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Elm Park community joins together to celebrate the life of fallen soldier Ian Fisher

12:46 23 June 2014

The parade for Ian Fisher, who was killed in Afghanistan in November last year

The parade for Ian Fisher, who was killed in Afghanistan in November last year

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A community turned out yesterday to commemorate the life of an Elm Park soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last year.

The Haverettes All Girls Marching Band during the paradeThe Haverettes All Girls Marching Band during the parade

Dozens of residents lined the streets to remember Ian Fisher, 42, who was killed in action in Helmand province in November.

Organised by the Elm Park British Legion and Ian’s parents Simon and Helen, the celebration of the soldier’s life featured a parade and a church service.

The parade, which began just before midday, saw residents and representatives from different groups march from the legion’s base in Maylands Avenue to nearby St Nicholas Church, in Woodcote Avenue.

Among those who took part included soldiers from Ian’s regiment, the Deputy Lieutenant of Havering, Colonel Mark Bryant, representatives from the legion, the Haverettes All Girls Marching Band and Guides and Scouts.

Rev Amanda Keighley and other representatives from St Nicholas ChurchRev Amanda Keighley and other representatives from St Nicholas Church

Staff and pupils from Sanders School and the RJ Mitchell Primary School also attended.

The service featured a tribute by Ian’s wife Emma Fisher, which was read by Pete Mulingani, a reading by the soldier’s mother Helen and a eulogy by warrant officer class 1 Jason Rollins, from The Mercian Regiment.

Catherine Renny, a Year Eight pupil from Sanders School, also read a tribute poem she had written for Ian.

Warrant officer class 2 Ian served with the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment.

Soldiers from Ian's regiment The Mercian RegimentSoldiers from Ian's regiment The Mercian Regiment

He grew up in Elm park and attended Sanders School (formerly Sanders Draper) and Havering College - then known as Havering Tech.

The soldier, who had two sons, William and James, was laid to rest in December.

See this week’s Recorder for our full coverage of the parade and service and additional pictures.

Read more:

The Haverettes in the paradeThe Haverettes in the parade

Life of Elm Park soldier Ian Fisher to be celebrated at remembrance service

Funeral for soldier Ian Fisher of Elm Park held

Remembrance Day: ‘He should never have been out there’ - family of killed Elm Park soldier Ian Fisher express their grief

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