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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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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19 October 2018    WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 9 Issue 41

001  WFRA CONSTITUTION AND BYE-LAWS

At the WFRA AGM held on Saturday 13 October 2018 at Lichfield Social Club the Members approved the updated Constitution and Bye-Laws.  Copies of these will be held by Branch Secretaries or can be seen online here(http://stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/constitution)

002  FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - AUGUST-SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2018

The Foresters Lottery winners for;

August:

 

1st Prize £30  Mr J W Edwardes

2nd Prize £20  Mr D Chatterley

3rd Prize  £10  Mrs J Leverton

 

September

1st Prize  £30    Brigadier S Banton

2nd Prize £20    Mr A Bradley

3rd Prize £10    Mrs J S Edwardes

 

October

1st Prize  £30    Mr R Spyby

2nd Prize  £20    Mrs C Sneath

3rd Prize  £10    Long Eaton Branch WFRA

 

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

003  MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) WW1 EXHIBITION

 

Our Exhibition, Remembering WW1, is still in Mansfield Museum until November 24^th and on 15^th December the Exhibition opens at Chesterfield Museum. Details here (http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/news)

004  BEACON LIGHTING AT CRICH – SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2018

 

At 1900 hours the Beacon at the Crich Stand will be lit in remembrance of the end of the Great War. All are welcome to attend to watch the lighting and listen to the church bells being rung at the same time.

005  REDDITCH FREEDOM PARADE – WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2018

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising their Freedom to the town of Redditch and 1 Mercian will be parading on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Step off is at 1200 hours, noon followed by a church service in St Stephen’s Church. All association members and Standard Bearers are welcome.  More details will follow closer to the event.

006  EXHIBITION: DERBY FROM WAR TO PEACE

This exhibition explores the contribution Derby made to the First World War during its closing months and the impact on the town in the immediate years after the Armistice on 11 November 1918. Using stories, objects and images from Derby Museums’ collections, it examines how the War helped change attitudes towards the role of women, and influenced the hopes and expectations for employment, housing and medical care. We look at how Derby’s industries adapted to challenging economic circumstances in post-War Britain. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn how the signing of the Peace Treaty was celebrated in 1919, how Derby commemorated the sacrifices of her War dead and how Derby tried to support servicemen and women who came home. On display will be the Jacob Rivers (Sherwood Foresters) VC. The free exhibition is in Derby Museum and Art Gallery and is open from Saturday 20 October – Sunday 20 January 2019.

007  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 (mailto:helpline@combatstress.org.uk) . Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider. For further details visit www.combatstress.org.uk/helpline

008  UNSUNG HEROES OF WW1 - WOMEN, SUFFRAGE AND THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN

Following on from the success of Rising to the Challenge - Women in a World at War, six short films will be shown on Friday 26^th October 2018 at St Helen’s Church, High Street, Worcester Between 12 and 1pm the films “Silk, Satin and Suffrage”,  “The Devil’s Porridge in Gretna” (women in munition factories) and “The SalonikaCampaign” (often referred to as the ‘forgotten campaign’) will be shown.  Between 1 and 2pm there will be a re-run of the highly successful “Rising to the Challenge – Women in a World at War” event  when the 3 short films “Deeds not Words:The Suffragette Surgeons of WW1”, “Nurses in WW1” and “The War Women of England: Land Workers” will be shown again.

