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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

 08 February 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 10 Issue 06

001   W.F.R.A WORCESTER BRANCH

A.G.M TUESDAY 19TH MARCH 1930hrs

NOMINATIONS AND RESOLUTIONS

To be received in writing to:- N Fish 19 Langland Ave, Malvern WR14 2EG by no later than 1st March 2019.

Dates for 2019 Branch Meetings at Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED

Third  Tuesday 19th March  19:30hrs  AGM

Last Tuesday 28th May 20:00hrs

Last Tuesday 30th July 20:00hrs

Last Tuesday 24th September 20:00hrs

Second Tuesday 10th December 20:00hrs

2019 DATES

Saturday 23rd March Worcester Branch Annual Dinner. The Berkeley Spetchley.

Saturday 27th April 10:30hrs WFR Bench Unveiling. Opp Worc Regt Stone, Gheluvelt Park.

Saturday 11th May W.F.R.A. Worcestershire Area Meeting Claines RBL. 10:45hrs.

Saturday 1st June Reunion Sixways Worcester. 12:00hrs.

Sunday 7th July Crich

Thursday 15th August VJ Day, Burma Star TBC Evesham 10:30hrs.

Saturday 24th August Wreath laying Service (Vernon,Burma,Malaya) Regt Stone Gheluvelt Park 10:45hrs.

Saturday 12th October W.F.R.A. Agm Lichfield.

Sunday 27th October 105th Anniversary Battle of Gheluvelt Service. 11:15 for 11:30 start.

Sunday 10th November Remembrance Services times to follow

.Branch Annual Dinner Saturday 23rd March 2019 at the Berkley Spetchley, Worcester £25 pp this must be paid by 1st March 2019 menus available at meeting. you can send a cheque to Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam 24 Portland St Worcester WR1 2NL made payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH

002   WARNING ORDER - BADAJOZ DAY 2019

These are the provisional timings subject to ratification from Nottingham City Council.
Saturday 6th April 2019
Meeting at Nottingham Market Square 10.00hrs
Comrades who are marching form up by the left lion at 10.45hrs.
Parade 11.00hrs.
All have been invited to the Council House after the parade

 

003   WORCESTER MEMORIAL BENCH

Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. are raising £1,500  for installing a Memorial Bench to The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment

In the City of Worcester there is no such memorial to the men and women that served in all the Battalions of Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. The bench will be situated in Gheluvelt Park Worcester. As you enter the park through the Memorial Archway from Barbourne Road at the junction of the Kidderminster A449 and Droitwich A38 roads the bench will be sited on the right as you enter, opposite The Worcestershire Regimental Stone. We are looking at having the bench installed in April 2019, for unveiling on Saturday the 27th April 2019.

On each end of the bench there will be a 6" badge of WFR on a round disc

The plaque on the backrest will read......" This seat is dedicated to the memory of all who served in the Regiment and to Honour those who were killed on Operational Active Service and those who died whilst serving"

The fund raising will hopefully cover the costs of having Regimental plaques fabricated and fixed to the bench that has been refurbished especially for us. The rest of the fund raising will hopefully cover holding an unveiling ceremony and costs incurred. Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. are also looking ahead to having badged plaques applied to a bench in Worcester City.

To donate please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wfrmemorialbenchworcs

Or alternatively you can send a cheque to Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam 24 Portland St Worcester WR1 2NL made payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH (please write on back of cheque :- WFR Memorial Bench )

If you are attending the Branch Meeting and would like to donate cash please put cash in envelope with WFR BENCH and your name on envelope. Thank you

004   NOTTINGHAM FOREST VETERANS COFFEE MORNING
 

CALLING ALL VETERANS!!

YOU`RE INVITED TO ATTEND A COFFEE MORNNING AT THE WORLD FAMOUS CITY GROUND WITH NOTTINGHAMFOREST COMMUNITY TRUST WITH THREE FOREST LEGENDS!

09:30 - 11:00 AGE 50YRS + DATE 22/02/2019 EXCECUTIVE SUITE THE CITY GROUND

COFFEE MORNING ATTENDED BY JOHN McGOVERN / GARRY BIRTLES / FRANK CLARK

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING US PLEASE EMAIL, YOURNAME, AGE AND PREVIOUS RANK TO: COMMUNITY@NOTTINGHAMFOREST.CO.UK  TEL:0115 982 4318

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01 February 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 05

001   TOMMY GUNN BOOK SERIES

A TOMMY GUNN ADVENTURE
The full series of the Tommy Gunn books by author Colonel (Retd) John Hughes-Wilson, who served for many years as a Sherwood Forester prior to moving to the Intelligence Corps is now available from Amazon.co.uk. The series is all about a young infantry officer T. O. M. Gunn; a Sherwood Forester in the Great War and the series follows his exploits year by year. The setting for the books fit extremely well with the movements of the Foresters and although the books are fiction they have a definite ring of truth as to places, movements, actions etc. The series is considered to be excellent and well worth a read.
                                         

002  LONG EATON AND WEST NOTTS BRANCH AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Long Eaton and West Notts Branch with be held on Monday 4th February 2019.

