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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
Acting Chairman: Lt Col (Retd) E Vines 
Association Secretary: Maj (Retd) R S Prophet

16 September 2016             NEWSLETTER               Vol 7 Issue 3

001   OBITUARIES

It is with great sadness we inform you that 430381 Major James Michael Frederick MARTIN of Sindlesham, Berkshire died on 12 September 2016 aged 84  Mike was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in 1953 and served at the Depot, Derby.  After completing his Pl Comds course he was posted to the 2nd Battalion in October 1953.  In August 1955 he was posted to the Depot as Training Subaltern until March 1958 when he was posted to the 1st Battalion with which he went to Malaya and Singapore until August 1961.  Mike was then posted as OC Regimental Recruiting Team at the Depot until March 1962 when he was appointed Adjutant 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters.  In March1964 Mike returned to the 1st Battalion as OC Rear Party  in Colchester then 2IC of a Coy before being appointed Adjutant.  In 1966 Mike was posted as a Major to  1 Zambia Regt, Indola followed by a tour at 3 Zambia  Regt, Kabwe until 1969 when he was posted as  OC A & HQ Coys 1 Worcestershire Regiment in Cyprus.  On amalgamation in 1970 Mike was posted OC Admin Coy 1 WFR in Warminster followed by appointments as GSO 3 Ops/Trg Londonderry,, Trg Major 3 WFR Newark,, HQNI ASVU (UDR) Lisburn, OC Mil Trg Wing AA College Arborfield, OIC Mil Training Princess Marina College, OC 506 GL Sec, Adjutant SEE before retiring in 1987.  He then became RO3 CD Cell REME Offrs School (Combat Div) followed by Asst Corps Sec RAJA/Sec & Librarian REME until end of RO3 service in 1998.  His funeral is to take place on Thursday 29 September 2016 at St Eligius Church, Arborfield Garrison at 1130 hours.  Family flowers only.  Standard Bearers would be welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, Mrs Audrey Martin, Catkins, 2 Betty Grove Lane, Sindlesham, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 5DR

002   CSGT FRANK FORDSHAM FORMER WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT

Frank Fordsham served with the Worcestershire Regiment until about 1970 (one of his appointments was Officers' Mess Sergeant) and has recently been informed he has metastatic cancer, Primary in chest Secondaries in lymph glands and the prognosis is weeks.

He was much liked by many of the officers and they have continued to communicate with him but it would be appreciated if anyone who knew Frank was to write to him c/o his daughter, Mary Holdsworth, 6 Birkenhead Drive, Kilsyth, Victoria 3137, Australia.

003   CRICH MEMORIAL TOWER - GROUNDS

A small group of volunteers led by Mr Roy Crump is to meet at the Memorial grounds on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 0930 hours to carry out grass cutting and weeding.  If anyone is able to assist in any way in this worthwhile venture they are asked to contact Roy on roy.crump@ntlworld.com

004   DMWS - NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE

Although the poster only mentions Nottingham we have been advised that it covers Derbyshire as well.   The service offered is not just for serving personnel but for former servicemen as well.  If members wish to see if the charity operates in their county they should contact the named person below for further information.

https://youtu.de/gXszNi8ERqA    ccadman@dmws.org.uk

mob 077721 127786

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9 September 2016               NEWSLETTER         Vol 7 Issue 31

001   OBITUARIES

Nil Reported

 

002   BOOK AUCTION - 14/15/16 SEPTEMBER 2016

A sale of books from the library of the late C Housley is to be held on 14/15/16 September 2016 by Mellors and Kirk Auctioneers, Gregory Street, Nottingham.  Lots may be viewed at  http://www.mellorsandkirk.com/CatalogueView.aspx?cid=112

003   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW

The winners of the Foresters Lottery Draw for August 2016 are as follows:

1st     Mr D F Edwardes     £30.00
2nd    Lt Col J F Turner      £20.00
3rd     Mr D Bowser           £10.00

004   REGIMENTAL HISTORY BOOKS

The following Regimental History books are available from WFRA as follows;

First Contact - A History of the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1939 - 1945 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
12th (Pioneer) Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
British Gallantry Awards of The Sherwood Foresters (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
The Final Years - A History of The Sherwood Foresters 1957 - 1970 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
The Sherwood Foresters in the Easter Rising - Dublin 1916 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
Poetry from the Trenches of The Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£8.00 + £2.80 p&p)

Cheques should be made payable to WFRA and forwarded to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GN.  All the proceeds from the sale of the afore-mentioned books are to be donated to the Crich Memorial Tower Fund in accordance with the wishes of the family of the author, the late Cliff Housley.

