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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION


Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
 Chairman: Lt Col P G Gilby

 28 March  2014                                              NEWSLETTER                                           VOL 5 ISSUE 09 001 OBITUARIES/FUNERALS  
 None to report  
  
002 2 MERCIAN FREEDOM MARCHES 2-4 APRIL 2014  
B Company, 2 Mercian will be exercising their Freedom rights in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire 2 – 4 April.  All

are welcome to watch the Company march through the following town centres:  
 

Ashbourne   Wednesday 2 April   Step off at 1330 hours Mansfield     Thursday 3 April       Step off at 1230 hours Chesterfield  Friday 4 April           Step off at 1030 hours.

 The Duchess of Devonshire will be presenting the Colonel of the Regiment with the new Regimental Mascot, Pte Derby XXX   
 

All Standards are most welcome and encouraged for all the parades and should line up by the Saluting Dias which

will be located near the Town Hall in each town.  
 

003 BADAJOZ DAY SUNDAY 6 APRIL 2014  
The Red Jacket will be raised at Nottingham Castle by Major D Hallam at 1100 hours on Sunday 6 April 2014.  All

Standards are welcome and should report to Mr Phil Twells on arrival for further direction.  Association members

carrying their Association Card will be allowed free entry into the Castle and they and all visitors are requested to

be in place on the Green by 1040 hour for the parade commencing at 1045 hours.  This year, the great, great

nephew of Lt Macpherson will be in attendance along with his son  
 

004 RHQ ADMIN STAFF DEPARTURE 
                                   
  
As you will be aware, Mr Andy McDougall and Mrs Angela Gutteridge have now left RHQ and the Civil Service and

many of you joined us to say goodbye to them in Foresters House, as well as contributing towards their

leaving gifts.  Their sterling and dedicated service over the years has been appreciated by so many with their

departure marking the end of an era.  We wish both of them well in their next adventure.  
 

Both Andy and Angela have asked that the following messages be passed to all of you  

From Andy:   
Having left I realised I no longer had access to the address lists, thus the reason for this circular message.  I would

like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind messages of appreciation and the contributions made

towards my retirement, they were gratefully appreciated although I admit I was overwhelmed and slightly surprised

to find out I was so well thought of!!   
For those who were unable to attend the retirement

function I will no doubt see you at Crich or some other Regimental Reunion.  
 

In the words of my Regimental Motto - Quis Separabit.  
Thank you all once again  
Andy  
A H L McDOUGALL  

 

From Angela:  
Thank you all so much for the many cards and gifts you have given me on my leaving RHQ.  I have been deeply

touched by your kind thoughts.  It doesn’t seem 23 years since I joined RHQ 3 WFR, in fact it only seems like

yesterday.  I have learnt so many facts about the Regiment and its family over the years and feel my life has

been enriched by meeting so many lovely people.  I will always hold you high in my thoughts and thank you for

making my job in RHQ so rewarding for having served you.     Thank you to the members of RHQ Lichfield for

organising l ast week’s leaving party at which it was lovely to see so many of you, I am truly grateful to all who

managed to fit the visit into their busy schedule.     It has been a pleasure to serve the Association and the Regiment

and to have known so many kind hea rted people over the years. I will treasure the friends I have made.      I will

remember you all with much affection and may I wish the Members of the WFR Association and the Regimental

Family a long and prosperous life.   Angela Gutteridge  
 

005  
RHQ NOTTINGHAM MINIMUM MANNING  
Currently there is limited admin support within RHQ Nottingham and your patience in waiting for a response to

a call, query or e-mail is most appreciated. 
  
       
C A BAINES (Ms) Assistant Regimental Secretary RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham) Foresters House Chetwynd Barracks Chilwell Nottingham NG9 5HA  
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com   
   
Dates for your Diary

 Sun 30 Mar Worksop WFRA Branch Meeting at the Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS at 1900 hours.

Wed 2 Apr 2 Mercian Freedom Parade in Ashbourne. Step off at 1330 hours Thu 3 Apr 2 Mercian Freedom Parade in Mansfield. Step off at 1330 hours

Friday 4 Apr 2 Mercian Freedom Parade and presentation of Pte Derby XXX in Chesterfield. Step off at 1030 hours

Fri 4 Apr Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours

Sat 5 Apr Officers Lunch Club.  Army & Navy Club London

Sat 5 Apr Mercian Regimental Gala Dinner Sun 6 Apr Badajoz Day Nottingham Castle 1100 hours

Tue 8 Apr Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.

 Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfield, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.

Thu 10 Apr Newark Branch WFRA Meeting The RAFA Club, 23A London Road, Newark NG24 1TN at 1430 hours.

Sat 12 Apr Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL

Mon 14 Apr Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.

 Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours.

Thu 17 Apr Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.

Wed 30 Apr Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours.   

   

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 14 March  2014                                              NEWSLETTER                                           VOL 5 ISSUE 08 001 OBITUARIES/FUNERALS  
 None to report  
002 LE CATEAU LOTTERY  
The lucky winners for March’s draw are  
1ST £75 Mr DF Edmonds of Chesterfield 2nd £50 Mr

Jennings of Colchester 3rd £25 Mrs Tarnowski of Leicestershire  
The tickets were drawn by Cpl Skinner of 2 Mercian at Foresters House and witnessed by Ms Baines and Pte

Pearce 2 Mercian and names verified by RHQ staff.  The lucky winners will be contacted by RHQ.  
 