Venue: Royal British Legion Social Club Hallcroft Beeston NG9 1EL

Time: 19:45 Hrs for 20:00 Hrs.

003   VETERAN 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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25 January 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 10 Issue 04 

OBITUARY
 

  It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of 14577577
  Sgt T. C. Dutton of Bromsgrove aged 93.
  He was called up on April 1943, landed in Normandy with the            1st Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment, in June 1944 and         fought through until wounded near Vernonnet on 27 August.
   After recovering he served in HQ BAOR, rising to the rank of   
   Sgt before discharged in September 1947.

The funeral will be on Tuesday 29th January at 12.30hrs (Standards 1215hrs) Redditch Crematorium Bordesley Lane, Redditch B97 6RR. Tel 01527 62174.

Branch Standards welcomed.

001   VETERAN 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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20th January 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 02

Obituary

Its is with sadness that we inform you of the death of 23218301 WO2 Mike Prince of Fleet, Hampshire who died on 14th January 2019 aged 81.  Mike enlisted in 1954 and served
in Malaya with the Hampshire Regiment from 1955 to 1956 and with the 1st Btn Sherwood Foresters from 1958 to 1961, he holds GSM clasp Malaya and Pingat Jasa Medal.

Mike continued to serve with the 1st Btn Sherwood Foresters and with 1WFR until 1982.
The funeral service is to be held at Basingstoke Crematorium, Hampshire at 11.45am on the 6th February, with a reception to be held afterwards in Fleet, Hampshire (Details to be confirmed). 
If you would like to offer messages on condolence or attend the funeral please contact Simon Prince.
Email. simon@prince.uk.net
Telephone. 07976 955 765

001   LT. COL MARK JACKSON OBE - TALKS


There will be a series of three military history talks by the Chairman of Museum Trustees, Lt. Col. Mark Jackson OBE, former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment. These will be taking place at Henry Sandon Hall, and will raise donations for the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire). Talk subjects include the famous Battle of Gheluvelt, The Worcestershire Regiment in Worcester and his tours of Northern Ireland. 
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jackson OBE was commissioned into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1971, the third generation of his family in the Regiment. His career spanned the Cold War with tours in West Germany, Northern Ireland, UN duties, West Berlin as well as tours in a NATO headquarters in the Netherlands and the USA.. He left the Army in 2006 and was Chief Executive of St Richard's Hospice for 11 years. He is Chairman of Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire).

 

The Battle of Gheluvelt

Location: Henry Sandon Hall, 3A King St, Worcester WR1 2NX
Date: Tuesday 12th February 
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £7.50 (includes a drink*)

Box Office Information Book Online

On 31st October 1914 the situation in Belgium was dire. The BEF was exhausted and the Germans had broken the line. The order to prepare for a general withdrawal had been given. The only reserve available was 400 men of the 2nd Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment who were ordered, as a forlon hope, to try and plug the hole in the Line. Mark Jackson will explain the background and the conduct of the battle and how the Worcestershire Regiment saved Europe.

*Choose from either a glass of wine, a beer or any soft drink

 

The Worcestershire Regiment: its history & impact upon the City of Worcester

Location: Henry Sandon Hall, 3A King St, Worcester WR1 2NX
Date: Tuesday 19th February 
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £7.50 (includes a drink*)

Box Office Information Book Online

Mark Jackson will explain the history of the Regiment from its formation in 1694, notable events in its evolution over the centuries, the sacrifices made by the men of Worcestershire and demonstrate its visible impact upon the City of Worcester today. 

*Choose from either a glass of wine, a beer or any soft drink

 

Northern Ireland 1972 & 1994

Location: Henry Sandon Hall, 3A King St, Worcester WR1 2NX
Date: Tuesday 26th February 
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £7.50 (includes a drink*)

Box Office Information Book Online

Mark Jackson will explain and compare his first and last tours of operational duty in Northern Ireland which started in 1972 in with Londonderry very shortly after Bloody Sunday to the outbreak of peace in South Armagh in 1994 giving an insight into how the Province changed and how military tactics and operations countering the IRA developed based on more than 4 years operational duty in Northern Ireland.

*Choose from either a glass of wine, a beer or any soft drink

Special Offer: Book for all three talks at once and pay just £20!

002 - NHS MENTAL HEATH CARE FOR VETERANS

Mental illness is common and can affect anyone (including serving and ex-members of the Armed Forces and their families). Whilst some people cope by getting support from their family and friends, or by getting help with other issues in their lives, others need clinical care and treatment, which could be from the NHS, support groups or charities.

