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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

 1 June 2018            WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 9 Issue 22

GREETING ON GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE 

001   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - MARCH, APRIL AND MAY 2018

The Foresters Lottery winners for March are: (with apologies for late notification)
1st Prize:  £30.00 - Mr D Bowser of Eastwood, Nottingham
2nd Prize: £20.00 - Mrs H A Bates of Bilsthorpe, Nottingham
3rd Prize: £10.00 - Col C N Cullen of Belper, Derbyshire

The Foresters Lottery winners for April are:
1st Prize: £30.00 -  Mr I G Edwards BEM of Derby
2nd Prize: £20.00 -  Mr A Taylor of Hereford
3rd Prize: £10.00 -  Mr D Bowser of Eastwood, Nottingham

The Foresters Lottery winners for May are:
1st Prize: £30.00 -  Col P R Haslam of Stroud
2nd Prize: £20.00 -  Mr H Blagg of Car Colston, Nottingham
3rd Prize: £10.00 -   Long Eaton Branch WFRA

 

Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) News


Nottingham Castle is to have a major redevelopment from July, and the last day that it will be open to the public is Sunday 1 July. From 2 July the Castle (and the Regimental Museum) will be closed.

June 9 sees the opening of the first of our mobile displays in Mansfield Museum.  The Museum will be touring an exhibition titled "Remembering WW1: Museum of the Mercian Regiment on Tour". The exhibition focuses on the Sherwood Foresters in 1918 and the role they played at the end of World War One as well as having a section on what happened after the end of war.  We will also be running some events alongside the exhibition; comprising Family History Research help, Meet the Curator talk and meet a soldier.  More displays will be on their way for the rest of 2018, 2019 & 2020, whilst the Castle is closed for refurbishment.

The West End show, the Wipers Times is coming to the Theatre Royal Nottingham from August 28-1 September and the museum will be involved in the events that the theatre has planned.

002   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - 2 JUNE 2018

This year’s WFR Regimental Reunion will be held on Saturday 2 June 2018 at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Entrance cost is £2 per adult

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

1200 hours   Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands
1200/1245/1315 hours     Coach from Silver Street to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis)
1330 hours    Tenbury Town Band plays
1440 hours    Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM
1445 hours    Bar closes until after the parade
1450 hours    Parade forms up
1500 hours    Drumhead Service, Address and March Past
1530 hours    Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past)
1600 hours    Raffle Draw
1700 hours    Coach to City
1730 hours    Reunion Ends
1800 hours    Coach to City

003  LOST TOUCH

23946427 CSgt Gerald (Nobby) Clarke is trying to trace LCpl J Laws formerly The Worcestershire Regt who was last known to be living in the village of Irby, Wirral Merseyside. Any information please text to 07947865678

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25 May 2018      WFRA NEWSLETTER             Volume 9 Issue 21

001    GDPR CONSENT FORM

(Those that have filled in Worcester Branch Forms need not re do that form has been copied and sent to Andy McDougal)

In order to comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation which became UK law on 25 May 2018 we need your consent to hold your personal data and continue to communicate with you by post or email.  It is necessary therefore if you wish to receive correspondence/news from WFRA that you complete and return the Consent Form which can be downloaded at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/WFRA_Contact_Consent_%20Form.pdf0.23480500%201516884089

Failure to return the Contact Consent form will result in members contact details being removed from the Membership, Address and postal distribution lists held by WFRA and its Branches. Those who currently subscribe to the Newsletter can unsubscribe at any time or continue to receive it if that is their choice.  It is appreciated that members who served with WFR or its predecessor regiments are life members of the Association, but under GDPR we must ensure we have clear and unambiguous consent before we can process personal data.  We are not permitted to count silence, pre-ticked boxes or inactivity as consent. 

