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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

10 August 2018              WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 9 Issue 32

OBITUARIES

The funeral of Mrs Lois Batchelar, who died on 2 August 2018 is to take place on Monday 20 August 2018 at 1430 hours at St Lawrence's Church in Stratford Sub Castle, Salisbury SP1 3LL.  Flowers welcome, donations if desired for Wessex Air Ambulance ℅ I N Newman, Funeral Directors, 55 Winchester St, Salisbury SP1 1HL

001  VJ DAY COMMEMORATION  15 AUGUST 2018

There will be a wreath laying ceremony and service at the Burma Star Memorial, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4BQ on Wednesday 15 August 2018 at 1100 hours.  Those attending should meet at The Almonry Heritage Centre, Abbey Gate, Evesham, by 1040 hours.  Standards and Association Members welcome.

002    MANSFIELD:  RE-DEDICATION OF REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL - 18 AUGUST 2018

Mansfield Branch are holding the re-dedication service at Carr Bank Memorial Park on Saturday 18th August at 1100 hours.  Lt Col Roger Merryweather TD DL representing the Lord Lieutancy will be unveiling the WFR and Mercian Regimental plaques.    Members and Standard Bearers are invited to support this event.

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3 August 2018        WFRA NEWSLETTER              Volume 9 Issue 31

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24203909 Pte Stuart HALL of Mansfield died on 31 July 2018 aged 65. Kes enlisted into The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in May 1970 as a Junior soldier and after joining the Regiment served with it in UK, BAOR, Berlin and NI. He left the Army in May 1974. In civilian life Kes worked with the National Coal Board and was an enthusiastic volunteer at Foresters House in Chilwell with the Regimental Museum and RHQ until 2011. Funeral details will be published when known.

It is with sadness that we inform you that Mrs Lois Batchelar, widow of Lt Col T A Batchelar WFR died on 2 August 2018. Funeral details will be published when known.

After further research it has been decided to update the obituary for CSgt John Leighton whose funeral has already taken place:

LEIGHTON John (Lotty) CSgt 23534001 of Upton upon-Severn died on 9 July 2018 aged 75.

He enlisted as a boy soldier in 1957 and joined 1 Worc R in Worcester in 1960. After an exercise in Libya he served in Minden, Gibraltar, Tobruk and on a UN tour in Cyprus and with 1 WFR in Berlin, N Ireland, Belize and Hemer, a total of 18 years with the battalion, with 2 tours away at the Depot and the TA in Worcester. Much of his early service was in the anti-tank platoon where he developed his comprehensive skills in identifying enemy vehicles and equipment.

 

But it was as a marksman that he was best known. He competed annually at Bisley for 18 years and was in the battalion team which won the Army championship 5 times. He was placed second in the individual rifle championship twice (Silver Jewel) and third twice (Bronze Jewel). In 1980 he was the National Rifle Association champion. He was in the Army Hundred 15 times, in the Army VIII teams in SMG, Rifle and Pistol 17 times and in international teams 5 times. A senior member of the ARA staff stated “He must stand amongst the greatest all-rounders ever; certainly in modern times”

001  KIDDERMINSTER BRANCH MEETING 5 AUGUST 2018

The next Meeting of Kidderminster Branch is to be held at the Army Reserves Centre, Birmingham Road, Kidderminster on Sunday 5 August 2018 at 1100 hours. All welcome.

002    MANSFIELD:  RE-DEDICATION OF REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL - 18 AUGUST 2018

Mansfield Branch are holding the re-dedication service of two new plaques at Carr Bank Memorial Park on Saturday 18th August at 1100 hours.  Lt Col Roger Merryweather TD DL representing the Lord Lieutancy will be unveiling the WFR and Mercian Regimental plaques.    Members and Standard Bearers are invited to support this event.

