Anglian Regiment Memorial Appeal [29/03/08]
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.
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.
Anglian Fund nears £300,000 [12/04/08]
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 the Fund visit:
1 R Anglian Afghanistan Memorial Fund
Anglian Regiment - Operational Honours: 14 medals [07/04/08]
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.
Service Order (DSO):
Lieutenant Colonel Stuart William CARVER
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
Gallantry Medal (QGM): Private Luke Cula NADRIVA
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
Commendation for Valuable Service(QCVS):
Phillip Nowell BLANCHFIELD
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
Honour for British soldier hero
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.
Bravery award for British soldier
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
to the courageous medal winners and to all the heroes of the
Royal Anglian Regiment! You make us proud!
Record number earn Military Cross
Operational Honours and Awards List
Afghanistan honours "reflect the actions of all"
Medals "a symbol of the achievement of our soldiers"
Sun: 184 medals for bravest soldiers
Guardian: Highest number of Military Crosses awarded since
Times: Soldier who was shot twice as he saved colleague is
Freedom Parade [05/03/08]
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."
The Vikings! Well done Brentwood!
Weekly News: Soldiers march through town
Homecoming Parade [28/02/08]
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
Parade in Brentwood on 1st March (13:00 -14:00).
Gazette: Thurrock welcomes home brave battalion
Henrys Gauntlet: Thurrock salutes the Royal Anglians
hero, Ben Mayer, 'wrong colour' for Police [13/02/08]
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.
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.
Sun: Cops snub hero for being white
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