Early Tributes

Thursday, August 15, 2013 Laura Taylor posted a photo.

An old photo I randomly found of Orlando at about 14 ish. We were at penhale army cadet camp with Neil Martin, Dan Riden, cath and Laura Taylor (me). Happy days. (Quality is not great as its a photo of a photo).

Friday, June 7, 2013 Paul Stoddart-crompton

I never met Orlando but having seen him on TV in Commando on the Frontline and also his rowing exploits aboard Go Commando I was struck by his zeal for life and his very obvious pride in being a Royal Marine. He had a cheery manner with recruits at Lympstone and seemed to always be smiling about something or other. I guess he personified one of the elements of the Commando Spirit, that being cheerfulness. I’m an ex Para with an interest in ocean rowing and its only when I was trying to obtain a DVD of the Go Commando rowing programme that I learnt of his passing. Very sad. RIP Orlando. I have no doubts that you’re sorely missed by many people.


Saturday, May 25, 2013 Jamie Aaron Justin

Thank you for accepting just watched 55 year old commando and orlando was on there I show my respect and pay tribute to his family

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Lin Diaby posted a photo

Groping a pair of boobs (hats made by George Simpson’s Mum) in the Blue Marlin December 20 07

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Lin Diaby posted a photo

In The Blue Marlin, La Gomera – December 2007. Great night to fill up on beer before setting off across the Atlantic


Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Dougie Wright posted a photo

RIP mate.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Josh Scott

RIP Royal.. Gone but never forgotten!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Danny Craven

Two years ago today heaven certainly gained a dude. Always thinking of you Orlando Rogers.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Lisa Henley

RIP Orlando xx

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Saskia Philp

Never far from my thoughts. x

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Matt Brawn

Two years ago to this day, this world lost a great great man. we all miss you Orlando Rogers Tribute. hope you’re causing mayhem up there x

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Ian Bennett

Thinking of you today Julia, jade and of course the big fella.xx


Wednesday, May 15, 2013 George Disney


Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Lawrence Clinton

You’re never far from my thoughts mate. Especially today.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Joe Bates

Miss you big guy, keep chasing the Angels! X

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Louella Williams

If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. Xxx


Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Louella Williams posted a photo


Friday, May 10, 2013 Linz Morrison

Happy birthday fellow army cadet. <3 rest in peace xxx

Friday, May 10, 2013 Nicole Stacey

*Happy birthday* to a truly amazing guy xxx

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Laura May Thomas posted a photo

As promised quite some time ago… A donation to Orlando Rogers charitable Trust. Highest bid wins all proceeds go to the charity.(oil on canvas 60x60x4cm) x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Pauline Gallagher

Happy Birthday xx

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Sarah Rockey

Orlando I think of you often, and smile, you were hilarious x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Dan Swords

Happy Birthday, true inspiration.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Laura Hamilton

Happy birthday fella x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Josh Scott

Happy Birthday Orlando Rogers, a true hero taken too soon! Gone but never forgotten Royal<3 Orlando Rogers Tribute

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Alex Minifie wrote on your timeline.

Happy birthday Orlando.


Thursday, May 9, 2013 James Caldwell

Happy birthday such an inspiration

Thursday, May 9, 2013 George Wilton

Happy Birthday Royal…Rest In Peace!


Thursday, May 9, 2013 Jrme Brown

Joyeux Anniversaire!


Thursday, May 9, 2013 Jamie Goss

Happy birthday Royal


Thursday, May 9, 2013 James Taylor

happy birthday Orlando, rest in peace mate x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Carl Gilson

Happy Birthday Royal

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Joe Jones

Happy Birthday Mate , We miss you.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Joyce Rogers

Oh how I miss you orlando and have such wonderful memories and live my life by remembering you saying “Oh come on Gran Get on with it love”

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Leila Karrar

Happy Birthday angel xxx

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Matthew Stokes

Happy obvious royal! Hope your havin a cold one!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Angela Madsen

Happy Birthday…thinking of you

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Vivien Watt

Congratulations on another year! Smiling= when I think of that Great Guy!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Mariana Torres

Feliz Cumple!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Atmadiya Debnath

A verry happy b’day to you …… :)


Thursday, May 9, 2013 Hannah Worthington

Happy Birthday x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Fred Jacques

RIP my brother your duty w= ell done, gone but never forgotten

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Sukanya Tanasaratoon

…………..HBD to you……

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Lisa Henley

Wishing all family and friends a peaceful, thoughtful day. RIP Orlando x

Thursday= , May 9, 2013 Daniel Butt

Happy birthday big man. I know you’re enjoying a few= cold ones up there fella x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Matt Brawn

happy birthday Orlando Rogers Tribute -gone, but never forgotten x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Karen Dutton


Thursday, May 9, 2013 Anna Waring

Happy birthday x never forgotten x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Julia Snell

Happy Birthday Orlando! I was chatting to an ex-marine friend the other day and it turns out he knew you too, we had a lovely conversation about you, you were a huge inspiration to him when he was training. xx

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Nikki Eaves

Happy Birthday fella – Missed aways, RIP xxxx

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Jayne Harris

happy birthday hunnie .. sadly there are many who can look down from the barrack= above and say today its orlando’s party up here we will celebrate with him for all of you, all day. always in the thoughts of so many mate. rip x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Fil Mitchell

Happy Birthday Orly! Thinking of you, xxxx

Thursday, May= 9, 2013 Adam Howard

Happy birthday buddy!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Becky Lillie

happy birthday orly xx

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Arry Jones

Happy Birthday & RIP Royal, another legend taken away too soon.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Ian Beckett

RIP Royal

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Werner Koen

Happy Bday, legend. missed by all

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Trigger Rogers

Still missed Pal.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Carl Broadis posted a photo

Happy Birthday fella.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Guy Shepherd

Happy birthday big boy!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Tony Phipps

Happy Birthday. R.I.P

Thursday, May 9, 2013Hermann Fuchs

Happy Birthday. RIP

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Nikki Drummond posted a photo

Happy Birthday Big Guy gone but never forgotten xxx= x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Joolz Walker

Remembering you x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Saskia Philp

Happy birthday Orly! Thinking of you x

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Kunal Singh

happy birthday

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Cara Stratford

Happy birthday Orlando Rogers Tribute. RIP. Thinking of you and your loved ones today.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Steve Foster

Happy Birthday Orlando, RIP.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Lewis A Routley

Rip Orlando

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Louella Williams

Thinking of you today. Hope you’re having a party up there, ‘Orlando style’! This time 4 years ago we were setting off on the Asian adventure…good good times xxxxxxx

