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Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

9 February 2018    WFRA NEWSLETTER                 Volume 9 Issue 6


It is with regret that we inform you that 23801257 Pte Gordon Mallinder THOMPSON of Newark died on 21 January 2018 aged 79.  Gordon was called up for National Service in 1960 and was posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Singapore and served with it until his discharge in 1962.  His funeral is to take place at Gedling Crematorium on 16 February 2018 at 1330 hours. Association members and Standards welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence: Mrs Pam Thompson, 51 Trinity Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 4EN.

The funeral of 24438856 LCpl Brian Edward POYNER who died on 27 January 2018is to take place at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Worcester WR3 8HA on 9 March 2018 at 1510 hours followed by a wake at Barbourne Ex-services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.  Association Members and Standards welcome.

Memorial Service - Brigadier B Smalley OBE TD

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Brig B Smalley will be held in the Choir of York Minster at 1400 hours on Tuesday13 March 2018. For those who wish the wearing of medals would be considered appropriate.

It is also anticipated that a gathering post service will also take place but details of a venue are still being clarified.

Once we have details of the gathering we will communicate it to you.


In order to comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation which becomes UK law in May 2018 we need your consent to hold your personal data and continue to communicate with you by post or email.  It is necessary therefore if you wish to receive correspondence/news from WFRA that you complete and return the Consent Form which can be downloaded at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/WFRA_Contact_Consent_%20Form.pdf0.23480500%201516884089

Failure to return the Contact Consent form will result in members being removed from the Membership, Address, Newsletter and postal distribution lists held by WFRA and its Branches.  It is appreciated that members who served with WFR or its predecessor regiments are life members of the Association, but under GDPR we must ensure we have clear and unambiguous consent before we can process personal data.  We are not permitted to count silence, pre-ticked boxes or inactivity as consent.  


The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner is to be held on Saturday 30 June 2018 at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW  1930 hours for 2000 hours. Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  The calling notice will be published shortly.



Chesterfield: Last Wednesday of month 1930 hours.
Derby : First Friday of Month
Kidderminster: First Sunday of month at 1100 hours.
Long Eaton:  First Monday of Month, (unless it‘s a Bank Holiday then 2nd Monday) 2000 hours,at new venue: RBL, 16 Hall Croft, Beeston NG9 1EL
Mansfield: Second Tuesday of Month, 2000 hours
Newark: Second Thursday of month.
Nottingham City:   Second Monday of Month
SF Malay Veterans: Annually in May
Sherwood Foresters Officers Club : Annually in April on Saturday closest to Badajoz Day
Worcester: Last Tuesday every other month from January @ 2000 hours, Barbourne Ex-Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED
Worksop: Last Sunday of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov – unless it is a bank holiday, then Sunday before
3 WFR: Annually on closest Saturday to 20 September.


On behalf of the Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association we would like to invite you and all your members to a March Past at NMA Alrewas on 23rd September to commemorate the end of the First World War.  We will also be commemorating the Battles that the Regiments of the Cheshires, Worcesters, Notts and Derbys (The Sherwood Foresters), and The Staffords fought in.

All Standards are welcome to attend.  The Mascot will be on Parade and also a Band to march to.  Please also bring along your own picnic or food is available to purchase in the café if required.  Further information will be forwarded when it is received.

Graham Bird (Chairman)
Kidderminster & District Branch MVRA



2 February 2018  WFRA NEWSLETTER            Volume 9 Issue 5


It is with sadness that we notify you that 14845660 Sgt Peter Rowland JONES of Coventry died on 29 January 2018 aged 93.  Peter was called up into the DCLI in 1944 and after transfer to the Worcestershire Regiment served with the 9th Battallion.  When it disbanded and after several moves Peter was posted to the Depot at Norton Barracks and became Orderly Room Sergeant until being released in 1949.  Whilst there he developed an interest in welfare and formed the Coventry and South Midlands Branch, remaining as its Secretary and Standard Bearer for the rest of his life.  An enthusiastic and tireless supporter to the Regimental Association for many years he held both the WRA and WFRA Merit Awards  His funeral will be held on Friday 9 March at Canley Crematorium, Charter Avenue, Coventry CV4 7DF 1030 hours followed by the wake at The Standard Club, Tile Hill Lane, Coventry CV4 9DG. The family have requested donations only to Myton Hospice in Warwick.  All Standard Bearers, Association members and their families are invited to attend. Letters of condolence can be sent to his daughter, Mrs Carol Clark at 10 Westcotes, Tile Hill, Coventry, CV4 9BD.

