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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION


Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
 Chairman: Lt Col P G Gilby

 

21  August 2014          NEWSLETTER                                                      Vol 5 Issue 16

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that Major FA ROWLEY CMG, OBE, MC died on 28 July aged 92. He

enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment as a boy in 1938, was commissioned in 1941 and while

commanding a company in the Baluch Regiment was seriously wounded and awarded the MC in Burma. He

later had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service. His father served in the Regiment before

WW2 and his brother was killed in action with 1 Worc R in Malaya.  His funeral is to be a private one

with a Memorial Service to be held at a later date.
               .....................
It is with regret that we inform you that 24349663 John James BRADSHAW of Mansfield died on 10

August 2014 aged 73.  John served with 3 WFR (V) and transferred to the Royal Engineers in 1992

before rejoining 3 WFR HSF.  His funeral is to be held on 22 August 2014 at 1100 hours in St Marks

Church, Mansfield followed by committal at Mansfield Crematorium at 1145 hours.

002   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014


Please note correct email address.

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13 6TS on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.  It is proposed to put on a Buffet Lunch for those members attending at a cost of £3.00 per head and those wishing to partake of the lunch should inform the Secretary on wfra-newsletter@sky.com

Our mailing address is:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL
United Kingdom

 

003  GHELUVELT COMMEMMORATION 2014
 
Worcester Branch will be commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of Gheluvelt on FRIDAY, 31st

OCTOBER 2014 at Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester, WR3 7AA.
This will also see the unveiling and Dedication of a new Memorial to the Worcestershire Regiment.
 
Branches are invited to attend with Standards.  If you are arriving in chauffeur driven vehicle alight at

the Main Gates with vehicle going to Car Park on the North end of Worcester Race Course, via

Waterworks Road, WR1 3EZ, where you will be guided via the footpaths in the Park to the Service

site, approx 800  metres. 
 
Regular Mercian tps with Regtl Colours will be paraded and the music will be provided by the Band

of the Royal Logistics Corps.
 
Timings:- Assemble near Main Gates 11.00 hrs. Service commence 11.30 hrs. duration approx one hour.
After Service members can visit the display area in the Park.
This is an open air event with no cover in the event of inclement weather
 
Light refreshments are available at Claines RBL Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester for all WFR veterans after 13.00 hrs
 
Please advise by September 9th Numbers of your Branch attending, with Standard and/or wreath to Maurice Smith
Secretary, WFRA Worcester mauricesmith77@hotmail.co.uk or 01905 820536 or mobile 07599561424

004   FILM - A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - DERBY AND WORKSOP
The film "A Terrible Beauty" is being shown at the Quad cinemat Derby on Wednesday 20 August 2014.

 Two thousand British men from the Sherwood Foresters thought they were on their way to France

to join the fight against the Germans in the Great War. Instead they found themselves marching the

streets of Dublin, perplexed, and within hours hundreds of them lay dead or wounded, attacked by

men of the rebel Irish Volunteers.

This film tells the forgotten story of Irish and British citizens, caught in a conflict many didn't

understand.  The film portrays the Sherwood Foresters fighting in the Battle of Mount Street

Bridge and in a different part of Dublin at a different time of the innocent men and boys executed by the

North Staffs during raids on houses in North King Street.

There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. Details can be found at 

2pm screening - http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/midweek-treat/mt-terrible-beauty-12a-qa

6.30pm  screening  - http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/terrible-beauty-12a-qa


The film ' A Terrible Beauty' is also being shown at the Savoy cinema, Worksop on 8 September 2014

through arrangements made by Worksop Branch WFRA.  

Details can be found at - http://www.1916film.com/
 
Tickets can be booked on line at the Savoy -
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005   COMMEMORATION OF THE VOLUNTEER CALL TO ARMS 1914

ON SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2014 AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM ALREWAS STAFFORDSHIRE
 
The Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association (MVRA) is to hold a Families Day at the National

Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE13 7AR on Sunday 14th

September 2014 starting at 11.30am.
 
The event aims to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World war and

to remember all those members of the territorial battalions of our antecedent regiments who

answered the voluntary call to arms in 1914.
 
It will take the form of a gathering of ex-Mercians, a short service of commemoration led by a former

Mercian Volunteers officer now in holy orders, a march past at our Mercian Grove situated at the

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire and followed by a bring your own picnic lunch.
 
The Tenbury Town band has been engaged to provide the music. The band was formed by an ex-

Worcestershire bandsman who was the town policeman. Members of the former band of the

Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and the Mercian Volunteers band join with them to

play on a number of occasions throughout the year.
 
The standards of the seven branches of the Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association will be on parade

along with branch members, their families and friends. A very warm welcome is extended any

member of the public, their families  and friends who wish to join us on this memorable occasion.
 