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Alex Hill

Happy Birthday Orlando! RIP chap.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 Nathan Godwin Gunapalan


Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Garry Mills

A great man.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Dan Blundell

I still remember the day the young 2nd lieutenant joined Lima coy, telling us he wasn’t like the other officers where myself and a couple other lads were thinking here we go a gain another young officer to mess us around, a week later we were high abseiling off the viaduct using his Toyota surf as the anchor point and trying t= o out do each other and having a right laugh. Fast forward a few years bumping into him in Sri Lanka after he came off his moped and trashing it ha ha what a bloke a true legend.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Angela Madsen posted a photo


Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Boris Stroud

Good afternoon all. I’m a trustee of the Orlando Rogers Foundation. I know we are coming up to the anniversary when we lost the blue-print of a real Man. A lot of us are ex-servicemen and women or are currently serving. I am sure we all agree that he touched us all with his joie de vivre and words of advice or friendly guidance. Above all, he made a huge difference to the lives of many. He always went beyond measure to achieve and excel and was constantly aware of the needs of others and made sure others became aware of such needs too. If you work offshore, or in security, or in the services, or a large company or whatever you do, I would ask that on his second anniversary we look at trying to gain as much momentum in fundraising as we can. Print out flyers o r put up a small poster; let all who know you and your friends know of the efforts we are making to try and gain momentum in raising funds for this truly inspirational charity. 20 In my buddy Phil Walker’s words: ” I am in Iraq just now and we will place the poster up in the mess. We have loads of ex-service guys here. I am happy to help, he was one of us. Please help us all make a difference. On the 15th of May we lost more than a friend, we lost a perfect blue-print of what any human should be . Orlando Rogers RIP my friend you are a legend. Thanks all, please make a diffrence


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Toni Keech

Hi Julia, I just wanted to let you know that my sister and I have just spent an amazing weekend at South Sands in Salcombe. I bid for the accomodation at Orlandos ball last year and we had the most amazing time. We raised our glasses= on several occasions to Orlando (there were many drinking sessions!) Hope you are well, Toni xxx

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Sebastian Preece

Thank you for accepting my request. It is an honour to pay tribute to such a great man.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Pete King

Hi Everyone, I was an instructor at Lympstone when young Orlando joined Her Majesty’s finest Royal Marines. He was a great student and took the training in his stride, little did I know I’d be working for him some years later when he and Dave P started Solace Global Maritime. It was a great loss to us all when the accident occurred and he will be dearly missed. During the time of the accident I was writing a guidebook on maritime anti-piracy and thought it fit that the book should be in memory of Orlando, my sister and two other great friends who passed away during the time of writing. RIP Orlando; you are a man amongst men!


Sunday, April 7, 2013 Brendon Prince

Loving that Ben Howard said ‘hello’ to me in the middle o= f his melbourne concert and thanks to Luke Byrnes he will help with the Orlando Rogers Tribute. Ben, Luke and Orlando…. Torquay Boys’ Grammar legends all three!


Sunday, March 31, 2013 Lin Diaby

Just watched Go Commando. It brought back lots of great memories having been part of the same race. Thank you for putting it out on DVD. I will forever treasure it. Gone way too soon Orlando. Lx


Monday, March 25, 2013 Danny Craven

Thinking of you dude


Monday, February 11, 2013 Tom Williamson

Received my DVD this morning. Brilliant watch, really showed more to Orlando than what we saw on Commando: On the front line. Inspirational bloke and may he RIP.


Friday, January 4, 2013 Danny Craven

Hello dude, I’m pleased to have been a= dded as a friend on your tribute account. I’m maintaining the fitness levels as alway 😉 Orlando you are sadly missed and it was a great pleasure to have known you. Portsmouth town enjoyed our runs ashore ; ) god bless Royal


Tuesday, December 25, 2012 Dean Coleman

Merry Christmas mate


Thursday, November 15, 2012 Hannah Rice

miss u xxx .


Saturday, October 20, 2012 Kristian Sully

An adventurous mind, A strong heart – Orlando – a truly special person we all miss ( Orlando 1985-2011 )


Saturday, October 20, 2012 Kristian Sully

The Adventurous mind With a strong heart Orlando this is The truly special person we will miss ( Orlando Rogers 1985-2011 )


Sunday, October 14, 2012 George Wilton posted a photo

One of the most inspirational men/officers whose story, sheer determination and motivational skills has made me even more proud to be part of the RM Corps Family, and hopefully with a green beret on my head in a few years time! :-) RIP Sir

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Hannah Rice

The lord saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around you and He whispered come to me. With tearful eyes I watched you and saw you pass away. Although I loved you dearly, I couldn’t make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me,… he only takes the best. Put this on your status if there is someone in heaven you miss everyday


Monday, August 20, 2012 Kasey Thomas posted a photo

I dug this out over the weekend. It is from the start of year 12 when we went to Barcelona on an art trip. I had only just started at the Grammar and didn’t really know anyone but Orlando was so sweet and friendly to me. i’ll always remember that about him xx


Monday, July 23, 2012 Orlando Rogers Tribute was tagged in a status.

Feeling down until I watched the video of the real man, Orlando Rogers, big reminder to enjoy life and be a warrior! Cheers O, you could steel my car anytime.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Jord Howard wrote

The Largest Of Feet Are Competed By The Smallest Of Steps Added Together Repeated (Orlando rogers)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Orlando Rogers Tribute was tagged in a status.

It’s been 1 year since you passed…but your memory still lives on. Gone but never forgotten. x x

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Saskia Philp

A day to remember for all the good times, and t= o be thankful for the happiness and memories you brought to so many people’s lives. Hope you’re behaving yourself x

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Jessica Villarreal Barnard

Thinking of you and your family. As many have said, gone but never forgotten xxx

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Fil Mitchell

One year on and I’m still as shocked as I was then. Hope you’re terrorising the heavens fella! Lots of love, xxx

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Kate Douglas

Was thinking about that photography field trip to London and it made me laugh out loud!! Gone but never forgotten, we all miss you xx

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Emma Price

Thinking of you and your family. You are always in our thoughts xxxx

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Daniel Butt

Gone but never forgotten. Hope you are resting in peace my friend, but knowing you, you will be on some sort of adventure up there :-) God bless x

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Orlando Rogers Tribute was tagged in a status.