Would you like to be in with a chance of winning and be able to support your museum as well?  Contact RHQ for

further details and to buy tickets.  The next draw will take place on Friday 11 April.  
 

For those that purchased their tickets last year by cheque, please note that you will need to re- subscribe to continue

in the lottery.  Please contact RHQ for further details.    
 

003 WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA – AGM 25 MARCH 2014  
The AGM of the Worcester Branch WFRA will be held at the TA Centre, Dancox House, Pheasant Street, Worcester

WR1 2EE on Tuesday 25 March 2014 at 1930 hours prompt.   
 

004 DERBY 10K RACE  
Dave Phillips, ex 1 WFR,  will be running the Derby 10 k race for a small Group from Ilkeston called Awareness For

Autism. For further details, please see the attachment. ( to follow)         
 
C A BAINES (Ms) Assistant Regimental Secretary RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham) Foresters House Chetwynd Barracks Chilwell Nottingham NG9 5HA  
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com     

 

 Dates for your Diary 
Thu 20 Mar Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.

Tue 25 Mar Worcester Branch WFRA AGM and Meeting 1930 hours at Dancox House TA Centre, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE.

Wed26 Mar Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours.  

Sun 30 Mar Worksop WFRA Branch Meeting at the Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS at 1900 hours.

Fri 4 Apr Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours

Tue 8 Apr Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.

 Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfield, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.

Thu 10 Apr Newark Branch WFRA Meeting The RAFA Club, 23A London Road, Newark NG24 1TN at 1430 hours.

Sat 12 Apr Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL

Mon 14 Apr Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.

 Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours. 

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14 February 2014                        NEWSLETTER                      Volume 5 Issue 06

001   OBITUARIES/FUNERALS
 
Nil reported

 

002   INTERNAL OFFICE MOVE OF RHQ MERCIAN (NOTTINGHAM)
 
Personnel are requested to minimise telephone calls to RHQ during the period 17 – 21 February. Please note

that we have no  military phonelines until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience and look

forward to seeing you in our new offices upstairs in the East Wing. (Up the main stairs turn left and on the

same corridor as the lift).
 

003   LE CATEAU LOTTERY
 
The lucky winners for February’s draw are;
 
1st - £75.00  `Brig C E Wilkinson CBE TD DL of Bakewell, Derbyshire
2nd - £50.00  Mrs J Leverton of Sleaford, Lincolnshire
3rd - £25.00   Lt Col N Turner of Nottingham
 
The tickets were kindly drawn by Mr Bill Drummond of JMH Civil Engineering at Foresters House, witnessed by

Ms C Baines, Assistant Regt Secretary and Mr A Hale and names verified by RHQ Staff.  Winners will be

contacted by RHQ.
 
Do you want to take a chance on winning and supporting your Museum?  Contact RHQ for further

details and to buy tickets.  Next draw Friday 14 March 2014.  For those who purchased tickets by cheque,

next month is the final draw. Act now to ensure you are included in April’s draw.  Remember – you have to be in

it to win it.
 

004   CHARITY GOLF DAY – LANGDON HILLS GOLF CLUB - 4 MARCH 2014
 
There is to be a Charity Golf Day at Langdon Golf Club, Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, Essex RM14 3TY on 4

March 2014 with the beneficiary of the day being the family of WO2 Ian Fisher 3 MERCIAN who KiA in

Afghanistan in November 2013. 
 
The day will comprise of a 2 tee start from about 0830 hours.  Bacon rolls and coffee on arrival, 18 holes and

lunch of ham and egg with chips.  The cost (which includes £5 of raffle tickets) is £40.  All enquiries to Ian

Jones Tel: (M) 07952 817340
 

005   PRESENTATION EVENING AT THE RAFA CLUB NEWARK – 9 APRIL 2014 
 
The RBL Southwell Branch have organised a Presentation Evening at The RAFA Club, London Road,

Newark on Wednesday 9 April 2014 covering the 8thBattalion Sherwood Foresters.
 
The Presentation will be given by Cdr (Retd) Steve Foster RN whose father served with the 8th Battalion

and was taken PoW in April 1940.  See flyer below for contact and further details.
 

006   LOST TOUCH
 
Mick Tuckwood ex Sherwood Rangers is trying to make contact with Bob Crawford who was with 3 WFR (V) in

the early nineties.  Bob came to WFR from the Sherwood Rangers.  Mick can be contacted

on tuckwoodmike@gmail.com
 

007   WFRA BUSINESS DIRECTORY
 
The WFR Business Directory is for all those within our Regimental Family that now have a business that they

wish to promote.  Whatever your business, we will include it (providing it is legal and not offensive!) and

the directory will be published on the e-newsletter on a monthly basis and would reach all of those on our

distribution list. 
 
For us to assist in widening your future potential cliental base, all I ask is that you supply me with a short brief

of your business including your contact details, your LinkedIn details (if applicable), your connection to the

Regimental family and a (yearly) donation to the WFRA, would be appreciated. I will leave this to your discretion

as to how much you wish to donate.
 
