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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

11 August 2017          WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 8 Issue 28

OBITUARIES

Penelope, widow of Lt Col St JC Brooke Johnson OBE Worcestershire Regiment died on 5 August 2017 aged 92. The funeral will take place at 1400 hours on Saturday 26 August at the Church of the Holy Cross, Owlpen, Dursley Glos GL11 5BZ.  Letters of condolence may be sent to her daughter, Mrs U Falconer, Nutterall Farm, Uley, Dursley, Glos Gl11 5BL

001   MERCIAN 10th ANNIVERSARY DINNER – 1 SEPTEMBER 2017
 
The Mercian Regiment will be holding a celebratory dinner in Lichfield Cathedral to mark the 10th Anniversary of its formation and all members of the Regiment and its antecedents are invited to attend. Full details can be found here.  Owing to the limited number of tickets, it is requested that anyone wishing to attend, complete the Ticket Request Form, and return it to the email address given at the earliest opportunity.

Date – Friday 1st September
Venue – Lichfield Cathedral
Dress – Black Tie with miniature medals for men and equivalent for ladies (yes, this is a function with partners if people wish to attend with their ‘other half’!)
Cost - £65 per ticket

Timings:
1830 – arrival, pre-dinner drinks reception
1930 – 4 course dinner, drums display and 4 Mercian Band (quartet) to provide incidental music during dinner
2230 – carriages

Contact – Phone 01543 434359, Email INFHQ-KINGS-MERC-GROUPMAILBOX@mod.uk

002   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA BURMA STAR SERVICE - 15 AUGUST 2017

WFRA Worcester Branch - Burma Star Service at Evesham on Tuesday 15 August 2017. Assemble outside Word of Mouth Cafe adjacent Almonry Gates at 1030 hours.  Service and wreath laying start at 1050 hours. Members and Standards welcome.   Refreshments after at Royal Oak pub, (almost opposite).

003   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA SOCIAL EVENING - 25 AUGUST 2017


Worcester Branch in conjunction with Worcester City Royal British Legion and Worcester Veterans Breakfast Club have combined together to hold a Social Evening starting at 1900 hours on Friday 25 August 2017.   It is to be held at Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.  Entry is £2.50  and hot pork/beef rolls £2.00.  Music will be provided by a band called 'The Outcasts'  and there will be a raffle on the night with any monies being made to be  split between the three organisations and allotted to good causes.
 

"As it appens" Jethro the comedian from the South West Country has been asked if he can pop in and say hello as he is performing at the Swan Theatre next door, so there is the possibility of the chance to say hello to him.

004   ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND AGM

23 September 2017 - Notts and Derbys Area Meeting at The Mallard Inn, Worksop at 1100 hours.
14 October 2017 - Executive Committee Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 0930 hours.
14 October 2017 - Annual General Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 1100 hours

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4 August 2017    NEWSLETTER           Volume 8 Issue 27

OBITUARIES

None reported

001   REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY CENOTAPH VETERANS PARADE 12 NOVEMBER 20117

Those members in the Notts & Derbys area wishing to represent the Regimental Family in the Cenotaph Veterans' Parade in Whitehall on Sunday 12th November 2017 are advised to contact Gary Crosby at garycrosby1375@live.com or by his page on Facebook.  Gary submitted a bid for tickets on behalf of the Association to the RBL National Events Team for 30 marching tickets, he has received a confirmation email to say that we have been granted 25 tickets and that participant details have to be submitted by Friday 15th September 2017.   Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

002   MALAYA 70

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Malayan Emergency (1948-60) and 60 years since 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters deployed to Malaya in December 1958.To mark this anniversary we are putting together an exhibition to commemorate role of the Foresters in the campaign. We need the help of Malaya veterans and their families to commemorate this important event in our Regimental Heritage.

We are seeking items to be either donated or loaned to the museum for the duration of the exhibition which is likely to run from late 2018 to Spring 2019. We want to include  veterans recollections of their time in Malaya in the exhibition through recorded oral histories, diaries, photographs/drawings and artefacts.
If you are interested in helping please contact Jennifer the Curator & Archivist :

Email: curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk.
Post: RHQ Mercian, Foresters House, Chilwell, Nottingham. NG9 5HA
Telephone: 0115 9465415 extension 5219  (please leave a message if no one answers).