For further details please contact Major Lawrence Chell, telephone 01332 768221
  
The Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association is a registered charity no. 281605, formed to assist with

the welfare and social needs of all those regular and territorial soldiers who served with the Mercian

Volunteers and its constituent battalions.




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14 August 2014      NEWSLETTER    Vol 5 Issue 15

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM ASSOCIATION SECRETARY

The President has appointed Maj (Retd) R S Prophet as interim Association Secretary in accordance with

the WFRA Constitution with immediate effect.  Bob will be contacting Area Chairmen and Branch

Secretaries shortly to request items for the agendas for;

Notts and Derby Area Meeting in September

AGM in October

Dates and venues will be notified in due course

003   LE CATEAU LOTTERY DRAW - AUGUST

The prize winners for the August Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00  Mr R Spybey of Arnold, Nottingham
2nd Prize £20.00 Brig C E Wilkinson of Bakewell, Derbyshire

 

3rd Prize £10.00  Mr M D Chatterley of Wrexham

004  FILM - A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - DERBY AND WORKSOP
The film "A Terrible Beauty" is being shown at the Quad cinema at Derby on Wednesday 20 August 2014.

 Two thousand British men from the Sherwood Foresters thought they were on their way to France

to join the fight against the Germans in the Great War. Instead they found themselves marching the

streets of Dublin, perplexed, and within hours hundreds of them lay dead or wounded, attacked by

men of the rebel Irish Volunteers.

This film tells the forgotten story of Irish and British citizens, caught in a conflict many didn't understand

and of the innocent men and boys executed during The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.   There will be a

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. Details can be found at 
 

2pm screening - http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/midweek-treat/mt-terrible-beauty-12a-qa

6.30pm  screening  - http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/terrible-beauty-12a-qa


The film ' A Terrible Beauty' is also being shown at the Savoy cinema, Worksop on 8 September 2014

through arrangements made by Worksop Branch WFRA.  

Details can be found at - http://www.1916film.com/
 
Tickets can be booked on line at the Savoy -
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005   LOST TOUCH

4978637 Sgt Allan ORME of Belper, Derbyshire who served with the Sherwood Foresters during WW2 is

95 years old and would welcome a visit from any old soldier who may remember him, or for any serving or

past member just to drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat.  Any member interested in visiting Allan

is requested to contact Lt Col (Retd) Bill Temminck at RHQ Lichfield on 01543 434390 for contact

details.

006 D-DAY VETERANS TO BE AWARDED THE LEGION D'HONEUR

The French government is to recognise D-Day veterans with the country's highest honour.  The

Government of France has told the UK Ministry of Defence that it wishes to recognise the selfless acts

of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of the Normandy landings, and of

the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion d'Honneur.This

recognition extends beyond the troops who actually landed on and fought their way up the beaches 70

years ago, and will include Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel who operated in support of the

landings.Requests for the award should be made using the application form

at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/d-day-70-application-form-for-award-of-the-legion-

dhonneur  and will be processed by the Ministry of Defence, who will forward the details to the French

authorities.The French authorities will then make all the final decisions on the awards.

Any veterans wishing to apply for the award, or anyone enquiring on their behalf, should either send the form to:Personnel and Training – Defence Services Secretary – Commemorations Floor 6 Zone C Ministry of Defence Main Building LONDON SW1A 2HB  Or email it to PersTrg-DSSec-CommemAug1@mod.uk

The French government will be reviewing the applications, so MOD is unable to give any guidance

on timings or the arrangements for the presentation of the awards. Awards will not be given

posthumously, and any further questions should be directed to the French authorities.

007   SHERWOOD FORESTERS -BATTLEFIELD TOURS 1914

The Foresters End of the Old Contemptibles Tour will take place 19-22 October 2014 as follows:

 

Sun 19 Oct. Travel from Nottingham to Lille
Mon 20 Oct. 2nd Foresters in the Battle of

Ennetieres on 20 Oct 1914. Overnight Lille
Tues 21 Oct. Visit other Sherwood Forester scenes

of interest in the Lille area including   the crash site and grave of Capt Albert Ball VC at Annoeullin in

1917 and the advance to victory through Courtrai by the Nottingham Pals (15th Foresters) in 1918.

Overnight Lille
 

Weds 22 Oct. Travel from Lille to Nottingham via the V2 blockhouse at Eperlecques.

Further Sherwood Forester Centenary Battlefield Tours will take place including:
Gallipoli (Turkey), Neuve Chapelle, Ypres Salient and Loos in 2015.
The Somme including Gommecourt in 2016
Arras, Messines and the Ypres Salient in 2017                                                                                        
Asiago Plateau (Italy), Kaisers Spring Offensive and Hindenburg Line in 2018

For the tours in 2014 prices will depend on numbers and can be booked either guide only, ( providing own

transport and accommodation) or all inclusive, ( including minibus transport from Nottingham or an

alternative pick up point and B&B in a hotel). Please indicate interest to John Cotterill

on john.cotterill@btinternet.com or 07733 458971
 

008   NOTTINGHAM CASTLE - MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION)

WFRA Members (both full and associate) are reminded that they can access Nottingham Castle

for free on production of their WFRA Membership Card.  This includes admission to the 'Trent 2

Trenches' Exhibition which runs from July to November 2014..

