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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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27 September 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 10 Issue 41

001  WFR 50 EVENT

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

002  REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE WORCESTER


All those wishing to march on and those that require a seat in Worcester Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday in Worcester who have not notified Worcester Branch Parade Marshal, John Walters, please do so ASAP he can be contacted on mjwalters55@sky.com or Facebook. 
 

003  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM

The Executive Committee Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 12th October 2019 11:00 for 11:30hrs.
Lichfield Social Club,
Purcell Ave,
Lichfield
WS13 6TS. 

004  CANADA CALLING

Ian Turnbull. 5261036. (Sgt ret’d) would like to contact any ex-members of the Band of the Worcestershire Regiment that served between 1946-1958 or any other regimental members that may now be living in Canada.

Ian can be contacted by email ijt@execulink.com 

25-1040, Riverside Drive,
London.
Ontario. 
Canada.
N6H 5N4.

 

005  GHELUVELT SERVICE

Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. will be holding their 105th Annual Battle of Gheluvelt Service at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA on Sunday 27th October 2019, followed by a buffet at The Royal British Legion Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL

Standard Bearers to report at 11:00 for briefing, others 11:15 for 11:30hrs start. If you wish to lay a wreath they are available from the RBL

If you would like to attend the buffet afterwards it is £5 per person, the cut off date for the buffet is 11 October.

Cheques can be sent to: Worcester Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam. 24 Portland Street. Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH.  Please include note: for Gheluvelt buffet and list of names of people attending.

 

006  ASHFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL SILVER AWARD

Ashfield District Council is proud to have been awarded the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. 

The Council is one of just four local authorities across the East Midlands to have achieved the prestigious award for 2019.

The Silver award replaces the Bronze award we previously held. Recognising the Council’s hard work to support the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community.

In 2018, the Council set out a large programme of commemorative events to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, including planting poppy beds and installing Tommy silhouettes, poppy lights and gateway signs.

Last November, Chairman of the Council Cllr Anthony Brewer signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of Ashfield at a service held at Southwell Minster.

Cllr David Walters, ADC Armed Forces Champion said: “We are humbled to be receiving this prestigious award. It marks our fantastic work in not only showing how proud we are of those who have served for our country but also that we are a veteran friendly employer as an authority.

“We will continue to be proud of the Armed Forces and ensure that service personnel, families and veterans can access the help and support available.”

Commenting on the announcement of the 2019 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.” 

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said: “Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record breaking number of organisations recognised for their support.

“We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation.”

Information relating to the Armed Forces Covenant is available on the Ashfield District Council website.

https://www.ashfield.gov.uk/your-council/working-together/armed-forces-covenant/

The Council will be presented with the award by the Ministry of Defence in November this year and is already working towards achieving the Gold Award.

Ashfield District Council Armed Forces Champions:

Councillor David Walters: Cllr.D.Walters@ashfield.gov.uk

Assisted by Councillor Andy Gascoyne: Cllr.A.Gascoyne@ashfield.gov.uk

Lead Officer: Gillian Welch: g.welch@ashfield.gov.uk

007  ARMED FORCES SURVEY

Rutland County Council is keen to thank residents after more than 700 people responded to a recent survey conducted to understand all aspects of military life. 
People in Rutland, Harborough and South Kesteven with a connection to the British Armed Forces were asked to share their views and experiences as part of a wide-ranging survey looking at military life – the first of its kind ever to take place across the three local authority areas.
The survey was developed by Rutland County Council, Harborough District Council, South Kesteven District Council and Healthwatch Rutland as part of their shared commitment to support the UK’s national Armed Forces Covenant. It aims to gather information that can be used to help improve local services for individuals and families who are connected to the Forces and asks questions about type and length of service, physical health, mental health, employment and education.
Rutland County Council Armed Forces Champion Councillor Ian Razzell said “Recognising that personal engagement with and understanding of the service family is so important; we had an absolutely fantastic response to the Armed Forces Covenant survey and feel hugely privileged that so many across the military family shared their personal experiences and the challenges they face. The survey feedback is being analysed and the findings will be used to improve local services for individuals and families who are connected to the Forces. The survey report will be published in the autumn. It gives us plenty to think about as we develop support for our armed forces community and we hope that those who engaged with us will continue to do so as we seek to develop support services in the coming months and years.” We're on this journey together and only through sharing experience can we become better informed and prepared for the future.”
Councillor Dean Ward, South Kesteven District Council Armed Forces Champion said “It has been a privilege to reach out to all those within the services community living in South Kesteven. I am delighted that so many people from our military community have come forward to take part in this survey and want to thank them for doing so.  Those connected to the armed forces are a really important part of our district and this has been a golden opportunity to listen to their concerns. I am looking forward tremendously to hearing the survey findings when they are published in the autumn.”

Rutland has a dedicated 'Armed Forces Officer' whose role it is to support the Armed Forces Community.
If you are a serving member of the Armed Forces, a reservist, a veteran or a service family in Rutland, the Armed Forces Officer can help you with:

access to healthcare

education and school placements 

employment and training opportunities

access to housing and accommodation 

To contact the Armed Forces Officer, please email or call.
armedforces@rutland.gov.uk      01572 722 577

 

008 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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20 September 2019   WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 40 Updated
 

GREETINGS ON ALMA DAY
 

During the quarter of a century that the 95th had been in existence, it had seen nothing of active service, but its turn was now to come, and when early in 1854 an expeditionary force proceeded to Turkey, the young 95th accompanied it, being attached to the 1st Brigade of the famous 2nd Division. While in Turkey the regiment suffered some loss from cholera, and when the army sailed for the Crimea it left one company behind at Scutari and a depot at Varna; consequently at its maiden battle, the Alma, the 95th numbered no more than 29 officers and about 740 of other ranks. Those who would know how the young 95th bore itself in its first battle will find the record in glowing words in the pages of Kinglake.

The regiment - in the centre of its brigade - moved directly upon the burning village of Bourliouk, and because, during the advance, divided into two portions, the one moving straight on, the other taking ground to its left. The river was passed near the bridge, some men being drowned in the crossing, but those who struggled through had but one idea - to get on, and assail the great redoubt frowning upon them from the further bank. Joining the 23rd Fusiliers, the 95th charged up to and into the work, and while the 23rd captured one of the only two guns the Russians had been unable to remove, Captain Heyland and a handful of men of the 95th, took the other - Heyland scratching "95" on the gun carriage with his sword, held in the one hand which the battle had left to him. Owing to the heavy casualties amongst the officers, the Queens Colour was finally carried by Private Keenan - an event traditionally celebrated by the Regiment handing over one of its Colours to the custody of a Private soldier on the anniversary of the Battle of Alma, 20 September where it is Trooped through the ranks of the Regiment in commemoration of Keenan's gallantry and the steadiness of the soldiers, at this, their first battle.

