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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
Acting Chairman: Lt Col (Retd) E Vines 
Association Secretary: Maj (Retd) R S Prophet

06 July 2016                 NEWSLETTER             Vol 7 Issue 24

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24049857 Pte Kenneth Charles JEWKES of Dudley died on the 21 June 2016 aged 70. Kenneth enlisted at Wolverhampton into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on the 3rd March 1965. Kenneth trained as a tracked vehicle driver in which "He showed great interest in his vehicle and cheerfully worked long hours on maintenance". Kenneth went on to serve in the UK, Gibraltar, Tobruk, and Cyprus. Kenneth was discharged on 29th October 1971 at Warminster, going on to serve with the reserve until 1977.  In civilian life Kenneth worked in Highway Maintenance for Dudley Council until retirement.   His funeral is be held on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 1400hrs at Gornal Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Gornal Wood, Dudley. West Midlands DY3 2RL.  Association members welcome. Letters of condolence may be sent to his daughter, Rachael Bayliss 56 Bluebell Road, Dudley West Mids DY1 4EN

002   APPOINTMENT OF REGIMENTAL SECRETARY

We are delighted to inform you that a Regimental Secretary has recently been appointed.  He is Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Paul Woolnough formerly REME and we wish him a long and successful tenure.

003   CRICH STAND - CRYSTAL

A Crystal Block, showing Crich Stand with the following badges.
The front has a Mercian Regiment Badge at the top on the slope.
On the left : Sherwood Forester Badge and WFR Badge
On the right: Cheshire Regiment Badge and Staffordshire Regiment Badge

The cost of these is £30.00.   If there is sufficient demand then more could be supplied, as the Craftsman makes them enbloc to save cost.Anyone who would like one should contact Roy Crump as follows:
Email :roy.crump@ntlworld.com
Mobile : 07807195362

Until number of orders are known, no payment is required. No account has been considered for postage insurance, etc. This would be discussed with individuals.

Roy could deliver to Branch Representative(s), Crich, Lichfield or Battalions.

004   DEDICATION OF A NEW WINDOW - SOUTHWELL CATHEDRAL - 10 JULY 2016

HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace. The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Col Tim Richmond MBE and the Acting Dean of Southwell, Canon Nigel Coates have much pleasure in inviting Representative Members and Standard Bearers of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association to The Dedication of a new window designed by Nicholas Mynheer on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 1530 hours at Southwell Cathedral followed by refreshments.  The Window and Plaque have been designed as a memorial to the sacrifice of members of the Southwell Diocese in War since the outbreak of World War 1 to the present day. 

Those Standard Bearers intending to attend this event are requested to inform Col D R Sneath on david_sneath@yahoo.co.uk

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30 June 2016          NEWSLETTER                Vol 7 Issue 23

001   OBITUARIES

Nil Reported

002   SOMME COMMEMORATIONS AT CRICH: SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016
The Pilgrimage Service will take place as normal at 1500 hours, but after it there will be an audio performance of a piece composed to commemorate the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

"Voices of The Somme" is a recording by students of Vision West Nottinghamshire College of extracts from letters, war diaries and accounts of the first day of the battle from other literary sources.  It is supported by music composed by Sir Edward Elgar and first performed shortly before the battle.

This year, the Regiment is hiring a professional PA system which will be laid out so that those near the site boundary in the social area can listen.  For those who wish to listen without distractions, a quiet area below the Warden's cottage has been arranged with some tentage available for those Regimental guests and dignitaries who chose to stay as well as members if the weather is poor.  After the Pilgrimage service there will be a short break to give those who wish to depart an opportunity to do so and allow guests and dignitaries to move down the hill to the quiet area.

 The piece is expected to finish by 1645. These arrangements will be announced on the day over the PA system.

003   WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT GHELUVELT PARK WORCESTER - SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016
Worcester Branch will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Worcester, WR3 7AA , on Sunday, 3rd July at 1100 hours to Commemorate the Somme and remember Pte Thomas George Turrall who was awarded the Victoria Cross on that day in 1916.

