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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
Acting Chairman: Lt Col (Retd) E Vines 
Association Secretary: Maj (Retd) R S Prophet

 21 April 2016    NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 14

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that 22909910 Pte Reginald Barry ADCOCK of Newark, Nottinghamshire

died on 13 April 2016 aged 80.  Barry was called up for National Service in 1953 and served at the Depot,

Normanton Barracks until January 1954.  He was then transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and

served with it in Hong Kong and Korea.  He left the Army in 1957.  Barry was a long time member of the

Newark Branch WFRA and The RBL in Newark.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 25 April 2016 at

1415 hours at Christ Church, Boundary Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 4AJ followed by a celebration of

his life at the RAFA Club, 23 London Road, Newark NG24 1TN.  Standards welcome.
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It is with regret we notify you that 4987104 CSgt (CQMS) Albert William Everitt GROCOCK of Newark,

Nottinghamshire died on 14 April 2016 aged 93.  Albert enlisted in 1942 into 1st Battalion The Sherwood

Foresters before being posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Anzio,

Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.  In 1947 he was posted to the Depot, Derby before being

attached to 17 PTC in Leicester.  He left the Army in 1949.  Albert was a long time member and staunch

supporter of Newark WFRA.  His funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 1200 hours at

Hawtonville Methodist Church, Beech Avenue, Newark NG24 4JN.  Family Flowers only. Donations may be

made to Church Funds.  Funeral Directors E Gill & Sons Ltd, 55 Albert Street, Newark NG24 4BQ.

002  CLASS 3 NI CREDITS FOR SPOUSES/CIVIL PARTNERS OF HM FORCES

If your spouse/civil partner was born on or after 6 April 1953 (if a woman) or 6 April 1951 (if a man) and

accompanied you on an overseas posting this can now count towards the spouse's State Pension qualifying

National Insurance (NI) contributions from 6 April 1976 onwards.  Many spouses may have been unable to

work whilst abroad and therefore unable to make NI contributions.

The new state pension will be based on the NI record alone.  To receive the maximum state pension requires

35 years NI record.  Time spouses spent with their partner on an overseas posting (not working and

therefore unable to pay UK Tax and NI) will now count towards the requirement of 35 years. 

Further information may be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/513959/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/dwp/ni-credits-armed-forces-partners

https://www.gov.uk/new-state-pension

003   COMMEMORATION SERVICE CHESTERFIELD (SPITAL) CEMETERY - 30 APRIL 2016

On Saturday 30 April 2016 at 1100 hours the family of 19466 Pte Lawrence TIGHE 11th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters who died of his wounds at home on 30 April 1916 is to hold a small commemorative

ceremony in his memory and to the memory of his brother 241290 Sgt Patrick TIGHE 1/6th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters (later Labour Corps) who died of his wounds at home on 14 July 1919.  Members of the

Association have been invited to attend and Standard Bearers are welcome.

Members are requested to arrive around 1030 hours with a view to kicking off at 1045 hours  This is so a

minutes silence at 1100 hours can be observed.

A map of the location can be found at,
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.6905353,-0.633743,100m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!9m1!1b1

The service will be in a small memorial garden which is just off The Green in the centre of the village. It's

directly to the left of the Fox and Hounds as you look at the map, across the Oakham Rd. Plenty of parking, and

the pub is where all attending are asked to adjourn after.

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14 April 2016   NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 13

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23553000 Pte Lawrence Raymond HEARNE of Coventry died on 27

February 2016.  Lol was called up for National Service in 1958 and posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood

Foresters where he served in the Band. He left the Battalion in 1960 whilst serving in Malaya.  Lol was a

staunch member of Coventry Branch WFRA.
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It is with sadness we notify you that Pte Denis Roy JAKEMAN of Wolverhampton died on 5 March 2016.

