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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

30 MAY 2019       WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 10 Issue 22

OBITUARY

It is with regret the we inform you that 14420659 Pte William (Bill) Wilson Edwardes BEM Ld'H passed away on 6 May 2019.
Bill was born on the 7 November 1926 in Islington, North London. When war broke out at the age of thirteen and a half he was evacuated out of London to Staines then South Wales. Missing home he returned to London and started working in an armaments factory making parts for anit aircraft guns. On hearing his friend say he was joining up he thought he would go along with him and join up, only being sixteen and a half he told the recruiting team he was 18 and got away with it. He took the 'Kings Shilling' and spent it on the way home on a packet of Woodbines. Later in life he fronted a TV Documentary on those who joined up illegally and under age!
After basic training he was enlisted into the Queens own Royal Kent Regiment and then the 7th Hampshires at Bexhill West sussex. He was then posted to the 1stBattalion the Worcestershire Regiment who were in the 43rd Wessex Division training for the invasion of Normandy. Receiving an injury that hospitalised him for several weeks he was going be sent onto another unit but insisted his future was with the Worcesters. He was told that he could only go back to the Worcesters if he trained as a stretcher bearer/medic. So started a six weeks crash course before his return.
Bill was in the advance party of his Battalion landing in Normandy, which they did after D Day, Bill was still only seventeen years old! All Units of this Division landed at Courcelles -sur-Mer by the 24 June, then proceeded to a concentration area near Bayeux. In no time they were in action following up the 15th Scottish Div into the village of Cheux, clearing Germans out of Mouen, Baron and other villages on the line of the river Odon. Their first real test was 'Hill 112' a very strategic feature for Hitler and Rommel`s plans, there was much bitter hand to hand fighting being up against crack SS troops and SS Panzer Divisions. Their first assault was not successful but the second was, led by 5th Btt DCLI who took and held the feature, then commanded by Major (later Lt Col) George Taylor of the Worcesters. Casualties and workload of stretcher bearers during this period was very high. The Worcesters had made attacks on the crest of Hill 112. The Division including Bill then took Mt Pincon. After the Falais Pocket the 43rd Wessex Div forced a crossing of the Seine at Vernon. Then Operation Market Garden at Arnhem and finally the capture of Bremen in May 1945. Bill was invalided out later that year. He told of his experiences and being very afraid when everyone was taking cover from the hail of fire and having to leave his slit trench when the shout for stretcher or medic was shouted for.
After much necessary R&R Bill joined the British Gas Corporation in Bristol in 1969, retiring as head of Public Relations in 1991.
In 1994, together with other war veterans he established the 43rd Wessex Association. It`s aims were clear; a focal point for Veterans of the old 43rd Wessex Division, the arrangements for pilgrimages to Normandy and maintenance of relevant Memorials both in England and France. The Wessex Association at one point had over 500 members on their books. He organised various returns to France and the places that the Wessex Division had fought. Becoming well known to the Wessex Association Patron, Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex.
In the year 2000, Bill and Worcester Branch members Dave Plant and the late Stan Berrow took a one ton boulder of Malvern granite at their own expense to the site of a heated battle that the Worcesters fought with a German tiger tank, that has become known as the 'Worcesters Layby' the Boulder has two brass plaques one in English and one in French was unveiled in 2000 in a moving Ceremony with Bill carrying the Wessex Standard and Dave carrying the Worcestershire Regiments Standard. The British entourage was well feted by the thankful French people of Vernon and Vernonette.
Bill was clearly the focal point and driving force behind the Wessex Association, he became Secretary and the very last Chairman. He saw to it that the Wessex Association Standard was laid up in Exeter Cathedral in 2015 and it now hangs beside to the Divisional Roll of Honour.
During this time, Bill became involved in the establishment of a corresponding Association in Normandy, L`Association ODON-COTE112. This French Association has its members drawn from the communes around Hill 112, the scene of the epic battle in 1944. Relationships have remained strong over the years to the extent that veterans and their families, associated with the 43rd Wessex Association are invited every five years to join the French in celebrating that famous victory on hill 112; ironically the 75th Anniversary celebrations will be held this year on 7 July, 2 months after Bills death.
In 2013, bill was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours List for his charity work in the local community of Chandlers Ford and for his outstanding contribution to the 43rd Wessex Association. Subsequently, he was also presented with the Legion D`Honneur at an appropriate ceremony in the D Day Museum in Portsmouth.
He is survived by his wife Jean, three sons and a grand daughter
A funeral service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Bill Edwardes was held at St Martin in the Wood Church at Chandlers Ford, Hampshire on the 22 May 2019. Worcester Branch represented the Association with two Worcestershire Regiments Standards, (one carried by Dave Plant) and bugler. Representatives of the Mercian Regiment were in attendance as was the Equerry for Prince Edward Earl of Wessex.
Letters of Condolence can be sent to Bills Widow :-
Mrs Jean Edwardes, 141. Kingsway, Hocombe Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants SO53  5BX.

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Lt Col Peter Holmes will be held at 14.00hrs on Tuesday 18 June at St Leonards Church, Bulford, SP4 9DR followed by burial at Bulford Cemetery.

Letters of condolence may be sent to
Mrs Elisabeth Holmes, Hazelhead, Robin Hill Lane, Durrington, Salisbury SP4 8DN 

001   THE REGIMENTAL REUNION

Saturday 1 June 2019. 
Worcester Warriors,  Sixways Stadium,  Warriors Way,  Hindlip, Worcester
WR3 8ZE.

Entrance cost is £2 per adult 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS  

1200 hours Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands.
1200/1245/1315 hours Coach from Silver Street Worcester WR1 2DA to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis).
1330 hours Tenbury Town Band plays.
1440 hours Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM.
1445 hours Bar closes until after the parade.
1450 hours Standards placed on drums.
1500 hours Drumhead Service, Address,  parade forms up and March Past.
1530 hours Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past).
1600 hours Raffle Draw.
1700 hours Coach to City.
1730 hours Reunion Ends.
1800 hours Coach to City.

002   THE WORCESTERS PUSH FOR VICTORY EVENT

On Saturday 15th June 2019 the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is holding a community fundraising day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Worcestershire Regiment’s participation in several major battles that took place in 1944, the most well-known being Kohima (April to June) and the D-Day landings in June.

The event is being held in St Helen’s Church, High Street, Worcester and will include short talks on relevant subjects, book signings, re-enactors, children's activities, readings from WW2 diaries and letters by local cadets, display stands, refreshments, tombola (with some amazing prizes!) and the attendance of two surviving WW2 Worcestershire veterans.

Stands at the event:

Mercian Regiment Museum + shop
Hartlebury Museum
Western Front Association (Hereford & Worcester Branch)
Remember the Fallen
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (Worcester Branch)
ATC Cadets 187 Squadron
Army Cadets
Used books stall
Tombola & Raffle
Re-enactors

Refreshments will be available for a donation (non-alcoholic drinks, cakes and biscuits)

There will be an area with short films on a continuous loop and a children’s activity area

Four talks of 30 minutes maximum each:
11:00 – “Battle of Kohima and Imphal” by Hugh Richards, whose Grandfather led the defence of Kohima.
12:00 - “The Assault River Crossing of the Seine at Vernon” by Alan Cowpe.
13.00 - “Battle of Tripsrath” (on the Dutch German border) by Lt Col Mark
Jackson OBE.
14.00 – SAS in Europe WW2 TBC.

Cadet readings at: 10.45, 11.45, 13.45,– approx. 5 – 10 minutes.

Book signings by Mick Wilks and Dennis Hodgkins at 10.30 and 11.30.

Attendance of WW2 Veterans Alan George and Barry Freeman

Help make this event a huge success - start spreading the word and please do come along on the day!

003   ROYAL BRITISH LEGION SERVICE

The Royal British Legion Service at Worcester Cathedral to Commemorate D Day is on Sunday 16 June 2019.  The service starts at 16:00hrs.  The Royal British Legion would like as many Association members and Standard Bearers as possible to attend.  Standard Bearers to report for practice at 15:00hrs.