003  LONG EATON AND WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING 6 AUGUST 2018

The next Meeting of Long Eaton and West Notts Branch is to be held at the RBL, Hallcroft, Beeston on Monday 6 August 2018 at 2000 hours.  All welcome

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27 July 2018     WFRA NEWSLETTER                    Volume 9 Issue 30

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that Mrs Dorothy Ricketts, widow of Lt Col J D Ricketts DSO died in New Zealand on 19 July 2018.

The funeral of 23534001 CSgt John LEIGHTON of Upton - upon - Severn is to take place at 1200 hours on Monday 30 July 2018 at Upton - upon - Severn Parich Church WR8 9JQ followed by a private service at the Crematorium.  Standards and Members would be welcome.  Letters of condolence can be sent to his daughter Miss Jayne Leighton, Jasmine Cottage, 21 School Lane, Upton - upon - Severn WR8 0LD.

001  FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS -  JULY 2018

The Foresters Lottery winners for July are:

1st Prize: £30.00 -  Col N Turner of Nottingham

2nd Prize: £20.00 -  Lt Col J Turner of Belper

3rd Prize: £10.00 -  Brig C E Wilkinson OBE TD DL of Bakewell

002  VETERANS BREAKFAST CLUBS

If you can ‘hack the banter’, young or old, all are welcome; families and supporters or carers are also welcome. Veteran’s Breakfast Clubs are here to allow veterans to “return to the tribe”! Find your nearest Breakfast Club, by entering a place name or postcode into the search box at http://www.afvbc.net/find-a-club/, which will give you your 5 nearest, then simply turn up.

003  WORCESTERSHIRE 100 - COMING HOME

A Band Concert by the Band of the Grenadier Guards 7.30 p.m. on Friday 14th September 2018 at Worcester Cathedral. Tickets £20 and £15,  A commemorative concert to mark Worcestershire World War 100.

The World acclaimed Band of the Grenadier Guards is delighted to be performing in the fabulous setting of Worcester cathedral an inspirational programme of music in a commemorative concert to mark Worcestershire World War 100. The Grenadier Guards, the senior Regiment of Foot Guards was formed in 1656 and its band in 1685. It has provided musical support to many State occasions, national and international events and the Regiment in peace and in war. The band remains at the peak of military music but is able to provide a very broad repertoire encompassing all forms of music and different configurations including fanfare trumpets and an ensemble dressed in period costume playing the music of the 18th Century. This commemorative concert will demonstrate the full range of its Musicians skills including many well-known works by British composers, such as Elgar, Holst, Bliss, Butterworth and Parry. Throughout Britain’s history the music of the Grenadier Guards has been the backdrop

to its national life and identity. It represents Britain’s constancy, dignity and artisty. BOOKINGS 01905 611 427 or on-line at www.worcesterlive.co.uk (http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/)

The Director of Music of the Grenadier Guards Band is Major Mike Smith ... formerly a young LCpl clarinettist in the 1 WFR band. You may recall him getting a MiD in Omagh when he was on gate duty and a proxy bomb was delivered to the front gate of Lisanelly Barracks.

004  MANSFIELD:  RE-DEDICATION OF REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL - 18 AUGUST 2018

Mansfield Branch are holding the re-dedication service at Carr Bank Memorial Park on Saturday 18th August at 1100 hours.  Lt Col Roger Merryweather TD DL representing the Lord Lieutancy will be unveiling the WFR and Mercian Regimental plaques.    Members and Standard Bearers are invited to support this event.

005  PHOTO EXHIBITION AT THE ARMY & NAVY CLUB - AUGUST 2018

Coinciding with the Centenary of the Great War, this exhibition shines a unique light on the  (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storming-the-skies-the-italian-front-during-ww1-tickets-46878835860) Italian Front during World War 1 (https://armyandnavyclub.cmail20.com/t/r-l-jjwirly-kkjdjutlhr-j/) .  (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storming-the-skies-the-italian-front-during-ww1-tickets-46878835860)

A hundred images from the Luigi Marzocchi Collection of the Museo della Battaglia di Vittorio Veneto will go on display from the 2nd to the 31st of August 2018 in the Drawing Room of the Army & Navy Club.