 
TRANSIT EXPRESS
 
Automotive repairs for cars, vans, buses, coaches, trucks, trailers, caravans etc.

 

MOT repairs and servicing.  Classic vehicle spares.  General engineering and DIY.
 

On site repairs service and call out for roadside repairs - I come to you!
 

Based in Chilwell.
 
Gary Crosby 07885465779.  garycrosby1375@live.com
(Sgt Crosby 3 WFR 1974-1988) 
 
 
J BRELSFORD GARDENING SERVICES
 
Full Gardening Maintenance Service including lawn and hedge cutting, strimming, leaf clearance, garden waste

removal, patio and driveway cleaning and turfing. Based in the Long Eaton/Chilwell area.
 
For a no obligation quote, phone Jamie on 07804092823 or 0115 8493563
(brother of late Sgt Brelsford MC)
 
 
MIDLANDS MOBILITY & INSTALLATIONS (UK)
 
I have three high street mobility shops, our main shop and the head office is in Sutton-In-Ashfield, one in

Arnold Notts and one in Bolsover, we supply mobility scooters, profile beds, rise and recline chairs and all

household mobility aids, we also do the whole nine yards in building house conversions, wet rooms etc. As

an ex soldier if you need any mobility products or services please contact only me (Gary Canavan) and I

will look after them. They can contact me at Midlands Mobility & Installations (UK) on 01623 511537 or 07780 111928
 
Mr G R Canavan NEBSM
(Ex 24842440 Cpl 3 WFR (V))
For & on behalf of Midlands Mobility Uk Ltd
WINNERS OF THE RICS CONSERVATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR WALES 2007

 

WINNERS OF THE OVERHAUL BRITISH BUILDING MAINTENANCE AWARDS 2007
 
Please note that whilst RHQ are happy to advertise your business it neither holds, nor accepts, responsibility for

the business, its contracts or agreements with others.
 

 

C A BAINES (Ms)

Assistant Regimental Secretary
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA
 
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com

 

Dates for your Diary
  

Thu 20 Feb Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.
 

Sat 22 Feb Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.
 

Wed 26 Feb Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours. 
 

Fri 7 Mar Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours
 

Sat 8 Mar Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL
 

Mon 10 Mar Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.
 

Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours.
 

Tue 11 Mar Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.
 

Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfield, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.
 

Thu 13 Mar Newark Branch WFRA Meeting The RAFA Club, 23A London Road, Newark NG24 1TN at 1430 hours.
 

Thu 20 Mar Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.
 

Tue 25 MarWorcester Branch WFRA  AGM & Meeting 19:30 hours at Dancox House TA Centre, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE.
 

Wed 26 Mar Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours. 
 

Sun 30 Mar Worksop WFRA Branch Meeting at the Station  Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS at 1900 hours.

 

 

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7th FEBRUARY 2014   VOLUME 5 ISSUE 5

001   OBITUARIES/FUNERALS
 
It is with sadness that we inform you that 4977025 Sgt George C SCOTT of Keyworth, Nottingham died on 2

February 2014 aged 94.  George enlisted into the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served

with it in France with the BEF and later in North Africa, Italy, Greece and Austria before being demobbed in

March 1946.  After the war he became very involved with the Royal British Legion and was a former

President of the Colston Basset, Owthorpe and Cotgrave Branch.  His funeral is to take place at

Wilford Hill Crematorium, Nottingham on Monday 17 February 2014 at 1120 hours.  The family would

appreciate it if Standards could be present.
 

002   INTERNAL OFFICE MOVE OF RHQ MERCIAN (NOTTINGHAM)
 
Personnel are requested to minimise calls/emails/visits to RHQ during the period 10 – 14 February. Please

note that we have no  military phonelines until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience and look

forward to seeing you in our new offices upstairs in the East Wing. (Up the main stairs turn left and on the

same corridor as the lift).
 

003   MILITARY HISTORY TALKS IN AID OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT BENEVOLENT FUND
 
The landlord of Ye Olde Dolphin Inn, 5A Queen Street, Derby DE1 3DL is organising a series of Military History

talks in aid of The Mercian Regiment Benevolent fund.  Further details may be obtained by Tel: 01332 267711
 
On Wednesday 16 April 2014 the Regimental Historian, Cliff Housley, will be giving a talk on the history of The

Sherwood Foresters 1741 – 1970 at 1930 hours. Admission £6.00.
 

004   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA – ANNUAL DINNER 22 FEBRUARY 2014
 
Long Eaton Branch WFRA is to hold its Annual dinner on Saturday 22 February 2014 at Brennans, 2 Regent

Street, Long Eaton, Derbyshire at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Cost £15.00 per person.  Tickets and menu

details are available from Mr P Twells, Branch Treasurer on 07447 019177.  All welcome.
 

005   SKETCHES OF THE GREAT WAR BY AN AMERICAN ARTIST
 
Edward Shenton, an American art student enlisted in April 1917 into the 103rdEngineers and his sketches of

life in the trenches have come to light after nearly 100 years.  Carrying his canvas bound sketchbooks with

him wherever he went; he fought in trenches near the Marne, built bridges under enemy fire on the Vesle,

repaired roads and buried dead soldiers in the Argonne forest.  All the time he was drawing what he saw.   The

Lost Sketchbooks – A Young Artist In The Great War by Rex Passion is being published Komatik Press and will

be available in August 2014.  For more information, or to be added to the mailing list please contact Rex

Passion, Komatik Press at rex1@rcn.com
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C A BAINES (Ms)

Assistant Regimental Secretary
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA
 
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com

 

Dates for your Diary
  

Fri 7 Feb Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours
 

Sat 8 Feb Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL
 

MoN 10 Feb Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at n 10Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.

Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours. Cancelled
 

Tue 11 Feb Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.
 

Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfieldd, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.
 

Thu 20 Feb Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.
 

Sat 22 Feb Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.
 

Wed 26 Feb Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours. 
 

Tue 25 Mar Worcester Branch WFRA AGM & Meeting 19:30 hours at Dancox House TA Centre, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE.
 

Sun 30 Mar Worksop WFRA Branch Meeting at the Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS at 1900 hours.


 

 

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24 JANUARY 2014                   NEWSLETTER                      VOLUME 5 ISSUE 03

001   OBITUARIES/FUNERALS
 
It is with regret we inform you that 5252332 Sgt John “Jack” Walter WILKINSON of Dudley died on 9 January

2014 aged 92.  Jack joined 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and served with it throughout

the Second World War in UK, India and Burma.  His funeral is to take place at Lower Gornal Crematorium,

Chase Road, Gornalwood, Dudley DY3 2RL on Thursday 30 January 2014 at 1220 hours.
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It is with sadness we report that 4987654 Pte Peter PEARSON of Worksop died on 12 January 2014 aged 90. 

Peter enlisted into 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters on 18 June 1942 and joined HQ Coy Signals in

North Africa and served with it through Tunisia, Italy, Greece and Austria before transferring to the Loyal

Regiment in March 1946.  His funeral service is to take place on Thursday 30 January 2014 at 1400 hours in

Christ Church, Theivesdale Close, Worksop S81 0XS followed by committal at Retford Road Cemetery. 

Standard Bearers Welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence the NoK is Mr M Pearson, 12 Grange Park

Drive, Morley, Leeds LS27 7UR.
 

002    MOVE OF RHQ MERCIAN (NOTTINGHAM)
 
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham) will only be occasionally manned throughout the period 3 – 7 February 2014

owing to an internal move of offices.  Personnel are requested to minimise calls/visits to RHQ during this period.

003   BATTLEFIELD TOURS – 2014
 
Of the two regular battalions of the Sherwood Foresters, in 1914, the 1st were in Bombay and the 2nd in Sheffield.

The Territorial battalions were being mobilised and trained. The Kitchener volunteer battalions were being

raised and trained. As the 1st Battalion came home from India only the 2nd Foresters (the old 95th Derbyshire

Regiment) made it to the Western Front in time to take part in significant fighting in 1914. I will run centenary

battlefield tours to their two biggest battles of that year. The first will be their first engagement near the Chemin

de Dames on the River Aisne on 20 September where they suffered the same number of dead and wounded as

they had at the Battle of the Alma , 60 years to the day before. The second will be the Battle of Ennetieres, near

Armentieres on 20 October 1914 where the 2nd Foresters were over-run after an epic defence losing over 700 men.
 
 
The Foresters First Blood Battlefield Tour will take place 19-22 September 2014 as follows:
 
Fri 19 Sep. Travel from Nottingham to Reims
Sat 20 Sep. 2nd Foresters in the First Battle of the Aisne on 20 Sep 1914. Overnight Reims.
Sun 21 Sep. Destruction of the 1st Foresters in the Third Battle of the Aisne in May 1918. Overnight Reims.
Sun 22 Sep. Travel from Reims to Nottingham via the railway carriage outside Compiegne where the 1918 and 1945 armistices were signed.
The Foresters End of the Old Contemptibles Tour will take place 19-22 October 2014 as follows:
 
Sun 19 Oct. Travel from Nottingham to Lille
Mon 20 Oct. 2nd Foresters in the Battle of Ennetieres on 20 Oct 1914. Overnight Lille
Tues 21 Oct. Visit other Sherwood Forester scenes of interest in the Lille area including   the crash site and

grave of Capt Albert Ball VC at Annoeullin in 1917 and the advance to victory through Courtrai by the Nottingham

Pals (15th Foresters) in 1918. Overnight Lille
 

Weds 22 Oct. Travel from Lille to Nottingham via the V2 blockhouse at Eperlecques.
Further Sherwood Forester Centenary Battlefield Tours will take place including:
Gallipoli (Turkey), Neuve Chapelle, Ypres Salient and Loos in 2015.
The Somme including Gommecourt in 2016
Arras, Messines and the Ypres Salient in 2017                                                                                        
Asiago Plateau (Italy), Kaisers Spring Offensive and Hindenburg Line in 2018
For both tours in 2014 prices will depend on numbers and can be booked either guide only ( providing own transport

and accommodation) or all inclusive ( including minibus transport from Nottingham or an alternative pick up point

and B&B in a hotel). Please indicate interest to John Cotterill on john.cotterill@btinternet.com or 07733 458971
 

004   ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA – ENTRY
 
At the moment the Regiment has only one Chelsea Pensioner that lives in at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Should you live on your own and have served in the Army, providing you meet the criteria below you could

apply to live in the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The key criteria are:

1.         Over 65 years of age. Either a former non-commissioned officer or soldier of the British Army;
or
a former officer of the British Army who served for at

least 12 years in the ranks before obtaining a commission;
or
have been awarded a disablement pension while serving in the ranks.
 
