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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION


Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
 Chairman: Lt Col P G Gilby

5 March 2015                                     NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 09

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that Sgt Colin (Lofty) BRENTNALL of Derby died on 1 March 2015.  Lofty enlisted into the 1st

Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1947 and served 22 years in the Band until leaving in 1969.  His funeral is to take place at

Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on 23 March 2015 at 1420 hours.  Standards welcome.     

002   NEW BOOK - JAZZ MUSIC BY DAVID SNEATH

Col (Retd) David Sneath has recently published a novel on Amazon called Jazz Music. At the height of the Second World

War ordinary men from all walks of life are being called up to action and adventure, to serve their country and fight against

the threat of the Nazi war machine. Among the most noted war heroes of the time are those who risk it all to fly their payloads

into the heart of Germany and back: the boys of RAF bomber command. In 1943, aware that men's lives can be changed - or

ended - in the blink of an eye, the twenty-four hours before an operation are fraught with uncertainty and a fierce desire to live.

This is the story of seven men, the bomber crew of a battle-scarred Lancaster christened 'Robin's Hoods, and at heart it is

the story of how the conflict altered the paths of those who otherwise would have been destined never to meet. In the run

up to the night time operation over Germany watch the individual threads of these mens lives come together, from the

quiet Pilot Officer Robin Mansfield to the brash and assured Flight Sergeant Mike Retford, to Sergeant Bill Ford the bomb

aimer, whose confusion about his sexuality has haunted him all his life. Only as an RAF bomber crew could these war heroes

come together and the reflections on their lives and families before the mission show just how far apart, and just how similar

they really are. See where the action and adventure of the Second World War takes this motley band of ordinary men and

pits them against a relentless enemy, as well as the looming terror of their own fears.

The story covers a fictional operation out of RAF Syerston to bomb a German city in October 1943 and the reader has an

insight into their early lives and with it some local history. Interested personnel should search the book in Amazon under "Jazz Music David Sneath"

003   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - CHARITY FUNDRAISER 

Col (Retd) David Sneath has opened a fund raising page to raise money for the museum by doing the Way of the Roses bike ride

from 13-16 April. The link for those wishing to donate is www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidSneath

004   POPPY PLANTING EVENT - NEWARK 10 MARCH 2015

Clay poppy heads were made during last autumn in schools, at children's centres, care homes, and by visitors to Newark Parish

church and Newark Library - each poppy representing one of the men from Newark who died in the First World War.  They were

then displayed in Newark Library and in the parish church at the Remembrance Day service.

Each clay poppy head is infused with poppy seeds, and these can be planted to provide a living tribute to those who fell in the

First World War in the church grounds, close to the war memorial, located on Appletongate following the opening of the

ceremony on Tuesday 10th March, 10am at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church Newark which is the 100th anniversary to the day

when the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters moved into the front line for its first taste of action in the First Battle of Neuve

Chapelle (10-13 March 1915).

Along with schoolchildren and other local people who made poppies last autumn, also expected on the day will be

representatives of the Royal British Legion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Association (Newark Branch) and local

councillors. The vicar of Newark, the Rev Stephen Morris, will also say a few words and a prayer.

Please note that there is no parking in this area, the closest car parks are situated at London Road (NG24 1UW) or Appletongate

(NG24 1JR), both of which are pay and display.


A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

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26 February 2015       NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 08
01 Obituaries

It is with sadness we inform you that 412078 Maj Robert Basil SULLIVAN-TAILYOUR of Sutton Veny,

Warminster died on 24 February 2015 aged 84.  Robert attended Eaton Hall OCS and Mons OCS in 1948 before

being commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1950.  He joined the 1st Battalion in BAOR and in 1952

was appointed Pl Comd of Anti Tank Platoon in Egypt before being posted to the Depot in 1953.  He went on

to serve with the Kings African Rifles as OC HQ Coy in East Africa in 1955.  He then became an instructor at

Mons OCS before returning to the 1st Battalion in Malaya in 1960.  Between 1963 - 1966 he was a

student at the German Staff College before returning to the 1st Battalion as a Coy Comd.  In 1968 he was

posted to HQ BAOR as GSO 2 before being appointed 2IC 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood

Foresters Regiment in 1970.  Robert then had various Staff Appointments before leaving the Army in 1978.

 There will be a private family funeral and a Service is to be held in Sutton Veny in April, details of which will

be notified when known.

       ........................