The NHS leaflet on how access mental health care can be found by clicking the link below.

https://assets.nhs.uk/prod/documents/673_NHS_Veterans_Mental_Health_leaflet_S23_Online_1.pdf

M A DACK
for Executive Committee

 

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11 January 2019   WFRA NEWSLETTER          Volume 10 Issue 02

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we notify you that Mrs Mary Clare HINCE, wife of the late Brig Charles Hince died on 2 January 2019 aged 89.
A requiem Mass will take place at 1130 hours on 15 January 2019 at St Richard of Chichester, 3 Station Road, Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 9HT. (No flowers)

For those wishing to write in condolence her daughter Susan can be contacted at:

Mrs S Partridge
The Old Rectory
Throcking
Herts SG9 9RR

If anyone is intending to attend the funeral would they please let Lt Col Stockton on rogerstockton@icloud.com know by email as the family has asked him to give her an idea of numbers.

001   NEW YEARS HONOURS

Congratulations to our President Brigadier Peter Dennis who has been awarded a CBE in the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of The Bath as Commander.

002   MARTIN ROBINSONS MEMORIAL SERVICE

It has now been confirmed that the service will take place on Sunday 28th April 2019.
Service will start at 11:30am

St Clements Church,
Hufton Road, 
Sutton on Sea, 
Mablethorpe, 
LN12 2UT,

Members and Branch Standards are welcome.

We Will Remember.

003 LONG EATON AND WEST NOTTS BRANCH AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Long Eaton and West Notts Branch with be held on Monday 4th February 2019.

Venue: Royal British Legion Social Club Hallcroft Beeston NG9 1EL

Time: 19:45 Hrs for 20:00 Hrs.

004   WORCESTER WFRA BRANCH MEETINGS 2019


Venue: ​​​​Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED

Last Tuesday 29th January 20:00hrs
Third  Tuesday 19th March  19:30hrs BRANCH  AGM 
Last Tuesday 28th May 20:00hrs
Last Tuesday 30th July 20:00hrs
Last Tuesday 24th September 20:00hrs
Second Tuesday 10th December 20:00hrs

 

005    WORCESTER BRANCH - GHELUVELT MEMORIAL BENCH PROJECT

If you would like to help Worcester Branch with this project please go to the page below. We have saved Saturday 27th April 2019 for the unveiling Ceremony.

Or alternatively you can send a cheque to Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam 24 Portland St Worcester WR1 2NL made payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH (please write on back of cheque :- WFR Memorial Bench )
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfundi…/wfrmemorialbenchworcs

006 VETERANS BIG BREAKFAST 
 

007 MRA STOURBRIGDE – INITIAL MEETING

A meeting to determine interest to start a MRA branch in Stourbridge will be held on Sunday 13 January at 1330 hours in the Stourbridge RBL, 102-104 Enville Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1XW . 
This meeting is open to all veterans who served with The Mercian Regiment and all its antecedents.  Further details can be obtained from Dan Browning at danbrowning6559@icloud.com

008 NEW MEASURES FOR PRIORITY HOUSING

Former service personnel suffering from PTSD or other mental illnesses will be prioritised for social housing under proposals published for consultation by Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP.
The new measures introduced on 9th January will also help people who divorce or separate from their partners in the Armed Forces by exempting them from rules requiring them to be a local resident before being given a property.  While the majority of military personnel transition successfully into civilian life, an overhaul of the system will also mean all applicants for social housing will be asked if they have served in the Forces at the outset of the process to ensure veterans get the help they are entitled to.  Council staff will also get extra training so they can give current and former Armed Forces personnel the housing support they need.  Since 2012, current and former service personnel have not had to be ‘resident’ in an area to get access to a social home for their families, as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:
We have a duty to ensure our heroic military personnel get the support they need when applying for a social home.  We want to see that applying for social property should not be a challenge in the transition from military service to civilian life.  These new measures are part of our continuing commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. 
An 8-week consultation on the new rules starts today.  Under the proposals, those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental illnesses could be treated in the same way as those with physical injuries, and get the priority they deserve.  People who split from their partner in the Forces are made to move out of military accommodation and can be denied social housing because they have “not been resident in the area for long enough”.  They may not be willing or able to settle in the district where their military spouse or partner is stationed, particularly if they have been the victim of domestic abuse.  Some councils already support people in this situation but government is consulting on publishing new guidance which will encourage councils to waive the residency rules. 
The government introduced protections in 2012 to ensure that members of the Armed Forces community are not disadvantaged in accessing social housing because of the requirements of military life.  The law was changed so that seriously injured and disabled service personnel, and former members of the Armed Forces, with urgent housing needs are always given high priority for social housing.  At the same time we introduced regulations to ensure that serving personnel and those who are recently discharged do not lose their qualification rights because of the necessity to move from base to base. 
The government’s ambitious and targeted £9 billion affordable homes programme will deliver 250,000 homes by March 2022, including homes for social rent.