Of the losses of the 95th Regiment at the Alma, Lord Raglan said in his despatch that they were "immense," the regiment losing 62 per cent. Of its officers, and nearly 30 per cent. Of its non-commissioned officers and men. Six officers were killed and 12 wounded, four sergeants and 42 men were killed, 12 sergeants and 156 men were wounded, and 6 were missing - rolled seawards, doubtless, in the troubled water of Alma - wide-eyed, unrecovered corpses.

FUNERAL DETAILS

Terry (Tanky) Harrison has just informed me of the funeral details for his Father, Victor Harrison.

Date:         Friday 27 September 2019

Time:        15.45hrs

Location:   Bramcote Crematorium.

Association Standards and members welcome.

001  DERBY FORCES BREAKFAST

On Friday 27th September at 10:30hrs Derby County Veterans are meeting with the Forest Forces Veterans at Pride Park.

I have been advised by Derby County Community Trust that they are limited to 25 places.

If you are interested in going to this event please contact.
Derby County Community Trust 
Tel: 01332 416 140
Email: community@dcct.co.uk

002  REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE WORCESTER


All those wishing to march on and those that require a seat in Worcester Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday in Worcester who have not notified Worcester Branch Parade Marshal, John Walters, please do so ASAP he can be contacted on mjwalters55@sky.com or Facebook. 

003  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM

The Executive Committee Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 12th October 2019 11:00 for 11:30hrs.
Lichfield Social Club,
Purcell Ave,
Lichfield
WS13 6TS. 

004  WFR ALMA DINNER AND AGM

Saturday 21st September 1800 for 1830hrs.
Stepping Stones Community Hall
Ilkeston Road
Heanor
DE75 7AG

005  WFR 50 OR EVENT

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

006  LOST TOUCH

Donald Topliss is trying to make contact with his friends, Cpl Barry Tennant and Pte Kevin O’Shea, both of whom he served with in Berlin, with 1 WFR.  They were both previously in The Worcestershire Regiment prior to amalgamation.  Anyone with any information is requested to contact Donald directly on 01623 407396 or via email ann.top@ntlworld.com

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Neil Hughes (ex R Irish) is looking for Pat Hallett who was with WFR.  They were together in 3 Platoon, Alamein Coy, Sandhurst in 1990.  A Platoon 30th commissioning anniversary is planned for next year.
Pat, or anyone who has any details regarding Pat, is asked to contact Neil direct by email: nonhughes@tiscali.co.uk or call 07958 945 138.
 

007  ARMED FORCES COVENANT

Rushcliffe and Charnwood Borough Councils have both been received Gold Awards for their support of the Armed Forces.  The Armed Forces Covenant Employer Scheme (ERS) Gold Award is the highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and veterans.  Both councils currently have the Silver Award and they are the first in the East Midlands to receive the Gold Award.  
Both councils are extremely proud of their achievement as it is a testament to their successful partnership and their work within the community to raise awareness of the issues affecting Armed Forces Personnel.  They will continue to support those with a military background and to explore other ways that they can assist hard to reach veterans and families with any support they may require.
The partnership was formed in 2017 and also involves Melton Borough Council.  The will be a formal presentation of the Gold Awards in London later in the year.

Victoria Coomber is the Armed Forces Community Covenant Development Officer for Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils.

For more information on what is available to Armed Forces personnel and veterans within Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe you can contact her on Tel: 01509 263151 or via email at Victoria.coomber@charnwood.gov.uk

008 WORCESTER BRANCH MEETING

The next Worcester Branch meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th September 19:30 for 20:00hrs at Barbourne Ex Services Club The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.
 

009 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 12

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13 September 2019   WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 39
 

OBITUARY

It is with regret that we notify you that 14973325 Pte Victor Arthur HARRISON of Derby died on 10 September 2019 aged 94.  Victor served with 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters from 1943 to 1946.  He first enlisted into the Royal Navy when war broke out but then transferred to the Army, then on completion of training he was posted to the Sherwood Foresters.  After the War he served with the Royal Artillery TA at Kingsway, Derby. 

Letters of condolence can be sent to.
Terry "Tanky" Harrison
13 Dix Avenue, Smalley, Derbyshire. DE7 6ES

Funeral details will be notified when known.

001  GLEN WILKINSON

Stuart Gullen (Worksop branch Welfare Officer) has recently visited Glen Wilkinson, an ex-WO2 in 3WFR, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Glenn has asked that the following be passed on:-

Glen has accepted his fate and sorted out his Humanist funeral there will be military standards etc.  He has between 4 and 6 months left and he wants people to get in touch and visit him and talk with them.  He is having an open house day first Saturday in October to be confirmed 18:00hrs onwards. 
Everyone is welcome to call to say good-bye his phone no is 01623 467 858.

002  FRAMED BY A SMOKING GUN

Framed by a Smoking Gun charts the explosive life of Colonel B D Shaw

Generations of chemistry students were captivated by B D Shaw’s maverick and humorous approach to chemistry lecturing. It was easy to divert him from the mechanisms of chemical reactions to tales of Prisoner of War camps in World War II, though modesty kept him from bragging about his World War I Military Medal. He found fame on BBC Two’s Horizon and continued to demonstrate explosives worldwide to the age of 92.

Framed by a Smoking Gun draws on a wealth of primary sources including photographs, scripts, recorded interviews, and a treasure-trove of letters written from the POW camps to loved ones in his hometowns of Nottingham and Ilkeston.

B D Shaw’s story is a celebration of his joint passions for chemistry and rifle shooting, and of his devotion to explaining the science of explosives to the world.

Author Clare E Wilkes has a degree and Ph.D. from the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and spent six years as a journals editor with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Clare is currently working in the field of chemistry education and assessment and was lucky enough to be a steward at B D Shaw’s 100th birthday event, which was where she took an interest in his fascinating career. She says, “Having been fortunate enough to be a steward at B D Shaw’s 100th birthday event, I was fascinated to read his obituary in the Nottingham University alumni magazine and amazed at the remarkable and full life he had led.”