004   CRICH PILGRIMAGE

Nottingham Branch have a seats spare on their coach to the Crich pilgrimage on Sunday 7th July 2019.
The coach will leave Parliament Street, Nottingham at 10.30hrs.
For further information Tel: 01777 228 169.

005   COMMUNITY OPEN DAY

The Mercian Regiment are holding a open day on Saturday 1 June 2019.
12 noon until 17.00 at Army Reserve Centre,  Hucknall Road, Bulwell, NG6 8AL

See the latest kit and equipment.
Military vehicle display.
Experience night vision technology first hand.
Outdoor climbing tower.
Practice your shooting skills on the range.

006   TEA DANCE

Erewash Voluntary Action are holding a tea dance featuring the Fab Forties with music by Natalie Nightingale.

Wednesday 12 June 2019  13.30hrs until 15.30hrs

Erewash Voluntary Action
Granville Avenue
Long Eaton
NG10 4HD

Admission £5 per person including tea / coffee & cakes. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tel 01159 466 740 for tickets and more information.

007   OP BANNER 50

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.  The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum.  This is a closed, accredited event, not open to the general public and requests for tickets (for both serving personnel and association members) should be directed to Mrs Rayson, Assistant Regimental Secretary helen.rayson303@mod.gov.uk, by no later than 15 June 2019

Further details about the event can be found at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/op-banner-50

008   VICTORIA EMBANKMENT NOTTINGHAM WWI MEMORIAL UNVEILING 

The unveiling of the new war memorial in Nottingham will take place at the Victoria Embankment on Friday 28 June 2019.  Those who wish to attend are asked to be at the Embankment Memorial by 10.15 hours.  The dedication service will commence at 10.25 hours and last approximately 1 hour.

More details to follow.

009  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

010  LONG EATON & WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 3 June 19.30 hrs.
Beeston Royal British Legion Club
16 Hall Croft
Beeston 
Nottingham
NG9 1EL

All are welcome to attend.

011  FORESTERS & WFR MONTHLY GET TOGETHER

The next meeting will be Friday 31 May 19.30 hrs.
Robin Hood Rifles
Old NCO's Club
Upper Parliament Street  
Nottingham

All are welcome to attend.

.........................................

24 MAY 2019        WFRA NEWSLETTER            Volume 10 Issue 21

001  CLASSIFIED OPERATION CLUMBER PARK

SUNDAY 26 MAY 2019

All Association members and their families are invited to the launch event  ‘Classified: Operation Clumber Park’.

This project is focused on a remembrance of the stories unique to Clumber Park from the Second World War, on the 80 year anniversary of the beginning of the war. While Clumber Park was used as a military base and munitions depot during the Second World War, the Royal Naval engineers undertook a special and secret project, code named: White Rabbit/ NELLIE. This was commissioned by Winston Churchill and Clumber Park became the only site in the country that the machine, a trench digging tank, was tested and used. With the scars of this machine still present within the park, which now form parts of Clumber Park’s heathland habitats, this piece of history provides a great opportunity to reconnect people with this secret and forgotten project, as well as show the important long lasting impacts that the war provided on the landscape.

There will be a series of events and activities throughout the day from 10am, including live 1940’s entertainment, guided walks, traditional games and the recreation of Churchill’s trench digging machine, Nellie, will be open for all the discover.  You are invited to bring a picnic, or grab something from the restaurant, and join the mass picnic next to Nellie.

Schedule for the day

10:30am: ‘When Churchill came to Clumber Park’: A guided walk around Clumber Park discovering our top secret Second World War history. Walk will last an hour. Not suitable for little legs or these with accessibility needs.

12pm & 1pm: Jayne Darling performs: a selection of 1940’s music by local performer.

2pm: Ranger led landscape walk: A longer walk around the Estate with one of our Ranger Team to discover the important conservation work happening at Clumber Park. Walk will last two hours and is suitable for those enjoying a longer walk.

Clumber Park hope to see you on 26th May to join them in celebrating the launch of this project and that you will enjoy discovering Clumber Park’s top secret past and how it shaped the estate today.

002   WORCESTER BRANCH MEETING
The next branch meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 May at 19.30hrs.
Ex Services Club
The Moors
Barbourne
Worcester
WR1 3ED

003   CHESTERFIELD BRANCH MEETING

The next branch meeting will be held on Wednesday 29 May at 19.30hrs
Haig House
Glumangate
Chesterfield

004   THE WORCESTERS PUSH FOR VICTORY EVENT

On Saturday 15th June 2019 the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is holding a community fundraising day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Worcestershire Regiment’s participation in several major battles that took place in 1944, the most well-known being Kohima (April to June) and the D-Day landings in June.

The event is being held in St Helen’s Church, High Street, Worcester and will include short talks on relevant subjects, book signings, re-enactors, children's activities, readings from WW2 diaries and letters by local cadets, display stands, refreshments, tombola (with some amazing prizes!) and the attendance of two surviving WW2 Worcestershire veterans.

Talks will include:

    “SAS in France in 1944”  by the Curator of the SAS Museum

    “Battle of Kohima and Imphal”  by Hugh Richards, whose Grandfather led the             defence of Kohima

    “The Assault River Crossing of the Seine at Vernon”  by Alan Cowpe

    “Battle of Tripsrath” (on the Dutch German border) by Lt Col Mark Jackson OBE

Full Programme to follow.

Help make this event a huge success - start spreading the word and please do come along on the day!

005   THE REGIMENTAL REUNION

Saturday 1 June 2019. 
Worcester Warriors,  Sixways Stadium,  Warriors Way,  Hindlip, Worcester
WR3 8ZE.

Entrance cost is £2 per adult 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS  

1200 hours Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands.
1200/1245/1315 hours Coach from Silver Street Worcester WR1 2DA to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis).
1330 hours Tenbury Town Band plays.
1440 hours Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM.
1445 hours Bar closes until after the parade.
1450 hours Standards placed on drums.
1500 hours Drumhead Service, Address,  parade forms up and March Past.
1530 hours Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past).
1600 hours Raffle Draw.
1700 hours Coach to City.
1730 hours Reunion Ends.
1800 hours Coach to City.

006   OP BANNER 50

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.  The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum.  This is a closed, accredited event, not open to the general public and requests for tickets (for both serving personnel and association members) should be directed to Mrs Rayson, Assistant Regimental Secretary helen.rayson303@mod.gov.uk, by no later than 15 June 2019

Further details about the event can be found at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/op-banner-50

007   VICTORIA EMBANKMENT NOTTINGHAM WWI MEMORIAL UNVEILING 

The unveiling of the new war memorial in Nottingham will take place at the Victoria Embankment on Friday 28 June 2019.  Those who wish to attend are asked to be at the Embankment Memorial by 10.15 hours.  The dedication service will commence at 10.25 hours and last approximately 1 hour.

More details to follow.

008  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

..............................................

 17 MAY 2019          WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 10 Issue 20

OBITUARY

Lt Col P K Holmes of Salisbury died on 12 May 2019 aged 79. He enlisted in the Coldstream Guards in 1957 and after rising to the rank of L/Sgt was commissioned in the Worcestershire Regiment in 1960, He served in 1 Worc R in BAOR, Gibraltar, Tobruk, as Captain of the bn team at the CENTO shooting meeting in Iran, in the 1969 UN tour in Cyprus and as Adjt Mercian Bde Depot where he captained the shooting team which won the Minor Units championship. After amalgamation he served as OC C coy in 1 WFR in Berlin and NI where he was involved in quelling a major riot at the Maze Prison. He later served two tours in MOD, two with the School of Infantry, as Trg Major 1 Mercian and as 2ic the Demo Bn. On promotion to Lt Col he served at the RCB and his last 4 years before retirement in 1994 at the Records Office in Exeter. 

Funeral details to follow.