 

The Citation for Private Thomas George TURRALL VC 10th Bn Worcestershire Regiment, storming of La Boiselle, 3rd July 1916 reads:
 

"The strongly fortified village of La Boiselle, France was captured in a night attack. All the Senior Officers were killed or wounded and control was difficult. Small parties, one of which was led by Lt Jennings pushed forward through the village, bombing, taking prisoners and picking up stragglers. Pte Turrall, one of the Battalion bombers, joined the party; a hidden machine gun opened fire and Pte Turrall flung himself flat, escaping injury. All the rest of the party were killed except Lt Jennings, whose leg was shattered.

Turrall dragged him to a shell hole, bandaging his leg with one of his puttees, using the helve of his entrenching tool as a splint. They were bombed from behind a hedge by a party of Germans; Turrall shot two of them dead through a gap in the hedge and the others retired. Later in the day the Germans made an unsuccessful counter-attack on the village; the officer had fainted so Turrall shammed dead successfully, although the Germans prodded him with their bayonets as they passed.  At night he managed to make his way back to the trenches, carrying the wounded officer."
 

Lt Jennings, who was very tall, had his arms round Turralls neck and the sentry at first was on the point of shooting him for not putting up his hands.  The officer died within two hours but not before he had time to dictate an account of Turralls action which merited him receiving the Victoria Cross.  Thomas Turrall was aged 30 when he won his VC. He died 21st February 1964 in Birmingham.  His VC is on display at the Mercian Regimental Museum (Worcestershire) in the City Art Gallery, Foregate Street, Worcester.

004   HISTORIC BELLS OF DERBY CATHEDRAL TO BE RUNG HALF-MUFFLED - 1 JULY 2016
The ten bells of Derby Cathedral will ring half-muffled on Friday, July 1st, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The centenary is set to be marked with a service at 11am, during which the Last Post will be sounded and a period of silence will be kept. The Cathedral's bellringers will ring for 30 minutes before this service.

The Commemoration Service for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme will be led by the Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, and the Bishop of Derby will preach. The Dalesmen Choir will provide music for the service, and all are welcome.

005   MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY 26 AUGUST 2016
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Keith Seddon MBE BEM invites you to join the members of the Mercian Regiment at their Annual Charity Golf Day which is to be held at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club on Friday 26th August 2016.
 
All proceeds raised on the day will be shared between two of the Regimental Charities: The Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund, which provides assistance to injured soldiers and their families and The Crich Memorial Tower Fund.
 
The members of the Regiment very much hope that you will be able to join them at this very important event in the Regimental Calendar.
 
Entry forms can be downloaded here.

006   LOST CONTACT
Anyone in 1 WFR B Coy around 1975 please contact Dave Nicholson as he is`m looking for old friends, anyone from Nottinghamshire area please contact him on this address
Jlarby24@gmail.com

 

07   REGIMENTAL MEMORABILIA - CLOTHING

http://www.akcustomembroidery.com/    are proud to be a family run, former WFR, British business, based in the Midlands with close proximity to the M1 and A38, ideally situated for easy collection if you wish

 

 

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15 June 2016              NEWSLETTER          Vol 7 Issue 22

001  OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 377642 Major Paul Louis STACKHOUSE of Harrogate died on 11 June 2016 aged 87.  Paul was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in April 1947 and served with it in Germany.   In 1950 he was appointed ADC to GOC Nigeria District West Africa before being posted in 1953 to the Depot in Derby as Adjutant.  In 1955 he was posted as an Instructor to Eaton Hall in Chester before rejoining the 1st Battalion in 1957 and went with it as Adjutant to Malaya and Singapore 1959 – 1961.  In June 1961 Paul was appointed Staff Captain AG2(O) at the War Office until July 1963 when he took up his final appointment as a Company Commander at the Army Apprentices College in Harrogate until his retirement in 1967.   The funeral is to take place at St Roberts Church, Roberts Street, Harrogate, West Riding of Yorkshire HG 1HP on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 12 noon.  Donations to St Michaels Hospice may be forwarded to Hubert Swainson Funeral Services Ltd, 39 Franklin Road, Harrogate HG1 5ED and a collection plate will be available in the Church.  For those wishing to write in condolence, his wife Margaret may be contacted at Mrs N M Stackhouse, 20 Rossett Avenue, Harrogate HG2 9NA


 

002   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016 - FINAL CALL

The dinner this year will be held on the 2 July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 4EP (on Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £19 per person attending.  The closing date for entries is 17 June 2016.  A very good menu choice is available and special rates have been negotiated for anyone wishing to stay overnight in the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and single rooms. Full details of the Dinner, Menu choices and Accommodation deal can be found here 

 If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into the Novotel on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich.  You will be made very welcome.