009   MERCIAN REGIMENTAL FAMILY NEWSLETTER

Those not yet in receipt of The Mercian Regimental Family Newsletter are requested to forward their

email address to Niall Mann at niall.mann@mercianregiment.co.uk Tel: 01543 432965 or Mobile 07472783136 




A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

Copyright © 2014 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved.
 

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
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31 July 2014                                                                NEWSLETTER                                                      Vol 5 Issue 14

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23806764 LCpl William EVANS of Derby died on 19 July 2014 aged 75.

 Bill served with 1 Pl G (HSF) Coy 3 WFR (V) and completed his service on 5 March 1993.

Funeral

The family of Maurice Smith Sherwood Forester Malayan Veteran whose funeral was on 25 July 2014, wish to

send sincere thanks to the following branches for the attendance of their standards and members; Sherwood

Forester Malayan Veterans , Derby WFRA, Mansfield WFRA, Newark WFRA and National Malaya and Borneo

Veterans.

002   LE CATEAU LOTTERY CLUB WINNERS - JULY

The winners of the Le Cateau Lottery for July 2014 are as follows;

1st Prize of £30.00 Mr D F Edmunds of Chesterfield
2nd Prize of £20.00 Maj (Retd) D Page of Market Rasen
3rd Prize of £10.00 Mr A Bradley of Nottingham

 

003   ADMIN SUPPORT - RHQ NOTTINGHAM

We are reliably informed that a Mr Neil Prouse has been appointed to the E1 Admin Support position and will

commence employment in Foresters House in early September.

A H L McDOUGALL
Editor
for WFRA Executive

Copyright © 2014 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved.
 

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
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.24 July 2014                                                    

NEWSLETTER                                                    

 Vol 5 Issue 13

 

001   OBITUARIES

 It is with regret we inform you that 22946146 CSgt Arthur John LAMBERT of Kidderminster died on 17 July

2014 aged 78.  Arthur served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and The Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment and completed his engagement on 17 December 1982.

Arthur's funeral will be on Monday 28 July 2014 at 1200 hours at Wyre Forest Crematorium and Cemetery,

Minster Road, Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8DE.

Afterwards at The Kidderminster Masonic Centre (The Kidderminster Cricket Club Ground), Chester Road

North, Kidderminster DY10 1TH to which all are invited.

002   CONTACT WITH RHQ MERCIAN NOTTINGHAM 

Please be advised that with immediate effect all Regimental matters concerning Nottingham are dealt

with by RHQ Main at Lichfield.  The telephone number 01159465415 has been diverted to enable all calls go

to Lichfield.  The email

rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com is no longer being monitored and should be removed from your address

lists.  In the interim you are requested to use INFHQ-POW-MERC-RegtAdjt@mod.uk.

Contact details for The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) are;
Telephone - 01159724498 
Assistant Curator - archivist@wfrmuseum.org.uk
Enquiries/Research - wfr.research@btconnect.com 

Contact details for the Association - wfra-newsletter@sky.com

003   THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITIES GOLF DAY - 3 SEPTEMBER 2014  

The Mercian Regiment Charities Golf Day is to take place at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club on

Wednesday 3 September 2014.  The entry fee is £140.00 for a team of four.  An entry form can be

downloaded here.

004   WORKSOP BRANCH WFRA - WEBSITE 

 For your informatiuon, Worksop Branch WFRA now has a website - http://www.worksopbranchwfra.co.uk/home/

005   FILM - A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - WORKSOP
 
The film ' A Terrible Beauty' is being shown at the Savoy cinema, Worksop on 8 September 2014 through

arrangements made by Worksop Branch WFRA.  

Details can be found at - http://www.1916film.com/
 
Tickets can be booked on line at the Savoy -
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006      MRVA - COMMEMORATION OF THE BEGINNING OF THE 1914-18 WAR ALREWAS 14 SEPTEMBER 2014 
 
‘Volunteer Call to Arms’
 
The Mercian Regiment Volunteers Association (MRVA) is to hold a Families Day at the National Memorial

Arboretum on Sunday 14th September 2014 at 1100hrs. It will take the form of a gathering of ex-

Mercians, a service and march past at our Mercian Grove, situated at the National Memorial Arboretum,

Alrewas, Staffordshire, followed by a ‘bring your own picnic’ lunch. It is hoped that there will be a cash bar.

The aim is to remember all the members of the Territorial Battalions of the antecedent Regiments who

went to War in 1914.
 