001   100th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
100th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper)

Saturday 6 July 2019 at
Welbeck Hall
Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW
7.30 for 8.00 pm

Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals

Tickets are now available for £20.00 per person for 3 course meal with wine and
tea or coffee and entertainment.

To purchase tickets please complete a menu choice for each person attending and
return to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire NG9 8GN with
cheque for £20 per person made payable to WFRA and mark your envelope CRICH
DINNER by no later than 21 June 2019.
For those wishing to pay by BACS, the details are; Lloyds Bank Ltd, Account title:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (WFRA).
Sort Code: 30-99-90. Account Number: 00732899

Tickets will be issued on the door.

A printable version of the menu choice is available at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Supper_Calling_Notice_2019-1.pdf

MENU CHOICE
Name:
Fellow guests with whom you wish to be seated, if possible:
Contact details:
WFRA Branch (if applicable):

STARTER:   
Chicken Caesar salad with bacon and parmesan crisps or
Celery and apple soup (vegetarian) or
Welsh rarebit

MAIN COURSE:
Chicken Chasseur, creamy mash and greens or
Sea Bass with cherry tomatoes and chorizo or
Goat’s cheese and butternut squash tart tatin (vegetarian)

DESSERT:  
Madeira trifle or
Braised pineapple with star anise and coconut ice cream

Please tick one choice from each course above.
All choices come with tea or coffee and a glass of red or white wine.
A reasonably priced licensed bar will be available both before and after the dinner.
There will be entertainment both before and afterdinner.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Unlimited free parking is available for cars, minibuses and coaches on site.
For those wanting to combine the Association Dinner with the Crich Pilgrimage and make a weekend of it, accommodation is available at several hotels and B&B establishments within 5 minutes walk of Welbeck Hall. They include: Beeches Hotel. 01159 818753 & Grantham Hotel. 01159 811373.

002   THE WORCESTERS PUSH FOR VICTORY EVENT

On Saturday 15th June 2019 the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is holding a community fundraising day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Worcestershire Regiment’s participation in several major battles that took place in 1944, the most well-known being Kohima (April to June) and the D-Day landings in June.

The event is being held in St Helen’s Church, High Street, Worcester and will include short talks on relevant subjects, book signings, re-enactors, children's activities, readings from WW2 diaries and letters by local cadets, display stands, refreshments, tombola (with some amazing prizes!) and the attendance of two surviving WW2 Worcestershire veterans.

Talks will include:

    “SAS in France in 1944”  by the Curator of the SAS Museum

    “Battle of Kohima and Imphal”  by Hugh Richards, whose Grandfather led the             defence of Kohima

    “The Assault River Crossing of the Seine at Vernon”  by Alan Cowpe

    “Battle of Tripsrath” (on the Dutch German border) by Lt Col Mark Jackson OBE

Full Programme to follow.

Help make this event a huge success - start spreading the word and please do come along on the day!

003   THE WORCESTER REUNION

Saturday 1 June 2019. 
Worcester Warriors,  Sixways Stadium,  Warriors Way,  Hindlip, Worcester
WR3 8ZE.

Entrance cost is £2 per adult 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS  

1200 hours Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands.
1200/1245/1315 hours Coach from Silver Street Worcester WR1 2DA to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis).
1330 hours Tenbury Town Band plays.
1440 hours Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM.
1445 hours Bar closes until after the parade.
1450 hours Standards placed on drums.
1500 hours Drumhead Service, Address,  parade forms up and March Past.
1530 hours Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past).
1600 hours Raffle Draw.
1700 hours Coach to City.
1730 hours Reunion Ends.
1800 hours Coach to City.

004   OP BANNER 50

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.  The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum.  This is a closed, accredited event, not open to the general public and requests for tickets (for both serving personnel and association members) should be directed to Mrs Rayson, Assistant Regimental Secretary helen.rayson303@mod.gov.uk, by no later than 15 June 2019

Further details about the event can be found at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/op-banner-50

005   VICTORIA EMBANKMENT NOTTINGHAM WWI MEMORIAL UNVEILING 

The unveiling of the new war memorial in Nottingham will take place at the Victoria Embankment on Friday 28 June 2019.  Those who wish to attend are asked to be at the Embankment Memorial by 10.15 hours.  The dedication service will commence at 10.25 hours and last approximately 1 hour.

More details to follow.

006   CHESTERFIELD BRANCH MEETING

The next branch meeting will be held on Wednesday 29 May at 19.30hrs
Haig House
Glumangate
Chesterfield

007  CLASSIFIED OPERATION CLUMBER PARK

CLASSIFIED OPERATION CLUMBER PARK – SUNDAY 26 MAY 2019

 All Association members and their families are invited to the launch event  ‘Classified: Operation Clumber Park’.

This project is focused on a remembrance of the stories unique to Clumber Park from the Second World War, on the 80 year anniversary of the beginning of the war. While Clumber Park was used as a military base and munitions depot during the Second World War, the Royal Naval engineers undertook a special and secret project, code named: White Rabbit/ NELLIE. This was commissioned by Winston Churchill and Clumber Park became the only site in the country that the machine, a trench digging tank, was tested and used. With the scars of this machine still present within the park, which now form parts of Clumber Park’s heathland habitats, this piece of history provides a great opportunity to reconnect people with this secret and forgotten project, as well as show the important long lasting impacts that the war provided on the landscape.

There will be a series of events and activities throughout the day from 10am, including live 1940’s entertainment, guided walks, traditional games and the recreation of Churchill’s trench digging machine, Nellie, will be open for all the discover.  You are invited to bring a picnic, or grab something from the restaurant, and join the mass picnic next to Nellie.

Schedule for the day

10:30am: ‘When Churchill came to Clumber Park’: A guided walk around Clumber Park discovering our top secret Second World War history. Walk will last an hour. Not suitable for little legs or these with accessibility needs.

12pm & 1pm: Jayne Darling performs: a selection of 1940’s music by local performer.

2pm: Ranger led landscape walk: A longer walk around the Estate with one of our Ranger Team to discover the important conservation work happening at Clumber Park. Walk will last two hours and is suitable for those enjoying a longer walk.

Clumber Park hope to see you on 26th May to join them in celebrating the launch of this project and that you will enjoy discovering Clumber Park’s top secret past and how it shaped the estate today.

008  FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS

May-10           

41        Col C N Cullen 30       
77        H S Blagg         20       
9          Col N Turner    10       

Congratulations to all.

Want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? Then send us a cheque for a ticket which costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete a form and return it direct to the Curator.  

All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection). The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the Museum Office or will be sent by post. All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be entered in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to: 

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

009  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

..............................................

10 MAY 2019       WFRA NEWSLETTER          Volume 10 Issue 19

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that we inform you that 22139398 Pte Edgar Arthur FOTHERINGHAM of Carlton in Lindrick, Worksop, died on 27 April.  Edgar was born in Worksop on 11 February 1931 and enlisted into the Army on 15 May 1949 and trained at Budbrook Barracks, Warwick before joining the 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters at Goslar.  He was discharged on 3 May 1951.  He then joined the 8th Bn until 1955. 
His funeral will take place at St John's Church, Carlton in Lindrick, Worksop S81 9EG on Thursday 16 May at 1100 hours.  The family have invited association members and Standard Bearers to attend.
The wake will be held in the Parish Center next to church.

Should anyone require any further information, please call Andy Fotheringham on  07901 000 944.

FUNERAL DETAILS FOR 24660944 CAPT JAMES ‘JIM’ STEWART

The family extends an invitation to the Regimental Family (including Standard Bearers) to attend the Church Service which will be held at St Paul’s Church, Chester Green, Derby DE1 3RT on Thursday 9 May 2019 commencing 1400 hours. Parking is very limited and car sharing is advised.  There is some free car parking at Chester Green Community Centre DE1 3RR or Morrisons Car Park at Wheatcroft Way, Derby, DE21 4RX (approx 1km walking distance from the Church and please check for local parking restrictions).

The Church Service will be followed by a private family cremation.

The family have requested no flowers but will nominate a charity for the Church collection on the day.