Luigi Marzocchi was an authorised photographer of the Royal Italian Army and he was responsible for the official images of the war, which included photographing the arrival of the Allied troops and following the then Prince of Wales during his visit to the Italian Front in Spring 1918.  The exhibition is free to attend but tickets must be booked via Eventbrite(https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storming-the-skies-the-italian-front-during-ww1-tickets-46878835860)  - attendees are welcome to arrive at any time during the day from 11am. Last entry is 18.00. Entry to the exhibition is not timed.

Hospitality options include Afternoon Tea at £13.61 per person or, if visiting with a friend, opt for a cheese platter and a bottle of Prosecco for two to share at £38.32.

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20 July 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER                Volume 9 Issue 29

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we notify you that 22847593 CSgt G. Thomas JONES died on 14 July 2018.  Tom enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and after amalgamation served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until he was discharged on 30 July 1976 on Completion of Service.  Funeral details will be notified when known.

The funeral of 4975485 Sgt William Henry (Harry) JACKSON of Mansfield who died on Saturday 7 July 2018 aged 99 is to take place at St Edmund’s Church, Church Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, NG19 8AH,  at 1100 hours on Tuesday 31 July 2018 followed by committal at Mansfield Crematorium, Derby Road, Mansfield at 12.15 pm. Members and Standards welcome.

001    REMEMBERING WW1 - MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT ON TOUR

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) on tour is now on show until Saturday 24 November 2018 at Mansfield Museum, giving visitors easy access to the collection’s splendours. Several special events, including Meet a Soldier and a peace picnic plus many other activities for young and old are planned as part of the collection’s visit to the town. So why not pop down to the Museum and see what we have to offer?

Mansfield Museum, Leeming Street, Mansfield, Notts. NG18 1NG
Email: mansfieldmuseum@mansfield.gov.uk
Telephone: 01623 463088

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13 July 2018            WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 28

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 4975485 Sgt William Henry (Harry) JACKSON of Mansfield died on Saturday 7 July 2018 aged 99.  Harry enlisted into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 8 June 1937 and went with it in April 1940 to Norway where he managed to make his way to Sweden where he was interned.  He subsequently returned to the Battalion and in July 1941 transferred to the Pioneer Corps. Harry was President of Mansfield Branch and was a long serving staunch supporter of both the Branch and the wider Regimental Family and Military Veterans groups. Funeral details will be published  when known.

It is with regret that we notify you that 23534001 CSgt John LEIGHTON of Upton on Severn died on Monday 9 July 2018 aged 75.  John enlisted as a boy soldier in 1965 and joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment serving in Minden, Gibraltar and Tobruk and with 1 WFR in N Ireland and Cyprus. He soon established a reputation as a fine shot and was a member of successful Bisley teams from 1965 until discharge in 1982. A natural shot he was arguably the most accomplished all-round marksman of the WFR era. He was a member of the Army 100 (rifle) 12 times, winning both the Silver Jewel (2nd place) and the Bronze Jewel (3rd place) twice. and was placed in the machine-gun, SMG and Pistol XXXs a total of 19 times. He was a member of the Army Rifle, SMG and Pistol teams on 14 occasions and of Army International teams 4 times. His greatest individual achievement was winning the NRA Service rifle championship in 1980.  An exceptional record over many years which brought great credit to the regiment.  The funeral will be held at 1200 hours on Monday 30 July at Upton-upon-Severn Parish Church WR8 9JQ.

001   MEDALS FOUND AT WFRA REUNION

2 commemorative medals (a National Service 1939-1960 and a British Forces Germany 1945-1989) were found in the car park at the Sixways Stadium following the reunion. The owner is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101 and ask to speak to PCSO 40142

002   THE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE VICTORY BALL AT COUNTY HALL ON SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2018
 
The ‘Western Front Association’ and “Trent to Trenches” are organising a dinner dance to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. A sparkling wine reception and four course dinner with wine will be preceded by prose and poetry to mark the end of the county’s Great War centenary commemorations. Music will be provided by the Nottinghamshire Police Band and their dance band will play after dinner.
 