002   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - 2 JUNE 2018

This year’s WFR Regimental Reunion will be held on Saturday 2 June 2018 at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Entrance cost is £2 per adult

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

1200 hours   Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands
1200/1245/1315 hours     Coach from Silver Street to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis)
1330 hours    Tenbury Town Band plays
1440 hours    Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM
1445 hours    Bar closes until after the parade
1450 hours    Parade forms up
1500 hours    Drumhead Service, Address and March Past
1530 hours    Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past)
1600 hours    Raffle Draw
1700 hours    Coach to City
1730 hours    Reunion Ends
1800 hours    Coach to City

DISPLAY STANDS

If anyone wishes to display anything at the reunion they are asked to contact the Asst Regimental Scretary on INFHQ-KINGS-MERC-Notts-ASec@mod.uk or call 0115 9465415 ext 5215

RAFFLE PRIZES

If a branch or individual wishes to donate a raffle prize (a bottle of alcohol is always appreciated) for the reunion they ae asked to either take it to the Reunion or to RHQ Nottingham beforehand.  All monies raised from the raffle go directly to the cost of funding the reunion.

003   99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found here  Please note that closing date for applications is 18 June 2018.
 

Miss Jayne Darling, vocalist will be singing wartime songs after the Dinner

004  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.

005   SPONSORED WALK NOTTINGHAM TO CRICH - 1 JULY 2018

Jonathan Hickman is walking from Nottingham to Crich on the day of the Annual Pilgrimage to raise funds towards the upkeep of the Regimental Memorial Tower and he would be grateful for any support . He has set up a fund raising page on just giving and he will be hoping to take donations on the day also.

You can support Jonathan by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jonathan-hickman or making a donation on the day at Crich.

 

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18 May 2018             WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 9 Issue 20

OBITUARIES

It with regret that we inform you that Major Richard Ian Pollock SHIELDS of Hereford died on 19 July 2017. Dick joined the Worcestershire Regiment for his national service in 1953 and served two years at the Depot ending as a Cpl instructor followed by three years in 7 Worc R. He was a member of the shooting team in both units. In 1987 he was commissioned in to the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment as a TA Public Information Officer and rose to the rank of Major before retiring in 2000. He was a journalist in civilian life and became editor of the Hereford Times. His funeral service took place at Hereford Crematorium on 3 August 2017.

The funeral of 22800796 Sgt Terence Henry MARKHAM who died on 1 May 2018 is to take place at Pitsea Crematorium, Church Rd, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS13 2HG on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 1510 hours. No flowers but donations to SSAFA or Essex Air Ambulance.

001   CENOTAPH VETERANS PARADE - 11 NOVEMBER 2018

The RBL is responsible for the Cenotaph Veterans Parade in Whitehall on Sunday 11 November 2018 and as it is the centenary of the signing of the Armistice demand for tickets is expected to be higher than normal.  As a result the RBL are beginning the process earlier in attempt to create an opportunity to redistribute tickets from those Associations who experience a shortfall of attendees.

Those members intending to attend are asked to contact Gary Crosby on garycrosby1375@live.com The below dates are the 2018 deadlines:
8 June - Application deadline
End of June: RBL will confirm with Associations the number of tickets they have been allocated.
20 August: deadline for Associations to complete participant information.
31 August: Application will re-open for Associations to register additional applications (This will only occur if all 10,000 tickets have not been allocated from the previous stage)
24 September: Final deadline for all participant information.
October: Tickets and Joining Instructions sent to Associations.

002   99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found here  Please note that closing date for applications is 18 June 2018.

 

Miss Jayne Darling, vocalist will be singing wartime songs after the Dinner

003   UNVEILING OF A PLAQUE TO HANNAH SNELL - 21 MAY 2018

Worcester Civic Society are unveiling a plaque to a very interesting C18th Worcester Soldier/Marine on 21 May 2018 at 25 Friar Street, Worcester at 1200 hours.