A day to remember a very special person… I can’t believe it’s been a year. I miss you x x

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Kate Nicole Warburton

Just had a cheers to you over in Spain in the sunshine, a year on and Ive still got a stone on the lounge table I picked off the beach a year ago today which reminds me to make the most of everyday and keep achieving dreams like you did. Love to Julia and family from me and mine xx


Tuesday, May 15, 2012 James Spud Murphy

RIP dude! Hope ur enjoyin ur party in the sky! My thourghts r with ur family. Much luv


Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Orlando Rogers Tribute

Remembering a very special man who died a year ago today.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Orlando Rogers Tribute was tagged in a status.

I didn’t know you well, but feel honoured to have met you and known you at all. Thinking of your family, RIP Orlando

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 George Disney

Thinking of you today xxx


Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Matt Brawn

1 year on and never forgotten. RIP Orlando Rogers x

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Jenna Clegg

Often in my thoughts, taken too soon and a reminder how precious life is. Thoughts with your family today of all days RIPxx

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Toni Keech

<3 1 year since you passed… RIP Orlando <3 Thinking of your family today xxx

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 James Irvine

1 year today mate. Gone but certainly not forgotten. My thoughts are with your family.

Monday, May 14, 2012 Louella Williams posted a photo

High on life, always xxx

Sunday, May 13, 2012 Jade Rogers

Just to second the message of thanks posted by Julia. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for coming to the OR Charitable Trust Ball at Berry Head last night and making a great evening of it! Apologies for the briefness of my appearance, but I hear it was a great night. Here’s to next time! We’ll continue to be inspired by our big O, and also… party in his honour! Many thanks everyone! Also, special thanks to the organisers, George, Nikki and especially my Mum :-)


Sunday, May 13, 2012  Nicole Stacey

… amazing evening celebrating the truely inspirational *Orlando Rogers Tribute* xXx life is what we make it * xXx


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Tim Davies

Sadly he never matured like an old Port

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Hannah Scott-smith

Happy birthday buddy, miss you xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Alex Hill

RIP Orlando, sorry it’s late. I’m doing my first half marathon at the great north run in September, hopefully my training will set me up to do something (tough guy?) for Julia’s charity. You were an inspirational figure to many, the definition of a Royal Marines officer. I didn’t even bloody know you!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 James Irvine wrote on your timeline.

My thoughts are with you Julia, Jade, Joy and all who miss Orla= ndo.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Julia Rogers

I was by my son’s side at his resting spot. We both got a wetting. He is by my side and in my heart and soul every moment of every day. I treasure every atom= of him and the huge person he was. Huge in mind body and spirit and who upheld such a positive ethos and moral integrity with such humour! I feel humbled by all the loving messages which have helped me today and I trust the Tribute pages also help you all – as I know I am not alone in missing Orlando’s presence. Thanks all. Xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Javan Harvey

Happy Birthday Orlando. Very inspirational man. R.I.P.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Rebekah Harvey

RIP Orlando x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Linz Morrison

happy birthday buddie x x x x x x x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 George Wilton

Happy Birthday Bootneck! :) R.I.P Sir!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Ian Beckett

Happy Birthday Royal – Hope your giving that bar a beasting R.I.P.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Adam Howard

Happy birthday buddy!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Tony Phipps

Happy Birthday mate.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Leila Karrar

Happy Birthday Chap!!! xx xx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Jenna Holmes


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Pauline Gallagher

You will never be forgotten a great guy xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Mark Wood

Still in our thoughts. Hope you’re having fun up there! Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Louella Williams wrote on your timeline.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Amanda Fay Ellis

Happy Birthday Orlando. Miss your energy up the lane. Lots of love Julia X

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Andy Rowley

Happy birthday Royal! I hope somewhere you can see how much you’ve inspired a generation of Potential Royal Marines! RIP xx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5:30pm UTC+01

James Taylor wrote on yo= ur timeline.

happy birthday orlando, thinking of you a= nd your family today. Rest in peace mate x

= Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Anonymous

Happy Birthday mr, wish you were still here but hope you are celebrating wherever you are… miss you x x


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Trigger Rogers

Still in our thoughts!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Jessica Villarreal Barnard

Thinking of you!! Xx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Dean Gilligan

Happy Birthday Orlando, you are a great man and a man I inspire to be like. RIP

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Oliver Davies

Happy birthday have fun up there! RIP

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Adam Salkeld

Happy Birthday big man! RIP <3

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Holly Laycock

Thinking of you today Bloom. Happy Birthday. Hope you’re behaving yourself up there xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Vineet Kr Pandey

many many returns of the day happy birthday

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Liz De Prose

Happy Birthday. Hope you’re having a party up there! Xx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Steven Thurkle

Happy Birthday, shall take a shot for you, you legend! <3

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Matt Brawn

Thinking of Orlando Rogers Tribute on his birthday. RIP x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Fil Mitchell

Happy birthday Orly, thinking of you, xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Jayne Harris

happy birthday chappy xxx celebrate in style, always missed xx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Kate Chow

Happy birthday Orly, you are missed xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Kathryn Leworthy

Happy birthday Orlando. RIP xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Paul Cook

Happy Birthday Orlando, will be having a large glass of Port for you today!! From a fellow RM and ZapCat man


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Jamie Elliott

happy b day thinking of u and ur family today xxxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Marie Louise

Happy Birthday..I didn’t know you personally , but know your mum and will be thinking of you all today x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Lisa Henley

Those we love don’t go away They walk beside us every day Unseen, unheard, but always near Still loved, still missed and very dear. Your birthday brings many thoughts and tears. x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Rachel Martin

Happy birthday orlando rip


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 James Henton Lavis

Happy Birthday Royal, Much respect x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Nikki Eaves

Happy Birthday hun, will have a wee dram of port in your honour later chap xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Joolz Walker

Happy birthday in Heaven, may God bless and comfort your family and friends as they remember you xx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Natalie Day

Happy Birthday xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Kate Nicole Warburton

Happy birthday babe. We all miss ya! :) xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Conor Mcandie

Happy birthday orlando! RIP

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Matthew Lewis

Happy birthday Royal!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Ankur Roy

hi sir very very happy birth day to you

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Joyce Rogers

Happy Birthday to a darling grandson yougave us so much pleasure in your all too short life XGran

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Declan Barnett

happy birthday rogers :) hope ur good up there !!!r.i.p x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Bryan Wale

Happy Birthday Royal!! Rest In Peace! Much respect!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Will Soap Ayers

Happy birthday Royal R.I.P x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Kevin Walton

Happy Birthday Orlando x

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Carl Broadis

Happy Birthday Ollie raising a glass for you later.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Mark Yates

Happy Birthday boss


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Gary Senior

Happy birthday boss x


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Julia Snell

Happy Birthday Orlando, it was an amazing honor to work with you and ben on your website for the transatlantic row and report your progress back to your family and friends, you are both a huge inspiration. RIP. xx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Mark Guthrie

Happ Birthday Royal..lay well.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Karen Dutton

happy birthday orlando………..luv karen, kathy and family xxxx RIP

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Stuart Gould

happy birthday Royal

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Alexander D Little

Happy Birthday Orlando, rest in peace.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Jord Howard

The Largest Of Feet Are Completed By The Smallest Of Steps Added Together Repeated.


