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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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26 June 2020        WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 11 Issue 27

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Trevor Wolley  will take place at 15:30hrs on Monday 29 June.
Peterborough Crematorium, Mowbray Rd, Peterborough PE6 7JE
Letter of condolence can be sent to Trevor's widow.
Mrs Ann Woolley, 2 Barkston Drive, Peterborough, PE1 4LA

FUNERAL ATTENDANCE
In line with the government’s measures regarding funerals.  The rules on attendance are that only immediate family members can attend, that is husbands / wives / partners, children and their partners. No grandchildren or other attendees.

001  ANZIO MEMORIAL

The Mercian Regiment are pleased to announce that the Commonwealth Graves Commission have completed the restoration work, on our behalf, on the Anzio Memorial.

 002  WAR MEMORIAL VILLAGE FLAG RAISING

The War Memorial Village, Allenton, Derby, will be flying the Armed Forces Week Flag all of this week, and on Saturday 27th June will mount a static display for those passing by.  Please feel free to engage but also be mindful of the current social distancing requirements.

003  WAR MEMORIAL VILLAGE KEY WORKERS BENCH

A beautiful bench honouring the tireless efforts and fantastic commitment of NHS staff and Key Workers throughout the Covid-19 outbreak has been unveiled.

Harvey Jennings, Chairman of the War Memorial Village Derby, said: “We wanted to create a lasting legacy that recognised the efforts of these wonderful professionals, especially after the ‘Thursday clap’ had ended. I’m delighted by the response of our residents who were so supportive of the idea and raised almost £3,000 to fund the project themselves.”

Mick Doyle said "There are sixty one residents in the village and needless to say we use the NHS Emergency Services more than most of the whole area put together. They have been brilliant and know some villagers by name. We as trustees put it to the residents if they would like a bench made to present to Derby Royal Hospital for their dedication and hard work under extreme conditions with Covid-19. 

The handcrafted bench features 3D silhouettes of different NHS Key Workers and can now be found in the Memorial Village Square and there is also a copy of the bench at the front of Royal Derby Hospital’s main entrance as a permanent reminder of the public’s deep felt appreciation for our NHS heroes.

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive, who unveiled the new bench at the Royal Derby Hospital, said: “The goodwill that has been shown to our hospitals and our people over the last few months has been truly heart-warming. I’d like to thank War Memorial Village Derby for this lovely gesture, which will stand as a constant reminder to our colleagues of the public’s appreciation for their courage and dedication over this difficult time.” 

There are forty six properties and a further nine new disability adapted green bungalows under construction in the village.

004 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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19 June 2020                WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 11 Issue 26

OBITUARY
It is with regret that we announce the death of 4979330 Sgt Gordon Sugg who passed away on 17 June aged 100.  Gordon was born in Appleshaw Hampshire on 10 September 1919 and enlisted in Leeds on 17 January 1940.  He went from Leeds Barracks to Bestwood Lodge Arnold where he joined D Coy 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, he went to France with the B.E.F and was wounded in the legs by shrapnel at Dunkirk when German dive bombers attacked the beach he was later evacuated to England aboard HMS Winchelsea.

At his 100th birthday party last year he recalled:”We were queuing on the beach, waiting for the boat. We knew it was going to be the last one so you can imagine how we felt. "I was wounded by shrapnel in the left leg, about 70 yards from the boat. Only the walking wounded made it to the boat, so if it hadn't been for two mates, Alf Taylor and Lee Hunt, who picked me up and carried me to it – I wouldn’t be here now.

"If I had been left behind, I would have spent six years as a prisoner of war ... or shot.”

After he was released from hospital he was posted to Catterick and transferred to The West Yorkshire Regiment on 14 April 1941.  Gordon was discharged on 3 May 1946.

After the war Gordon ran a successful chain of shoe shops alongside his late wife Gwendoline.  Gordon, was a resident at Ashcroft Care Home in Sutton-in-Ashfield, was a Rotarian for almost 60 years at Kirkby Rotary Club and was still active into his late 90's. He also enjoyed playing badminton and was a keen golfer.
Any enquiries should be directed to A Wass Funeral Directors, 8 Priestsic Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 4EB. Phone: 01623 557313.

OBITUARY

It is with regret that we announce the death of 23657921 Cpl Trevor Wolley who passed away on  17 June aged 87.
Trevor was born on 27 July 1933 in Chesterfield and enlisted in the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 5 May 1958, he was a Coy operator and had passed cadre in Platoon weapons at Hythe "C"
Army Outward Bound Towyn.  Trevor served with Recce Platoon in Malaya and Cyprus and holds the
GSM Clasp Malaya, UN Cyprus and was discharged on 4 May 1964.