It is with regret that we inform you that 24438856 LCpl Brian Edward POYNER of Worcester died on 27 January 2018 aged 57.  Brian enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1977 and served with it in Belize, Colchester and BAOR until discharge in 1981.  Funeral details will be published when known. Letters of condolence may be sent to his widow, Mrs Sue Poyner, at 5 James Close, Worcester WR1 2BG.


In line with ICO guidance we have updated our privacy policy accordingly.  This can be viewed below and also at http://stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/membership  also on the same web page are the updated WFRA Application and Records of Service forms.

The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) Gallery within Nottingham Castle will be closing to the public after Easter; this is owing to Nottingham Castle’s Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment project which will see the Castle closed to the public for two years.  The Museum will be touring an exhibition around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire titled “Remembering WW1: Museum of the Mercian Regiment on Tour”.

The exhibition will go to various locations over the two years whilst the Castle is closed, the first venue is Mansfield Museum and the exhibition shall run from 9 June-24 November 2018.

Other confirmed locations are:
Chesterfield Museum- December 2018-April 2019 (exact dates tbc)
Erewash Museum, Ilkeston- June 2019-December 2019. (exact dates tbc)

The museum will also be involved in other projects to commemorate the end of the First World War and other significant events such as the Malaya 60th Anniversary in Nottingham and in Derby Museum and Art Gallery. So watch this space for more details.



26 January 2018         WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 4


In order to comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation we need your consent to hold your personal data and continue to communicate with you by post or email.  It is necessary therefore if you wish to receive correspondence/news from WFRA that you complete and return the Consent Form which can be downloaded at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/WFRA_Contact_Consent_%20Form.pdf0.23480500%201516884089

The Mansfield Branch WFRA is asking for support in updating the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Memorial in Carr Bank Memorial Park, Mansfield to a Regimental Memorial, which will include the two succeeding Regiments.

Plaques for The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment and The Mercian Regiment will be attached to the existing Memorial. This is being done to acknowledge the fallen of those two Regiments. The aim is to have them in place before the centenary of the ending of World War One.  To comply with the conditions of the Local Authority the plaques will have to be made in bronze at a cost of £1,870, this does not include the cost of fixing.
We would be grateful if those members who wish to donate; make their cheques payable to “Mansfield WFRA” and forward same to the Branch Secretary at 11 Intake Avenue, Mansfield NG18 5EJ  Thank you for your support.



The Friends of The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire) present an Evening Lecture by Alan Cowpe “Confessions of a Nuclear Warmonger” The Speaker, a former MOD Civil Servant, offers some reflections on the controversy surrounding the deployment of US Nuclear Armed Ground-Launched Cruise Missiles in the UK in the 1980s.
Wednesday 7th February 2018 At 1900 hours (Doors open at 1830 hours) St Richard’s Hospice Foundation Wildwood Drive, Worcester, WR5 2QT (For Sat Nav use address rather than postcode) Non Members £5. Tel. 01905 721982 to book. Email:  admin-mercianregimentmuseum@btconnect.com

The Crich Tramway museum will be holding a 1940's weekend at Easter  and full details can be found at:
Veterans can have free entry for themselves + one - see form at:



19 January 2018             WFRA NEWSLETTER                 Volume 9 Issue 3


22139416 LCpl Ronald MOOR of Worksop died on 10 September 2017 aged 86.  Ron enlisted in Warwick on 19 May 1949 and served in BAOR and Tel-El-Kebir with the 1st Bn, The Sherwood Foresters and was discharged on 3 June 1951.He then became a lorry driver before re-enlisting into the 8th Bn from 10 May 1952 until 9 May 1956. Upon discharge he worked for Genefax until retiring in 1993