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2 September 2016         NEWSLETTER          Vol 7 Issue 30

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   LT W LEEFE-ROBINSON VC - WREATH LAYING CEREMONY - 4 SEPTEMBER 2016

Worcester Branch WFRA will be holding a short wreath laying ceremony to remember Lieutenant William Leefe-Robinson VC at the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial Stone Gheluvelt Park, Worcester on Sunday 4th September 2016 at 1100 hrs

Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson VC The Worcestershire Regiment attached to 39 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.  On the night of 2nd/3rd September,1916, over Cuffley, Hertfordshire, Lieutenant Robinson sighted a German airship - one of sixteen which had left bases in Germany for a mass raid over England.  The Lieutenant made an attack at 11,500 feet, approaching from below and closing to 500 feet, raked the aircraft, a wooden framed Schutte Lanz, with gunfire. As he was preparing for another attack, the airship burst into flames and crashed in a field.  He was awarded his Victoria Cross at age of 21 yrs

Leefe Robinson himself barely survived the Armistice signalling the end of the war as he was shot down, wounded and captured while flying a Bristol fighter over France in April 1917.  He was then held at Holzminden PoW camp where he mounted several escape attempts for which he was punished by the Camp Commandant Niemeyer.

He died on 31st December 1918 at Stanmore, Harrow, from the effects of the influenza pandemic at that time spreading around the globe.  His VC is held by the Ashcroft VC Trust Collection
 
For information about this event contact;

Mr Maurice Smith
Branch Secretary
Tel: 075995 61424
Email: mauricesmith77@hotmail.com

 

003   WFRA AGM - SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2016

The WFRA AGM is to be held at the Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13 6TS at 1130 Hours on Saturday 15 October 2016.  It will be preceded by the Executive Committee Meeting at 0900 hours.


AGENDA (Proposed)

1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. President's Address and Regimental and RHQ Update

4. Minutes of the last Meeting

5. Matters Arising

6. Merit Awards

7. Finance

8. The Reunion

9. The Pilgrimage: Crich Funding

10. Museums Funding

11. Forecast of Events:

     Sat 3 Jun 17: WFRA Reunion

     Sat 1 Jul 17: Pre-Crich Dinner

     Sun 2 Jul 17: Pilgrimage

     Sat 14 Oct 17: AGM

     Thu 9 Nov 17 Field of Remembrance

     Sun 12 Nov 17: Remembrance Sunday

12. Any Other Business

     MRA: Formation and Bye Laws

13. Date of next meeting: 14 October 2017

004  LOST CONTACT

Intake 41, Rhine Company Sandhurst are about to have a 50 year reunion. We would like to contact one of our platoon sergeants, Phil Booth. After Sandhurst he was with the Regiment in Ballykelly in 1975. Any information about him would be appreciated.  Please contact Kelvin Palmer at kgpmailbox-rhine@mybtinternet. com

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26  August 2016     NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 29

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that 19003519 WO2 (TQMS) Colin RAYNOR of Lincoln died on 7 August 2016 aged 88.  Colin was called up as a National Serviceman into the Lincolnshire Regiment in July 1946 and transferred to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in February 1947.  He was discharged on completion of Service on 4 July 1948 and re-enlisted on a 5/7 engagement with The Sherwood Foresters on 5 July 1948.  He completed a Guards Drill course as a Corporal in September 1948 and was a Driving Instructor 1949 – 1950 with C Coy.  In December 1950 he was posted as a Sergeant PSI with the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Derby until 1954 when he was posted to Nottingham OTC as a PSI.  In January 1956 Colin was attached to 1st Battalion Royal Lincolnshire Regiment for service in Malaya returning to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters when it went to Malaya. In 1959 Colin was posted to the Depot at Derby as Staff Sergeant CQMS until May 1963 when he was posted as WO2 Ranges to RMCS Shrivenham.  In 1966 he returned to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters as TQMS in Munster.  He left the Regiment on 9 January 1968.  His funeral is to take place on 7 September 2016 at 1350 hours at Lincoln Crematorium, Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF.  Association members and Standards welcome.