003   MERCIAN 10 ANNIVERSARY DINNER – 1 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Mercian Regiment will be holding a celebratory dinner in Lichfield cathedral to mark the 10th Anniversary of its formation and all members of the Regiment and its antecedents are invited to attend. Full details can be found here.  Owing to the limited number of tickets, it is requested that anyone wishing to attend, complete the Ticket Request Form, and return it to the email address given at the earliest opportunity.

004     SPONSORED FAMILY CHARITY WALK 26 AUGUST 2017

Hosted by The Chesterfield Branch of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association on Saturday 26 August 2017 at Holmebrooke Valley Park in Aid of The Limbless Veterans (BLESMA) And the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).  Two Circular Walks one at 7 miles and one at 4 miles starting at 1000 hours.  Toilets and a Café are on site as well as a children’s play area.  Guides will be with both walks.  If you would like to take part and support these Veteran Charities by doing sponsorship, or make a Donation, then please contact John Johnson for a sponsorship form on johntyjohn@msn.com or Mob: 07938187821 or you can just turn up on the day, make a donation and join in. All welcome

005    MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY - FRIDAY 25 AUGUST 2017

The entry form for the 2017 Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day on Friday 25 August 2017 can be found here. Once again it is being held at the Rufford Park Golf and Country Club, Rufford Lane, Rufford, Notts NG22 9 DG.  Any non-golfers who wish to attend the evening celebration party can purchase a ticket for £15:00 per person attending. Contact Keith Seddon on Mobile 07739210584 or Email:klseddon@sky.com

Your outstanding support for this event in previous years has been amazing and all monies raised previously have been distributed within the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund to all injured soldiers, their families and the other needs supported by the fund. It is hoped that once again you can support this wothwhile event and it is requested that you pass the entry form around your golfing friends and Golf Societies.

006   DEDICATION OF PRESERVED COLOURS CEREMONY - 8 OCTOBER 2017

Following the disbandment of the last Reserve Forces Unit, 575 Field Squadron (Sherwood Foresters), descended from the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) the Battalions Colours were “Laid Up” & gifted into the security of the Crooked Spire church during the Remembrance Sunday service in November 2015.
 
At that time the Trust undertook to restore the Colours before they settled into their final resting place within the Church.  That Restoration has now been completed.
 
The Chairman & Members of 575 Field Squadron (Sherwood Foresters) Trust request the pleasure of the company of:

Representatives of the Mercian Regiment   
at the Dedication of Preserved Colours Ceremony
at St Mary & All Saints Parish Church
on Sunday the 8th of October 2017 at 6.30pm
 
RSVP: Capt KJ Bazeley RE
kbazeley@btinternet.com

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21 July 2017          NEWSLETTER           Volume 8 Issue 26

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we report the death of 22343791 Sgt Desmond PRICE who died on 9 July 2017 aged 85 years. Des was called up for NS in 1951 joining 1st Bn Worcestershire Regiment.  After training he joined the Bn in Malaya serving in A Company, in 1 Platoon.  After completing his NS he returned to UK in early 1953. Des then enlisted, as a volunteer, with 7th Bn Worcestershire Regt (TA), serving in HQ Company with the Regimental Police Section, being promoted Provost Sergeant in 1965 continuing until the Bn was disbanded in 1967 In civilian life Des was employed as a Storeman with Kay & Co, Worcester and with the Metal Box Co, Worcester, later joining British Rail working in the Parcels Office at Shrub Hill Station, Worcester until his retirement. His funeral will be held on Friday, 28 July 2017 at 1130 hours at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB. Standards and Members welcomed. Details of the wake will be given at the Service.

LCpl Charles Edwin Phillips from Dudley mostly known as "Eddie Phillips" died on the 29 June 2017 aged 79. Eddie had served his national service with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment 1956 - 58 and served in Jamaica with it. His funeral takes place Monday 24 July 2017 at 1200 hours at Saint Barts, Penn, Wolverhampton WV4 5JD.  Association Members welcomed.  His nephew, Martin (Bernie) Burns would like to hear from any of his old comrades and can be contacted on  0121 501 1974 or 07975 548769.

