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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Denni

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17 September 2021    WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 12 Issue 42

THANKSGIVING SERVICE
 

A Thanksgiving Service for Philip Amphlett who died on 2 September 2021 will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Ombersley, Worcestershire WR9 0EP on Wednesday 29 September at 13:30 hours.


001 KIMBERLEY WAR MEMORIAL CENTENARY

Long Eaton and West Notts Branch attended the unveiling of a plaque to mark the centenary of Kimberley War Memorial.  

The ceremony started at 10:45hrs with a welcoming speech by Trevor Rood, The Chairman of Kimberley Town Council after which Councillor Roy Plumb gave a short talk about the history of War Memorial.  This was followed by a rededication service and prayers from Peter Jones the Associate Priest at Holy Trinity Church. The Mayor of Broxtowe, Richard MacRae unveiled  the plaque at 11am.

Darren Henry the Conservative MP for Broxtowe also attended and took time to meet and speak with veterans after the event in the Parish Hall where tea and biscuits were provided.

Long Eaton and West Notts Branch received glowing praise from Trevor Rood, particularly for the very high standard of bugling and Standard bearing.
     
Members of Long Eaton & West Notts Branch on Parade

G Crosby                    S Denham                    M Dack

 

                        Peter Roebuck                                 David Brown

002 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack

Thomas Clifford

 Thomas was born in Kilbirnie, Scotland in 1875 the actual day and month were not recorded.  Having finished his schooling he was very lucky that his skill with a football were recognised early on.  His footballing career started in 1896 when he played for Ann Bank F.C. and Newton Heath F.C.  He was a professional footballer and he made ten appearances for Ayr F.C. before moving south where he played for Glossop F.C., on thirty-nine occasions as a centre half.  He moved around from 1899 to 1904 playing for Luton Town F.C., Celtic F.C., Beith F.C. and Motherwell F.C. where he appeared on more than sixteen occasions, unfortunately not all of the records have survived.  He then moved to Nottingham Forest F.C., during the 1905 – 1906 season and represented them on ten outings.                 
 At the outbreak of war, Thomas enlisted with the Royal Scots Fusiliers.  At the age of forty-two, he would have been seen as a father figure to a large number of his comrades.  Thomas was killed, outright during front line action on the Ancre river which is situated on the Somme, on 19th January 1917. 
 Along with so many of his comrades Thomas has no known grave.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial.
 

William Stanley Ripley

 William was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1892 the day or month are not recorded.  He was known as Stan to family and friends.  After finishing his schooling, it was noted that he was a skilled footballer and this led to him playing for Stoke F.C. as a half back making just one appearance during the 1914 season before war was declared.
 Stan enlisted as a Private and after thorough training in this country, Stan was sent along with his comrades over the Channel to France.   He was assigned to serve with the B.E.F. on the 19th May 1916. Always one to be found in the thick of battle he was fighting on the front line when he received a gunshot wound to his right hand on the 29th July 1916.  It was a Blighty wound.  He was soon back on the front line before being sent home to Sunderland, after treatment for a Chronic Duodenal ulcer wasn’t working.  He was treated at a military hospital at Chatham, but it was decided to let him return to his home, to the care of his family and friends, where he died on the 10th March 1917.  Stan was just twenty-five years of age.
 Stan is buried at the Sunderland [Mere Knolls] cemetery.  He was commemorated on the war memorial in Holy Trinity Church, which has since closed.  The memorial has been moved to the relative safety of Donnison School in Sunderland.


George Warren

 George was born in Burton on Trent in 1880 the day or month was not recorded.  After finishing his schooling, he trained as a plumber in Hinckley and just before enlisting had become the licensed victualler for the Three Tuns Inn in Hinckley. 
 His great love was football, his career took him all over the country.  He started at Burton Swifts F.C., as a forward on two occasions during the 1898 – 99 season where he was given the nickname Tubby.  Sheppey F.C. and Hinckley Town F.C. followed but there are no details of his career there.  He settled in 1903 and played for Leicester Fosse F.C. on twenty-one occasions, then to Gresley Rovers F.C. where he appeared twenty-seven times.  He returned to Hinckley United F.C. for the 1905 to 1906 season.  Next on the list was Nuneaton Town F.C. before he stayed with Coventry City F.C. from 1907 to 1911 and made seventy-three appearances.  From 1911 until his retirement in 1913 he played for Willenhall Swifts F.C., Stockport County F.C., Nuneaton Town F.C. and finally at Hinckley United F.C. where he hung up his boots.
 After war was declared George enlisted with the York and Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion as a Private.  After training in this country George and his comrades were taken over the Channel and arrived on the continent, where they joined the soldiers on the front line.  On the 16th May 1917 he was shot through the head, dying instantly during action at Loos-en-Gonelle in France.  George was thirty-seven years of age.
 He is buried at the Philosophe British Cemetery at Mazingarbe, France.
 

Harold Sparkes

 Harold was born in Glossop during 1896, although the actual day or month are not recorded.  After his school life Harold trained an apprentice plumber but he later became a clerk.  He was known as a thoughtful footballer and appeared for Glossop F.C. as a centre forward on three occasions during 1915.
 Harold enlisted as a Private with the Royal Scots [Lothian Regiment] and was posted to France during October 1915.  During the battle of Arleus, Loos, Harold was wounded by a gunshot to the head.  It was a Blighty wound.  He was sent home to England to recover and duly returned to the Western Front in December 1916.
 Harold was always to be found in the middle of the melee, he was just east of Arras, when during continued front-line action at Arleus, Harold lost his life on the 3rd June 1917. 
 He was just twenty-one years old.  He is commemorated on the Arras memorial.

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10 September 2021   WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 12 Issue 41

OBITUARY 2nd Lt Philip Amphlett

We regret to report the death of Philip Amphlett of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire on 2 September 2021 aged 86. He was called up for National service in 1955 and commissioned in The Worcestershire Regt in June 1956. He served with the 1st Battalion in Iserlohn, BAOR and the West Indies. He was demobilised in December 1957 having extended his service during the Suez Crisis. He then served in the 7th Battalion until 1961. He was a lifelong supporter of the regiment and the museum in Worcester.
On demobilisation he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, joined a local estate agency and rose to be chief executive. He played for Bromsgrove Rugby Club then successively became Captain, Chairman and President.
He had many other sporting and charitable interests and served on the Diocesan Synod of the Church of England and was a Liveryman of the City of London.

CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF SAM FULLER

Hello Everybody I hope you’re all keeping safe an well?

As you all know we lost my dad, Sam Fuller just over a year ago to Covid-19 and we had to have limited numbers that could come and pay respects an not the planned send off he deserved

So that being said we have arranged a memorial night to celebrate his life an we would love to hear all your stories and please bring any old photos you may have we would love to see them. 