 

002   NOTTS AND DERBYS WFRA AREA MEETING - 7 SEPTEMBER 2016

The next Meeting of the Notts and Derbys Area is to take place at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 1030 hours for 1100.

003   CRICH REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL SITE - CLOSURE

The Crich Regimental Memorial site is closed from 24 August 2016 until further notice.  There will be no access by vehicular traffic although pedestrian access is available, but the Tower and Tea Shop will be closed to visitors.

Re-opening details when known will be published in this Newsletter, http://www.crich-memorial.org.uk and www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/news.

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19  August 2016             NEWSLETTER             Vol 7 Issue 28

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 22656284 Private John NOAKE of Swindon died on 1 August 2016. John served with 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya

It is with sadness that we inform you that 24134050 CSgt Thomas COLLINS of Toton, Nottingham died on 16 August 2016 aged 64.  Tom served with both 1st and 3rd Battalions The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  The funeral is to take place on Friday 26 August 2016 at 1400 hours at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote NG9 3GJ.  Association members and Standards welcome.

002   FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE 2016

This year's Field of Remembrance will be held on Thursday 10 November at Westminster Abbey. Anyone wishing to attend (family members are also welcome) is asked to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary on cindy.baines247@mod.uk. At this present time, confirmation of ticket allocation is awaited, however if there are more names than tickets, names will be put in a hat.

Full details will follow once the tickets are confirmed but in brief; anyone wishing to attend has to be in the Field of Remembrance by 1030 hours and be in possession of two forms of ID, one of which must include a photograph.

Returns by Monday 5 September

003   WREATH LAYING CEREMONY: GHELUVELT PARK WORCESTER - 26 AUGUST 2016

WFRA Worcester Branch have organised a Wreath laying ceremony and short service at the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Worcester WR3 7AA on Friday 26 August 2016.  This is to remember the action of the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment at Vernon, France in 1944, the 7th Battalion at Kohima, Burma 1944 and the 21 soldiers who did not return with the 1st Battalion during the  Malaya Emergency 1950 - 1953 and whose names will be read out during the Service.

Timings :- Sons of Rest Pavilion, in Park, open for light refreshments 1000 hours.

Pavilion closed 1115 hours

Standards and members to assemble at the Memorial Stone 1125 hours

Service commences at 1130 hours

004  SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE TO PARIS 1 SEPTEMBER 2016

Col (Retd) D R Sneath TD MA DL is taking part in an event organised by the Royal British Legion called 'Pedal to Paris.' They start in Greenwich on Thursday 1 September, cycle about 280 miles and finish riding in a peloton up the Champs Elysee on Sunday 4 September. (The cyclist who has raised the most gets to wear the yellow jersey!) There will then be a service of remembrance in the Arc de Triomphe.

The RBL is a national charity and the guardian of remembrance for all those who have made the supreme sacrifice in conflict since the Great War. It supports veterans of all the armed services by making grants to those in need and by facilitating comradeship through local branches such as the one at Warsop in Nottinghamshire of which he is the branch president.

This year is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and Col Sneath is training for and taking part in Pedal to Paris in memory of his grandfather Rupert Sneath who commanded a company of the 2nd Battalion the London Regiment at Gommecourt on 1 July 1916. He survived the War but his brother Claud and nephew Wilfred did not. Claud was killed in Northern France in October 1914 serving with the 4th Battalion the Middlesex Regiment and Wilfred was shot down and killed in April 1918 serving with 208 Squadron of the newly formed Royal Air Force.