The family have invited all to attend the Wake which will be held in 103 Bn REME, 148 Coy Reserve Centre, Kingsway, Derby DE22 3BN.

Any questions can be directed to the Assistant Regimental Secretary cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk

001   THE WORCESTERS PUSH FOR VICTORY EVENT

On Saturday 15th June 2019 the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is holding a community fundraising day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Worcestershire Regiment’s participation in several major battles that took place in 1944, the most well-known being Kohima (April to June) and the D-Day landings in June.


The event is being held in St Helen’s Church, High Street, Worcester and will include short talks on relevant subjects, book signings, re-enactors, children's activities, readings from WW2 diaries and letters by local cadets, display stands, refreshments, tombola (with some amazing prizes!) and the attendance of two surviving WW2 Worcestershire veterans.

Talks will include:

    “SAS in France in 1944”  by the Curator of the SAS Museum

    “Battle of Kohima and Imphal”  by Hugh Richards, whose Grandfather led the defence of Kohima

    “The Assault River Crossing of the Seine at Vernon”  by Alan Cowpe

    “Battle of Tripsrath” (on the Dutch German border) by Lt Col Mark Jackson OBE

Full Programme to follow.

Help make this event a huge success - start spreading the word and please do come along on the day!

002   OP BANNER 50

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.  The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum.  This is a closed, accredited event, not open to the general public and requests for tickets (for both serving personnel and association members) should be directed to Mrs Rayson, Assistant Regimental Secretary helen.rayson303@mod.gov.uk, by no later than 15 June 2019

Further details about the event can be found at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/op-banner-50

003   1WFR BAND REUNION

The date of the next Band Reunion will be on Saturday 19th October 2019.
The Venue will be the Coopers Brook, Mansfield Road, Daybrook Nottingham. NG5 6HB.

The Band Reunions have been well attended over the years and there have been requests from past members of the Sherwood Foresters Band.

So we would therefore like to extend the invitation to all those that served in the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Band to join us on that date.

We tend to meet up in the afternoon around 14.00hrs in the bar of the Coopers Brook for a catch up and a few drinks. We then have the Reunion Dinner at 19.30hrs.

There is a Premier Inn hotel next to the venue should overnight accommodation be required.  Members are advised to contact the hotel and book their rooms. Details for this can be found on the Premier Inn website. Should there be "No room at the inn" then there are other hotels within close proximity early bookings are advised.

If you would like to attend please contact Ken Bradshaw.

ken.bradshaw18@ntlworld.com. 

We also have a facebook page that is titled "WOOFERS BAND (WFR) REUNION.

004  WORCESTER AREA MEETING

W.F.R.A. Worcestershire Area Meeting will be on Saturday 11 May 2019.
10.45hrs
Claines Royal British Legion Club
Cornmeadow Way
Worcester
WR3 7PL

005  LONG EATON & WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 13 May 19.30 hrs.
Beeston Royal British Legion Club
16 Hall Croft
Beeston 
Nottingham
NG9 1EL

All are welcome to attend.

006  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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03 MAY 2019       WFRA NEWSLETTER            Volume 10 Issue 17

001   THE WW1 TOMMY GUNN BOOK SERIES

Mereo Books new release ‘Chronicles of the winter world’
All five novels in the WW1 ‘Tommy Gunn’ series five book set.  Written by leading military historian, John Hughes-Wilson, the five historically accurate novels in the Tommy Gunn Adventures Series,takes us from the outbreak of The Great War, through the horror of the trenches and arduous campaigns to the eventual Armistice.
Publication Date: 28 JUNE 2019 to mark the centenary of the signing of The Treaty of Versailles signed on 28 June 1919.


“A unique contribution to World War One literature” Brian MacArthur, author of ‘King and Country’
In 1914 they could not have known just how long this war would last or just how many lives it would cost ...
When we first meet T.O.M. Gunn, he’s a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, back on leave from India just as Europe catches fire in the chaotic summer of 1914.
The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) is off to France, and Gunn joins a hastily formed mixed battalion of reservists,
regular and territorial soldiers. He soon finds himself pitchforked into the mayhem and suffering of unrelenting war.
Soon the high hopes of short conflict fade into the horrific reality of the trenches,
Thaddeus Gunn and his men realise that this is going to be a long and bloody war and they will be lucky if any of them survive ....Hughes-Wilson places the main character, Thaddeus (‘Tommy’) Gunn, at most of the major battles of the war,in order to show us the utter terror and slaughter suffered by the troops.
Although this series of books are fictional accounts, the use of real diaries of young officers who fought, and the quotes from newspapers of the day,give these novels authenticity and help the reader appreciate how people actually lived through the war.
Now, with the release of all five novels to mark the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, readers can follow Hughes-Wilson’s creation, ‘Tommy Gunn’ throughout the entire war.  These powerful novels stand as a testament to the heroism and sacrifice of a generation of young men.
''Gripping ... superbly written, true to life down to the least military detail, and very exciting. Readers will be keen to follow the fortunes of Thaddeus Gunn” Andrew Roberts, FRSL, historian

All five novels are available in paperback or ebook
:
1914 First Blood Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 210pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B00Q386D90; £3.00)
1915 Pride & Glory Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-922-1 213pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KMB934Q; £2.35)
1916 The Big Push Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-923-8 280pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KKP874RRRP £2.35)
1917 Hanging On Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-925-2 234pp RRP £12.00 (ebookISBN: B07KKNCS8C; £2.35)
1918 Defeat Into Victory Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 175pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KKLRD7P £2.35)
All five titles in the series are published by Mereo Books (an imprint of Memoirs Publishing) www.mereobooks.com
and are available through all good bookshops and internet booksellers.
​

About the author:
Colonel John Hughes-Wilson is the former President of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides,and one of Britain’s leading military historians. Well-reviewed as an author he is also highly respected commentator on a wide range of intelligence and military historical subjects. He lectures for a number of international, governmental and academic organisations.
His books include the best selling, “
Military Intelligence Blunders”, “Blindfold and Alone” (“the definitive book on the WW1 executions” The Guardian) and “A Brief History of the Cold War”. “The Puppet Masters”, a history of intelligence, was short listed for the Westminster Gold Medal.
“ An American Coup d’Etat – Who Really Killed JFK?” was published in 2013.
His books have been translated into six languages, including Japanese and Turkish. He has produced numerous articles and broadcasts worldwide on defence and related subjects.He is also the author of the Imperial War Museum’s ‘A History of the First World War in 100 Objects’(2014).
He has been a frequent broadcaster for BBC television and radio, giving live commentary for the annual
Remembrance service at the Cenotaph for BBC television, (with David Dimbleby) as well as covering events such as the“Falklands 25th Anniversary”celebration (with Huw Edwards.) He has been the presenter of numerous television programmes for several film companies, including the award -nominated BBC’s “What If?” television series and Fulcrum TV’s“1945”, as well as being a regular radio commentator for the BBC World Service.He is an Archives Bi-Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge and a member of the Editorial Board of the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall.  Since retiring from 31 years in the Army he has travelled and lectured extensively, including leading over 160 battlefield tours and giving public presentations on a wide range of subjects. He has trained the Palestinian Police in Gaza on intelligence for counter-terrorism and improvised explosive devices for theEU, plus
numerous other training contracts for the UN in the Balkans, the Swiss General Staff and the UNDP. He ran the Cranfield University MSc Intelligence Module for ten years and has spoken at the House of Lords, the Continuing Professional Development organisation and international corporations such as UBS, Barings, Shell, Reuters; IBM Europe and the City of London.After service as an infantry officer with the Sherwood Foresters, during his twenty-five years in the Intelligence Corps and as a Special Forces Operations Officer he saw active service in the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Arabia, and Northern Ireland as well as the dangerous jungles of Whitehall and NATO. He retired as an Intelligence advisor to NATO’s Political Staff. John Hughes-Wilson now lives in Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.