2.         Able to live independently in the sheltered accommodation (known as Long Wards). The Royal

Hospital Chelsea does not usually accept direct entries in to the Infirmary.
 
3.         Free of any financial obligation to support a spouse or family. If you are in receipt of an Army Service

Pension or War Disability Pension you will be required to surrender it upon entry to the Royal Hospital. Please note

that if your Army Service or War Disability Pension does not meet a minimum threshold you will be required to

‘top-up’ to that amount, providing it does not place you in financial difficulty.
 
Should you be thinking of applying please contact Bill Temminck at RHQ Lichfield who can give you more details

on 01543 434358, after you have read the information given on the website below.
 
The website for the RHC is: http://www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/home , this site contains an application form for entry candidates. 

 

C A BAINES (Ms)

Assistant Regimental Secretary
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA
 
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com

Dates for your Diary
 

Fri 7 Feb Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours
 

Sat 8 Feb Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL
 

Mon 10 Feb Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.


Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours. Cancelled
 

Tue 11 Feb Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.


Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfieldd, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.
 

Thu 20 Feb Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.
 

Wed 26 Feb Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours. 
 

Tue 25 Mar Worcester Branch WFRA Meeting 2000 hours at Dancox House TA Centre, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE.
 

Sun 30 Mar Worksop WFRA Branch Meeting at the Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS at 1900 hours

 

 

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17 JANUARY 2014                      NEWSLETTER                          VOL 5 ISSUE 02

001   OBITUARIES/FUNERALS
 
The funeral of 5732344 WO2 Albert GRICE of Kidderminster who died on 5 January 2014 is to take place on Monday 20 January 2014 at Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8DE at 1400 hours.  Standards welcome.
 
It is with regret we inform you that 4978330 Alfred Frederick GRANT of Derby died on 1 January 2014 aged 93.  Alfred enlisted into the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in October 1939 and served with it throughout WW2.  He saw service with the BEF and was evacuated out of Dunkirk, this was followed by service in UK, North Africa, the Anzio Beachhead, Italy and the Middle East.  He was demobbed in February 1946.  His funeral is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on Friday 31 January 2014 at 1500 hours.  Standards welcome.
 

002   MOVE OF RHQ MERCIAN (NOTTINGHAM)
 
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham) will only be occasionally manned throughout the period 3 – 7 February 2014 owing to an internal move of offices.  Personnel are requested to minimise calls/visits to RHQ during this period.
 

003   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA – ANNUAL DINNER 22 FEBRUARY 2014
 
Long Eaton Branch WFRA is to hold its Annual dinner on Saturday 22 February 2014 at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton, Derbyshire at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Cost £15.00 per person.  Tickets and menu details are available from Mr P Twells, Branch Treasurer on 07400 232858.  All welcome.
 

C A BAINES (Ms)

Assistant Regimental Secretary
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA
 
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com

Dates for your Diary
 

Fri 7 Feb Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours
Sat 8 Feb Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL
Mon 10 Feb Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.


Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours.
Tue 11 Feb Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.


Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfieldd, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.
Thu 20 Feb Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.
Wed 26 Feb Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours. 
Tue 25 Mar Worcester Branch WFRA Meeting 2000 hours at Dancox House TA Centre, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE.
Sun 30 Mar Worksop WFRA Branch Meeting at the Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS at 1900 hours.

 

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10 January 2014                          NEWSLETTER                  Volume 5 Issue 01

001   OBITUARIES/FUNERALS
 
It is with regret that we inform you that 2nd Lt John Gerald MORTIMER of Derby died on 30 December 2013 aged 77.  John was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Service Officer in

July 1956 and served in Germany before he retired in September 1957.  He became a teacher in civilian life

before moving to the Sports Desk of the Derby Telegraph in July 1970 retiring in 2002 as Editor and Chief Sports

Reporter.  His funeral is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium on Tuesday 14 January 2014 at 1040 hours.
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It is with sadness we inform you that 451261 A/Capt John Barry (Tracker) HENTON of Merton, Oxon died on 31

December 2013 aged 78.  Tracker was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in October 1956

and served in Malaya as OC Tracker Platoon in 1959 before being posted in 1960 to the Depot Staff in Derby. 

He left the Army in 1962.  His funeral is to take place at Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxon

OX3 9RZ on Thursday 16 January 2014 at 1115 hours.  The family invite mourners to join them at Studley Golf

Club in Horton after the committal.
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It is with regret we notify you that 5732344 WO2 Albert GRICE of Kidderminster died on 5 January 2014 aged 89. 

Albert enlisted into the Dorset Regiment in WW2 before transferring to 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment

where he served with C Coy in Iserlohn, Germany and British Guyana.  In 1959 he was posted to 7th Battalion

The Worcestershire Regiment as a PSI and in 1960 was promoted to WO2.  He returned to the 1st Battalion in

1962.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.
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It is with regret we inform you that Pte Mike TODD of New Romney, Kent died on 7 January 2014 aged 70. 