 

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 12  August 2016               NEWSLETTER          Vol 7 Issue 27

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 23042212 Pte Albert SMITH died on 6 August 2016 aged 79.  Albert enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment on 25 August 1954 serving in Germany and ending his service in the Cheshire Regiment August 1957.  In civilian life Albert Worked in engineering until he retired.  His funeral is to be held on Monday 22nd August at 1045 hours at Worcester Crematorium, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.  Standards and Associations members welcome.  Letters of condolence may be sent to his wife Mrs Sheila Smith 6 Kendal Green Warndon Worcester WR4 9 NU  

002   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW

The winners of the Foresters Lottery Draws for May, June and July  2016 are as follows:

Winners for May:

1st MRS LEVERTON £30.00

2nd MRS J S EDWARDES £20.00

3rd Mr G CARRON £10.00

 
Winners for June:

1st MR J W CARLIN  £30.00

2nd MR G J TRANTER  £20.00

3rd MR A BRADLEY £10.00

 
Winners for July:

1st MR D CHATTERLEY £30.00

2nd COL D R SNEATH £20.00

3rd LE BRANCH WFRA £10.00



Cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients by Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)
 

003   JOB VACANCY - WARDEN/CARETAKER AT CRICH MEMORIAL

The post of Warden/Caretaker at Crich is available from September 2016.  Interested persons can view the Job Description here

 

 

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4 August 2016                NEWSLETTER        Vol 7 Issue 26

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 23243982 Cpl Cyril (Squeak) Davis died on the 27th July 2016 aged 79 years. Cyril enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment on 12th June 1955, serving in Iserlohn, Germany; Kingston, Jamaica; Norton Barracks; and discharged May 1962.
In civilian life Cyril started off being a milkman, then ran a fish and chips shop. He went to Australia for three and a half years. When he came back he worked at Garringtons for 28 years.
His funeral will be held on Thursday 18th August at 1515 hours at Worcester Crematorium, Astwood Road, WR3 8HA. Standards and Association members welcome. Letters of condolence may be sent to his wife Mrs Pat Davis, 5 Highland Road, Tunnel Hill, Worcester, WR4 9RR.

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Mr Graeme Anton of Torton, Worcestershire died on 12 July 2016 aged 82. After being called up for national service in 1952 and attending Eaton Hall OCS he was commissioned in The Worcestershire Regiment and joined the 1st Battalion in Malaya. While there he was evacuated after contracting polio and after convalescing at Osborne House he was discharged. A service of thanksgiving will be held at St James' church, Hartlebury DY11 7TD at 1430 hours on Friday 9 September 2016.

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY: FRIDAY 26 AUGUST 2016

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Keith Seddon MBE BEM invites you to join the members of the Mercian Regiment at their Annual Charity Golf Day which is to be held at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club on Friday 26th August 2016.   After the golf there is going to be an evening function, live entertainment plus disco plus a display by the Mercian Regiment Cadet band.

If you are a non golfer you may wish to support the evening event. Tickets are only £15 per person, or if you are unable to attend, you can support this worthy cause by donating a prize for the evening auction /raffle.
 
All proceeds raised on the day will be shared between two of the Regimental Charities: The Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund, which provides assistance to injured soldiers and their families and The Crich Memorial Tower Fund.
 
The members of the Regiment very much hope that you will be able to join them at this very important event in the Regimental Calendar.
 
Entry forms can be downloaded here.

003   LOST CONTACT

5261036 Sgt Ian Turnbull, a former Principal Percussionist with the Regimental Band of the Worcestershire Regiment 1946-1958, is curious to know if there are any former members of the Regimental Band or the regiment that might remember him and be interested in making contact? His postal address is:- 25-1040, Riverside Drive, London. Ontario. Canada. N6H 5N4 or, email at ijt@execulink.com

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15 July 2016    NEWSLETTER                Vol 7 Issue 25

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 5571151 Pte Gerald Ernest MALLER of Ridgeway House Care Home, Royal Wooton Bassett died on 19 April 2016 aged 97.  Gerald enlisted into the 8th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1939 and after Dunkirk was posted to the 1st Battalion.  He was taken PoW in 1942 at the Fall of Tobruk and sent to Kommando E702 Klimontowgrube Stalag VIII B 344 Lamsdorf  where he was employed in the coal mines with PoW number 9911 . His funeral took place at Kingsdown Crematorium on 19 May 2016.
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It is with sadness we inform you that 23951388 Sgt William Albert GOULD of Bournville Birmingham died on 5 July 2016 aged 69.  Bill enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1963 and remained with it when it amalgamated in 1970 to become 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  He left the Regiment in 1979.  His funeral is to take place on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 1430 hours at Lodge Hill Crematorium, Weoley Park Road, Birmingham B29 5AA.  Association members and Standards welcome.  Donations in memory to SSAFA.  For those wishing to write in condolence Bill's sister can be contacted at Ms H Gould, 38, Hanover Court,
Redditch B97 5ET

002   MVRA SOMME COMMEMORATION AT NMA ALREWAS - 11 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Regimental Secretary of the Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association (MVRA) invites the Chairmen and Members of all our antecedent regimental associations with families and Standards to a Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme 1916 to be held at the Mercian Grove NMA Alrewas, Staffordshire on Sunday 11 September 2016 at 1100 hours.  Please reply direct to Lt Col (Retd) Brian Clarke brianclarke4@btinternet.com  by no later than 21 August 2016.

