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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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5 October 2018    WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 9 Issue 40

OBITUARIES

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

001  REQUEST FOR SERVICE HISTORY INFORMATION

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

Regimental No

Rank on discharge

Date of enlistment

Date of discharge

Where served

Medals awarded

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

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

002    ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA APPLICATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

003  WW1 COMMEMORATION - ST GILES CHURCH NORMANTON DERBY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries

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

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

001  MACKWORTH WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILING

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

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

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

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

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21 September 2018      WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 9 Issue 38

OBITUARIES

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

001    BERNARD VANN VC PAVING STONE CEREMONY

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

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

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

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

003  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM - SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018

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

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14 September 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 9 Issue 37

001  COMBAT STRESS HELPLINE

The Combat Stress helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Veterans and their families can call 0800 138 1619. Serving personnel and their families can call 0800 323 4444. You can also text on 07537 404719 and email helpline@combatstress.org.uk (mailto:helpline@combatstress.org.uk) . Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider. For further details visit www.combatstress.org.uk/helpline

002    NEW WHITTINGTON REMEMBERS OUR FALLEN HEROES - 29 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

The outline programme is:

1130 – 1230: Arrive and Socialise.

1230 – 1300: Service of Commemoration at the MVRA Grove

1300 – March Past

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

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

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7 September 2018         WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 9 Issue 36

OBITUARIES

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

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

001  MERCIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM (WORCESTERSHIRE)

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

Thurs 13^th Sept – ‘Silver on Display’

Thurs 20^th Sept – ‘Medals on Display’

Thurs 27^th Sept – ‘Silver on Display’

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

 

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

 

Mecian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire)

Dancox House Army Reserve Centre

Pheasant Street

Worcester WR1 2EE

Tel: 01905 721982

002    FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE 2018

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

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

003    HANDYMAN GARDENER DAN

Danny White is an ex WFR/Mercian Cpl who now runs a handyman and gardening service covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. For a free, no-obligation quote, please see below for further details

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31 August 2018      WFRA NEWSLETTER            Volume 9 Issue 35

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that 24225401 LCpl Ronald ( 'Joe 90' ) Arthur Norfolk passed away on 15 August 2018 aged 74 years. Ronald enlisted into 1 WFR ( Prince of Wales` Div) on the 29 October 1970. Ronald served in GB 1972, BAOR Berlin 1974, GB 1974, NI 1974 -76, Colchester 1976 -77, NI 1977, ending as B Coy Clerk on 31/12/ 1977, Ronald went to Reserve Service for 2 years. In Civilian life Ronald was a Shift Clerk at Round Oak Steel Works. For a hobby he was a member of R.A.O.B. Grand Lodge Tyler 2002. The funeral service will be at 1315 hourrs on Tuesday the 11 September 2018 at St Michaels Church, Brierley Hill. DY5 3EX.  Followed by  cremation at Gornal Wood Crematorium, Brierley Hill. DY3 2RL. Association Members welcome.

 

The funeral of 25064939 LCpl Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Cole who died on 9 August 2018 is to take place  at 1400 hours on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at the Amber Valley Memorial Park Crematorium, Derby Road, Swanick, Alfreton, DE55 1BH.  Standard Bearers and Members welcome.

OBITUARY - AMENDMENT

Please note the amended funeral details for 25064939 LCpl Jonathan 'Jonny' COLE, who died on 9 August 2018, which are as follows;

The funeral will still take place on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at 1400 hours but will now be held at Christ The King RC Church, 104 Nottingham Road, Alfreton DE55 7GL.  This will be followed by the cremation, at approx 1515 hours at Amber Valley Memorial Park Memorial and Crematorium, Derby Road, Swanwick, Alfreton DE55 1BH.  Details of the wake are not yet known and will be announced at the funeral.  Standard Bearers and Members welcome.  The NOK has requested no flowers and donations may be given that will be divided between The Mercian Benevolent Fund, The Rifles Benevolence Fund and SSAFA.

001  MERCIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM (WORCESTERSHIRE)

As part of this year’s Worcester History Month in September Colonel John Lowles CBE will be delivering four talks in the Worcestershire Soldier Gallery on items from the silver and medal collections. As the leading authority on these Regimental treasures this insight should prove very informative and interesting to past and present members of the Regiment. The talks are free but as numbers are restricted booking is advisable. Please contact;

Mecian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire)

Dancox House Army Reserve Centre

Pheasant Street

Worcester WR1 2EE

Tel: 01905 721982

 http://worcestershireandmercianregimentmuseum.org/ https://www.facebook.com/WorcestershireSoldier

002  REMEMBERING WW1 - MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) ON TOUR

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) on tour is now on show until Saturday 24 November 2018 at Mansfield Museum, giving visitors easy access to the collection’s splendours. Several special events, including Meet a Soldier and a peace picnic plus many other activities for young and old are planned as part of the collection’s visit to the town. So why not pop down to the Museum and see what we have to offer?