A chance meeting with Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff at the event encouraged Clare to write the book. She continues, “I loved the detective work involved in trawling archives and piecing information together, for example on B D’s movements in World War II, and in delving into his letters to find the interesting nuggets of information about his life in the POW camps.”

Clare lives near Cambridge.

The book is available from The Book Guild ISBN: 9781912575473 priced at £9.99 plus packaging and postage.

003  REQUEST FOR REGIMENTAL PLAQUES

St George’s Church in Berlin are trying to replace some Regimental Plaques that have been lost or damaged. 
They are looking in particular for a plaque for the Worcestershire Regiment (or even just the scroll that goes underneath the regimental badge) and a WFR one. 
If anyone has either of these plaques that they are willing to donate to the church, please contact the
Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham Foresters House, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA 

Email:  cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk

Telephone:  0115 9465415 x 5215

004  75th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION

Age UK Nottingham and Nottingham County Council are holding an event to commemorate the 75th anniversaries of some of the major battles of WW2.  
There will be an afternoon tea with entertainment and charity stalls.
Thursday 26th September 15:00hrs - 17:00hrs.
Ladybrook Community Centre
Ladybrook Lane
Mansfield
NG18 5JJ

Please RSVP by 20 September via telephone 01158 599 203 or email forcesfriends@ageuknotts.org.uk
If you need assistance with transport please mention this when you call and they will do their best to assist you.

 

005  LOST TOUCH

Donald Topliss is trying to make contact with his friends, Cpl Barry Tennant and Pte Kevin O’Shea, both of whom he served with in Berlin, with 1 WFR.  They were both previously in The Worcestershire Regiment prior to amalgamation.  Anyone with any information is requested to contact Donald directly on 01623 407396 or via email ann.top@ntlworld.com

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Neil Hughes (ex R Irish) is looking for Pat Hallett who was with WFR.  They were together in 3 Platoon, Alamein Coy, Sandhurst in 1990.  A Platoon 30th commissioning anniversary is planned for next year.
Pat, or anyone who has any details regarding Pat, is asked to contact Neil direct by email: nonhughes@tiscali.co.uk or call 07958 945 138.

 

006  LOVE YOUR GARDEN

The new series of the garden make over programme will see Alan Titchmarsh and his team renovate the garden of Jack Parrot, a Sherwood Forester veteran, who was awarded the Legion d'Honneur in 2018 for his role in Normandy during WW2.

The show will be aired on ITV on Tuesday 24 September at 20:00hrs.     

 

007  FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE

The Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony will be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London with entry by no later than 10:30hrs.  Anyone wishing to attend and pay their respects at the WFRA Plot of Remembrance are asked to contact Ms Clark, the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham.
cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk who will provide full details with the ticket. 
Please note that this is a ticketed event only and travel to London is at the individuals cost.

008  FOREST FORCES VISIT TO PRIDE PARK

On Friday 27th September at 10:30hrs veterans have been invited to Pride Park to meet the Derby veterans. 
There will be the opportunity have breakfast together, a tour of the stadium and lots of banter.  There are limited spaces for this event so unfortunately this will be on a first come first serve basis. 

Nottingham Forest are unable to provide transport so please ensure that you can make your own way there.

Please contact Nottingham Forest by return email if you would like to attend.  Those of you who are successful will receive an email or phone call of confirmation.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust
The City Ground
Nottingham
NG2 5FJ

Email:  community@nottinghamforest.co.uk

Telephone:  01159 824 444

009  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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06 September 2019    WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 38

001  NOTTS AND DERBY AREA MEETING

The Notts and Derbys Area Meeting is to be held at 11:00hrs on Saturday 7 September 2019.

Kilton Forest Golf Course, 
Blyth Road, 
Worksop, 
Nottinghamshire 
S81 0TL.

002  REQUEST FOR REGIMENTAL PLAQUES

St George’s Church in Berlin are trying to replace some Regimental Plaques that have been lost or damaged. 
They are looking in particular for a plaque for the Worcestershire Regiment (or even just the scroll that goes underneath the regimental badge) and a WFR one. 
If anyone has either of these plaques that they are willing to donate to the church, please contact the
Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham Foresters House, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA 

Email:  cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk

Telephone:  0115 9465415 x 5215

003  SOCIAL MEDIA

The Regimental Memorial at Crich now has an official facebook page – Regimental Memorial Crich

Pte Derby’s Twitter account is now up and running again.  You can follow him by searching for private_derby

004  LOST TOUCH

Donald Topliss is trying to make contact with his friends, Cpl Barry Tennant and Pte Kevin O’Shea, both of whom he served with in Berlin, with 1 WFR.  They were both previously in The Worcestershire Regiment prior to amalgamation.  Anyone with any information is requested to contact Donald directly on 01623 407396 or via email ann.top@ntlworld.com

005  LOVE YOUR GARDEN

The new series of the garden make over programme will see Alan Titchmarsh and his team renovate the garden of Jack Parrot, a Sherwood Forester veteran, who was awarded the Legion d'Honneur in 2018 for his role in Normandy during WW2.

The show will be aired on ITV on Tuesday 24 September at 20:00hrs.     

006  FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE

The Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony will be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London with entry by no later than 10:30hrs.  Anyone wishing to attend and pay their respects at the WFRA Plot of Remembrance are asked to contact Ms Clark, the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham.
cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk who will provide full details with the ticket. 
Please note that this is a ticketed event only and travel to London is at the individuals cost.

007  NOTTINGHAM CITY BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Monday 9 September at 13:00hrs at the
Royal British Legion Rooms
Parliament Terrace
Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham

008  FOREST FORCES VISIT TO PRIDE PARK

On Friday 27th September at 10:30hrs veterans have been invited to Pride Park to meet the Derby veterans. 
There will be the opportunity have breakfast together, a tour of the stadium and lots of banter.  There are limited spaces for this event so unfortunately this will be on a first come first serve basis. 

Nottingham Forest are unable to provide transport so please ensure that you can make your own way there.

Please contact Nottingham Forest by return email if you would like to attend.  Those of you who are successful will receive an email or phone call of confirmation.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust
The City Ground
Nottingham
NG2 5FJ

Email:  community@nottinghamforest.co.uk

Telephone:  01159 824 444

009  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123.

