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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

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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9 June 2016         NEWSLETTER              Vol 7 Issue 21

001   OBITUARIES

Funeral arrangements for 24017188 Sgt David MARTIN of Gosport who died aged 69 on 11 May 2016 are on Monday June 20th at 15:30 hrs,  Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornway Lane, Portchester PO16 8NE. Afterwards at The Lounge Bar and Function Venue, Lees Lane, Gosport. PO12 3UW. Standards and Association members Welcome.

 

002   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016

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 and following last years success you are reminded that 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 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.

Note: For those recipients of the Mercian Newsletter please note that the cost of the Dinner is not as published but is £19.00 as shown above and tickets are only available from WFRA

003  THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW

The winners of the Foresters Lottery Draws for April, May 2016 are as follows:

April
1st Prize   Mr R Spybey of Arnold, Nottingham
2nd Prize   Mr J W Carlin of Gedling, Notttingham
3rd Prize   Mr G Tranter of Newark, Notts

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

 

004    PILGRIMAGE BY THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS OFFICERS' CLUB TO FONCQUEVILLERS - 1 JULY 2016

On 1 July, the 100th Anniversary of the First Day of the Battle of The Somme, a group of officers of The Sherwood Officers' Club will be making a pilgrimage to Foncquevillers at the extreme northern end of the Somme battlefield to remember the fallen of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Bns The Sherwood Foresters who made up the 139th (Sherwood Foresters) Brigade, part of the 46th (North Midlands) Division, on 1 July 1916.

The leading battalions, the 5th and the 7th, suffered  80% and 77% casualties respectively in the attack on the morning of 1 July 1916 on the northern part of the Gommecourt Salient. C Company of the 7th Bn suffered 94% casualties. The attack on the southern side of the salient was carried out by the 5th and 6th Bns North Staffords and 5th and 6th Bns South Staffords, who suffered similar losses.

There will be a wreath laying ceremony on the morning of 1 July in the Foncquevillers CWGC Cemetery, attended by HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, where wreaths will be laid in memory of the fallen of the four battalions and the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. In addition a wreath will be laid on the grave of Captain John Green VC, the Regimental Medical Officer of the 5th Bn. It is the intention of the Club to present the village of Foncquevillers with a plaque at a civic ceremony later on that day.
LEST WE FORGET

Further details are available from Lt Col RJ Stockton

005   CENTENARY ANNIVERSARY THE WIPERS TIMES
 

100 Years The Wipers Times - Part 1 /10

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1 June 2016   NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 20

GREETINGS ON THE GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE
Details of the Battle Honour can be found here

001  OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23548836 Pte Brian Thomas POULTON of Stourport died recently.  Brian enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on 24 April 1955 and was discharged on 23 March 1964.  He saw service in the West Indies, British Guyana and UK.  His funeral is to take place on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 1100 hours in Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport on Severn DY13 8DE.  The family would welcome Association Members and Colleagues but request no Standards.

 

002   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2016

The 2016 WFR Reunion is to be held at Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester from 1200 – 1800 hrs on Saturday 4 June 2016.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service.  Personnel attending should wear smart, appropriate dress such as Blazer and slacks and NOT Tee shirts and shorts.

The outline programme is as follows:
 
1200 hours      Reunion begins (doors will not open before this point)
1200 hours      Bar, Food points and Shops open for business
1330 hours      Band plays
1330 hours      Regimental Mascot arrives
1415 hours      Bar closes until after Drumhead Service
1415 hours      Standard Bearers meet with Parade Marshall for a briefing
1415 hours      Cadets hand out Service Sheets
1425 hours      Parade forms up
1430 hours      March Past by Old Comrades
1435 hours      Drumhead Service
1445 hours      Address
1500 hours      Bars Re-open
1600 hours      Raffle Draw
1800 hours      Reunion ends

A complimentary coach service has been arranged for all Association members and their families who are in need of transport to and from Worcester City Centre and the Rugby Club. The coach will be supplied by Aston Coaches Ltd and depart from outside the old TA Centre in Silver street at:
1200 hours
1245 hour
1315 hours
and return from Sixways Stadium departing at:
1700 hours
1800 hours.