Local UK interest: Nottinghamshire: Tommy Gunn, the central character in this series of novels,comes from Nottinghamshire and serves with the Sherwood Foresters. (The author himself also served in the SherwoodForesters early in his career.)

To request review copies or to be put in touch with the author,
please contact:
Andrew Hayward
(Court Publishing Services):
andrew.hayward21@yahoo.com
Tel: 07876 155663 / 020 8761 0147
Further information:
www.johnhugheswilson.co.uk
Press release issued on behalf of Mereo Books & Court Publishing by Elly Donovan PR elly@ellydonovan.co.uk
Tel:01273 205 246
www.ellydonovan.co.uk

002   THE WORCESTERS PUSH FOR VICTORY EVENT

On Saturday 15th June 2019 the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is holding a community fundraising day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Worcestershire Regiment’s participation in several major battles that took place in 1944, the most well-known being Kohima (April to June) and the D-Day landings in June.
The event is being held in St Helen’s Church, High Street, Worcester and will include short talks on relevant subjects, book signings, re-enactors, children's activities, readings from WW2 diaries and letters by local cadets, display stands, refreshments, tombola (with some amazing prizes!) and the attendance of two surviving WW2 Worcestershire veterans.

Talks will include:

    “SAS in France in 1944”  by the Curator of the SAS Museum

    “Battle of Kohima and Imphal”  by Hugh Richards, whose Grandfather led the defence of Kohima

    “The Assault River Crossing of the Seine at Vernon”  by Alan Cowpe

    “Battle of Tripsrath” (on the Dutch German border) by Lt Col Mark Jackson OBE

Full Programme to follow.

Help make this event a huge success - start spreading the word and please do come along on the day!

003   THE EAGLE NEWSLETTER

The Eagle Newsletter will now be published quarterly and it is requested that the WFRA branches submit the following, for inclusion.

Any short articles regarding events, etc that have occurred in April, May and June 2019.  This can include a photograph

Brief details about any forthcoming events in July, August and September.

Articles should be sent to cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk

004   WFR MEMORIAL BENCH UNVEILING CEREMONY

It was a proud and poignant day having the WFR Memorial Bench unveiled in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester.  We have finally got somewhere that we can remember our fellow soldiers who served in the Regiment.  It was so good to see so many on parade.  We would like to pay thanks to the Committee ( who without them work, parades and events etc would not be possible) and ex President Major (Ret`d) Richard Fox of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. for all their hard work that has gone into getting this WFR Memorial into Gheluvelt Park, also the new flag poles and maintenance and upkeep of the Worcestershire Regimental stone. It has unfortunately been a process of two years but in the end well worth it.

The people who made donations to this memorial, a very big thank you, as this would of not been possible without your generosity.


Our thanks also go to Mark Worrall, of the County Council Parks Dept., for their help, especially Neal, Caleb and Dave for their input on the groundwork; Jon Holt and the staff at Jewson, Diglis, Worcester and D.H. Phillips Sand and Gravel Merchants of Malvern Link for their very generous donations of materials.  Pte Derby, Ram Major and Ram Orderley for adding importance to our ceremony and our connection to the Mercian Regiment.  Our newly elected Branch President Lt Col (Ret`d) Mark Jackson O.B.E. for his speech on the amalgamation of our predecessors the Worcestershire Regiment and Sherwood Foresters Regiment with the combination cap badges that became The Worcestershire and Sherwood foresters Regiment ( the longest title of a Regiment). The composition of the WFR cap badge.  Col (Ret`d) John Lowles C.B.E. who gave a short talk on the thirty seven year history of the Regiment and spoke out all of the names from memory! of those who died on active service, before unveiling the Memorial Bench.

Canon Paul Tongue our Honorary Branch Padre for conducting the service.

John Walters Parade Marshall, Brian and John Hewlett Marshalls, Woody for the 'warmers' and Dennis Hodgkins sound system. Alan Bray, Branch photographer. Trumpeteer for Last Post and Reveille.

I.T.V. News for their coverage and a slot on the 6pm News.  Rob Byrne County Council press release

And to everybody for putting up with the cold wind.

005   NATIONAL TRUST CLUMBER PARK

The Museum of the Mercian Regiment has partnered up with the National Trust at Clumber Park to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the start of the Second World War.
Normally based at Nottingham Castle the Museum has been creating local partnerships to share stories. The exhibition focuses on World War Two and the role played by The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) who served in Europe, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and those soldiers who served in the Home Guard during 1939-1945. The exhibition features items from the museum’s collection and shares the stories of local soldiers who came from the area surrounding Clumber Park.

Opening 1 May to 2 June 2019.  10.00 until 17.00.

There is no charge for the exhibition but the charges below apply for entrance to the park.
For National Trust members admission is free.

Admission Charges

 Gift AidStandard

Adult£5.00£4.50

Child£2.50£2.25

Family£12.50£11.25

Single adult family (Up to two children)£7.50£6.75

Group Adult

Minimum group size 15

N/A£3.50Group Child

Minimum group size 15

N/A£1.75
For more information please follow the link below.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/847b92c2-909f-458d-ae30-6ce553a08b30/pages/details

006  WORCESTER AREA MEETING

W.F.R.A. Worcestershire Area Meeting will be on Saturday 11 May 2019.
10.45hrs
Claines Royal British Legion Club
Cornmeadow Way
Worcester
WR3 7PL

007  LONG EATON & WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 13 May 19.30 hrs.
Beeston Royal British Legion Club
16 Hall Croft
Beeston 
Nottingham
NG9 1EL

All are welcome to attend.

008  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 12

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26 APRIL 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 10 Issue 16

OBITUARY


It is with great sadness that we inform you that 24660944 Capt James ‘Jim’ Stewart, Mercian Regiment, died suddenly at home on Thursday 18 April 2019, aged 51. No other details are known at this stage.  Funeral details will be released when known.

Our thoughts are with his wife Rebecca and children Eve and Oliver. 

Letters of condolence can be sent to: 

Mrs R Stewart
13 St Pauls Road
Chester Green
Derby
DE1 3RS

001   BURIAL OF THE UNKNOWN FORESTER

Two burial services have taken place on the Western Front for an unknown soldier of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) and an unknown soldier of an unknown regiment, who both fell during World War 1 on the Somme in France. The first service of the unknown solider of an unknown regiment took place on Tuesday 16 April at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s ( CWGC ) Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs. The unknown Sherwood Forester was buried on Wednesday 17 April at Guillemont Road Cemetery.

 

The services, organised by the MOD ’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre ( JCCC ), part of Defence Business Services, were conducted by the Reverend Tim Flowers CF, Chaplain to 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment.

Rosie Barron, JCCC said
"It has been a privilege to organise these burial services here on the Somme. Although the identities of these two soldiers remain unknown, it is only right that they are afforded the burial and recognition that they deserve. They are now at rest amongst their comrades who lived and fought with them in the cause of freedom."

 

The Reverend Tim Flowers referring to the service for the unknown Sherwood Forester, said:
"It is a tremendous honour and privilege for me today to conduct the funeral service of one our fallen comrades over 100 years since he fell in battle. He is known unto God."

The remains of both soldiers were discovered on the edge of the village of Ginchy, during work on a wind turbine project. Whilst one soldier was identified as being a Sherwood Forester through artefacts found with his remains, no artefacts were found with the other soldier. His identity and regiment are therefore unknown. The JCCC believe both soldiers were killed in September 1916 during heavy fighting in the area.

Despite extensive research by the MOD team, it was not possible to identify the Sherwood Forester, although it is believed that he was most likely a member of the 2nd Battalion of that regiment. However, there are still too many members of that Battalion missing in the area from that period to identify him.

Both men were laid to rest by a burial party composed of members of The Mercian Regiment, the antecedent regiment of the Sherwood Foresters.

The new graves were prepared by the CWGC .

Mel Donnelly, CWGC Commemorations Manager said:
"These two soldiers, unknown but not forgotten, have been laid to rest alongside their comrades in Guards’ Cemetery and Guillemont Road Cemetery with honour and dignity. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will ensure that their sacrifice is not forgotten and their graves, together with all of those who served and fell, are cared for in perpetuity."