001   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - JUN/JUL 2017

JUNE
1st Prize - £30.00  Mr J W Carlin of Gedling, Nottingham
2nd Prize - £20.00 Mr H S Blagg of Car Colston, Nottingham
3rd Prize - £10.00 Col C N Cullen of Belper, Derbyshire

JULY
1st Prize - £30.00 Lt Col J C Cursham of East Leake
2nd Prize - £20.22 Brig C E Wilkinson of Bakewell
3rd Prize - £10.00 Brig J Banton of Middle Wallop

Congratulations to all.
Want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? Then send us a cheque for a ticket which costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete form and return it direct to the Curator.   All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection). The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the RHQ or will be sent by post. All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be included in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to: 
Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)
RHQ The Mercian Regiment
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham NG9 5HA

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY - FRIDAY 25 AUGUST 2017

The entry form for the 2017 Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day on Friday 25 August 2017 can be found here. Once again it is being held at the Rufford Park Golf and Country Club, Rufford Lane, Rufford, Notts NG22 9 DG.  Any non-golfers who wish to attend the evening celebration party can purchase a ticket for £15:00 per person attending. Contact Keith Seddon on Mobile 07739210584 or Email:klseddon@sky.com

Your outstanding support for this event in previous years has been amazing and all monies raised previously have been distributed within the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund to all injured soldiers, their families and the other needs supported by the fund. It is hoped that once again you can support this wothwhile event and it is requested that you pass the entry form around your golfing friends and Golf Societies.

003   SPONSORED FAMILY CHARITY WALK 26 AUGUST 2017

Hosted by The Chesterfield Branch of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association on Saturday 26 August 2017 at Holmebrooke Valley Park in Aid of The Limbless Veterans (BLESMA) And the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).  Two Circular Walks one at 7 miles and one at 4 miles starting at 1000 hours.  Toilets and a Café are on site as well as a children’s play area.  Guides will be with both walks.  If you would like to take part and support these Veteran Charities by doing sponsorship, or make a Donation, then please contact John Johnson for a sponsorship form on johntyjohn@msn.com or Mob: 07938187821 or you can just turn up on the day, make a donation and join in. All welcome

004   LOST CONTACT

L/Cpl David Turton is trying to find a good friend who he served with in 1 WFR , his rank was full Cpl and his surname was Hodges nicknamed "maggot".  They both served in the drums platoon and he believes he may be resident in Germany.

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14 July 2017             NEWSLETTER          Volume 8 Issue 25

OBITUARIES
 

The funeral of 24298698 Sgt Stuart Scaife who died on 22 June 2017 will be held at Markeaton Crematorium in Derby on Monday 31 July 2017 at 1330 hours, thereafter a celebration of his life at the Norman Arms on Village Street in Derby.  Members and Standards welcome.

We regret to announce the death on Friday 7 July 2017 of Sandy Willmore, daughter of Colonel Dennis Millar, Sherwood Foresters and wife of Lt Col Hugh Willmore, Staffordshire Regiment. Sandy had been ill for some time. A private funeral will be held in Northumberland  and a memorial service is to be held at a future date - details to follow.  Condolences may be sent to Hugh Willmore, 4 Garden Terrace, Lesbury, Northumberland, NE66 3PR. Tel No 01665 830794, or email hughwillmore@yahoo.co.uk. 

001   PASSCHENDAELE 100 REMEMBERED - WORKSOP 29 JULY 2017

Worksop Branch RBL invite you to an evening of Music and Readings followed by an Act of Remembrance at The Crossing Church and Centre, Worksop on 29 July 2017 at 1930 hours.  The event will be preceded by the laying of Crosses and two minutes silence at Worksop Cenotaph at 1830 hours.

002   SPONSORED FAMILY CHARITY WALK 26 AUGUST 2017

Hosted by The Chesterfield Branch of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association on Saturday 26 August 2017 at Holmebrooke Valley Park in Aid of The Limbless Veterans (BLESMA) And the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).  Two Circular Walks one at 7 miles and one at 4 miles starting at 1000 hours.  Toilets and a Café are on site as well as a children’s play area.  Guides will be with both walks.  If you would like to take part and support these Veteran Charities by doing sponsorship, or make a Donation, then please contact John Johnson for a sponsorship form on johntyjohn@msn.com or Mob: 07938187821 or you can just turn up on the day, make a donation and join in. All welcome

003   MERCIAN 10 ANNIVERSARY DINNER – 1 SEPTEMBER 2017 

The Mercian Regiment will be holding a celebratory dinner in Lichfield cathedral to mark the 10th Anniversary of its formation and all members of the Regiment and its antecedents are invited to attend. Full details can be found here.  Owing to the limited number of tickets, it is requested that anyone wishing to attend, complete the Ticket Request Form, and return it to the email address given at the earliest opportunity.