Mike joined st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1961 and served with MT Platoon.  He saw service in

Minden, Lydd, Gibraltar, Tobruk and Shorncliffe before

leaving the Army in 1970.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 20 January 2014 at 1400 hours at Hawkinge

Crematorium, Aerodrome Road, Folkestone, Kent CT18 7AG.  Family flowers only.
 

002   NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST
 
We congratulate Col N S Chapman MBE (late The Mercian Regiment) on being awarded the CBE and also Maj R A Goodwin 1 MERCIAN on being awarded the MBE.
 

003   LE CATEAU LOTTERY
 
The lucky winners for January’s draw are;
 
1st - £75.00  Lt Col P G Gilby 2 MERCIAN
2nd - £50.00 Mr R Spybey of Arnold, Nottingham
3rd - £25.00  Long Eaton WFRA
 
The tickets were kindly drawn by SSgt D McIntyre 350 (Robin Hood) Sqn RE (V) at Foresters House, witnessed

by Ms C Baines, Assistant Regt Secretary and Mr B Dale and names verified by RHQ Staff.  Winners will be

contacted by RHQ.
 
Do you want to take a chance on winning and supporting your Museum?  Contact RHQ for further details and to

buy tickets.  Next draw Friday 14 February 2014.  Remember – you have to be in it

004   BATTLEFIELD TOURS – 2014
 
Of the two regular battalions of the Sherwood Foresters, in 1914, the 1st were in Bombay and the 2nd in Sheffield.

The Territorial battalions were being mobilised and trained. The Kitchener volunteer battalions were being

raised and trained. As the 1st Battalion came home from India only the 2nd Foresters (the old 95th Derbyshire

Regiment) made it to the Western Front in time to take part in significant fighting in 1914. I will run centenary

battlefield tours to their two biggest battles of that year. The first will be their first engagement near the Chemin

de Dames on the River Aisne on 20 September where they suffered the same number of dead and wounded as

they had at the Battle of the Alma , 60 years to the day before. The second will be the Battle of Ennetieres, near

Armentieres on 20 October 1914 where the 2nd Foresters were over-run after an epic defence losing over 700 men.
 
The Foresters First Blood Battlefield Tour will take place 19-22 September 2014 as follows:
 
Fri 19 Sep. Travel from Nottingham to Reims
Sat 20 Sep. 2nd Foresters in the First Battle of the Aisne on 20 Sep 1914. Overnight Reims.
Sun 21 Sep. Destruction of the 1st Foresters in the Third Battle of the Aisne in May 1918. Overnight Reims.
Sun 22 Sep. Travel from Reims to Nottingham via the railway carriage outside Compiegne where the 1918 and 1945 armistices were signed.
The Foresters End of the Old Contemptibles Tour will take place 19-22 October 2014 as follows:
 
Sun 19 Oct. Travel from Nottingham to Lille
Mon 20 Oct. 2nd Foresters in the Battle of Ennetieres on 20 Oct 1914. Overnight Lille
Tues 21 Oct. Visit other Sherwood Forester scenes of interest in the Lille area including   the crash site and

grave of Capt Albert Ball VC at Annoeullin in 1917 and the advance to victory through Courtrai by the Nottingham

Pals (15th Foresters) in 1918. Overnight Lille
Weds 22 Oct. Travel from Lille to Nottingham via the V2

blockhouse at Eperlecques.
 
Further Sherwood Forester Centenary Battlefield Tours will take place including:
Gallipoli (Turkey), Neuve Chapelle, Ypres Salient and Loos in 2015.
The Somme including Gommecourt in 2016
Arras, Messines and the Ypres Salient in 2017                                                                                        
Asiago Plateau (Italy), Kaisers Spring Offensive and Hindenburg Line in 2018
For both tours in 2014 prices will depend on numbers and can be booked either guide only ( providing own transport

and accommodation) or all inclusive ( including minibus transport from Nottingham or an alternative pick up point

and B&B in a hotel). Please indicate interest to John Cotterill on john.cotterill@btinternet.com or 07733 458971
 

005   FTRS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
 
If you are already serving in the Territorial Army, or are a Regular Reserve, and are actively seeking employment

you should check

http://www.army.mod.uk/structure/30012.aspx  for new Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) posts each week.
 
Personnel may only apply for a maximum of 2 posts at any one time. Example of jobs are:
 
Army Career Centre: (these are the AFCO/ACIOs).  Jobs range from Maj, SSgt, Cpl;
 

Army School of Recruiting. Assessment Centre.
Various: RCMO and POSWO posts within TA Units.
 
To apply for a post, make a note of the Post Reference Number, complete the FTRS Application Form under

Documents and send to:
 
FTRS
CM Ops
MP 587
Kentigern House
65 Brown St
Glasgow G2 8EX
 
Applications can also be sent to:


Fax to 0141 224 2689
E-mail to APC-CMOps-FTRSBds-1E1@mod.uk
 
If sending electronically a hard copy must also be sent to verify signature.
 
The sole mechanism for expressing interest in FTRS posts is by submitting a FTRS Application Form, which for all TA

personnel must be countersigned by the TA CO.
 
MS Reserves do not maintain a 'waiting list' of potential volunteers. Reservists seeking full-time employment should monitor the RAOL and if they consider themselves suitable, should formally apply for posts as advertised.
 

