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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

 

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 08 January 2021     WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 12 Issue 02

001 NORWAY
Following on from the Christmas Day issue I would like to share this photograph that I have received.  I was taken by Niklas Lindqvist on Christmas Day it shows the British graves in Lillehammer Northern Civil Cemetery.
Decorating gravestones with lights and paying respect to those who passed away is an important part of the Yuletide season in Norway. During December, and particularly on December 24 and New Year's Day, families get together at cemeteries near the graves of their loved ones and light up candles or more modern electric Christmas lights. These lights symbolize that their loved ones are remembered and missed. This custom shows how important the role of the family is in the culture of Norway, so it was touching that our dead were also remembered in this way.  Nicholas will also be lighting candles on St George's Day as the battle took place around this day in 1940.

002 AMAZON EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

Are you interested in career opportunities at Amazon or Amazon Web Services?  Over 200 UK service leavers, veterans and military spouses found their next career with us last year. Will you join them in 2021?

Join us at the Amazon Insight Event on 14 January  11:30hrs to 13:00hrs to find out why we are passionate about hiring from the military community.

Hear directly from recruiting teams, veterans and  business managers about the opportunities they have available.

Business lines presenting include:

Operations: 
Hear from our dedicated Military Recruiter about job opportunities available across the UK in all areas of Operations. 

RME: 
The Amazon Reliability Maintenance Engineering team maintain and optimize technologies in the Global Amazon Warehouse & Delivery Network. Speak directly with the military hiring team about engineering opportunities.

DSP 2.0:
Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program is designed to get you set up in your own delivery business. Hear from a former Navy Officer who went from captaining super yachts to setting up his own delivery business.

Consumer Military Internship Program: 
Amazon have launched a 6 month paid internship for UK transitioning service leavers within the UK Consumer Business. Learn about this incredible opportunity which starts in June 2021.   

Amazon's Apprenticeship Program:
Amazon is looking for curious, enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join the UK Apprenticeship Program. Whatever your background, qualifications or career aspirations, the Amazon Apprenticeship Program has a place for you.

AWS:
Interested in Cloud Computing roles? Build a successful career in cloud computing as a military veteran.  Hear about the AWS Tech U Program; an unparalleled opportunity to leapfrog your peers and take a leadership role helping AWS to transform the way the world uses technology to solve business challenges.

WFS:
Amazon's Work Force Staffing team, recruit directly into customer fulfilment roles at Amazon and have a significant number of opportunities available across the country.

Sign up at the link below to learn all about the varied opportunities available at Amazon and AWS.
https://militaryopportunitiesevent2021.splashthat.com/

 

003 VETERAN HELP SITES

As the Pandemic continues to impact tremendously on all our lives it is more important that our veterans know how to get help if they find themselves struggling. If you know one of your veteran friends struggling please encourage them to get help from one of the sites below.  

VETERANS GATEWAY
The Veterans Gateway is still operating as normal, you can download their App at Google Play or the Apple App store. Also you can call them direct on 0808 802 1212 or visit them on line at www.veteransgateway.org.uk

SSAFA
SSAFA are still providing a service to support our veterans, you can call the on 0800 731 4880 or visit them on line at www.ssafa.org.uk/about-us/contact-us You can live web chat with them on line via the link on this page.  

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The Royal British Legion continue to provide support, you can call 0808 802 8080 from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. Also visit their web site at www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/get-in-touch which also provides a chat online link.  

COMBAT STRESS
Combat Stress have a 24hr help line on 0800 138 1619 and at their web site www.combatstress.org.uk/gethelp  

TOGERTHERALL-THE BIG WHITE WALL
Should you wish to discuss mental health issues anonymously then The Big White Wall has changed its name to Togetherall. The web site could provide you support (note you might need to register) at https://togetherall.com/en-gb/big-white-wall/  

HELP FOR HEROES
Help for Heroes are also providing support for a number of issues at their web site at https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-support/  