Hannah Snell (1723-1792) was a famous British soldier in the 18th century. Born in Worcester, England

004  HAWKING FOR HEROES

Hawking for Heroes offers complimentary national falconry experiences to injured veterans at the best venues accross the UK and Ireland.  Veterans can enjoy a couple of hours of pure freedom where they`ll see, handle and fly these magnificent birds of prey in their natural enviroment with expert tuition from some of the top falconers in the country. A truly awesome experience to cherish. If you are an injured veteran or someone who knows an injured veteran and thinks they would benefit from an individually tailored falconry experience then please call Hawking for Heroes on 01452 537420 or 07807 695 087 in the first instance and we can help co ordinate your visit to a location and venue to accommodate your needs.

Call us on 01452 537420 or email us via enquiries@hawkingforheroes.com to book your FREE Hawking for Heroes experience for injured UK service men and women. Please click on link below for further information.

Hawkingforheroes.com  

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11 May 2018        WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 9 Issue 19

OBITUARIES 

It is with regret that we inform you that 22800796 Sgt Terence Henry MARKHAM of Benfleet Essex died on 1 May 2018 aged 82. Terry first enlisted into the Infantry Boys Battalion in April 1952 before being posted to the Sherwood Foresters at Normanton Barracks in September 1951. He was then posted to the 1st Battalion at Derna, Middle East Land Forces in March 1954. He continued to serve with the 1stBattalion in Sennelager, Malaya, Singapore, N Ireland, Colchester, Cyprus and Munster until his discharge in 1968. After leaving the Regiment he served with 5thBattalion RRF (TA) 1969 – 1972, Australian Citizen Military Forces in Sydney NSW with 4th RNSW Regt and again with 5 RRF 1975 – 1977. Funeral details will be published when known.

The funeral of 23447861 Pte Malcolm Bernard JUDD of Netherfield, Nottingham who died on 25 April 2018 is to take place on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 0930 hours in St. Georges Church, Victoria Road, Netherfield NG4 2NN.  As a boy Malcolm was a choir boy at this church. The church is next to the St George's Community Centre. Afterwards to Crematorium, Catfoot Lane, Gedling NG4 4QH for a 1030 hours short service.  The Wake will be at The Railway Club, by the Netherfield railway crossing. Standards welcome.

001   WFRA WORCESTER AREA MEETING - 12 MAY 2018

Reminder that the Worcestershire Area Meeting is on this Saturday 12 May 2018 1045 hours for 1100 hours at Claines RBL Club, Cornmeadow Lane. Worcester. WR3 7PL. 

002   UNVEILING OF A VC COMMEMORATIVE PAVING STONE 29 MAY 2018
 
On Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 1100 hours a VC Commemorative paving stone to Brig General George William St George GROGAN VC CB CMG DSO and Bar formerly The Worcestershire Regiment is to be unveiled at the War Memorial, Plymouth Hoe (at the junction of Citadel Road and Lockyer Street opposite the Registry Office PL1 2QD).  Any Association member who would like to attend the ceremony should contact Nigel Overton, Curator (City & Maritime Heritage), Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, 37 Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AX or his colleague Jo Clarke.  Email museum@plymouth.gov.uk.

003   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - 2 JUNE 2018

This year’s WFR Regimental Reunion will be held on Saturday 2 June 2018 at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Entrance cost is £2 per adult

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

1200 hours   Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands
1200/1245/1315 hours     Coach from Silver Street to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis)
1330 hours    Tenbury Town Band plays
1440 hours    Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM
1445 hours    Bar closes until after the parade
1450 hours    Parade forms up
1500 hours    Drumhead Service, Address and March Past
1530 hours    Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past)
1600 hours    Raffle Draw
1700 hours    Coach to City
1730 hours    Reunion Ends
1800 hours    Coach to City

DISPLAY STANDS

If anyone wishes to display anything at the reunion they are asked to contact the Asst Regimental Scretary on INFHQ-KINGS-MERC-Notts-ASec@mod.uk or call 0115 9465415 ext 5215

RAFFLE PRIZES

If a branch or individual wishes to donate a raffle prize (a bottle of alcohol is always appreciated) for the reunion they ae asked to either take it to the Reunion or to RHQ Nottingham beforehand.  All monies raised from the raffle go directly to the cost of funding the reunion.

