30 August 2019
In honour of local fallen hero, Warrant Officer (WO2) Ian Fisher, and to commemorate the role played by the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (STAFFORDS), The Staffordshire Regiment Museum has created ‘Camp Fisher’, a custom-built play area at the museum which was officially opened by Ian’s family on 28th August 2019.
Following Ian’s death in 2013, his comrades created a sign for their vehicle compound renaming it ‘Camp Fisher’, and Staffordshire Regiment Museum has used the original sign at the playground, in honour of such a devoted and professional soldier.
To help complete the play area, St. Modwen Homes donated materials to the museum such as topsoil and grass. The new playground features a climbing apparatus which has been designed to look like a Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle. This vehicle is not only used today by troops in the Mercian Regiment to deploy infantry into the front line, but it was also used by the Staffordshire Regiment in the first Gulf War and later in Iraq and is a great way for the museum to link current serving personnel with their regimental past.
Danielle Crozier, Museum Director at Staffordshire Regiment Museum, said: “We are extremely humbled by the very kind and generous support given by St. Modwen Homes towards our newest project - Camp Fisher. The project has seen the museum open a brand new play area which has been created in honour of one of their fallen heroes, WO2 Ian Fisher. WO2 Fisher was sadly killed in November 2013 while serving with the 3rdBattalion the Mercian Regiment (STAFFORDS) in Afghanistan. The Museum has been working on the project for the last three years and were unable to fund the last few items needed to ensure the whole area could receive the work required. St. Modwen Homes very kindly stepped into the breach and provided everything we needed and more. We are so very very grateful for their support.”
Dave Smith, Managing Director at St. Modwen Homes, said: “We are incredibly proud to have supported the creation of the new playground in honour of WO2 Ian Fisher, at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum. Micheal Brealey, as well as James Hadley and Craig Hall from St. Modwen Homes, attended the grand opening of the playground on Wednesday 28th August. We hope the play area brings joy to the children using it for years to come.”
Michael Brealey, Site Manager at St. Modwen Homes’ Branston Leas development, said: “The Camp Fisher playground is a project close to my heart. I served in the Staffordshire Regiment during the 1st Gulf War so I'm proud that St. Modwen Homes was able to support the creation of the new playground in honour of WO2 Ian Fisher.”
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