003   SOMME COMMEMORATIONS AT CRICH: SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016

The Pilgrimage Service will take place as normal at 1500 hours, but after it there will be an audio performance of a piece composed to commemorate the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

"Voices of The Somme" is a recording by students of Vision West Nottinghamshire College of extracts from letters, war diaries and accounts of the first day of the battle from other literary sources.  It is supported by music composed by Sir Edward Elgar and first performed shortly before the battle.

This year, the Regiment is hiring a professional PA system which will be laid out so that those near the site boundary in the social area can listen.  For those who wish to listen without distractions, a quiet area below the Warden's cottage has been arranged with some tentage available for those Regimental guests and dignitaries who chose to stay as well as members if the weather is poor.  After the Pilgrimage service there will be a short break to give those who wish to depart an opportunity to do so and allow guests and dignitaries to move down the hill to the quiet area.

 The piece is expected to finish by 1645. These arrangements will be announced on the day over the PA system.

004   DEDICATION OF A NEW WINDOW - SOUTHWELL CATHEDRAL - 10 JULY 2016

HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace. The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Col Tim Richmond MBE and the Acting Dean of Southwell, Canon Nigel Coates have much pleasure in inviting Representative Members and Standard Bearers of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association to The Dedication of a new window designed by Nicholas Mynheer on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 1530 hours at Southwell Cathedral followed by refreshments. 

The Window and Plaque have been designed as a memorial to the sacrifice of members of the Southwell Diocese in War since the outbreak of World War 1 to the present day. 

RSVP by 1 July 2016 to administrator@southwellminster.org.uk or by telephone to 01636 817285

005   THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS MEMORIAL - TYNE COT CEMETERY

The Sherwood Foresters Malay Veterans Branch WFRA have made arrangements for a wreath to be laid at The Sherwood Foresters Western Front Memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery on 1 July in remembrance of the late Cliff Housley.

In 2009, Cliff, Maj Cotterill and Eddie Edwards organised and administered the building of this memorial culminating in a dedication ceremony on 24 October 2009 in which the community of Zonnebeke, Belgium and many hundreds of people from the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire along with the Regiment participated.

 

 

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9 June 2016         NEWSLETTER              Vol 7 Issue 21

001   OBITUARIES

Funeral arrangements for 24017188 Sgt David MARTIN of Gosport who died aged 69 on 11 May 2016 are on Monday June 20th at 15:30 hrs,  Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornway Lane, Portchester PO16 8NE. Afterwards at The Lounge Bar and Function Venue, Lees Lane, Gosport. PO12 3UW. Standards and Association members Welcome.

 

002   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016

The dinner this year will be held on the 2 July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 4EP (on Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £19 per person attending and following last years success you are reminded that the closing date for entries is 17 June 2016.  A very good menu choice is available and special rates have been negotiated for anyone wishing to stay overnight in the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and single rooms. Full details of the Dinner and Accommodation deal can be found here 

 If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into the Novotel on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich.  You will be made very welcome.

Note: For those recipients of the Mercian Newsletter please note that the cost of the Dinner is not as published but is £19.00 as shown above and tickets are only available from WFRA

003  THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW

The winners of the Foresters Lottery Draws for April, May 2016 are as follows:

April
1st Prize   Mr R Spybey of Arnold, Nottingham
2nd Prize   Mr J W Carlin of Gedling, Notttingham
3rd Prize   Mr G Tranter of Newark, Notts

Cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients by Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)

 

004    PILGRIMAGE BY THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS OFFICERS' CLUB TO FONCQUEVILLERS - 1 JULY 2016

On 1 July, the 100th Anniversary of the First Day of the Battle of The Somme, a group of officers of The Sherwood Officers' Club will be making a pilgrimage to Foncquevillers at the extreme northern end of the Somme battlefield to remember the fallen of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Bns The Sherwood Foresters who made up the 139th (Sherwood Foresters) Brigade, part of the 46th (North Midlands) Division, on 1 July 1916.