BLESMA
If you have lost a limb in service or have lost the use of limbs, suffered permanent loss of speech, hearing, or sight whilst serving or as a result of service in any branch of Her Majesty’s Forces or Auxiliary Forces you may be eligible for Membership to BLESMA. If you have lost a limb, or use of a limb through traumatic incident or sight of an eye other than through service-related causes or if you are of civilian status and have lost a limb or sight of an eye as a result of War Service or enemy action you may be eligible for Membership. If you want more information please call 020 8590 1124 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, or visit their web site at https://blesma.org/ 
 
VETERANS UK
If you require information on Pensions, Medals or the new veterans Rail Card then please visit the Veterans UK web site at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk 

 

004 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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 01 January 2021        WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 12 Issue 01

HAPPY NEW YEAR

from The President and Executive Committee

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that I report the death of 25024333 Lance Corporal Lee Michael (Gun Dog) Garrod.  Lee was born in Nottingham on 29 September 1971.  He enlisted on 23 April 1993 and served with the 1st Battalion in the UK, NI and Bosnia. He holds the GSM NI, NATO Bosnia.  Lee was discharged on 10 March 2000.

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that I report the death of 24279496 Private Barry Michael King who died on 25 December aged 64.  
Barry was born in Nottingham on 1 December 1956.  He served with the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland where he was wounded in a bomb explosion at Marcus Square, Newry, NI.  In September 1978 he served in Belize with Sp Coy (Mort Platoon). 

FUNERAL DETAILS
Ian Middleton

The funeral procession will start at Ian’s flat at 14.30hrs on 4 January. The address is Fulleylove Court, S44 6EZ, and will head to Brimmington Crematorium in Chesterfield for a 15.10hrs start. Ian will travel on a bike hearse. His daughter has stated that ‘this will be his final ride and if anyone wants to join the ride to give him a final send-off; he would love that’.

It is about a 7 mile journey from Ian’s flat to Brimmington Crematorium - Chesterfield Rd, Chesterfield S43 1AU.

Due to Covid restrictions, only 30 people will be allowed in the crematorium chapel for the service. So far, the family have accounted for the full 30, which includes Worksop branch Standard and RBL standard.

So please be aware that any other members of WFRA will likely only be able to line the route in the crematorium or be outside the chapel at the crematorium. If you would still like to attend though, you would be welcome. We hope to have the external speakers playing the service.

Please observe strict Covid guidelines, including social distancing whilst at the crematorium.

Government guidelines says this:
If you live outside a Tier 4 area and are going to a wedding, funeral or linked commemorative event inside the Tier 4 area, you must comply with the Tier 4 gathering limits on the events.

Donations: The family have asked that rather than flowers and for those who wish to, please make donations to either the Cats Protection league or Ashgate Hospice- via the links below.

https://www.cats.org.uk/donate

Donation form - Winter Appeal | Ashgate Hospicecare

001 NEW YEAR HONOURS

Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Richard Adrian James Hoy on his appointment to the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as an Officer (O.B.E.) in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

002 NEW BOOK RELEASE

David Sneath has just published a family history and memoir called 'Down Argentina Way' on Amazon. It covers a period of about 150 years and starts in the Falkland Islands where his maternal grandfather and cousin were born. It includes Gommecourt where his paternal grandfather was a Company Commander with 2 Londons on the southern flank of the salient whose northern flank was attacked by the Foresters. David's father served with an armoured recce regiment, The Royal Canadian Dragoons, in WW2 as a corporal in Italy and Holland. The memoir has a large section on his deployment to Iraq in 2006 as an operational lawyer at the Corps HQ outside Baghdad. 

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DOWN-ARGENTINA-WAY-David-Sneath/dp/B08P1FC5BN/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=david+sneath&qid=1609441392&sr=8-1

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 25 December 2020    WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 11 Issue 58

MERRY CHRISTMAS

from The President and Executive Committee

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that I report the death of 24017678 Pte Derek John Gee on 19 December aged 73.  Derek was born in Bolsover, Derbyshire on 4 May 1947 and enlisted with the 1st Btn Sherwood Foresters at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in September 1964 and trained at Lichfield.  He served April 1965 at Mons Officer Cadet School as a Pte was with Battalion in Muster Germany 1966-67.  Derek was a keen boxer and was a member of the Btn boxing team He was discharged in 1967. 