7pm for 7.30pm on 10 November.
Ample parking.  Carriages at midnight.
County Hall, West Bridgford, NG2 7QP.
Black tie. Medals may be worn
Tickets at £50 each per person.  Tables of eight
Please apply to Tim Chamberlin for tickets for this prestigious event. He can be contacted at Lancaster House, 2 The Capes, Aslockton, Notts, NG13 9AZ or on 01949 850086
or at chamberlin@snc.org.uk

 

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001   MEMORIAL SERVICE AT BARTLEY GREEN WAR MEMORIAL ON FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018


On Friday 13 July 2018, a memorial service and act of remembrance to commemorate the centenary of the local servicemen who paid the ultimate price in the last year of WW1 1918-2018 at the Avenue of Memory, Bartley Green War Memorial, Romsley Road, B32 4BY. Parade forms-up 1030 hours for 1100 hours service, everyone welcome especially the standards of the named regiments, also guest standards,

Private Lewington Waldron, 9th Bn Worcestershire Regiment 17/01/1918.
Private Stanley Payne, RAMC 15th Field Ambulance.15/06/1918.
Private Leslie Witherford, 1/7th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment 15/06/1918.
Private David Inston, 63rd Bn Machine Gun Corps, attached. RN. 26/08/1918.
Private Arthur Satchwell, 2/7th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 07/09/1918.
Private Wilfred Inston, 5th Bn Machine Gun Corps 24/09/1918.
Private Samuel Cutler, 14th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment 27/09/1918.
Private Walter Perry, 4th Bn Worcestershire Regiment 30/09/1918.
Private Howard Rose, MM. 272nd Coy. Army Service Corps 23/10/1918.
Gunner George Nichols, Royal Garrison Artillery 126th Siege Battery 06/11/1918
  

002    REMEMBERING WW1 - MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT ON TOUR

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) on tour is now on show until Saturday 24 November 2018 at Mansfield Museum, giving visitors easy access to the collection’s splendours. Several special events, including Meet a Soldier and a peace picnic plus many other activities for young and old are planned as part of the collection’s visit to the town. So why not pop down to the Museum and see what we have to offer?

Mansfield Museum, Leeming Street, Mansfield, Notts. NG18 1NG
Email: mansfieldmuseum@mansfield.gov.uk
Telephone: 01623 463088

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29 June 2018        WFRA NEWSLETTER           Volume 9 Issue 26

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24515448 Pte John LAKING of Torquay died recently in Rowcroft Hospice, Avenue Road, Torquay TQ2 5LS aged 62.  John served with C Coy 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 26 April 1979 to 25 April 1981.  No funeral details known.

001    ANNUAL CRICH PILGRIMAGE SUNDAY 1 JULY 2018

The 95th Annual Pilgrimage to the Crich Memorial will take place on Sunday 1 July 2018. Those attending are reminded to arrive by no later than 1430 hours as the gates are closed at that time to allow for the Civic Dignitaries procession. Usual facilities/refreshments are available from 1230 hours.

Reminder from RHQ Mercian (Nottingham) office:
It is to be noted that there is to be NO camping on the site or the adjacent field. Those wishing to camp are asked to pitch at an official site.

002   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - JUNE 2018

The Foresters Lottery winners for June are;

1st Prize - £30.00  Lt Col P G Gilby
2nd Prize - £20.00 Mr J W Carlin
3rd Prize - £10.00 Mr G Carran of Derby

Nottingham Castle Closure for Major Redevelopment.
This weekend is the last chance to visit Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) for two years whilst Nottingham Castle Closes for its major redevelopment. The Castle is free admission up until Sunday July 1st. If you can’t get to the Castle by the 1st then why not visit ‘Remembering World War 1: Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) on tour’ at Mansfield Museum. The first of a series of mobile displays by the museum looks at 1918 and the history of the Sherwood Foresters  for that year. Mansfield Museum is free to visit and open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm (except Bank Holidays) and is on Leeming Street.