The Tenbury Town Band has been engaged to provide the music. The Band was formed by an ex-

Worcestershire bandsman who was the town policeman until his untimely death from cancer. Members of the

Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Band still keep in touch with the band and join with them to play on a

number of occasions during the year.
 
 It is hoped that as many Association members as possible who served with 1 and 2 Mercian (V), along

with their families and friends will attend.

007  BRANCH SPONSORSHIP OF FLOWER TUBS - CRICH

It is regretted that owing to circumstances beyond our control invoices to Branches for the annual sponsorship

have not been completed.  It would be appreciated if Branches could forward their donations, made payable

to WFRA to the address shown below.

A H L McDOUGALL
Editor
for WFRA Executive

Copyright © 2014 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved.
 

You are receiving this email because you were subscribers to the Regimental Association E Newsletter.

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
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17 July                                                NEWSLETTER                           Vol 5 Issue 12

001.   FUNERAL

The funeral of 23451144 Cpl Maurice SMITH who died on 5 July 2014 is to take place at Birchwood Chapel,

Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, Derbyshire DE55 4ND on Wednesday 23 July 2014 at 0945 hours followed by

cremation at Mansfield Crematorium at 1045 hours.  The family have expressed a wish for as many

standard bearers as possible to attend, those who can attend are requested to inform Sue Bell on

07742138125 as soon as possible.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife Joyce can be contacted

at 2 The Cross, Leabrooks, Derbyshire DE55 1LX

002.   ASSISTANT CURATOR/ARCHIVIST -WFR COLLECTION

You will be pleased to learn that The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) has appointed Ms

Jennifer Brookman as the Assistant Curator/Archivist.  She will take up her post in early August but it would

be very much appreciated if museum enquiries/requests could be kept to minimum during her induction period.

003.   1914-18 MEMORIAL B-B-Q AT CRICH STAND 27 JULY 2014

A BBQ has been organised by 'Lofty' Colin Banfield to celebrate his birthday at Crich Stand on Sunday 27 July

2014. The following message has been extracted from the Sherwood Foresters page on Facebook "To all

Sherwood Foresters, Woofers & Worcesters who are thinking about coming to the B-B-Q, on Sunday the

27th July, can you please contact him or the Warden at Crich (01773 852350) as they have decided to give out

numbered cards so they will know how many they are catering for.  For those who haven't seen this before

on Facebook, the food is being supplied, but you must bring your own drink (booze).

004.   4 MERCIAN OPEN DAY AND PARADE - 4 AUGUST 2014

4 MERCIAN are to hold an Open Day and Parade through Bulwell on Monday 4 August 2014.  The

parade will depart from Bulwell Army Reserves Centre (ARC) at 1000 hours.  All members are welcome to attend.

005.   MEMORIAL TO THE LAND ARMY GIRLS -- 21 OCT 14

There is to be an unveiling of a memorial to the Land Army Girls at Alrewas NMA on 21 October 2014.  A

coach is being organised, picking up in Nottingham, to attend this event.  Further details may be obtained

from Sue Bell on 07742138125

A H L McDOUGALL
Editor
for WFRA Executive

Copyright © 2014 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you were subscribers to the Regimental Association E Newsletter.

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The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10
United Kingdom
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10 July                                                NEWSLETTER                           Vol 5 Issue 11

001.   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23451144 Cpl Maurice SMITH of Alfreton, Derbyshire died on 5 July

2014 aged 77.  Maurice was called up as a National Serviceman into The Sherwood Foresters on 6

February 1958 and served with 5 Pl B Coy. He served in Malaya and was engaged in operations Badak,

Ginger and Saddleup.  He completed his service on 4 February 1960. Funeral details will be promulgated

when known.

002.   ANNUAL CRICH PILGRIMAGE
 
To view images from the Crich Pilgrimage on Sunday 6 July 2014 please go to 
  https://www.flickr.com/photos/125594375@N05/sets/

 

003.   WFRA CRICH DINNER 2014

The 95th Annual WFRA Crich Dinner took place at the Novotel Hotel, Long Eaton on Saturday 5 July 2014

with 60 members and guests attending. A most enjoyable evening was had by all.

The Novotel is situated at J25 of the M1 and is easily accessible to all those attending.  It is proposed that

the Dinner will continue to be held there next year.  Now that we have reverted to the more formal type

of event it is hoped that you will all provide your support to the Association by attending on Saturday 4

July 2015. 

004.   LAYING UP OF 3 WFR COLOURS

The Colours of 3 WFR (V) which were laid up in Mansfield TAC in 1999 are to be re-housed in St

Georges Chapel in Newark Parish Church on Sunday 13 July 2014 at 0930 hours during the normal morning

service.  All members past and present are invited to attend.

005.   MEMORIAL TO THE LAND ARMY GIRLS -- 21 OCT 14

There is to be an unveiling of a memorial to the Land Army Girls at Alrewas NMA on 21 October 2014.