003   REGIMENTAL HISTORY BOOKS

The following Regimental History books are available from WFRA as follows;

Men of The High Peak - A History of the 1/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
First Contact - A History of the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1939 - 1945 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
A History of the 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
12th (Pioneer) Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
British Gallantry Awards of The Sherwood Foresters (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
The Final Years - A History of The Sherwood Foresters 1957 - 1970 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
The Sherwood Foresters in the Easter Rising - Dublin 1916 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
Poetry from the Trenches of The Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£8.00 + £2.80 p&p)

Cheques should be made payable to WFRA and forwarded to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GN.  All the proceeds from the sale of the afore-mentioned books are to be donated to the Crich Memorial Tower Fund in accordance with the wishes of the family of the author, the late Cliff Housley.

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  06 July 2016                 NEWSLETTER             Vol 7 Issue 24

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24049857 Pte Kenneth Charles JEWKES of Dudley died on the 21 June 2016 aged 70. Kenneth enlisted at Wolverhampton into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on the 3rd March 1965. Kenneth trained as a tracked vehicle driver in which "He showed great interest in his vehicle and cheerfully worked long hours on maintenance". Kenneth went on to serve in the UK, Gibraltar, Tobruk, and Cyprus. Kenneth was discharged on 29th October 1971 at Warminster, going on to serve with the reserve until 1977.  In civilian life Kenneth worked in Highway Maintenance for Dudley Council until retirement.   His funeral is be held on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 1400hrs at Gornal Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Gornal Wood, Dudley. West Midlands DY3 2RL.  Association members welcome. Letters of condolence may be sent to his daughter, Rachael Bayliss 56 Bluebell Road, Dudley West Mids DY1 4EN

002   APPOINTMENT OF REGIMENTAL SECRETARY

We are delighted to inform you that a Regimental Secretary has recently been appointed.  He is Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Paul Woolnough formerly REME and we wish him a long and successful tenure.

003   CRICH STAND - CRYSTAL

A Crystal Block, showing Crich Stand with the following badges.
The front has a Mercian Regiment Badge at the top on the slope.
On the left : Sherwood Forester Badge and WFR Badge
On the right: Cheshire Regiment Badge and Staffordshire Regiment Badge

The cost of these is £30.00.   If there is sufficient demand then more could be supplied, as the Craftsman makes them enbloc to save cost.Anyone who would like one should contact Roy Crump as follows:
Email :roy.crump@ntlworld.com
Mobile : 07807195362

Until number of orders are known, no payment is required. No account has been considered for postage insurance, etc. This would be discussed with individuals.

Roy could deliver to Branch Representative(s), Crich, Lichfield or Battalions.

004   DEDICATION OF A NEW WINDOW - SOUTHWELL CATHEDRAL - 10 JULY 2016

HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace. The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Col Tim Richmond MBE and the Acting Dean of Southwell, Canon Nigel Coates have much pleasure in inviting Representative Members and Standard Bearers of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association to The Dedication of a new window designed by Nicholas Mynheer on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 1530 hours at Southwell Cathedral followed by refreshments.  The Window and Plaque have been designed as a memorial to the sacrifice of members of the Southwell Diocese in War since the outbreak of World War 1 to the present day. 