The films will be screened on Friday 26th Oct 2018, at St Helen’s Church, High St, Worcester.  Each film is approximately 10-12 minutes long. Admission is free.  Refreshments will be available for a donation. For further information please contact: stella@allsaintsworcester.org.uk(mailto:stella@allsaintsworcester.org.uk)
 

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5 October 2018    WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 9 Issue 40

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that Pte Terence ‘Tank’ TAYLOR of Bloxwich died on 20 September 2018 aged 88. It is understood by RHQ Mercian, Nottingham that his army number was 22072310 and that he served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in Berlin during the 1948 Airlift and in Malaya from 1950. The funeral will take place on Monday 15 October at 1315 hours at Blakenhall United Reform Church, Blakenhall WS3 1HT. This will be followed by a burial at 1415 hours at North Walsall Cemetery, Bloxwich WS3 3XN. Family flowers only but donations can be made on the day to the ‘Help a Squaddie’ (https://helpasquaddie.org.uk/) charity. The wake will be held at Walsall Football Club WS1 4SA. Association members and Standard Bearers are welcome

001  REQUEST FOR SERVICE HISTORY INFORMATION

Please be aware that neither RHQ nor the museums have access to any veterans service records and when it comes to having to write obituaries it is often difficult with scant information available. As we wish to honour our veterans with a fitting obituary it is requested that all those veterans that served in the Worcestershire Regiment, the Sherwood Foresters, The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment and the Mercian Regiment ensure that their loved ones know the following which can be passed to RHQ/the museums/WFRA when they die;

Regimental No

Rank on discharge

Date of enlistment

Date of discharge

Where served

Medals awarded

Any other pertinent Regimental information i.e. played Bn football/boxing etc.

Alternatively, the information can be passed now, to either the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Mercian who will ensure that the relevant museum receives the information or to WFRA who will pass it on. Details, using the WFRA Record of Service (http://stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/membership) can be sent to: cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk(mailto:cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk) or

002    ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA APPLICATIONS

The Royal Hospital Chelsea are always keen to receive new applicants to become Chelsea Pensioners, The outline criteria they apply is:

To be eligible to apply to become a Chelsea Pensioner, a candidate must be:

a.  Over 65 yrs old and in receipt of a state pension

b.  Either a former soldier or non-commissioned officer of the British Army (Former officers of the British Army are eligible to apply if they have served in the ranks for at least 12 years before obtaining a commission; or have been awarded a disablement pension while serving in the ranks)

c.  Free of any financial obligation to support a spouse or family (We do not accept applications from individuals who are currently married or have children under the age of 18 yrs old)

Further information can be obtained from Lt Col (Retd) Temminck (mailto:Philip.Temminck100@mod.gov.uk)  BEM

003  WW1 COMMEMORATION - ST GILES CHURCH NORMANTON DERBY

The Vicar of St Giles' Church in Normanton, Derby, the former Garrison Church for the Normanton Barracks with many historical connections with the Sherwood Foresters, has forwarded his plans at St Giles' to mark the end of WW1.

The route from the Barracks along the ring road and into Village Street will be marked by giant poppies on the lampposts. These are being put up in the next week and are to be left up as long as they are allowed to mark the route the Foresters marched to the Garrison Church. On Saturday 10 November 2018 they will be showing the film "Journey's End" on the big screen in church at 1930 hours - a classic play transferred beautifully to film and released in cinemas earlier this year - the horrors and heroism of war are centre stage. Admission is free but donations welcome to 'Combat Stress'.

On Sunday 11 November 2018, as usual the Church will be commemorating the fallen in a Remembrance Service for the church family at 1000 hours, incorporating the last post, 2 minutes silence and national anthem at 1100 hours followed by the laying of wreaths at their war memorial. All members of the Association would be warmly welcome to the Garrison Church.

004  50th ANNIVERSARY OF FORMATION OF WFR - 29 FEBRUARY 2020

It has been proposed that a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the formation of WFR be held for Other Ranks on the evening of 29 February 2020.  In order to see if this is feasible it would be appreciated if members could notify Mr Neil Davidson (mailto:neil4529@gmail.com)  their intent to attend (including guests) the following options;

Option A:- A combined event in a central location or

Option B:- A regional event in the Worcester area or

Option C:- A regional event in the Notts/Derbys Area.

