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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

11  December 2014        NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 5 Issue 28

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24035842 Pte John Thomas Simcox of Old Park Lane, Oldbury West Mids.

Passed away aged 67 years on the 11th November 2014, John spent the last 6 months in a nursing home

and his funeral took place on 24th November 2014. John served with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire

Regiment, enlisting on the 1st October 1964 ,serving at Gibraltar ,Tobruk, Cyprus ,Malta, Northern Ireland and

discharged on 1st February 1971. Anyone wishing to write letters of condolence to his son, John Simcox, the

address is 39 Bodenham Road, Oldbury B68 0SF

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 23962666 Cpl Barry Cooper of Redditch died on 6 December 2014

aged 72. Barry served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment enlisting in 1963 and

discharged in 1968. After basic training at Lichfield he served in Minden, Lydd, Gibraltar, Tobruk and Bulford

in B Coy as an anti-tank gunner and in a rifle platoon. His funeral will be held at 1400hrs on Thursday 18

December 2014 at Redditch Crematorium, Bordesley Lane, Redditch. B97 6RR. Letters of condolence to

Barry`s sister. Mrs Barbara Carr, 11 St Chads Road, Studley. Warks. B80 7JH. Standards and Association

members welcome.
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It is with deep regret that we inform you that 22098548 CSgt Derek ROGAN of Newark died on 9

December 2014 aged 83.  Derek was called up for National Service in 1949 and served with The

Lincolnshire Regiment in Palestine.  On discharge in 1950 he joined 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters

and served until 1969.  Derek was a staunch supporter of the Association and was Chairman of Newark Branch.

 Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

 

002    THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - DECEMBER

The prize winners for the December Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00  Lt Col N H Turner of Nottingham
2nd Prize £20.00  Mrs P Oldham of Stapleford
3rd Prize £10.00   Mrs J Leverton of Sleaford, Lincs

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

003     MEMBERSHIP CARDS WFRA

The Association Membership Cards will soon be available and Branch Secretaries are requested to send

in lists of their Members, both Life and Associate with the following details;
Regimental Number:  Rank:  Name:
Unit/Battalion in which served:
Full address including Post Code.

Those Life Members who do not belong to a Branch are requested to forward their details direct to

 

wfr-association@virginmedia.com  You are reminded that if you served with The Worcestershire Regiment,

The Sherwood Foresters or The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and wore the Cap

Badge, you are a Life Member. An application form for those who have not applied through their Branch can

be downloaded here  A Record of Service form for Life Members can be downloaded here


It is proposed that new membership numbers will commence with the issue of these cards in January

2015, therefore it would be appreciated if the aforementioned details are forwarded as soon as

possible to WFR Association, 83 Draycott Road, Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL  or, to wfr-

association@virginmedia.com where the cards will be completed prior to signature by the Association

Secretary.

All members should be aware that under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), data received will only be

used for membership registration purposes and will not be released to third parties without the member's

consent or knowledge unless such release is covered by legislation. 

004  DERBY MUSEUM TRUST PETITION

Staff and Trustees have reacted with dismay to the announcement that Derby City Council will reduce its

funding to Derby Museum Trust by over a quarter in the year 2015-16.  As WFRA members are

stakeholders in the Museum you are asked to support the petition which can be found

at http://bit.ly/dmnocuts The target is 4000 signatures as it triggers a debate in full council.  

005   NOTTINGHAM EXPRESS TRANSIT - NAME A TRAM

It has been proposed that Nottingham Express Transit (NET) might consider naming one of their new trams

"The Sherwood Foresters"  Those who think that this is a good idea worth supporting should forward their

views toinfo@thetram.net 

006  LOST TOUCH

A Darren Williams is trying to find William Pritchard who served with the regiment in the 70's as he has urgent

information to pass on to him. The last place he was known was Dudley.
 