004   WESTON AIR SHOW 2018 - 23 JUNE 2018

Worcester Veterans Breakfast Club are organising a trip to Weston Super Mare on 23 June 2018  and are hoping to fill a 40 seater coach at £10.00 per person.  Details will be published if they have enough interest.  If you are interested in attending please inform Nigel Fish on nigelfish@ymail.com

It is a two day FREE Airshow, click on the link below for more information..
Weston Air Show 2018 Air Festival flying programme & schedule - Hotel Accommodation - Military Airshows in the UK.

005   99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found here

 


Miss Jayne Darling, vocalist will be singing songs from the forties after the Dinner

006   SPONSORED WALK NOTTINGHAM TO CRICH - 1 JULY 2018

Jonathan Hickman is walking from Nottingham to Crich on the day of the Annual Pilgrimage to raise funds towards the upkeep of the Regimental Memorial Tower and he would be grateful for any support . He has set up a fund raising page on just giving and he will be hoping to take donations on the day also.

You can support Jonathan by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jonathan-hickman or making a donation on the day at Crich.

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4 May 2018     WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 9 Issue 18

001 STREET NAMING: FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018 - STOKE ON TRENT

A Street Naming event will take place in honour of 19275 Cpl John Henry Wyatt 11th Bn The Sherwood Foresters who was awarded the MM for gallantry between the 20th and 24thSeptember 1917 for attack on the German positions at Dickebusch, Ypres, Belgium. His grandson, Pte Wyatt is a 4 Mercian soldier and will be at the event.

The event itself takes place between 1200 and 1430 on Friday 11th May at Bucknall Pentecostal Church, 45 Eaves Lane, Stoke on Trent, ST2 8JY.  All are invited to attend and Standard Bearers are welcome

002   WFRA REUNION IN WORCESTER ON 2 JUNE 2018

The annual WFRA reunion will be held at Sixways on Saturday 2 June 2018. The Worcester Branch will be holding a raffle to raise funds to assist with the cost of the reunion. If any branch wishes to donate a prize (alcohol always seem to be a favourite) then please bring it to the Reunion or drop off at RHQ Nottingham or Worcester Branch beforehand.

003   99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found here

 

Miss Jayne Darling, vocalist will be singing songs from the forties after the Dinner

004   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.

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27 April 2018          WFRA NEWSLETTER          Volume 9 Issue 17

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we report the death of Cpl Walter John YATES of Worcester on 28th March 2018 aged 99 years. Walter was born on the 8th April 1918.  Walter served in 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and saw service in Burma during WW2.  His funeral will be held at 1300 hours on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue,  Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8HA. Standards, Bugle and Association members welcome. Afterwards at the Portobello Inn, Bransford Road, Worcester. WR2 4EZ.  Letters of condolence can be sent to Walter`s Stepson Mr Maurice Collins, 83 Columbia Drive, Lower Wick, Worcester WR2 4EE.

It is with regret that we inform you that 23447861 Pte Malcolm Bernard JUDD of Netherfield, Nottingham died on 25 April 2018 aged 79.  Malcolm was called up for National Service on 23 January 1958 and served with 1st Batalion Sherwood Foresters HQ Coy in Malaya.  He left the Army on 21 January 1960 and was a long-time member of Nottingham City Branch. Funeral details will be published when known.

001   DEDICATION OF WW1 HEADSTONE MELBOURNE DERBYSHIRE 6 MAY 2018

A dedication of a CWGC WW1 headstone to 200699 Private Wallace Hatton 2/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters who died of wounds 2 December 1919 is to be held on 6 May 2018 at Melbourne Cemetery, Packhorse Road, Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8BZ.  He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 15 October 1914 and served with 2/5th and 2/6th Battalions. He was discharged on 7 July 1919.