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30 AUGUST 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 10 Issue 37

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 24693233 LCpl Brian Anthony Simms, (Simmo) aged 58.  Brian served with B Coy 3 WFR  and was discharged on 15 Jan 1999.
The funeral is on Thursday 5 September 11:15hrs., 
Mansfield, Crematorium, Derby Road, Mansfield, NG18 5BJ.
The family have requested no flowers.  Please make a donation to Barnardo's Charity.

001  LONG EATON ON WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING
The next meeting will be Monday 2 September 19.30 hrs.
Beeston Royal British Legion Club
16 Hall Croft
Beeston 
Nottingham
NG9 1EL, All are welcome to attend.

 

002  MERCHANT NAVY DAY
The Chairman of Wychavon District Council will be hosting a ceremony on Tuesday 3 September to raise The Red Ensign Flag for honouring Merchant Navy Day.  The ceremony will be at 10:00hr outside the Civic Centre by the flagpole.  The Chairman would be delighted if members of WFRA can attend and support this event.
If you are interested in attending please contact Karen Maslen as soon as possible so that catering can be arranged.

Karen MaslenCivic and Administration Assistant(Works on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)Strategy, Democratic and Customer Services, Wychavon District Council. Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, Worcs WR10 1PT. Tel: 01386 565201

Website: www.wychavon.gov.uk

003  LOVE YOUR GARDEN
The new series of the garden make over programme will see Alan Titchmarsh and his team renovate the garden of Jack Parrot, a Sherwood Forester veteran, who was awarded the Legion d'Honneur in 2018 for his role in Normandy during WW2.

 The show will be aired on ITV on Tuesday 24 September at 20:00hrs.      

004  FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE

The Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony will be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London with entry by no later than 10:30hrs.  Anyone wishing to attend and pay their respects at the WFRA Plot of Remembrance are asked to contact Ms Clark, the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham.
cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk who will provide full details with the ticket. 
Please note that this is a ticketed event only and travel to London is at the individuals cost.

005  NOTTS & DERBYS AREA MEETING
The Notts and Derbys Area Meeting is to be held at 11:00hrs on Saturday 7 September 2019.
Kilton Forest Golf Course, 
Blyth Road, 
Worksop, 
Nottinghamshire 
S81 0TL.

 

006  1WFR BAND REUNION

The date of the next Band Reunion will be on Saturday 19th October 2019.
The Venue will be the Coopers Brook, Mansfield Road, Daybrook Nottingham. NG5 6HB.

The Band Reunions have been well attended over the years and there have been requests from past members of the Sherwood Foresters Band.  So they would therefore like to extend the invitation to all those that served in the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Band to join us on that date.

They will meet up in the afternoon around 14.00hrs in the bar of the Coopers Brook for a catch up and a few drinks followed by a Reunion Dinner at 19.30hrs.

There is a Premier Inn hotel next to the venue should overnight accommodation be required.  Members are advised to contact the hotel and book their rooms. Details for this can be found on the Premier Inn website. Should there be "No room at the inn" then there are other hotels within close proximity early bookings are advised.

If you would like to attend please contact Ken Bradshaw.

ken.bradshaw18@ntlworld.com. 

There also have a facebook page that is titled "WOOFERS BAND (WFR) REUNION.

007  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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23 AUGUST 2019        WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 36
 

OBITUARY
 

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Brian Simms, (Simmo) ex B Coy 3WFR.

Full obituary and funeral details to follow.

001  LOVE YOUR GARDEN

The new series of the garden make over programme will see Alan Titchmarsh and his team renovate the garden of Jack Parrot, a Sherwood Forester veteran, who was awarded the Legion d'Honneur in 2018 for his role in Normandy during WW2.

 The show will be aired on ITV on Tuesday 17 September at 20:00hrs.      

 

002  FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE

The Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony will be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London with entry by no later than 10:30hrs.  Anyone wishing to attend and pay their respects at the WFRA Plot of Remembrance are asked to contact Ms Clark, the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham.
cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk who will provide full details with the ticket. 
Please note that this is a ticketed event only and travel to London is at the individuals cost.

003  70th ANNIVERSARY - SALUTE TO THE VILLAGE EVENT

The event will take place on Saturday 24th August from 10:00hrs, with activities starting at 11:00hrs until 17:00hrs. 
The 'Salute to the Village' is part of a series of celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary, which started with the visit by HRH Princess Royal on the 18th July.  Our Royal Visit was a truly spectacular event, and the 'Salute to the Village Event' will be equally amazing; a full Military Showcase Event, the likes of which this city has never seen before, it will include a number of military displays, military marches, music and a Battle of Britain Commemorative fly past by a WW2 Dakota.

For more information please visit the website https://www.warmemorialvillagederby.co.uk/

 

004  NOTTS & DERBYS AREA MEETING
 

The Notts and Derbys Area Meeting is to be held at 11:00hrs on Saturday 7 September 2019, at Kilton Forest Golf Course, Blyth Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S81 0TL.

 

005  WREATH LAYING CEREMONY

Worcester Branch of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Association will be holding a short wreath laying ceremony in memory of the 1st, 2nd and 7th battalions of the Worcestershire Regiment who saw action in WW2 at Vernon, France. Burma and Malaya.

The date for the Ceremony is Monday 26th August 10:45 for 10:50am at The Worcestershire Regimental Stone, Gheluvelt park Worcester WR3 7AA.

It will be on this date that the town of Vernon hold their own ceremonies to mark their liberation from the Nazi forces in August 1944. This month also marks VJ Day and the posting to Malaya in 1950.
 

CITATION

Veron

After the Falaise pocket had been dealt with in Normandy there was a dash by the 43rdWessex Division in which the Worcestershire Regiment served, for the town of Vernon on the river Seine.  The French Resistance had kept the Germans from crossing the bridge back into Vernon.  The Wiltshires had attempted the first crossing by boats on the right of the bridge, they got stuck on a mud bank and the covering smoke cleared they were consequently cut to ribbons from gunfire from the heights overlooking the river. A few troops landed.  The Somersets attempted a crossing by boat on the left of the broken bridge and were stuck on a small island, they managed to get a toe hold on the far bank.  The Worcesters were tasked with crossing the broken bridge but were driven back by murderous machine gunfire. Dawn the following morning the Worcesters were tasked with crossing the bridge at 'All Costs'.  When they crossed the machine gun post had been abandoned and managed to form a bridgehead. Lt Col. Taylor`s famous order of the day which included the words “…this position WILL be held to the last man and the last round.”   The bridgehead later expanded after passing Vernonette the Worcesters had a hard fought battle on the Tilly road with a German counter attack which included Tiger Tanks.  One Tiger had been knocked out with the Battalions small six pounder gun. After the battle the 43rd Wessex Division pressed on north on the liberation of France.  Where the Tilly road battle took place there is a memorial of Malvern stone with brass plaques in the 'Worcesters layby' Dave Plant who is present today took the stone there.  The town of Vernon have their remembrance services on this day, placing flowers on the grave of the Worcesters and other Regiments who lost their lives.
 