004   NOTTS AND DERBYS AREA MEETING 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

The next Meeting of the Notts and Derby Area Committee is to take place on Saturday 23 September 2017 at The Mallard PH, Station Approach, Worksop S81 7AG at 1100 hours. 

005   ITEMS FOR SALE  

The following items are available from Alan Wakefield (formerly 1 WFR) on alan-photography@outlook.com or 0795 800 9323

1.   Tower:
The overall size of the frame is 20 x 16 inches. The photo is printed on fine art photo media. In gold lettering on the mount is “The Mercian Regiment Stand firm Strike Hard”  Cost is £70.00 incl p&p
 
2.   Oath of Allegiance:  Cost is £45.00 incl p&p

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7 July 2017               NEWSLETTER     Volume 8 Issue 24

.OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23702698 Bdsm Ron BUBB of Kidderminster died on 3 July 2017 aged 89.  Ron served with 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a trombonist in the Band after a career with 10th Hussars as Band Sergeant. 

For many years he was employed at the Sugar Beet factory in Kidderminster when it was functioning including during the WW2 years when he was in the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) there.  When the Branch Bugler had to relinquish his post on health grounds the Branch handed back our Regiment's historic bugle to the Museum and bought for him a Ceremonial Bugle which later Ron took into charge and played at appropriate events, wearing his Bandsman's cape and white gloves which went well with his tall military bearing.  

He was an observant and frequent correspondent on matters related to his interests using an old ribbon typewriter.   Upon our realising the breadth of his interests we made him the Kidderminster WFRA Branch Research Officer and he duly found out items of local military interest which the Branch acted upon whenever possible.  He had a quiet, unassuming, capable, imperturbable manner but was full of amusing anecdotes of remembered people/occasions which he would delightfully and mischievously drop into relevant conversations.  Funeral details will be notified when known.

001   CRICH ANNUAL DINNER 2017
A good time was had by seventy members, guests and civic dignataries on Saturday 1 July at the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association Annual Dinner ("The Crich Supper") at Welbeck Hall in West Bridgford.  To those who made it possible ( the committee of John Cotterill, Sue Bell , Phil Twells, Helen Twells, Eddie Edwards, Andrea Barker, Karen Bridges and Andy McDougall ) : THANK YOU and to everyone else : get Saturday 30 June 2018 in your diary now.  Congratulations also to Phil Twells who was presented with his Merit Award at the Dinner.

Received from Civic Office Erewash Borough Council:
"I am writing on behalf of our Deputy Mayor, Cllr Chris Corbett to thank the Association for the invitation to join members at the Crich Dinner.  It was a real pleasure for the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress to meet members of the WFRA and they had a thoroughly enjoyable time with you.  It would be appreciated if you could extend their thanks to all members and especially to Robin and Mike Tilston for looking after Linda and himself so well.
S Dunkley
Democratic and Civic Officer"

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY - FRIDAY 25 AUGUST 2017

The entry form for the 2017 Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day on Friday 25 August 2017 can be found here. Once again it is being held at the Rufford Park Golf and Country Club, Rufford Lane, Rufford, Notts NG22 9 DG.  Any non-golfers who wish to attend the evening celebration party can purchase a ticket for £15:00 per person attending. Contact Keith Seddon on Mobile 07739210584 or Email:klseddon@sky.com

Your outstanding support for this event in previous years has been amazing and all monies raised previously have been distributed within the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund to all injured soldiers, their families and the other needs supported by the fund. It is hoped that once again you can support this wothwhile event and it is requested that you pass the entry form around your golfing friends and Golf Societies.

003   FREE FUNDED COURSE ON BUDGETING - WORCESTER 18 JULY 2017

If any reader knows of any former serviceman who would benefit from the following course, please pass on the details.