M A DACK
for Executive Committee

 

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21 December 2018   WFRA NEWSLETTER          Volume 9 Issue 50

OBITUARIES

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

It is with regret that we inform you that 23766628 Pte Kenneth WILKINSON of Alvaston, Derbyshire died on 14 December 2018 aged 80.  Ken was called up for National Service in March 1960 and posted to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Malaya and North Ireland.  He was demobbed in February 1962.  Ken was a long time member and staunch supporter of Derby Branch WFRA.  His funeral is to be held on Friday  28th Dec 2018 at Trent Valley Crematorium, Derby Road, Aston on Trent, DE72 2AF at 1030 hours and afterwards at Nunsfield House Social Club. 33 Boulton Lane DE24 0FD.

001   CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

The Colonel of The Regiment, Officers, all ranks and RHQ Mercian thank the WFRA community for their continued support and wish all members, and their families, a very Happy Christmas and New Year

002   NEWSLETTER - 2019

Please note that from 1 January 2019; articles, news, snippets, obituaries  etc should be forwarded to Mark Dack at  newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk   All other WFRA correspondence should be forwarded as normal to wfr.association@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

003    MRA STOURBRIDGE – INITIAL MEETING

A meeting to determine interest to start a MRA branch in Stourbridge will be held on Sunday 13 January at 1330 hours in the Stourbridge RBL, 102-104 Enville Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1XW .  This meeting is open to all veterans who served with The Mercian Regiment and all its antecedents.  Further details can be obtained from Dan Browning at danbrowning6559@icloud.com

004    BELONGING 19 - RECRUITING CAMPAIGN. MESSAGE FROM THE MERCIAN REGIMENT 

On 3 January 2019 the Army will commence its new recruiting campaign, Belonging 19 – Your Army needs you! The 2018 campaign, despite some misgivings, was hugely successful and resulted in  a 5 year high of applicants registering interest in joining the Army. 

We know that there may some misgivings about the adverts however they resonate with the youth of today and we need the support of our former Officers and soldiers to continue to be positive influencers and gatekeepers for those interested in joining the Army . We thank you for continuing to encourage others to consider a career in the armed forces. 

The videos will be available to watch from 3 January 2019.

005   WFR HOODIES       

The Hoodies are available from Jim McKinley at £55 incl post and packaging.  Those interested should contact Jim in the first instance on 07702 049011

006  DERBY MUSEUM PROPOSED FUNDING CUTS – YOUR MUSEUM NEEDS YOU!

Earlier in the week Derby City Council announced their consultation on its budget plans for 2019-22. For next financial year 2019-20 Derby Museums has been allocated £700,000 by DCC, the same as this year but for the following year 2020-21 a cut of £250,000 has been proposed. If this happens it will have a devastating effect on Derby Museums which is likely to include site closures and withdrawal of activities.

As you are aware, the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) has had a presence in the Museum since 1973, mainly artifacts of the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (95th Foot), something which we know the Regimental Family has always valued. The funding cuts may affect our presence.

The Derby Museum Service have asked for assistance in responding to the consultation as it has considerable impact on councillors if they know that people really care about particular services. Standard letters don’t have much of an impact but short correspondence which speak of the impact and importance of services to individuals and communities are really powerful. They also provide ‘cover’ for politicians to make difficult decisions. You could use examples laid out in the Annual Review here; https://www.derbymuseums.org/news/derby-museums-annual-review-2017-18-our-impact-our-ambition. 
You can also access the consultation page here https://news.derby.gov.uk/have-your-say-budget-consultation/. Please note that the consultation closes on 24 January 2019

007   VETERAN 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

 

 WORCESTER BRANCH - GHELUVELT MEMORIAL BENCH PROJECT

If you would like to help Worcester Branch with this project please go to the page below. We have saved Saturday 27th April 2019 for the unveiling Ceremony.

Or alternatively you can send a cheque to Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam 24 Portland St Worcester WR1 2NL made payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH (please write on back of cheque :- WFR Memorial Bench )
 

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfundi…/wfrmemorialbenchworcs
 

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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14 December 2018      WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 9 Issue 49

001   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - DECEMBER 2018

The Foresters Lottery winners for December are;

1st Prize  £30   Maj D Hallam
2nd Prize £20   Brig S J Banton
3rd Prize £10    Mrs J S Edwardes
Congratulations to all.

Want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? Then send us a cheque for a ticket which costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete a form and return it direct to the Curator.   All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection). The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the Museum Office or will be sent by post. All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be entered in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to: 

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

002   EDITOR - WFRA NEWSLETTER

Please be advised that Mr Mark Dack, formerly of 3 WFR, has volunteered to assume the position of Editor of the Newsletter from January 2019.

003   THE MERCIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM (WORCESTERSHIRE) - REQUEST FOR SERVICE HISTORIES
 

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire)
 Army Reserve Centre Dancox House
Pheasant Street
Worcester WR1 2EE
 
Tel: 01905 721982
Fax: 01905 721966
Email: museummercian@btconnect.com
www.worcestershiresoldier.org

“Mark, You are History”  Once, John Paddock, our Curator at the Regimental Museum in Worcester, explained that “Your Service between 1969-2006 is actually part of the history of the Regiment and the Army during and after the Cold War and three decades of involvement in Northern Ireland” I felt far more reassured.  Very recently I was sitting next to another former member of the Regiment who said that his son had asked him to write his own personal history “So I know what to say at your funeral” .  He has done so.