The date is 2nd of October 2021 from 7pm till late.
 The location is Sgts Mess
Chetwynd Barracks, Swiney Way, Chilwell, Beeston, Notts, NG9 5HA

There are plenty of hotels an B&B's in the area.
 
We would love for you to join us could you please comment via Facebook if you can make it so I have a rough idea on the numbers that would be great.
https://www.facebook.com/events/493012385239888/?ref=newsfeed

We hope to see you soon love the Fuller’s. 

001 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack

William Webber Walter Gerrish

Willie, later known as Billy to his family and friends, was born in Bristol on the 28th December 1884.  His skill at the end of the football was discovered and nurtured during his school life.  He was a quite exceptional footballer and started his career, on finishing school at Freemantle F.C.  From 1905 to 1909 he made forty-nine appearances for Bristol Rovers F.C. then a further fifty-five outings for Aston Villa F.C.  The 1911 to 1912 season found Billy at Preston North End F.C. where he played three matches.   He played on eight occasions for Chesterfield Town F.C. as an inside forward during the 1912 to 1913 season after which he hung up his boots and retired.
Willie enlisted as a Private with the 17th Battalion Duke of Cambridge Own [Middlesex] Regiment shortly after war was declared.  Willie would always lead from the front; he wouldn’t have hidden behind anyone else.  He was on the front line involved in the action, leading his men over the top, on the morning of the 8th August 1916 near to Delville Wood when a shell blast near to Willie caused major injuries to both of his legs.  The doctors did all that they could but unfortunately, Willie died of his wounds later the same day.  He was just thirty-one years of age. 
 
Along with many of the Somme dead Willie has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

 

Horace Osborne Robotham
Horace was born at Heath Town, Wolverhampton on the 12th June 1879.  Known as Harry to friends and family.  He had a great passion for playing football, and it was noted early on that he was very skilled in fact good enough to make a living out of it. 
 Harry started his career playing as right half with the Wolverhampton Post Office team.  He transferred to Redshaw Albion F.C., Ossett F.C. and Hunslet F.C. before moving to Wolverhampton Wanders F.C. where he made seven appearances.  He settled at Fulham F.C. playing thirty-four games from 1903 to 1905 before moving to Brentford F.C. where he made eighteen appearances.  He later played twenty-three times for Glossop F.C. from 1906 to 1907.  He finished his career making thirty outings for New Brompton F.C. then Wellington Town in 1909 before hanging up his boots.

Harry enlisted as a Private with the 23rd Battalion Duke of Cambridges Own [Middlesex] Regiment on the 26th November 1915.  Along with his Regiment, after training, he was sent to France.  Harry and his comrades were on the front line at the Battle of Flers, on the morning of 12th September 1916, having gone over the top when the whistles blew their advance, near to Courcelette in France, Harry was killed outright, aged just thirty-seven years.
 
Along with many other soldiers, Harry has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

 

Robert Randles
Robert was born in Birkenhead on the 12th February 1888.  Having completed his schooling education, he was able to turn professional soon after leaving school.  His footballing career started by signing up for Liverpool F.C. although there is no record of his appearances from his time there.  He became a professional inside left making four appearances for Chesterfield Town F.C. during the 1908 – 1909 season.  Robert also turned out on a couple of occasions for Tranmere Rovers F.C. when the opportunity arose.
 
Robert enlisted with the 16th Battalion of the Canadian [EP] Infantry soon after war was declared.  Having completed his training in this country, he and his fellow soldiers headed over the Channel and landed on the continent.  On the morning of the 8th October, Robert and his comrades went over the top.  He was killed outright during action on the Somme.  He was just twenty-eight years of age. 
 
Robert is buried at the Adanac Military Cemetery.


 Company Sergeant Major Joseph Enoch Smith
Joseph was born in Kilnhurst, South Yorkshire in 1889, the actual day or month were not recorded.  After finishing his schooling, he found work as a coalminer before signing up to play for Chesterfield Town F.C. as a half back.  He went on to make thirty appearances for them.  He also played for Birmingham F.C. and finally at Hickleton Colliery.

Joseph rose through the ranks to become Company Sergeant Major with the Duke of Cambridge Own [Middlesex] Regiment.  He was mentioned in dispatches, having displayed considerable bravery.
 Joseph was killed outright in action on the 13th November 1916, he was just twenty-seven years of age, at Sere-les-Puisievx on the Somme. 
 He is buried in the Serre, Pas-de-Calais cemetery.

 002 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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03 September 2021    WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 12 Issue 40

FUNERAL DETAILS

23856761  A/SSgt Barry Raymond IMMS. 

Barry's service will be at Worcester crematorium September 3rd at 10.45am, a wake will be held afterwards at The Royal  British Legion at Claines.  All donations are going to St Richards hospice in Worcester.

Bugle, Standards and members welcome.

CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF SAM FULLER
 

Hello Everybody I hope you’re all keeping safe an well?

As you all know we lost my dad, Sam Fuller just over a year ago to Covid-19 and we had to have limited numbers that could come and pay respects an not the planned send off he deserved

So that being said we have arranged a memorial night to celebrate his life an we would love to hear all your stories and please bring any old photos you may have we would love to see them. 

The date is 2nd of October 2021 from 7pm till late.
 
The location is Sgts Mess
Chetwynd Barracks
Swiney Way
Chilwell
Beeston
Notts
NG9 5HA

There are plenty of hotels an B&B's in the area.
 
We would love for you to join us could you please comment via Facebook if you can make it so I have a rough idea on the numbers that would be great.
https://www.facebook.com/events/493012385239888/?ref=newsfeed

We hope to see you soon love the Fuller’s. 

001 BUSHVETS BUSHCRAFT WEEKEND
 
There is a local Bushcraft weekend camping called BushVets in Ravenshead Nottinghamshire just for veterans.

Dates 1st 2nd and 3rd of October

Price per person is £80 but thanks to Christopher Jennings a Royal Navy veteran and his fund raising the price is reduced to £40 per person. Dogs welcome but only if they are friendly and you must clean up after them please.
Included in the price is two nights camping, all your food and non alcohol drinks. You can bring your own alcohol drinks, but please remember this is not a session.

Weekend schedule;

Friday
Setup day. RV 14:00
Health & safety briefing.

Saturday is activities day
Camp crafts such as stool making
Introduction to green wood carving - carve butter spreader/spatula
Shelter building
Bushcraft cooking

Sunday can either be a rest day and pack or walk day and pack, we'll decide together on the day. Have to leave site at 1200.

Minimum attendees is 10 max is 30

Toilets and washing (sinks) facilities onsite.

Tents only. If you do not have a tent or equipment some can be provided, this it limited to the amount we have available.

Email mark@forces.org.uk to book your place. Full payment is required by Monday the 13th of September, cash or bank transfer.