Introduction to Budgeting
Date: Tuesday 18 July 2017.
Time: 0900 hours to 1300 hours. 
Location: YMCA, Henwick Road, St Johns, Worcester. 
Refreshments: tea & coffee, and hopefully biscuits throughout.

The session:

looks at how money worries affects many parts of our daily living

reveals ways to create a budget

looks at how to make a balanced budget work in practice, paying bills and managing cash

explores how we can remain in control during our daily spending choices

It is important to highlight that no learner is required to reveal anything of their personal or financial situation

The funder for this particular course will cover the course fee for any learner that is either a job-seeker or on disability benefits.  They will need to provide evidence (to the funder) of how each learner qualifies for a funded place.  Could you ask each learner to bring a copy of a recent letter that evidences their situation. To reserve a place on the course or ask questions – contact Neal Murphy (details below).

Neal Murphy

Signs of Hope Chief Executive

office | 01905 20526

mobile | 07884 261971

email | neal@signs-of-hope.org.uk

website | www.signs-of-hope.org.uk

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30 June 2017             NEWSLETTER              Volume 8 Issue 23

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24298698 Sgt Stuart SCAIFE of Derby died on 22 June 2017 aged 59.  Stu enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1972 and served with it in Germany, Northern Ireland, Belize and UK before leaving the Army in October 1987.

It is with sadness we inform you that 22760872 Sgt Philip TURNER died on Tuesday 13 June 2017 aged 82 years. Philip enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment in January 1953 and after training spent six months at Recruiting Office attached to Royal Norfolk Regiment. In 1954 Philip moved to Lichfield with Mercian Brigade No.1 Personnel Team, attached to South Staffordshire Regiment for Admin purposes but responsible for testing all entrants into the Cheshire Regiment in Chester and the South and North Staffordshire Regiments plus Boy entrants at Derby and Nottingham Recruiting Offices. During all his attachments he was Worcestershire Regiment Badged including a short attachment to the Black Watch Depot in Perth, Scotland. Philip was Discharged in March 1956. After leaving the Regiment Philip was employed with ICI in the Plastics Division retiring at the age of 57 years. For his hobby he enjoyed a few cruises each year. His funeral will be held at 1300 hrs, Monday 3 July 2017 at Christ Church, Thorley Lane, Timperley, Manchester WA15 7AN. This will be followed by a short service at the Crematorium. ( Address of Crematorium and Refreshments will be given at the Church Service). All mourners are invited to the reception for refreshments. Standards and Association members welcome.  Letters of Condolence can be sent to Mr Chew, 103 Sylvan Avenue, Timperley, Altrincham, WA15 6AD

It is with regret that we inform you that LCpl John PACEY of Newark died on 15 June 2017 aged 90.  John enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1945 and after training was transferred to The Royal Norfolk Regiment and was posted to India with it.  After discharge John joined the Newark Branch of the Sherwood Foresters Association and continued to support it throughout his life.

001   MESSAGE OF THANKS - EDWARD VINES

Jane Vines and family are very grateful to those who sent messages of condolence and support upon Edward’s death and wish to thank those who attended his funeral. They were delighted that so many were able to take refreshments in the village hall afterwards and apologise if they were not able to speak to everyone who made the effort to come.

002    CRICH PILGRIMAGE 2017

The Annual Pilgrimage is to take place at the Crich Stand Regimental Memorial on Sunday 2 July 2017 at 1200 hours. There will be refreshment facilities, PRI and museum exhibits for all to enjoy.

The gates to the site will close at 1430 hours in preparation of the Civic Dignitaries procession and the Pilgrimage is due to commence at 1500 hours. The cost for parking is £2 per car and poppy crosses are also available for £2. Any further donations would be appreciated as all monies goes back into the Crich Memorial Fund.

Antecedent Standards of The Mercian Regiment are invited to attend and those wishing to, are asked to meet at the Standard Bearers tent at 1400 hours for a briefing by the Lead Standard Bearer.