Reflecting upon these two incidents I realised that we all run the risk of creating a large hole in our collective military and social history.  Our Museum has some fascinating letters, diaries, photos, postcards and other ephemera going back through our collective history from Gibraltar in the c. 18th to World War 1 and World War II.  However, after 1945 we have little, indeed, as we move into the digital c.21st we will get even less.  In 20, 30, 40 years’ time where will be the research assets that our future generations will seek?

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could jointly try to create a history of our times in the Worcestershire Regiment, the Sherwood Foresters and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters for future posterity.  The sort of contributions I am seeking is a personal history with a chapter on each posting, the dates, your roles, memories, incidents and personalities whether with the Regiment, or particularly at E.  When I think of the huge variety of posting that I know members of the Regiment have had away all over the world and in a wide variety of organisations I am sure that we can collectively create a fascinating and very valuable research resource for our successors. 

Therefore, please can I ask you to consider sitting down and writing your own history.  You never know, yous sons and daughters may well be very grateful to have it as part of their own family histories – and even use it at your funeral.

With very best wishes

Original Signed

Mark Jackson
Chairman of Trustees

004   WORCESTER BRANCH - GHELUVELT MEMORIAL BENCH PROJECT

If you would like to help Worcester Branch with this project please go to the page below. We have saved Saturday 27th April 2019 for the unveiling Ceremony.

Or alternatively you can send a cheque to Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam 24 Portland St Worcester WR1 2NL made payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH (please write on back of cheque :- WFR Memorial Bench )
 

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfundi…/wfrmemorialbenchworcs

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7 December 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 48

OBITUARIES

Charles BERESFORD of Matlock, Derbyshire on 16 Nov 2018. Charles was an historian and author (including The Christian Soldier – the life of Lt Col. The Rev Bernard William Vann VC MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme) and a friend and supporter of The Mercian Regiment and the Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection). A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Tuesday 11th December at 1100 hours at Holy Trinity Church, Matlock Bath followed by a buffet at The Fishpond, Matlock. All who knew Charles are welcome to attend.

001   COMBAT STRESS HELPLINE

The Combat Stress helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Veterans and their families can call 0800 138 1619. Serving personnel and their families can call 0800 323 4444. You can also text on 07537 404719 and email helpline@combatstress.org.uk. Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider. For further details visit www.combatstress.org.uk/helpline

002    MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION)

The next location for the Museum's mobile display, 'Remembering WW1', is Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery.  The Exhibition opens at Chesterfield Museum 15 December 2018 with free admission..


A H L McDOUGALL
for Executive Committee

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30 November 2018      WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 47

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that In-pensioner 21012363 WOI Charles Edward SHRIMPTON of Royal Hospital Chelsea died on 21 November 2018 aged 91. Charles joined the RA as a junior soldier on 10 June 1942 until 08 June 1945 and then in adult service from 9 Jun 1945 until 1 Jul 1947. He joined the Worcestershire Regiment on 28 Nov 1947. From his earliest Regimental days he upheld the fine shooting reputation, first established by his father Major C E Shrimpton and was a prominent member of the 1st Battalion Shooting Team which won the KRRC Trophy at Bisley in 1955. He spent most of his service with the 1stBattalion where he rose through the ranks and was awarded the GSM Malaya and LSGC. In January 1962 he was promoted to WOI and appointed RSM of the 7thBattalion (TA). His last year of Colour Service was with the Mercian Brigade Depot at Lichfield prior to discharge on 31 Mar 1968. Charles was admitted to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in November 2015. His funeral service will take place in the RHC Chapel on Monday 10 December at 1400 hours. All are invited to attend.

It is with sadness that we inform you that Pte 14406670 Charles George HARDING of Worcester died on 21 November 2018 aged 93. Charles served with C Coy 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment.  His funeral is to take place at 1000 hours Monday 10 December 2018 at Astwood Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.  

It is with regret that we notify you that Linda MILLWARD of Ashbourne, Derbyshire died on 14 November 2018.  Linda, along with her husband Tony who died on 3 September 2018, was an ardent supporter and fundraiser for The Mercian Regiment.  

001   STRATEGY FOR VETERANS   

On 14th November, the UK-wide Strategy for Veterans was published. The Strategy sets the principles and aims needed to continue to meet the needs of older Veterans as well as the wider Veteran community over the next ten years, and set the right conditions for society to empower – and support – them for the next 100 years.
 
The UK Government Consultation Paper complements the Strategy for our Veterans, by gathering information to inform how it could be implemented across the UK except for devolved matters in Scotland and Wales, against the backdrop of what is already delivered. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in Veterans’ issues in the UK, except for devolved matters. Separate consultation arrangements will be made by the Scottish and Welsh Governments on areas that are devolved. Responses are welcome from across the UK so long as they refer to an issue within the bounds of the above.
 