Denis served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman from April 1956 to

May 1958.  He saw service in the Caribbean, Belize, North Africa and BAOR.  On leaving the Army he served

with the TA until 1964.
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It is with regret that we inform you that 14494033 Pte Michael Albert PALMER of Mapperley, Nottingham died

on 11 March 2016 aged 89.  Michael was posted into The Sherwood Foresters from the General Service

Corps in August 1943 and saw service in the UK, Germany and the Far East.  On leaving the Army in

1948 he took a commission with the TAVRA Cadet Force joining 1 Nottinghamshire Cadet Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters until August 1958.  In civilian life he worked in the transport and haulage business.
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It is with sadness we inform you that 5258274 Sgt Harry HARRISON CBE of Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

died on 12 March 2016.  Harry enlisted in June 1940 in 11th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and

served in C Coy.  When the 11th Battalion became 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment he remained

with it serving in North West Europe throughout World War 2.  He left the Army in 1946 and was later

awarded the CBE for his work in engineering.
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The funeral of 23547712 WO2 Peter WILTSHIRE who died on 3 April 2016 is to take place at 1145 hours on

Monday 25 April 2016 at Redditch Crematorium, Bordesley Lane, Redditch B97 6RR.  Flowers are

welcomed and may be sent to Mortons, 705 Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2JT or, you

may prefer to make a donation to the Primrose Day Hospice, which will be collected on the day.  The family

would appreciate Association Standards.  Following the service a wake will be held at The Southcrest Manor

Hotel, Pool Bank, Redditch B97 4JS.
 

002  BADAJOZ DAY AT NOTTINGHAM CASTLE - 6 APRIL 2016

The raising of the jacket on the green at Nottingham Castle on Wednesday 6 April was well attended by

members of the Association despite the weather.  The Lord Mayor Cllr Jackie Morris laid a wreath in

Remembrance and the Jacket was raised by 14491287 Pte Frank Leonardi aged 89, a WW2 veteran of

Nottingham City Branch who served with 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters
              

005   COMMEMORATION SERVICE CHESTERFIELD (SPITAL) CEMETERY - 30 APRIL 2016

On Saturday 30 April 2016 at 1100 hours the family of 19466 Pte Lawrence TIGHE 11th Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters who died of his wounds at home on 30 April 1916 is to hold a small commemorative

ceremony in his memory and to the memory of his

brother 241290 Sgt Patrick TIGHE 1/6th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (later Labour Corps) who died of

his wounds at home on 14 July 1919.  Members of the Association have been invited to attend and Standard

Bearers are welcome.

003   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 2 JULY 2016
The dinner this year will be held on the 2 July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost

£19 per person attending and following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier rather

than wait to the last minute, as we do have a maximum capacity of 150. A very good menu choice is

available and special rates have been negotiated for anyone wishing to stay overnight in the Novotel for Bed

and Breakfast for both double and single rooms. Full details can be found here 

 If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into the

Novotel 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.

004   THE 29TH LUNCHEON CLUB (SOUTH) ANNUAL LUNCH 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

The 29th Officers Luncheon Club (South) Annual Lunch will be held at The Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel,

Salisbury on Sunday 25 September 2016.  Further details may be obtained from Col Robin Waters whose

email address is robinwaters07@gmail.com

005   LOST CONTACT

Garry Harmes is trying to locate Roddy Jacobs who was WFR badged in training at the Depot at Lichfield circa

1975 -76 and at that time lived in Leigh, Lancashire.  Gary can be contacted at garryharmes@gmail.com.

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary


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6 April 2016      NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 12

GREETINGS ON BADAJOZ DAY

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we notify you that 23547712 WO2 Peter WILTSHIRE of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

died on 3 April 2016 aged 73.  Peter enlisted as a boy soldier in 1958 and posted to 1st Battalion The

Sherwood Foresters in January 1961. In 1970 when it became The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters

Regiment he was serving as a Sgt at the Junior Trg Regt in Troon.  Peter went on to serve as a Pl Sgt and

Provost Sgt in Berlin before moving to the Recruiting Team at Worcester in 1975.  In 1977 he was CQMS in

Belize and Colchester, 1979 he became CSM then TQMS in Hemer before serving his last six months at

the Depot in Lichfield.  He left the Army in March 1983.
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It is with regret that we inform you that Cpl Norris RUSSELL late Worcestershire Regiment died recently. 