 

002 FORCES WALKING FOOTBALL
 

Are you a veteran looking into getting active why not join us and other veterans with Nottingham Forest Community Trust on Monday night for a game of walking football.

Over 50 and up for a laugh you need to sign up for this, it's a crack from start to finish.

We are looking at getting a veterans football team together to play other walking football teams and take part in tournaments.
https://nottinghamforestcommunitytrust.co.uk/.../walking.../

003 LOST CONTACT

Doug 'Spud' Taylor is trying to contact is old friend Bill Findlow.  If anyone has Bill's contact details please send them to The Editor newsletter@stand-firm-strike-firm.org.uk  Thank you.

004 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack
 

Corporal Harold Chadwick Meadowcroft
 

Harold was born in Workington during 1889.  The day and month are not recorded.  During his schooling it was discovered that Harold was skilled at football.  Actually, he was good enough to become a professional footballer on leaving school.  Harold started his footballing career by playing for Glossop F.C. as a right half and outside right, making a total of ten appearances for them.  He later transferred to Rochdale F.C. and he finished his career playing for Bury F.C. before hanging up his boots.
 
Harold enlisted as a Corporal with the Manchester Regiment, 20th [Service] Battalion, [5th City].  After training in this country, he, and his comrades, left the white cliffs of Dover behind him, headed over the Channel and arrived on the continent.  Always a man to lead from the front, he was at the head of his section, last seen going over the top, on the first day of the Somme, the 1st July 1916, when he was killed by sniper fire.  He was only twenty-seven years of age.
 
Harold is buried at the Dantzig Alley British Cemetery in Mametz and is commemorated at St. Pauls [Kersal] C. of E. Churchyard memorial in Salford.
 

 

Lance Corporal George V. Elmore
 

George was born in Northwich, Cheshire during 1880.  The date and month are not recorded.  Having been educated at his local school, he worked in the local Salt trade before becoming a professional footballer. 
 
His long and varied career saw him starting at Northwich Victoria F.C. in 1897.   He the signed with Witton Albion F.C., Burton United F.C., Manchester United F.C. and Broadheath F.C. the total number of appearances is not known.  From 1903 to 1904 he made three appearances for West Bromwich F.C. and twenty-one outings for Bristol Rovers F.C.   He then settled from 1904 to 1907 playing for Altringham F.C.  Then from 1907 to 1909 he signed for Glossop F.C. as a forward making a total of thirty-four appearances.  He moved to Blackpool F.C. for thirty-four outings, headed north of the border to play for Partick Thistle F.C. and St. Mirren F.C. where he appeared sixty-two times.  His playing career finished by playing on loan to Witton Albion F.C., where he first started, St. Bernard’s F.C. making four appearances and finally at Broxburn United F.C.
 
George enlisted in September 1914 as a Lance Corporal with the Royal Scots [Lothian Regiment].   There were so many people who signed up in Manchester that they were also known as the Manchester Scots.  Having completed their training George, and his comrades, crossed the Channel and made their way to the battlefields.   
 
Along with many other soldiers, George was killed in action on the worst day of British Army records, the first day of the Somme offensive on the 1st July 1916.  He was killed in Sausage Valley, also known as Ovillers-la-Boisselle in France.
 
He was thirty-six years of age and is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial.



 



James Stevenson
 

James, known to family and friends as Jimmy, was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1877.  The actual day or month are not known.  Having completed his schooling, he was found to be skilled at football, he was an inspired inside forward and started his career at Ashfield F.C. before moving to Clyde F.C. where he make forty-one appearances.  He then moved to Derbyshire playing for Derby County F.C. starting out on seventy-three occasions.  Jimmy moved to Newcastle United F.C. where he played thirty-three matches, for a single season before moving to Bristol City F.C. where he made twenty-three outings.  He spent 1901 to 1902 on the east coast playing for Grimsby Town F.C. for eight games, then returning back to the centre of the country at Leicester Fosse F.C. where he played seven games.  He finished his career by playing fourteen matches for Clyde and St. Mirren F.C. before hanging up his boots.
 
Jimmy was serving as a Private with the Highland Light Infantry [15th Glasgow Tram Battalion] when he was killed in action during the battle of the Somme on the 3rd July 1916.  He was only thirty-nine years old. 
 
It is noted in the Army records that on that morning there was a very unfortunate lack of communication between the infantry and the artillery.  This led to the infantry receiving new orders as to the timings of the mornings advance, but the artillery didn’t receive the changes, so the soldiers went over the top with no shelling clearing the way before them.
 
Jimmy, along with many of his comrades, has no known grave and is recorded on the memorial to the missing at Thiepval.

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27 August 2021      WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 12 Issue 39

OBITUARY
 

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 4977545 Sgt (possibly CSgt) Derek Lewis ELEY BEM of Chapel-en-le-Frith died on 18 August 2021 aged 103.  Derek enlisted into the 2/5th Bn The Sherwood Foresters in May 1939 and later the same year transferred to the 1/5th Bn and on 18 November landed in Cherbourg with the British Expeditionary Forces. During the months leading up to the Battle of Dunkirk, Derek took over from the CSgt in charge of paying the men’s wages and was appointed Lance Sergeant. In May 1940, Derek (as part of the 1/5th Bn) joined the 51st Highland Division and returned to the UK for a year.  Towards the end of this time, Derek was injured as a result of an ‘unfortunate accident’ and missed his initial posting to the Far East with the Bn. Once recovered and fit for duties, Derek set off with other Sherwood Foresters, from Southampton, for the Far East however by the times the ship had reached Bombay, Singapore had fallen and the Bn received a signal to turn around go to the Suez Canal. In Palestine, Derek was dealing with logistics and then found himself transferred to the Psychological Warfare branch of the Intelligence Corps. Following deployment in Sarafand, he was sent to Italy to take part in the Italian Campaign. It was for his service there, that Derek was awarded the BEM ‘in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Mediterranean theatre of war’.  He discharged from the Army in November 1945 and worked in personnel and finance. Derek was a lifelong supporter of Derby County and was believed to have been the oldest football supporter, going to almost every home game for 88 years, less the time he served during WWII. He was an active member of his local RBL where he was President.  In 2016, he had the honour of having a street ‘Eley Way’ named after him; whilst still alive.