The leading battalions, the 5th and the 7th, suffered  80% and 77% casualties respectively in the attack on the morning of 1 July 1916 on the northern part of the Gommecourt Salient. C Company of the 7th Bn suffered 94% casualties. The attack on the southern side of the salient was carried out by the 5th and 6th Bns North Staffords and 5th and 6th Bns South Staffords, who suffered similar losses.

There will be a wreath laying ceremony on the morning of 1 July in the Foncquevillers CWGC Cemetery, attended by HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, where wreaths will be laid in memory of the fallen of the four battalions and the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. In addition a wreath will be laid on the grave of Captain John Green VC, the Regimental Medical Officer of the 5th Bn. It is the intention of the Club to present the village of Foncquevillers with a plaque at a civic ceremony later on that day.
LEST WE FORGET

Further details are available from Lt Col RJ Stockton

005   CENTENARY ANNIVERSARY THE WIPERS TIMES
 

100 Years The Wipers Times - Part 1 /10

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1 June 2016   NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 20

GREETINGS ON THE GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE
Details of the Battle Honour can be found here

001  OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23548836 Pte Brian Thomas POULTON of Stourport died recently.  Brian enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on 24 April 1955 and was discharged on 23 March 1964.  He saw service in the West Indies, British Guyana and UK.  His funeral is to take place on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 1100 hours in Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport on Severn DY13 8DE.  The family would welcome Association Members and Colleagues but request no Standards.

 

002   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2016

The 2016 WFR Reunion is to be held at Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester from 1200 – 1800 hrs on Saturday 4 June 2016.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service.  Personnel attending should wear smart, appropriate dress such as Blazer and slacks and NOT Tee shirts and shorts.

The outline programme is as follows:
 
1200 hours      Reunion begins (doors will not open before this point)
1200 hours      Bar, Food points and Shops open for business
1330 hours      Band plays
1330 hours      Regimental Mascot arrives
1415 hours      Bar closes until after Drumhead Service
1415 hours      Standard Bearers meet with Parade Marshall for a briefing
1415 hours      Cadets hand out Service Sheets
1425 hours      Parade forms up
1430 hours      March Past by Old Comrades
1435 hours      Drumhead Service
1445 hours      Address
1500 hours      Bars Re-open
1600 hours      Raffle Draw
1800 hours      Reunion ends

A complimentary coach service has been arranged for all Association members and their families who are in need of transport to and from Worcester City Centre and the Rugby Club. The coach will be supplied by Aston Coaches Ltd and depart from outside the old TA Centre in Silver street at:
1200 hours
1245 hour
1315 hours
and return from Sixways Stadium departing at:
1700 hours
1800 hours.

003   SOMME COMMEMORATIONS AT CRICH: SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016

The Pilgrimage Service will take place as normal at 1500 hours, but after it there will be an audio performance of a piece composed to commemorate the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

"Voices of The Somme" is a recording by students of Vision West Nottinghamshire College of extracts from letters, war diaries and accounts of the first day of the battle from other literary sources.  It is supported by music composed by Sir Edward Elgar and first performed shortly before the battle.

This year, the Regiment is hiring a professional PA system which will be laid out so that those near the site boundary in the social area can listen.  For those who wish to listen without distractions, a quiet area below the Warden's cottage has been arranged with some tentage available for those Regimental guests and dignitaries who chose to stay as well as members if the weather is poor.  After the Pilgrimage service there will be a short break to give those who wish to depart an opportunity to do so and allow guests and dignitaries to move down the hill to the quiet area.