If anyone has any info on William Pritchard it would be appreciated if they could  contact Darren Telephone No:

07830386677 or Email: dazman23@hotmail.com


A H L McDOUGALL

for WFRA Executive

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

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

 

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27  November 2014              NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 5 Issue 27

001   OBITUARIES

Nil Reported

 

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR

 

2 Mercian will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through the City of Derby on Saturday 29

November.  Step off is at noon from the Cathedral and will take in the following route

Iron Gate

Sadler Gate

The Strand

Victoria Street

St Peter’s Street

St Peter’s Yard

Green Lane

Gower Street

Babington Lane

St Peter’s Street

Cornmarket

Market Street

Corporation Street – the Mayor will give his address outside of the Council House

 

All are encouraged to attend to support the Battalion.  The Saluting Dias will be outside of Filthy Rich (near

Primark) on Cornmarket and Standards are asked to be in position at 1145 hours.  Once the parade has

passed, Standards are requested to follow the Civic Dignitaries back to the Council House steps.
 

Throughout the day 2 and 4 Mercian will be actively recruiting throughout the city.





A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

 

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

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

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20  November 2014         NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 5 Issue 26

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   MERCIAN KAPE TOUR 2014/15
 

As part of its KAPE Tour, 2 Mercian will be exercising its Freedom rights in cities and towns throughout

the recruiting area.  All Association Members, their families and friends are asked to support the

parades.  Standards are requested to be at the Saluting Dias.  Please see below for details as they are

known at present.
 

SERIAL     DATE             LOCATION              DETAILS
1               Fri 28 Nov      Burton upon Trent    To follow  

    
2               Sat 29 Nov     Derby                     

 Step off at midday. Saluting Dias outside “Filthy Rich” (next to Primark) on Cornmarket. Map of route to follow 

3    Sun 30 Nov    Kidderminster         

 Step off at midday. Saluting Dias outside the Town Hall. Map of route to follow 

4             Mon 1 Dec      Widnes             to follow      
5             Fri 23 Jan 15   Stockport         to follow      
6            Sat 24 Jan       Chester            to follow      
7            Sun 25 Jan      Birmingham       to follow      
8            Mon 26 Jan     Wolverhampton  to follow      
9           Tue 27 Jan      Nottingham         to follow      
10         Mon 16 Feb     Bromsgrove        to follow      
11         Tue 17 Feb      Crewe                 to follow      
12         Wed 29 Feb     Dudley                to follow      
13         Fri 29 Feb        Mansfield             to follow   

003   MEMBERSHIP CARDS WFRA

The Association Membership Cards will soon be available and Branch Secretaries are requested to send

in lists of their Members, both Life and Associate with the following details;
 

Regimental Number:  Rank:  Name:
Unit/Battalion in which served:
Full address including Post Code.

Those Life Members who do not belong to a Branch are to forward their details direct to

 

wfr-association@virginmedia.com  You are reminded that if you served with The Worcestershire Regiment,

The Sherwood Foresters or The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and wore the Cap

Badge, you are a Life Member. An application form for those who have not applied through their Branch can

be downloadedhere  A Record of Service form for Life Members can be downloaded here

It is proposed that new membership numbers will commence with the issue of these cards in January

2015, therefore it would be appreciated if the aforementioned details are forwarded before the 20

December 2014 to WFR Association, 83 Draycott Road, Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL  or, to wfr-

association@virginmedia.com where the cards will be completed prior to signature by the Association

Secretary  Those applications received after 20 December will take longer to process but they will be

actioned.

All members should be aware that under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), data received will only be

used for membership registration purposes and will not be released to third parties without the member's

consent or knowledge unless such release is covered by legislation.  

A H L McDOUGALL
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.

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

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13  November 2014         NEWSLETTER                                                    Vol 5 Issue 25

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002.   ASSOCIATION MEMBER CARDS

The Association Membership Cards will soon available and Branch Secretaries are requested to send in lists of

their Members, both Life and Associate with the following details;
 

Regimental Number:  Rank:  Name:
Unit/Battalion in which served:
Full address including Post Code.

It is proposed that new membership numbers will commence with the issue of these cards in January

2015, therefore it would be appreciated if the aforementioned details are forwarded before the 20

December 2014 to WFR Association, 83 Draycott Road, Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL where the

cards will be completed prior to signature by the Association Secretary.

003.  ARMISTICE SERVICE - CRICH

The Association Executive wish to record its appreciation to Chesterfield Branch WFRA which hosted

the Armistice Service of Remembrance at Crich on Tuesday 11 November 2014.  In attendance were

representatives from Derby Branch, Sherwood Foresters Malay Veterans Branch, Nottingham City

Branch, Long Eaton Branch and 3 WFR Branch, Derbyshire Police along with children from Crich Carr School.
 