OBITUARY

We regret to announce the death of the Rev PAR Hammersley of Tarrington Hereford on 9 June 2020 aged 84. Peter was called up for national service in September 1954 and after basic training at Norton Barracks and a brief spell in 1 Worc R he was commissioned from Eaton Hall OCS into the Worcestershire Regiment, and served on secondment with the 1st Bn The Nigeria Regt. In Oct 1956 he joined 7 Worc R in Kidderminster then Dudley before transferring to 23 SAS (V) and rising to command A Sqn. After working in Zambia he returned to UK , was ordained and served in several parishes in the Midlands and as a TA chaplain before retiring.

FUNERAL ATTENDANCE
In line with the government’s measures regarding funerals.  The rules on attendance are that only immediate family members can attend, that is husbands / wives / partners, children and their partners. No grandchildren or other attendees.
 

001  CANCELLATION OF THE CRICH PILGRIMAGE 2020

 After much consideration and with great sadness, the Crich Pilgrimage 2020 has been cancelled.
We appreciate how much the Pilgrimage means to so many , especially our antecedent veterans, however we will follow the government guidelines. Over the weekend, a wreath will be laid to remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to whom the site is dedicated, especially on this 75th Anniversary year for VE and VJ Day.
 We would ask that you consider the safety and health of those that work and live on the site and do not visit Crich on the 5th of July and we hope that instead you are able to hold a private act of remembrance with a minute silence at 3pm; when traditionally The Annual Pilgrimage would start.
 
As we continue to follow government guidelines as well as considering our staff and local community, the main gate, car park, tower and tea room will remain closed until further notice; this will be regularly reviewed. In the meantime, walkers are still welcome.
We thank you for your understanding and co-operation during these unprecedented times; and look forward to The next Pilgrimage on Sunday the 4th of July 2021.
RHQ Mercian 
For The Colonel of the Regiment

002  WORCESTER FLAG RAISING

Every year Wychavon District Council takes part in the nationwide flag raising ceremony for the Armed Forces Day.  Alongside many other local authorities, businesses and organisations they feel it is important to honour and recognise the huge contribution made by all military communities both serving and retired, in past and present.
 
Sadly, this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Chairman will not be able to host the annual 'raising of the flag ceremony' which usually takes place on the Monday prior to Armed Forces Day. Wychavon District Council however will still fly the flag in support of the Armed Forces and the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Frances Smith will send a message via a press release.
 
The flag will be flown from Monday 22 June for a week until Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June, when it will be taken down at the end of the day.

003  36th REGIMENT OF FOOT

Early History At the outbreak of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1701 King William III ordered Viscount Charlemont to form a new Regiment in Ireland. The following year Charlemont's Regiment was picked to become one of six infantry regiments designated for Sea Service, which meant that it could be called upon to act in a Marine role should the occasion warrant it. This order came into effect and the Regiment under their Colonel, Lord Charlemeont, left for Spain on board His Majesty's Ships Grey, Ruth and Friendship.However this was to a short lived affair and it was to be a further three years before the Regiment again returned to Spain, this time under the leadership of the enigmatic Earl of Peterborough. During the capture of the Fortress of Montjuich, which in turn led to the successful conclusion to the siege of Barcelona, the Regiment fought admirably and Lord Charlemont was subsequently presented to the King of Spain who thanked him warmly for his part in the success. However at a later stage in the campaign, disaster struck the Regiment when at the Battle of Almanza Peterborough's erratic leadership led to Charlemont's Regiment being virtually annihilated.

War of the Austrian Succession
By 1744 Britain found itself involved in a wider conflict, the War of the Austrian Succession. Fleming's Regiment was dispatched to Flanders where the formed part of the garrison of Ghent. In the following year there was a second Jacobite rising in Scotland, reaching Edinburgh by January 1746. They fought at the Battle of Falkirk and played a small part in the Battle of Culloden that ended the uprising.

Flanders
In the following year the regiment returned to Flanders where they were part of the force under the Duke of Cumberland defeated by the French at the Battle of Lauffeld. The unit took part in a number of minor operations until the war was ended by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in October 1748.The regiment returned to England in 1749 where its establishment was reduced before it was sent to Gibraltar to form part of the garrison there. Following the death of James Fleming, Lord Robert Manners became colonel in March 1751.The Regiment acquitted itself well in an expedition that was generally unsuccessful. It is possible that the origin of the Regimental Motto 'FIRM' may stem from this campaign, for it is thought that the 36th, by dint of their steadfast performance during the rearguard action at Lauffeld, may have had this motto conferred upon them by Field Marshal Lord Stair whose own family motto it was.

Seven Years' War
On 18 May 1756 Britain declared war on France, beginning a conflict that became known as the Seven Years' War. On 25 August, the 36 Foot was authorised to raise a second battalion. The two battalions were encamped as part of a defensive force at Barham Downs, Kent. In 1758 the second battalion was reconstituted as the 74th Regiment of Foot. The 74th saw service in Senegal and Jamaica until its disbandment in 1763. In 1758 the 36th moved to the Isle of Wight as part of a force under the command of Major-General John Mostyn formed to make raids on the north French coast. They took part in a number of assaults in Brittany and Normandy during 1758 and 1759 and again in the Capture of Belle Île in 1761. The Treaty of Paris of 1763 brought the war in Europe to an end.

