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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

9  October 2014    NEWSLETTER          Vol 5 Issue 21

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   TRENT TO TRENCHES TALK - NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY
 

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

 

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

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

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

003   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13

6TS on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.  It is proposed to

put on a Buffet Lunch for those members attending at a cost of £3.00 per head and those wishing to partake

of the lunch should inform the Secretary on wfr-association@virginmedia.com   Cheques should be

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

Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL

004   COTTERILL BATTLEFIELD TOURS

Sherwood Forester Centenary Battlefield Tours will take place as follows;
Gallipoli (Turkey), Neuve Chapelle, Ypres Salient and Loos in 2015.
The Somme including Gommecourt in 2016
Arras, Messines and the Ypres Salient in 2017                                                                                        
Asiago Plateau (Italy), Kaisers Spring Offensive and Hindenburg Line in 2018

Tours will depend on numbers and can be booked either guide only ( providing own transport and

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

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

07733 458971

005   NEW MEDALS ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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

The details are;

NEW CLASPS

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

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

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

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

CHANGES TO EXISTING MEDALS AND CLASPS;

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

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

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

end of October.

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

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

October 2014 onwards. 
 

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

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

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

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

contact the sender on the email address below;
 

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

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

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

007   UPDATED CONTACT NUMBERS - RHQ/MUSEUM FORESTERS HOUSE

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

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

 

008   GHELUVELT PARADE - 31 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

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

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

“The First World War: Commemoration or Celebration?”

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

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

009   FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE - 6 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

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

010   WORCESTER WARRIORS v BEDFORD BLUES - 7 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

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

the Bronze seating areas of the stadium only.

010   LOST TOUCH 

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

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

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

not forgetting to include your name.


A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

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

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

 

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30  September 2014              NEWSLETTER                                             Vol 5 Issue 20

001   OBITUARIES

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

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

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

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

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

Mace Street , Old Hill, Cradley Heath B64 6HT

Regimental Family

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

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

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

002   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13

6TS on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.  It is proposed to

put on a Buffet Lunch for those members attending at a cost of £3.00 per head and those wishing to partake

of the lunch should inform the Secretary on wfr-association@virginmedia.com   Cheques should be

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

Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL

003   LOST CONTACT

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

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

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

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

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



A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL
United Kingdom
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11  September 2014                                               NEWSLETTER                    Vol 5 Issue 19

001   OBITUARIES 

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

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

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

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

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

1340 hours at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby.

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

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

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

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

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

Bowmer" as that his how they knew him.

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

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

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

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

Army in 1995.

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

September 2014 at 1130 hours. 

002  LE CATEAU CLUB LOTTERY CHANGE OF NAME

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

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

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

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

we have, the higher the prizes.

003   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - SEPTEMBER

The prize winners for the September Draw are as follows;

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

004   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13

6TS on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.  It is proposed to

put on a Buffet Lunch for those members attending at a cost of £3.00 per head and those wishing to partake

of the lunch should inform the Secretary on wfra-newsletter@sky.com   Cheques should be made

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

Derbyshire NG10 3BL

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

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

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

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




A H  L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
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5  September 2014   NEWSLETTER   Vol 5 Issue 18

001  OBITUARIES
 

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

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

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

West Midlands B65 0AD

002   WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING -10 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

Foresters House

003   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue,

Lichfield WS13 6TS on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.  It is

proposed to put on a Buffet Lunch for those members attending at a cost of £3.00 per head and

those wishing to partake of the lunch should inform the Secretary on wfra-newsletter@sky.com 

004   RHQ NOTTINGHAM TELEPHONE NUMBERS

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

please use 01159 465 415

005    LOST CONTACT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tamworth, Staffs and his telephone number is 01827 706095.




A H L McDOUGALL
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Newsletter.

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28  August 2014    NEWSLETTER             Vol 5 Issue 1

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue,

Lichfield WS13 6TS on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.