Ex Pte Bradley PAUL who joined the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment and deployed to Afghanistan in

October 2012 where as the front man of his patrol, every day he carried the weight of responsibility for the

lives of his comrades on his shoulders every time he stepped out the gate. Unfortunately on 9 November

2012 Pte Paul he was struck by an IED and sustained life changing injuries. However, through strength of

character and with the love of those around him, he made a good recovery. Sadly, he passed away on

Tuesday 17 February 2015.  As Pte Paul is no longer a serving soldier, his funeral costs will be paid for

through non public funds only.  His family have set up a Go Fund Me web page at

 http://www.gofundme.com/bradpaul  Any funds remaining after the funeral will be given to Combat

Stress and put in a Trust for his younger brotheer as an equal split.

002   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier, rather than wait to the

last minute as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.   A new very good menu choice is available and

special rates for anyone wishing to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast

for both double and single rooms. Full details can be found here

It is hoped that both the Colonel of the Regiment and the President of the Association will be in attendance

this year and it has been suggested that Branches may wish to subsidise their Standard Bearers to attend the

dinner with Branch Standards to ensure as many Standards as possible are displayed.

003    WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - 3  MARCH 2015

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at RHQ Mercian, Heath Avenue, Whittington

Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9TJ on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at 1000 hours. 

004   WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING - 11 MARCH 2015

The WFRA Notts and Derby Area Meeting is to take place at Foresters House on Wednesday 11 March 2015

at 1030 hours.  Branches who wish to be represented are requested to provide details of those attending and

any points for the agenda to the Secretary at rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk  by no later than 5 March 2015.

005   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2015

The WFRA Badajoz Day parade at Nottingham Castle will take place on Monday 6 April 2015. The programme is as follows:

1. Gates open 1000 hours (all members of WFRA will get free access when they show regimental tie or green

card).

2. Parade forms up at bottom of hill at 1050 hours to march off at 1055 hours

3. Major Gary Cotterill is to raise the jacket after the citation is read. As the red coatee is raised the last post

will be played followed by the two minutes silence and reveille. The parade will then march past the flagpole

where Major G Cotterill will take the salute.

4. On parade will be Pte Derby XXX and Standards from Nottingham (possibly also Area Standard ) After

the parade, members are requested to meet at the Castle coffee shop, next to our Gallery.




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19  February 2015                  NEWSLETTER                                              Vol 6 Issue 07

001  OBITUARIES

Nil Reported
 

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE - MANSFIELD 20 FEBRUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom rights and marching through Mansfield on Friday 20

February 2015.  Step off is at 1300 hours from the top of Westgate and the Parade will follow the route of

Westgate down to the Town Hall, around the Market Square and back up into Westgate.

The saluting dais will be in front of the Town Hall and Standard Bearers are requested to be in position by

1255 hours.  Those Standard Bearers wishing to attend the Reception are to follow the civic dignitaries, after

the parade has passed, to the Council Offices.

All members, their families and friends are encouraged to attend and seating has been arranged near to the

dais for Veterans and their families.

Throughout the day 2 and 4 MERCIAN will be actively recruiting throughout Mansfield.

003   VIRGIN MONEY GIVING - MUSEUM DONATIONS

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) Registered Charity number 1001226 has a page on

Virgin Money Giving where personnel may donate to the upkeep of the Museum.

So, if you are intending to jump out of a plane (with or without a parachute), do sponsored cycling, running etc

or just wish to donate then visit  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1009531 

004   WFRA ANNUAL CRICH DINNER - 4 JULY 2015 

The Annual dinner this year takes place on Saturday 4 July 2015 at the Novotel Hotel situated by Junction 25 on the M1 .

The dinner has been brought back to its traditional format and will be much more regimentally orientated

whilst at the same time slightly less formal.  Pte DERBY XXX will be in attendance and Branch Standards will be displayed.

Booking/ticket arrangements will be notified shortly, as will details of discounted accommodation. This provides

an ideal opportunity to attend the Dinner before proceeding to the Pilgrimage on Sunday morning.

005   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER 7 MARCH 2015

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 1930 hours for 2000

hours at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton at a cost of £15.00 per person attending.  Menus and

further details may be obtained from Phil Twells on philip.twells@icloud.com 

006  LAYING UP OF 3 MERCIAN COLOURS - LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL - 12 MAY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be Laying Up the Colours of 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment in Lichfield

Cathedral on Tuesday 12th May 2015.
 