Those Standard Bearers intending to attend this event are requested to inform Col D R Sneath on david_sneath@yahoo.co.uk



 

 

 

 

15 July 2016    NEWSLETTER                Vol 7 Issue 25

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 5571151 Pte Gerald Ernest MALLER of Ridgeway House Care Home, Royal Wooton Bassett died on 19 April 2016 aged 97.  Gerald enlisted into the 8th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1939 and after Dunkirk was posted to the 1st Battalion.  He was taken PoW in 1942 at the Fall of Tobruk and sent to Kommando E702 Klimontowgrube Stalag VIII B 344 Lamsdorf  where he was employed in the coal mines with PoW number 9911 . His funeral took place at Kingsdown Crematorium on 19 May 2016.
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It is with sadness we inform you that 23951388 Sgt William Albert GOULD of Bournville Birmingham died on 5 July 2016 aged 69.  Bill enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1963 and remained with it when it amalgamated in 1970 to become 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  He left the Regiment in 1979.  His funeral is to take place on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 1430 hours at Lodge Hill Crematorium, Weoley Park Road, Birmingham B29 5AA.  Association members and Standards welcome.  Donations in memory to SSAFA.  For those wishing to write in condolence Bill's sister can be contacted at Ms H Gould, 38, Hanover Court,
Redditch B97 5ET

002   MVRA SOMME COMMEMORATION AT NMA ALREWAS - 11 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Regimental Secretary of the Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association (MVRA) invites the Chairmen and Members of all our antecedent regimental associations with families and Standards to a Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme 1916 to be held at the Mercian Grove NMA Alrewas, Staffordshire on Sunday 11 September 2016 at 1100 hours.  Please reply direct to Lt Col (Retd) Brian Clarke brianclarke4@btinternet.com  by no later than 21 August 2016.

003   REGIMENTAL HISTORY BOOKS

The following Regimental History books are available from WFRA as follows;

Men of The High Peak - A History of the 1/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
First Contact - A History of the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1939 - 1945 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
A History of the 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
12th (Pioneer) Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
British Gallantry Awards of The Sherwood Foresters (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
The Final Years - A History of The Sherwood Foresters 1957 - 1970 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
The Sherwood Foresters in the Easter Rising - Dublin 1916 (£10.00 + £2.80 p&p)
Poetry from the Trenches of The Sherwood Foresters 1914 - 1918 (£8.00 + £2.80 p&p)

Cheques should be made payable to WFRA and forwarded to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GN.  All the proceeds from the sale of the afore-mentioned books are to be donated to the Crich Memorial Tower Fund in accordance with the wishes of the family of the author, the late Cliff Housley

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06 July 2016                 NEWSLETTER             Vol 7 Issue 24

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24049857 Pte Kenneth Charles JEWKES of Dudley died on the 21 June 2016 aged 70. Kenneth enlisted at Wolverhampton into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on the 3rd March 1965. Kenneth trained as a tracked vehicle driver in which "He showed great interest in his vehicle and cheerfully worked long hours on maintenance". Kenneth went on to serve in the UK, Gibraltar, Tobruk, and Cyprus. Kenneth was discharged on 29th October 1971 at Warminster, going on to serve with the reserve until 1977.  In civilian life Kenneth worked in Highway Maintenance for Dudley Council until retirement.   His funeral is be held on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 1400hrs at Gornal Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Gornal Wood, Dudley. West Midlands DY3 2RL.  Association members welcome. Letters of condolence may be sent to his daughter, Rachael Bayliss 56 Bluebell Road, Dudley West Mids DY1 4EN

002   APPOINTMENT OF REGIMENTAL SECRETARY

We are delighted to inform you that a Regimental Secretary has recently been appointed.  He is Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Paul Woolnough formerly REME and we wish him a long and successful tenure.

003   CRICH STAND - CRYSTAL

A Crystal Block, showing Crich Stand with the following badges.
The front has a Mercian Regiment Badge at the top on the slope.
On the left : Sherwood Forester Badge and WFR Badge
On the right: Cheshire Regiment Badge and Staffordshire Regiment Badge

The cost of these is £30.00.   If there is sufficient demand then more could be supplied, as the Craftsman makes them enbloc to save cost.Anyone who would like one should contact Roy Crump as follows:
Email :roy.crump@ntlworld.com
Mobile : 07807195362

Until number of orders are known, no payment is required. No account has been considered for postage insurance, etc. This would be discussed with individuals.

Roy could deliver to Branch Representative(s), Crich, Lichfield or Battalions.