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

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26 May 2016       NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 19

001   OBITUARIES

We regret to announce the death of 24017188 Sgt David MARTIN of Gosport aged 69 on 11 May 2016

while on a visit to Worcester. He enlisted in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1964 joining the 1st

Battalion in Lydd and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk and Cyprus and with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire

and Sherwood Foresters in N Ireland, Berlin then as a PSI with 1 Mercian Volunteers in Nottingham before

discharge in 1979. Funeral arrangements in Gosport to be confirmed.
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It is with regret that we inform you that 2nd Lt Adrian Timothy James STANFORD of  Westminster, London

died on 3 May 2016.  Adrian served in the ranks as a National Serviceman with the Rifle Brigade in 1954

before moving to Eaton Hall as an Officer Cadet.  He was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood

Foresters and joined it in Derna Cyrenacia (Libya) in September 1954. Adrian was then appointed Assistant

Adjutant at Chiseldon, Wiltshire in September 1955. On leaving the Army he went up to Merton College, Oxford

before commencing a banking career in the City of London.  His funeral is to take place in the Church of

Saints Peter and Paul, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire on Monday 6 June 2016 at 1130 hours.

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS

The widow of 23494261 LCpl Derek R BUFTON of St Johns, Worcester who died on 19 April 2016 and whose

funeral took place at Worcester Crematorium on Tuesday 10 May 2016 wishes to thank those Members

and Standard Bearers who represented the Association and Regiment at his funeral.

003   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016

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 and 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 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 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.

004   YOUR MUSEUMS NEED YOUR DONATIONS OF ARTEFACTS 

Both the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) and The Mercian Museum (Worcestershire)

are seeking WFR items to add to their collections and gallery displays and hope that you can assist in

donating items. Whilst all items will be considered, they are particularly looking for anything with a personal

connection to time served in NI and Bosnia.

The gallery at Nottingham is also looking for brown service shoes (minimum size 9) and brown gloves to go

with Tropical Service Dress on display. If you do have any items to donate, it is requested that you send a

photograph or description to the Assistant Regimental Secretary (Nottingham) cindy.baines247@mod.uk so

that the respective curators can determine if it will fit in with their collection

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19 May 2016       NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 18

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported.
 

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS

The Wright family would like to express their sincere thanks to the gentlemen who provided the honour g

uard at their father Dennis Wright's funeral on the 11th of May at St Clements church and then again at the St Johns Cemetery.
It was conducted with professionalism and dignity and everyone who represented the regiment were a credit,

it was a great comfort to us all and we all thank you for being part of the day, you should all be very proud.

Chris Wright.

003   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2016

The 2016 WFR Reunion is to be held at Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester from 1200 – 1800 hrs on Saturday 4

June 2016.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service.  Personnel attending should

wear smart, appropriate dress such as Blazer and slacks and NOT Tee shirts and shorts.

The outline programme is as follows:
 
1200 hours      Reunion begins (doors will not open before this point)
1200 hours      Bar, Food points and Shops open for business
1330 hours      Band plays
1330 hours      Regimental Mascot arrives
1415 hours      Bar closes until after Drumhead Service
1415 hours      Standard Bearers meet with Parade Marshall for a briefing
1415 hours      Cadets hand out Service Sheets
1425 hours      Parade forms up
1430 hours      March Past by Old Comrades
1435 hours      Drumhead Service
1445 hours      Address
1500 hours      Bars Re-open
1600 hours      Raffle Draw
1800 hours      Reunion ends

A complimentary coach service has been arranged for all Association members and their families who are in

need of transport to and from Worcester City Centre and the Rugby Club. Timings and pick-up points will be notified

004  VOLUNTEERS FOR SOMME COMMEMORATION AT CRICH PILGRIMAGE

A Somme Commemoration is to be held directly after the Pilgrimage Service on 3 July 2016. The c

ommemoration will be held on the grassed area below the bungalow and all are invited to attend along with the Civic Dignitaries.

Col (Retired) D R Sneath MA TD DL will be hosting the Commemorations and is looking for volunteers to assist

with the catering. This would involve setting up tea and coffee in the café by 1300 hours and then returning to

the café during the service to prepare the refreshments so that the Civic Dignitaries and those attending can

receive them on arrival at the area after leaving the main memorial site.

Members and/or their families willing to volunteer are asked to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary

(Nottingham) on INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-ARegSec@mod.ukor by telephone to 0115 9465245 Ext

5220 An early response would be most appreciated.

005   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) GALLERY OPENING  2 JULY 2016

The official reopening of the museum gallery is to take place on Saturday 2 July 2016 at Nottingham Castle.   

Gates open at 1115 hours with the parade leaving from the Council House at 1100 hours.

