance Corporal Oliver Scott RUECKER

Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM): Private Luke Cula NADRIVA

Mentioned in Despatches (MiD): Sergeant Steven Edward ARMON, Warrant Officer Class 2 Kevin MAIN, Major Philip John MESSENGER, Warrant Officer Class 2 Timothy Richard NEWTON and Sergeant Simon Iain PANTER

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service(QCVS): Captain Phillip Nowell BLANCHFIELD

Lance Corporal Oliver Ruecker said: "I don't see myself as a hero. I was just saving my mate - doing him a favour - nothing special in my eyes." His Mum added: "The truth is there is [a medal], and if nothing else it is in recognition of everything the Royal Anglians went through, and the sacrifice they made."
BBC: Honour for British soldier hero

Captain David Hicks, whose courage under fire was publicised around the world when he died while leading his men against the Taliban, was posthumously awarded the Military Cross. The Captain refused morphine after being severely wounded, and refused to leave his post until he could no longer take part in the battle against the Taliban.
BBC: Bravery award for British soldier

Lt Col Carver said: “I think that the total of 78 awards for the Battalion, ranging from Military Crosses to COMBRITFOR Commendations is a fitting tribute to all of the hard work and sacrifice the Battalion put into OP HERRICK 6. I am particularly pleased with winning 6 Military Crosses. In 44 years of Regimental history only 4 have been won, none of which while serving with the 1st Battalion; this puts into context how demanding the tour was, and that the efforts and achievements of the Battalion as well as the individual acts of gallantry have been recognised.”

Congratulations to the courageous medal winners and to all the heroes of the Royal Anglian Regiment! You make us proud!


BBC: Record number earn Military Cross
MoD: Operational Honours and Awards List
MoD: Afghanistan honours "reflect the actions of all"
MoD: Medals "a symbol of the achievement of our soldiers"
The Sun: 184 medals for bravest soldiers
The Guardian: Highest number of Military Crosses awarded since WW2
The Times: Soldier who was shot twice as he saved colleague is honoured


Brentwood Freedom Parade   [05/03/08]

The people of Brentwood turned out in their hundreds to show their support for the guys of 'C' (Essex) Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment when they held their Freedom Parade in the town on 1st March.
Jean McGinley, deputy leader of the Council, said: "It is our local battalion and they deserve all the thanks and praise that they get. It is the first time this has happened in Brentwood."

Well done The Vikings! Well done Brentwood!

Brentwood Weekly News: Soldiers march through town


Thurrock Homecoming Parade   [28/02/08]

The people of Thurrock gave a warm welcome to the local lads from 'C' (Essex) Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment at their Homecoming Parade in Grays today.
The guys were inspected by the Mayor of Thurrock and then gave a display of their marching skills as they paraded up and down New Road in front of the applauding crowd.
Pity they didn't have matching boots, though.
'C' Company will be holding another

Homecoming Parade in Brentwood on 1st March (13:00 -14:00).

Thurrock Gazette: Thurrock welcomes home brave battalion
Sir Henry’s Gauntlet: Thurrock salutes the Royal Anglians


Army hero, Ben Mayer, 'wrong colour' for Police  [13/02/08]

Lance Cpl Ben Mayer, a former regimental police officer with the Royal Anglians, has been refused a job with the Metropolitan Police for the simple reason that he's white. It had been his ambition to follow up his army career with service in the police force but the Met didn't even bother to send him an application form - because of his colour.

Had he been a non-white muslim, the Met would have welcomed him with open arms, however qualified he was! The British Army is hard at work training muslim police forces in Iraq and Afghanistan at the same time as the Met is training a muslim police force back in the UK.
The Sun: Cops snub hero for being white


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.....Fallen Soldier [RIP AJM] - Shottz (YouTube)

Chris Gray

Darren Bonner

John Stephen Thrumble
.....Why is This Happening? (You Tube)

Robert Graham Foster
.....Robert Graham Foster (YouTube)

Royal Anglian Afghanistan Memorial Fund (YouTube)


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