Burma

Both the 2nd and 7th Battalions of the Worcestershire Regiment saw service in Burma during the Second World War. The 7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment were the first to see action arriving in April 1944 in the Assam region.  Following the fall of Singapore in February 1942, the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, who were in India, were then moved to Madras as there was the belief at the time that the Japanese would invade India across the Bay of Bengal.  It was not until November 1944 that the 2nd Battalion finally advanced in to Burma. On 1st April 1944 the 7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment crossed the Brahmaputra river at Gauhati and entered the operational area of Assam, being the first troops of the Division on this occasion to taste the conditions of the Burma war.

They then moved on to railhead at Dimapur and on 2nd April a perimeter was formed to cover the approaches to Dimapur from the north. From 5th April onwards the Battalion was busy patrolling the Kohima road, working in with the armoured cars. The village of Zubza was reached by “D” Company in Motor Transport. Progress was on foot, the immediate objective being a blown bridge. In the darkness they failed to make their objective by dawn and were caught in an ambush, whereupon they concentrated at Zubza and were joined by the rest of the Battalion.  After the bloody battles at the Naga Village and Kohima the road into Burma became open and the Allies pressed on through Burma on the heels of the Japanese Imperial Army.
 
Malaya Emergency 1950 -1953 

In February, 1942, after the Japanese had overrun Malaya and Singapore, the Malayan Communist Party offered its services to the British Government in organising a resistance movement. In this seemingly innocent offer lay the seeds of the Emergency. The proposal was accepted, and the Malayan Peoples’ Anti-Japanese Army (M.P.A.J.A.) was formed. Some of its members had received guerrilla training from the British before Singapore fell, and during the war large quantities of arms and equipment were sent to them, although the actual military activities of the M.P.A.J.A. were very limited and largely defensive.
After the Japanese Surrender in 1945, the M.P.A.J.A. was disbanded and over 5,000 arms were handed in. However, a secret branch, about 4,000 strong, remained in being and kept their arms. It was the intention of the Malayan Communist Party (M.C.P.) to gain control of Malaya, using their secret force if other means failed. Their political expedients proved unsuccessful, and in May, 1948, they embarked on an armed insurrection, calling themselves the Malayan Races Liberation Army (M.R.L.A.), the majority of whom were former members of the M.P.A.J.A. They were, and are still, eighty per cent Chinese, the remainder being Malays, Indians, Indonesians and Siamese. Most of the officers had had previous military experience in the M.P.A.J.A.

In Malaya, patrols are usually carried out by platoons, operating independently or in conjunction with other platoons. Battalion operations are not uncommon and even brigade operations are occasionally mounted. Depending on the circumstances an operation might last a few hours or several weeks.
The armament of patrols varies considerably according to the type of operation, but in a section there is always at least one bren gun. Some grenade-firing rifles are carried.
On 27th May, 12 Platoon, “D” Company (2/Lt. W. O. Morris, R.A.O.C. att. 1 Worc. R.) 

 In the morning the Platoon Commander, with two sections, set out once more in search of the enemy. They moved due West into the jungle and followed a narrow track, which had jungle on the left and felled jungle on the high ground to the right. The track was used by woodcutters who were engaged in cutting the jungle further back.
Having moved about a quarter of a mile into the jungle, the leading section came under very heavy automatic fire from the front and left flank. The patrol went to ground and returned the fire. In the first few minutes Private Dykes, the leading scout, was killed. The section commander (Corporal Stanton), two more privates (Hughes and Payne), and the Iban tracker (Awang anak Rawang), were wounded. The Platoon Commander shouted several times to Corporal Stanton to withdraw his section, but he received no reply. 2/Lt. Morris then moved back and deployed the rear section to the left; they then engaged the terrorists as best they could. 2/Lt. Morris moved forward again to investigate the state of the leading section. During this time he fired two complete magazines from his carbine. The Platoon Commander was killed shortly afterwards, but the Platoon fought on for about forty minutes, when the terrorists withdrew.
The sound of the firing had been heard back at the Company base, and the Company Commander, with two platoons, moved out and arrived at the scene of the action about an hour later.

 

During the action Private Hughes fell wounded in the middle of the track, and Awang anak Rawang, the Iban tracker, although wounded himself and lying in an exposed position, dragged Private Hughes under cover of a fallen tree. From behind the tree Awang defended Hughes and continued to engage the terrorists when they tried to approach. For his gallantry Awang anak Rawang was subsequently awarded the George Cross. He was the first, and at the time of writing the only, Iban tracker to receive such an honour.
A total of 21 are on the Roll of Honour who were killed in action or died whilst serving in Malaya. A memorial with the names on is in St Georges Chapel in Worcester Cathedral.

  
 006  1WFR BAND REUNION

The date of the next Band Reunion will be on Saturday 19th October 2019.
The Venue will be the Coopers Brook, Mansfield Road, Daybrook Nottingham. NG5 6HB.

The Band Reunions have been well attended over the years and there have been requests from past members of the Sherwood Foresters Band.  So they would therefore like to extend the invitation to all those that served in the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Band to join us on that date.

They will meet up in the afternoon around 14.00hrs in the bar of the Coopers Brook for a catch up and a few drinks followed by a Reunion Dinner at 19.30hrs.

There is a Premier Inn hotel next to the venue should overnight accommodation be required.  Members are advised to contact the hotel and book their rooms. Details for this can be found on the Premier Inn website. Should there be "No room at the inn" then there are other hotels within close proximity early bookings are advised.

If you would like to attend please contact Ken Bradshaw.

ken.bradshaw18@ntlworld.com. 

There also have a facebook page that is titled "WOOFERS BAND (WFR) REUNION.

