Updated: May 13
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of William Rex Blood late 1/4 KOYLI, who passed away peacefully on 27 March 2020 aged 95. William a Normandy Veteran, and recipient of the Legion d'Honneur, was wounded during D-Day landings resulting in the loss of an arm.
Your duty done and as the duty bugler sounds 'No More Parades' take your place among your brothers-in-arms who are waiting to greet you in the FRV. Rest In Peace. Cede Nullis.
William was a devoted husband to Ivy, dad to Joy and Debra and a treasured grandad, great-grandad and great-great-grandad. A private family service will take place at South Leicestershire Crematorium on Wednesday 8th April to remember Rex's life. During the service, the KOYLI Collect will be read by the vicar.
William's family has been informed during the COVID-19 crisis and the government restrictions now in place that the Association is not able to provide Standard Bearers or Bugler. The family has been advised that if they decide to hold a memorial service when restrictions are lifted the Association will endeavour to arrange Standard Bearers and a Bugler to attend should they desire.
In Remembrance of William, the Duty Bugler on Wednesday 8 Apr will mention William before sounding Sunset.
Anyone wishing to send cards or letters of condolence is requested to send them to the Rifles Regional Office at Minden House. Office staff will then forward them to the family.