His funeral is to take place on 8 April 2016 at Streetly Crematorium at 1115 hours.  For those wishing to write

in condolence his widow, Mrs Iris Russell can be contacted at 17 Norton Lane, Burntwood, Walsall, Staffs
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The funeral of 23907982 Sgt Ray Henshaw who died on 25 March 2016 is to take place at 1230 hours at

Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham on 19 April 2016.  Standards welcome.

002  MEMORIAL SERVICE: LT EDGAR MYLES VC DSO - 9 APRIL 2016

Worcester Branch are to hold a short wreath laying ceremony at the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial

Stone in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester on Saturday 9th April, commencing 1100 hours, to remember Lt Edgar Myles VC DSO.

2nd Lt Myles saw service with the 9th Bn Worcestershire Regiment at Gallipoli, Egypt and

Mesopotamia in the Tigris campaign. He fought with the rear-guard at the evacuation at Suvla Bay and

Helles in 1915/1916.

He was awarded his Victoria Cross at the age of 21 years, at Sann-I-Yat, Mesopotamia, whilst the 9th Bn

was trying to relieve Kut al-Amara on 9th April 1916 - his Citation reads; Edgar Kinghorn Myles. Lieutenant,

The Welch Regiment, for conspicuous bravery. He went out alone on several occasions in front of our advance

trenches and under heavy rifle fire and at great personal risk, assisted wounded men lying in the open.

On one occasion he carried a wounded officer to a place of safety under circumstances of great danger.

He was also hit while carrying a wounded man but carried on.

Technically Lt Myles was on officer of the Welch Regiment but had served throughout the war with the

9th Bn and afterwards was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment.

Lt Myles was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 17th March 1917.

On 25 th January 1917 with the 9th Bn at Kut al-Amara,whilst he was acting Captain, he was created a

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. The Citation for this reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and

devotion to duty. When all but two of the Officers became casualties, he, for five hours, inspired

confidence against two counter-attacks and sent back accurate and valuable reports of the situation. His

courage and fine example were largely responsible for the steadiness of all ranks under him".

Captain E K Myles VC DSO died on 31st January 1977 aged 82 yrs.

In November 1960 his Decoration and Medals  came on the market and were bought by the Worcestershire R

egiment and are on display at the Regimental Museum in the City Museum and Art Gallery, Foregate Street, Worcester.

003   COMMEMORATION SERVICE - EXTON, RUTLAND 27 APRIL 2016

A small commemorative service is to be held at Exton Churchyard at 1100 hours on 27 April 2016 in honour

of the only Rutland soldier to lose his life during the Easter Rising of 1916.  Pte 4905 Alfred Tyler 2nd/6th

Battalion The Sherwood Foresters was KIA on 27 April 1916.  He came from Exton, Rutland and was posted in

to the Sherwood Foresters from the Leicester Regiment just prior to the uprising.  Members of the Association

have been invited to attend.

004   HUDSON TRUST - HOUSE TO LET

The Hudson Trust Charity manages 7 properties which are let to disabled ex-servicemen at a low subsidised

rent in the village of Wick, near Pershore,

Worcestershire.  There is currently one adapted 3 bed house available.

Any one interested should apply in writing to The Secretary, AJB Hudson Memorial Trust, c/o Higgs &

Sons, 3 Waterfront Business Park, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 1LX

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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31 March 2016        NEWSLETTER   Vol 7 Issue 11

001  OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23907982 Sgt Raymond John HENSHAW of Nottingham died on 25

March 2016 aged 71.  Ray enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and remained with it

on amalgamation.  He left in 1971 but re-enlisted shortly thereafter and served until 1988.  Funeral

details will be notified when known.
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It is with sadness we inform you that Major Peter J R JOHNSTONE TD of Newark, Nottinghamshire died on 18

March 2016 aged 84.  Peter was commissioned into the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1954.  The

funeral is to be a private family affair.