Mansfield Museum, Leeming Street, Mansfield, Notts. NG18 1NG

Email: mansfieldmuseum@mansfield.gov.uk (mailto:mansfieldmuseum@mansfield.gov.uk)

Telephone: 01623 463088

003  WORCESTERSHIRE 100 - COMING HOME

A Band Concert by the Band of the Grenadier Guards 7.30 p.m. on Friday 14th September 2018 at Worcester Cathedral. Tickets £20 and £15,  A commemorative concert to mark Worcestershire World War 100.

The World acclaimed Band of the Grenadier Guards is delighted to be performing in the fabulous setting of Worcester cathedral an inspirational programme of music in a commemorative concert to mark Worcestershire World War 100. The Grenadier Guards, the senior Regiment of Foot Guards was formed in 1656 and its band in 1685. It has provided musical support to many State occasions, national and international events and the Regiment in peace and in war. The band remains at the peak of military music but is able to provide a very broad repertoire encompassing all forms of music and different configurations including fanfare trumpets and an ensemble dressed in period costume playing the music of the 18th Century. This commemorative concert will demonstrate the full range of its Musicians skills including many well-known works by British composers, such as Elgar, Holst, Bliss, Butterworth and Parry. Throughout Britain’s history the music of the Grenadier Guards has been the backdrop

to its national life and identity. It represents Britain’s constancy, dignity and artisty. BOOKINGS 01905 611 427 or on-line at www.worcesterlive.co.uk (http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/)

 

The Director of Music of the Grenadier Guards Band is Major Mike Smith ... formerly a young LCpl clarinettist in the 1 WFR band. You may recall him getting a MiD in Omagh when he was on gate duty and a proxy bomb was delivered to the front gate of Lisanelly Barracks.

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24 August 2018           WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 9 Issue 34

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23685158 Cpl John 'Blackie' BLACKSHAW of Derby died on 8 August 2018 aged 77.  Blackie enlisted into 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 20 November 1958 and after training joined it in Malaya. He served with it in UK, NI Cyprus,and Germany.  After amalgamation he served in Warminster for a short while until discharge on 19 November 1970.  In 1971 he joined 3 WFR C Coy and served with it until 1974 when he moved to the ACF in Derby until 1989.  His funeral is to take place on 29 August 2018 at 1130 hours at Trent Valley Crematorium, Derby Road, Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire DE72 2AF. Family Flowers only; however donations in lieu may be given at the service for Treetops Hospice. Standards and Association members would be welcome.  All enquires Co-Operative Funeral Care 177 Chaddesden Lane Derby DE21 6LJ.

001  WREATH LAYING CEREMONY – 26 AUGUST 2018

There will be a short wreath laying ceremony at the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA at 1045 hours Sunday 26 August 2018  In Memory of  1st Bn The Worcestershire Regiment in crossing the Seine in 1944 at Vernon, France.  2nd & 7th Bns The Worcestershire Regiment, Burma and 1st Bn The Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya.  All welcome

002    KIDDERMINSTER COUNCIL UNVEILS PAVING STONE TO LOCAL HERO – MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2018

A paving stone to commemorate a Kidderminster soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross is being unveiled on Monday 3 September 2018. The paving stone is in memory of Private John Francis Young VC who was born and brought up in Kidderminster before emigrating to Canada with his family in 1912. The unveiling of the paving stone is taking place in front of the Angel of Peace, outside St Mary’s and All Saints Church, Kidderminster at 1100 hours. Members are invited to attend the ceremony. The ceremony will be attended by local dignitaries and veterans’ organisations as well as representatives of the Canadian High Commission and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. Private Young won the Victoria Cross while serving with the 87^th Battalion, Quebec Regiment (Canadian Grenadier Guards) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

003  LETS TALK ABOUT WAR - 8 NOVEMBER 2018

A point of view from Justin Maciejewski Director National Army Museum who will present an address followed by discussion on Thursday 8 November at 1130 hours.  Venue Old St. Martin’s Church, The Cornmarket, Worcester WR1 2DF.

004    UNVEILING OF WAR MEMORIAL AT WESTHOUSES, ALFRETON 10 NOVEMBER 2018

A new War Memorial, funded by local residents in remembrance of the villagers who gave their lives in the Great War, many of whom were in the Sherwood Foresters, will be unveiled in Westhouses, Alfreton. The unveiling ceremony will take place on Saturday 10 November 2018 from 1045-1115 hours at the Memorial in front of the Memorial Playing Field on Tibshelf Road DE55 5AA.  The road will be closed but parking is available. All are welcome to attend including Standard Bearers.  Further details will be publicised nearer to the event.

