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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

 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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6 April 2016      NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 12

GREETINGS ON BADAJOZ DAY

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we notify you that 23547712 WO2 Peter WILTSHIRE of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

died on 3 April 2016 aged 73.  Peter enlisted as a boy soldier in 1958 and posted to 1st Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters in January 1961. In 1970 when it became The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters

Regiment he was serving as a Sgt at the Junior Trg Regt in Troon.  Peter went on to serve as a Pl Sgt and

Provost Sgt in Berlin before moving to the Recruiting Team at Worcester in 1975.  In 1977 he was CQMS in

Belize and Colchester, 1979 he became CSM then TQMS in Hemer before serving his last six months at

the Depot in Lichfield.  He left the Army in March 1983.
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It is with regret that we inform you that Cpl Norris RUSSELL late Worcestershire Regiment died recently. 

His funeral is to take place on 8 April 2016 at Streetly Crematorium at 1115 hours.  For those wishing to write

in condolence his widow, Mrs Iris Russell can be contacted at 17 Norton Lane, Burntwood, Walsall, Staffs
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The funeral of 23907982 Sgt Ray Henshaw who died on 25 March 2016 is to take place at 1230 hours at

Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham on 19 April 2016.  Standards welcome.

002  MEMORIAL SERVICE: LT EDGAR MYLES VC DSO - 9 APRIL 2016

Worcester Branch are to hold a short wreath laying ceremony at the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial

Stone in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester on Saturday 9th April, commencing 1100 hours, to remember Lt Edgar Myles VC DSO.

2nd Lt Myles saw service with the 9th Bn Worcestershire Regiment at Gallipoli, Egypt and

Mesopotamia in the Tigris campaign. He fought with the rear-guard at the evacuation at Suvla Bay and

Helles in 1915/1916.

He was awarded his Victoria Cross at the age of 21 years, at Sann-I-Yat, Mesopotamia, whilst the 9th Bn

was trying to relieve Kut al-Amara on 9th April 1916 - his Citation reads; Edgar Kinghorn Myles. Lieutenant,

The Welch Regiment, for conspicuous bravery. He went out alone on several occasions in front of our advance

trenches and under heavy rifle fire and at great personal risk, assisted wounded men lying in the open.

On one occasion he carried a wounded officer to a place of safety under circumstances of great danger.

He was also hit while carrying a wounded man but carried on.

Technically Lt Myles was on officer of the Welch Regiment but had served throughout the war with the

9th Bn and afterwards was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment.

Lt Myles was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 17th March 1917.

On 25 th January 1917 with the 9th Bn at Kut al-Amara,whilst he was acting Captain, he was created a

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. The Citation for this reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and

devotion to duty. When all but two of the Officers became casualties, he, for five hours, inspired

confidence against two counter-attacks and sent back accurate and valuable reports of the situation. His

courage and fine example were largely responsible for the steadiness of all ranks under him".

Captain E K Myles VC DSO died on 31st January 1977 aged 82 yrs.

In November 1960 his Decoration and Medals  came on the market and were bought by the Worcestershire R

egiment and are on display at the Regimental Museum in the City Museum and Art Gallery, Foregate Street, Worcester.

003   COMMEMORATION SERVICE - EXTON, RUTLAND 27 APRIL 2016

A small commemorative service is to be held at Exton Churchyard at 1100 hours on 27 April 2016 in honour

of the only Rutland soldier to lose his life during the Easter Rising of 1916.  Pte 4905 Alfred Tyler 2nd/6th

Battalion The Sherwood Foresters was KIA on 27 April 1916.  He came from Exton, Rutland and was posted in

to the Sherwood Foresters from the Leicester Regiment just prior to the uprising.  Members of the Association

have been invited to attend.

004   HUDSON TRUST - HOUSE TO LET

The Hudson Trust Charity manages 7 properties which are let to disabled ex-servicemen at a low subsidised

rent in the village of Wick, near Pershore,

Worcestershire.  There is currently one adapted 3 bed house available.