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that I report the death of Mrs Karen Sales wife of Gary Sales, ex WFR. She has been a stalwart member of Chesterfield branch and gave her valued support , even through a long illness.
She will be sorely be missed by her husband Gary, family and her friends at the Branch.

001 REQUEST FROM NORWAY

We have been contacted by a retired Norwegian army officer, who is researching the fighting in Tretten and Lillehammer in 1940.  He is so moved by the story, one of the things he would like to do is make contact with all of the living relatives of the Foresters and Leicesters who lie in Lillehammer cemetery and thank them on behalf of the Norwegians. 
If any there is anyone who is in contact with any of the relatives of the men listed below who are buried in both the Lillehammer Cemetery and in the one at Biri, please contact newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk
Henry Arthur Maslin from Worksop - son of Henry Maslin and Emily Maslin and husband of Doris Maslin 
Haydn Davey son of John Davey and Sarah Davey
Albert Taylor son of Mary Taylor and Henry Taylor, Manton Worksop
Samuel Arthur Kendrick
Henry Brown son of Henry Brown and Francis S A Brown of Mansfield
The above are buried in Biri cemetery and were in Waldo (?) Dowson's platoon and killed by the mortar from across the Lake
John Arnott Esam son of John Esam and Alice Binge Esam of Kelham
George Gordon
Percy Flint son of Amy Flint and husband of Bella Flint
Lewis Thomas Mellors son of Lewis Ward Mellors and Phoebe Ellen Mellors and husband of Esther Mellors of Arnold
William Dickenson son of Richard Corbett Dickenson and Eliza Dickenson of Barry Island, Glamorgan (one of the Welsh militianen drafted in to replace local colliers)
Richard Scott son of Penelope Scott of Newark
George Till son of William Till and Alice Till of Hednesford, Staffs.and husband of Lilian May Till
John Marcus Sneath Wright son of Charles Sneath (really!) and Alice Sarah Wright of Lowdham
Leonard Alfred Cowdroy
Ronald Arthur Askew son of George Arthur Askew and Elizabeth Askew of Worksop
Roger Brian Bradley son of Ernest Frederick Bradley and Kate Elizabeth Bradley and husband of Betty Anne Bradley of Nottingham
Charles E Bryan son of Charles Ellis Bryan and Elizabeth Ann Bradley of Skegby
Frank Horace Godwin son of Walter Godwin and Annie Godwin and husband of Marion W Godwin of West Bromwich Staffs.
Norman James Pritchard of Caerphilly, Glamorgan

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 18 December 2020     WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 11 Issue 57

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that we report the death of 24811812 Private Ian ‘Duke’ Middleton who passed away on 15th December 2020 at Holly Bank Nursing Home in Creswell. Ian was 60 years old and had been diagnosed with terminal cancer over a year ago.
Ian served with 3WFR E Coy between 1987-1989 as well as time with the RAMC.

In recent years Ian had been a key member of the WFRA Worksop branch and, as the reserve standard bearer carried out many duties at various ceremonies, memorials and funerals. Ian would often travel great distances on public transport and at his own cost to represent the Association and Regiment. Such was his commitment that in 2018 he was awarded the WFRA Merit Award for his services to the Association.

Ian was an active member of the Manchester MAG, (an action group for motorcyclists), as well as an active member of the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion. As his health deteriorated, he stepped back from the Riders Branch and became an active member of the Worksop Branch. During his time at the Worksop branch he served as Deputy Standard Bearer, then moved to Branch Standard Bearer. Ian was a recipient of the RBL Nottinghamshire County Meritorious Service Award, Notts County Standard Bearers Award and numerous branch awards for his service to the Poppy Appeal over the years. Ian had also trained as a SSAFA volunteer.

Ian had received many notes of commendation from Worksop Local Authority Councillors and had also been nominated for the Royal British Legion Centenary Membership Award for Passion prior to his passing.  Such was his commitment that, whilst very weak from his cancer, the RBL branch chairman had to intervene to stop him from trying to attend Morrison’s to man the poppy appeal stand and from attending a fellow branch members funeral.

