Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2014, Fusilier Tony David Emery, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in a car crash while home on leave from Cyprus. The driver of another vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing Fusilier Emery’s death by dangerous driving, but was not charged due to lack of evidence.
Fusilier Emery had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at the time of his death was due for promotion. Recording a narrative verdict, the coroner at his inquest said: “Tony was on the threshold of a long and distinguished career and for him to die at the age of 24 is unimaginable and difficult to comprehend.” Mentally and physically fit, professional, reliable and with a dry wit, Fusilier Emery was well-liked and lauded.
A close friend said of him: “He was a top bloke…He had the ability to make the bad times better, seeing the bright side of everything and in everyone. He was a legend, who will be missed, but never forgotten”. At his funeral service his company commander praised him for his easy and respectful nature, his worth as an infantry soldier, and his effortless humour: “We thank god for the life of Fusilier Tony Emery, a committed soldier, unrivalled son, uncle, brother and always a Fusilier”. Fusilier Emery lies buried in Heaton Cemetery, and in May of 2015 a tree was planted in his memory at Whitefield's Fusilier Memorial Forest.
Tony, from Westhoughton, was 24 years old