 It is proposed to put on a Buffet Lunch for those members attending at a cost of £3.00 per head

and those wishing to partake of the lunch should inform the Secretary on wfra-newsletter@sky.com 

003   WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING -10 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

Foresters House

 

A H L McDOUGALL

for WFRA Executive

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21  August 2014          NEWSLETTER                                                      Vol 5 Issue 16

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that Major FA ROWLEY CMG, OBE, MC died on 28 July aged 92. He

enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment as a boy in 1938, was commissioned in 1941 and while

commanding a company in the Baluch Regiment was seriously wounded and awarded the MC in Burma. He

later had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service. His father served in the Regiment before

WW2 and his brother was killed in action with 1 Worc R in Malaya.  His funeral is to be a private one

with a Memorial Service to be held at a later date.
               .....................
It is with regret that we inform you that 24349663 John James BRADSHAW of Mansfield died on 10

August 2014 aged 73.  John served with 3 WFR (V) and transferred to the Royal Engineers in 1992

before rejoining 3 WFR HSF.  His funeral is to be held on 22 August 2014 at 1100 hours in St Marks

Church, Mansfield followed by committal at Mansfield Crematorium at 1145 hours.

002   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 18 OCTOBER 2014


Please note correct email address.

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13 6TS on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.  It is proposed to put on a Buffet Lunch for those members attending at a cost of £3.00 per head and those wishing to partake of the lunch should inform the Secretary on wfra-newsletter@sky.com

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

 

003  GHELUVELT COMMEMMORATION 2014
 
Worcester Branch will be commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of Gheluvelt on FRIDAY, 31st

OCTOBER 2014 at Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester, WR3 7AA.
This will also see the unveiling and Dedication of a new Memorial to the Worcestershire Regiment.
 
Branches are invited to attend with Standards.  If you are arriving in chauffeur driven vehicle alight at

the Main Gates with vehicle going to Car Park on the North end of Worcester Race Course, via

Waterworks Road, WR1 3EZ, where you will be guided via the footpaths in the Park to the Service

site, approx 800  metres. 
 
Regular Mercian tps with Regtl Colours will be paraded and the music will be provided by the Band

of the Royal Logistics Corps.
 
Timings:- Assemble near Main Gates 11.00 hrs. Service commence 11.30 hrs. duration approx one hour.
After Service members can visit the display area in the Park.
This is an open air event with no cover in the event of inclement weather
 
Light refreshments are available at Claines RBL Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester for all WFR veterans after 13.00 hrs
 
Please advise by September 9th Numbers of your Branch attending, with Standard and/or wreath to Maurice Smith
Secretary, WFRA Worcester mauricesmith77@hotmail.co.uk or 01905 820536 or mobile 07599561424

004   FILM - A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - DERBY AND WORKSOP
The film "A Terrible Beauty" is being shown at the Quad cinemat Derby on Wednesday 20 August 2014.

 Two thousand British men from the Sherwood Foresters thought they were on their way to France

to join the fight against the Germans in the Great War. Instead they found themselves marching the

streets of Dublin, perplexed, and within hours hundreds of them lay dead or wounded, attacked by

men of the rebel Irish Volunteers.

This film tells the forgotten story of Irish and British citizens, caught in a conflict many didn't

understand.  The film portrays the Sherwood Foresters fighting in the Battle of Mount Street

Bridge and in a different part of Dublin at a different time of the innocent men and boys executed by the

North Staffs during raids on houses in North King Street.

There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. Details can be found at 

2pm screening - http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/midweek-treat/mt-terrible-beauty-12a-qa

6.30pm  screening  - http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/terrible-beauty-12a-qa


The film ' A Terrible Beauty' is also being shown at the Savoy cinema, Worksop on 8 September 2014

through arrangements made by Worksop Branch WFRA.  

Details can be found at - http://www.1916film.com/
 
Tickets can be booked on line at the Savoy -
 http://bookings.savoyworksop.co.uk/OscarWebServer.d/TSelectItems.
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_11135.TcsWebTab_11136.TcsProgramme_6653629

005   COMMEMORATION OF THE VOLUNTEER CALL TO ARMS 1914

ON SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2014 AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM ALREWAS STAFFORDSHIRE
 
The Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association (MVRA) is to hold a Families Day at the National

Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE13 7AR on Sunday 14th

September 2014 starting at 11.30am.
 