003   SPONSORED FAMILY CHARITY WALK 26 AUGUST 2017

Hosted by The Chesterfield Branch of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association on Saturday 26 August 2017 at Holmebrooke Valley Park in Aid of The Limbless Veterans (BLESMA) And the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).  Two Circular Walks one at 7 miles and one at 4 miles starting at 1000 hours.  Toilets and a Café are on site as well as a children’s play area.  Guides will be with both walks.  If you would like to take part and support these Veteran Charities by doing sponsorship, or make a Donation, then please contact John Johnson for a sponsorship form on johntyjohn@msn.com or Mob: 07938187821 or you can just turn up on the day, make a donation and join in. All welcome

004   WFRA PRI SHOP

As a result of recent requests the Association now has WFR and Sherwood Foresters lapel badges in stock.  Badges cost £4.50 incl p&p and are available from WFRA c/o 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GN

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23 June 2017             NEWSLETTER     Volume 8 Issue 22

OBITUARIES

Nil reported

001   MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY - FRIDAY 25 AUGUST 2017

The entry form for the 2017 Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day on Friday 25 August 2017 can be found here. Once again it is being held at the Rufford Park Golf and Country Club, Rufford Lane, Rufford, Notts NG22 9 DG.  Any non-golfers who wish to attend the evening celebration party can purchase a ticket for £15:00 per person attending. Contact Keith Seddon on Mobile 07739210584 or Email:klseddon@sky.com

Your outstanding support for this event in previous years has been amazing and all monies raised previously have been distributed within the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund to all injured soldiers, their families and the other needs supported by the fund. It is hoped that once again you can support this wothwhile event and it is requested that you pass the entry form around your golfing friends and Golf Societies.

002   CHESTERFIELD BRANCH MEETING 28 JUNE 2017

Chesterfield Branch Meeting on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 1930 hours, Haig House, 42 Gluman Gate, Chesterfield S40 1TX All welcome.

003   FORESTER'S LOTTERY

 

You are invited to subscribe to the Forester’s Lottery.  The cost is £24 per year for one ticket which is entered into 12 monthly draws.  This is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete the form and return it direct to the Curator.   All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection).
 
Draws will take place each month for 12 months with the anticipated prizes:
First Prize - £30.00
Second Prize - £20.00
Third Prize - £10.00
(The prize money will increase in line with added membership)

The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the RHQ or will be sent by post.
 
All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families.
 
Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase.
 
To be included in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to:
 
Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)
RHQ The Mercian Regiment
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA

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16 June 2017           NEWSLETTER            Volume 8 Issue 21

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 14469533 WO2 (CSM) John Henry POUTNEY aged 86, passed away peacefully on 22 February 2017 after a short illness whilst living in Cardiff, Wales.  John enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment aged 15 years in 1945. John saw service in Malaya, Jamaica, British Guiana, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Minden in Germany, then being discharged in 1969.  When John left the army he worked as a Sales rep for a local newspaper, Berrows newspapers in Worcester. He progressed to Advertisement Manager, retiring in 1996. His hobby was his gardening and later he became his wife, Joyce's, full time carer. Joyce passed away on 21st January 2017 (4 weeks before John).

The funeral has taken place, John requested a no fuss funeral.  He is survived by his son, David and daughter, Jackie.  Condolences to David Pountney of 15, Whitland Crescent, Fairwater, Cardiff, CF5 3NL and/or to Jackie Tamplin email jackietamplin@gmail.com - address: An Carraig, Caherlistrane, Co. Galway, Ireland.

001   98th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017

This is the final call for those wishing to attend the 98th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) which is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 1 July 2017 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Menu choices and accommodation details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Calling_Notice_2017.pdf

002   ARMED FORCES FLAG RAISING 19 JUNE 2017 - WORCESTERSHIRE

Worcester Branch - Flag Raising ceremonies for Armed Forces Week. 
Standards and members assemble at Worcester Guildhall 1015 hours on Monday 19 June in Mayors Parlour.

For those attending Wychavon District Council ceremony assemble 1015 hours at Reception Office, Pershore Council Building

003   JOURNEY DOWN MEMORY LANE - FUNDRAISING EVENT 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

Join the Woofer charity event featuring Mr Rock' n' Roll Tony Doyle & the lovely Lorna on Saturday 23 September 2017 at The Victory Club Allenton from 7 – late.