The “cutting of the ribbon” ceremony takes place at 1400 hours. (Attendance at the Ceremony is by invitation only)

006   ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: WW2 VETERAN'S STORIES REMEMBERED

Don’t let your memory be untold.  There are many stories which soldiers of the Second World War

remember because they were part of the history. The Researcher is meeting with as many as possible of these

old soldiers, who fought in Europe, to capture their life stories.  The stories will include their tales and

experiences from that time. The incidents, the battles fought, the memories of mates and much more.

At the moment 5 former Worcestershire Soldiers, all of whom trained at the Norton Barracks are happy to

relive their time through their words. These stories are being recorded and will become a book of historical

remembrance, so that people can understand what it was like back in the 1940s.  Mr Hodgkins is keen to

meet with others who would be willing to share their memories.

This notice is an appeal for anyone who would like to be part of this study to contact him for an initial discussion

about how the interviews will be carried out.  Please contact Dennis Hodgkins, 6 Gazala Drive, Norton,

Worcester, WR5 2SF Telephone 01905 769900 or email djhodgkins@sky.com

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12 May 2016        NEWSLETTER           Vol 7 Issue 17

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of Mrs Erica Housley is to take place at the Chapel, Breaston Cemetery, Longmoor Lane, Breaston,

Derbyshire DE72 3BB on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 1000 hours followed by a wake, to which all mourners

are invited, at the Risley Hall Hotel, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS. Family flowers only. Donations

may be made to Parkinsons UK through the Funeral Director, Co-op Funeralcare, Derby Road, Long Eaton

NG10 4LB or by leaving a donation in the box within the Chapel.
 

002   CRICH PILGRIMAGE - MINIBUS

Nottingham City Branch are organising a minibus to the Crich Pilgrimage on Sunday 3 July 2016 departing

Nottingham City Centre at 1000 hours in which there are 5 seats available.  Further details can be obtained

from Mrs Sue Bell on 07742138125.

12 May 2016        NEWSLETTER           Vol 7 Issue 17

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of Mrs Erica Housley is to take place at the Chapel, Breaston Cemetery, Longmoor Lane, Breaston,

Derbyshire DE72 3BB on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 1000 hours followed by a wake, to which all mourners

are invited, at the Risley Hall Hotel, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS. Family flowers only. Donations

may be made to Parkinsons UK through the Funeral Director, Co-op Funeralcare, Derby Road, Long Eaton

NG10 4LB or by leaving a donation in the box within the Chapel.
 

002   CRICH PILGRIMAGE - MINIBUS

Nottingham City Branch are organising a minibus to the Crich Pilgrimage on Sunday 3 July 2016 departing

Nottingham City Centre at 1000 hours in which there are 5 seats available.  Further details can be obtained

from Mrs Sue Bell on 07742138125.

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5 May 2016        NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 16

001   OBITUARIES

Amendment  The obituary notice in Vol 7 Issue 15 should be amended to read:  For those wishing to write

in condolence, Mrs D R Bufton, 24 Hardwicke Close, St Johns, Worcester WR2 5NX 

It is with regret we inform you that 22656272 Cpl Dennis Thomas WRIGHT aged 82 of St Johns Worcester

passed peacefully away in his chair mid morning of Friday 22nd April 2016. On 22 April 1952, Dennis was

recruited into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment at Worcester and went on to serve in Malaya

in Support Company /Anti Tank .It is noted in his discharge that he played football for the Battalion on

several occasions. Dennis was discharged from the 1st Battalion on 21 April 1955 serving another 4yrs on

reserve . Dennis worked in engineering at the Mecco works, Worcester for 26 years then proceeded in the

building trade. The funeral arrangements are for 1230 hours Wednesday 11 May 2016 at St Clements Church,

Henwick Road, St Johns, Worcester WR2 5NP. Internment will be at St Johns Cemetery, Mcintyre

Road, St Johns, Worcester WR2 5LQ. Standards and Association members welcome. Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Sue Wright, 11 Graham Road, St

Johns, Worcester. WR2 5AW. Sue and family would like to see Dennis` friends afterwards at the Portebello inn,

Bransford Road St Johns Worcester WR2 4EZ
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It is with sadness we inform you that Mrs Erica HOUSLEY widow of the late 23472786 Sgt Cliff Housley

1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters died on 29 April 2016

002   WHISTLES ON THE SOMME - CHESTERFIELD

On Friday 1 July 2016 at 0730 hours a Remembrance Service for the 1st Battle of the Somme is to be held in

front of the Chesterfield Town Hall. Local Units are asked to attend with the Mayor's civic party. Standards

will be in attendance.