The event aims to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World war and

to remember all those members of the territorial battalions of our antecedent regiments who

answered the voluntary call to arms in 1914.
 
It will take the form of a gathering of ex-Mercians, a short service of commemoration led by a former

Mercian Volunteers officer now in holy orders, a march past at our Mercian Grove situated at the

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire and followed by a bring your own picnic lunch.
 
The Tenbury Town band has been engaged to provide the music. The band was formed by an ex-

Worcestershire bandsman who was the town policeman. Members of the former band of the

Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and the Mercian Volunteers band join with them to

play on a number of occasions throughout the year.
 
The standards of the seven branches of the Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association will be on parade

along with branch members, their families and friends. A very warm welcome is extended any

member of the public, their families  and friends who wish to join us on this memorable occasion.
 
For further details please contact Major Lawrence Chell, telephone 01332 768221
  
The Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association is a registered charity no. 281605, formed to assist with

the welfare and social needs of all those regular and territorial soldiers who served with the Mercian

Volunteers and its constituent battalions.




A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
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14 August 2014      NEWSLETTER    Vol 5 Issue 15

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM ASSOCIATION SECRETARY

The President has appointed Maj (Retd) R S Prophet as interim Association Secretary in accordance with

the WFRA Constitution with immediate effect.  Bob will be contacting Area Chairmen and Branch

Secretaries shortly to request items for the agendas for;

Notts and Derby Area Meeting in September

AGM in October

Dates and venues will be notified in due course

003   LE CATEAU LOTTERY DRAW - AUGUST

The prize winners for the August Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00  Mr R Spybey of Arnold, Nottingham
2nd Prize £20.00 Brig C E Wilkinson of Bakewell, Derbyshire

 

3rd Prize £10.00  Mr M D Chatterley of Wrexham

004  FILM - A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - DERBY AND WORKSOP
The film "A Terrible Beauty" is being shown at the Quad cinema at Derby on Wednesday 20 August 2014.

 Two thousand British men from the Sherwood Foresters thought they were on their way to France

to join the fight against the Germans in the Great War. Instead they found themselves marching the

streets of Dublin, perplexed, and within hours hundreds of them lay dead or wounded, attacked by

men of the rebel Irish Volunteers.

This film tells the forgotten story of Irish and British citizens, caught in a conflict many didn't understand

and of the innocent men and boys executed during The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.   There will be a

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. Details can be found at 
 

2pm screening - http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/midweek-treat/mt-terrible-beauty-12a-qa

6.30pm  screening  - http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/terrible-beauty-12a-qa


The film ' A Terrible Beauty' is also being shown at the Savoy cinema, Worksop on 8 September 2014

through arrangements made by Worksop Branch WFRA.  

Details can be found at - http://www.1916film.com/
 
Tickets can be booked on line at the Savoy -
 http://bookings.savoyworksop.co.uk/OscarWebServer.d/TSelectItems.
waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem
_11135.TcsWebTab_11136.TcsProgramme_6653629

005   LOST TOUCH

4978637 Sgt Allan ORME of Belper, Derbyshire who served with the Sherwood Foresters during WW2 is

95 years old and would welcome a visit from any old soldier who may remember him, or for any serving or

past member just to drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat.  Any member interested in visiting Allan

is requested to contact Lt Col (Retd) Bill Temminck at RHQ Lichfield on 01543 434390 for contact

details.

006 D-DAY VETERANS TO BE AWARDED THE LEGION D'HONEUR

The French government is to recognise D-Day veterans with the country's highest honour.  The

Government of France has told the UK Ministry of Defence that it wishes to recognise the selfless acts

of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of the Normandy landings, and of

the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion d'Honneur.This

recognition extends beyond the troops who actually landed on and fought their way up the beaches 70

years ago, and will include Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel who operated in support of the

landings.Requests for the award should be made using the application form

at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/d-day-70-application-form-for-award-of-the-legion-

dhonneur  and will be processed by the Ministry of Defence, who will forward the details to the French

authorities.The French authorities will then make all the final decisions on the awards.