The Foresters Lottery winners for January are:

1st Prize: £30.00 - MRS C SNEATH 

2nd Prize: £20.00 - MR D F EDMUNDS

3rd Prize: £10.00 - MR R SPYBY 

Happy New Year and 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
Nottingham NG9 5HA


12 January 2018             WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 2


It is with sadness that we inform you that 23980427 LCpl Colin Peter SEYMOUR died on 21 December 2017 aged 71 yrs. Colin enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1964 continuing in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until his discharge in 1977. His Funeral is to take place at St Mary’s Church, Manor Court Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5HU at 1445 hrs on Thursday 18 January 2018, followed by a private Cremation. Mourners are asked to be seated in the Church by 1415 hrs. Photos of Colin during his Army career will be appreciated by the family. Messages of Condolence may be sent to his Grandson, James Williams, 244 Heath End Road, Nuneaton, CV10 7JB. Standard Bearers and Association members are invited to attend.


The Defence Discount Service is a valuable and tangible part of the nation's recognition and appreciation of the Armed Forces Community. It is seen as an important element in developing the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK. The Defence Discount Service gives members of the Armed Forces Community discounts both online and on the high street. The Membership Card is a physical card that members of the Armed Forces Community can take into stores, restaurants and venues in order to obtain a discount.

Defence Discount Service is home to the official Veterans Discount Card, the Defence Privilege Card. The service was launched to help encourage the community to support the Armed Forces, Veterans and the Defence Community. The Veterans Discount card is the only officially endorsed discount card for the Ministry of Defence.

The Defence Privilege Card allows members of the Armed Forces Community to save in stores, restaurants and venues by showing their Defence Privilege Card. This in turn will allow the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans to get recognition within their communities.

Members can sign up to the service and request a Defence Privilege Card, which costs £4.99 for 5 years.
The Defence Discount Service is available to:
- Serving Armed Forces
- Reserve Forces
- Veterans
- MOD Civil Servants
- Cadet Forces (over 16)
- Spouses/Partners (of currently serving)
- NATO Personnel serving in the UK
If you are a member of the Defence Community you can sign up for free by going to https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk/index.php?p=defence_privilege_card and clicking Register Now.



All members of the Associated Branches of The Cheshire, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, Staffordshire, and Mercian Regiment Associations and serving members of The Mercian Regiment are welcome to attend at Stafford Rangers FC Social Club on Saturday 14 April 2018 from 1800 to 2359 hours.  No entry charge and the food is free.  Raffle Tickets will be sold on the night.  Please give an indication of numbers attending ASAP with final confirmation of numbers through your Branch Secretary by 24 March 2018 at the latest.   Contact:  Mr. Dave Lovell on 07977 007 803 or Mr. Richmond Leason 07976 837 306. Email:  richmondleason@yahoo.co.uk  For those requiring accommodation or transport to the venue which is at Stafford Rangers FC Social Club, Astonfields Road, Stafford ST16 3UF:

Hotels:         ( within ten minutes of event )
The Swan                 01785 258 142
The Vine Hotel          01785 244 112
Premier Inn. M6 (N)  0871 527 9030
Premier Inn. M6 (S)   0871 902 1551
Travel Lodge             08719 846 361
Numerous guest houses also.
Local taxi firms:
Aerobrights      01785 244 444
Westside          01785 225 588
Kaminski          01785 60 30 30
A.J.                  01785 252 255



5 January 2018               WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 9 Issue 1


It is with regret that we inform you that Captain Thomas Galloway FERGUSON MBE of Hythe, Kent died on 3 December 2017 aged 89.  Tom was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment from the Small Arms Corps in 1969 and remained with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on amalgamation.  He served with 1 Worc R in Cyprus 1969 before being appointed OC Weapons Trg Wing in Bulford where he was a strong member of the Bisley Team.  In 1973 he was OC 33 CTT when he was awarded the MBE.  He then went on to serve as Range Officer at Lydd Ranges before being appointed Range Officer at Hythe.  His funeral has taken place at Barham Crematorium on 4 January 2018.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife, Mrs Lucy Ferguson resides at Dreghorn Villa, 107 Dymchurch Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 6JR.