004   DEDICATION OF A NEW WINDOW - SOUTHWELL CATHEDRAL - 10 JULY 2016

HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace. The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Col Tim Richmond MBE and the Acting Dean of Southwell, Canon Nigel Coates have much pleasure in inviting Representative Members and Standard Bearers of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association to The Dedication of a new window designed by Nicholas Mynheer on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 1530 hours at Southwell Cathedral followed by refreshments.  The Window and Plaque have been designed as a memorial to the sacrifice of members of the Southwell Diocese in War since the outbreak of World War 1 to the present day. 

Those Standard Bearers intending to attend this event are requested to inform Col D R Sneath on david_sneath@yahoo.co.uk

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30 June 2016          NEWSLETTER                Vol 7 Issue 23

001   OBITUARIES

Nil Reported

002   SOMME COMMEMORATIONS AT CRICH: SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016
The Pilgrimage Service will take place as normal at 1500 hours, but after it there will be an audio performance of a piece composed to commemorate the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

"Voices of The Somme" is a recording by students of Vision West Nottinghamshire College of extracts from letters, war diaries and accounts of the first day of the battle from other literary sources.  It is supported by music composed by Sir Edward Elgar and first performed shortly before the battle.

This year, the Regiment is hiring a professional PA system which will be laid out so that those near the site boundary in the social area can listen.  For those who wish to listen without distractions, a quiet area below the Warden's cottage has been arranged with some tentage available for those Regimental guests and dignitaries who chose to stay as well as members if the weather is poor.  After the Pilgrimage service there will be a short break to give those who wish to depart an opportunity to do so and allow guests and dignitaries to move down the hill to the quiet area.

 The piece is expected to finish by 1645. These arrangements will be announced on the day over the PA system.

003   WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT GHELUVELT PARK WORCESTER - SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016
Worcester Branch will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Worcester, WR3 7AA , on Sunday, 3rd July at 1100 hours to Commemorate the Somme and remember Pte Thomas George Turrall who was awarded the Victoria Cross on that day in 1916.

 

The Citation for Private Thomas George TURRALL VC 10th Bn Worcestershire Regiment, storming of La Boiselle, 3rd July 1916 reads:
 

"The strongly fortified village of La Boiselle, France was captured in a night attack. All the Senior Officers were killed or wounded and control was difficult. Small parties, one of which was led by Lt Jennings pushed forward through the village, bombing, taking prisoners and picking up stragglers. Pte Turrall, one of the Battalion bombers, joined the party; a hidden machine gun opened fire and Pte Turrall flung himself flat, escaping injury. All the rest of the party were killed except Lt Jennings, whose leg was shattered.

Turrall dragged him to a shell hole, bandaging his leg with one of his puttees, using the helve of his entrenching tool as a splint. They were bombed from behind a hedge by a party of Germans; Turrall shot two of them dead through a gap in the hedge and the others retired. Later in the day the Germans made an unsuccessful counter-attack on the village; the officer had fainted so Turrall shammed dead successfully, although the Germans prodded him with their bayonets as they passed.  At night he managed to make his way back to the trenches, carrying the wounded officer."
 

Lt Jennings, who was very tall, had his arms round Turralls neck and the sentry at first was on the point of shooting him for not putting up his hands.  The officer died within two hours but not before he had time to dictate an account of Turralls action which merited him receiving the Victoria Cross.  Thomas Turrall was aged 30 when he won his VC. He died 21st February 1964 in Birmingham.  His VC is on display at the Mercian Regimental Museum (Worcestershire) in the City Art Gallery, Foregate Street, Worcester.

004   HISTORIC BELLS OF DERBY CATHEDRAL TO BE RUNG HALF-MUFFLED - 1 JULY 2016
The ten bells of Derby Cathedral will ring half-muffled on Friday, July 1st, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The centenary is set to be marked with a service at 11am, during which the Last Post will be sounded and a period of silence will be kept. The Cathedral's bellringers will ring for 30 minutes before this service.

The Commemoration Service for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme will be led by the Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, and the Bishop of Derby will preach. The Dalesmen Choir will provide music for the service, and all are welcome.

005   MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY 26 AUGUST 2016
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Keith Seddon MBE BEM invites you to join the members of the Mercian Regiment at their Annual Charity Golf Day which is to be held at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club on Friday 26th August 2016.
 
All proceeds raised on the day will be shared between two of the Regimental Charities: The Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund, which provides assistance to injured soldiers and their families and The Crich Memorial Tower Fund.
 