002   100th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
100th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper)

Saturday 6 July 2019 at
Welbeck Hall
Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW
7.30 for 8.00 pm

Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals

Tickets are now available for £20.00 per person for 3 course meal with wine and
tea or coffee and entertainment.

To purchase tickets please complete a menu choice for each person attending and
return to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire NG9 8GN with
cheque for £20 per person made payable to WFRA and mark your envelope CRICH
DINNER by no later than 21 June 2019.
For those wishing to pay by BACS, the details are; Lloyds Bank Ltd, Account title:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (WFRA).
Sort Code: 30-99-90. Account Number: 00732899

Tickets will be issued on the door.

A printable version of the menu choice is available at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Supper_Calling_Notice_2019-1.pdf

MENU CHOICE
Name:
Fellow guests with whom you wish to be seated, if possible:
Contact details:
WFRA Branch (if applicable):

STARTER:   
Chicken Caesar salad with bacon and parmesan crisps or
Celery and apple soup (vegetarian) or
Welsh rarebit

MAIN COURSE:
Chicken Chasseur, creamy mash and greens or
Sea Bass with cherry tomatoes and chorizo or
Goat’s cheese and butternut squash tart tatin (vegetarian)

DESSERT:  
Madeira trifle or
Braised pineapple with star anise and coconut ice cream

Please tick one choice from each course above.
All choices come with tea or coffee and a glass of red or white wine.
A reasonably priced licensed bar will be available both before and after the dinner.
There will be entertainment both before and afterdinner.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Unlimited free parking is available for cars, minibuses and coaches on site.
For those wanting to combine the Association Dinner with the Crich Pilgrimage and make a weekend of it, accommodation is available at several hotels and B&B establishments within 5 minutes walk of Welbeck Hall. They include: Beeches Hotel. 01159 818753 & Grantham Hotel. 01159 811373.

003   WFR MEMORIAL BENCH UNVEILING CEREMONY

All Branches and Association members are invited to attend on Saturday April 27th 2019 at 11.15 for 11.30 in Gheluvelt Park near the double Memorial Gates at the junction of Barbourne Road, the A449 (Ombersley Road to Kidderminster ) and the A38 (Droitwich Rd) WR3 7AA. There will be a unveiling ceremony of a new Memorial Bench  in remembrance of all Battalions of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 

The plaque on the bench reads:-

"This seat is dedicated to the memory of all who served in the Regiment and to honour those that were killed on operational Active Service and those that died whilst serving". 

 

This is the first memorial of this kind to W.F.R. in the City of Worcester.

 

Lt Col (Ret`d) Mark Jackson OBE former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He is Chair of the Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire), as well as being a Trustee of the Mercian Regiment. He is also the new President of Worcester Branch who have put in the hard work to get this memorial situated opposite the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, that Worcester Branch installed in 2014 on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt, after which the park is named.

 

The Honour of unveiling the Memorial Bench goes to another former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion W.F.R.  Colonel John Lowles CBE. 

 

The Padre for the occasion will be Worcester Branch Honorary Padre, Canon Paul Tongue of Worcester.
 

Afterwards there will be a gathering at Claines RBL Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester. WR3 7PL.

 

For Ex Service people attending the Ceremony and wanting to attend Claines RBL please contact Chairman Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. by 18th April 2019 on nigelfish@ymail.com stating the numbers attending.

 

Dress for the Ceremony:-  Beret, Blazer, Medals. 

Standard Bearers report to Parade Marshall at 11:00hrs prompt.

 

Parking is available opposite the Pump House Environment Centre, Waterworks Road Worcester. WR31EZ or in side streets but please be considerate to residents.
 

004   NATIONAL TRUST CLUMBER PARK

The Museum of the Mercian Regiment has partnered up with the National Trust at Clumber Park to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the start of the Second World War.
Normally based at Nottingham Castle the Museum has been creating local partnerships to share stories. The exhibition focuses on World War Two and the role played by The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) who served in Europe, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and those soldiers who served in the Home Guard during 1939-1945. The exhibition features items from the museum’s collection and shares the stories of local soldiers who came from the area surrounding Clumber Park.

Opening 1 May to 2 June 2019.  10.00 until 17.00.

There is no charge for the exhibition but the charges below apply for entrance to the park.
For National Trust members admission is free.

Admission Charges

 Gift AidStandard

Adult£5.00£4.50

Child£2.50£2.25

Family£12.50£11.25

Single adult family (Up to two children)£7.50£6.75

Group Adult

Minimum group size 15

N/A£3.50Group Child

Minimum group size 15

N/A£1.75
For more information please follow the link below.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/847b92c2-909f-458d-ae30-6ce553a08b30/pages/details005  WORCESTER AREA MEETING

W.F.R.A. Worcestershire Area Meeting will be on Saturday 11 May 2019.
10.45hrs
Claines Royal British Legion Club
Cornmeadow Way
Worcester
WR3 7PL

006  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

007   Op BANNER COMEMORATION

A Commemorative event to mark 50 years since the start of the British Army presence in Northern Ireland – Op BANNER 50 – will be held on 14th August at the National Memorial Arboretum. 

Please see https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/op-banner-50/

If you would like to attend, let RHQ Nottingham have the following information by 28th May; your details will then be passed to RHQ MERCIAN who will be co-ordinating attendance:

1.  Regimental Number.
2.  Full Name.
3.  Regiment you served in (Service Dates).
4.  Do you hold a GSM 1962 (NI)?.
5.  Home Address complete with Postal code.
6.  Phone Number.
7.  Complete e-mail address for each applicant.

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 12 APRIL 2019                       WFRA NEWSLETTER                 Volume 10 Issue 15

OBITUARY

 

It is with Sadness that I inform you that WO2 22352901 Maurice 'Smudger, Mo, or Nozzer' Smith, of Kempsey Worcestershire, former Secretary of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. passed away at Worcester Royal Hospital on 3rd April 2019. Maurice was born in Worcester on the 26th October 1929.
Maurice enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment 7th Battalion at Worcester in 1949 as a Territorial Soldier. On call up for National Service in 1950 he arrived in TA uniform to be told he was now in the Royal Artillery and had to stitch on new shoulder titles and badges. His first posting was to Malta. Later recalling the damage that was there from the island`s hold out against the Axis forces. Whilst serving in the T.A. Before enlisting, Maurice`s civilian employment was fixing typewriters and was pigeon holed into that when he reported for duty in Malta being promoted to L/Bdr in RHQ. In Malta Maurice rowed and sailed for the Army Team and played cricket, hockey and football for the RA Regiment.
 After National Service in 1952 Maurice resumed serving in the 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment, serving at different locations in Worcestershire. At one point he played the bass drum for the Battalion band. He rose to WO2 and was the Warrant Officer in charge of the Colour Party when the 7th Battalion Colours were laid up in St Mary`s Church Kidderminster. Retiring from the 7th Battalion in June 1967

In civilian life after National Service Maurice was a Policeman serving and living in Birmingham. After leaving the Police Force Maurice worked at Morgan Crucible near Norton Worc`s.

Maurice`s passion was cricket and was groundsman and Secretary for Kempsey Cricket Club and worked closely with the County Cricket ground organising bulk deliveries to be shared out for local cricket grounds.

Maurice joined Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. In 2010 and became Secretary soon after. He was very efficient in the Secretarial role and the organising of different parades, working closely with Worcester City Council on getting the necessary procedures sorted. Another of his passions was Gheluvelt Park and the Worcester Branch Annual Gheluvelt Service. This was because his late Wife`s Uncle had died of bayonet wounds received at the Battle of Gheluvelt on the 31st October 1914.

Maurice was very proud to be asked to lower the Worcestershire Regiment flag at the former TA Centre, the Shrubbery, Kidderminster in 2017 for the Kidderminster Branch M.V.R.A. 50TH Anniversary of the cessation of the 7th Batt Worcestershire Regiment and the forming of the Mercian Volunteers in 1967.