Derek’s funeral will take place on Friday 10 September at 1300 hours at Town End Methodist Church, Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire SK23 0HZ, followed by a family cremation afterwards.  All, including Standard Bearers, are welcome to attend the church service.  The family have requested family flowers only and donations can be made to one of Derek’s chosen charities; The Air Ambulance, RBL, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Blyth House Hospice Care.  This can be made on the day or by sending a cheque to the chosen charity  to LD & a Tideswell Funeral Directors, 7 Station Road, Dove Holes, Nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK117 8DH

OBITUARY
 

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of 23646858 Pte Raymond ‘Ray’ WILSON of South Normanton, on 4 August 2021, aged 83.  Ray (who was also known as ‘Willow’ in his service days), joined 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters in either 1958 or 1959 and served in Malaya and Singapore.  He left the army following his National Service in 1961 and was later recalled to deploy to Burma and then stood down.  He was awarded the National Service Medal and GSM and later the Pingat medal. Following his discharge, Ray worked as a bricklayer.  His funeral took place on 19 August at Amber Valley Crematorium

FUNERAL DETAILS

23856761  A/SSgt Barry Raymond IMMS. 

 

Barry's service will be at Worcester crematorium September 3rd at 10.45am, a wake will be held afterwards at The Royal  British Legion at Claines.  All donations are going to St Richards hospice in Worcester.

 

001 ARMED FORCES PENSION SCHEME

Pension Awareness Week 13-17 September 2021.
The MOD will be promoting all aspects of the AFPS with concise facts and Q&A session plus live presentations. Further information is on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/defencepeople?lang=en

Importance of keeping contact details up to date.
The AFPS has a legislative requirement to keep complete and accurate membership records including address details of members. If your personal details change it is important to notify Equiniti of those changes as soon as practically possible. If your address details have changed you can notify Equiniti by phoning their Armed Forces pension helpline on: 0345 1212 514, or e-mailing them at:  Veteransukpensions@equiniti.com  You can also write to them at: Equiniti PO Box1246, Sutherland House, Russell Way, Crawley, RH10 0HZ

Forces Veterans ID Card.
There is a lot of work behind the scenes going on between the Government, the Charity Sector and other providers to improve services to veterans, all linked to the Armed Forces Covenant. They are looking at how a Veterans Card, or veterans approach, can support these services to veterans in the future. There is no date yet as to when the Veterans Card will be available. Updates will be posted on: https://www.gov/uk/government/oramisations/veterans-uk

 

002 MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT

We need you!

Here at Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection), we have been successful in a bid with the Arts Council to implement more interactive/AV features in our gallery in Nottingham Castle. As part of that work we need you and your views about your time in the Regiment!

To sign up please email the Curator at the email address:

Jennifer Brookman-Moore

Curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk.

003  Op COURAGE THE VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING SERVICE

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, expert help is available from Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

It does not matter if you're due to leave the armed forces, just left the armed forces or left many years ago. Op COURAGE are here to help and understand the courage it takes to speak to someone.

When you contact Op COURAGE, you'll speak to people who:

understand the armed forces and military life

are either from the armed forces community or highly experienced in working with serving personnel, reservists, veterans, and their families

will work with you to make sure you get the right type of specialist care, support, and treatment

How Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service can help

The first step to getting help is to contact Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

You can contact the service yourself or ask your GP, a charity or someone else, such as a family member or friend, to do this for you.

The service will arrange for you to have an assessment, to make sure you get the right care and support.

Everyone is different, so the service offers a range of treatments, including:

working with Defence Medical Services to make sure you get mental health care and support as you transition from the military to civilian life

recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing care and treatment for this

therapeutic treatment for more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma

intensive emergency care and treatment if you're in a crisis

helping you to access other NHS services if needed, such as "Improving access to psychological therapies" (IAPT) and eating disorder services

working with charities and local organisations to support you with your wider health and wellbeing needs, such as housing, relationships, finances, employment, drug and alcohol misuse and social support

Support for armed forces families

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, the rest of the family can be affected.

Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service can help your family get care and support from local services. With your permission, they can also be involved in your care plan.

To get help from this service you must:

be a resident in England and have served in the UK armed forces for a full day

be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing and eligible to register with a GP

provide your military service number or another form of eligibility

How to contact Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

North of England

Call 0800 652 2867 or email VTILS@cntw.nhs.uk The Op COURAGE urgent care and support service is accessible by healthcare referral only.

The Midlands

Call 0300 323 0137 or email mevs.mhm@nhs.net Includes the Op COURAGE urgent care and support service for The Midlands.

East of England

Call 0300 323 0137 or email mevs.mhm@nhs.net The urgent care and support service is currently provided by other NHS services, as detailed below.

London

Call 020 3317 6818 or email cim-tr.veteranstilservice-lse@nhs.net Includes the Op COURAGE urgent care and support service.

South East England

For services in Sussex, Surrey or Kent, call 020 3317 6818 or email cim-tr.veteranstilservice-lse@nhs.net.

For services in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire, call 0300 365 2000 or email gateway@berkshire.nhs.uk.

For the Op COURAGE urgent care and support service, call 02394 387 924 or email snhs.veteranshis.se@nhs.net.

South West England

Call 0300 365 2000 or email gateway@berkshire.nhs.uk The urgent care and support service is currently provided by other NHS services, as detailed below.

Urgent and emergency support from other NHS services

If you experience a mental health crisis you can also get help by dialling 111, booking an emergency GP appointment, visiting A&E or calling 999. If you're still serving, you can also call the military mental health helpline on 0800 323 4444.

Registering with a GP

If you've left the military, it's important to register with an NHS GP and tell them that you've served in the armed forces so you can access dedicated services for veterans.
 

004 LOST CONTACT

Doug 'Spud' Taylor is trying to contact is old friend Bill Findlow.  If anyone has Bill's contact details please send them to The Editor newsletter@stand-firm-strike-firm.org.uk  Thank you.

005 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack
 

Bombing Officer or 2nd Lieutenant Harold Bache

 
Harold was born at Churchill, Worcestershire on the 20th April 1889. [ironically, he shares exactly the same date of birth as Mr Hitler] After going through the school system.  Harold continued with further education by going up to Gonville and Caius Colleges, Cambridge. He was a very talented sportsman playing both cricket and football.  His cricket was played at Worcestershire CCC and for Cambridge University C.C.  Harold also played as a forward for West Bromwich Albion F.C.  He was in the team who played against Ipswich F.C. on New Year’s Eve 1910.  A very exciting match, although slightly one sided, Harold scored seven times in a 13 – 0 victory.  He also appeared for the Corinthians and gained an England Amateur cap.
 
At the declaration of war, Harold enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 10th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Harold was trained to become one of eighty Bombing Officers, who were known by colleagues as the suicide squad. 
 
Always one to lead from the front, Harold was returning from no man’s land having led an attempt to re-capture a lost trench when he was unfortunate enough to be caught in the cross hairs of an enemy sniper on the Comines canal, Hainaut, Belgium and was killed outright.  Harold was just twenty-six years of age when he lost his life on the 16th February 1916.
 
Harold, along with many of his comrades, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gates, Ypres and the WCCC memorial.

 

Thomas Kelly
Thomas, known as Tom, was born in Turnstall on the 2nd October 1885.  He loved his sport and excelled at football during his schooling.  Having finished his education, he trained and became a gas worker, met and married and had six children. 
 