This survey is an online way to respond to the Consultation Paper questions and should be completed in conjunction with the information provided in that document: Before responding, you should also read the Strategy for our Veterans itself, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategy-for-our-veterans. 
The Consultaion survey can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/strategy-for-our-veterans-uk-government-consultation-paper.
 
You do not need to answer all the questions and may chose only to respond to those which you feel informed about.  This consultation is open until 2345 on 21 February 2019. All responses to this Consultation Paper will be analysed and a government report will be published within 3 months of the closing date above. Individual responses will not be responded to.  There are 28 questions in this survey.

002   MERCIAN EAGLE UPDATE

We are aware that the lack of this year’s Mercian Eagle has been a frustration for many and it is hoped that some background information may assist;  During a crucial time in the Eagle calendar, the media officer was tasked by the Regimental Council for making recruiting activities as his main priority,  which took him away from the publication. Then the media officer chose to accept the offer of other employment which in turn delayed matters further. The latest Eagle is still with the publishers and we are still awaiting a release date.

In the meantime, we hope to get back on track and to provide a far more efficient system for the future. To this end RHQ Mercian are starting to collate articles for the next issue. You are therefore requested to submit any articles for the period Jan – Dec 2018 to RHQ Mercian (Nottingham) by NLT 10 Jan 2019. Articles should be approx. no more than half a side of A4 plus a couple of photographs. If you send photographs, please confirm that those in them are content for it to be published in the Eagle. If you are unsure of what to write, please do not hesitate to contact RHQ as they are more than happy to type as you talk as it would be really good to have a strong WFRA input in the next edition.

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23 November 2018     WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 46

OBITUARIES

The funeral of 23708382 CSgt Frederick 'Tanky82' TAYLOR who died on 14 November 2018 will be held at 1430 hours on Friday 7 December 2018 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue,  Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8HA. Standards, Bugle and Association members welcome. Letters of Condolence may be sent to his son Paul Taylor at 32 Mill Street, Worcester WR1 2 NH.  After the service members are welcome to Claines RBL Club, Cornmeadow Road, Worcester. WR3 7PL 

It is with sadness that we inform you that Pte 1406670 Charles HARDING of Worcester died on 21 January 2018 aged 93.  Charles served with 1 Worc R.  Further details will be published when known.

001    WFRA COFFIN DRAPES

The Association has purchased two coffin drapes for use by bereaved families/funeral directors who wish to borrow them. 

One for the Worcester/W Midlands area is held by the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire), Dancox House, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE and the other for the Notts/Derby area is held at WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GN Tel: 07903 774978 or by email

The coffin drapes are heavy green fabric emblazoned with badges of The Worcestershire Regiment, The Sherwood Foresters, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and The Mercian Regiment.  The drapes will be issued on signature.and should be returned as soon as possible in the event they are required elsewhere.

002   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION)

The next location for the Museum's mobile display, 'Remembering WW1', is Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery.  The Exhibition opens at Chesterfield Museum 15 December 2018 with free admission..

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16 November 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 45

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we notify you that 23946789 LCpl Eric 'Danny' SHOOTER of Nottingham died on 26 October 2018. Danny enlisted into 5th/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1962 and when it was disbanded in 1967 he continued serving with D (Sherwood Foresters) Coy Mercian Volunteers. His funeral has taken place.

It is with sadness that we inform you that 24134213 Pte Terence “Terry” PLATTS, of Eckington, Derbyshire died on 9 November 2018 aged 66. Terry joined the Mercian Pln as a junior soldier in September 1967 at Sir John Moore Bks. He served with the Sherwood Foresters and then the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters upon amalgamation. During service in Berlin he left the Army on 29 November 1973. He then remained living in Germany for over 20 years prior to his return to the UK. His funeral will take place on Monday 26 November at 1050 hours at Chesterfield Crematorium S42 1AU. There will be a collection on the day for the charity of his mother’s choice. The wake will be held at Eckington Civic Centre, Market Street, Eckington S21 4JG. All association members and Standard Bearers are welcome to both.

It is with sadness that we notify you that 23708382 CSgt Frederick 'Tanky82' TAYLOR of Warndon, Worcester died on 14 November 2018 aged 75. Fred enlisted into the All Arms Junior Leaders Regiment in April 1959. He went on to enlist into A Coy The Worcestershire Regiment in April 1961 seeing service in North Africa, UK, BAOR, Gibraltar, Tobruk, Cyprus, N/Ireland, UK BAOR, NI, UK. earning the GSM and UN medals. During his service Fred boxed, played Rugby and shot with the Regimental teams. Whilst Training Sergeant at Depot Lichfield in 1975 Fred trained the Depot Boxing Team that fought other units and held matches in the local towns. When 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters were at Colchester Fred was the Provost Sergeant. He was discharged from the Regiment on 29 July 1983. Funeral details will be published when known.