 Nottingham City Branch WFRA is organising a coach to attend this event.  Further details may be obtained

from Sue Bell on 07742138125

006.  MERCIAN REGIMENTAL FAMILY NEWSLETTER

Those not in receipt of The Mercian Regimental Family Newsletter are requested to forward their email

address to Niall Mann

at niall.mann@mercianregiment.co.uk Tel: 01543 432965 or Mobile 07472783136 



A H L McDOUGALL
Editor
for WFRA Executive

Copyright © 2014 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved. 
You are receiving this email because you were subscribers to the Regimental Association E Newsletter. 

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
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United Kingdom
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6   June   2014  

    NEWSLETTER 
VOL 5 ISSUE 14 
001 OBITUARIES/FUNERALS 
 
It is with regret that we inform you that Pte Derrick Rice died on 27 May 2014 aged 64. Derrick 

 

enlisted into 1 WFR in July 1973 and served in Berlin, Colchester, Ballykelly, Armagh and Hemer 
 

until his discharged in February 1982. 
 
Derrick’s funeral will take place on Thursday June 12th at 1400 hours at The Counties 

 

Crematorium, Towcester Road, Milton Malsor, Northampton, NN4 9RN. Association and 
 

Standard Bearers are welcome. Flowers to The Co-operative Funeral Care, 22 Stockley Street, 
 

Northampton, NN1 5EY Tel: 01604 635265 or donations to RESTART at Northampton General. 
 

Donations will be collected on the day of the funeral. 
 
 
002 WFRA REUNION SATURDAY 7 JUNE 
 
The WFRA Reunion will be held on Saturday 7 June at the Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester. This 

 

event is open to all members of the Regimental Family and their families. Entrance is £2.00 per adult. 

 
The venue opens at 1200 hours with the March Past and Drumhead service commencing at 1400 

 

hours. A raffle will also be held, kindly run by the Worcester Branch, and anyone wishing 
 

to donate a prize can bring it on the day. 
 
The Drumhead Service will commence at 1400 hours and Bewdley Concert Band will be playing 

 

during the service and for your entertainment. 
 
A complimentary coach service will be available for Association Members and their families to 

 

travel to the venue. Commandery Coaches will collect from Silver Street, Worcester at: 
 
1145 hours 
1230 hours 
1315 hours 
 
A return service is also available and a coach will depart Sixways Stadium at 1700 hours and  1800 hours. 

  003  CHARITY SCOOTER RIDE  SATURDAY 14 JUNE   

Cllr Tony Millward, a stalwart supporter of the Mercian Regiment, is completing a 9 mile Scooter ride at Darley

Moor Racetrack on June 14 at 1000 hours.  He is doing this to raise much needed funds for the Mercian

Benevolence Fund, the fund that assists its antecedent personnel and families in times of hardship or need.   
 

Any one wishing to sponsor Tony is asked to contact him direct on 01335 346426 or on tonynorthcliffe @hotmail.co.uk  
 

004 RBL  EVENING OF MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SATURDAY 14 JUNE  
The RBL are hosting an evening of music and entertainment from a rock and roll centenary

remembrance of 1914/19 and present day injured soldiers.  There will also be a grand raffle and auction of

memorabilia.  This even will be held at Allenton RBL at a cost of £5 per ticket including a buffet.  For more

details see the attached poster.  


005 CRICH SUPPER, SATURDAY 5 JULY   
The Crich Supper will be held in the Novatel Long Eaton this year.  Tickets are on sale now at a cost of £17.00

per head for a three course meal with coffee.  Please see the attached for more details and the menu order

form.  Please note that tickets for the supper must be purchased by no later than 18 June.  Details of the

Supper and a menu card are attached.  


006 8th BATTALION CENTENARY WALK SUNDAY 10 AUGUST  
On 4 August 1914, in response to a German invasion of Belgium the United Kingdom declared war on

Germany men from Newark and the surrounding villages flocked to enlist in the new 8th Battalion of The

Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  On 10 August 1914 a rally was held in Newark Market Place by the new

Battalion and they were marched that day to Radcliffe-on-Trent.  After an overnight stay they marched on to

Derby on the next leg of their journey that would take them through training camp and eventually to the

trenches in France.  
 

On Sunday 10 August 2014 there is a walk to replicate the march of the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters

that day 100 years ago when they went off to war.  For more details visit www.thegreatmarchnewark.co.uk  
 

007 JOB VACANCY –  ASSISTANT  CURATOR FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT  (WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS COLLECTION)  
A vacancy for the full time post of Assistant Curator for the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)

has arisen.  More details can be found below.  
 