The members of the Regiment very much hope that you will be able to join them at this very important event in the Regimental Calendar.
 
Entry forms can be downloaded here.

006   LOST CONTACT
Anyone in 1 WFR B Coy around 1975 please contact Dave Nicholson as he is`m looking for old friends, anyone from Nottinghamshire area please contact him on this address
Jlarby24@gmail.com

 

07   REGIMENTAL MEMORABILIA - CLOTHING

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15 June 2016              NEWSLETTER          Vol 7 Issue 22

001  OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 377642 Major Paul Louis STACKHOUSE of Harrogate died on 11 June 2016 aged 87.  Paul was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in April 1947 and served with it in Germany.   In 1950 he was appointed ADC to GOC Nigeria District West Africa before being posted in 1953 to the Depot in Derby as Adjutant.  In 1955 he was posted as an Instructor to Eaton Hall in Chester before rejoining the 1st Battalion in 1957 and went with it as Adjutant to Malaya and Singapore 1959 – 1961.  In June 1961 Paul was appointed Staff Captain AG2(O) at the War Office until July 1963 when he took up his final appointment as a Company Commander at the Army Apprentices College in Harrogate until his retirement in 1967.   The funeral is to take place at St Roberts Church, Roberts Street, Harrogate, West Riding of Yorkshire HG 1HP on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 12 noon.  Donations to St Michaels Hospice may be forwarded to Hubert Swainson Funeral Services Ltd, 39 Franklin Road, Harrogate HG1 5ED and a collection plate will be available in the Church.  For those wishing to write in condolence, his wife Margaret may be contacted at Mrs N M Stackhouse, 20 Rossett Avenue, Harrogate HG2 9NA


 

002   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016 - FINAL CALL

The dinner this year will be held on the 2 July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 4EP (on Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £19 per person attending.  The closing date for entries is 17 June 2016.  A very good menu choice is available and special rates have been negotiated for anyone wishing to stay overnight in the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and single rooms. Full details of the Dinner, Menu choices and Accommodation deal can be found here 

 If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into the Novotel on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich.  You will be made very welcome.

003   SOMME COMMEMORATIONS AT CRICH: SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016

The Pilgrimage Service will take place as normal at 1500 hours, but after it there will be an audio performance of a piece composed to commemorate the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

"Voices of The Somme" is a recording by students of Vision West Nottinghamshire College of extracts from letters, war diaries and accounts of the first day of the battle from other literary sources.  It is supported by music composed by Sir Edward Elgar and first performed shortly before the battle.

This year, the Regiment is hiring a professional PA system which will be laid out so that those near the site boundary in the social area can listen.  For those who wish to listen without distractions, a quiet area below the Warden's cottage has been arranged with some tentage available for those Regimental guests and dignitaries who chose to stay as well as members if the weather is poor.  After the Pilgrimage service there will be a short break to give those who wish to depart an opportunity to do so and allow guests and dignitaries to move down the hill to the quiet area.

 The piece is expected to finish by 1645. These arrangements will be announced on the day over the PA system.

004   DEDICATION OF A NEW WINDOW - SOUTHWELL CATHEDRAL - 10 JULY 2016

HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace. The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Col Tim Richmond MBE and the Acting Dean of Southwell, Canon Nigel Coates have much pleasure in inviting Representative Members and Standard Bearers of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association to The Dedication of a new window designed by Nicholas Mynheer on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 1530 hours at Southwell Cathedral followed by refreshments. 

The Window and Plaque have been designed as a memorial to the sacrifice of members of the Southwell Diocese in War since the outbreak of World War 1 to the present day. 

RSVP by 1 July 2016 to administrator@southwellminster.org.uk or by telephone to 01636 817285

005   THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS MEMORIAL - TYNE COT CEMETERY

The Sherwood Foresters Malay Veterans Branch WFRA have made arrangements for a wreath to be laid at The Sherwood Foresters Western Front Memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery on 1 July in remembrance of the late Cliff Housley.

In 2009, Cliff, Maj Cotterill and Eddie Edwards organised and administered the building of this memorial culminating in a dedication ceremony on 24 October 2009 in which the community of Zonnebeke, Belgium and many hundreds of people from the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire along with the Regiment participated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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