Change of title
In 1782 individual Regiments began to be linked territorially to counties and the 36th Regiment of Foot was linked to Herefordshire becoming the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot.

India
In March 1783 the 36th Foot embarked on ships in Portsmouth, arriving in Madras in July. The Second Anglo-Mysore War was entering its closing stages and the regiment took part in the relief of Cannonore in December 1783. The war was ended by the Treaty of Mangalore in March 1784.The 36th Foot remained in India, and in December 1789 the Third Anglo-Mysore War commenced. They saw service at the Siege of Bangalore in 1791.
The war ended in March 1792 with the signing of the Treaty of Seringapatam.  In February 1793 Revolutionary France declared war on Great Britain, and in May 1793 the 36th Foot was ordered to move into French India. It took part in the capture of Pondicherry in August 1793,and remained in India until 1798. After major successes at Nundydoorg & Pondicherry King William IV authorised the 36th to bear the word “Hindoostan” on its colours.They left India in October 1798, but did not reach England until July 1799, spending three months in Saint Helena due to shortage of convoy ships.

To be continued..... 

004 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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11 June 2020    WFRA NEWSLETTER          Volume 11 Issue 25

OBITUARY

Captain Timothy Dickerson died on  5th June 2020 in Norwich Hospital after a long illness bravely borne.

Tim Dickerson was commissioned in 1962 from Mons Officer Cadet School and joined the 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters in Palace Barracks, Holywood, Northern Ireland as a Platoon Commander. He served with A Company in Colchester and deployed with the battalion to Cyprus on Boxing Day 1963 during the Cyprus Crisis then moved with the Regiment to Munster in Germany in 1965 when they took up the role of a mechanised battalion.

He left the Regiment in December 1965 and joined the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces where he saw operational service with the Desert Regiment in Dhofar. In 1970 he joined the Abu Dhabi Defence Force (ADDF) where he was 2i/c of A Company of 1st Infantry Regiment before becoming GSO3 (Int) in HQ ADDF where he served until the mid 1970’s.

In retirement he lived in Harleston in Norfolk.

The funeral service is to take place at Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium, Warren’s Lane, Beanacre Road, Beccles NR34 7XE at midday on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

Condolences should be sent to to Mrs Ann Dickerson at 26 The Common, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9JT

FUNERAL ATTENDANCE
In line with the government’s measures regarding funerals.  The rules on attendance are that only immediate family members can attend, that is husbands / wives / partners, children and their partners. No grandchildren or other attendees.

001  CANCELLATION OF THE CRICH PILGRIMAGE 2020

 After much consideration and with great sadness, the Crich Pilgrimage 2020 has been cancelled.
 
We appreciate how much the Pilgrimage means to so many , especially our antecedent veterans, however we will follow the government guidelines. Over the weekend, a wreath will be laid to remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to whom the site is dedicated, especially on this 75th Anniversary year for VE and VJ Day.
 
 We would ask that you consider the safety and health of those that work and live on the site and do not visit Crich on the 5th of July and we hope that instead you are able to hold a private act of remembrance with a minute silence at 3pm; when traditionally The Annual Pilgrimage would start.
 
As we continue to follow government guidelines as well as considering our staff and local community, the main gate, car park, tower and tea room will remain closed until further notice; this will be regularly reviewed. In the meantime, walkers are still welcome.
 
We thank you for your understanding and co-operation during these unprecedented times; and look forward to The next Pilgrimage on Sunday the 4th of July 2021.
 
RHQ Mercian 
For The Colonel of the Regiment

002  RHQ MERCIAN – COVID-19 UPDATE

RHQ Mercian is following the current government measures and emails and office phone numbers may not be answered speedily.  However, if your request is urgent please send an email to one of the following with FOR RHQ NOTTINGHAM as the subject heading .
 
Mercian Regimental Communications Officer enquiries@mercianregiment.co.uk    or The Regimental Secretary  Peter.Dennis102@mod.gov.uk

003  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR VETERANS

SSGC Ltd are looking for veterans who wish to take part in the fight against Covid 19 working at Test centres at Telford, Birmingham, Stafford & Stoke.
Working with a major Facilities Management company, SSGC have a number of roles available including, security (SIA badge only), traffic management, administrative and supplies. Whilst they cannot give a firm commitment it is expected that the roles will last between 3 & 12 months (the project length will be based on the latest government advice), there will also be opportunities for further work within SSGC portfolio once the project has comes to an end. The current shift pattern of 4 on 4 off, days. Paying a rate at £10.00ph paid on the 10th the following month.
SSGC are a Security Guarding company and signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC). Ex service personnel receive additional benefits as part of our AFC pledge follow link for more details: https://www.ssgc-net.com/armed-forces-covenant-afc
We are looking to interview for these posts immediately, with starts available within the next 5 days (subject to successful vetting).
How to apply
Please complete our online application form which can be found on the below link
http://recruitment.ssgc-net.com/recruitment/

004 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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