008 ADVERTISING ON THE NEWSLETTER  
Do you have anything you wish to advertise on the newsletter?  Perhaps you are seeking to employ

someone in your business or you are involved in an event that may be enjoyable to other subscribers of

the newsletter or maybe you are just trying to track down an old pal.  Whatever it is, please send full details

including any posters etc to rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com  

  C A BAINES (Ms) Assistant Regimental Secretary RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham) Foresters House Chetwynd Barracks Chilwell Nottingham NG9 5HA  
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com   
 
 DIARY DATES  JUNE/JULY 2014 
6 June Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours

7 June WFRA Reunion

9 June Long Eaton Branch WFRA at Brennans, Regent Street, Long Eaton at 1930 hours

 Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at the RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham at 1900 hours

10 June Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston at 1130 hours

Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at the Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfield, NG18 1TW at 1930 hours

12 June Newark Branch WFRA Meeting at the RAFA Club, 23a London Road, Newark NG24 1TN at 1430 hours

19 June Dudley Branch WFRA Meeting at the Ex-Serviceman’s Clud, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT AT 2000 hours

25 June Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL HQ, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours

Sat 5 July Crich Supper

Sun 6 July Crich Pilgrimage 

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23 May 2014     NEWSLETTER      VOL 5 ISSUE 12 
 

001 OBITUARIES/FUNERALS 
 
None Reported 
 
002 RHQ UPDATE 
 
RHQ Nottingham continues to experience severe staff shortages and therefore I am unable to 

 

respond to you as quickly as I would like and any inconvenience caused is most regretted. The 
 

phone is manned and if you leave a message detailing your query, this will prove helpful in us 
 

helping you with a response. Your patience in this matter is most appreciated. 
 
003 WFRA REUNION SATURDAY 7 JUNE 2013 
 
The WFRA Reunion will be held on Saturday 7 June at the Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester. This 

 

event is open to all members of the Regimental Family and their families. Entrance is £2.00 per adult. 
 
The venue opens at 1200 hours with the March Past and Drumhead service commencing at 1400 hours.

A raffle will also be held, kindly run by the Worcester Branch, and anyone wishing to donate a prize can bring it

on the day. 

 
A complimentary coach service will be available for Association Members and their families to 

 

travel to the venue. Commandery Coaches will collect from Silver Street, Worcester at: 
 
1145 hours 
1230 hours 
1315 hours 
 
A return service is also available and a coach will depart Sixways Stadium at 1700 hours and 1800 hours. 
 
004 CRICH SUPPER, SATURDAY 5 JULY 2013 
 
The Crich Supper will be held in the Novatel Long Eaton this year. Tickets are on sale now at a 

 

cost of £17.00 per head for a three course meal with coffee. Please see the attached for more 
 

details and the menu order form. Please note that tickets for the supper must be purchased by no later than 18 June. 

 
 
 2 
 
 
 
C A BAINES (Ms) 
Assistant Regimental Secretary 
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham) 
Foresters House 
Chetwynd Barracks 
Chilwell 
Nottingham 
NG9 5HA 
 
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com 
 
 
 Dates for your Diary 
 
Tue 27 May 
Worcester Branch Meeting. Dancox House TA Centre, Worcester at 2000 hours 
Wed 28 May 
Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 
hours. 
7 June WFRA Reunion 
Sat 5 July Crich Supper 
Sun 6 July Crich Pilgrimage

  

 

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                                       NEWSLETTER  

                                        VOL 5 ISSUE 11

001 OBITUARIES/FUNERALS  
It is with sadness that we inform you that 493434 Lt Col John Hodgson TD passed away on 26 April

following a short illness.  Lt Col Hodgson enlisted into the ranks and was Private and Officer Cadet 3 WFR in

1971 and 1972.  Following his commission in 1972 he was posted to B Bty RA (3WFR).  He was subsequently

promoted to Captain where he held the appointments of 2IC A Coy and OC E Coy before being promoted to

Major.  Following his departure from 3 WFR he joined the pool of Watchkeepers and served in Bosnia as Lt

Colonel.  
 

Following a private cremation, a thanksgiving service will be held at St Mary’s Parish Church, Shirenewton NP16

5HT on Tuesday 13 May at 1400 hours.  This will be followed by the Wake at the Huntsman Hotel, Usk

Road, Shirenewton NP16 6BU  
 

Anyone wishing to send letters of condolences can do so to Mrs Ann Hodgson 35 Laurel Park St. Arvans

Chepstow NP16 6ED   
 

002 LE CATEAU LOTTERY WINNERS  
The lucky winners for April were  
1st Prize  Mrs Leverton   £75 2nd Prize Mr Edmonds    £50 3rd Prize Col Banton       £25  
The tickets were drawn by Mr Shaw, 350 Engineers and witnessed by SSgt Young, 350 Engineers and Pte

Eaglesfield of 2 Mercian and names verified by RHQ staff.   
 

The lucky winners for May were  
1st Prize  Mr Taylor         £75 2nd Prize Col Banton      £50 3rd Prize Mrs Leverton   £25  
The tickets were drawn by Mr Dale, 350 Engineers and witnessed by Pte’s Eaglesfield and Taylor of 2 Mercian

and names verified by RHQ staff. Would you like to be in with a chance of winning and be able to support your

museum as well?  For only £24 a year per ticket you will be entered into the monthly draw. Contact RHQ for

further details and to buy tickets by either Standing Order or cheque..   
  