 The piece is expected to finish by 1645. These arrangements will be announced on the day over the PA system

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26 May 2016       NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 19

001   OBITUARIES

We regret to announce the death of 24017188 Sgt David MARTIN of Gosport aged 69 on 11 May 2016

while on a visit to Worcester. He enlisted in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1964 joining the 1st

Battalion in Lydd and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk and Cyprus and with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire

and Sherwood Foresters in N Ireland, Berlin then as a PSI with 1 Mercian Volunteers in Nottingham before

discharge in 1979. Funeral arrangements in Gosport to be confirmed.
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It is with regret that we inform you that 2nd Lt Adrian Timothy James STANFORD of  Westminster, London

died on 3 May 2016.  Adrian served in the ranks as a National Serviceman with the Rifle Brigade in 1954

before moving to Eaton Hall as an Officer Cadet.  He was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood

Foresters and joined it in Derna Cyrenacia (Libya) in September 1954. Adrian was then appointed Assistant

Adjutant at Chiseldon, Wiltshire in September 1955. On leaving the Army he went up to Merton College, Oxford

before commencing a banking career in the City of London.  His funeral is to take place in the Church of

Saints Peter and Paul, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire on Monday 6 June 2016 at 1130 hours.

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS

The widow of 23494261 LCpl Derek R BUFTON of St Johns, Worcester who died on 19 April 2016 and whose

funeral took place at Worcester Crematorium on Tuesday 10 May 2016 wishes to thank those Members

and Standard Bearers who represented the Association and Regiment at his funeral.

003   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016

The dinner this year will be held on the 2 July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £19 per person attending and following last years success

you are advised to book and pay earlier rather than wait to the last minute, as we do have a maximum capacity

of 150. A very good menu choice is available and special rates have been negotiated for anyone wishing

to stay overnight in the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and single rooms. Full details can be

found here 

 If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into the

Novotel on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a

leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich.  You will be made very welcome.

004   YOUR MUSEUMS NEED YOUR DONATIONS OF ARTEFACTS 

Both the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) and The Mercian Museum (Worcestershire)

are seeking WFR items to add to their collections and gallery displays and hope that you can assist in

donating items. Whilst all items will be considered, they are particularly looking for anything with a personal

connection to time served in NI and Bosnia.

The gallery at Nottingham is also looking for brown service shoes (minimum size 9) and brown gloves to go

with Tropical Service Dress on display. If you do have any items to donate, it is requested that you send a

photograph or description to the Assistant Regimental Secretary (Nottingham) cindy.baines247@mod.uk so

that the respective curators can determine if it will fit in with their collection

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19 May 2016       NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 18

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported.
 

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS

The Wright family would like to express their sincere thanks to the gentlemen who provided the honour g

uard at their father Dennis Wright's funeral on the 11th of May at St Clements church and then again at the St Johns Cemetery.
It was conducted with professionalism and dignity and everyone who represented the regiment were a credit,

it was a great comfort to us all and we all thank you for being part of the day, you should all be very proud.

Chris Wright.

003   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2016

The 2016 WFR Reunion is to be held at Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester from 1200 – 1800 hrs on Saturday 4

June 2016.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service.  Personnel attending should

wear smart, appropriate dress such as Blazer and slacks and NOT Tee shirts and shorts.

The outline programme is as follows:
 
1200 hours      Reunion begins (doors will not open before this point)
1200 hours      Bar, Food points and Shops open for business
1330 hours      Band plays
1330 hours      Regimental Mascot arrives
1415 hours      Bar closes until after Drumhead Service
1415 hours      Standard Bearers meet with Parade Marshall for a briefing
1415 hours      Cadets hand out Service Sheets
1425 hours      Parade forms up
1430 hours      March Past by Old Comrades
1435 hours      Drumhead Service
1445 hours      Address
1500 hours      Bars Re-open
1600 hours      Raffle Draw
1800 hours      Reunion ends

A complimentary coach service has been arranged for all Association members and their families who are in

need of transport to and from Worcester City Centre and the Rugby Club. Timings and pick-up points will be notified

004  VOLUNTEERS FOR SOMME COMMEMORATION AT CRICH PILGRIMAGE

A Somme Commemoration is to be held directly after the Pilgrimage Service on 3 July 2016. The c

ommemoration will be held on the grassed area below the bungalow and all are invited to attend along with the Civic Dignitaries.