Maurice`s funeral will take place at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Worcester WR3 8HA on Friday 3rd May 2019 at 15;15hrs. Standards Bugle and Association members welcome.

Afterwards at the Crown at Kempsey, 66 Main Road, Kempsey, Worcestershire. WR5 3JF

Letters of condolence can be sent to :-

Mr P & Mrs D Smith
6 Ellsdon
Kempsey
Worc`s
WR5 3NT

001   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS

Jan-19                                    
14        Mr G Carran    30       
61        Mr J W Carlin  20      
40        MR D F Emunds    10       

                                               
Feb-19
41        Co C N Cullen 30       
54        G Tranter   20      
19        Mr M D Chatterley       10       

                                               
Mar-19
32        Nottingham WFRA      30       
10        Lt Col P G Gilby          20       
36        Mr A Taylor     10       

                                               
Apr-19                                    
37        Col P R Haslam           30      
59        H A Bates        20       
10        P G Gilby         10       

                                               

Congratulations to all.

Want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? Then send us a cheque for a ticket which costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete a form and return it direct to the Curator.  

All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection). The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the Museum Office or will be sent by post. All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be entered in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to: 

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

002   NATIONAL TRUST CLUMBER PARK

The Museum of the Mercian Regiment has partnered up with the National Trust at Clumber Park to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the start of the Second World War.
Normally based at Nottingham Castle the Museum has been creating local partnerships to share stories. The exhibition focuses on World War Two and the role played by The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) who served in Europe, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and those soldiers who served in the Home Guard during 1939-1945. The exhibition features items from the museum’s collection and shares the stories of local soldiers who came from the area surrounding Clumber Park.

For more information on opening times and admission charges please follow the link below.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/847b92c2-909f-458d-ae30-6ce553a08b30/pages/details

003   100th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
100th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper)

Saturday 6 July 2019 at
Welbeck Hall
Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW
7.30 for 8.00 pm

Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals

Tickets are now available for £20.00 per person for 3 course meal with wine and
tea or coffee and entertainment.

To purchase tickets please complete a menu choice for each person attending and
return to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire NG9 8GN with
cheque for £20 per person made payable to WFRA and mark your envelope CRICH
DINNER by no later than 21 June 2019.
For those wishing to pay by BACS, the details are; Lloyds Bank Ltd, Account title:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (WFRA).
Sort Code: 30-99-90. Account Number: 00732899

Tickets will be issued on the door.

A printable version of the menu choice is available at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Supper_Calling_Notice_2019-1.pdf

MENU CHOICE
Name:
Fellow guests with whom you wish to be seated, if possible:
Contact details:
WFRA Branch (if applicable):

STARTER:   
Chicken Caesar salad with bacon and parmesan crisps or
Celery and apple soup (vegetarian) or
Welsh rarebit

MAIN COURSE:
Chicken Chasseur, creamy mash and greens or
Sea Bass with cherry tomatoes and chorizo or
Goat’s cheese and butternut squash tart tatin (vegetarian)

DESSERT:  
Madeira trifle or
Braised pineapple with star anise and coconut ice cream

Please tick one choice from each course above.
All choices come with tea or coffee and a glass of red or white wine.
A reasonably priced licensed bar will be available both before and after the dinner.
There will be entertainment both before and afterdinner.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Unlimited free parking is available for cars, minibuses and coaches on site.
For those wanting to combine the Association Dinner with the Crich Pilgrimage and make a weekend of it, accommodation is available at several hotels and B&B establishments within 5 minutes walk of Welbeck Hall. They include: Beeches Hotel. 01159 818753 & Grantham Hotel. 01159 811373.

004   WFR MEMORIAL BENCH UNVEILING CEREMONY

All Branches and Association members are invited to attend on Saturday April 27th 2019 at 11.15 for 11.30 in Gheluvelt Park near the double Memorial Gates at the junction of Barbourne Road, the A449 (Ombersley Road to Kidderminster ) and the A38 (Droitwich Rd) WR3 7AA. There will be a unveiling ceremony of a new Memorial Bench  in remembrance of all Battalions of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 

The plaque on the bench reads:-

"This seat is dedicated to the memory of all who served in the Regiment and to honour those that were killed on operational Active Service and those that died whilst serving". 

 

This is the first memorial of this kind to W.F.R. in the City of Worcester.

 

Lt Col (Ret`d) Mark Jackson OBE former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He is Chair of the Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire), as well as being a Trustee of the Mercian Regiment. He is also the new President of Worcester Branch who have put in the hard work to get this memorial situated opposite the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, that Worcester Branch installed in 2014 on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt, after which the park is named.

 

The Honour of unveiling the Memorial Bench goes to another former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion W.F.R.  Colonel John Lowles CBE. 

 

The Padre for the occasion will be Worcester Branch Honorary Padre, Canon Paul Tongue of Worcester.
 

Afterwards there will be a gathering at Claines RBL Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester. WR3 7PL.

 

For Ex Service people attending the Ceremony and wanting to attend Claines RBL please contact Chairman Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. by 18th April 2019 onnigelfish@ymail.com stating the numbers attending.

 

Dress for the Ceremony:-  Beret, Blazer, Medals. 

Standard Bearers report to Parade Marshall at 11:00hrs prompt.

 

Parking is available opposite the Pump House Environment Centre, Waterworks Road Worcester. WR31EZ or in side streets but please be considerate to residents.
 

005   WORCESTER ARMED FORCES COVENANT

Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant is to undertake a Needs Assessment on our armed forces community.  This work is now underway, supported by the Research team at Worcestershire County Council.  The results of this research will influence a list of needs and priorities for Worcestershire in order to improve services for our Armed Forces community now, and in the future.

There are about 20,000 former military personnel currently living in Worcestershire.  We need to hear from as many veterans as possible to ensure our results are valid, so please do spread the word!  Deadline is Thursday 18th April, 2019

Take the survey here - https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=155067664348

 

006 NORMANTON BARRACKS MEMORIAL 

The community pays tribute to the Sherwood Foresters at Derby South Premier Inn and Oasthouse Table Table restaurant Premier Inn has joined forces with the Derbyshire community to honour local heroes.  The UK hotel company worked with South Derby residents to pay tribute to soldiers’ who were stationed at the since demolished Normanton Barrack s, now its Derby South Premier Inn and Oasthouse Table Table restaurant.
A permanent tribute to the serving personnel has been installed in the building that currently occupies the historic site.The residents, who approached Premier Inn to install a lasting tribute to the Barracks on the building, unveiled a plaque last Thursday in commemoration of the history of the site and the thousands of soldiers who enlisted and trained there.  John Todd, a local resident, who led the campaign to install the permanent plaque said: “I contacted Premier Inn about a plaque around the time of the centenary of the first world war.  The services reminded me of the importance of the Barracks to South Derby and the many young men who enlisted and trained there over its 80 year existence. Many made the ultimate sacrifice and it seemed only right to permanently recognise their bravery and the significance of the Barracks in the history of our community.” Normanton Barracks was the headquarters and deport of the Nottinghamshire and Derby Regiment The Sherwood Foresters. The barracks was established in 1881 and mobilised during the Boer War at the turn of the 20th century and for the two World Wars,where it was operating at full capacity. At its busiest point, 315 recruits were kitted out in one day.
With funding cuts in the 1960s, The Sherwood Foresters vacated the barracks for a Brigade Depot in Leicester in the early 1960s and the site was demolished in 1981. The Derby South Premier Inn hotel and Oasthouse Table Table restaurant have occupied the former barracks site since 1989.  Jim Francis, Head of Refurbishment and Maintenance for Premier Inn, said: “Up and down the country, Premier Inn hotels serve the communities in which they are located. Given the history of the Normanton Barracks site, and the importance of The Sherwood Foresters to the local community, it was a pleasure to install a lasting memorial to the regiment on the Derby South Premier Inn and pay tribute to the many young men who once enlisted and served there.”
​Brigadier Edward Wilkinson of The Sherwood Foresters regiment along with the Deputy Mayor of Derby Cllr Frank Harwood and the manager of the Derby South Premier Inn led the unveiling of the new plaque with more than twenty members of the community. An ex soldier who served with The Sherwood Foresters in Northern Ireland in the mid 1960s, and wished to remain anonymous, added: “The Barracks played an important role in the community for over eighty years, including during two world wars. Seeing the shiny new plaque in a prominent position outside the restaurant will ensure guests and diners know about the Barrack’s history for years to come."