Sunday, May 6, 2012 Josh O’Donoghue

Orlando was my troop boss in training 924 troop. He was a brilliant man and helped me get past some difficult times. Thank you. RIP


Friday, May 4, 2012 Jonathan ‘Johnnerz’ McAlinden

If at any time that you feel you want to give up, do not, take one more small step and tell yourself that you will give up a mile later, and a mile later. Orlando Rogers. RIP.


Friday, April 27, 2012 George Wilton

Hello! I am a Royal Marines Cadet and I first saw Orlando on a TV series about the Royal Marines. I never had the honour of meeting him, but I am proud to be a small part of the Royal Marines Corps family that he was part of. R.I.P Sir!


Sunday, April 22, 2012 Adam Salkeld

R.I.P, top bloke! Top role model for myself and most likely who= ever else is thinking about joining the Royal Marines R.I.P <3

Sunday, April 22, 2012 Ollie Whiteman

Inspiring idividual!


Saturday, April 7, 2012 Sam Gosling

Just finished reading the Commando book by Chris Terrill for the second time. Only found out about what happened when I was halfway through reading it. R.I.P

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Louella Williams

Just been sat watching footage from our many adventures in Asia. Cried with utter sadness but also with sheer laughter at some of your antics and the things you made do. Zip-lining at stupid heights in the Laos jungle, to name just one. I feel so privileged to have shared those moments with you and will always keep those amazing memories close to my heart. Gone but never ever forgotten X

Monday, March 26, 2012 Jayne Harris

a whole that will never be filled but memories that will never fade ………. always a joker and his ability to raise a smile even when moral was low was perfect xx rip chappy


Sunday, March 25, 2012 Kenny Craig posted a photo t

Sadly, the only photo I have of me and Orlando, but a good one! A true Bootneck!

Sunday, March 25, 2012 Steve Comer

It has been a long time since I last saw Orlando but I must say that even at the young age of 13/14 orlando stood out from the crowd as being special I will always remember the fun times we had when I worked in magazone at la bowl. Orlando & quot;joker” Rodgers is one of the few people who has truly inspired me to push myself to do better, I have never known anyone who could even at a young age be respected as an equal by 20+ year olds. We wasted far to many Sunday’s shooting at each other with laser guns and got one or two nasty bumps along the way. It is a shame I never managed to catch up with him again although I often found myself checking to see if he was on any web sites. Seeing Orlandos photo on the front page of the local paper will always stand as one of the worst memory’s of my life, I will miss him always.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Jon Stratford

Keep seeing Orlando’s phone number in my contact list. Don’t think I’ll be deleting it any time soon. Miss you buddy!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Hannah Rice

orlando just wanted you to no my 7 year daughter georgia is doing judo xx

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Louella Williams posted a photo

Saw this last week and totally thought of you, Orl. For no particular reason I miss you so so much today :-( xxx

Saturday, December 31, 2011 Scott Mills

Was thinking of Orlando today. Will raise a glass to you pal.


Sunday, December 25, 2011 Linz Morrison

My thoughts are with your family today orlando! Your very much missed. Merry christmas buddy! xxx

Friday, December 23, 2011 Kate Nicole Warburton

Thinking alot about this chap this Christmas xx


Saturday, December 3, 2011 Karen Dutton

I wanted to call you today to say hello, but your old number is no longer in service. I tried the operator she said ‘sorry I have no number for you’. I tried to go to your house, but you don’t live there anymore. The post office has no forwarding address. I guess heaven is just too far away. I Miss You. You are in my heart always and forever. Copy and paste in remembrance of Loved ones gone but not forgotten. Merry Christmas to all those in heaven.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Margaret Bowling

Dear Orlando I’ve bought an ocean rowing boat. I’m renaming it Orlando in your memory. I wish you were here to help me fix it up and to row the Tasman in it with me. 20 Margaret


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Abi Coward

Will be thinkin about u on Sunday Orlando..me&katy r at last doin the commando challenge..u were always telling us 2 do it..and now we actually r!!..thanx 4 ur encouragement/belief..you will b in our thoughts as we smash it out:) lots a lv xxx


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Pete Royston

I have an answerphone message on my phone from Orlando, will work out how to post it, so those who want to can hear his voice again….With Julia’s blessing obviously!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Julia Rogers

Dear all – I still can’t believe what has happened. It hurts beyond anything I could ever explain. Every minute of every day I miss Orlando and truly I am heartbroken. You probably don’t want to hear that though. Still, I’m determined to keep going – one step at a time – just one more step. I have received 2 draft logos for the trust and would welcome some more logo ideas. I’ve done a draft website and am continuing with the admin for the Trust – but it is open up and running so please feel free to contribute. Please consider doing anything (well not quite quite anything!) to raise funds for the Trust – Orlando gave so much to everyone he met in his short life it would be honourable to do something now in his name and to help others. Please feel free to say hello – Orlando’s friends will always be welcome at our house.


Thursday, September 1, 2011 Gemma Trodd

Thoughts are still with Orly’s family, me and the girls are thinking up some event to do for his charity!x


Thursday, August 18, 2011 Kia Smith posted a photo

On a beautifully still night on the waters edge at Poole we lit up floating lanterns with all the lovely messages Orlando’s friends and family wrote to him at his funeral.


Sunday, July 24, 2011 Julia Rogers

I went again to visit my beloved son at his resting spot today. I still can’t believe it. Surreal. May I ask a favour? There are some wonderful photos on the tribute page of Orlando. Would people be willing to send me higher resolution pictures – i.e. the original files not the kind of downsized ones one has to use on facebook? Then I could print out high quality enlargements. Discs to my address – if you message me I’ll provide it. We will update you on Orlando Rogers Charitable Trust soon so do hope you’ll all help to fund raise and keep his spirit going in every which way possible. Any more stories? It’s such a big help when you share your memories with me.


Saturday, July 16, 2011 Kia Smith posted a photo

Poole Power Boat Race 2011. Raced and won by Dave Peach and Matt Sydenham in Memory of Orlando.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Dizzy Dawson

In Malt a hearing more epic funny adventures or you mate! Never forgotten!