004   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - NOVEMBER

The prize winners for the November Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00   Long Eaton Branch WFRA
2nd Prize £20.00  Mrs J S Edwardes of Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants
3rd Prize £10.00   Mrs H A Bates of Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

A H L McDOUGALL
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.

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

 

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23  October 2014              NEWSLETTER                       Vol 5 Issue 23

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002  VIRGIN MONEY GIVING

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) Registered Charity number 1001226 now has a page

on Virgin Money Giving where members may donate to the upkeep of the Museum.

So, if you are intending to jump out of a plane (with or without a parachute), do sponsored cycling, running

etc visit here and get your sponsors to donate.
 

 

003   OFFER TO WFRA MEMBERS

The 3 Wheatsheaves Pub at 402 Derby Road, New Lenton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire,NG7 2GQ 

Tel: +44 (0) 115 978 7375 is offering a 10% discount on food to all Members of WFRA on production of an

Association membership card.  The Three Wheatsheaves serves a wide range of beers, wines,

spirits and ales with food also available.  Private rooms are available for events.
 

004   PORTLAND COLLEGE
The college was founded by Winifred, Duchess of Portland (1863-1954) who had nursed injured veterans

in her home at Welbeck Abbey during the First World War and was responsible for many acts of charity

connected with miners’ welfare in the area. Her experiences in supporting injured veterans and miners

led to the creation of Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital in 1929.

Working with the hospital’s chief, a renowned surgeon Alan Malkin, the Duchess developed a plan to open a

training college that could complete the work of rehabilitation – giving injured working men/

servicemen a new trade that would make them economically independent once more.

The Second World War and the 1944 Disabled Persons (Employment) Act gave further impetus to this project

and by 1946 a Committee was established to develop the plan and raise the necessary money. With a gift of

land from the Duke of Portland rapid progress was made and on the 29th June 1949 Princess Elizabeth laid

the foundation stone of the College which opened for business on 24th July 1950. In 1974 Her Majesty the

Queen became our Patron, cementing her association with the College throughout its life.

The original mission still inspires the core work today;

“To maximise the ability and minimise the effects of disability of students through the provision of

opportunities for learning in an inclusive specialist residential environment giving individuals empowerment

through employment, independence and integration.”
 

If you would like to apply to join our Foundation Learning Department at Portland College we will need

you to complete Foundation Learning Department Initial Assessment Application Form.

Download the form below or request an application pack by contacting the Recruitment Assessment Team

on 01623 499185 or emailadmissions@portland.ac.uk

Download Foundation Department application form (.pdf format)

Fill in the form and return to:
Recruitment Assessment Team
Portland College
Nottingham Road
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
NG18 4TJ



A H L McDOUGALL
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.

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

 

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16  October 2014     NEWSLETTER       Vol 5 Issue 22

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

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.

003    THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - OCTOBER

The prize winners for the October Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00   Mr J W Carlin of Gedling, Nottingham
2nd Prize £20.00  Mr D F Edmunds of Chesterfield, Derbyshire
3rd Prize £10.00   Mr G J Tranter of Newark, Nottinghamshire

004   UPDATED CONTACT NUMBERS - RHQ/MUSEUM FORESTERS HOUSE

The email addresses/ telephone extension numbers for RHQ MERCIAN Nottingham (0115 9465415) are as follows;

Asst Regt Sec;   Infhq-pow-merc-notts-asstregsec@mod.uk Ext 5220

 

E1 Admin;           Infhq-pow-merc-nottsclk1@mod.uk  Ext 5215
 

Assistant Curator/Archivist;     archivist@wfrmuseum.org.uk Ext 5219

005   GHELUVELT 1914 COMMEMORATIONS - FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER 2014
 
Troops of the Mercian Regt with Colours of 1st and 4th Bns led by the Band of The Royal Logistics Corps will

parade at Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester, on Friday, 31 October.
 