001   PLANTING OF TREE IN MEMORY OF STUART 'KES' HALL

A date has been set for the tree planting for "Kes" Hall , it will take place on Saturday 1 December 2018 at 12 noon. Anyone who would like to attend is most welcome, it will be held at the Tithe Green burial ground where "Kes" is buried. Salterford Lane, Calverton, Notts NG14 6NZ. Tithe Green burial ground is clearly signposted from the A614 Old Rufford Road Notts

002   THE ARMY v ROYAL NAVY RUGBY MATCH – TWICKENHAM SAT 4 MAY 2019
 
The Army and Royal Navy Rugby Unions will compete for the Babcock Trophy at Twickenham on 4 May 2019.  This will be the 102nd match.  We now routinely fill the stadium to capacity - from 40,000 spectators in 2012 to 82,000 at each of the last three matches.  The event is hugely popular, televised on Sky Sports and generates revenue which is put directly back into the game to support its future development.  It is a uniquely high-profile occasion which enhances our reputation.        

Our purpose in writing out now, fully 7 months in advance, is to seek to address some behaviours that undermine our aim of celebrating some of the best aspects of service life.  The police report from this year’s game makes for particularly disappointing reading.  We are significantly out of kilter with civilian behaviour at all the other matches that take place at Twickenham.  It appears that behaviour within the stadium grounds has improved over recent years; good.  But behaviours in the general vicinity prior to, during and after the match - in service stations, train stations, pubs and clubs - give significant cause for concern.  "Traditions" of alcohol-fuelled travel to the event, particularly those on coaches and transiting service stations, do little to help.   The event is becoming increasingly resource intensive due to an augmented requirement for policing and the ensuing clean-up operation.
 
So we need to act.  First, and on advice of the Metropolitan Police, Twickenham Council and Rugby Football Union, we have directed that we will no longer hold preliminary matches at Kneller Hall on the same day.  Second, we have brought forward Kick Off to 1400 hours with bar timings tailored appropriately.  Third, we ask that you consider the means of travel of those attending and put in place appropriate measures that consign offensive public acts of urination and vomiting to the past.  And finally, recognising that indiscipline does not stem exclusively from serving service personnel, we ask that this letter is communicated through Regimental and Veterans' Associations to ensure that they understand that they too have a part to play.
 
We are passionate about this historic and prestigious annual sporting event.  We wish it to serve as an affirmation of our shared commitment to generating professional teams that compete fiercely and demonstrate physical robustness, courage and commitment.  In sum, the battle-winning qualities that we promote and develop in our people.  So, let us work proactively to stamp out indiscipline off the field and work to generate an overwhelming atmosphere of positivity that celebrates camaraderie and the best of service life.

 

003   COMBAT STRESS HELPLINE

The Combat Stress helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Veterans and their families can call 0800 138 1619. Serving personnel and their families can call 0800 323 4444. You can also text on 07537 404719 and email helpline@combatstress.org.uk. Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider. For further details visit www.combatstress.org.uk/helpline

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The Foresters Lottery winners for November are;

1st Prize  £30    MR M D Chatterley

2nd Prize  £20  MR J W Carlin

3rd Prize £10      COL D R Sneath

Congratulations to all.

Want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? Then send us a cheque for a ticket which costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete a form (https://stand-firm-strike-hard.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4c7231a22ca068da8b120a4d4&id=cb1ae4ac48&e=a0ee125a59) and return it direct to the Curator.  All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection). The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the Museum Office or will be sent by post. All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham

staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form (https://stand-firm-strike-hard.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4c7231a22ca068da8b120a4d4&id=f2c839063a&e=a0ee125a59)  how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be entered in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here (https://stand-firm-strike-hard.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4c7231a22ca068da8b120a4d4&id=9967086d53&e=a0ee125a59) , including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to:

Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)

Foresters House

Chetwynd Barracks

Chilwell

Nottingham NG9 5HA

002    REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - WORCESTER

ROUTE TO AND FROM THE CATHEDRAL:  All detachments and organisations wishing to march to the Cathedral in a formed body are to debus and form up at the Queen Street car park by 0900 hours.  The parade will move off at 0915 hours.  The PSM will organise the column.  If a band or drummers are taking part, they will be placed behind 214 Battery RA.  The PSM will give all orders for the column to march off.  Detachment Commanders will be responsible for any orders required until reaching the Cathedral.  The PSM will order the parade to halt and instruct detachments to move into the Cathedral.

The marching route to and from the Cathedral is to be:  Mealcheapen Street, St Swithun’s Street and High Street to the Cathedral.  THIS ROUTE MUST BE ADHERED TO.  NO DEVIATION IS ALLOWED.  Seating Allocation  WFRA 33 seats

THE REMEMBRANCE service;  The service begins at 1000 hours.  The Order of Service will be provided by the Cathedral authorities.  Worcester Branch Parade Marshall will inform members of march past on day.