Outline of Events
There will be a parade through Lichfield City Centre which will be followed by a service in Lichfield Cathedral

that starts at 1400 hrs. The congregation will be admitted from 1320 hrs and all visitors will be seated by 1345 hrs.  
 
Afterwards there will be a civic reception for invited guests. The remainder of the regiment will socialise

where they wish to.
 
Taking Part
The parade will consist of officers, NCOs and soldiers from 1 and 2 MERCIAN.  Branch Standards of the

Regimental Associations are invited to line the entrance of the Cathedral. The Regimental Associations will be

asked to line the route at critical points.  Pte Derby XXX will be present as will Cpl Watchman V 
 
Attendance
As this is a Mercian wide event, anyone with a regimental connection is welcome. This includes:-
 
Serving members of the Mercian Regiment
Members of the regimental associations
Friends of the Regiment
Wives and families are welcome
 
Details
Details of the parade, entry to the cathedral and the service will be published as soon as they are known. 


A H L McDOUGALL
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12 February 2015              NEWSLETTER                       February 12th 2015                  Vol 6 Issue 06

001  OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002.  MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR - 16 FEBRUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through Bromsgrove on Monday

16 February 2015.

The Saluting Dias will be in front of Timpson's and by the Houseman Statue and Standard Bearers are

requested to be in position by no later than 1255 hours. Once the parade has passed, Standards are to follow

the Civic Dignitaries to the Council Offices should they wish to join the Reception.

Step off is at 1300 hours from The Dolphin Leisure Centre and will take in the following route;
High Street
A448/Market Street
Church Street
High Street

All members and their family and friends are encouraged to attend to support the Regiment.

Throughout the day the Regiment will be actively recruiting throughout the town.

003  THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - FEBRUARY

The prize winners for the February Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00  Mr J W Carlin of Gedling, Nottingham
2nd Prize £20.00  Mr H S Blagg of Car Colston, Nottinghamshire
3rd Prize £10.00   Maj D Hallam 1 MERCIAN

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

004    THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier, rather than wait to the

last minute as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.   A new very good menu choice is available and

special rates for anyone wishing to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast

for both double and single rooms. Full details can be found here

It is hoped that both the Colonel of the Regiment and the President of the Association will be in attendance

this year and it has been suggested that Branches may wish to subsidise their Standard Bearers to attend the

dinner with Branch Standards to enhance the display.

005   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER 7 MARCH 2015

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 1930 hours for 2000

hours at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton at a cost of £15.00 per person attending.  Menus and

further details may be obtained from Phil Twells on philip.twells@icloud.com 


A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive
 

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL
United Kingdom
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29  January 2015       NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 05

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of  Sgt W Shillam who died on 14 January 2015 is to take place on Saturday 31 January 2015 at

1230 hours at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3GJ.  Following the

committal a wake is to be held the Wellington Inn, Eastwood NG16 3GG. Letters and cards of condolence

can be forwarded to Wayne's partner, Zoe Wade, 7 Baldwin Street, Newthorpe, Notts NG16 2DS.  The

family would appreciate Standards in attendance and those Standard Bearers who are able to attend are

requested to contact John Lancaster on 01773 764908 to discuss details.

 

002   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier, rather than wait to the

last minute as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.   A new very good menu choice is available and

special rates for anyone wishing to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast

for both double and single rooms. Full details can be found here
 

004   HELP REQUESTED

Recently 24325047 LCpl Brian Spencer Recce Pl 1 WFR lost (as a result of flooding) his personal copy of Firm &

Forester Volume 5 Issue 1 dated April 1978 which included a photograph and article on him winning the

Eastern District Individual Boxing Tournament at light welter-weight v LCpl Ashworth HQ Coy.  If any member

has a spare copy that they may wish to donate to LCpl Spencer he can be contacted

on arty.brian@hotmail.com   If any member has any photographs of his bout, he would very much

appreciate a copy of such photographs




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22  January 2015          NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 04

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24193999 Sgt Wayne SHILLAM  of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire died

on 14 January 2015.  Wayne enlisted in 1972 with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood

Foresters Regiment and left the Army in 1992. He served in NI where he suffered minor injuries in a bomb

blast and he also served in Belize where he was in HQ Coy MT Pl. Funeral details will be promulgated when

known.

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR - 27 JANUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through the City of Nottingham

on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

The Saluting Dias will be opposite Debenhams, on Long Row and Standard Bearers are requested to be in

position by no later than 1255 hours. Once the parade has passed, Standards are to follow the Civic

Dignitaries to the Old MARKET  Square.