002  MESSAGE OF THANKS

The family of the late Cliff Housley wish to thank all branches and standard bearers from WFRA who

attended his funeral on Wednesday 30 March 2016. The large regimental attendance helped to make it a

suitably moving and memorable tribute to his memory and helped show the family how well he was regarded

by his comrades of the Sherwood Foresters, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and

the Association.

003   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2016

Badajoz Day will be commemorated by the raising of the scarlet coatee at Nottingham Castle  on Wednesday

6 April at 1100 hours.  The parade will step off from the Castle Gatehouse at 1040 hours.

In attendance will be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire ACF Band and Robin Hood Rifles

buglers.  The Citation will be read by Maj (Retd) J H Cotterill MBE



A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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24 March 2016      NEWSLETTER    Vol 7 Issue 10

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 14375398 Pte Ronald Herbert HICKMAN of Witney, Oxford died on 3

March 2016 aged 94.  Ron joined the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters at Bizerta, Italy in August

1943 and served in B Coy.  He was wounded at Volturno and evacuated to North Africa. He was then

transferred to the Dorset Regiment in May 1946.  He was a founder member of the Oxfordshire Branch of

the Italy Star Association.  His funeral is to take place at St Mary's Church, Witney, Oxfordshire on Thursday

31 March 2016 at 1300 hours.

002   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS: FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2016

The prize winners for the February and March Draws are as follows;  
February
1st Prize £30.00 Col N H Turner
2nd Prize £20.00 Lt Col P Gilby
3rd Prize £10.00 Col S Banton OBE
March
1st Prize £30.00 Mr A Bradley
2nd Prize £20.00 Nottingham City Branch WFRA
3rd Prize £10.00 Mrs C Sneath

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients by the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection).

003   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA - AGM 29 MARCH 2016

The Worcester Branch Annual General Meetuing is to take place on Tuesday 29 March 2016 in Barbourne Ex-

Services Club, The Moors, Worcester (next to Swan Theatre) at 1930 hours prompt.  Free car parking.

004   THE MERCIAN MUSEUM (WORCESTERSHIRE)

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is looking for volunteers in a range of roles.  If you are

interested in helping out at the Museum please find their contact details here



A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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16 March 2016    NEWSLETTER      Vol 7 Issue 9

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of 23472786 Sgt Clifford Housley who died on 5 March 2016 is to take place on Wednesday 30

March 2016 at Longmoor Lane Cemetery, Longmoor Lane, Breaston, Derbyshire DE72 3BB at 1030 hours

followed by a celebration of his life at Trent Lock Golf & Country Club, Lock Lane, Long Eaton NG10 2FY.

 Donations in Memory to The Crich Tower Memorial Fund  to RHQ MERCIAN, Heath Avenue, Whittington

Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9JT. Floral tributes to Co-op Funeralcare, 88-90 Derby Road, Long Eaton,NG10 4LB.

 A donation box will also be situated in the Cemetery Chapel. Standards welcome.  Those attending are

reminded that there is only a small chapel within the Cemetery.  For those who were unable to obtain the

Nottingham Post on Saturday 12 March, the relevant article can be viewed here
 

002   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2016

Badajoz Day will be commemorated by the raising of the scarlet coatee at Nottingham Castle  on Wednesday

6 April at 1100 hours.  The parade will step off from the Castle Gatehouse at 1040 hours.

In attendance will be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire ACF Band and Robin Hood Rifles

buglers.  The Citation will be read by Maj (Retd) J H Cotterill MBE

003   AREA STANDARDS

Requests for the Area Standards to be displayed/carried at events/funerals are to be made in the first instance to:

Worcester Area:  Branch Secretary Worcester Branch WFRA

Notts & Derby Area: Area Standard Bearer Mr P Twells on 0795213512

Standards are to be signed for on receipt and return and any damages found will be raised against the

relevant Branch requesting the Standard.  The Association Secretary will be the arbiter in any dispute.