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Obituaries

It is with regret that we inform you that 24553398 Pte Glen “Rosie” T ROSE of Netherton, West Midlands died on 20 September 2018 aged 56. Glen joined The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on 22 October 1980 and after training at Lichfield joined the 1st Battalion in Germany.  He also saw service in NI.  Whilst on exercise in Soltau, Germany in 1983, he was seriously injured in a vehicle accident and was subsequently medically discharged from the Army on 9 February 1985.  His funeral will take place on Thursday 4 October at 1115 hours at Rowley Regis Crematorium, Powke Lane B65 0AD.  The family would welcome friends who knew Glen during his service but have asked that no standard bearers or military uniforms be present.  Family flowers only and donations to the family’s chosen charity can be given on the day.

It is with regret that we inform you that 484882 Maj Andrew Henry HOPKINS of Llanfaes, Brecon died on 19 September 2018 aged 71. Andrew was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1969 and was appointed Mortar Pl Comd 1^st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 1971 to 1972 before taking up the post of RSO 1972 – 74 in Berlin. He was then posted to Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion 1974 to 1976 as RSO before taking up the post of IO in UK/NI with 1 WFR 1977 -78. In 1978 he was posted to UKLF as MILO until 1979 when he attended ASC Camberley to 1980. Andrew was then posted to HQ UDR as COS 1981 – 82 before being detached to 1^st Hampshire Regiment as a Coy Comd in UK and Berlin 1983 to 1985. He was then appointed as Trg Major 3 WFR 1985 – 87 and left the Regiment on 29 September 1987. The funeral of Maj Andrew HOPKINS which takes place on Friday 5 October 2018 is family only.  Letters of condolence to Mrs Viv Hopkins, 32 Penyfan Road, Llanfaes, Brecon LD3 8DB.

001  MACKWORTH WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILING

A new war memorial will be unveiled on Prince Charles Avenue, Mackworth, Derbyshire on Saturday 6 October at 1600 hours. Association members and Standard Bearers are invited to attend.

002  104th ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF GHELUVELT - SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER 2018 WORCESTER

On Sunday 28 October 2018 the 104th Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony is to take place at Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester. WR3 7AA. Timings are 1115 for 1130 hours. This years service will include an A5 end of WW1 Commemoration sheet in memory from Worcester Branch, this will be read out and therefore the content of the Battle of Gheluvelt in the annual order of service will be shortened. The service will be the same as usual apart from the WW1 A5 sheet. Standard Bearers report 1100 hours other members 1115 hours for 1130 hrs.

There will be a cold buffet afterwards at Claines RBL Cornmeadow Rd Worcester WR 3 7PL. Free to Worcester Branch members on its books plus 1 (spouse or guest). All others, Guests etc are £5 pp.  Check with Nigel Fish by email (mailto:nigelfish@ymail.com) if you are not sure that you are listed as a member. (people not on email please phone 01684 576013). The organisers must know if you are attending by Midnight 1 October. This cut off date will be adhered to as they need to know accurate numbers for catering.

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21 September 2018      WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 38

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that 4979024 LCpl William Frank MELLOR of Chesterfield died on 15 September 2018 aged 100. Frank enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1940 and was posted to 8th Foresters in Scotland on its return from Norway. He served the next two years in Northern Ireland, before being sent to the Officer Training Centre in Wrotham near Maidstone. At Wrotham camp he was initially placed in the cookhouse as a GD man but once he was identified as a Pte 1st Class he was posted to the Demonstration Platoon. In Spring 1944 he was in a draft of 26 posted to France and ended up temporarily attached to 2nd Bn The Seaforth Highlanders, and they crossed to France with 6th Bn The Duke of Wellington’s on 12.6. 1944. When that Bn was withdrawn to England, they joined 1st Leicesters in August 1944, Frank was now a Pte 1st Class, Bren, sten gun and 2" mortar operator. He served with that Bn for the remainder of the war, through Belgium and Holland. At Ede on 17