Step off is at 1300 hours from St Mary's Church on High Pavement and will take in the following route;
High Pavement
Low Pavement
Albert Street
Wheeler Gate
Angel Row
Long Row
Old MARKET  Square - the Lord Mayor and CoR will give their address here following which the Parade will

reverse the route.

All members and their family and friends are encouraged to attend to support the Battalion.

Throughout the day the Regiment will be actively recruiting throughout the city.

003  WFRA ANNUAL CRICH DINNER - 4 JULY 2015 

The Annual dinner this year takes place on Saturday 4 July 2015 at the Novotel Hotel situated by Junction 25

on the M1 .

The dinner has been brought back to its traditional format and will be much more regimentally orientated

whilst at the same time slightly less formal.  Pte DERBY XXX will be in attendance and Branch Standards will be

displayed.

Booking/ticket arrangements will be notified shortly, as will details of DISCOUNTED  accommodation. This provides

an ideal opportunity to attend the Dinner before proceeding to the Pilgrimage on Sunday morning.



A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
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United Kingdom
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15  January 2015             NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 03

001    OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24503152 Michael A HARRISON of Long Eaton, Derbyshire died on 13

January 2015 aged 53.  Mick enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters

Regiment on 11 September 1978 and left on 31 January 1986.   He served in the Corps of Drums.  

Funeral details will be promulgated once known.
 

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It is with sadness we inform you that Major S G Goodman of Lyonshall, Herefordshire died on 9 January

aged 101. He enlisted in The Worcestershire Regt in 1933, served in Plymouth with 1 Worc R and China and

India with 2 Worc R rising to be RQMS by 1942. From 1944-52 he served in RQMS appointments in Norway,

UK and with 1 Para in Germany before being commissioned in 1953. He then served as QM of the

GOLD  Coast Regt, from 1958 with 1 Worc R in Jamaica and spent his last 7 years service as QM 7 Worc R. His

funeral will take place at Hereford Crematorium at 1215 hours on 24 January which would have been his 102nd

birthday. Standards welcome.

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR - 27 JANUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through the City of Nottingham

on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

The Saluting Dias will be opposite Debenhams, on Long Row and Standard Bearers are requested to be in

position by no later than 1255 hours. Once the parade has passed, Standards are to follow the Civic

Dignitaries to the Old MARKET  Square.

Step off is at 1300 hours from St Mary's Church on High Pavement and will take in the following route;

 

High Pavement
Low Pavement
Albert Street
Wheeler Gate
Angel Row
Long Row

 

Old MARKET  Square - the Lord Mayor and CoR will give their address here following which the Parade will reverse the route.

All members and their family and friends are encouraged to attend to support the Battalion.

Throughout the day the Regiment will be actively recruiting throughout the city.

003   BATTLEFIELD TOURS - 2015

Whether you want to stand in the footsteps of your family , your regiment , your corps , men from your

county, school or sports club - that is what you will do with Cotterill Battlefield Tours. No generic set piece

talks trotted out on tour after tour irrespective of audience but original research carried out specifically for

your tour and overlaid on the ground in a way that will make sense to everyone present and enhance your

understanding of an action and appreciation of the men that fought there.  Further details can be found at

 www.cotterillbattlefields.co.uk

004   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER 7 MARCH 2015

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 1930 hours for 2000

hours at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton at a cost of £15.00 per person attending.  Menus and

further details may be obtained from Phil Twells on philip.twells@icloud.com 

005   LOST CONTACT

Tony Caplin REME who served with The Sherwood Foresters and 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Warminster up until they went to Berlin about 1972 (Tony left Warminster

to go to NI) is trying to contact Tony and Cynthia BARNSLEY. They were good friends especially the

wives. His wife June would like to see Cynthia and her son again. If anyone can help to put them in touch his

Telephone No is 01512018633 and his email is tonyc78@ntlworld.com




A H L McDOUGALL
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United Kingdom
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8  January 2015                        NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 02

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 22392976 CSgt G Pool of Manton, Worksop died on 25 December 2014

AGED  86.  CSgt Pool joined 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in

1973 and left the Army in 1979. His funeral is to take place on Monday 12 January 2015 at 1400 hours at

Ollerton Crematorium following which there will be a gathering of mourners at THE STATION HOTEL , Carlton Road,

Worksop from 1500 hours onwards.

