Tuesday, 22 May 2018
logo
Up-to-the-minute perspectives on defence, security and peace
issues from and for policy makers and opinion leaders.
        



dv-header-dday
     |      View our Twitter page at twitter.com/defenceredbox     |     

inmemoriam

The soldier killed in yesterday's incident in Woolwich, South EastLondon, is believed to be Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The RoyalRegiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team inLondon). A brief obituary is on the next page.

Drummer Lee Rigby, or 'Riggers' to his friends, was born in July 1987 in
Crumpsall, Manchester. He joined the Army in 2006 and on successful
completion of his infantry training course at Infantry Training Centre
Catterick he was selected to be a member of the Corps of Drums and
posted to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (also known as
"Second Fusiliers" or "2 RRF").

His first posting was as a machine gunner in Cyprus where the Battalion
was serving as the resident Infantry Battalion in Dhekelia. Having
performed a plethora of tasks while in Cyprus, he returned to the UK in
the early part of 2008 to Hounslow, West London. Here, Drummer Rigby
stood proudly outside the Royal Palaces as part of the Battalion's
public duties commitment. He was an integral member of the Corps of
Drums throughout the Battalion's time on public duties, the highlight of
which was being a part of the Household Division's Beating the Retreat -
a real honour for a line infantry Corps of Drums.

In April 2009 Drummer Rigby deployed on Operations for the first time to
Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he served as a member of the Fire
Support Group in Patrol Base Woqab. On returning to the UK he completed
a second tour of public duties and then moved with the Battalion to
Celle, Germany, to be held at a state of high readiness for contingency
operations as part of the Small Scale Contingency Battle Group. In 2011
Drummer Rigby took up a Recruiting post in London where he also assisted
with duties at Regimental Headquarters in the Tower of London.

An extremely popular and witty soldier, Drummer Rigby was a larger than
life personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and
respected across the Second Fusiliers. He was a passionate and life-long
Manchester United fan.

A loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years, he will be sorely missed
by all who knew him. The regiment's thoughts and prayers are with his
family during this extremely difficult time. "Once a Fusilier, always a
Fusilier."

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor MBE, Commanding Officer Second Fusiliers,
said:

"Drummer Lee Rigby was a dedicated and professional soldier. He was a
real character within the Second Fusiliers. Larger than life, he was at
the heart of our Corps of Drums. An experienced and talented side
drummer and machine gunner, he was a true warrior and served with
distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus. His ability, talent and
personality made him a natural choice to work in the recruiting group.
He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Second Fusiliers. Our
thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly
difficult time. Once a Fusilier, Always a Fusilier."

Captain Alan Williamson, Adjutant Second Fusiliers (and Drummer Rigby's
Platoon Commander 2010-2011), said:

"Drummer Rigby or 'Riggers' as he was known within the Platoon was a
cheeky and humorous man, always there with a joke to brighten the mood,
he was an extremely popular member of the Fire Support Group (FSG). An
excellent side drummer and highly competent machine gunner, he was
always there to help out the younger members of the FSG whenever
possible. His loss will be felt across the Battalion but this is
nothing compared to how his family must be feeling at this difficult
time, our thoughts and prayers are with them. Once a Fusilier, always a
Fusilier."

Warrant Officer Class 1 Ned Miller, Regimental Sergeant Major Second
Fusiliers, said:

"Riggers is what every Battalion needs. He was one of the Battalion's
great characters always smiling and always ready to brighten the mood
with his fellow Fusiliers. He was an excellent drummer and well
respected within the Drums platoon. He was easily identified whilst on
parade by the huge smile on his face and how proud he was to be a member
of the Drums. He would always stop for a chat just to tell me Manchester
United would win the league again. My thoughts are with his family and
they will always be part of the Fusilier family. Once a Fusilier, always
a Fusilier."