Col (Retired) D R Sneath MA TD DL will be hosting the Commemorations and is looking for volunteers to assist

with the catering. This would involve setting up tea and coffee in the café by 1300 hours and then returning to

the café during the service to prepare the refreshments so that the Civic Dignitaries and those attending can

receive them on arrival at the area after leaving the main memorial site.

Members and/or their families willing to volunteer are asked to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary

(Nottingham) on INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-ARegSec@mod.ukor by telephone to 0115 9465245 Ext

5220 An early response would be most appreciated.

005   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) GALLERY OPENING  2 JULY 2016

The official reopening of the museum gallery is to take place on Saturday 2 July 2016 at Nottingham Castle.   

Gates open at 1115 hours with the parade leaving from the Council House at 1100 hours.

The “cutting of the ribbon” ceremony takes place at 1400 hours. (Attendance at the Ceremony is by invitation only)

006   ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: WW2 VETERAN'S STORIES REMEMBERED

Don’t let your memory be untold.  There are many stories which soldiers of the Second World War

remember because they were part of the history. The Researcher is meeting with as many as possible of these

old soldiers, who fought in Europe, to capture their life stories.  The stories will include their tales and

experiences from that time. The incidents, the battles fought, the memories of mates and much more.

At the moment 5 former Worcestershire Soldiers, all of whom trained at the Norton Barracks are happy to

relive their time through their words. These stories are being recorded and will become a book of historical

remembrance, so that people can understand what it was like back in the 1940s.  Mr Hodgkins is keen to

meet with others who would be willing to share their memories.

This notice is an appeal for anyone who would like to be part of this study to contact him for an initial discussion

about how the interviews will be carried out.  Please contact Dennis Hodgkins, 6 Gazala Drive, Norton,

Worcester, WR5 2SF Telephone 01905 769900 or email djhodgkins@sky.com

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12 May 2016        NEWSLETTER           Vol 7 Issue 17

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of Mrs Erica Housley is to take place at the Chapel, Breaston Cemetery, Longmoor Lane, Breaston,

Derbyshire DE72 3BB on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 1000 hours followed by a wake, to which all mourners

are invited, at the Risley Hall Hotel, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS. Family flowers only. Donations

may be made to Parkinsons UK through the Funeral Director, Co-op Funeralcare, Derby Road, Long Eaton

NG10 4LB or by leaving a donation in the box within the Chapel.
 

002   CRICH PILGRIMAGE - MINIBUS

Nottingham City Branch are organising a minibus to the Crich Pilgrimage on Sunday 3 July 2016 departing

Nottingham City Centre at 1000 hours in which there are 5 seats available.  Further details can be obtained

from Mrs Sue Bell on 07742138125.

12 May 2016        NEWSLETTER           Vol 7 Issue 17

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of Mrs Erica Housley is to take place at the Chapel, Breaston Cemetery, Longmoor Lane, Breaston,

Derbyshire DE72 3BB on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 1000 hours followed by a wake, to which all mourners

are invited, at the Risley Hall Hotel, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS. Family flowers only. Donations

may be made to Parkinsons UK through the Funeral Director, Co-op Funeralcare, Derby Road, Long Eaton

NG10 4LB or by leaving a donation in the box within the Chapel.
 

002   CRICH PILGRIMAGE - MINIBUS

Nottingham City Branch are organising a minibus to the Crich Pilgrimage on Sunday 3 July 2016 departing

Nottingham City Centre at 1000 hours in which there are 5 seats available.  Further details can be obtained

from Mrs Sue Bell on 07742138125.

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5 May 2016        NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 16

001   OBITUARIES

Amendment  The obituary notice in Vol 7 Issue 15 should be amended to read:  For those wishing to write

in condolence, Mrs D R Bufton, 24 Hardwicke Close, St Johns, Worcester WR2 5NX 

It is with regret we inform you that 22656272 Cpl Dennis Thomas WRIGHT aged 82 of St Johns Worcester

passed peacefully away in his chair mid morning of Friday 22nd April 2016. On 22 April 1952, Dennis was

recruited into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment at Worcester and went on to serve in Malaya

in Support Company /Anti Tank .It is noted in his discharge that he played football for the Battalion on

several occasions. Dennis was discharged from the 1st Battalion on 21 April 1955 serving another 4yrs on

reserve . Dennis worked in engineering at the Mecco works, Worcester for 26 years then proceeded in the

building trade. The funeral arrangements are for 1230 hours Wednesday 11 May 2016 at St Clements Church,