Sunday, July 3, 2011 Emma Price

Devastated!….Where do i start? Worked with Orlando out in Afghan and it didn’t take long for the banter to start between us. My favourite story about him was when we’d been out on the ground for about 3 weeks and he woke me up at 3 in the morning to get the Military laptop off me to write his Daily Report for HQ.

Sunday, July 3, 2011 Emma Price

I was threaders as Orlando found it impossible to write these Reports when i was awake. Anyway i drifted back off to sleep and he woke me an hour later to get me to send it. I knew sending it at this time would take ages trying to fix a satellite. So as i was about to close the laptop down and send the Report in the morning i noticed a new folder on the desktop, titled ‘Honours and Awards List” i knew certain people were being mentioned for awards so thought as i was already awake i would be nosy and find out who the hierarchy had in mind. I double clicked the folder and it opened into 2 more folders, L/Cpl Howie (the lad i shared a tent with) and Cpl Price (ME). My eyes lit up the desert at 4 in the morning and my heart skipped a beat.

Sunday, July 3, 2011 Emma Price

Visions of the Queen presenting me the Victoria Cross for Valour, humour in the face of the enemy etc etc. As i double clicked the folder it opened up into a= n A4 size cartoon Penis the length of the screen, with a speech bubble coming from the bulbous tip saying ”In your dreams Pricey! Send that Report and get back on the Radio!!!Never before have i been had to that extent. It was pitch black and all i could hear was a muffled giggle from inside someone’s sleeping bag somewhere in the darkness of the desert. Needless to say the whole tour centered around me getting him back and so on.My tour was made better by Orlando being there and the laughter we shared. After leaving the Marines i started working for him and Dave and still do. Me and my family owe so much to Orlando and we will never forget what has done for us. To the world you may be someone, but to someone you may be the world!I miss you mate, Pricey

Friday, July 1, 2011 Gary Cook

Proud to have known you, R.I.P mate.

Friday, July 1, 2011 Emma Price

Devastated!….Where do i start? I worked with Orlando out in Afghan and it didn’t take long for the banter to start between us. My tour was made better by Orlando being there and the laughter we shared. After leaving the Marines i started working for him and Dave and still do. Me and my family owe so much to Orlando and we will never forget what has done for us. To the world you may be someone, but to someone you may be the world! I miss you mate, Pricey

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Paul Collinson

RIP mate


Saturday, June 11, 2011 Andy Spillman

Orlando showed me how to make a bomb from weed killer and set it off on the patio in his garden. Later I tried to make one myself in the back garden of my rented house at uni while having a bbq and party. I’d had a few beers so wasn’t thinking about what I was doing, so anyway the bomb went off, everyone was impressed…. apart from my landlord when a week later all the grass on the lawn was dead!! Cheers Orlando

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Nigel Watson Clark

Didn’t know you long ‘Roya’l… a few days in Egypt, an edgy transit and a BIG night in Salalah, but long enough to like you and become friends….

Monday, June 6, 2011 Pippa Cliff

Orly, you were one person that I thought would never be taken away from me as many people have said this world will not be the same without you- my thoughts are with your family & friends. Our last day together, not knowing it was your last weekend… you were so happy. You had no regrets, completely content with life. In fact two things you were worried about were; 1= ) how bad your hangover was 2) when you could buy bigger & faster bikes/boats! On Saturday 14th May one thing that was said to us by a good friend was live life while you can & enjoy every minute, there will be plenty of time to rest when we are in a box. Well you did live life to the full & I’m not going to say goodbye, I=’m going to say thank you for all the happy memories & adventures & thank you for always being there for me you are one in a million. Hope you are enjoying your new adventure Orly; I will try & make you proud & cannot wait to see you on the other side. Rest in peace, love you & miss you xx


Sunday, June 5, 2011 Jade Rogers posted a photo

This is the memorial cairn built by Chris Terrill and Paul Mattin, who held a ceremony at the same time as Orlando’s funeral at Patrol Base Wahid, Helmand in Afghanistan. They left ration pack sweets, tobasco sauce (an Orlando favoutite!) and toasted Orlando with single malt. The cairn is there as a memorial for anybody who wishes to pay their respects. How beautiful that Orlando is being remembered in so many places and extraordinary ways! I know he would have approved! Thankyou Chris and Paul!

Sunday, June 5, 2011 Lisa Henley

would like to thank a few friends of Orlando Rogers Tribute who helped me through the day and have given me some sound advice and encouragement to try to live up to for the rest of my life. Thanks guys – you are all 100% hoofing guys. Not mentioning any names but – Stephanie Ben Andrews, Ryan Chivers and Ben Gaffney. xxx


Saturday, June 4, 2011 Lisa Henley

A fitting day for a special man – new friendships made. RIP Orlando xx

Saturday, June 4, 2011 Ryan Chivers

Was a great send off on thurs and I know the big man would have been smiling down as the lads celebrated his life and span countless dits about their memories of him and his crazy antics. R. I. P. Mate.

Saturday, June 4, 2011 Rob Watson

Rest in peace big guy, may we all try to follow your example. Truly an inspiration

Saturday, June 4, 2011 Darren Notman

Not only was It a pleasure to know and work with Orlando it was an honour to instruct and drill his closest friends (and family (incredible – she knows)) to carry him to his final resting place.=20 Such a sad loss, and a hole in many lives left behind. Rest in peace big fella.

Saturday, June 4, 2011 Joanna Hill

Remembered always with much respect and love. x


Friday, June 3, 2011 Kathryn Leslie

Sleep tight sweetheart and know that I love you always…nikupenda sana. Kathryn xxx

Friday, June 3, 2011 Emily Carter

I wasnt able to make it yesterday but since I heard you were gone and since reading everyones memories I’ve been remembering you fondly x cadets was certainly more entertaining with you there x all I could put into words has already been said I couldn’t say it any better x you were a credit to life x R.I.P x


Friday, June 3, 2011 Jacob L Webb

All my love Orlando. My thoughts are with your family and all your friends from your generous life. Inspiration…..to do the best in the best possible way! Xx


Thursday, June 2, 2011 Chris Terrill posted a photo

We held a ceremony today for Orlando today at a patrol base in Helmand. We (Paul Mattin and I) built a simple cairn under the forward defensive rampart of the base in which we placed some goodies (nutty and ration pack duff) and toasted Orlando with a sip each of single malt from a silver hip flask. We naturally poured some over the cairn for Orlando. I hear from my wife that his funeral back home was hoofing in the very best sense of the word. The young lion had a great send off.