April 1945 Frank sustained a shrapnel injury to his left Hip and left elbow and forearm. After some time convalescing in medical units, he returned to 1st Bn Leicesters in July 1945 and served in Germany. He was demobilised in March 1946, and went to live in Chesterfield. In the French Government's recognition of the part he (among very many others) played in the Liberation of France in 1944, on 6 January 2017 he was presented with the medal of Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. Prior to joining the Army he was employed at Ireland Colliery, Staveley, Derbyshire and returned to work there after demob. His funeral is to take place on Friday 28 September 2018 at 1530 hours at Brimington Crematorium, Chesterfield S43 1AU. The family have requested no flowers and that donations can be made to The Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund.  The wake will be held at The White Hart at Calow, Top Rd, Calow, Chesterfield S44 5TE. If anyone has a contact for a bugler that can play at the

funeral, they are asked to contact Stuart Mellor direct. All association members and Standard Bearers are welcome to attend both the funeral and the wake. Those wishing to go to the wake are asked to contact Frank’s son, Stuart, for catering purposes;stuartmellor193@sky.com (mailto:stuartmellor193@sky.com)

 

It is with regret that we inform you that 23791698 Pte Peter John (Jack) PICKARD of Carlton, Nottingham died on Monday 10 September 2018 aged 79.  Jack was called up for National Service in May 1960 and served with B Coy 4 Pl 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Malaya.  He left the Regiment in May 1960.  His funeral is to be held at Gedling Crematorium, Catfoot Lane, Lambley, Nottingham NG4 4QH on Wednesday 26 September 2018 at 1130 hours.  Standard Bearers and Members welcome.

 

It is with regret that we notify you that Pte 24173927 David MEADOWS of Brecon died on 14 September 2018 aged 67.  Dave joined the Army prior to amalgamation and served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in Uk, NI and Berlin with B Coy.before transferring to the Pay Corps in 1974. His funeral is to take place at Llwydcoed Crematorium, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan CF44 0DJ on 27 September 2018 at 1115 hours then after at the Workman's Social Club, 3 Watergate, Brecon LD3 9AN.  Standard Bearers and Members would be welcome.

001    BERNARD VANN VC PAVING STONE CEREMONY

The VC Paving Stone Ceremony, including a parade, will take place on Saturday 29 September at Rushden Memorial Gardens, Rushden, Northamptonshire at midday. Members of the WFRA are invited to parade and attend a reception afterwards. Those wishing to attend are ask to contact Major (Retd) Jake P Baker by either mobile: 07525 441267 or E-mail: elmorebaker3@gmail(mailto:elmorebaker3@gmail) to register their intent.

The parade is to be led by the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band who will also perform in the Walled Garden at Rushden Hall Park followed by the Northampton Male Voice Choir and Performing Arts students from Rushden Academy. Private Derby XXXII will be in attendance

002.  TALK ON THE CANTON BELL AND 59TH (2ND NOTTINGHAMSHIRE) REGIMENT OF FOOT - TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2018

There is to be a talk on the Canton Bell and the 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot at the Arboretum, Waverley Street, Nottingham NG7 4HF at 1400 hours on Tuseday 25 September 2018.  Those wishing to attend should meet at the Cafe where there will be a short talk and refreshments, followed by a short walk to the Canton Bell for a further talk..

003  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM - SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018

The Executive Committee Meeting is to be held at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13 6TS on Saturday 13 October 2018 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.  Those wishing to partake of the Buffet Lunch are requested to notify the Association Secretary by no later than Monday 1 October 2018 to  nigelfish@ymail.com  Costs will be dependent on numbers attending and will be notified when known.

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14 September 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 9 Issue 37

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 (mailto: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    NEW WHITTINGTON REMEMBERS OUR FALLEN HEROES - 29 SEPTEMBER 2018

The WFRA (including Standard Bearers) and families are invited to a memorial plaque unveiling, Commemoration Service and exhibition in honour of the fallen heroes of WWI at St Barnabas Church, Albert Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, S43 2BH on Saturday 29 September at 1100 hours.