In aid of the Crich Tower Memorial and the Army Benevolent Fund Including Buffet & Grand Draw. Tickets £5.00 available from Derby Branch Mick Doyle & Gordon Carran 07853248450 //0796886196

Further details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/news/

004   “DUNKIRK” BY BASIL DYKES AND JOHN GORT

“Dunkirk” gives a vivid insight into one of the most interesting campaigns in the history of the Second World War; containing passages from the memoirs of Captain David ‘Basil’ Dykes of 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment.   Captain Dykes formed part of the rear- guard contingent and helped to hold back the advancing German army as the allies made their way to the Dunkirk Coast where they were later evacuated.  He himself made his own way back.
 
The book “Dunkirk” provides the reader with a personal history told by Captain Dykes himself from his memoirs, as well as the official accounts taken from the London Gazette.  The book includes an introduction written by the son of Captain Dyke, who delves deeper into his father’s military career which went from strength to strength once he was transferred to MI5 & MI6.   At the end of the war Major Dykes was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government.   On cessation of hostilities Major Dykes was released from service and returned to the UK to his wife.  He passed away on August 15 1992, aged 81. The book was compiled in his memory by his children and serves as a fitting tribute to him.

The book is a must read for those with an interest in Regimental and Military History and can be purchased for £11.95 (including postage & packaging).  It is available via email from Rosalie@daubney.co.uk

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  9 June 2017           NEWSLETTER          Volume 8 Issue 20

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of the late Lt Col Edward Vines TD will be held at St Mary's Church, Linton, Ross on Wye HR9 7RX at 1200 hours on Monday 19th June 2017 and afterwards in the Village Hall. It would be appreciated if those wishing to attend could e-mail Maj Bob Prophet on rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk so that the family can estimate the numbers attending. For those wishing to write in condolence the address for his widow Jane is Burton Farm, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7RR

002   PAUL SANDFORD MEMORIAL SERVICE 10 JUNE 2017

On 6 June 2007 LCpl Paul Sandford was KIA in the Upper Gereshk Valley, Afghanistan. On this 10th anniversary, his comrades of B Coy will be holding a church memorial service to remember their fallen comrade who made the ultimate sacrifice.All within the Mercian regimental family are invited and Association Members and Standard Bearers would be more than welcome. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 10 June in St Mary's Church, Hucknall at 1400 hours. All are also invited to join the B Coy lads for a drink either before at the Pilgrim Oak in Hucknall from 1200 hours or afterwards for food and drink in the Yew Tree also in Hucknall.

003   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - MAY 2017

1st Prize - £30.00  Mr A Taylor of Hereford
2nd Prize - £20.00 Mr G Carran of Derby
3rd Prize - Mr D F Edmunds of Chesterfield

Congratulations to all.

Want to join for a chance to win and help support the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)? Then contact the curator for more details via email at curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk or phone Foresters House on 0115 9465415 extension 5219.

004   VC MEMORIAL STONE DEDICATION FOR CAPT ALBERT BALL VC DSO** MC THURSDAY 15 JUNE 17

The dedication of the VC Memorial Stone for Capt Albert Ball VC will take place on Thursday 15 June at the War Memorial Gardens, Victoria Embankment, Nottingham at 1030 hours.  All Standard Bearers, Association Members and their families are welcome to attend. Standard Bearers are requested to arrive by 1000 hours for a briefing and rehearsal.  All others are asked to be at the location by 1020 hours.

005   WEEPING WINDOW - DERBY SILK MILL 9 JUNE TO 23 JULY 2017

The Silk Mill is pleased to announce that they will present Weeping Window at the Silk Mill, in Derby between 9 Jun and 23 Jul as part of 14-18 NOW tour.  The presentation by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary will give visitors the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculpture.

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below. The sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, marking the centenary of the outbreak of war, is now brought to audiences in Derby as part of the Poppies tour.

During the First World War, Derby Silk Mill was divided into two businesses one grinding corn and the other making medical supplies, both integral to the British war effort and scarce by 1916. Derby as a whole played a vital part in production during the course of the First World War with Rolls-Royce developing the Eagle Engine at the request of the government to power allied aircraft. As Derby Silk Mill: Museum of Making, the museum now holds a great number of industrial and social history objects which help to tell the stories of Derby’s companies and its communities.