A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

 

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10 March 2016       NEWSLETTER  Vol 7 Issue 8

001   OBITUARIES

It is with deep regret that we inform you that 23472786 Sgt Clifford HOUSLEY of Sawley, Long Eaton,

Derbyshire died on 5 March 2016 aged 76. Cliff joined The Sherwood Foresters as a boy soldier in 1956 and

served in Malaya, Canada, Libya, Germany, Northern Ireland and UK. He accepted voluntary redundancy in

1969 on the amalgamation of The Sherwood Foresters with the Worcestershire Regiment when it formed The

Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. After leaving the Army Cliff joined Nottinghamshire

Constabulary before becoming a Director of Carter's Soft Drinks Company. In 1996 he was appointed

Assistant Curator/Archivist of the Regimental Museum and was responsible for the complete overhaul of the

museum archives and artefact collection as well as rebuilding the Gallery in Nottingham Castle. He retired

in 2004 and was appointed as a Museum Trustee where he continued to work tirelessly to the benefit of the

Museum. He was the author of some 17 regimental history books and built and maintained a Sherwood

Foresters database of some 136,500 officers and soldiers of the regiment. Cliff was a stalwart member of

the Association Executive Committee and fundraised several thousand pounds for the Regimental Memorial

at Crich. He dedicated his life to the Regiment and will be sorely missed.  Funeral details will be promulgated

when known. For those wishing to write in condolence his eldest daughter is

Mrs Andrea Barker, 8 Stirling Grove, Kimberly, Nottingham NG16 2TS.

(We have been informed that the Nottingham Post is to publish a full page obituary on Saturday 12 March 2016)
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The funeral of Maj Desmond Page who died on 2 March 2016 is to take place at The Parish Church of St Mary,

Hilton, Marston Lane, Marston on Dove, Derbyshire DE65 5GB onThursday 17 March 2016 at 1400 hours

and then afterwards at The Black Cow, Dalbury Lees, Derbyshire DE6 5BE where everybody is welcome.  For

those wishing to write in condolence his daughter's address isMrs Julie Goodwin, Common House Farm,

Uttoxeter Road, Foston, Derbyshire, DE65 5PX.
 

002   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2016

Badajoz Day will be commemorated by the raising of the scarlet coatee at Nottingham Castle  on Wednesday

6 April at 1100 hours.  The parade will step off from the Castle Gatehouse at 1040 hours.

In attendance will be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire ACF Band and Robin Hood Rifles

buglers.  The Citation will be read by Maj (Retd) J H Cotterill MBE Deputy Chair WFRA
 

003  2 MERCIAN CURRY NIGHT - 22 APRIL 2016
 
The RSM and WOs' and Sgts' Mess of 2 MERCIAN extend a warm invitation for Association Members to

join them for a curry night and get together.  This will take place on Friday 22 April from 1900 hours in the

WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess, Dale Barracks, Chester.   The dress for the evening will be smart blazer and tie and

chinos or trousers, no jeans please.
 
Limited, complimentary transport is available from RHQ Chilwell, RHQ Lichfield and Worcester Reserve Centre;

this will depart at 1300 hours on Friday from each location and leave The Dale  at 1030 hours on Saturday

23 April for return to pick up points. There will also be a pick up from Chester Castle at 1630 hrs on Friday.
 
There is transit accommodation (bedding required) for 25 personnel and this will be allocated on a first come

first served basis.  Those attending may also chose to book their own hotel locally with the nearest being The

Premier Inn.  Transport will be available for collection and drop off in the local vicinity.
 
A tour of Dale Barracks will be available on Friday afternoon.  Light refreshments on Friday afternoon and

breakfast on Saturday is available in the Mess on a Pay As You Dine basis.
 
