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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 January 2016      NEWSLETTER     Vol 7 Issue 2

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   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.

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   NEAR AND FAR

Mick Fox is looking to get back in touch with Fred Slaney who served with him on loan service in Oman in 1998.  His contact is mick.fox@sky.com

John Rooney who joined 1 Worc R in 1966 and left as a Sgt in 1975 would love to hear from anyone who remembers him.  His contact is johncrooney@eircom.net

24501741 Cliff Howard is looking to contact anyone who passed out of Alma Pl at Whittington in 1978-79, especially any member who has a photo of that Pl or any photos of Cliff from Colchester or Hemer.  His contact is clifhoward7@gmail.com

Aaron Shortt is trying to get in touch with his father 24683159 Sgt Andy Bray who served with 1 WFR.  Any member who is in touch with Andy is requested to pass the message on.

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14 January 2016   NEWSLETTER      Vol 7 Issue 1

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 14714474 Pte Terence WHITE of Worksop, Nottinghamshire died on 4

December 2015 aged 90.  Terence enlisted  in 1943 and was badged General Service Corps.  On completion

of his recruit training he was posted to The Sherwood Foresters.  He then transferred to Kings Shropshire

Light Infantry in August 1944 then returned to The Sherwood Foresters in 1947 before leaving the Army in

January 1948.

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 24312637 Pte Steven NEWBOLD of Burton on Trent died on 8

January 2016.  Steven enlisted in The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1973 and served

with B Coy.  He left the Army in 1976.  His funeral is to take place on 21 January 2016 at Bretby Crematorium,

Geary Lane, Bretby, Burton on Trent, Staffs DE15 0QE.  Standard Bearers would be appreciated by the family.

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The memorial service for Colonel JD Reynolds MC who died on 7 November 2015 will be held in Worcester

Cathedral at 1430 hours on Wednesday 9 March.

002    LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER - 20 FEBRUARY 2016

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held at Brennan's, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton, Derbyshire on

Saturday 20 February 2016 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  The cost per person attending is £15.00.

 Further details may be obtained from Mr P Twells on 0795213512.

003   THE 97TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

The dinner this year will be held on the 2nd July 2016 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets will cost £19 per person attending.  A new very good menu

choice is available and special rates for anyone wishing to stay overnight have been negotiated with the

Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and single rooms. Details will be available shortly.

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 Crich.  You will be made very welcome.  

Branches may wish to consider subsidising their Standard Bearers to attend the dinner with Branch

Standards to enhance the display.

004    FORESTERS LOTTERY - DECEMBER AND JANUARY 

The prize winners for the December and January Draws are as follows;

December;

1st Prize £30.00 Mr G Carran
2nd Prize £20.00 Mrs P Oldham 
3rd Prize £10.00 Mr W J Edwards

January

1st Prize £30.00 Mr D Bowser
2nd Prize £20.00 Mr J Carlin
3rd Prize £10.00 Mr D F Edmunds

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

 
 
A H L McDOUGALL
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17 December 2015  NEWSLETTER   Vol 6 Issue 41


AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2016


001  OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24303208 LCpl Graham PITCHFORTH of Kidderminster died on 11

December 2015 aged 59. Graham enlisted into The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in

August 1972 and served until May 1987.

Capt G B TULLET OBE of Cutsey, Devon died on 16 December 2015 aged 74. Graham was commissioned

into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1962 and served in 1 Worc R in Minden and later in Bulford: also at

Depot Lichfield. He was seconded to the Trucial Oman Scouts in 1967 and after retiring from the army in

1968 served on contract in the Abu Dhabi Defence Force for 4 years. He then managed a very successful

company in India and while there worked tirelessly for the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League for

which he was awarded the MBE which in 2003 was advanced to OBE. The funeral will take place at 1200

hours on Wednesday 22 December 2015 at St Michael and Angels Church ANGERSLEIGH, Devon TA3 7SY. It

is just off the M5 near the Taunton Deane service station.

002   THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS MALAYAN VETERANS BRANCH NEWSLETTER

The Sherwood Foresters Malayan Veterans Branch Newsletter can be read here

003   WFRA BRANCH WEBSITES

To keep up with Branch events please visit;

Chesterfield
http://www.chesterfieldbranchwfra.co.uk/index/

Worksop
www.worksopbranchwfra.co.uk

Worcester
http://www.wfraworcester.com/index.asp?pageid=327344

 

004    LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER - 20 FEBRUARY 2016

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held at Brennan's, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton, Derbyshire on

Saturday 20 February 2016 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  The cost per person attending is £15.00.

 Further details may be obtained from Mr P Twells on 0795213512.



A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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10 December 2015  NEWSLETTER   Vol 6 Issue 40

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that LCpl DERBY XXX died on 27 November 2015.

002   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) UPDATE

At Nottingham Castle the redevelopment is progressing well. Back at the beginning of November we started to move objects out of the old Sherwood Foresters Gallery.
We are ahead of schedule to move out the galley. Please note the old Sherwood Foresters Gallery is now closed to the public.

Whilst on the first floor of the Castle, our new cases are currently being built in our new gallery space. Pictures to follow soon!