007  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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16 AUGUST 2019       WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 10 Issue 35
 

 

001  FOREST FORCES EVENTS

Nottingham Forest Community Trust and Nottingham Forest Football Club are committed to supporting our Armed Forces community.  They currently hold the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award, recognising the outstanding transferable skills that ex-service personnel can bring to organisations like ourselves.  However, they want to do more for Veterans in our community so they are looking to develop a range of activities through the ‘Forest Forces’ programme to engage and support our Veterans.

Diary Dates

22 August – 13:00-15:00 – Special visit from the Young Trickies Youth Board.

27 September – 10:30 start – Visit to Pride Park (Derby Away).

18 October – 09:30-11:00 – Welcome the Derby Veterans.

9 November – 12:30pm – Remembrance Event.

20 December – 09:30-11:00am – Christmas Party.

Young Trickies Youth Board

The next Forest Forces event at The City Ground.  Please note this will be 14:00 until 16:00 and the venue will be slightly different than usual.  This month it will be in The Players Lounge.  This is situated on the other side of the stadium off Pavilion Road (Trent Bridge).  Car parking is still available through the main gates and security will be notified of your arrival, one of the team will be there to meet you and direct you to the correct venue.

On behalf of The Club and Nicholas Randall QC, they have created a Youth Board called ‘Young Trickies’ who will advise The Chairman on different topics throughout the season.  This month they are meeting to discuss ‘match day experience’ which will range from the initial buying of a ticket, walking through the gates, during and after the match.  At Thursdays event they are inviting you to be part of that discussion, allowing you the opportunity to put forward your ideas on how the match day experience at The City Ground can be improved upon.  They are really looking to understand the needs of the different generations of fans and see this as a great opportunity to get some great ideas for improvements.

Breakfast / Coffee Mornings

They will be hosting regular coffee / breakfast mornings at The City Ground for Veterans to get together and discuss ways in which they can offer support.  To keep up to date with the opportunities they have available for Veteran’s over 50, simply email your full name, age, telephone number, and Military Rank, to community@nottinghamforest.co.uk.  If you have any questions or enquiries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Walking Football

In partnership with Walking Football Nottingham, they host weekly walking football training sessions at The Forest Sports Zone for over 50’s. If you would like more information, or to get involved please contact Elvis Ricci at info@walkingfootballnottingham.com / 0844 879 4783.

002  FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS
May        
1st - 41 Col C N Cullen £30.
2nd - 77 H S Blagg £20.
3rd - 9 Col N Turner £10.

Jun
1st - 4 Mr W J Edwardes £30.
2nd - 49 Brigadier S Banton £20.
3rd - 57 Mr R Spyby £10.

Jul                         
1st - 55 Mr G Bowser £30.       
2nd - 1 Lt Col J F Turner £20.       
3rd - 4 Mr W J Edwardes £10.       

If you want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win?   A ticket costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete a form and return it direct to the Curator.  

All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection).  The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the Museum Office or will be sent by post.  All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be entered in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to: 

Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA

003  FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE

The Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony will be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London with entry by no later than 10:30hrs.  Anyone wishing to attend and pay their respects at the WFRA Plot of Remembrance are asked to contact Ms Clark, the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham.
cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk who will provide full details with the ticket. 
Please note that this is a ticketed event only and travel to London is at the individuals cost.

004  70th ANNIVERSARY - SALUTE TO THE VILLAGE EVENT

The event will take place on Saturday 24th August from 10:00hrs, with activities starting at 11:00hrs until 17:00hrs. 
The 'Salute to the Village' is part of a series of celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary, which started with the visit by HRH Princess Royal on the 18th July.  Our Royal Visit was a truly spectacular event, and the 'Salute to the Village Event' will be equally amazing; a full Military Showcase Event, the likes of which this city has never seen before, it will include a number of military displays, military marches, music and a Battle of Britain Commemorative fly past by a WW2 Dakota.

The War Memorial Village in Shelton Lock Derby celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2019. It is believed to be the last remaining original village, and back in 1949 when it first opened, HRH Princess Elizabeth accompanied by HRH Prince Philip laid the foundation stone for a property on Edinburgh Crescent.  In 2000, HRH Princess Ann attended to open the newly built Millennium Bungalows, a development of five fully adapted properties with a secured communal rear garden.  Since opening in 1949, the War Memorial Village has been managed, maintained and developed by a Committee consisting entirely of retired ex services personnel, who have now embarked on an ambitious Master Plan working with the local authority to replace all the original properties with new purpose built accessible homes over the next 20 years.

At the Laying of the Foundation stone, H.R.H. the Princess Elizabeth said, "the people of Derby have shown wisdom and imagination in deciding to build" the village. The council believed that, to 'wisdom and imagination' may be added the determination to see the village completed; 70 years later the same wisdom, imagination and determination remains strong in providing good quality affordable and accessible homes exclusively for injured & disabled ex services personnel and their families.

In doing so, the Committee continually strive to not only respond to the ever changing physical needs of ex-services personnel, e.g. in the design and specification of new homes; but also the increasing need to support those with PTSD and mental health complexities. To achieve this the Village provides additional services and activities that create a peer support network for all its residents; providing safety and security, and the opportunity to resettle into society successfully on leaving the services.

For more information please visit the website https://www.warmemorialvillagederby.co.uk/
 

1200 – 1220  The Band & Regimental Mascot Assemble @ The Victory Club, Chellaston Road.
1220 – 1300 The March to the War Memorial Village Derby commences.
1300 – 1310  The War Memorial Village Derby - Chairman's Opening Speech @ Walton Ave.
1310 – 1320  The Master of Ceremonies @ Walton Ave. 
1320 – 1345  Band Performance (Seated) @ Walton Ave.
1345 – 1415  Battle Of Britain Commemorative Flyover — VVW2 Dakota ( *approximate timing, subject to technical and weather conditions).
1345 – 1415  Sophie Allen Singer
1350 – 1400  126 Squadron (RAF.) @ Memorial Square.
1415 – 1430  Staffordshire Drummers @ Memorial Square.
1435 – 1450  Mercian Cadet Display @ Memorial Square. 
1500 – 1530  Band Performance (Seated) @ Walton Ave.
1530 – 1600   Sophie Allen — Singer.
1540 – 1545  126 Squadron (R.A.F.) @ Memorial Square.
1550 – 1600  The Band & Regimental Mascot form up and march to Memorial Square, followed by VIP's & Visitors.
1600 – 1610  Veterans Standards form up @ Memorial Square.
1620 – 1700 Drumhead Service @ Memorial Square.