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to complete the form below and return it to Ms Baines, Asst Regt Sec,

Nottingham at cindy.baines247@mod.uk  by Thursday 7 April.  In the case of oversubscription, names will be

put into a hat and all will be informed after the cut-off date, including full details of the evening.
 
Please note: Anyone who served in The Mercian Regiment, or its antecedents is automatically a

member of its respective association and you do not have to be a member of a branch to attend nor do you

have to have been a member of the mess during your service.
We look forward to you joining us.
 WO1 (RSM) J Rollins
2 Mercian

 

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REGIMENT SERVED WITH AND DATES (years only)....................................................................  
RANK ON DISCHARGE..........................................  
ASSOCIATION BRANCH (if applicable).......................  
EMAIL..................................................................  
PHONE NUMBER................................................  
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ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED YES/NO  
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IF YES, WHERE FROM?............................................
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004  MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY 26 AUGUST 2016

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Keith Seddon MBE BEM invites you to join the members of the Mercian

Regiment at their Annual Charity Golf Day which is to be held at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club on Friday 26th August 2016.
 
All proceeds raised on the day will be shared between two of the Regimental Charities: The Mercian Regiment

Benevolent Fund, which provides assistance to injured soldiers and their families and The Crich Memorial Tower Fund.
 
The members of the Regiment very much hope that you will be able to join them at this very important

event in the Regimental Calendar.
 
Entry forms can be downloaded here.

005  AUSTIN CHAMP OWNERS CLUB - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

The following request for information has been received:

As a Champ owner and a member of the Austin Champ Owners Club I am very keen to

 

gather as much information on the Champ and its varied use in the British Army and its units.  There

were over 11,000 Champs manufactured and currently we only have information on around 1,500 with 350 of

these in or close to running condition and on the road.

The information we have is varied, from photographs of rusting shells on Christmas Island, vehicles stripped for

parts in America to fully restored vehicles across Europe, Australia and most of the world.  I believe

there is a wealth of information stored in old shoe boxes, photo albums etc. much of which will not see

the light of day and eventually may be lost forever. With this in mind, I wonder if you would consider

asking your members who would have served in the 1950's and 1960's if they have any photographs they

would consider allowing us to see. Even better if there is an interesting tale to accompany the photograph.

If anyone does have a photograph or two or a tale to tell I can be contacted on either
0787 9633159 or by e-mail landy91el29@outlook.com. Alternatively they can contact
the Club Register Administrator Stuart Reid on sreid8043@gmail.com.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this and hope you will be able to help.

Yours sincerely

Bryn Parslow

 

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

 

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3 March 2016  NEWSLETTER   Vol 7 Issue 7

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that 473034 Major Desmond F PAGE of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

died on 2 March 2016 aged 81.  Desmond joined the 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1961

serving with it in Recce Platoon at Mansfield and then 2IC C Coy at Derby.  In 1971 he was appointed as OC

C Coy 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters.  He then went on to serve with

the Royal Anglian TA as OC Recruit Reception at Bury St Edmunds.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.
 

002  IN MEMORIUM

478560 Lt Col (Retd) David James Valentine St John BAXTER The Sherwood Foresters and WFR who was

tragically killed in a diving incident in Cyprus on 29 February 1996.

003  MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY 26 AUGUST 2016

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Keith Seddon MBE BEM invites you to join the members of the Mercian

Regiment at their Annual Charity Golf Day which is to be held at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club on Friday

26th August 2016.
 
All proceeds raised on the day will be shared between two of the Regimental Charities: The Mercian Regiment B

enevolent Fund, which provides assistance to injured soldiers and their families and The Crich Memorial

Tower Fund.
 
The members of the Regiment very much hope that you will be able to join them at this very important

event in the Regimental Calendar.
 
Entry forms can be downloaded here.