006   CHARITY MOBILITY SCOOTER EVENT
 
On 14 June 2014 a charity sponsored mobility scooter event will take place around Ashbourne Race Track.  Any

participant can ride their mobility scooter around the track for up to 15 miles; laps of the track are 1 and an

half mile long so they can do how ever many they want. 
 
The intent is that participants get sponsored by friends and family to do this to raise money for the Regimental Charity.
 
Anyone interested in joining in this fun fund-raising event, or to sponsor Councillor Tony Millward  is asked to

contact him for more details.
 
Councillor Millward on 01335 346426 or 01629 761100 or by email: Tony.millward@derbyshiredales.gov.uk
 

007   WFRA BUSINESS DIRECTORY
 
The WFR Business Directory is for all those within our Regimental Family that now have a business that they

wish to promote.  Whatever your business, we will include it (providing it is legal and not offensive!) and the

directory will be published on the e-newsletter on a monthly basis and would reach all of those on our

distribution list. 
 
For us to assist in widening your future potential cliental base, all I ask is that you supply me with a short brief of

your business including your contact details, your LinkedIn details (if applicable), your connection to the

Regimental family and a (yearly) donation to the WFRA, would be appreciated. I will leave this to your discretion

as to how much you wish to donate.
 
TRANSIT EXPRESS
 
Automotive repairs for cars, vans, buses, coaches, trucks, trailers, caravans etc.
MOT repairs and servicing.  Classic vehicle spares.  General engineering and DIY.
On site repairs service and call out for roadside repairs - I come to you!
Based in Chilwell.
 
Gary Crosby 07885465779.  garycrosby1375@live.com
(Sgt Crosby 3 WFR 1974-1988) 
 
J BRELSFORD GARDENING SERVICES
 
Full Gardening Maintenance Service including lawn and hedge cutting, strimming, leaf clearance, garden waste removal, patio and driveway cleaning and turfing. Based in the Long Eaton/Chilwell area.
 
For a no obligation quote, phone Jamie on
07804092823 or 0115 8493563
(brother of late Sgt Brelsford MC)
 
MIDLANDS MOBILITY & INSTALLATIONS (UK)
 
I have three high street mobility shops, our main shop and the head office is in Sutton-In-Ashfield, one in Arnold

Notts and one in Bolsover, we supply mobility scooters, profile beds, rise and recline chairs and all household

mobility aids, we also do the whole nine yards in building house conversions, wet rooms etc. As an ex soldier if you

need any mobility products or services please contact only me (Gary Canavan) and I will look after them. They

can contact me at Midlands Mobility & Installations (UK) on 01623 511537 or 07780 111928
 
Mr G R Canavan NEBSM
(Ex 24842440 Cpl 3 WFR (V))
For & on behalf of Midlands Mobility Uk Ltd
WINNERS OF THE RICS CONSERVATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR WALES 2007
WINNERS OF THE OVERHAUL BRITISH BUILDING MAINTENANCE AWARDS 2007
 
Please note that whilst RHQ are happy to advertise your business it neither holds, nor accepts, responsibility for

the business, its contracts or agreements with others.
 
 

C A BAINES (Ms)

Assistant Regimental Secretary
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA
 
E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com
 

Dates for your Diary
 

Fri 10 Jan Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours
Sat 11 Jan Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL
Mon 13 Jan Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.
Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours.
Tue 14 Jan Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.
Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfieldd, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.
Thu 16 Jan Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.
Sun 26 Jan Worksop WFRA Branch Meeting at the Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS at 1900 hours.
Tue 28 Jan Worcester Branch WFRA Meeting 2000 hours at Dancox House TA Centre, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE.
Wed 29 Jan Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours.

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20 DECEMBER 2013                 NEWSLETTER                  VOLUME 4 ISSUE 43


001   OBITUARIES/FUNERALS

It is with regret we inform you that Pte 19190472 Ronald Frederick MILLS of Derby died on 13 December 2013 aged 84.  Ron was

called up for National Service into the General Service Corps on 3 July 1947 and after training at Elgin in Scotland was posted to The

Sherwood Foresters.  In January 1948 he was posted to the Lincolnshire Regiment and served in Palestine before leaving the

Army in 1949.  Ron was a staunch member of Derby Branch WFRA.  His funeral is to take place in the Main Chapel, Markeaton

Crematorium, Derby on Tuesday 24 December 2013 at 1000 hours. Standards welcome. Family flowers only but donations if desired

may be sent payable to G Wathall & Son Ltd 101 Macklin Street, Derby DE1 1LG to Ron’s chosen charities; Treetops Hospice,

MacMillan Cancer Support and The Royal British Legion.  Mourners are invited to meet with the family at The Chellaston Social Club, 12

Derby Road, Chellaston DE73 6RA after the committal.
                                 ...............................
It is with sadness we inform you that 5253920 Pte Edward James (Benny) LENCH of Kidderminster died on 10 December 2013 aged

95.  Benny enlisted in November 1939 at Norton Barracks and was posted to 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment where he

served with 13 Platoon C Company until August 1941 when he transferred to the Royal Engineers No 40 Movement Control.    He

left the Army in May 1946.

002   CHRISTMAS WISHES AND STAND DOWN

RHQ wishes you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year that brings you everything you deserve.  Please note that RHQ

will close at 1300 hours today 20 December 2013 and re-open at 0830 hours on Monday 6 January 2014.  See you all next year.
 