Any one interested should apply in writing to The Secretary, AJB Hudson Memorial Trust, c/o Higgs &

Sons, 3 Waterfront Business Park, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 1LX

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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31 March 2016        NEWSLETTER   Vol 7 Issue 11

001  OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23907982 Sgt Raymond John HENSHAW of Nottingham died on 25

March 2016 aged 71.  Ray enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and remained with it

on amalgamation.  He left in 1971 but re-enlisted shortly thereafter and served until 1988.  Funeral

details will be notified when known.
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It is with sadness we inform you that Major Peter J R JOHNSTONE TD of Newark, Nottinghamshire died on 18

March 2016 aged 84.  Peter was commissioned into the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1954.  The

funeral is to be a private family affair.

002  MESSAGE OF THANKS

The family of the late Cliff Housley wish to thank all branches and standard bearers from WFRA who

attended his funeral on Wednesday 30 March 2016. The large regimental attendance helped to make it a

suitably moving and memorable tribute to his memory and helped show the family how well he was regarded

by his comrades of the Sherwood Foresters, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and

the Association.

003   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2016

Badajoz Day will be commemorated by the raising of the scarlet coatee at Nottingham Castle  on Wednesday

6 April at 1100 hours.  The parade will step off from the Castle Gatehouse at 1040 hours.

In attendance will be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire ACF Band and Robin Hood Rifles

buglers.  The Citation will be read by Maj (Retd) J H Cotterill MBE



A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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24 March 2016      NEWSLETTER    Vol 7 Issue 10

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 14375398 Pte Ronald Herbert HICKMAN of Witney, Oxford died on 3

March 2016 aged 94.  Ron joined the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters at Bizerta, Italy in August

1943 and served in B Coy.  He was wounded at Volturno and evacuated to North Africa. He was then

transferred to the Dorset Regiment in May 1946.  He was a founder member of the Oxfordshire Branch of

the Italy Star Association.  His funeral is to take place at St Mary's Church, Witney, Oxfordshire on Thursday

31 March 2016 at 1300 hours.

002   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS: FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2016

The prize winners for the February and March Draws are as follows;  
February
1st Prize £30.00 Col N H Turner
2nd Prize £20.00 Lt Col P Gilby
3rd Prize £10.00 Col S Banton OBE
March
1st Prize £30.00 Mr A Bradley
2nd Prize £20.00 Nottingham City Branch WFRA
3rd Prize £10.00 Mrs C Sneath

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients by the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection).

003   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA - AGM 29 MARCH 2016

The Worcester Branch Annual General Meetuing is to take place on Tuesday 29 March 2016 in Barbourne Ex-

Services Club, The Moors, Worcester (next to Swan Theatre) at 1930 hours prompt.  Free car parking.

004   THE MERCIAN MUSEUM (WORCESTERSHIRE)

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is looking for volunteers in a range of roles.  If you are

interested in helping out at the Museum please find their contact details here



A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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16 March 2016    NEWSLETTER      Vol 7 Issue 9

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of 23472786 Sgt Clifford Housley who died on 5 March 2016 is to take place on Wednesday 30

March 2016 at Longmoor Lane Cemetery, Longmoor Lane, Breaston, Derbyshire DE72 3BB at 1030 hours

followed by a celebration of his life at Trent Lock Golf & Country Club, Lock Lane, Long Eaton NG10 2FY.

 Donations in Memory to The Crich Tower Memorial Fund  to RHQ MERCIAN, Heath Avenue, Whittington

Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9JT. Floral tributes to Co-op Funeralcare, 88-90 Derby Road, Long Eaton,NG10 4LB.

 A donation box will also be situated in the Cemetery Chapel. Standards welcome.  Those attending are

reminded that there is only a small chapel within the Cemetery.  For those who were unable to obtain the

Nottingham Post on Saturday 12 March, the relevant article can be viewed here
 

002   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2016

Badajoz Day will be commemorated by the raising of the scarlet coatee at Nottingham Castle  on Wednesday

6 April at 1100 hours.  The parade will step off from the Castle Gatehouse at 1040 hours.

In attendance will be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire ACF Band and Robin Hood Rifles

buglers.  The Citation will be read by Maj (Retd) J H Cotterill MBE

003   AREA STANDARDS

Requests for the Area Standards to be displayed/carried at events/funerals are to be made in the first instance to:

Worcester Area:  Branch Secretary Worcester Branch WFRA

Notts & Derby Area: Area Standard Bearer Mr P Twells on 0795213512

Standards are to be signed for on receipt and return and any damages found will be raised against the

relevant Branch requesting the Standard.  The Association Secretary will be the arbiter in any dispute.


A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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