A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

 

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25 February 2016   NEWSLETTER  Vol 7 Issue 6

001   OBITUARIES
Nil reported

 

002   WFRA TEMPORARY CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS

With immediate effect members are requested to use 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GN as

a temporary postal correspondence address for WFRA Matters.

Emails may still be forwarded to wfr.association@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

As many of you are no doubt aware Cliff Housley has recently been hospitalised and diagnosed with acute

encephalitis which has affected both his sight and memory and will result in a long term recovery period. 

This means that until the Executive Committee can make alternative arrangements at their meeting on 5

March, WFRA business will be conducted from the above address.

003   COL J D REYNOLDS MC - MEMORIAL SERVICE - WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2016

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday 9 March 2016 in Worcester Cathedral commencing at 1430

hours in respect of Col J D Reynolds MC (late WORC R) who died on 7 November 2015.

004   VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION)

Please scroll to bottom of page for photo No, 10 on NEWSLETTERS 1

 

005   NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE WFRA AREA MEETING - 9 MARCH 2016

The Notts & Derby WFRA Area Meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 March 2016 in Brennans, 2 Regent

Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 1100 hours.

006   CRICH PILGRIMAGE/SOMME COMMEMORATION 3 JULY 2016

The Crich Pilgrimage will start at 3pm (as usual) on Sun 03 Jul 16.  After the normal service (and once the C

olours and Standards have marched off) a Somme Commemoration will take place for around 30 minutes

at a location below the Crich wall (more details to follow).

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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20 February 2016    NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 5

001  WFRA TEMPORARY CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS

With immediate effect members are requested to use 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 8GN as a temporary

postal correspondence address for WFRA Matters.

Emails may still be forwarded to wfr.association@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

As many of you are no doubt aware Cliff Housley has recently been hospitalised with a major unknown illness which has

affected both his sight and memory.  This means that until the Executive Committee can make alternative arrangements at

their meeting on 5 March, WFRA business will be conducted from the above address.

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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11 February 2016     NEWSLETTER          Vol 7 Issue 4

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 4977535 Pte Michael Vincent MURRY of Nottingham died on 8

February 2016.  Mick enlisted in 1939 into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served with A Coy as a

driver.  He was taken PoW on the fall of Tobruk in June 1942 and became prisoner number 29999.  He was

initially held at Benghazi before being moved to Italy and then Germany.  He was held in various camps, last

known being Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf.  Mick worked in coal mines in Poland and was on the long march as the

Russians advanced.  He was repatriated in 1945 then transferred to the Royal Artillery Garrison Regiment

before transferring back to the Sherwood Foresters in July 1946. Mick was then discharged to the Reserve on

19 August 1946.  He was recalled and served in Korea with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers 1950 - 51. 

Mick was a long time member and President of Nottingham City Branch WFRA.   His Funeral is to take

place at Wilford Hill Crematorium on Thursday 18 February 2016 at 0900 hours.  Standards welcome..

002  COL J D REYNOLDS MC - MEMORIAL SERVICE - WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2016

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday 9 March 2016 in Worcester Cathedral commencing at 1430

hours in respect of Col J D Reynolds MC (late WORC R) who died on 7 November 2015.

003   NOTTINGHAMSHIRE VETERAN ASSOCIATIONS MEETING - 19 FEBRUARY 2016

The next Meeting of the Nottinghamshire Veteran Associations Meeting is to held at County Hall,

Loughborough Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP on Friday 19 February 2016 at 1030 hours. 

Branches in Nottinghamshire are invited to send a representative.

004   NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE WFRA AREA MEETING - 9 MARCH 2016

The Notts & Derby WFRA Area Meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 March 2016 in Brennans, 2 Regent

Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX at 1100 hours.
 

005   17th SHERWOOD FORESTERS OFFICERS' LUNCHEON CLUB

The 17th Sherwood Foresters Officers' Club Annual Lunch is to be held in London on Saturday 9th April

2016 in The Army and Navy Club, 36 Pall Mall, London.  Full details can be found at  http://www.stand-firm-

strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/SFOL_2016.pdf
 

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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