The parade commences 1115 hrs with the March On of The Colours for the unveiling and Dedication, by the

Bishop of Worcester, of a new memorial to All Ranks of the Worcestershire Regiment who served their Country

at Home and Overseas.  Then a short move to the Interpretative Feature to the 2nd Bn The

Worcestershire Regt for the Centenary Commemoration Service, conducted by Canon Paul

Tongue. The reading of names of the Fallen, Last Post, Silence, Reveille and the laying of wreaths.
 
After the March Off of the Colours the parade will Dismiss and all are invited to follow the VIPs, who

include The Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, with Brigadier AP Williams OBE Colonel of the Mercian

Regiment and civic dignitaries from around the County of Worcestershire who will view the Display Area where

various organisations have stands and exhibitions.
 
There will be a pig roast stall on site where the Regimental Tie will get you a Roll for £1.

 

Sorry no Beer Tent - The Park is a NO ALCOHOL AREA.
 
Members attending are requested to advise No's and whether the Branch Standard will be on parade to

Maurice Smith, Secretary, Worcester Branch WFRA
Tel: 01905 820 536    mobile 07599 561 424
 
Car Parking is at the North End of Worcester Racecourse via Waterworks Road, WR1 3EZ where

Council stewards will direct you across the Park to the main arena - approx 800 metres - it says on a sign - 6

minutes walk.  You are advised that this is an outdoor event with no cover in the event of inclement weather.





A H L McDOUGALL
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.

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

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9  October 2014    NEWSLETTER          Vol 5 Issue 21

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   TRENT TO TRENCHES TALK - NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY
 

UN MERRY MEN AND OUTLAWS
Please scroll to poster at bottom of page, item No, 2

 

Entry is £3.00 on the door.  Further details if required may be obtained from Maj (Retd) John Cotterill MBE on

 07733458971 or john.cotterill@btinternet.com
The Great War: 1914-18 Nottingham City and County

Remember
www.trent-to-trenches.co.uk

003   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

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 wfr-association@virginmedia.com   Cheques should be

made payable to WFRA and forwarded to the Association Secretary c/o 83 Draycott Road, Sawley,

Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL

004   COTTERILL BATTLEFIELD TOURS

Sherwood Forester Centenary Battlefield Tours will take place as follows;
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

Tours 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

005   NEW MEDALS ANNOUNCEMENT

The Prime minister appointed Sir John Holmes to conduct an independent review of the policy governing

the award of military medals.  The MOD Medal Office is now planning the implementation of the new awards. 

The details are;

NEW CLASPS

Cyprus 1963-64.  Those servicemen who served in Cyprus during the period 21 December 1963 to 26

March 1964 will be awarded the GSM (1962) with clasp “CYPRUS 1963-64”.
 

Applications for the new Clasp will be accepted from 1 March 2015 onwards.  The first of the awards will be

despatched towards the end of that month. (However, these timings remain under review).

CHANGES TO EXISTING MEDALS AND CLASPS;

South Atlantic.  The qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal without the Rosette will be

extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982.  Applications for the South Atlantic Medal under the new

time extension will be accepted from 1 October 2014.  The awards will begin to be despatched towards the

end of October.

Cyprus 1955-59.  Those who participated in suppression of acts of terrorism in Cyprus between 1

April 1955 and 18 April 1959 will qualify for the GSM 1918-62 with Clasp “CYPRUS” will be accepted from 1

October 2014 onwards. 
 

How to claim: Full details on how to claim the new awards are available at https://www.gov.uk/the-

ministry-of-defence-medal-office but please note the above dates from which applications will be processed. 

Please note that applications will be dealt with in date order.

006   SHERWOOD FORESTERS SUB AQUA CLUBPHOTOGRAPHS - REQUEST
 
The following message has been received via the Worcester Branch website, if any one can help please

contact the sender on the email address below;
 

Your Name: Zygmuntowski38
Your Telephone No: 01159383361
Your Email Address: Zygmuntowski@me.com

Anyone have any photographs of Foresters sub aqua club; Vogelsang, Bavaria,France or Spain especially  the

beach bbq(fancy a walk down memory lane) and HQ Coy Sherwood Foresters Sub Aqua Club ( Minden)

007   UPDATED CONTACT NUMBERS - RHQ/MUSEUM FORESTERS HOUSE

The telephone extension numbers for RHQ MERCIAN Nottingham (0115 9465415) are as follows;