003   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016

The dinner this year will be held on the 2 July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £19 per person attending and 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 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 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.

004    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. (cannot connect link please contact RHQ

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28 April 2016         NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 15

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23494261 LCpl Derek R BUFTON of St Johns, Worcester died on 19

April 2016 aged 77.  Derek enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in November 1956 and when

it amalgamated with The Sherwood Foresters to become 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment he remained with it, serving until his discharge in November 1978.  His

funeral is to take place at Worcester Crematorium on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 1215 hours.  Standards

welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, Mrs D R Bufton, 24 Hardwicke Close, St Johns,

Worcester WR2 5NX

002   COMMEMORATION SERVICE CHESTERFIELD (SPITAL) CEMETERY - 30 APRIL 2016

On Saturday 30 April 2016 at 1100 hours the family of 19466 Pte Lawrence TIGHE 11th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters who died of his wounds at home on 30 April 1916 is to hold a small commemorative

ceremony in his memory and to the memory of his brother 241290 Sgt Patrick TIGHE 1/6th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters (later Labour Corps) who died of his wounds at home on 14 July 1919.  Members of the

Association have been invited to attend and Standard Bearers are welcome.

Members are requested to arrive around 1030 hours with a view to kicking off at 1045 hours  This is so a

minutes silence at 1100 hours can be observed.

A map of the location can be found at,
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.6905353,-0.633743m1!1e3!4m2!9m1!1b1

The service will be in a small memorial garden which is just off The Green in the centre of the village. It's

directly to the left of the Fox and Hounds as you look at the map, across the Oakham Rd. Plenty of parking, and

the pub is where all attending are asked to adjourn after.

003   WHISTLES ON THE SOMME - 1 JULY 2016

At 0730 hours on 1st July 1916 whistles blew along the Western Front as a signal to the troops to go 'over the

top' This was the start of the Battle of the Somme.

The Western Front Association would ask you to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice by

blowing three short blasts on a whistle at your local War Memorial at 0730 hours on Friday 1st July 2016.
 

As a matter of courtesy we would advise you notify your local council of your intentions.

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21 April 2016    NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 14

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that 22909910 Pte Reginald Barry ADCOCK of Newark, Nottinghamshire

died on 13 April 2016 aged 80.  Barry was called up for National Service in 1953 and served at the Depot,

Normanton Barracks until January 1954.  He was then transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and

served with it in Hong Kong and Korea.  He left the Army in 1957.  Barry was a long time member of the

Newark Branch WFRA and The RBL in Newark.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 25 April 2016 at

1415 hours at Christ Church, Boundary Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 4AJ followed by a celebration of

his life at the RAFA Club, 23 London Road, Newark NG24 1TN.  Standards welcome.
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It is with regret we notify you that 4987104 CSgt (CQMS) Albert William Everitt GROCOCK of Newark,

Nottinghamshire died on 14 April 2016 aged 93.  Albert enlisted in 1942 into 1st Battalion The Sherwood

Foresters before being posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Anzio,

Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.  In 1947 he was posted to the Depot, Derby before being

attached to 17 PTC in Leicester.  He left the Army in 1949.  Albert was a long time member and staunch

supporter of Newark WFRA.  His funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 1200 hours at

Hawtonville Methodist Church, Beech Avenue, Newark NG24 4JN.  Family Flowers only. Donations may be

made to Church Funds.  Funeral Directors E Gill & Sons Ltd, 55 Albert Street, Newark NG24 4BQ.

002  CLASS 3 NI CREDITS FOR SPOUSES/CIVIL PARTNERS OF HM FORCES

If your spouse/civil partner was born on or after 6 April 1953 (if a woman) or 6 April 1951 (if a man) and

accompanied you on an overseas posting this can now count towards the spouse's State Pension qualifying

National Insurance (NI) contributions from 6 April 1976 onwards.  Many spouses may have been unable to

work whilst abroad and therefore unable to make NI contributions.

The new state pension will be based on the NI record alone.  To receive the maximum state pension requires

35 years NI record.  Time spouses spent with their partner on an overseas posting (not working and

therefore unable to pay UK Tax and NI) will now count towards the requirement of 35 years. 