The laying of the drums for the altar.
The laying of the WMVD flag on the alter by the Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby.
The placing of the War Memorial Cross on the altar by Mr Ross McCristal, Trustee and overview of a Drum Head Service.Opening Service, by Revd Norma Bracewell, Village Chaplain & Trustee
Service conducted, by Bishop of Derby & Village Chaplain.
Act of Homage, by Veteran & Sea Cadet.
Last Post. 
1 Minute Silence.
Reveille, by Staffordshire Corps of Drums.
Laying of Wreath by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr Willy Tucker & Chairman of War Memorial Village Derby Mr Harvey Jennings.
Close of Service, Bishop of Derby & Village Chaplain.
Regimental Band & Staffordshire Corps of Drums — SUNSET and RETREAT.
Lowering of the Service Flags, by Service Cadets.
The National Anthem.
The conclusion of the National Anthem signals the end of the 'Salute to the Village' Event..
-
In addition other demonstrations and displays are as follows.
RAF Display Team.
RAF Cadets.
Staffordshire Corps of Drums.
Regt Mascot Mercian Regiment.
Infantry Regimental Display.
ABF Soldiers Charity, of which HRH Queen Elizabeth Il is Patron.
St Johns Ambulance.
Marine / Sea Cadets.
Mercian County Army Cadet Band v Mercian Regt Museum Guard of Honour Marine Sea Cadets.
202 Field Ambulance display.
2nd Batt Mercian Regiment Display.
Veterans & Armed Forces Breakfast Club.
A Drum Head Service.

 

005  BOSTON MASSACRE 250th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

On the 5 March 1770 a detachment from the 29th Worcestershire Regiment was guarding the Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts, when a mob approximately 300 strong armed with stones and cudgels attacked the sentry who called out the guard. In the chaotic scenes that ensued some shots were fired and five people were killed. This event became a key event in the demands for American Independence particularly due to the inaccurate engraving by Paul Revere, a passionate advocate of Independence, copied above.

Eight soldiers, one officer, and four civilians were arrested and charged with murder. Six of the soldiers were acquitted; the other two were convicted of manslaughter

and given reduced sentences after an excellent defence by John Adams who was to become the second President of the United States of America.
 

Boston “Massacre” 250th Anniversary Tour 2-11 March 2020

It is intended to undertake a tour of the 29th Regiment’s history in America between 1746-1814 that will include attending, and taking part, in the 250th Anniversary commemorations in Boston.

The tour will be led by Major John Cotterill MBE, a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and former officer in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, the successors to the 29th Worcestershire Regiment. He will be assisted by David Pearson, who also served in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and now lives in New England. David has already been in contact with the Bostonian Society and the British Consulate in Boston.
 

The suggested outline programme is:

2-4 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1746-1750 and 1765-1770 including

Louisberg and the Collieries of the Tablehead

5-7 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment sites of interest and attend 1770 Boston

Massacre commemorations in Boston

8-11 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1776-1787 and 1814 including

Ticonderoga , Bemis Heights (Saratoga) and Penobscot, Maine

This programme will be subject to confirmation after John’s detailed recces.  It is hoped to complete a detailed itinerary that includes initial costings of flights, transport and

accommodation by Mid-August 2019 in order to advertise the tour and to start reserving places.

The tour cost and numbers attending are "chicken and egg" but, at this stage, we need an initial rough planning figure. It is expected that the tour will cost between £2,000 – 3,000 per head.

006  WORCESTER COMMUNITY LOTTERY

The Mercian Museum, Worcester have signed up to the Worcester Community Lottery.
Those who choose to support the museum when they purchase a ticket will give 50% of their ticket value to the museum and another 10% to other local causes.
For more information please click on the link below. 

https://www.worcesterlottery.org/support/the-mercian-regiment-museum

 

007  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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9 AUGUST 2019       WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 10 Issue 34

OBITUARY

BIRDSELL William Henry Corporal 4986009; 70th Bn

William enlisted on 11 June 1941 and was transferred into The Border Regiment on 24 August 1942.
On 9 July 1943 he took part in Operation Ladbroke with the glider troops at the invasion of Sicily when his glider was released early and crashed into the sea he managed escape the wreckage and swim to shore.  William was also at the Battle of Arnhem and to avoid capture by the enemy he swam the Rhine as there was a shortage of boats to evacuate the troops.  William was discharged in 1945. 

His funeral will take place at 12.00hrs on Wednesday 14 August, at Mansfield Crematorium Derby Road, Mansfield NG18 5BJ.

OBITUARY

PARKIN Pete Corporal 24122406

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 24122406 Cpl Pete Parkin who died on 3 August.
Pete enlisted in 1WFR in 1970 and served for 22 years during which he served for some time in the Assault Pioneer Platoon and latterly in the QM’s Dept.  He served in NI, Belize and Cyprus during a UN tour and was discharged on 25 November 1992.

A wake will be held at The Festival Inn, Trowell on Saturday 24 August 15:00hrs until 2200hrs, all are welcome to attend.
Funeral details to follow. 

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Burma Star Veteran, Keith Horner will take place at Derby Cathedral at 10:45hrs on Monday 12 August.  It is hoped that as many Veterans and Standard Bearers as possible will be able to attend and support the family.

001  70th ANNIVERSARY - SALUTE TO THE VILLAGE EVENT

The event will take place on Saturday 24th August from 10:00hrs, with activities starting at 11:00hrs until 17:00hrs. 
The 'Salute to the Village' is part of a series of celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary, which started with the visit by HRH Princess Royal on the 18th July.  Our Royal Visit was a truly spectacular event, and the 'Salute to the Village Event' will be equally amazing; a full Military Showcase Event, the likes of which this city has never seen before, it will include a number of military displays, military marches, music and a Battle of Britain Commemorative fly past by a WW2 Dakota.

The War Memorial Village in Shelton Lock Derby celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2019. It is believed to be the last remaining original village, and back in 1949 when it first opened, HRH Princess Elizabeth accompanied by HRH Prince Philip laid the foundation stone for a property on Edinburgh Crescent.  In 2000, HRH Princess Ann attended to open the newly built Millennium Bungalows, a development of five fully adapted properties with a secured communal rear garden.  Since opening in 1949, the War Memorial Village has been managed, maintained and developed by a Committee consisting entirely of retired ex services personnel, who have now embarked on an ambitious Master Plan working with the local authority to replace all the original properties with new purpose built accessible homes over the next 20 years.

