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Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Monday, June 23, 2014
A community turned out yesterday to commemorate the life of an Elm Park soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last year.
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.
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.
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.