Sergeant Barry Ward, Drum Major Second Fusiliers, said:

"Drummer Rigby was a loving father, with a very bubbly character. He was
an excellent Drummer, loved his job and was a highly popular member of
the Platoon. He had served in Afghanistan as an FSG Operator and was
very diligent in his work. He was always around when needed and will be
sorely missed by all members of the Second Fusiliers Corps of Drums.
Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Latest from icasualties.org

  • ariananews- Twin Blasts Hit Voters’ Registration Center in Nangarhar
    Explosions at a voters’ registration center in Kheway district of Nangarhar province on Monday killed one police soldier, local officials said. “The two blasts took place during the voters’ registration process inside a mosque at around 9:00AM (Local Time),” the spokesman of Nangahar governor, Attaullah Khogyani said. No group has claimed responsibility behind the incident so far.
  • VOA- Watchdog - US Strategy in Afghanistan Shows Little Result
    The Trump administration's revamped Afghanistan strategy has made little progress against the Taliban insurgency, leaving the country a "dangerous and volatile" place nearly 17 years after the U.S. invaded, a government watchdog report said Monday. The conclusion contrasts with assertions last fall by the American military that the Afghans, with U.S. support, had "turned the corner" and captured momentum against the Taliban, which it called fractured and desperate.
  • KP- Pakistanis among 3 held in Kabul, Ammonium Nitrate, C4 explosives seized
    At least three suspects including two Pakistani nationals were arrested during a patrol of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in capital Kabul. The 111 Division of the Afghan National Army in a statement said the suspects were held from Hot Khel district of Kabul during an operation of the Quick Reaction Forces of the 6th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 111th Division of the Afghan National Army Forces.
  • NPR- VA's Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities
    In the early days of the Iraq War, troops were riding around in Humvees with almost no armor on them. There was a scandal about it, and within a few years the trucks got up-armored with thick steel plates, which solved one problem but created another. "Some genius thought about up-armoring. Good! But they didn't do anything with the brake systems," says George Wilmot, who was riding an armored Humvee in 2009, leaving a hilltop base in Mosul.
  • KP- Taliban vows to step up attacks despite appeals to stop violence in Ramadan
    The Taliban group in Afghanistan has vowed to step up attacks despite the appeals made by the government and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan to respect the holy month of Ramadan and stop violence. “Islam’s major battles were fought in Ramazan like the Jang-e-Badr and the Conquest of Mecca. So we will step up operations against the invaders and their backers,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid quoted by Daily Times has said.
  • KP- Ghani and Noor reacts at deadly stadium bombing in Jalalabad city
    President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in reaction to the deadly stadium bombing in Jalalabad city has said that the militants continue their enmity with the cultural and religious values of Afghanistan by carrying out such attacks. The Chief Executive of Jamiat Islami and the ex-governor of Balh Ata Mohammad Noor also condemned the brutal bombing in Jalalabad city.
  • KP- ISIS snipers eliminated in US drone strike in Nangarhar
    At least two militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in US drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The provincial government media office in Nangarhar said the two militants were apparently operating as snipers and were killed in Haska Mina district.
  • KP- Rocket attack foiled on Kabul city
    The Afghan national defense and security forces thwarted a plot by the anti-government armed militant groups to carry out rocket attack on Kabul city. The Kabul police commandment said at least four long range rockets prepared for the attack were discovered and seized from Qargha district of Kabul.
  • aninews- 8 dead, 45 wounded in Jalalabad blasts
    At least eight persons were killed and 45 others were wounded in three back to back explosions at a cricket stadium in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad of Nangarhar province, confirmed the Afghan officials on Saturday. The blasts exploded in the jam-packed stadium at around 11pm (1830 GMT) on Friday evening as the spectators had gathered to watch the local "Ramadan Cup", the provincial governor´s office said, according to Geo TV.
  • Tolonews- Farah’s War Is Over Water
    Four days after the Taliban’s attack on Farah City, a senior government delegation on Saturday met with representatives of Farah - a meeting covered live by the media - where they heard suggestions and complaints from the people and presented their report on how the attack happened.

British military casualties - Editorial policy

In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

There is invariably at least a 24 hour gap between the official release of news of an event and the naming of the dead. This is to allow families to be informed and proper eulogoies to be produced. Occasionally families request no euologies or comment. We abide by guidance we receive on such sensitive matters. We regret that information on those who sacrifice almost as much through grave injury is seldom released by the MoD for operational reasons, and so we are unable to pay tribute.

 

Cookies
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Defence Viewpoints website. However, if you would like to, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. You may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. Please note that you will lose some features and functionality on this website if you choose to disable cookies. For example, you may not be able to link into our Twitter feed, which gives up to the minute perspectives on defence and security matters.