Henwick Road, St Johns, Worcester WR2 5NP. Internment will be at St Johns Cemetery, Mcintyre

Road, St Johns, Worcester WR2 5LQ. Standards and Association members welcome. Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Sue Wright, 11 Graham Road, St

Johns, Worcester. WR2 5AW. Sue and family would like to see Dennis` friends afterwards at the Portebello inn,

Bransford Road St Johns Worcester WR2 4EZ
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It is with sadness we inform you that Mrs Erica HOUSLEY widow of the late 23472786 Sgt Cliff Housley

1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters died on 29 April 2016

002   WHISTLES ON THE SOMME - CHESTERFIELD

On Friday 1 July 2016 at 0730 hours a Remembrance Service for the 1st Battle of the Somme is to be held in

front of the Chesterfield Town Hall. Local Units are asked to attend with the Mayor's civic party. Standards

will be in attendance.

003   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016

The dinner this year will be held on the 2 July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £19 per person attending and following last years

success you are advised to book and pay earlier rather than wait to the last minute, as we do have a

maximum capacity of 150. A very good menu choice is available and special rates have been negotiated for

anyone wishing to stay overnight in the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and single rooms. Full

details can be found here 

 If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into the

Novotel on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a

leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich.  You will be made very welcome.

004    MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY 26 AUGUST 2016

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Keith Seddon MBE BEM invites you to join the members of the Mercian

Regiment at their Annual Charity Golf Day which is to be held at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club on Friday

26th August 2016.
 
All proceeds raised on the day will be shared between two of the Regimental Charities: The Mercian Regiment

Benevolent Fund, which provides assistance to injured soldiers and their families and The Crich Memorial

Tower Fund.
 
The members of the Regiment very much hope that you will be able to join them at this very important

event in the Regimental Calendar.
 
Entry forms can be downloaded here. (cannot connect link please contact RHQ

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28 April 2016         NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 15

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23494261 LCpl Derek R BUFTON of St Johns, Worcester died on 19

April 2016 aged 77.  Derek enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in November 1956 and when

it amalgamated with The Sherwood Foresters to become 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment he remained with it, serving until his discharge in November 1978.  His

funeral is to take place at Worcester Crematorium on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 1215 hours.  Standards

welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, Mrs D R Bufton, 24 Hardwicke Close, St Johns,

Worcester WR2 5NX

002   COMMEMORATION SERVICE CHESTERFIELD (SPITAL) CEMETERY - 30 APRIL 2016

On Saturday 30 April 2016 at 1100 hours the family of 19466 Pte Lawrence TIGHE 11th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters who died of his wounds at home on 30 April 1916 is to hold a small commemorative

ceremony in his memory and to the memory of his brother 241290 Sgt Patrick TIGHE 1/6th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters (later Labour Corps) who died of his wounds at home on 14 July 1919.  Members of the

Association have been invited to attend and Standard Bearers are welcome.

Members are requested to arrive around 1030 hours with a view to kicking off at 1045 hours  This is so a

minutes silence at 1100 hours can be observed.

A map of the location can be found at,
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.6905353,-0.633743m1!1e3!4m2!9m1!1b1

The service will be in a small memorial garden which is just off The Green in the centre of the village. It's

directly to the left of the Fox and Hounds as you look at the map, across the Oakham Rd. Plenty of parking, and

the pub is where all attending are asked to adjourn after.

003   WHISTLES ON THE SOMME - 1 JULY 2016

At 0730 hours on 1st July 1916 whistles blew along the Western Front as a signal to the troops to go 'over the

top' This was the start of the Battle of the Somme.

The Western Front Association would ask you to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice by

blowing three short blasts on a whistle at your local War Memorial at 0730 hours on Friday 1st July 2016.
 

As a matter of courtesy we would advise you notify your local council of your intentions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WOODSETTS PARISH CHURCH AND ITS ROLE AS A WAR MEMORIAL
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