There will be a buffet afterwards at Barbourne Ex Services for WFRA Members

003  OMBERSLEY REMEMBERS WW1 - 15 NOVEMBER 2018

On Thursday 15 November 2018 at St Andrews Church, Main Road, Ombersley, Droitwich WR9 0EP. If you can attend this event please do so as Worcester Branch Member Arthur Turner is involved in organising this and we should show our support to him by turning up if at all possible.

 

The day includes

1000 -1045 Schools performance

1045 - Worcester Branch WFRA March into church and assemble in front of altar. Bugle at 1100 hours

Minutes Silence

1102 - Regiment march back down aisle to Narthex where hand bell ringers will perform.

1103 - 1118 hand bell ringers

1120 - 1400 open Exhibition - Memorabilia from WW1 and bell tent in grounds of church.

004  GEDLING, NOTTINGHAM - REMEMBRANCE EVENTS

 

005  WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA MEETING - TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER 2018

The next Branch meeting is to be held at Barbourne Ex Services on Tuesday 11 December and NOT Last Tuesday in November.

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2 November 2018    WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 9 Issue 43

001  MERCIAN REGIMENT SCARF

The Mercian Regiment Tartan is the only Officially Registered Tartan in the world, to honour The Mercian Regiment and is fully endorsed by it.  This Authentic Tartan has been designed exclusively for the Regiment weaving the DNA of The Mercian Ethos into its very core, by incorporating these significant colours:-

CERISE, BUFF & GREEN being the colours of The Mercian Regiment’s Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF) worn on the right arm of their combat clothing.

BLACK: Representing continual respect for all the fallen of Mercian and antecedent Regiments.

The scarf is made from 100% wool and all scarves are beautifully wrapped in crisp white tissue paper and popped into stylish pillow boxes so when they arrive they are ‘gift ready’. Making it ideal for The Ministry of Tartan to send direct to you, your friends, relatives or loved ones, on your behalf, anywhere in the world! The cost is £36.99 each. You can order direct from https://theministryoftartan.co.uk/…/mercian-regiment-tarta…/ (https://theministryoftartan.co.uk/product/mercian-regiment-tartan-scarf/?fbclid=IwAR3x8506G3mKnERWCz_AEpW57KhyPuJNRItayAWVRU2gyy5n3qQbw7v50Mk)

002  KIDDERMINSTER MALE CHOIR CONCERT 10 NOVEMBER 2018

Kidderminster Male Choir are presenting a unique concert to commemorate the 100 years since the end of World War One supported by The Royal British Legion and all profits go to The Poppy Appeal.

Concert 100

Kidderminster Town Hall 2300 hours Saturday 10th November into Sunday 11th November 2018

Guest artists Berkeley Square

Tickets £10 available from Kidderminster Town Hall, KMC website(http://www.kidderminstermalechoir.co.uk/) , On-line from Ticket Source (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/kidderminster/kidderminster-town-hall/concert-100/2018-11-10/23:00) or KMC on telephone 07774252992.  The idea is to be the first to commemorate the War to end all wars. Two minutes silence starting at 1159pm. Standard Bearers and bugler. A large screen will show pictures from 1914 - 1918 while the concert is underway.

003 ARMISTICE DAY EVENTS WORCESTER - NOTTINGHAM - DERBY

Worcester: Armistice Remembrance Service and Poppy Drop

Sunday 11 November

Location: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA

A day of remembrance at Worcester Cathedral and Cathedral Square.

0600 hours – ‘The Battles Over: a Nation’s tribute’ lone piper playing at the Cenotaph.

1000 hours – Remembrance Sunday Service, followed by the wreath laying service at the war memorial.

1100 hours – Two-minute silence.

1100 hours – Poppy Drop opposite the Cenotaph.

1115 hours - Procession back to the Guildhall where the Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor will take the salute as the Remembrance parade marches past.

1200 – 1600 hours – half muffled Peal of bells on the harmonic minor for Remembrance Sunday, Armistice and the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Nottingham

Nottingham's Remembrance Day service will take place at the War Memorial, Victoria Embankment on Sunday, from 1045 hours.  The service will be conducted by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham the Right Reverend Paul Butler, the Bishop of Nottingham the Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon, the Lord Mayor's Chaplain Reverend Christopher Harrison and Bishop James Stapleton of the Open Christian Fellowship.  Music for the service will be provided by the Notts Band of the Royal Engineers Volunteers and Blue Bell Hill School Choir.  After the service the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries will return to the Council House in Old Market Square to take the salute during a march past of Veterans.

At 1100 hours in the square, members of the 307 Battery South Notts Hussars will fire the gun to begin and end the silence.

Derby

The Eucharist at Derby Cathedralon Remembrance Sunday, 11 November, Armistice Day, will take place at 0945 hours.  It will be followed by a procession and Civic Remembrance Service on the Market Place.

The Dean of Derby will officiate and the Lord Lieutenant will take the salute afterwards as veterans parade past.

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