The funeral of 24380972 Sgt Peter Francis (Ginner) MIDDLETON who died on 23 December 2017 is to take place in Christ Church, Newark on 19 January 2018 at 1215 hours.  The service will be followed by a private family cremation and the Wake will be held after the service at RHP Working Men's Club where the family will join mourners afteer the cremation.


A paving stone to commemorate Maj Gen Robers VC is to be laid in Islington on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 1100 hours. The event has been organised by Islington Local History Centre and Museum, Children’s Services Department, Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NB.  The ceremony will commemorate LCpl John William Sayer* (born in Islington in 1879, and formerly of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) and Major-General Frank Crowther Roberts(born in Islington in 1891, formerly of the 1st Bn Worcestershire Regiment).  While the stone laying ceremonies have been organised by the Local History Centre and Museum on behalf of the local authority, they always like to ensure relevant military representation, therefore any members of the WFRA or Mercian Regiment who wish to attend should contact Mark Aston, Local History Manager at the address above.


The next Meeting of Long Eaton Branch is to be held at RBL Beeston, 16 Hall Croft, Beeston NG9 1EL on Monday 8 January 2018 at 2000 hours.  All welcome.


29 December 2017           WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 8 Issue 44


It is with regret that we announce the death of 24380972 Sgt Peter Francis MIDDLETON of Newark on 23 December 2017.  Ginner, as he was known, served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1977 to 1993.  He served in Belize with C Coy then later with A Coy before being appointed Provost Sgt.  Funeral details will be published when notified.


Members will be pleased to learn that the Duke of Devonshire presented Derby XXXII to the Regiment at Chatsworth House in the week before Christmas.


In 2011 the members of the Dover and District Rifle Club decided to commemorate their most famous member by erecting a memorial on the building from which Capt J J Crowe sallied forth to win the Victoria Cross on 14 April 1918. His actions allowed the remnants of 2 Worcesters to escape from Neuve Eglise (now Nieuwkerke), just south of Ypres, during the German Spring Offensive. The memorial was unveiled in the presence of club members, representatives of the Mercian Regiment and descendants of JJ Crowe. These descendants, and members of what is now the Dover and Ramsgate Rifle Club, wish to commemorate the centenary of his VC action in situ on Saturday 14 April 2018. The Commune of Heuvelland  and the owners of the building to which the memorial is attached have agreed to assist in a suitable commemoration. The Vicar of St George’s Church in Ypres and the Last Post   Association buglers are also being asked to participate. The building is now called De Bosgeus and is a children’s holiday home that brews and sells an excellent beer named after John James Crowe . They have agreed to feed and water all who attend the commemoration provided they know numbers in advance.  The programme on Saturday 14 April 2018 will be as follows:
1400 hours. RV at De Bosgeus in Nieuwkerke
1415 hours. Battlefield tour of Crowe and 2 Worcesters actions on 13-14 April 1918 guided by John Cotterill
1530 hours. Speeches at Memorial Site by descendants of JJ Crowe , Burgomaster of Heuvelland Commune and Dover & Ramsgate Rifle Club
1545 hours. Rededication of Crowe Memorial
1600 hours. Act of Remembrance for 2 Worcesters who fell in April 1918
1700 hours. Meal in De Bosgeus
2000 hours. Attendance at Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres (12 km north of Nieuwkerke)
All who wish to attend are asked to contact Major (Retd) John Cotterill MBE (Honorary Vice President of the Dover and Ramsgate Rifle Club) with the following information : name and organization you are representing ( if any). There is no charge for the battlefield tour, meal or any other part of the commemoration.  Names are to be submitted please by no later than 1 March 2018 to john.cotterill@btinternet.com or 07733 458971





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