Tom was very skilled and became a professional footballer starting his career playing for Glossop F.C. as a half back, making twenty-six appearances for them and scoring three goals.  Tom then signed for Denaby United F.C., during the 1908 season he played for Grimsby Town F.C. starting for twenty-six matches.  He retired after having played for New Brompton F.C. and Silvertown F.C. in 1912.                                         
 
Tom enlisted as a Private with the North Staffordshire [Prince of Wales] Regiment, he trained in this country before crossing the Channel.  Tom, and his comrades, were serving on the front line in Sannaiyat, Mesopotamia, during the siege of Kut, when he was killed outright on the 9th April 1916.  Tom was just thirty years of age.
 
Tom, as many of his comrades, has no known grave site.  He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

 

Lance Corporal George V. Elmore
George was born in Northwich, Cheshire during 1880, the date and month are not recorded.  Having been educated at his local school, he worked in the local Salt trade before becoming a professional footballer. 
 
His long and varied career saw him starting at Northwich Victoria F.C. in 1897.   He the signed with Witton Albion F.C., Burton United F.C., Manchester United F.C. and Broadheath F.C. the total number of appearances is not known.  From 1903 to 1904 he made three appearances for West Bromwich F.C. and twenty-one outings for Bristol Rovers F.C.   He then settled from 1904 to 1907 playing for Altringham F.C.  Then from 1907 to 1909 he signed for Glossop F.C. as a forward making a total of thirty-four appearances.  He moved to Blackpool F.C. for thirty-four outings, headed north of the border to play for Partick Thistle F.C. and St. Mirren F.C. where he appeared sixty-two times.  His playing career finished by playing on loan to Witton Albion F.C., where he first started, St. Bernard’s F.C. making four appearances and finally at Broxburn United F.C.
 
George enlisted in September 1914 as a Lance Corporal with the Royal Scots [Lothian Regiment].   There were so many people who signed up in Manchester that they were also known as the Manchester Scots.  Having completed their training George, and his comrades, crossed the Channel and made their way to the battlefields.   
 
Along with many other soldiers, George was killed in action on the worst day of British Army records, the first day of the Somme offensive on the 1st July 1916.  He was killed in Sausage Valley, also known as Ovillers-la-Boisselle in France.
 
He was thirty-six years of age and is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial.

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20 August 2021          WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 12 Issue 38

001  LETTER FROM OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

The Office of Veterans Affairs (OFV) has issued the letter below in regards to events in Afghanistan and how it is impacting on the veterans community. 

1 Horse Guards Road
London
SW1A 2HQ  

veterans@cabinetoffice.gov.uk    

18 August 2021 

Dear Sir

DIRECTOR, OFFICE FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS MESSAGE TO COBSEO MEMBERS  

I am writing in light of current events in Afghanistan, which I appreciate will be difficult and at times distressing for many members of our veteran community. I wish to assure members that this Government recognises and values the service and sacrifice of all those who served and supported missions in Afghanistan and to express my gratitude for the significant role that COBSEO members will be playing in supporting the community during this difficult time. The charity sector is such an important part of the network of support for our veteran community and the valuable role you play is never more evident than in difficult times like today.
  
The nation is extraordinarily grateful for the role that the Armed Forces Community has played in keeping this nation safe from the threat of terrorism. Those who served and supported missions in Afghanistan have made a significant contribution to the safety and security of this nation and we will forever be grateful. We are proud of the courage and commitment demonstrated by those who served and the great benefit they brought to millions within Afghanistan; this contribution should never be underestimated.   

I appreciate that this will be a challenging time for many within the veteran community and understand that the impact can at times be even greater for those wounded in service, their families and friends and the loved ones of the 457 who sadly lost their lives in service to our nation. The priority at this time is ensuring that all veterans have access to and know where to find appropriate support. In the coming hours and days, the government will prioritise communications signposting available support and a new Gov.uk page will be created for this purpose. I would appreciate it if COBSEO members could amplify this message among their networks and ensure my team is aware of any capacity challenges that should arise with their services.   

I am grateful for the strong relationship that the OVA has with COBSEO and wish to highlight our intent to work collaboratively with you. It would be incredibly useful to us to understand what impact you are seeing and there will be an opportunity for the OVA to hear directly from you at our Veterans Strategy Action Plan workshop on Friday 27 August. In the meantime, please continue to engage with us on increases or changes in the needs of those requesting support, and if there is anything further that we can do to support the veteran community at this difficult time.  

Yours sincerely, 


Jessie Owen  
Director, Office for Veterans’ Affairs T +44 7738 296 499 E jessie.owen@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 

Please also see the following links for additional support from the OVA

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/support-for-veterans

Specific support in Scotland:

https://www.veteransfirstpoint.org.uk/

Specific support in Wales:

https://www.veteranswales.co.uk/

Specific support in Northern Ireland:

https://nivso.org.uk/

Specific mental health support:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/armed-forces-and-veterans-healthcare/veterans-nhs-mental-health-services/

Finally, the Minister has also shared a video but that can only be seen on Twitter, where they are sharing quite a bit of information through their twitter account: 

www.twitter.com/VeteransGovUK

Other sources of help are available from:

RHQ Mercian

Assistant Regimental Secretary (Nottingham)           cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk
Through Life Care Officer                                          Philip.Temminck100@mod.gov.uk

 

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

PTSD Resolution
Tel: 0300 302 0551
E: contact@ptsdresoultion.org

Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

002 MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT

We need you!

Here at Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection), we have been successful in a bid with the Arts Council to implement more interactive/AV features in our gallery in Nottingham Castle. As part of that work we need you and your views about your time in the Regiment!

To sign up please email the Curator at the email address:

Jennifer Brookman-Moore

Curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk.

003  NOTTINGHAM CASTLE – COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY FOR WFRA MEMBERS AND SERVING MERCIAN SOLDIERS

The Trust that now runs Nottingham Castle, has kindly agreed to continue with complimentary entry for WFRA members and serving members of the Mercian Regiment. This is to visit the Castle and grounds and the Museum of The Mercian Regiment.  Please note that extra charges for Experiences and Tours are not included.

WFRA MEMBERS
Members are asked to email bookings@nottinghamcastle.org.uk with the date and time they wish to visit and the number of people in the party. On arrival, only the member will need to show the confirmation of receipt of the email and their membership card.

If anyone requires a WFRA membership card they are advised to contact the Membership Secretary, Gary Crosby at either  wfr.association@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk or garycrosby1375@live.com.  Or a request can be made by post to: Mr G Crosby, Membership Secretary, 70 Inham Road, Chilwell. Nottingham NG9 4GU

SERVING MERCIAN SOLDIERS
Any Mercian soldier wishing to visit the Castle, is asked to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary at cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk  with the date and time they wish to visit and the number of people in the party.