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1 June 2017                  NEWSLETTER               Volume 8 Issue 19

GREETINGS ON THE GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE
Details of the Battle Honour can be found here

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we notify you that 4986192 Sgt Walter Ernest BULL of Derby died on 16 May 2017 aged 96. Walter enlisted in 1940 and after recruit training at ITC Lincoln was posted to 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in North Africa. He took part in the the Battle for El Alamein before moving with the Battalion to Egypt, then Iraq where it became part of Paiforce seeing service in Lebanon and Iran before moving to Tunisia and then the Anzio Beachhead. After the breakout from the beachhead and the fall of Rome, Walter then moved with the Battalion to the East coast of Italy where it was again involved in heavy fighting on the Gothic Line. After the Battle for San Savino the Battalion was reduced to cadre strength and Walter was posted to 6th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment and remained with it until demob in January 1947. His funeral is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 1400 hours. Family flowers only but donations to the Alzheimers Society may be made at the Service. Association Members and Standards would be welcome.

002   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION

This year’s WFR Regimental Reunion will be held on Saturday 3 June at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Entrance cost is £2 per adult

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

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

 

003   98th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017

The 98th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 1 July 2017 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Calling_Notice_2017.pdf

If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into accommodation on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich. You will be made very welcome.

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26 May 2017                  NEWSLETTER   Volume 8 Issue 18

001   OBITUARIES

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Lt Col Edward Robert VINES TD of Ross on Wye died on 24 May 2017 aged 82.  Ted was called up for national service in September 1953, was commissioned in May 1954 and served in 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in Bulford and Iserlohn. In September 1955 he joined 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment until it was disbanded in 1967, later joining Mercian and LI Volunteers. In 1975 he transferred to 2 Mercian on its formation which he commanded 1976-8.  During his tour in command HM The Queen presented Colours to the Battalion in Birmingham. He was an exceptionally diligent CO despite the distance between his farm near Ross and his Battalion HQ in Shirley and he showed the same dedication to the many regimental duties he undertook after leaving the Army. Funeral details to be confirmed.

It is with regret that we inform you that 4986812 Pte Walter FARRAND of Retford, Nottinghamshire died on 16 May 2017 aged 93.  Walter enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 15 January 1942 and after training at Great Yarmouth was posted to North Africa and then Italy where he was taken PoW by the Germans.  He was sent to Stalag 2A at Moosburg in Bavaria and given PoW Number 142060.  Walter was repatriated in 1945 and transferred to the Pioneer Corps in January 1946 for demobilisation.  Walter's funeral will take place on 6 June 2017 at 1030 hours at St Swithuns Church, 1 Chapelgate, Retford DN22 6PL followed by buffet and drinks at Dominie Cross 38 Grove St, Retford DN22 6JR  Everyone is welcome to attend to give 'Mr Retford'  the send off he deserves.  Walters wishes were for all to wear bright colours with one item of white on them.

It is with sadness that we inform you that 25064135 Pte Jonathon Geoffrey MATHER of Chellaston, Derby died on 14 May 2017 aged 38.  Jonathon enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in May 1997 and served with it in UK, Northern Ireland and  Bosnia in the former Republic of Yugoslavia before leaving the Army in October 2001.  His funeral is to take place at Mark Eaton Crematorium on 31 May 2017 at 1400 hours.  Association Standards and Members would be welcomed by the family.

002   GLORIOUS 1ST OF JUNE WREATH LAYING CEREMONY

Worcester Branch are holding a wreath laying ceremony on Thursday 1 June 2017 at 1100 hours at the Regimental Stone and Interpretative Feature within Gheluvelt Park, Worcester in remembrance of the Battle honour "Glorious First of June".  All welcome.

 

003   JOURNEY DOWN MEMORY LANE - FUNDRAISING EVENT 23 SEPTEMBER 2017
 
Join the Woofer charity event featuring Mr Rock' n' Roll Tony Doyle & the lovely Lorna on Saturday 23 September 2017 at The Victory Club Allenton from 7 – late.

In aid of the Crich Tower Memorial and the Army Benevolent Fund Including Buffet & Grand Draw. Tickets £5.00 available from Derby Branch Mick Doyle & Gordon Carran 07853248450 //0796886196

Further details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/news

 

 

 

 

 

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