Further information may be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/513959/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/dwp/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners

https://www.gov.uk/new-state-pension

003   COMMEMORATION SERVICE CHESTERFIELD (SPITAL) CEMETERY - 30 APRIL 2016

On Saturday 30 April 2016 at 1100 hours the family of 19466 Pte Lawrence TIGHE 11th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters who died of his wounds at home on 30 April 1916 is to hold a small commemorative

ceremony in his memory and to the memory of his brother 241290 Sgt Patrick TIGHE 1/6th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters (later Labour Corps) who died of his wounds at home on 14 July 1919.  Members of the

Association have been invited to attend and Standard Bearers are welcome.

Members are requested to arrive around 1030 hours with a view to kicking off at 1045 hours  This is so a

minutes silence at 1100 hours can be observed.

A map of the location can be found at,
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.6905353,-0.633743,100m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!9m1!1b1

The service will be in a small memorial garden which is just off The Green in the centre of the village. It's

directly to the left of the Fox and Hounds as you look at the map, across the Oakham Rd. Plenty of parking, and

the pub is where all attending are asked to adjourn after.

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14 April 2016   NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 13

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23553000 Pte Lawrence Raymond HEARNE of Coventry died on 27

February 2016.  Lol was called up for National Service in 1958 and posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood

Foresters where he served in the Band. He left the Battalion in 1960 whilst serving in Malaya.  Lol was a

staunch member of Coventry Branch WFRA.
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It is with sadness we notify you that Pte Denis Roy JAKEMAN of Wolverhampton died on 5 March 2016.

Denis served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman from April 1956 to

May 1958.  He saw service in the Caribbean, Belize, North Africa and BAOR.  On leaving the Army he served

with the TA until 1964.
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It is with regret that we inform you that 14494033 Pte Michael Albert PALMER of Mapperley, Nottingham died

on 11 March 2016 aged 89.  Michael was posted into The Sherwood Foresters from the General Service

Corps in August 1943 and saw service in the UK, Germany and the Far East.  On leaving the Army in

1948 he took a commission with the TAVRA Cadet Force joining 1 Nottinghamshire Cadet Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters until August 1958.  In civilian life he worked in the transport and haulage business.
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It is with sadness we inform you that 5258274 Sgt Harry HARRISON CBE of Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

died on 12 March 2016.  Harry enlisted in June 1940 in 11th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and

served in C Coy.  When the 11th Battalion became 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment he remained

with it serving in North West Europe throughout World War 2.  He left the Army in 1946 and was later

awarded the CBE for his work in engineering.
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The funeral of 23547712 WO2 Peter WILTSHIRE who died on 3 April 2016 is to take place at 1145 hours on

Monday 25 April 2016 at Redditch Crematorium, Bordesley Lane, Redditch B97 6RR.  Flowers are

welcomed and may be sent to Mortons, 705 Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2JT or, you

may prefer to make a donation to the Primrose Day Hospice, which will be collected on the day.  The family

would appreciate Association Standards.  Following the service a wake will be held at The Southcrest Manor

Hotel, Pool Bank, Redditch B97 4JS.
 

002  BADAJOZ DAY AT NOTTINGHAM CASTLE - 6 APRIL 2016

The raising of the jacket on the green at Nottingham Castle on Wednesday 6 April was well attended by

members of the Association despite the weather.  The Lord Mayor Cllr Jackie Morris laid a wreath in

Remembrance and the Jacket was raised by 14491287 Pte Frank Leonardi aged 89, a WW2 veteran of

Nottingham City Branch who served with 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters
              

005   COMMEMORATION SERVICE CHESTERFIELD (SPITAL) CEMETERY - 30 APRIL 2016

On Saturday 30 April 2016 at 1100 hours the family of 19466 Pte Lawrence TIGHE 11th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters who died of his wounds at home on 30 April 1916 is to hold a small commemorative

ceremony in his memory and to the memory of his

brother 241290 Sgt Patrick TIGHE 1/6th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (later Labour Corps) who died of

his wounds at home on 14 July 1919.  Members of the Association have been invited to attend and Standard

Bearers are welcome.

003   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016
The dinner this year will be held on the 2 July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost

£19 per person attending and 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 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 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.

004   THE 29TH LUNCHEON CLUB (SOUTH) ANNUAL LUNCH 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

The 29th Officers Luncheon Club (South) Annual Lunch will be held at The Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel,

Salisbury on Sunday 25 September 2016.  Further details may be obtained from Col Robin Waters whose

email address is robinwaters07@gmail.com

005   LOST CONTACT

Garry Harmes is trying to locate Roddy Jacobs who was WFR badged in training at the Depot at Lichfield circa

1975 -76 and at that time lived in Leigh, Lancashire.  Gary can be contacted at garryharmes@gmail.com.

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary


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