Any veterans wishing to apply for the award, or anyone enquiring on their behalf, should either send the form to:Personnel and Training – Defence Services Secretary – Commemorations Floor 6 Zone C Ministry of Defence Main Building LONDON SW1A 2HB  Or email it to PersTrg-DSSec-CommemAug1@mod.uk

The French government will be reviewing the applications, so MOD is unable to give any guidance

on timings or the arrangements for the presentation of the awards. Awards will not be given

posthumously, and any further questions should be directed to the French authorities.

007   SHERWOOD FORESTERS -BATTLEFIELD TOURS 1914

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 the 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
 

008   NOTTINGHAM CASTLE - MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION)

WFRA Members (both full and associate) are reminded that they can access Nottingham Castle

for free on production of their WFRA Membership Card.  This includes admission to the 'Trent 2

Trenches' Exhibition which runs from July to November 2014..

009   MERCIAN REGIMENTAL FAMILY NEWSLETTER

Those not yet in receipt of The Mercian Regimental Family Newsletter are requested to forward their

email address to Niall Mann at niall.mann@mercianregiment.co.uk Tel: 01543 432965 or Mobile 07472783136 




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31 July 2014                                                                NEWSLETTER                                                      Vol 5 Issue 14

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23806764 LCpl William EVANS of Derby died on 19 July 2014 aged 75.

 Bill served with 1 Pl G (HSF) Coy 3 WFR (V) and completed his service on 5 March 1993.

Funeral

The family of Maurice Smith Sherwood Forester Malayan Veteran whose funeral was on 25 July 2014, wish to

send sincere thanks to the following branches for the attendance of their standards and members; Sherwood

Forester Malayan Veterans , Derby WFRA, Mansfield WFRA, Newark WFRA and National Malaya and Borneo

Veterans.

002   LE CATEAU LOTTERY CLUB WINNERS - JULY

The winners of the Le Cateau Lottery for July 2014 are as follows;

1st Prize of £30.00 Mr D F Edmunds of Chesterfield
2nd Prize of £20.00 Maj (Retd) D Page of Market Rasen
3rd Prize of £10.00 Mr A Bradley of Nottingham

 

003   ADMIN SUPPORT - RHQ NOTTINGHAM

We are reliably informed that a Mr Neil Prouse has been appointed to the E1 Admin Support position and will

commence employment in Foresters House in early September.

A H L McDOUGALL
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.24 July 2014                                                    

NEWSLETTER                                                    

 Vol 5 Issue 13

 

001   OBITUARIES

 It is with regret we inform you that 22946146 CSgt Arthur John LAMBERT of Kidderminster died on 17 July

2014 aged 78.  Arthur served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and The Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment and completed his engagement on 17 December 1982.

Arthur's funeral will be on Monday 28 July 2014 at 1200 hours at Wyre Forest Crematorium and Cemetery,

Minster Road, Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire DY13 8DE.

Afterwards at The Kidderminster Masonic Centre (The Kidderminster Cricket Club Ground), Chester Road

North, Kidderminster DY10 1TH to which all are invited.

002   CONTACT WITH RHQ MERCIAN NOTTINGHAM 

Please be advised that with immediate effect all Regimental matters concerning Nottingham are dealt

with by RHQ Main at Lichfield.  The telephone number 01159465415 has been diverted to enable all calls go

to Lichfield.  The email

rhqmercian.notts@btconnect.com is no longer being monitored and should be removed from your address

lists.  In the interim you are requested to use INFHQ-POW-MERC-RegtAdjt@mod.uk.

Contact details for The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) are;
Telephone - 01159724498 
Assistant Curator - archivist@wfrmuseum.org.uk
Enquiries/Research - wfr.research@btconnect.com 

Contact details for the Association - wfra-newsletter@sky.com

003   THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITIES GOLF DAY - 3 SEPTEMBER 2014  

The Mercian Regiment Charities Golf Day is to take place at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club on

Wednesday 3 September 2014.  The entry fee is £140.00 for a team of four.  An entry form can be

downloaded here.