Asst Regt Sec;                        Ext 5220
E1 Admin;                               Ext 5215
Assistant Curator/Archivist;     Ext 5219

 

008   GHELUVELT PARADE - 31 OCTOBER 2014

On Friday 31 October, there will be a march two battalions of The Mercian Regiment to commemorate

the centenary of the Battle of Gheluvelt. 1 and 4 MERCIAN colours will be on display, and the Colonel of

the Regiment will also be in attendance. During the evening, there will be a dinner at the Guildhall, High

Street, Worcester High St, WR1 2EY. Professor Hew Strachan of All Souls, Oxford University, will speak on

“The First World War: Commemoration or Celebration?”

The Worcester Branch will also be celebrating the centenary during the day, at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester.

This will see the unveiling and dedication of a new memorial to The Worcestershire Regiment.

009   FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE - 6 NOVEMBER 2014

The annual service at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey will take place on Thursday 6

November 2014. Entry is by ticket only, and numbers are limited. Associations are usually allocated 15 - 20

tickets each, so if you wish to attend, please bid early to RHQ on InfHQ-PoW-Merc-Notts-Clk1@mod.uk 

010   WORCESTER WARRIORS v BEDFORD BLUES - 7 NOVEMBER 2014

Worcester Warriors Forces Offer for Serving Personnel; 
Greene King IPA Championship, Sixways Stadium, Worcester Friday 7th November, Kick-off 7.45pm
 
Tickets for £10 – Quote ‘SERVICES’ at the time of booking.
Tickets can be booked online by visiting www.warriors.co.uk, on the phone by calling the

Ticket Office on 01905 459309 or in person by calling in to the Sixways Store Monday – Friday 9am – 4.45pm.

A valid ID card must be shown at the time of booking or when collecting your tickets. Tickets are available in

the Bronze seating areas of the stadium only.

010   LOST TOUCH 

Andrew Bullock of Alfreton, Derbyshire is trying to contact Billy Marriot and Mick Phillips with whom he

served in the mid-70s, last known in the Langley Mills, Nottinghamshire area.  As this was published in the

Sun newspaper of 8 October knowledge of their whereabouts should be sent by text to 07537 410199

not forgetting to include your name.


A H L McDOUGALL
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.

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

 

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30  September 2014              NEWSLETTER                                             Vol 5 Issue 20

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24326991 Pte Paul JUKES of Peat Inn, Fife died on 16 September 2014

aged 58.  Paul served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment

1973 to 1980 in Belize and Northern Ireland before being posted to the Y6 List after an accident at a RUC

Station in 1975.  His funeral took place at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Friday 26 September 2014.  For those

wishing to write in condolence, his father Ron Jukes (Ex Sherwood Forester) is in Trinity House Nursing Home,

Mace Street , Old Hill, Cradley Heath B64 6HT

Regimental Family

It is with sadness we inform you that Piers, daughter of Major John and Mrs Anne Varley, died on 25 September

2014.  She was born in Gibraltar in 1966.  Funeral details to be confirmed, possibly on 17 or 18 October

2014.  Address for letters of condolence is Timberleaze Cottage, Chapel Hill, Gastard, Wilts SN13 9QR.

002   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

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 wfr-association@virginmedia.com   Cheques should be

made payable to WFRA and forwarded to the Association Secretary c/o 83 Draycott Road, Sawley,

Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL

003   LOST CONTACT

My name is Mike Whiffin formerly 1 Glosters and 1 RGBW.  I am trying to contact 2 Ex WFR's who I was in

training with at IJLB in 79/80 as we are trying to sort out a reunion. They are:
 

Nick Griffiths from Warndon in Worcester and Dick Naylor from Aspley in Nottingham.  Both were in the

same intake at IJLB with me in 79/80.  Any help would be much appreciated.
 

Telephone No: 01206521636  Email Address: mikewhiffin@virginmedia.com



A H L McDOUGALL
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11  September 2014                                               NEWSLETTER                    Vol 5 Issue 19

001   OBITUARIES 

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 419699 Maj (Retd) Kenneth Charles Frederick BOWMER

TD of Ashbourne, Derbyshire died on 7 September 2014.  Ken was commissioned into the 5th Battalion

The Sherwood Foresters Territorial Force on 10 June 1951 and to the TA Reserve of Officers in 1960.  He

was Chairman of the Derby Branch for well in excess of 30 years and latterly was Branch President. His funeral

is to take place on Thursday 18 September 2014 at 1230 hours at Hulland Church followed by committal at

1340 hours at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby.