Commemoration Service 1100 hours. A service of commemoration for the 85 men from New Whittington killed during World War 1.

Exhibition 1200 hours to 1600 hours (Saturday and Sunday) An exhibition about their lives, their war, their death .

003  MVRA COMMEMORATION OF THE TERRITORIAL FORCE DURING THE GREAT WAR AND THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WW1

On Sunday 23 September 2018 at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire The Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association (MVRA) is to hold a Commemoration Parade and Families Picnic Day starting at 1130 hours.  The event aims to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and to remember all those members of the territorial battalions of our antecedent regiments who fell during this conflict.

The Battle of St Quentin Canal where many of our Antecedent Regiments fought will also be remembered.  It will take the form of a short service of commemoration for all members and their families of the MRA, CRA, WFRA, SRA and MVRA, led by a former Mercian Volunteers officer now in holy orders.  This will be followed by a march past and salute at the Mercian Volunteers Grove and will be followed by a bring your own picnic lunch.  The Tenbury Town band has been engaged to provide the music.  The branch standards of Regimental Associations are invited to march in the parade along with branch members.

The outline programme is:

1130 – 1230: Arrive and Socialise.

1230 – 1300: Service of Commemoration at the MVRA Grove

1300 – March Past

1330 onwards: Picnic lunch (please bring your own picnic) with music from the band.

For further details please contact Major (Retd) Lawrence Chell, Tel: 01332 768221 or Lt Col (Retd) Tony Angel Tel: 07786 544286, email tonyangel22@outlook.com

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7 September 2018         WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 9 Issue 36

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that LCpl Harold William WOOD of Derby died on 30 August 2018 aged 84. Harold served in the Sherwood Foresters in the early 1950’s in the UK and Germany and was a boxer. Upon leaving the Army, he was a textile spinner. The family do not have any further information on his career in the army and would be grateful of any further information. Details can be sent to RHQ Nottingham. Harold’s funeral will take place on Monday 10 September at 1400 hours at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby DE22 4NH. All are welcome to attend including Standard Bearers.

It is with regret that we infom you that Mr Tony MILLWARD BEM of Ashbourne died on Monday 3 September 2018. Tony was an ardent supporter of the Regiment and a prolific fundraiser, especially for injured servicemen of the Regiment and its antecedents. His funeral will take place on Friday 14 September 2018 at 1315 hours at St Oswarld’s Church, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1AN. All are welcome to attend including Standard Bearers.

001  MERCIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM (WORCESTERSHIRE)

As part of this year’s Worcester History Month in September Colonel John Lowles CBE will be delivering talks in the Worcestershire Soldier Gallery on items from the silver and medal collections. As the leading authority on these Regimental treasures this insight should prove very informative and interesting to past and present members of the Regiment.

Thurs 13^th Sept – ‘Silver on Display’

Thurs 20^th Sept – ‘Medals on Display’

Thurs 27^th Sept – ‘Silver on Display’

All these talks start at 11.30am in the Worcestershire Soldier Gallery.

 

The talks are free but as numbers are restricted booking is advisable. Please contact;

 

Mecian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire)

Dancox House Army Reserve Centre

Pheasant Street

Worcester WR1 2EE

Tel: 01905 721982

002    FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE 2018

This year’s Opening Ceremony for the Field of Remembrance will be held on Thursday 8 November at Westminster Abbey. This is a ticketed event and RHQ Nottingham can arranged tickets for Association members and their families.  Those wishing to attend must be able to make their own way to London and be in possession of two forms of ID (one with a photo) and be in the grounds by 1030 hours.  Full details will be provided with the tickets.

Requests for tickets are to be sent to Ms Cindy Clark, Assistant Regimental Secretary Nottingham, cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk(mailto:cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk)  by no later than Monday 17 September.

003    HANDYMAN GARDENER DAN

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