004   WORKSOP BRANCH WFRA - WEBSITE 

 For your informatiuon, Worksop Branch WFRA now has a website - http://www.worksopbranchwfra.co.uk/home/

005   FILM - A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - WORKSOP
 
The film ' A Terrible Beauty' is being shown at the Savoy cinema, Worksop on 8 September 2014 through

arrangements made by Worksop Branch WFRA.  

Details can be found at - http://www.1916film.com/
 
Tickets can be booked on line at the Savoy -
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006      MRVA - COMMEMORATION OF THE BEGINNING OF THE 1914-18 WAR ALREWAS 14 SEPTEMBER 2014 
 
‘Volunteer Call to Arms’
 
The Mercian Regiment Volunteers Association (MRVA) is to hold a Families Day at the National Memorial

Arboretum on Sunday 14th September 2014 at 1100hrs. It will take the form of a gathering of ex-

Mercians, a service and march past at our Mercian Grove, situated at the National Memorial Arboretum,

Alrewas, Staffordshire, followed by a ‘bring your own picnic’ lunch. It is hoped that there will be a cash bar.

The aim is to remember all the members of the Territorial Battalions of the antecedent Regiments who

went to War in 1914.
 
The Tenbury Town Band has been engaged to provide the music. The Band was formed by an ex-

Worcestershire bandsman who was the town policeman until his untimely death from cancer. Members of the

Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Band still keep in touch with the band and join with them to play on a

number of occasions during the year.
 
 It is hoped that as many Association members as possible who served with 1 and 2 Mercian (V), along

with their families and friends will attend.

007  BRANCH SPONSORSHIP OF FLOWER TUBS - CRICH

It is regretted that owing to circumstances beyond our control invoices to Branches for the annual sponsorship

have not been completed.  It would be appreciated if Branches could forward their donations, made payable

to WFRA to the address shown below.

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17 July                                                NEWSLETTER                           Vol 5 Issue 12

001.   FUNERAL

The funeral of 23451144 Cpl Maurice SMITH who died on 5 July 2014 is to take place at Birchwood Chapel,

Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, Derbyshire DE55 4ND on Wednesday 23 July 2014 at 0945 hours followed by

cremation at Mansfield Crematorium at 1045 hours.  The family have expressed a wish for as many

standard bearers as possible to attend, those who can attend are requested to inform Sue Bell on

07742138125 as soon as possible.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife Joyce can be contacted

at 2 The Cross, Leabrooks, Derbyshire DE55 1LX

002.   ASSISTANT CURATOR/ARCHIVIST -WFR COLLECTION

You will be pleased to learn that The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) has appointed Ms

Jennifer Brookman as the Assistant Curator/Archivist.  She will take up her post in early August but it would

be very much appreciated if museum enquiries/requests could be kept to minimum during her induction period.

003.   1914-18 MEMORIAL B-B-Q AT CRICH STAND 27 JULY 2014

A BBQ has been organised by 'Lofty' Colin Banfield to celebrate his birthday at Crich Stand on Sunday 27 July

2014. The following message has been extracted from the Sherwood Foresters page on Facebook "To all

Sherwood Foresters, Woofers & Worcesters who are thinking about coming to the B-B-Q, on Sunday the

27th July, can you please contact him or the Warden at Crich (01773 852350) as they have decided to give out

numbered cards so they will know how many they are catering for.  For those who haven't seen this before

on Facebook, the food is being supplied, but you must bring your own drink (booze).

004.   4 MERCIAN OPEN DAY AND PARADE - 4 AUGUST 2014

4 MERCIAN are to hold an Open Day and Parade through Bulwell on Monday 4 August 2014.  The

parade will depart from Bulwell Army Reserves Centre (ARC) at 1000 hours.  All members are welcome to attend.

005.   MEMORIAL TO THE LAND ARMY GIRLS -- 21 OCT 14

There is to be an unveiling of a memorial to the Land Army Girls at Alrewas NMA on 21 October 2014.  A

coach is being organised, picking up in Nottingham, to attend this event.  Further details may be obtained

from Sue Bell on 07742138125

A H L McDOUGALL
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