Chris Usher’s Funeral was today, Thursday 20th February 2014, here are funeral pictures, plus photos of the KOYLI in which he served.

It was a sad occasion that Chris had left us, but in the same breath I must state that the number of his comrades and his family and friends filled the church.

There was a Guard of Honour with the Association Colours of the KOYLI, which Chris always carried and other Colours, Colin Ward was the I/C Colour Guard, who brought us to attention as the horse driven carriage reached the church gates, Chris’s male relatives carried the coffin up the rickety ancient path, I could see the heart ache in their faces as they carried Chris’s coffin

As the pallbearers entered the church the sound of the Light Infantry Buglers and band played the beautiful sound of ‘High on a Hill’, Chris had requested this on instructions he left with his daughter Angela, as he was the one who wanted a horse driven hearse, he knew he was dying, so he put his affairs in order.

The church was packed by the time we went in, a lovely Catholic service was given by Father David Letheridge, a kindly man, who  talked of Chris’s life in great detail, the coffin was draped with the Union Jack and the KOYLI Association Colours belonging to Pete Bate. After the service in the church, Pete and I departed to the Thurnscoe Cemetery, where we had been a few times with Chris and standard bearer colours,  and with Pete playing the bugle.

It was sometime later  that the family arrived at the graveside, then the limousine hearse arrived with the flowers, of which I photographed, it was a dramatic moment, when we heard the horses hooves as they cantered down the old road towards us, the plumes on the horses heads, waving around in the wind, the lady hearse driver in full command of the horses.

Colin Ward in charge of the Guard of Honour brought the standard bearers to attention, as Chris was carried to the graveside, he was lowered into the empty grave with priest blessing the coffin as it was being lowered, there was a great deal of crying from Chris’s family, as they finally knew Chris was going to Heaven, he would now be free from the pain.

Pete played a faultless Last Post, as the spirit rests, the standards are lowered, after one minute, Pete played the KOYLI Reveille, the standards are raised,where the spirit re-asserts itself into the new world, in Chris’s case Heaven, God Bless mate, you were the best, your mate Les Parkin.


More funeral photos plus photos of his time in the KOYLI.


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Chris was born on 10th January 1942. He died on 5th February 2014.


Above photograph taken in August 2011

It is with great sadness that I  must inform Chris’s friends worldwide that he died on the 5th February 2014, after battling with cancer, a terrible shock to all his army family friends, we offer our sincere condolences to his close family.  Rest in Peace Chris, stand down your duty is done,

God Bless, Cede Nullis,

Les Parkin




Chris with his family


A good friend Chris, he was a worker, even though he was so unwell having kidney problems, having to have Dialysis treatment three times per week then fighting cancer he still did his unfailing duty and parade with the KOYLI banner at most functions when he could, my sincere condolences to his family, Rest in peace Chris

Les Parkin



Sad news indeed.  Condolences to his Family.  RIP Chris

Harry Finley



Very sad news about Chris, my condolences to his family.

Ted Brown



Yes, very sad news, RIP Chris.

Les Turner



Dear old Chris always  smart on Parade.. please pass my condolences to his family  R.I.P ..Chris

…..Cede Nuills

David Fill



Sorry to see another part of our regimental family has been stood down RIP Chris.

Ronnie Barrow



Sorry to hear of Chris passing away, my condolences go out to his family.

Brian Fill



Chris you flew the standard where ever it was needed. Now the standard will look after you old friend, so rest in peace.   Give our condolences to his family

Jim Lancaster



Sorry I cant attend. Just remembered I will be at the hospital on that day and time, Cardiology department.  But will be thinking of him.

Jim Lancaster



Sad news indeed please pass on my condolences to his family

Michael Fill



Sorry to find out Chris has passed away, he has suffered for a long time with cancer, but now he is at peace, he was a credit to the memory’s of the KOYLI & LI and we could guarantee unless he was poorly he would be at different functions with the Regiments Standard , all that knew Chris will miss him,  I have to take my wife to Donny hospital on the 20th and the appointment is at 0845a.  If possible I will attend his funeral, RIP old soldier

Ken Cowen



RIP Chris give my condolences to his family

Roy Alder



RIP Chris, my condolences to his family..

Mick Bradley



Give our condolences to Chris and his family for us RIP Chris

Fred & Brenda Howard



Sadly missed, Chris was always there at meetings, a KOYLI Light Infantryman to the end Condolence to the family, RIP Chris

Stan Green




Very sad to hear that Chris has passed away, a very gallant and consciences member of the Regiment and as Ken mentioned, he would attend with the Standard at all events.

I do not know if Chris had any family living, may be Pete Shields would know as Chris lived near him. He will be missed  and remember by many members of the Regiment.

Rest in peace old soldier.

Tim Humphreys



Hi All,

Chris Ushers funeral will take place on Thursday 20th February at 1115 in St Hildas Church, High Street, Thurnscoe, Internment in Thurnscoe Cemetery.




Sorry to hear about Chris Les, I was hoping to see him at the Malay & Borneo Vet’s meeting later this month.

Malcolm Moore



Hi Les.Sorry to hear this sad news.   Condolences to his family.   RIP Chris.

Eric Gilbert



Sad news condolences to his family

Jim Mathieson



Hi Les and all, Colin Ward has just phoned me with the details of his funeral as follows

11-15 am on the 20th February 2014

St Helens Church

High Street,


It is always sad to hear another one of the old Battalion KOYLI  is taken from us.  Chris Usher was one of the best, at  all the function he would turn up no matter what the weather was like.  He attended all funerals, stood with the Standard, and lowered it when Pete Bate played the LAST POST he will be sadly missed by all that knew him.  Deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.

from Ann and Alan Yates ,   RIP Chris



We are very sorry to hear that Chris has passed away, my family and I have known chris for many years, Chris and John my late husband were standard bearers together, our deepest sympathy.  Rest in Peace Chris you were a great friend.

Pauline, Carri-ann Cox, and family



A sad loss. RIP

Percy Potts



Hi Les
Thanks for the information regarding Chris, I am sorry to hear of his untimely passing. Chris was in 5Pl when I joined the Bn in Malacca, we served together during the Borneo tour 1963- 64. He was a fine soldier who contributed a great deal in what were at times trying circumstances Please pass on my sincere regrets to his family.

Dave Manby  KOYLI 2LI


Many Many thanks to Phil Johnson and members of the KOYLI -LI
Leeds Branch who have kindly added their thoughts on this thread,
Chris’s daughters will have great comfort from this


Les Parkin

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