002   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY  DRAW - JANUARY

The PRIZE WINNERS  for the January Draw are as follows;

1st PRIZE  £30.00  Lt Col (Retd) J C Cursham of East Leake, Loughborough
2nd PRIZE  £20.00  Col C N Cullen OBE of Duffield, Derbyshire
3rd PRIZE  £10.00   Mrs H Bates of Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamsgire

WINNERS  cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

003   VIRGIN MONEY GIVING - MUSEUM DONATIONS

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) REGISTERED  Charity number 1001226 now has a page on

Virgin Money Giving where personnel may donate to the upkeep of the Museum.

So, if you are intending to jump out of a plane (with or without a parachute), do sponsored cycling, running etc or

just wish to donate then visit  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1009531 



A H L McDOUGALL
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2  January 2015             NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 01

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of 24243192 Private Reginald John Noble of Nottingham who died on Monday 15th December 2014 is

to take place at Wilford Hill Crematorium, Nottingham on Friday 9 January 2015 at 1000 hours. Floral tributes

should be forwarded to W Lymn 130 Main Street Bulwell NG6 8ET. Standard Bearers in attendance would be

appreciated.

002  NEW YEAR'S HONOURS

We CONGRATULATE  Mr Robert Gavin Pettigrew (2nd Lt. The Sherwood Foresters Territorial Force 1960 - 1963) on

being awarded the MBE for services to Mountaineering in the 2015 New Year Honour's List.

We also CONGRATULATE  WO1 Michael Hancock 4 MERCIAN on being awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) 

003 FREEDOM MARCHES

From Friday 23 January 2015 to Friday 20 February 2015 The Mercian Regiment is to conduct Freedom Marches.

 Times and further details will follow shortly:

Friday 23 January - Stockport
Saturday 24 January - Chester
Sunday 25 January - Birmingham
Monday 26 January - Wolverhampton
Tuesday 27 January - Nottingham
Monday 16 February - Bromsgrove
Tuesday 17 February - Crewe
Wednesday 18 February - Leek
Thursday 19 February - Dudley
 Friday 20 February - Mansfield

004   SHERWOOD FORESTERS MALAY VETERANS BRANCH WFRA

Sue Bell has lost her address book during some Christmas chaos and therefore no longer has contact details for all of

the Malayan Veterans Branch of WFRA. Could all branch members please contact her on 07742 138125 after 7

January 2015 with their details so contact can be re-established.




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18  December 2014      NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 5 Issue 29

Merry Christmas And A Happy and Prosperous 2015

001   OBITUARIES

Amendment. The funeral of 22098548 CSgt Derek ROGAN of Newark who died on 9 December 2014 is to

take place at 1130 hours on 22 December 2014 at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Newark followed by

committal at Sherwood Forest Crematorium, Newark Road, New Ollerton, Notts NG22 0DY at 1245 hours.

Those wishing to make donations in memory should forward cheques payable to "The Sherwood Foresters

Welfare fund" to E Gill & Sons Ltd, Funeral Directors, 52 Albert Street, Newark, Notts NG24 4BQ.
 

The family would appreciate Association standards in attendance.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 24243192 Private Reginald John Noble of Nottingham passed away

peacefully in his sleep at 05.00 Hrs on Monday 15th December 2014 in Nottingham City Hospital.  He may

not have any surviving Family so there are no details for the funeral as yet, but as soon as they are known

we will let you know.  Reg joined 73 Engineer Regiment (V) on its formation in 1969 at Wigman Road Drill Hall,

Bilborough before transferring to D. (Robin Hood Foresters) Company 3rd Battalion Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment at the same location in May 1971, then moving with D. Company 3 WFR in

1975 to Broadgate Drill Hall, Beeston where he CONTINUED to serve until discharged in May 1981.
 

002   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION)

The Trustees of the Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) are pleased to announce that the

Museum was awarded Full Accreditation on 4 December 2014 by Arts Council England.

The Trustees are also please to announce that in October the Museum was awarded a Heritage LOTTERY

Grant of £58,800 (MATCH  funded by £50,000 from the Museum funds) towards the refurbishment of its

Gallery in Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery with a high profile opening planned for July 1916.




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11  December 2014        NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 5 Issue 28

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24035842 Pte John Thomas Simcox of Old Park Lane, Oldbury West Mids.