003   GSM 1962 CLASP CYPRUS
 
Those former officers of the Sherwood Foresters who served in Cyprus with the UN in 1963/64 are entitled to

claim the GSM 1962 Clasp Cyprus.  However, owing to the intricacies of officer service documentation, the

period spent in Cyprus was not shown on the Officers Record of Service.
 

The Medals Office requires the following information/evidence from applicants to prove that

they served in Cyprus during the period which should include all or some of the following;
 

Part One Orders with their name on.
Any record of them being in Cyprus such as visit to

med/dental centre.
 

Signed letter from CO or OC that they were on the island.
 

Any press cuttings/articles from Regt Journal, dated, that mentions them.
 

Any correspondence to/from the Regiment.
Copies of any documents that may have been issued to

them on deployment.

 
Anyone who can produce anything at all that may prove that Major A J Bartholomew (OC C Coy) and

Major D Hood MC (OC Recce) served in Cyprus during the period in question is requested to forward same to

WFRA c/o 83 Draycott Road, Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL.
 
Anyone who served in Cyprus with the aforementioned officers or travelled on the same flight out/in are asked

to consider forwarding an affidavit to that effect, as that would assist these officers in their claim and which

would be greatly appreciated

004   WFRA LAPEL BADGES

WFRA lapel badges are available to full members of the Association with initial issue at no cost and replacement

for lost mislaid badges at £3.00 each.  A letter from Branch Chairs should be forwarded confirming those

new members requiring initial issue lapel badges.

Those members requesting replacement badges should forward a cheque made payable to WFRA to the

Association Secretary c/o 83 Draycott Road, Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL


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3 December 2015  NEWSLETTER     Vol 6 Issue 39

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we report the death of Mrs Anne Cartwright, widow of Capt C Cartwright and mother of Major JC Cartwright WFR on 25 November 2015. Funeral details will be notified once received.

002   LETTER OF THANKS FROM FAMILY OF PTE D EWART (formerly SHERWOOD)

Please accept my apologies for a delay in contacting you since the funeral last Tuesday. I don't know whether it  is possible if you could include in your newsletter a big thank you to the former colleagues of Derek who attended the funeral service last week. It was lovely to see them all and the presence of the standard bearer was a real bonus which I had not expected. The collection raised £105 and I will get the cheque of as soon as I can so it can be added to the Crich Memorial Tower fund. Many thanks Peter Roberts

003   FORESTERS LOTTERY -OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 

The prize winners for the October and November Draws are as follows;

October;

1st Prize £30.00 Maj (Retd) D E Collins
2nd Prize £20.00 Mr A Taylor 
3rd Prize £10.00 Mrs H Bates

November

1st Prize £30.00 Maj (Retd) D E Collins
2nd Prize £20.00 Mrs C Sneath
3rd Prize £10.00 Mr H S Blagg

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients

004   DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR CAPT VICKERS VC

Nottingham City Council, along with the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, will be hosting a ceremony for the unveiling of the paving stone for Capt Charles Vickers VC (Sherwood Foresters).  This will take place on Friday 4 December 2015 at the Victoria Embankment War Memorial at 1100 hours and it is expected that the ceremony will last for approx 30 minutes.

The Regimental Family, Standard Bearers, Association members and their families are invited to attend. Capt Vickers, who also served in WWII, was with the 7th (Robin Hoods) Battalion; one of the first Territorial Divisions to land in France in February 1915.

Vickers, who was an Acting Captain, took part in some of the heaviest fighting in autumn 1915at the Battle of Loos and the Battle of Hohenzollern Redoubt. Vickers, with the help of two soldiers, held a barrier against heavy bomb fire for several hours. The Germans then attacked from both the front and flank of the trench. To help secure the safely of the trench, Vickers ordered the men to build a second barrier behind him. Eventually wounded from the attacks, Vickers was taken to hospital and thanks to his efforts the position was held. Vickers remained in hospital until October 1916. It was during this time that he was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions on the 14th October 1915 for; his most conspicuous bravery. Further information can be secured from the Assistant Regimental Secretary, Nottingham who is available on INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-ARegSec@mod.uk.


A H L McDOUGALL
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19 November 2015 NEWSLETTER  Vol 6 Issue 38

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   THE MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS COLLECTION)

“A Zulu Dawn-13 Days in January 1879”
A talk and presentation by Mr Dave Sutcliffe
Thursday 26th November 2015 6-9pm
The Senate Rooms, Trent Building, University of Nottingham Campus NG7 2RD
 
The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR) Collection is to host a talk and presentation by Mr Dave Sutcliffe a registered tour guide for the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and a founder member of the Provincial Tourist Guides Association of KwaZulu-Natal, Battlefields Region. Dave has recently returned from South Africa to live in the UK.  He has spent the last 15 years conducting tours of some of the many battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal  giving talks and presentations on them.

Dave’s talk will cover the fate of Number 3 Central Column of the Natal Field force from its arrival on the 11th of January 1879 to its doomed action at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879 where a third of its numbers were wiped out by a Zulu Army under the command of Chief Ntshingwayo kaMahole.