Those attending are requested to muster at 1215 hours for service to commence 1230 hours. Standard Bearers are asked to muster at 1200 hours.  After the service retire to Melbourne RBL on Derby Road if anyone wishes to come along.

002  99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found here

 

Miss Jayne Darling, vocalist will be singing songs from the forties after the Dinner

003  WHEELS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 5TH TO 11TH AUGUST 2018

Ann & Jeff Clayton are SSAFA Caseworkers based in Worcester who are raising money for ABF The Soldiers' Charity. For the past 5 years they have volunteered as Caseworkers in Worcestershire and provide advice and support, obtaining financial assistance for former and serving personnel and their dependents of all three services.  However, where the request for help comes from an Army veteran or their dependents they regularly approach ABF The Soldiers Charity for financial assistance to meet the needs.

Their participation in August 2018 for the Wheels on the Western Front cycling event  (WOTWF 18) will be a huge physical challenge for them both. The commitment that they have to make to meet the challenge will be rewarding for them and ABF The Soldiers Charity ultimately benefiting the people they help.

The route will take in the major battle sites of Verdun in Eastern France and the Hundred Day offensive of 1918 as well as the monuments at Vimy Ridge and the Menin Gate. In addition, they will be laying a wreath at the Worcestershire Regiment's Memorial at Gheluvelt in Belgium giving them a chance to reflect and commemorate the sacrifices of local soldiers over 100 years ago. They will ride 430 miles in 6 days covering about 70 miles per day. Those wishing to donate can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ann-jeff-clayton

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  20 April 2018        WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 16

001   NOTTS AND DERBYS AREA MEETING 15 SEPTEMBER 2018

Please note that the venue for the next N & D Area Meeting is The Rufford PH, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield.  The postcode for those with satnavs is NG19 7ES.  Access to the car park is from Abbot Road and is about 100 metres from the X roads, the Chesterfield Road access is pedestrian only.

002  REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON 2/5th BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS WW2

We have received a request for information on 2/5 Bn Sherwood Foresters in WW2 as follows;

"My father, Ronald Somerville, served in the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Italy, Greece and Austria in 1943-46.  I am researching the history of the unit, with a view to potentially writing a battalion level history of its involvement in the second world war for publication.

I have consulted the documentary records in the National Archive, at the Regimental Museum, and at the Sherwood Foresters collection in the Nottingham Archive, but I wondered if there are still any members of the battalion still living who you could put me in touch with, or any relatives who might be able and willing to assist with memoirs or other material.

Information on any activity of the regiment during the war would be appreciated, as a I want to try and tell a complete story of what the war was like for men like my father.  I am particularly interested at the current time in any information on the immediate post-war period when the battalion occupied southern Austria, and was involved in the seldom discussed political conflicts with Yugoslav forces, and with the handing over of Cossack and other eastern Europeans serving in the German forces to the Red Army.  My wife and I are planning to visit the region later this year.

I know that there must be relatively few surviving veterans from this time, and regret not starting the research earlier, but any assistance you could give would be most gratefully received.
Many thanks
Dr Michael Somerville"

003   MAYOR OF WORCESTER LECTURE 24 APRIL 2018

Every year Worcester Civic Society arranges a guest speaker for the Mayor’s Lecture in support of their chosen charities as every Mayor of Worcester selects several charities they wish to support and help raise money for.

Entry to the lecture is free and open to everyone, voluntary donations to the Mayor’s chosen charities would be most welcome.  This year’s guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jackson OBE who has extensive military knowledge and experience.  During his lecture entitled “Your Regiment” Mark will talk about the Worcestershire Regiment, its forebears and successors, covering some notable episodes in its history and their impact. The talk will be illuminated by images of items and events and also show sites and parts of Worcester today that illustrate the relationship between the City and its Regiment from 1694 to the present day.