003    WORCESTER BRANCH DATES FOR DIARIES 2018

Saturday 30 June: Fun Day at Barbourne Ex Services Club 1300 hrs – 1600hrs.
Sunday 1 July: Crich Pilgrimage.
Sunday 12 August: Worcester Show, Gheluvelt Park.
Wednesday 15 August: VJ Day, Burma Star, Evesham TBC.
Sunday 26 August: 1045 hrs Short Wreath Service Regt Stone, Gheluvelt Park. Vernon, Burma & Malaya.
Saturday 15 September: Drumhead Service 1200 hrs Gheluvelt Park (Pump House end) Band of the Grenadier Guards will be present.
Sunday 23 September: MVRA Commemoration at NMA.
Sunday 28 October: 104th Anniversary Battle of Gheluvelt. Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. 1100 hrs for 1130 hrs
Sunday 11 November: Remembrance Sunday.

Worcester Branch are organising a coach to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas on Sunday 23 September 2018, picking up at Malvern Link 0800 hrs; St John’s (Tower Blocks) 0820 hrs; Croft Road, Worcester at 0830 hrs.  Arrive at NMA 10-1030 hrs and leave at approx 1600 hrs.  Act fast if you want to go the price is £8 per person.  We have a lot of interest in this trip and the seats will be offered to the Veterans Breakfast Club the day after next meeting the 1 July 2018.  This has been done to ensure coach is full as last trip to Cosford the Branch made a loss!  There will be a service and march past at the Mercian Volunteer Grove to mark the service of the Territorial’s and Volunteers in WW1.  Tenbury Wells Band will be providing the music. This will be followed by Mercian family picnic (please bring own picnic or there is cafe on site) WFRA Standards and members very welcome to share this day with MVRA . Dress is Berets, Blazers and Medals if participating.  If you do not want to be involved in the ceremony please feel free to explore the NMA.  To reserve your seats contact:-
Nigel Fish on 01684 576013 or
Libby Massam on 01905 356537
Pay at next meeting 31 July 2018 or post cheques to Mrs Libby Massam, 24 Portland Street, Worcester WR1 2NL.  Cheques in favour of WFRA Worcester Branch

004 EXTRACTS FROM ARMED FORCES PENSION SOCIETY SUMMER NEWSLETTER

The Association of ex-Service Drop-In Centres (ASDIC)
ASDIC comprises like-minded organisations which manage drop-In centres serving the needs of veterans throughout the United Kingdom. All over the UK there is a steadily increasing number of Drop-Ins where veterans may go for help and advice, or simply for companionship. 25 Drop-Ins have joined so far, with some 40 more to go. They vary hugely in their modus operandi but all serve the same broad purpose, providing social and welfare support to veterans and their families. The primary purpose of ASDIC is to link Drop-Ins together so they can share ideas, give mutual support, feed off each other's experience and help one another overcome challenges as they develop their services to veterans. The ASDIC website gives full details. Anyone knowing of a Drop-In centre not listed on the website is encouraged to contact the ASDIC team .
 
Veterans ID Cards
In newsletter 6/17 we reported that the government had performed a volte-face on the question of ID cards for veterans which it once thought a bad plan, but has now embraced the idea. Unsurprising, since it had obvious flaws, the original idea of stamping driving licences with a letter V appears to have been shelved. Instead, veterans will in future be allowed to keep their ID card on leaving the Service. How those who have already surrendered their ID cards will be dealt with has yet to be worked out. Latest update from the government website can be found here
 
The Veterans Orthopaedic Service (VOS) 
The first of its kind in the UK, it delivers two outpatient clinics per month and is available to those who have served with HM Forces (including National Servicemen).  It is based at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) near Oswestry in Shropshire and can be accessed by all former servicemen who are eligible for NHS treatment, wherever they live. Patients must be referred to the VOS by their GPs which mostly treats arthritic lower limb problems and especially hip and knee replacements.  The Service is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer RAMC, a consultant military orthopaedic surgeon at RJAH. Full details here



 

 

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