Thursday, June 2, 2011 Kate Douglas

RIP Orlando. Such an inspirational, fun and popular guy who will be hugely missed by everyone he knew. Will always remember the laughs we had doing photography together and those nightmare shifts at Pizza Hut! Glad the sun shone today and sending my love and condolences to the family. xxx

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Sue Warburton

So pleased the sun has shone for you today Orlando, our thoughts to Julia, Jade and all the family xx

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Abi Coward

Thinking of u today!!!!..the sun has come out just 4 u!!! X x

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Becki Fairey

Thoughts are with Orlando and his family today, very sad day. Rip x

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Raju Tanna

You certainly lived your life to the full. You will be greatly missed by each and everyone of us. May you rest in peace and be forever in our thoughts. x

Th= ursday, June 2, 2011 Nathan Eames

Thinking of you all today. Sorry I can’t make it I’ll be there in my heart. Orlando was my neighbour for a brief time and I thought he was just one of those people you rarely meet that you just WANT to get to know. x

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Gemma Trodd

Sorryi cantbe there todaythinking of u Orly the sun is shining for you today x x x


Thursday, June 2, 2011 Kate Chow

What a great guy, what a huge loss – my thoughts are with your family and friends Orlando xxxxxxxx


Thursday, June 2, 2011 Louella Williams

I can’t believe this day is happening. My thoughts are with you all at home “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all” Orlando you certainly lived. Miss you, Rest In Peace xxx

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Suzannah Howson

Thinking of you all today, sorry I cant be there to join the celebration of a wonderful guy. RIP Orlando xxx

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Jenna Keir

Thinking of you today orlando and sorry I can’t be there, sweet dreams, we’ll all miss you xxx


Thursday, June 2, 2011 Kirsty HB

Sending lots of love to all of Orlando’s family and friends today and always. Sorry I can’t be there but thinking of Orlando and all of you that are grieving for his loss. To the living, I am gone To the sorrowful, I will never return To the angry, I was cheated But to the happy, I am at peace And to the faithful, I have never left I cannot speak, but I can listen I cannot be seen, but I can be heard So as you stand upon the shore Gazing at the beautiful sea, remember me As you look in awe at a mighty forest And in its grand majesty, remember me Remember me in your hearts, In your thoughts, and the memories of the Times we loved, the times we cried, the battle we fought and the times we laughed For if you always think of me, I will never have gone. xxxxxxx

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Karen Dutton

a beautful day, to remember a wonderful man. Thinking of family and friends. karen, kathy and family xxxx

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Stacey Robinson

Thinking of friends and family today. Sleep well xx


Thursday, June 2, 2011 Katie Breyley

Thinking about you Orlando xx sleep well xx

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Danni Matthews

thinkin of Orlandos family n friends today, i didnt no him but a few friends did n he sounds like an inspirational man im sure u will all give him the send off he deserves. big hugs. x x

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Laura Hamilton

The beard.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Laura Hamilton

I can’t be there tomorrow but I will be thinking of Orlando and his friends and family. I would like to donate to the trust, so will keep an eye out for details of how to donate. I have some funny memories of Orlando – from school days – him leading the way across a field back to our campsite during a summer road trip to Polzeath as he was the only one to bring a torch (obviously) – and more recent times – seeing him and his full on beard at Christmas, which he had apparently grown to make him look older and gain kudos with all the shipping company bigwigs he was dealing with in running his new company – brilliant. There aren’t enough words to do him justice. RIP xxx

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Kerry Lake

You are one in a million and we both thought the world of you. My kids included. Take care in your new world..love and kisses xxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Chris Terrill

Tomorrow is the day to say goodbye to Orlando. I am in Afghanistan with Paul Mattin and we are currently out on a Helmand patrol base but tomorrow at exactly the same time as the funeral we will build a cairn out of rocks in the Afghan desert and place in it a ration pack of treacle pudding – something I know Orlando would appreciate. We hope everyone has a fulfilling day of remembrance and celebration of a short life extremely well lived.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Liz De Prose

Sending my thoughts & best wishes from Australia. Sorry I can’t be there to celebrate Orlando’s extraordinary & colourful life x


Tuesday, May 31, 2011 James Irvine

Another update: Julia wants to enforce that people should do whatever they feel most comfortable with. There will be opportunity at the wake (and by post) to donate to The Orlando Rogers Charitable Trust. However, if you prefer, flower tributes are also welcome. Similarly, do not feel obliged to bring a photograph along. However if you have a photo and would like to give this to Orlandos family as something to keep and remember him with, please do. It will just be great to see those who are able to attend and celebrate Orlando’s life as he would have wanted.

Monday, May 30, 2011 James Irvine

Hi everyone, Orlando’s funeral will start at 11am at Milton Abbey, Dorset. There will be a wake afterwards at the Salterns Harbourside Hotel, Salterns Marina, 38 Salterns Way, Poole. Be aware it is a 21 mile drive from the Abbey to the wake (approx. 40mins). It was Orlando’s wish for people to bring a photograph of him along to his funeral, with a memory or story of him written on the back. These can be collected at the wake, and will provide a fitting memory of him for his family to keep. Jade has already told you that it is not required to wear black, and a bit of colour better reflects Orlando’s outlook on life.


Friday, May 27, 2011 Anthony Pike

I went to primary school with Orlando, i’m really saddened to hear about his passing:-( he was a a very energetic character and a great athlete even back then. i have= great respect and admiration for all of his hard work to make our country a better place. My thoughts are with all of his family and friends x


Friday, May 27, 2011 Jade Rogers

Update on Orlando’s funeral. Just to make sure everyone knows that all friends of Orlando are welcome, it is an open event. Dress  please wear what you are comfortable with, but to reflect Orlando’s outlook on life we would like to emphasise that you are not obliged to wear black, indeed we would prefer to keep the event a bit more colourful! Tributes The Orlando Rogers Charitable Trust helping exceptional people achieve exceptional things. We are in the process of setting up a trust in Orlando’s name, with the aim of raising funds to further causes which were close to his heart. Therefore, donations are suggested as an alternative to floral tributes. Details of the trust will be publicisised in the coming days and at his funeral and celebration afterwards. We look forward to meeting you!