003 SAVE THE DATE!  WFRA REUNION SATURDAY 7 JUNE 2013  
The WFRA Reunion will be held on Saturday 7 June at the Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester.  More details to follow shortly.  


004 SAVE THE DATE!  CRICH SUPPER, SATURDAY 5 JULY 2013  
The Crich Supper will be held in the Novatel Long Eaton this year.  More details to follow and in the meantime,

save the date.

 005 A TERRIBLE BEAUTY 26/27 MAY  

'A Terrible Beauty…' which will be showing at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham on 26th and 27th of

May.  The film is a feature length docudrama that tells the forgotten story of the soldiers of the Second

Battalion of the Notts and Derbyshire Regiment, who joined up to fight in the trenches of France and

Belgium, they never expected that their first taste of combat was to be on the leafy streets of the second

city of the Empire – Dublin.    
 

A Terrible Beauty... gives a voice to the ordinary people involved in this monumental event and tells their stories

from three unique perspectives. Told through the eyes of the ordinary British soldier, Irish Volunteer and

innocent civilian caught in the middle, A Terrible Beauty mixes archive footage with dramatic reconstructions

and eyewitness accounts to tell previously unheard stories from that fateful week in 1916.  
 

Focusing on two areas of fierce fighting: North King Street on the north side of the Liffey and, to the

south, Mount Street Bridge, where the Sherwood Foresters faced a determined, well barricaded Irish rebel

force. The film captures the fear, confusion and tactical blunders - as well as the bravery - of the combatants.

It follows ordinary soldiers like Lieutenant Arthur Dickson (Hugh O'Connor) and Sergeant Charlie

Faulkner (Duncan Lacroix). You can watch the trailer for film and find out more information about it at

www.1916film.com  
A Terrible Beauty will have two screenings per night, 17:30 and 20:00, at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

on 26th & 27th of May. It is also hoped to stage a questions and answers session after the Monday 26th

screenings

006 D-DAY VETERANS CALLED TO ACTION  
 

D-Day veterans called to action. D-Day veterans are being asked to contact the Royal British Legion to gain

access to D-Day 70th anniversary events in June. Second World War veterans who are planning to attend

commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in June are being asked to contact the

Royal British Legion to make sure they can gain entry to the sites they wish to visit.  Further details can be

found at www.britishlegion.org.uk  


007  
ARMED FORCES WEEK EVENTS  
The National Armed Forces Day event will take place on Saturday 28th June in Stirling.  Across the UK

hundreds of local events will take place beginning the weekend 21/22 June through to weekend 5/6 July.  If

you have any events taking place in your area that you wish to advertise, please let RHQ know   C A BAINES

(Ms) Assistant Regimental Secretary RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham) Foresters House Chetwynd Barracks

Chilwell Nottingham NG9 5HA  
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com 
    
 Dates for your Diary 
 Mon 12 May  Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 1930 hours.

Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours.

Tue 13 May Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.

 Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Debdale Sports and Recreation Club, Debdale Lane, Mansfield

Woodhouse, Mansfield, Notts NG19 7NS at 1930 hours. Please note the new location for the meeting

Thu 15 May Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.

Tue 27 May Worcester Branch Meeting.  Dancox House TA Centre, Worcester at 2000 hours

Wed 28 May Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours.  

7 June WFRA Reunion

Sat 5 July Crich Supper Sun 6 July Crich Pilgrimage   

 

 

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..4 April   2014              NEWSLETTER                         VOL 5 ISSUE 10

001 OBITUARIES/FUNERALS  
It is with sadness that we inform you that 1434845 LCpl Charles Edward GOUGH passed away last month aged 95.

 “Ted” originally enlisted into the Royal Artillery, Heavy Anti Aircraft, and transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment

during World War 2. He was released in January 1946.   
  
002 GREETINGS ON BADAJOZ DAY – 6 APRIL 2013  
LIEUTENANT JAMES MacPHERSON OF THE 45TH (NOTTINGHAMSHIRE) REGIMENT BADAJOZ  6TH APRIL 1812  
The 45th (1st Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot was one of only three Regiments to serve in the Peninsular War

for its duration 1808-1814.  For the majority of this time it served in ‘The Fighting Third’ division, under Sir Thomas

Picton.  Fourteen battle honours, including Badajoz, were awarded to the Regiment, in recognition of its zealous duty.  
 