005  ARMISTICE REMEMBRANCE 100 REGIMENTAL DINNER AT THE UJC LONDON - 11 NOVEMBER 2018

All Veterans and Association Members, with their family’s are invited to spend some time with other regiments staying in London after the big Armistice 100 parade.

Sunday Night, 11/11/2018 Regimental Dinner. The Yorkshire Regiment Association have booked a private room in the Union Jack club, just outside Waterloo station, easy to get to with enough room for up to 140 sitting down at round tables, plus private bar. The UJC will be full of veterans celebrating 100 years. This is for everyone that wants to go, all regimental families are invited. Tickets are £45 per head which includes Reception drink, 3 course meal, private room with Bar. Timings to be 1800 hours bar open and sit down 1830 hours. Beat that if you can. Come and join us.

Interested parties in the first instance should contact Major Pat Ralph by email please yorksahqrichmond@btconnect.com(mailto:yorksahqrichmond@btconnect.com)  or leave a message on 01748850870

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17 August 2018        WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 9 Issue 33

OBITUARIES

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 25064939 LCpl Jonathan ‘Jonny’ COLE of Ironville, Derbyshire aged 39 was found dead on 9 August 2018. Jonny enlisted into the Army on 18 June 1997 and joined the 1^st Bn The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters where he served in Sp Coy, B Coy and D Coy. He was later attached to 1 Cheshire and prior to amalgamation, in June 2007, he transferred to 2 Rifles until his discharge on 31 July 2013 on grounds of injuries sustained in Afghanistan. During his career, Jonny served in Tidworth, Bosnia, NI, Chester, Hounslow and Afghanistan and was awarded the NATO medal (Bosnia clasp), GSM medal (NI clasp), Operation Service medal (Afghanistan), Accumulated Service Medal (for over 1000 days on operations) and the Golden Jubilee medal. Letters of condolence should be sent to RHQ Mercian, Nottingham office, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell NG9 5HA. Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

 

The funeral of 24203909 Pte Stuart ‘Kes’ Hall, who died on 31 July, will take place on Wednesday 22 August at 1430 hours at Tythe Green Burial Grounds, Salterford Lane, NG14 6NZ. The family have requested no flowers and that any donations will be given to the Crich Memorial Fund. The wake will be held at The Arena (formally the Welfare) on Clipstone Road, Forest Town NG19 0EE. All are welcome to both including Standard Bearers. The family have requested that letters of condolence should be sent to RHQ Nottingham, Foresters House, Chetwynd Bks, Chilwell Nottingham NG9 5HA

001 COMBAT STRESS HELPLINE

The Combat Stress helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Veterans and their families can call 0800 138 1619. Serving personnel and their families can call 0800 323 4444. You can also text on 07537 404719 and email helpline@combatstress.org.uk (mailto:helpline@combatstress.org.uk) . Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider. For further details visit www.combatstress.org.uk/helpline

002  REMEMBERING WW1 - MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT ON TOUR

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) on tour is now on show until Saturday 24 November 2018 at Mansfield Museum, giving visitors easy access to the collection’s splendours. Several special events, including Meet a Soldier and a peace picnic plus many other activities for young and old are planned as part of the collection’s visit to the town. So why not pop down to the Museum and see what we have to offer?

 

Mansfield Museum, Leeming Street, Mansfield, Notts. NG18 1NG

Email: mansfieldmuseum@mansfield.gov.uk (mailto:mansfieldmuseum@mansfield.gov.uk)

Telephone: 01623 463088

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10 August 2018              WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 9 Issue 32

OBITUARIES

The funeral of Mrs Lois Batchelar, who died on 2 August 2018 is to take place on Monday 20 August 2018 at 1430 hours at St Lawrence's Church in Stratford Sub Castle, Salisbury SP1 3LL.  Flowers welcome, donations if desired for Wessex Air Ambulance ℅ I N Newman, Funeral Directors, 55 Winchester St, Salisbury SP1 1HL

001  VJ DAY COMMEMORATION  15 AUGUST 2018

There will be a wreath laying ceremony and service at the Burma Star Memorial, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4BQ on Wednesday 15 August 2018 at 1100 hours.  Those attending should meet at The Almonry Heritage Centre, Abbey Gate, Evesham, by 1040 hours.  Standards and Association Members welcome.

002    MANSFIELD:  RE-DEDICATION OF REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL - 18 AUGUST 2018

Mansfield Branch are holding the re-dedication service at Carr Bank Memorial Park on Saturday 18th August at 1100 hours.  Lt Col Roger Merryweather TD DL representing the Lord Lieutancy will be unveiling the WFR and Mercian Regimental plaques.    Members and Standard Bearers are invited to support this event.
 

 

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