007   Op BANNER COMEMORATION

A Commemorative event to mark 50 years since the start of the British Army presence in Northern Ireland – Op BANNER 50 – will be held on 14th August at the National Memorial Arboretum. 

Please see https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/op-banner-50/

If you would like to attend, let RHQ Nottingham have the following information by 28th May; your details will then be passed to RHQ MERCIAN who will be co-ordinating attendance:

1.  Regimental Number.
2.  Full Name.
3.  Regiment you served in (Service Dates).
4.  Do you hold a GSM 1962 (NI)?.
5.  Home Address complete with Postal code.
6.  Phone Number.
7.  Complete e-mail address for each applicant.

................................................

05 APRIL 2019      WFRA NEWSLETTER          Volume 10 Issue 14

 

Obituary

It great sadness that I inform you that Maurice 'Mo' Smith passed away Wednesday 3rd April in Worcester Hospital.
Details of the Funeral are to follow.

Letters of condolence can be sent to:

Mr P & Mrs D Smith ( Phil & Dawn)
6 Ellsdon 
Kempsey
WR5 3NT

001   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE TIMINGS

Nottingham City Branch
Saturday 6th April 2019.
Parade Marshall WO1 RSM S Denham.10.00hrs Meet on Nottingham Market Square.
10.45hrs Parade to form up by the left lion.
10.50hrs The Lord Mayor and special guest to be in place & citation to be read by
Major J H Cotterill (retired) followed by The Last Post.
11.00hrs The jacket to be raised on the flag pole above the Council House.
11.20hrs Parade to disband after a speech by the Lord Mayor.

All have been invited to the Council House after the parade.

Dress for the Ceremony:-  Beret, Blazer, Medals. 

Standard Bearers report to Parade Marshall.

   002   100th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOSCIATION DINNER

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
100th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper)

Saturday 6 July 2019 at
Welbeck Hall
Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW
7.30 for 8.00 pm

Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals

Tickets are now available for £20.00 per person for 3 course meal with wine and
tea or coffee and entertainment.

To purchase tickets please complete a menu choice for each person attending and
return to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire NG9 8GN with
cheque for £20 per person made payable to WFRA and mark your envelope CRICH
DINNER by no later than 21 June 2019.
For those wishing to pay by BACS, the details are; Lloyds Bank Ltd, Account title:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (WFRA).
Sort Code: 30-99-90. Account Number: 00732899

Tickets will be issued on the door.

A printable version of the menu choice is available at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Supper_Calling_Notice_2019-1.pdf

MENU CHOICE
Name:
Fellow guests with whom you wish to be seated, if possible:
Contact details:
WFRA Branch (if applicable):

STARTER:   
Chicken Caesar salad with bacon and parmesan crisps or
Celery and apple soup (vegetarian) or
Welsh rarebit

MAIN COURSE:
Chicken Chasseur, creamy mash and greens or
Sea Bass with cherry tomatoes and chorizo or
Goat’s cheese and butternut squash tart tatin (vegetarian)

DESSERT:  
Madeira trifle or
Braised pineapple with star anise and coconut ice cream

Please tick one choice from each course above.
All choices come with tea or coffee and a glass of red or white wine.
A reasonably priced licensed bar will be available both before and after the dinner.
There will be entertainment both before and afterdinner.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Unlimited free parking is available for cars, minibuses and coaches on site.
For those wanting to combine the Association Dinner with the Crich Pilgrimage and make a weekend of it, accommodation is available at several hotels and B&B establishments within 5 minutes walk of Welbeck Hall. They include: Beeches Hotel. 01159 818753 & Grantham Hotel. 01159 811373.

003   WFR MEMORIAL BENCH UNVEILING CEREMONY

All Branches and Association members are invited to attend on Saturday April 27th 2019 at 11.15 for 11.30 in Gheluvelt Park near the double Memorial Gates at the junction of Barbourne Road, the A449 (Ombersley Road to Kidderminster ) and the A38 (Droitwich Rd) WR3 7AA. There will be a unveiling ceremony of a new Memorial Bench  in remembrance of all Battalions of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 

The plaque on the bench reads:-

"This seat is dedicated to the memory of all who served in the Regiment and to honour those that were killed on operational Active Service and those that died whilst serving". 

 

This is the first memorial of this kind to W.F.R. in the City of Worcester.

 

Lt Col (Ret`d) Mark Jackson OBE former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He is Chair of the Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire), as well as being a Trustee of the Mercian Regiment. He is also the new President of Worcester Branch who have put in the hard work to get this memorial situated opposite the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, that Worcester Branch installed in 2014 on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt, after which the park is named.

 

The Honour of unveiling the Memorial Bench goes to another former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion W.F.R.  Colonel John Lowles CBE. 

 

The Padre for the occasion will be Worcester Branch Honorary Padre, Canon Paul Tongue of Worcester.
 

Afterwards there will be a gathering at Claines RBL Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester. WR3 7PL.

 

For Ex Service people attending the Ceremony and wanting to attend Claines RBL please contact Chairman Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. by 18th April 2019 on nigelfish@ymail.com stating the numbers attending.

 

Dress for the Ceremony:-  Beret, Blazer, Medals. 

Standard Bearers report to Parade Marshall at 11:00hrs prompt.

 

Parking is available opposite the Pump House Environment Centre, Waterworks Road Worcester. WR31EZ or in side streets but please be considerate to residents.
 

004   WORCESTER ARMED FORCES COVENANT

Worcestershire County Council have been working on putting together a quarterly newsletter for the Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant.

This will be launched within the next week and they wanted to give you all the opportunity to opt in to this newsletter.

If you would like to receive these newsletters please follow this link to the sign up page.

The newsletter will include updates on the Worcestershire Veteran Hub project, updates from the Partnership Meetings and other updates from across the partnership. If you have any news that you think would be of interest, please contact.

Gwyneth Humphreys
Communication Co-ordinator (Press)
Content  & Communications
Worcestershire County Council, 
County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP

Tel: 01905 846 476

Email: GHumphreys@worcestershire.gov.uk

Press Desk: 01905 766 646 / commsunit@worcestershire.gov.uk

005 SERVICE LEAVERS FUNDED PROGRAMME TO TRAIN NEW TEACHERS

If any of you are working or supporting any service leavers (or have left in the last 5 years) who are interested in a teaching career please see the details below of a funded project, in partnership with the Gatsby Foundation, recognising transferable skills and experience acquired in the military to teach technical subjects, including Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in the Further Education and Skills Sector.  As well as free training, the programme oversees employment, placements and mentors.  If you have time to look at the website, you will see that this programme also supports further education providers to recruit new talent from the armed forces in SET subjects where there is a recognised skills shortage. 

https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/supporting/support-teacher-recruitment/further-forces/

006   LOST FRIENDS

Scott Pomeroy is looking for people who knew his grandfather Thomas John Pomeroy (known as John or 'Tech'??).  He lived in Evesham, but was based at Norton Barracks for his National Service.  He was the baton holder for Major Robert Britten. 
If anyone is able to help Scott please contact him using the email address below.

scottypom89@gmail.com

 

007   NORMANTON BARRACKS

There will be the unveiling of a new plaque at the site of the Normanton Barracks in Derby on Thursday 11th April at 3pm.
Oast House
Foresters Park Centre
Sinfin Lane
Derby
DE23 8AG
All are welcome to attend.

M A DACK
for Executive Committee



 

 

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