More details about Nottingham Castle and the Museum of the Mercian Regiment can be found at www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk

004 WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT ANNUAL SERVICE

There will be the annual service to commemorate service of the 1st, 2nd & 7th Battalions at Vernon France, Burma and Malaya at the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Rd, Worcester WR3 7AA on Thursday 26th August 10:40 for 10:50 start.

Standards Bugle, Dress:- Berets Blazers and Medals.

 

005 WFR ALMA DINNER AND AGM

This years AGM and Alma dinner will be held at Stepping Stones Day Care Centre Heanor on the 11th September 1830 till late. Tickets are £22 for the dinner, wine and membership, payment on the door. There will be overnight accommodation with breakfast available.

Please make sure you have had two COVID vacations before attending. Let Robin Tilston, or Gary Crosby know if you are attending. This will be the first time we have been able to get together for over a year and so come and meet your old friends again, it will be great to see you all.

Further details to follow.

006 WORCESTER BRANCH AGM

Worcester Branch will be holding their AGM on Tuesday September 28th at 20:00hrs at Barbourne Ex Servicemen's Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED

There is track and trace by phone and a contact details list still being run. Normal bar service and no one way system.

If anyone has any nominations and resolutions for the AGM they must reach me by post by September 7th 2021. To:-  Mr N Fish. 19 Langland Ave, Malvern, Worc`s. WR14 2EG

As for raffle please bring something that can be wiped with anti bac and coins to pay for raffle if at all possible.

 

007 MILITARY VETERANS FUN DAY
 

Bringing together Military Veterans and their families accross Bassetlaw.

OASIS COMMUNITY CENTRE INVITATION TO BE AN EXHIBITOR AND / OR PARTICIPANT AT OUT MILITARY VETERANS FAMILIES FUNDAY.

CELEBRATING VETERANS IN OUR COMMUNITY

A DAY for all age groups.

SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2021

PLACE: OASISI COMMUNITY CENTRE (GARDENS AND LARGE MARQUEE) LONGFELLOW DRIVE, KILTON, WORKSOP, S81 0DE.

PLEASE RSVP BY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2021. GERALD BOWERS TEL; 07481 744003

This event is free to all non profit organisations. Others are requested to make a small donation on day.

THIS INVITE IS FOR EXHIBITORS.

 

008 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack
 

 Francis James Hesham


Francis, known as Frank, was born at Gorton, Greater Manchester in 1879.  The day and month are not known.  During his schooling it was discovered that he had an amazing skill with the football.  His football career was to prove to be a varied one, he started at Manchester City F.C. making two appearances for them, he signed for, but didn’t appear for Accrington Stanley F.C. then moved to Stoke F.C. where he played as an outside right on seventeen appearances and scoring one goal during the 1904 – 1905 season.  The following season he had moved to Leyton F.C. where he made thirty-three outings, from 1907 to 1909 he was playing for Oldham Athletic F.C. where he made thirty-four appearances.   From 1909 to 1910 he made thirty-nine appearances for Croydon Common F.C. before retiring playing for Crewe Alexander F.C. and Newton Health Alliance F.C.  He also found the time to volunteer with the Manchester Regiment, pre-war, time served.

At the outbreak of war Frank signed up as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery and after intensive training he was posted to France in May 1915.  He was killed in action during the 2nd Battle of Ypres on the 17th November 1915.  Frank was just thirty-six years old.  He was buried in the Clytte Military Cemetery and is remembered on a modern collection of cigarette type cards.

 

Lieutenant Charles Niel Newcombe

 

Charles was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on the 16th March 1891.  It was soon discovered that he was a very talented sportsman, being quite prolific at both cricket and football.  He put on the whites and played cricket for Derbyshire County Cricket Club.  He turned out for Cresswell F.C. and Rotherham F.C. finally settling at Glossop F.C. in 1913 and made two appearances for them as a forward / inside left.

After training in this country, Charles was commissioned on the 19th November 1914 as Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  He travelled with his comrades over the Channel and onto the continent.   

Charles was always one to lead his comrades from the front, he led his men over the top on the front line during the battle of Fleurbaix when he was killed outright on the 27th December 1915 aged just twenty-four years of age.  

He is buried at Y Farm Military Cemetery at Bois-Grenier France.

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13 August 2021     WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 12 Issue 37

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that we report the death of  Worcester Branch member 23856761  A/SSgt Barry Raymond IMMS on Tuesday 10th August 2021. Barry was born in Birmingham on 06/02/1942 . Barry enlisted into the 1st Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment on 27/03/1961. Barry served in B Coy at Worcester, Belize, Minden, Lydd, Gibraltar, Tobruk, HQ Coy Bulford, HQ Coy at P.O.W. Div HQ Lichfield, Cyprus,  1 WFR HQ Warminster, Berlin, Recruiting office Worcester and Finishing his service in Colchester in 1977. Barry was awarded the GSM NI and UN medals.

In civilian life Barry worked at Headway, Aquired Brain Injury Unit and in his spare time he enjoyed amateur dramatics. Barry was also a great and loyal Baggies fan (WBA).

Funeral details to follow.

Letters Of condolence can be sent to Mrs S Imms. 161 Bromyard Road, St Johns, Worcester. WR2 5EA .

 

001 VETERAN ORTHOPAEDIC REFERRAL

If you have knee or hip problems, that you can or cannot prove is attributable to your army or military service then this is for you.

There is a specific veterans clinic run by a Lt Col Meyer at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital at Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG, every Wednesday. Firstly you will need to prove to your own GP that you are a veteran, get them to take photo copies of your discharge book and annotate your docs with the military codes that apply to you. See below for these codes.

What is it? 
A service for military veterans to have their hip or knee arthritis assessed and, if appropriate, have joint replacement surgery and is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer, Military Consultant Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgeon at Oswestry’s specialist orthopaedic hospital. Lt Col Meyer is a Army regular officer who has been on three tours to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon with 16 Medical Regiment, 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital.

Who is it for?
Anyone who has been in regular military service, including national service.

Where is it?
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH), Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7AG, is a centre of orthopaedic excellence specialising in lower limb replacement surgery.

When is it?
Outpatient clinics are held fortnightly at RJAH. (Normally on a Wednesday)

How do I obtain an NHS referral?
Through your GP - Ask to be referred to the VETERANS’ HIP & KNEE SURGERY SERVICE at Oswestry - And ask your GP to make a named referral to Lt Col Meyer. Inform them X-rays are not required as RJ&AH will do their own on the day of the appointment.

Contact information Email:

rebecca.ann.jones@rjah.nhs.uk Fax: 01691 404067 Tel: 01691 404344

Your records at your GP should and needs to be annotated with the NHS issued codes for military/veterans, take photocopies of your red discharge book, because you will be asked for proof that you're a veteran.