At the Laying of the Foundation stone, H.R.H. the Princess Elizabeth said, "the people of Derby have shown wisdom and imagination in deciding to build" the village. The council believed that, to 'wisdom and imagination' may be added the determination to see the village completed; 70 years later the same wisdom, imagination and determination remains strong in providing good quality affordable and accessible homes exclusively for injured & disabled ex services personnel and their families.

In doing so, the Committee continually strive to not only respond to the ever changing physical needs of ex-services personnel, e.g. in the design and specification of new homes; but also the increasing need to support those with PTSD and mental health complexities. To achieve this the Village provides additional services and activities that create a peer support network for all its residents; providing safety and security, and the opportunity to resettle into society successfully on leaving the services.

For more information please visit the website https://www.warmemorialvillagederby.co.uk/

 

1200 – 1220  The Band & Regimental Mascot Assemble @ The Victory Club, Chellaston Road.
1220 – 1300 The March to the War Memorial Village Derby commences.
1300 – 1310  The War Memorial Village Derby - Chairman's Opening Speech @ Walton Ave.
1310 – 1320  The Master of Ceremonies @ Walton Ave. 
1320 – 1345  Band Performance (Seated) @ Walton Ave.
1345 – 1415  Battle Of Britain Commemorative Flyover — VVW2 Dakota ( *approximate timing, subject to technical and weather conditions).
1345 – 1415  Sophie Allen Singer
1350 – 1400  126 Squadron (RAF.) @ Memorial Square.
1415 – 1430  Staffordshire Drummers @ Memorial Square.
1435 – 1450  Mercian Cadet Display @ Memorial Square. 
1500 – 1530  Band Performance (Seated) @ Walton Ave.
1530 – 1600   Sophie Allen — Singer.
1540 – 1545  126 Squadron (R.A.F.) @ Memorial Square.
1550 – 1600  The Band & Regimental Mascot form up and march to Memorial Square, followed by VIP's & Visitors.
1600 – 1610  Veterans Standards form up @ Memorial Square.
1620 – 1700 Drumhead Service @ Memorial Square.


The laying of the drums for the altar.
The laying of the WMVD flag on the alter by the Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby.
The placing of the War Memorial Cross on the altar by Mr Ross McCristal, Trustee and overview of a Drum Head Service.Opening Service, by Revd Norma Bracewell, Village Chaplain & Trustee
Service conducted, by Bishop of Derby & Village Chaplain.
Act of Homage, by Veteran & Sea Cadet.
Last Post. 
1 Minute Silence.
Reveille, by Staffordshire Corps of Drums.
Laying of Wreath by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr Willy Tucker & Chairman of War Memorial Village Derby Mr Harvey Jennings.
Close of Service, Bishop of Derby & Village Chaplain.
Regimental Band & Staffordshire Corps of Drums — SUNSET and RETREAT.
Lowering of the Service Flags, by Service Cadets.
The National Anthem.
The conclusion of the National Anthem signals the end of the 'Salute to the Village' Event..
-
In addition other demonstrations and displays are as follows.
RAF Display Team.
RAF Cadets.
Staffordshire Corps of Drums.
Regt Mascot Mercian Regiment.
Infantry Regimental Display.
ABF Soldiers Charity, of which HRH Queen Elizabeth Il is Patron.
St Johns Ambulance.
Marine / Sea Cadets.
Mercian County Army Cadet Band v Mercian Regt Museum Guard of Honour Marine Sea Cadets.
202 Field Ambulance display.
2nd Batt Mercian Regiment Display.
Veterans & Armed Forces Breakfast Club.
A Drum Head Service.

002  BOSTON MASSACRE 250th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

On the 5 March 1770 a detachment from the 29th Worcestershire Regiment was guarding the Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts, when a mob approximately 300 strong armed with stones and cudgels attacked the sentry who called out the guard. In the chaotic scenes that ensued some shots were fired and five people were killed. This event became a key event in the demands for American Independence particularly due to the inaccurate engraving by Paul Revere, a passionate advocate of Independence, copied above.

Eight soldiers, one officer, and four civilians were arrested and charged with murder. Six of the soldiers were acquitted; the other two were convicted of manslaughter

and given reduced sentences after an excellent defence by John Adams who was to become the second President of the United States of America.

Boston “Massacre” 250th Anniversary Tour 2-11 March 2020

It is intended to undertake a tour of the 29th Regiment’s history in America between 1746-1814 that will include attending, and taking part, in the 250th Anniversary commemorations in Boston.

The tour will be led by Major John Cotterill MBE, a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and former officer in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, the successors to the 29th Worcestershire Regiment. He will be assisted by David Pearson, who also served in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and now lives in New England. David has already been in contact with the Bostonian Society and the British Consulate in Boston.

The suggested outline programme is:

2-4 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1746-1750 and 1765-1770 including

Louisberg and the Collieries of the Tablehead

5-7 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment sites of interest and attend 1770 Boston

Massacre commemorations in Boston

8-11 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1776-1787 and 1814 including

Ticonderoga , Bemis Heights (Saratoga) and Penobscot, Maine

This programme will be subject to confirmation after John’s detailed recces.  It is hoped to complete a detailed itinerary that includes initial costings of flights, transport and

accommodation by Mid-August 2019 in order to advertise the tour and to start reserving places.

The tour cost and numbers attending are "chicken and egg" but, at this stage, we need an initial rough planning figure. It is expected that the tour will cost between £2,000 – 3,000 per head.

003  NOTTINGHAM CITY BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 12 August at 13:00hrs.
Beeston Royal British Legion Rooms
Parliament Terrace
Nottingham

004  WORCESTER SHOW
Worcester Branch will have a stand at the Worcester Show, Gheluvelt Park on Sunday 11 August 2019.  There will be Information, photos and other items of interest on display. 
Public parking is on Pitchcroft and a charge of £5 will apply with a donation going towards St Richards Hospice. 

005  WORCESTER COMMUNITY LOTTERY

The Mercian Museum, Worcester have signed up to the Worcester Community Lottery.
Those who choose to support the museum when they purchase a ticket will give 50% of their ticket value to the museum and another 10% to other local causes.
For more information please click on the link below. 

https://www.worcesterlottery.org/support/the-mercian-regiment-museum006  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123


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