The lecture will take place in the Guildhall, Worcester City Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018.  Be sure to put the date in your diary so as not to miss this most interesting talk!  Further details may be found at:
http://www.worcestercivicsociety.org.uk/mayors-lecture/

004    8th FORESTERS NORWAY 1940 AND POW LUNCHTIME TALK TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018
 
At  1130 hrs on Tuesday 5 June at Perkins Carriage Hall in Plumtree ( NG12 5NA) Commander (Retd) Steve Foster RN will be giving a talk to publicise his book about his father Sgt Fred Foster of the 8th Foresters. The latter was captured in Norway in 1940 and made a daring escape from his PoW camp. The talk will be on both sides of a lunch which will be included in the admission price of £30. Profits will go to a local dementia charity. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to inform John Cotterill on 07733 458971 or john.cotterill@btinternet.com by Tuesday 29 May. He will collate names and pass them on to the organisers.

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13 April 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER                 Volume 9 Issue 15

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24022457 Pte Kenneth C. ROSE of Bulwell, Nottingham died on 31 March 2018 aged 71.  Ken enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1965 and served with HQ Coy MT.  On amalgamation in 1970 he continued to serve with 1st Battalion The Worcstershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until leaving the Army.  During his service he represented the Regiment and the Army as a Boxer.  His funeral is to take place at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 1445 hours.  Members and Standards would be welcome.

The funeral of 14189210 Pte Harold James MANNING of Allenton, Derby who died on 31 March 2018 is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on Friday 27 April 2018 at 1320 hours.  Members and Standards welcome.

001   99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found here

 

Miss Jayne Darling, vocalist will be singing songs from the forties after the Dinner

002 WREATH LAYING CEREMONY – GHELUVELT PARK 14 APRIL 2018

There is to be a short wreath laying Ceremony at the Regimental Stone in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 1045 hours in Memory of 2nd Lt John James Crowe VC. Usual format; Standards & Bugle, Dress:- Berets, Blazers, Medals. If you can spare the time please do come and support us.

His citation reads:
For most conspicuous bravery, determination, and skilful leading when the enemy, for the third time having attacked a post in a village broke past on to the high ground and established a machine gun and snipers in the broken ground at the back of the village. 2nd Lt. Crowe twice went forward with two NCOs and seven men to engage the enemy, both times in face of active machine-gun fire and sniping. His action was so daring that on each occasion the enemy withdrew from the high ground into the village, where 2nd Lt. Crowe followed them and himself opened fire upon the enemy as they collected in the doorways of the houses.

On the second occasion, taking with him only two men of his party he attacked two enemy machine guns which were sweeping the post, killed both the gunners with his rifle and prevented any others from reaching the guns and bringing them in action again. He then turned-upon a party of the enemy who were lined up in front of him, killed several and the remainder withdrew at once. He captured both the guns, one of which was the battalion Lewis gun which had been captured by the enemy on the previous day.

Throughout the seven days of operations 2nd Lt. Crowe showed an utter disregard of danger and was recklessly brave. His personal example and cheerfulness contributed largely to the determination of the garrison of the post to hold out. It may safely be said that but for his coolness and skill at the last moment when he personally placed the covering party in close proximity to the enemy who were again closing round and were also forming up in fours nearby, the garrison of the post could never have effected its escape. The valour and zeal displayed by 2nd Lt. Crowe were of the highest order." (London Gazette 28th June 1918)

003  COMMEMORATION SERVICE - KIDDERMINSTER 22 APRIL 2018

On Sunday 22 April 2018 at 1030 hours there will be a short service at the memorial bench at the Kingsford Inn, Sladd Lane, Wolverley, Kidderminster DY11 5TA where on the 3rd December 2017 Worcester Branch were present at the unveiling of the bench to the Worcestershire Regiment, The Engine manufacture in WW2 at the Kingsford site and the War Effort of the people of the Black Country. The Kingsford Inn are celebrating with a St Georges Day Weekend and WFRA are part of that Celebration. Food will be provided. Numbers needed on this please for catering purposes. Contact N Fish Worcester Branch or through website.