Friday, May 27, 2011 Jade Rogers

Thankyou to all Orlando’s wonderful friends who have sent best wishes to his family. Everyone’s kindness has been a great help and is really appreciated. My sympathy and condolences also to all his friends – his loss is being felt by many. Thankyou x

Friday, May 27, 2011 Gemma Trodd

The first time I met Orly, I was out with my sister Vicky in the Venue (I was 16!oops). Me and Orly had a mini dance off at the edge of the dance floor, nothing was said, it was hilarious, I remember thinking on Monday when I was in school how hilarious my night had been having a dance off with some random person! Then I was waiting for a coach at school and who did I see across the other side of the coach station coming from the Boys grammar school? Yes it was Orly, he looked at me with recognition as I did with him and we were both in hysterics! (Although I was also slightly mortified!). After that we were fellow psychology A level students together and had some brilliant times, he was the only person I knew who could get away with the banter at the teachers, they loved him and so did everyone! He was hilarious, cheeky and brilliant! RIP Orlando, you will be missed by so many people. Much love xxxxxxxxxxx


Thursday, May 26, 2011 Kirstin Scarlett Johansen

I have great memories of Orlando; from when he was running around the playground as a young boy, to our journeys to school together, Orlando sat outside my house, fatman scoop blasting from the speakers, with a great big smile on his face. Orlando was a very charming & inspirational guy. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.Rest in peace Orlando x


Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Saskia Philp

My neighbour and my best friend. You’re the link to some of my happiest memories. I’ve never met anyone else like you, and I know I never will. You’ve left a hole in so many peoples lives that can never be filled. You’ll live forever in the stories of our adventures – and for that reason your ability to make me laugh and smile will never be lost. Sleep tight Orly x

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Katherine Flanagan

I did not no Orlando on a personal level but as a gud friend ov my husbands I feel like I no him first hand due to the high respect and continious banter between them both on a work and personel level ..not 2 mention them hiring 2 mo-peds out in srilanka and writing them both off within hours …who wud giv 2 former royal marines a moped ha whilst drunk ??? Reading all the stories and hearing how inspirationl he was is truely heartwarming and its so very very sad his amazing life and involvement in others came to such a tragic end. He will 4ever be in ur hearts and minds xxx I send my thoughts and deepest greatest sympathy to his mum his family and friends xx RIP Orlando u will be truely sadly missed by all xxxxxxx

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Louella Williams

Only Orlando would have me zip-lining through the jungle 1000s of feet high in Laos. Only Orlando would have me down the red run on day 1 of my first ever ski-ing experience. And only HE would jump off a moving train (calling me to follow) in the middle of nowhere in Thailand, having realised we’d missed our stop! Never before have I met someone who inspired me so much to live each day for the moment. The world will be a much duller place without you. RIP XXXXXXXX


Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Sean Bass

Orlando made me the best egg banjo ever last summer in Poole, he pulled rank, i pulled PO number, i won!, the UKMTO meetings in Dubai wont be the same without him, Rest In Peace Royal!


Monday, May 23, 2011 Ash Haw

Many memories had on herick 9, darting around the dash in jackals blasting out the tunes, although you did get a bit of stick for playing James blunt. lol. Great OC and good friend. Will be sadly missed. RIP Orlando.


Monday, May 23, 2011 Linz Morris

I have some amazing memories of being in the army cadets with Orlando, will be greatly missed and will always be a hero!!! My mum used to call him “the strapping young lad&quot; :) always had a smile on his face x x x

Monday, May 23, 2011 Asa Welch

What can I say mate, the one and only Orlando Rogers ! You will be sorely missed. The ACF, the 110 stuck up at Breacon, route 66 radios, countless tales of the marines, the Orangutan, “You can arrest me, but you CANT catch me” “its ok, were marines, we’re on manoeuvres ” and so many more memories. You achieved more in your 26 years than I could in two lifetimes, gone but never forgotten.


Monday, May 23, 2011 Julia Rogers

Dear family and friends. I can’t believe I’m writing this – I thought he was invincible. Orlando’s funeral will take place on Thursday June 2nd at 11 am at Milton Abbey, Dorset. Thank you all for your kind messages and funny stories – they are a big help and great comfort. With love to you all Julia Rogers – Orlando’s mum


Monday, May 23, 2011 James Boase

Great guy. Always had a smile on his face, always great company to share a beer with. Rest in peace mate

Monday, May 23, 2011 Nick Whitehead

Thanks for coming to see me in hunter to check how I was doing, a true legend of a bloke. RIP.

Monday, May 23, 2011 Chris Rowland

Rest in Peace Royal.

Monday, May 23, 2011 Dizzy Dawson

what a bloke and such a great boss to work for, RIP Mate.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 Angela Hughes

Thank you orlando for everything you have done to keep us safe, without knowing it you have been a huge inspiration to us throughout our sons training RIP Royal god bless xx


Sunday, May 22, 2011 Richard Morris

Orlando Rogers is one of a few officers i could call a proper bootneck, and an awesome allround bloke, you will be greatly missed Royal.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 Tam Harkins

Rest in Peace Royal.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 Zebulon Carlander

There is a forum for people who aspire to become Royal Marines and there the news of Orlandos death was taken with great sadness and there was a thread made for people to give their condolences and share their thoughts about the man. Since this page is dedicated to Orlando Rogers I thought it would be fitting to post a link here : http://prmc.royalnavy.mod.uk/showthread.php?t=3D40232=20

Saturday, May 21, 2011 Taryn Richards

we were in the army cadets together, one night we were taking the younger ones to stay out doors……on this night I was sharing sleeping space with orlando…about 2am a small voice said ‘ sgt my sleeping bags wet + I’m freezing’ ……without a second thought orlando opened his sleeping bag and told the cadet to climb in-not only keeping the lad warm + safe but slept on the cold ground next to him! legend!!!x

Friday, May 20, 2011 Holly Louise Woodin

watched Orlando on the documentary series he was in, i thought he was great!!! my thoughts go out to his friends and family-a great loss. R.I.P Orlando x


Friday, May 20, 2011 Becki Fairey

My husband had Orlando as his troop commander (Scott Fairey). He spoke so highly of him even though he was a lot younger, commented on how he was ahead of his years by miles. My husband and many of his friends who knew Orlando are devastated by the news, someone like that can never be replaced but I know he will live on in their memory (and many, many, MANY dits). Everyone who speaks of orlando has a undisputed opinion that he was a fantastic bloke, full of life, true friend, all that knew him now feel privileged that they had the chance to of shared his life and Now his memories. All thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time, RIP Orlando Rogers x truly missed.