Military medical codes:

13J1.        Military veteran

13JY.        History relating to Military Service

13qo.       History relating to Army Service

13q1.        History relating to RN Service

13q2.        History relating to RAF Service

13q3.        Served in the Armed Forces

 

002 WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT ANNUAL SERVICE

There will be the annual service to commemorate service of the 1st, 2nd & 7th Battalions at Vernon France, Burma and Malaya at the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Rd, Worcester WR3 7AA on Thursday 26th August 10:40 for 10:50 start.

Standards Bugle, Dress:- Berets Blazers and Medals.

 

003 WFR ALMA DINNER AND AGM

This years AGM and Alma dinner will be held at Stepping Stones Day Care Centre Heanor on the 11th September 1830 till late. Tickets are £22 for the dinner, wine and membership, payment on the door. There will be overnight accommodation with breakfast available.

Please make sure you have had two COVID vacations before attending. Let Robin Tilston, or Gary Crosby know if you are attending. This will be the first time we have been able to get together for over a year and so come and meet your old friends again, it will be great to see you all.

Further details to follow.

004 EVESHAM VJ DAY COMMEMORATION

Worcester Branch and Association members have been invited to attend with standards  the Evesham VJ Day commemoration service on Sunday 15th August 2021. Organised by Evesham RBL. 

Dress:- Beret, blazer, medals.

10:30 for 10:45 start, address below.

The Almonry Heritage Centre
Abbey Gate
Evesham
Worcestershire.
WR11 4BQ

005 LOOKING FOR WORK?

Mark Walker Logistics are looking for veterans that are looking for employment and have a minimum of a class 2 license. He is looking specifically for veterans to employ.  
He is also offering assistance if you need help with housing a bond with a payback scheme through your pay, in addition if you have class 2 he will look into driver training for class 1 in return for a two year minimum commitments upon completion of training.

For further information visit Mark's website.

http://www.mark-walker-logistics.co.uk/
 

006 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack


Captain Arthur Harrison Allard Vann

 
Arthur was born at Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire on the 1st May 1884.  Following his schooling he continued his education by becoming a student at Jesus College, Cambridge.  Arthur loved playing footballer and was skilled enough to become a professional footballer and he played outside left for Burton United F.C. [two appearances scoring one goal] he then transferred to Northants Town F.C. before finally he had just signed to move to Derby County F.C. but due to the outbreak of war, he did not appear for them.
 
Arthur had a long military career with the Army.  He originally signed with the 5th Battalion of the Kings Own [Yorkshire Light Infantry] territorial force as 2nd Lieutenant on the 29th June 1908. 
 
Arthur had been promoted to Captain in the Prince of Wales Own [West Yorkshire] Regiment, 12th Battalion when he was killed in action whilst on the front line during the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915.  He was just thirty-one years of age.
 
Arthur has no known grave and is commemorated, along with many of his comrades, on the Loos Memorial.

 

  Lieutenant Reginald Henry Callender

 
Reginald, known as Reg, was born in Bishopton, Durham on the 31st August 1892.  After his normal schooling, he was educated at the Fitzwilliam and St Johns Colleges at Cambridge, where he became a blue.  He played football as an amateur for Derby County F.C., appearing on five occasions and for Glossop F.C. on one occasion.  During the 1913 – 14 season he represented the England Amateur team on five occasions.
 
Soon after the Great War started Reg joined up.  Having been trained in this country, Reg and his comrades travelled to the coast then having crossed the Channel they made their way to the front line.  Reg was serving as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Durham Light Infantry when he was wounded after an accident with a grenade at Nord, France.  He died of the wounds received during the accident on the 5th October 1915, he was aged just twenty-three years.
 
He was buried at the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery at Armentieres.

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06 August 2021      WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 12 Issue 36

OBITUARY

Major Edward Kimberley MBE

It is with great sadness that I report the death of 506285 Major Edward Cyril Kimberley (always known as Ted) who died on 11th July aged 84.  Ted enlisted into 1st Bn The Royal Hampshire Regiment on 9th February 1955 and served in Malaya, Germany, UK and the West Indies. He was commissioned in November 1973 and as Quartermaster, marched the 1st Bn out of Wavell Barracks in Berlin in early 1986 and into Lucknow  Barracks Tidworth.  He finished his military career as the Quartermaster at Staff College in Camberley, having been the QM at the Depot in Lichfield beforehand.

After thirty-one years' service in the Regiment. He joined as a National Serviceman in February 1955 and spent most of his first year in the Army at the Depot, Lower Barracks, Winchester. There he converted to being a Regular, was made an Acting Lance Corporal, and was eventually posted to Malaya to join the 1st Battalion. By 1987 he was only one of three soldiers still serving from those days of the Emergency in Malaya.

In 1956 when the Battalion moved to Munster, BAOR, he was promoted to substantive corporal. Having been the best recruit of his intake in 1955, he became the best NCO of the 7th US Army NCO Academy, where he won the General Patton award for excellence and was elected the Distinguished Graduate, after which he was named "The Brain" by the soldiers.

Ted Kimberley was promoted Sergeant on Minden Day 1963, the day the 1st Battalion received New Colours in Munster. On the parade he was a supernumerary Sergeant of No 4 Guard and remembered the occasion well.

Having attended many courses, he was nicknamed the course NCO of the Battalion. In 1966 a new course appeared, which was soon to be feared by senior NCOs-Brecon. Ted attended the first course and undaunted by the challenge, successfully gained an "A" grading. At the end of the course he was posted there to be an instructor, and remained at Brecon as a W02 until 1969.

In 1969 he was posted back to the Battalion as CSM of A Company and went with the Company to Belfast in August 1969 for their first Northern Ireland Emergency Tour. There he was nicknamed "Special K". When the Battalion was reduced to ' Minden Company, he was posted to the DERR, along with W02 (RQMS) Blake, W02 Wheeler and Drum Major Ferris.

When [he 1st Battalion re-formed, there was a delay in his return due to manning problems, but he eventually rejoined in Hong Kong as CSM of B Company in 1974. The next year he was promoted to RSM, and he remained in that appointment until 1978. Within this time the Battalion moved from Hong Kong to Ballykelly and then to Munster.

In 1978 he was commissioned, and he was given a Quartermaster's commission in 1980. He has been QM (Tech) of 1 WFR, QM of 11 UDR, and eventually QM of the 1st Battalion. During the Presentation of New Colours, as custodian, he brought the New Colours on to the Parade. As such, he was to become the only soldier on parade who had been on parade in the 1963 Colours Presentation, twenty three years earlier-quite a unique achievement.

His three years as QM of the 1st Battalion covered memorable years , including as they did all the normal ceremonial of garrison life in Berlin. However, the first visit to the Battalion by HRH The Princess of Wales and his deep involvement in the Presentation of Colours, which required such vast, detailed planning covering the full spectrum of the Q world, were the highlights of these years and called for all his long experience and talents.