004   MAYOR OF WORCESTER LECTURE 24 APRIL 2018

Every year Worcester Civic Society arranges a guest speaker for the Mayor’s Lecture in support of their chosen charities as every Mayor of Worcester selects several charities they wish to support and help raise money for.

Entry to the lecture is free and open to everyone, voluntary donations to the Mayor’s chosen charities would be most welcome. This year’s guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jackson OBE who has extensive military knowledge and experience.  During his lecture entitled “Your Regiment” Mark will talk about the Worcestershire Regiment, its forebears and successors, covering some notable episodes in its history and their impact. The talk will be illuminated by images of items and events and also show sites and parts of Worcester today that illustrate the relationship between the City and its Regiment from 1694 to the present day.

The lecture will take place in the Guildhall, Worcester City Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018. Be sure to put the date in your diary so as not to miss this most interesting talk. Further details may be found at:http://www.worcestercivicsociety.org.uk/mayors-lecture/

005   WORCESTERSHIRE AREA MEETING SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018

This year’s Worcestershire Area Meeting will be held at Claines RBL, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL on Saturday 12 May 2018, 1045 hours for 1100 hours start.   Please forward items for the agenda to N Fish Worcester Branch. Teas coffee and biscuits provided.

006    MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY - FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2018

The entry form for the 2018 Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day on Friday 24 August 2018 can be found here. Once again it is being held at the Rufford Park Golf and Country Club, Rufford Lane, Rufford, Notts NG22 9 DG.

Your outstanding support for this event in previous years has been amazing and all monies raised previously have been distributed within the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund to all injured soldiers, their families and the other needs supported by the fund. It is hoped that once again you can support this wothwhile event and it is requested that you pass the entry form around your golfing friends and Golf Societies.

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6 April 2018          WFRA NEWSLETTER             Volume 9 Issue 14

GREETINGS ON BADAJOZ DAY

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 14189210 Pte Harold James MANNING of Allenton, Derby died on 31 March 2018.  Jim was called up to the General Service Corps and after training was posted to the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters during World War 2 and in March 1948 transferred to the Army Air Corps (Parachute Regiment where he served with 7 Para (Light Infantry).  Details regarding the funeral will be promulgated when they become available.

001   8th FORESTERS NORWAY 1940 AND POW LUNCHTIME TALK TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018
 
At  1130 hrs on Tuesday 5 June at Perkins Carriage Hall in Plumtree ( NG12 5NA) Commander (Retd) Steve Foster RN will be giving a talk to publicise his book about his father Sgt Fred Foster of the 8th Foresters. The latter was captured in Norway in 1940 and made a daring escape from his PoW camp. The talk will be on both sides of a lunch which will be included in the admission price of £30. Profits will go to a local dementia charity. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to inform John Cotterill on 07733 458971 or john.cotterill@btinternet.com by Tuesday 29 May. He will collate names and pass them on to the organisers.

002   MAYOR OF WORCESTER LECTURE 24 APRIL 2018

Every year Worcester Civic Society arranges a guest speaker for the Mayor’s Lecture in support of their chosen charities as every Mayor of Worcester selects several charities they wish to support and help raise money for.

Entry to the lecture is free and open to everyone, voluntary donations to the Mayor’s chosen charities would be most welcome.  This year’s guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jackson OBE who has extensive military knowledge and experience.  During his lecture entitled “Your Regiment” Mark will talk about the Worcestershire Regiment, its forebears and successors, covering some notable episodes in its history and their impact. The talk will be illuminated by images of items and events and also show sites and parts of Worcester today that illustrate the relationship between the City and its Regiment from 1694 to the present day.

The lecture will take place in the Guildhall, Worcester City Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018.  Be sure to put the date in your diary so as not to miss this most interesting talk!  Further details may be found at:
http://www.worcestercivicsociety.org.uk/mayors-lecture/

 

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