003   DERBY BRANCH WFRA – MEETING AMENDMENT

Please note that the next meeting of Derby Branch WFRA is to be held on Friday 10 January 2014 and not Friday 3 January as

previously published.

004   CHARITY MOBILITY SCOOTER EVENT

On 14 June 2014 a charity sponsored mobility scooter event will take place around Ashbourne Race Track.  Any participant can ride their

mobility scooter around the track for up to 15 miles; laps of the track are 1 and an half mile long so they can do how ever many they want.

The intent is that participants get sponsored by friends and family to do this to raise money for the Regimental Charity.

Anyone interested in joining in this fun fund-raising event, or to sponsor Councillor Tony Millward  is asked to contact him for more details.

Councillor Millward on 01335 346426 or 01629 761100 or by email: Tony.millward@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

C A BAINES (Ms)
Assistant Regimental Secretary
RHQ MERCIAN (Nottingham)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA

E: rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com

Dates for your Diary
 
Fri 20 Dec RHQ Closed
Mon 6 Jan RHQ Reopens
Thu 9 Jan Newark Branch WFRA Meeting at the RAFA Club, 23A London Road, Newark at 1430 hours.
Fri 10 Jan Derby Branch WFRA Meeting at Rolls Royce Club, 241 Osmaston Road, Derby DE23 8JS at 1945 hours
Sat 11 Jan Rugeley & District WFRA Meeting at The Progressive Working Men’s Club, Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL
Mon 13 Jan Long Eaton Branch WFRA Meeting at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 2000 hours.

Nottingham City Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL Club, Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LF at 1900 hours.
Tue 14 Jan Ilkeston Branch WFRA Meeting at the Flamstead Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston DE7 5GU at 1130 hours.
Mansfield Branch WFRA Meeting at The Westfield Hotel, Westfield Lane, Mansfieldd, Notts NG18 1TW at 1930 hours.
Thu 16 Jan Dudley & District WFRA Meeting at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, 51 Hall Street, Dudley DY2 7BT at 2000 hours.
Sun 26 Jan Worksop WFRA Branch Meeting at the Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS at 1900 hours.
Tue 28 Jan Worcester Branch WFRA Meeting 2000 hours at Dancox House TA Centre, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE.
Wed 29 Jan Chesterfield Branch WFRA Meeting at RBL, Haig House, Gluman Street, Chesterfield at 1930 hours.

 

 

 

 002   CHANGE OF EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESSES FOR RHQ MERCIAN

Please note the following direct e-mail addresses for RHQ staff

Asst Regt Sec Nottingham - INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-ARegSec@mod.uk
E2 Admin Support - INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-Clk1@mod.uk
E1 Admin Support - INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-Clk2@mod.uk
Emails can also continue to be sent to rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com

003   2 MERCIAN GHELUVELT TRIP

"Let it never be forgotten that the true glory of the fight at Gheluvelt lies not in the success achieved but in the courage which urged our

solitary battalion to advance undaunted amid all the evidences of retreat and disaster to meet great odds in a battle apparently lost".

Field Marshal Sir Claud Jacob GCB KCSI KCMG

2 Mercian will be undertaking Ex Fallen Warrior – Gheluvelt 100 between 9 -15 Feb 2014.  The Battlefield study will expose serving

members of the Bn to the realities of total war within the context of their antecedent Regiment and will include the Act of Remembrance

at both Menin Gate and Gheluvelt for which the Battalion would like to invite the WFRA to join them.

If anyone is interested, please register your intent to attend with the Assistant Regimental Secretary. Please note that any costs will be

borne by individuals attending.


004   2 BATTALION SPORTS – RESULTS

The Battalion team has won for the fifth straight race.  Congratulations are extended to all runners. Times are detailed below:

POS        RANK     NAME                 TIME
3               Lt         Vause                   29:25
5             Maj         Kelly                    29:40
7             Pte          Grice                   30:09
9             LCpl       Jennison               30:14
10           Pte          Rowley                30:27
15           Pte          Lucic                   31:22
17            LCpl       Riley                    32:04:54
20            Pte         Forester                32:14
25            Pte         Harley                   33:24
30            Pte         Antonsen               34:29
32            Sgt         Couper                  35:01
33            Pte          Bellamy                35:12
41            Pte          Humberstone         42:21

The Battalion team is congratulated on the 6th win in a row in the NI League.  The race was run on Mount Redburn and consisted of two

laps of the feature.  The positions and finishing timings of all 2 MERCIAN competitors are displayed below.

POS        RANK       NAME                     TIME
4            LCpl           Hesketh                   25:42
5            Pte             Graley                     25:56
7            Maj             Kelly                       26:08
9            LCpl           Jennison                  26:33
15          Sgt             Couper                    27:59
19          LCpl            Reilly                      29:08
21          Pte              Lucic                      29:33
24          Lt               Griffiths                   30:06
26          Pte              Bellamy                   30:17
27          Pte              Boulton                   69 30:35
28          Pte              Meakin                    31:14
32          Pte              Boulton                    32:00
34          Pte              Lamb                       32:49
35          Pte              Beardsley                  32:53

 

 

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