Although severely weakened, Ian made last visits to the Crich Memorial and to the National Memorial Arboretum - Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Memorial, where he laid wreaths.

On Remembrance Sunday, with the aid of a local clergy, Ian held a small service in his nursing home, where he wore Regimental Association attire and paid service to those who had gone before. Knowing his own time on earth was slipping away, he still only thought of others.

Ian leaves behind his daughter, Rachel, grand-daughter Rosie and his friend Anna who was also like a daughter to him. Our thoughts are with them at this time and his dedication and selfishness will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.

Ian’s funeral is provisionally set for 3pm on 4th January 2021 at Brimmington Crematorium, near Chesterfield. Standard Bearers have been requested. Due to Covid restrictions details will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Cards of condolence may be sent to his daughter:
Rachel Middleton,
22 Sumner Road,
Salford,
M6 7GJ.

 

001 MESSAGE FROM RHQ

2020!  The year when Corona became something more than a bottle of Mexican lager and Tiers became tears!. It’s been a difficult year and how the world has changed since March, has affected all of us in so many different ways.  And whilst we have all been weathering this storm in different vessels, it’s been heartening to see that the ethos of the association has not changed; you continue to represent, support and cheer each other albeit in different forms than normal. Long may it continue and hopefully we can all reunite next year.

For those who are experiencing difficulties, please consider picking up the phone to a friend or call one of the helpline options that the Editor has published on the newsletter.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope you can spend it with those that you love and care for and that 2021 is a healthy one filled with new hope and adventures.

Cindy Clark
Assistant Regimental Secretary. RHQ Nottingham

002 FOR SALE – SIGNED BADAJOZ PRINT              

The Badajoz print is a watercolour signed and dated R. Scollins 1989. It is a limited edition print numbered in pencil 32/500 and signed by R. Scollins, also in pencil.  The print is in good condition and is 20 x 13.5” and the frame is 27 x 21.5”  Although the attached photographs are not of high quality, the colours are something between the  two. For further details, please contact Mrs Illingworth at helena@illingworth.me.uk

 

003 VETERAN HELP SITES

As the Pandemic continues to impact tremendously on all our lives it is more important that our veterans know how to get help if they find themselves struggling. If you know one of your veteran friends struggling please encourage them to get help from one of the sites below.

VETERANS GATEWAY
The Veterans Gateway is still operating as normal, you can download their App at Google Play or the Apple App store. Also you can call them direct on 0808 802 1212 or visit them on line at www.veteransgateway.org.uk SSAFA SSAFA are still providing a service to support our veterans, you can call the on 0800 731 4880 or visit them on line at www.ssafa.org.uk/about-us/contact-us You can live web chat with them on line via the link on this page.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The Royal British Legion continue to provide support, you can call 0808 802 8080 from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. Also visit their web site at www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/get-in-touch which also provides a chat online link.

COMBAT STRESS
Combat Stress have a 24hr help line on 0800 138 1619 and at their web site www.combatstress.org.uk/gethelp

TOGERTHERALL-THE BIG WHITE WALL
Should you wish to discuss mental health issues anonymously then The Big White Wall has changed its name to Togetherall. The web site could provide you support (note you might need to register) at https://togetherall.com/en-gb/big-white-wall/

HELP FOR HEROES
Help for Heroes are also providing support for a number of issues at their web site at https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-support/

BLESMA
If BLESMA you have lost a limb in service or have lost the use of limbs, suffered permanent loss of speech, hearing, or sight whilst serving or as a result of service in any branch of Her Majesty’s Forces or Auxiliary Forces you may be eligible for Membership to BLESMA. If you have lost a limb, or use of a limb through traumatic incident or sight of an eye other than through service-related causes or if you are of civilian status and have lost a limb or sight of an eye as a result of War Service or enemy action you may be eligible for Membership. If you want more information please call 020 8590 1124 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, or visit their web site at https://blesma.org/

VETERANS UK
If you require information on Pensions, Medals or the new veterans Rail Card then please visit the Veterans UK web site at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk   

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 VETERANS SUPPORT
The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123


M A DACK
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