He finished his Army career as Quartermaster at Staff College where he was awarded an MBE for his efforts. There cannot be any more devoted and loyal Hampshire soldier.               

OBITUARY

24797585 Pte Lee Michael Alan Carlin         

It is with great sadness that I report the death 24797585 Pte Lee Michael Alan Carlin on 22nd July.  Lee was born on 14th November 1970 and enlisted with the Junior Infantry Battalion in 1987 before completing his training at Lichfield and joining 1WFR in Cambridge.  Lee served with D Fire Support and the Company Drums Platoon in Northern Ireland and Cyprus.  Lee was an excellent soldier and was liked and respected by all who know him.  After Lee was discharged he took up employment with the NHS Northern Devon Heath Care Trust.

Lee’s funeral will be held on Monday 9th August at 1140hrs.

North Devon Crematorium
Old Torrington Road
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 3NW

MAJOR TONY THRES
 

Further to the notice in the last issue of the Newsletter the address for letters of condolence to the family is:


Mr Jeremy Thres
6 Nattadon Road
Chagford
Newton Abbott 
Devon DQ13 8BE       

001 RBL FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE 2021

The RBL will be holding the 93rd Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony on Thursday 11th November.  Building works at Westminster Abbey mean that ticket availability for each plot is limited this year and to that end the WFRA have been allocated 3 tickets.  Anyone wishing to attend will have to do so at their own cost and be in situ by 1030 hours (full details will be provided on allocation of tickets).  If you wish to be considered for a ticket, please email the Assistant Regimental Secretary, Nottingham cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk  with your name, and contact details by no later than 23 August .

002 EVESHAM VJ DAY COMMEMORATION

Worcester Branch and Association members have been invited to attend with standards  the Evesham VJ Day commemoration service on Sunday 15th August 2021. Organised by Evesham RBL. 

Dress:- Beret, blazer, medals.

10:30 for 10:45 start, address below.

The Almonry Heritage Centre
Abbey Gate
Evesham
Worcestershire.
WR11 4BQ

003 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE OFFERING SUPPORT TO MILITARY VETERANS
 

Police in Hucknall are reaching out to former members of the Armed Forces in a bid to break down barriers, help former service personnel and help reduce community crimes.  The Hucknall Veterans’ Hub (HVH) thought to be the first in the UK has been established by PCSO Steve ‘Tim’ Timperley who served fifteen years with the 1st Battalion the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  Steven is one of Nottinghamshire Police’s Armed Forces Champions and he is leading this unique initiative in the district of Ashfield on behalf of Nottinghamshire Police.

The HVH is striving to build inroads with veterans and assist those who may be in need of an array of additional support and crime reduction advice.  In essence the HVH outreach initiative is taking a proactive approach to supporting veterans who may find it difficult to engage with the police as well as help to promote community cohesion.

The HVH has approximately 30 local HVH members, it consists of a network of five sub-hub locations in the Hucknall area and these include bars, shops and other high footfall locations.  Once people are introduced to the scheme on-going contact is made either in person, over the phone or via social media and soon group meetings. 

PCSO Steve ‘Tim’ Timperley further explains:

“This is a cause really close to my heart as I know hard it can be difficult for people to adjust to life in the civilian world once they leave the Armed Forces.  In my experience when things go badly for people and when they begin to struggle and they are far more likely to come into contact with the police, either as victims or perpetrators of crime. 

The police and Armed Forces share many things in common i.e. pride in a uniform, a sense of belonging and pride in service to their country & communities.  I think it’s also fair to say that members of the Armed Forces are often very different to other members of society which is probably why they joined in the first place. That means they can react in different ways to other people when they come into contact with the police. 

This initiative is all about breaking down those barriers and it’s working to build better relations between veterans and the police. If this means we just meet up regularly for a chat together then I think there is a real value in that.  But if veterans have particular problems we will do our best to link them to localised support before those problems get any worse.” 

For further information about the HVH, signposting others to it or recommending the HVH to potential new members please contact Steve at:

ashfieldcontact@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

004 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack


James Chalmers

James was born at Old Luce, Scotland on the 3rd December 1877, and was known to family and friends as Jimmy.  Having finished his schooling, he became a professional footballer and his career really took off.  Starting off with his local team at Morton F.C. in Scotland.  Jimmy played for a number of different teams from 1896 through to 1909 all over the country.  He made sixty-two appearances for Swindon Town F.C., thirty outings for Watford F.C., twenty-six for Sunderland F.C., and then he came to Nottingham and played for Notts County F.C. making twenty-five appearances and scoring two goals before finishing his career at Norwich City F.C. where he made fourteen appearances and finally a single outing for Bristol Rovers F.C. where he hung up his boots.
 
Soon after war was declared, Jimmy served as a Private with the Royal Scots Fusiliers.  After intense training in this country he, and his comrades, made their ways over the Channel to arrive on the continent.  He was thirty-seven years old when he was killed during the Gallipoli campaign on the 12th July 1915.
 
He is commemorated on the Helles memorial.

 

Thomas Christopher Porter
 

Thomas was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester on the 25th October 1885 and was known as Chris.  During his schooling it became obvious that he was a very skilled footballer. After schooling he joined Glossop F.C. Chris played inside forward during his time with the club making forty-four appearances and scoring eleven goals.  Chris was later transferred and played for Stockport County.  He was that good that he also made eight appearances with the England amateurs and during these games scored thirteen goals and also was selected to represent Great Britain in the 1908 Olympics.
 
When the Great War started Chris spent time training in England before he, and his comrades, crossed the Channel to the continent.  Chris was sent to join the Gallipoli campaign.  He was serving as a Private with the 1/6th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, Chris was fighting in the Gallipoli champaign when he was killed on the 4th June 1915 in Marmara region of Turkey. Chris was just twenty-nine years of age.
 
Along with so many of his comrades Chris has no known grave but he is commemorated on the Helles memorial.

Thomas Henry Knibbs

 Thomas was born in Burton on Trent during 1877, the date and month are not recorded.  His skill with a football was recognised during his schooling.  Having finished with his education Thomas found work as an engine fitter during the week and played his beloved football at the weekend.  He was an outside left and represented Burton Swifts on twenty-nine appearances.  During his time with the Swifts, he scored five goals.  Thomas transferred to play for Preston North End F.C.  It was during this time, that he met and married Sarah with whom he had three children.
 
Thomas signed up at the beginning of the war.  After training in this country Thomas left to cross the Channel along with his comrades.  He was serving as a Private with the 6th Service Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment, when they were reassigned to the Gallipoli campaign.  Thomas was killed in action on the 21st August 1915.  Thomas was thirty-eight years of age. 
 
Along with his comrades Thomas is commemorated on the Helles memorial.

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