Friday, May 20, 2011 Jenna Holmes

I went to primary school with Orlando so its been a long time since we last spoke but he has always been remembered and always will be. Thoughts are with his family and friends. xx

Friday, May 20, 2011 Melly M McCullough

I worked along side Orlando when he was the troop boss of Hollywood troop. Such a great you be missed. RIP Orlando.x

Friday, May 20, 2011 Sophie Scott-Smith

a true legend. i can remember seeing him out in t= own one night and finding him in the corner of the dance floor with a drink in one hand and griping onto the banister with the other, barely able to stand and looking like he was in agony. i asked what he had done and he replyed that he had surgery on his knee that day but couldnt be bothered to sit around in the evening so thought he may as well go out and get pissed and party instead! he inspired me to join the military and at the end of the year in joining the RAF as a paramedic- biggest inspiration I have ever had to go and make something of your life, life is too short to stand still. he will never be forgotten and will remain in our hearts forever.


Friday, May 20, 2011 Kia Smith

O told me to ‘do my worst; when deciding what Halloween outfit to give him! I didn’t need to be told twice! He had the worst camel toe all night in that clown suit!!

Friday, May 20, 2011 Will Cole

Went to primary school with Orlando , fucking shame

Friday, May 20, 2011 Dan Blundell

I first met Orlando when he had just finished his training, he joined Lima Coy as our troop boss and he was such a character, we used his Toyota surf (which had a bed on the back) as an anchor point so we could throw ourselves of the bickers viaduct, The last time i saw Orlando he was trying to pay of a scooter rental guy in Sri Lanca due to him crashing his scooter. Well sorry to see him go but only Orlando would leave us with another hoofing dit, Going down in a Tiger Moth. R.I.P fella

Friday, May 20, 2011 Pete Royston

Went ashore, drunk to Orlando, couldn’t find my key so slept in the garage, very uncomfortable…..Woke up this morning and found my key in my pocket!….It’s what he would have wanted.


Friday, May 20, 2011 Taryn Richards

the only guy I know that would drive his sister to work wrapped in nothing but a towel! an amazing guy x


Friday, May 20, 2011 Paul Storey

I first worked with Orlando about 15 months ago in Oman and then Djibouti. He had an instant likeability about him and we have been mates ever since. He had me in stitches one night as this elderly gay guy was trying his best to pull Orlando, However, the nice guy that Orlando was, spent about 15 minutes trying to wriggle out of it without upsetting the gay guys feelings! True gent! For someone so young, he had an special auro about him which commanded respect. He crammed so much into his life and achieved so much, a winner! One truly great and inspirational bloke who i will never forget. Mate, it was a pleasure knowing you.


Thursday, May 19, 2011 Oliver Davies

Rest in peace royal, you proved to this world there is good in it may you fly high with all your other falling comrades.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 Pete Royston posted a link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= =3DdTPbqPFKGoA&feature=3Drelated=20 Have a listen, music does so much talking for us, this is for all of you that have counted in “The Big O’s Life”, have a glass of something in your hand, close your eyes and do it…(Royals) If you cry your beef! stand fast the rest! lol. Julia, Jade and Kathryn, ladies, this is for you. X= XX


Thursday, May 19, 2011 James Marshall

I served with Orlando in Afghan on Herrick 9. He was OC MSG for CRF 42 CDO. I was a forward air controller attached to his troop for certain Ops. On one particular Op we were operating out of the vehicles down south. Every evening we would extract from the green zone and head out into the desert to harbour up for the night. Now it was common knowledge after the first few Ops that the sergeant major had a bottle of uber strong hot sauce. Orlando had also at this stage been given the name “OC MRE” (US rations) for the shear quantity of scran he ate!! He really did put it away! On one of these desert harbours we had received an air drop containing fresh rations (cans of shift drink chocolate etc) also in this air drop were some donuts! A favourite of Orlando. We had all tried the hot sauce and other lads would not go near the stuff as they had seen what had happened to others! Sooo in order to get OC MRE to scran some of the delicious sauce we laced the last donut with it and called him over. To his delight we handed him the donut explaining we had all had one and this was the last one which he could have. As you can imagine he got a shock ! Orlando was an amazing bloke with such talents and it was an honour to work a long side him in Afghanistan and for Solace. By the way he still ate all the donut! Strong! RIP Orlando.


Thursday, May 19, 2011 Gary Robinson

Sad to see such a legend pass before his time hoofing lad and marine I know everyone that knew you will truely miss you thoughts with your family RIP mate


Thursday, May 19, 2011 Cara Sims

I think it’s fair to say Orlando left a mark of inspiration on all of us who were lucky enough to have met him! We shall certainly not meet another character like him, truly unique and a little bit crazy one might add. I’m sure he will watch over and have a great laugh at our expense as we endeavor to achieve a mere fraction of what he did at such a young age. I hope we can do you proud Orlando by honoring you spirited, energetic and brave approach to life. RIP Rogers, see you on the other side, so stand by for the turnip lady 😉 .xx


Thursday, May 19, 2011 Jason Thorne

A great person who lived life to it’s fullest potential, will be truly missed by one and all, for those that didn’t know you then they haven’t had the pleasure of knowing a truly great person. Rest In Peace Mate x


Thursday, May 19, 2011 Brett Ward

I knew Orlando from my time in Zapcats. In the short time I knew him, I was truly taken by his unique personality and friendship. Rest well mate!

Thursday, May 19, 2011 Pete Royston

Have just sent multiple invites to the boys, so sorry, he was my Boss and friend, he was a mans man and the world is an emptier place without him. X

Thursday, May 19, 2011 Nikki Drummond

I was lucky enough to have know Orlando whilst he raced Zapcats to those who knew him better and longer than me, I can’t quite comprehend what a loss you will be feeling but I hope you receive some comfort in knowing how many people will miss him, how inspirational he was to some many and how in such a short life time he touched so many peoples lives and hearts x gone but never forgotten RIP Orlando x


Thursday, May 19, 2011 Nikki Drummond

I wrote this on the 25th Spetmeber 2009 following the first Watergate of 2007 Commanding performance from the Zapcat Marines! In what’s classed as their home event of the Zapcat Season the three teams from the Royal Marine Commandos had a fantastic weekend with each of the teams taking a place on the podium over the course of the weekend. Battling it out with 31 other teams at the Surf Racing home of Zapcat Racing, Watergate Bay in Newquay. Richie Lake and Steve Pidsley had a dominating weekend in Go Commando 1 taking the silver podium place in Saturdays final after showing that the surf conditions were suited to them and their racing style. They fought a tight race with Championship leaders Pegasus Vortex Racing and Strong Language in the final to secure the silver spot. Go Commando 1 are sitting in 12th Position in the National Championship but with only 180 points separating the top 12 places in the championship everything is still to play for…..