  Anyone wishing to send a card of condolence please send it to: Mr. and Mrs Poxon 10 Viewdales

Close, Hulland-Ward, Nr. Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 3EB As the Major had no family his friends and

neighbours had been like a family to him and his late wife Joyce for many years.  Major Bowmer asked  Mr

and Mrs Poxon prior to going into the care home to take control of his affairs as he was unable to do so. It

would be nice if anyone sending a card could write inside something like "To the friends of Kenneth

Bowmer" as that his how they knew him.

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It is with regret we inform you that 23928826 WO2 Roy BURNAGE of Wythenshaw, Manchester died on 5

September 2014 aged 74.  Roy enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in 1962 and went on to serve with

the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and the Long Service List before leaving the

Army in 1995.

His funeral is to take place at Southern Cemetery, Barlow Road, Manchester M21 7GL on Monday 15

September 2014 at 1130 hours. 

002  LE CATEAU CLUB LOTTERY CHANGE OF NAME

The Trustees of The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) have agreed to change the name of

the Lottery to "The Foresters Lottery"  Current subscribers do not need to change their Standing

Orders but Members wishing to join The Foresters Lottery should apply to wfra-newsletter@sky.com for

the relevant forms or visitwww.wfrmuseum.org.uk/sfm4-2_tflcSO.pdf   The cost per annum remains at £24.00. The more members

we have, the higher the prizes.

003   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - SEPTEMBER

The prize winners for the September Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00   Mr A Derbyshire of Littleover, Derby
2nd Prize £20.00  Lt Col (Retd) J Cursham of East Leake, Leicestershire
3rd Prize £10.00   Mr A Taylor of Shucknall Hill, Herefordshire

004   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

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   Cheques should be made

payable to WFRA and forwarded to the Association Secretary c/o 83 Draycott Road, Sawley, Long Eaton,

Derbyshire NG10 3BL

005   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - LOTTERY GRANT

You will be pleased to hear that the Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) has been awarded

an HLF Lottery Grant to refurbish the new Gallery within Nottingham Castle.  Work on the new gallery is

expected to take up to 12 months opening in Autumn 2015.




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5  September 2014   NEWSLETTER   Vol 5 Issue 18

001  OBITUARIES
 

It is with sadness we inform you that  Malcolm  'Casey'  Hill ex Worcestershire Regiment died on the

28th August 2014. Malcolm served in A Coy at Jamaica and Minden. His funeral is take place

on 3 October 2014 at 1215 hours at  Powke Lane Cemetery & Crematorium, Blackheath, Rowley Regis,

West Midlands B65 0AD

002   WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING -10 SEPTEMBER 2014

The Notts & Derby Area Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 10 September 2014 at 1030 hours in

Foresters House

003   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

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 

004   RHQ NOTTINGHAM TELEPHONE NUMBERS

RHQ Nottingham telephone numbers have now been re-connected.  When contacting Foresters House

please use 01159 465 415

005    LOST CONTACT

23762547 John Oversby was one of the last National Servicemen and after completing basic training in

early 1960 was posted to 1 FORESTERS, initially when they were in Malaya and was with them when

they moved down to Singapore, then for a short while at Church Crookham and finally at Palace

Barracks in Northern Ireland, being demobbed in January 1962, For most of his service in 1

FORESTERS he was with the MT section, having being initially allocated there on arrival in Malaya as

he already had a civilian driving licence but also worked with Support Company and occasionally, the

Rifle Companies as an allocated driver. John would be very happy to hear from anyone who remembers

him. His nicknames were Brummie (for obvious reasons...) and "The Ballooka Kid". He now lives in

Tamworth, Staffs and his telephone number is 01827 706095.




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28  August 2014    NEWSLETTER             Vol 5 Issue 1

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

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 

003   WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING -10 SEPTEMBER 2014

The Notts & Derby Area Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 10 September 2014 at 1030 hours in

Foresters House

 

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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.
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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


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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:
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Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL
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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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