Passed away aged 67 years on the 11th November 2014, John spent the last 6 months in a nursing home

and his funeral took place on 24th November 2014. John served with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire

Regiment, enlisting on the 1st October 1964 ,serving at Gibraltar ,Tobruk, Cyprus ,Malta, Northern Ireland and

discharged on 1st February 1971. Anyone wishing to write letters of condolence to his son, John Simcox, the

address is 39 Bodenham Road, Oldbury B68 0SF

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 23962666 Cpl Barry Cooper of Redditch died on 6 December 2014

aged 72. Barry served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment enlisting in 1963 and

discharged in 1968. After basic training at Lichfield he served in Minden, Lydd, Gibraltar, Tobruk and Bulford

in B Coy as an anti-tank gunner and in a rifle platoon. His funeral will be held at 1400hrs on Thursday 18

December 2014 at Redditch Crematorium, Bordesley Lane, Redditch. B97 6RR. Letters of condolence to

Barry`s sister. Mrs Barbara Carr, 11 St Chads Road, Studley. Warks. B80 7JH. Standards and Association

members welcome.
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It is with deep regret that we inform you that 22098548 CSgt Derek ROGAN of Newark died on 9

December 2014 aged 83.  Derek was called up for National Service in 1949 and served with The

Lincolnshire Regiment in Palestine.  On discharge in 1950 he joined 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters

and served until 1969.  Derek was a staunch supporter of the Association and was Chairman of Newark Branch.

 Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

 

002    THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - DECEMBER

The prize winners for the December Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00  Lt Col N H Turner of Nottingham
2nd Prize £20.00  Mrs P Oldham of Stapleford
3rd Prize £10.00   Mrs J Leverton of Sleaford, Lincs

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

003     MEMBERSHIP CARDS WFRA

The Association Membership Cards will soon be available and Branch Secretaries are requested to send

in lists of their Members, both Life and Associate with the following details;
Regimental Number:  Rank:  Name:
Unit/Battalion in which served:
Full address including Post Code.

Those Life Members who do not belong to a Branch are requested to forward their details direct to

 

wfr-association@virginmedia.com  You are reminded that if you served with The Worcestershire Regiment,

The Sherwood Foresters or The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and wore the Cap

Badge, you are a Life Member. An application form for those who have not applied through their Branch can

be downloaded here  A Record of Service form for Life Members can be downloaded here


It is proposed that new membership numbers will commence with the issue of these cards in January

2015, therefore it would be appreciated if the aforementioned details are forwarded as soon as

possible to WFR Association, 83 Draycott Road, Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL  or, to wfr-

association@virginmedia.com where the cards will be completed prior to signature by the Association

Secretary.

All members should be aware that under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), data received will only be

used for membership registration purposes and will not be released to third parties without the member's

consent or knowledge unless such release is covered by legislation. 

004  DERBY MUSEUM TRUST PETITION

Staff and Trustees have reacted with dismay to the announcement that Derby City Council will reduce its

funding to Derby Museum Trust by over a quarter in the year 2015-16.  As WFRA members are

stakeholders in the Museum you are asked to support the petition which can be found

at http://bit.ly/dmnocuts The target is 4000 signatures as it triggers a debate in full council.  

005   NOTTINGHAM EXPRESS TRANSIT - NAME A TRAM

It has been proposed that Nottingham Express Transit (NET) might consider naming one of their new trams

"The Sherwood Foresters"  Those who think that this is a good idea worth supporting should forward their

views toinfo@thetram.net 

006  LOST TOUCH

A Darren Williams is trying to find William Pritchard who served with the regiment in the 70's as he has urgent

information to pass on to him. The last place he was known was Dudley.
 

If anyone has any info on William Pritchard it would be appreciated if they could  contact Darren Telephone No:

07830386677 or Email: dazman23@hotmail.com


A H L McDOUGALL

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27  November 2014              NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 5 Issue 27

001   OBITUARIES

Nil Reported

 

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR

 

2 Mercian will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through the City of Derby on Saturday 29

November.  Step off is at noon from the Cathedral and will take in the following route

Iron Gate

Sadler Gate

The Strand

Victoria Street

St Peter’s Street

St Peter’s Yard

Green Lane

Gower Street

Babington Lane

St Peter’s Street

Cornmarket

Market Street

Corporation Street – the Mayor will give his address outside of the Council House

 

All are encouraged to attend to support the Battalion.  The Saluting Dias will be outside of Filthy Rich (near

Primark) on Cornmarket and Standards are asked to be in position at 1145 hours.  Once the parade has

passed, Standards are requested to follow the Civic Dignitaries back to the Council House steps.
 

Throughout the day 2 and 4 Mercian will be actively recruiting throughout the city.





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