The final assault of the third siege of Badajoz took place on the 6th April, 1812.  The 45th with the fighting third

were ordered to escalade the walls of the castle.  
One of the first up the ladders was Lieutenant James

MacPherson of the 45th who, finding the ladder too short, shouted to his men to raise it.  This they did so suddenly

that he found himself level with a Frenchman on the ramparts.  Before MacPherson could offer any defence he

was shot, fortunately the musket ball struck a silver button on his waistcoat and glanced off.  He managed to

climb down the rear of the ladder before falling unconscious into the ditch.  On coming round he tried to

rise, but his broken ribs made it difficult.  However, the bone pressing on his lung moved and the pain eased.    
 

MacPherson made his way to the keep on which flew the French flag.  On reaching the top of the keep he tore down

the French flag and for want of a substitute he took off his jacket and hoisted it up the flagstaff.  The British now

sensed victory and the remaining Frenchmen in the castle were quickly put to the sword and bayonet.  At about this

time Picton sent his ADC Lieutenant Tyler, another 45th man, to inform Wellington of the capture of the castle.  
 

To this day, a red jacket is raised on the 6th April by the Regiment to commemorate the deed.  Lieutenant

MacPherson received no direct reward for his actions.  He was present in ten general actions and was twice

wounded.  He remained a Lieutenant until his promotion to Captain in 1816 in the 13th of Foot, Major in 1832 and

Lieutenant Colonel with the Ceylon Rifles in 1835.  He died 
2  
in 1842.  

 

The 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment amalgamated with the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment to form The Sherwood

Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). In 1970 the Regiment amalgamated again and became The

Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  In 2007 it became the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment

(Worcesters and Foresters).

 
003 BADAJOZ DAY SUNDAY 6 APRIL 2014  
The Red Jacket will be raised at Nottingham Castle by Major D Hallam at 1100 hours on Sunday 6 April 2014.  All

Standards are welcome and should report to Mr Phil Twells on arrival for further direction.   Please note that entry to

Nottingham Castle is free for all members of the public on Sunday and that there are no parking facilities on site

although there are a number of car parks locally. All visitors are requested to be in place on the Green by 1040

hours with the parade commencing at 1045 hours.  This year,  the great, great nephew of Lt Macpherson will be in

attendance along with his son.  
 

004 8th BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS PRESENTATION EVENING 9 APRIL  
The RBL are hosting an 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters Presentation evening on Wednesday 9 April in the RAFA

Club, 23a London Road, Newark NG24 1TN commencing 1930 hours.  The Presentation will be given by Cdr (Retd)

Steve Foster RN whose father served with the 8th Bn and was taken POW in 1940.  Further details on this

presentation can be found on the attached flyer. ( PLEASE SEE ITEM 3 & 4 BELOW NEWSLETTER 1)

005 MERCIAN BENEVOLENT FUND (MBF) BIKE RIDE  
Next week, Colonel (Retd) David Sneath is donning his lycra to complete the Coast to Coast Challenge in aid of

the MBF.  He aims to cover the 135 miles including a climb of 2000 feet, at the highest point, in four days along with

4 others.  To sponsor Colonel David for this challenge which provides help and support for those who served in

all the antecedents of the Mercian Regiment please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Coast-to-Coast-Challenge-

2014  We wish him good weather and a prevailing south westerly to assist him on his ride.  
 

006 NORTON BARRACKS HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES  
Building has now started on the old RHQ WFR site at Norton Barracks Worcester and is scheduled for

completion in September.  The development will consist of four x 1 bed flats, two x 2 bed flats and two x 3 bed

houses for affordable rent plus two x 3 bed houses available as shared ownership. These properties are being

provided as part of the Worcestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant therefore priority will be given to

existing or ex-service personnel and/or their immediate bereaved families.   To register an interest in the rental

properties contact Wychavon District Council housing needs team, email housingneeds@wychavon.gov.uk or

phone 01386 565000.   To register an interest in the shared ownership properties contact Rooftop Housing

Group, email info@rooftopgroup.org or phome 01386 420800.  
 

007  
RHQ NOTTINGHAM EASTER CLOSURE AND MINIMUM MANNING  
Please note that RHQ Nottingham will be closed to visitors until Tuesday 22 April due to the staff leave period.  A

member of the RST will be available to take telephone messages only.  Please be aware that it still remains that

there are is no admin support within RHQ Nottingham and your patience in waiting for a response to a call, query or

e-mail is most appreciated.  
     
     
C A BAINES (Ms) Assistant Regimental Secretary RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham) Foresters House Chetwynd Barracks Chilwell Nottingham NG9 5HA  
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com  

 
 Dates for your Diary 
Fri 4 Apr Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours

Sat 5 Apr Officers Lunch Club.  Army & Navy Club London

Sat 5 Apr Mercian Regimental Gala Dinner

Tue 8 Apr Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.

 Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfield, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.

Thu 10 Apr Newark Branch WFRA Meeting The RAFA Club, 23A London Road, Newark NG24 1TN at 1430 hours.

Sat 12 Apr Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL

Mon 14 Apr Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.

 Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours.

Thu 17 Apr Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.

Wed 30 Apr Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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