 As part of the talk the Museum will be exhibiting some of the original watercolours painted during the Zulu War by Major John Crealock. These watercolours are rarely on public display.  John Crealock was a 95th Derbyshire Regiment officer who was serving as the Military Secretary on the Cape during the war. Also on display will be Zulu weapons brought home by another famous 95thDerbyshire Regiment officer, Lieutenant (later Major General )  Horace Smith –Dorrien, who was present at Isandlwana and recommended for the Victoria Cross for his actions in trying to save  soldiers’ lives on the 22 January 1879.

The talk will be held on Thursday 26th November from 1800- 2100 hours in the Senate Rooms in the Trent Building of the University of Nottingham. Tickets cost £10 each with the money raised going towards  the future preservation of  Museum  which is a registered charity. Parking on the University campus is free after 1645 hours. Tea and Coffee will be available from 1800 hours.

If you wish to attend this fascinating talk by a practicing guide please forward your payment of £10.00 by cheque payable to Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) to the Museum at Foresters House, Chetwynd Barrcks, Chilwell, Notts NG9 5HA and you will be sent a confirmation of a place with a map of the University Campus     

003  NOTTINGHAM COUNTY COUNCIL SUPPORT TO VETERANS

The following is an extract from Mansfield Chad of Thursday 12 November 2015;

Nottinghamshire County Council has hosted a summit of local charities and organisations with the aim of providing better support to armed forces veterans.
The event, called Civilian Life, is the first of its kind in the East Midlands - which took place today, Thursday, November 12 - and forms part of the County Council’s commitment to improve services to the armed services community through its Community Covenant, signed in 2013.

Councillor Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It is entirely appropriate that we should host this event on 12 November – 24 hours after falling silent to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, we focus on the brave men and women that remain. Civilian Life is a first for Nottinghamshire and is part of our very public commitment, which brings together forces charities and armed forces infrastructure groups, as well as Age UK Notts, Remploy and County Council services. “By working together, we aim to provide a more joined-up approach for veterans, so vital in order to make the transition and integration back into their home community a success.”

The event held at County Hall aims to provide better co-ordination and increased awareness of the many specialist services available to the 6,000 veterans living in Nottinghamshire today.  Services being showcased at the event included employment and skills guidance, resettlement and transition help for families and children of veterans, mental health awareness and practical support. A directory of information on all the services available in Nottinghamshire and where it can be accessed will be produced, so that councilors, volunteers and other people whose jobs regularly bring them into contact with veterans can signpost them to the help they need.

Rick Harrington of Forces in the Community added: “This event has raised the awareness of the local support available to veterans and their families in Nottinghamshire. Signposting veterans to organizations who provide focused support delivers positive results in a shorter time frame.”

Nottinghamshire County Council has further shown its commitment to building on its good relationships with the armed forces community by appointing it’s first-ever Armed Forces Champion. Councillor Ian Campbell took up the position in the summer. Councillor Campbell said: “I am incredibly honoured to be selected as the County Council’s first Armed Forces Champion and it is a role I will put my heart and soul into it. “I am a passionate supporter of the armed forces and I hope to use my experience from roles in both public service and the military to be a strong voice for the serving and veteran community in Nottinghamshire.”

004   1 STAFFORDS COMMEMORATION OF OPERATION GRANBY - 25 YEARS ON
 

February 2016 marks 25 years since 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment deployed to Saudi Arabia on Operation GRANBY and the Staffordshire Regimental Association (SRA) intends to commemorate this anniversary and the role they played in it.  Please place these events in your diaries and share with veterans that it would be of interest too.

Further details can be provided by Major (Retired) Jim Massey, who is contactable via jim.massey767@mod.uk.


It is the SRA's intent to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ground war and celebrate thei role in it.  The ground war began on 24th February 1991 and concluded four days later on the 28th.  The principal events take place on Saturday 27 February 2016.  These are:
 
Day of Commemoration and Celebration - Saturday 27 February 2016.
 
Service of Commemoration.  A Regimental Service of Commemoration will be held in front of the STAFFORDS memorial, the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.   The service will begin at 1045 hours.   All ex-STAFFORDS, members of other corps and regiments who have served with us, our families and regimental friends are invited to attend.  Staffordshire Regimental Association members with their standards are kindly invited to muster.
 
All-Ranks Lunch.  The Staffordshire Regiment Association will host an All-Ranks’ Lunch at The St Mary’s Centre, Lichfield, from 1200 hours.  All 1 STAFFORDS Gulf War Veterans and their wives/partners are kindly invited to attend. 
 
The King’s Head.  Following the service and lunch all ex-STAFFORDS, members of other corps and regiments who have served with us, Staffordshire Regimental Association members, our families and regimental friends are invited to celebrate at the King’s Head, Lichfield.
 
Our day of commemoration and celebration is bookended by two other events:

Friday 26 February 2016.  
Regimental Dinner.  The STAFFORD Officers and Warrant Officers serving with 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s) for Operation GRANBY will attend a regimental dinner at The George Hotel, Lichfield; they will be accompanied by their wives and partners.   Officers and Warrant Officers of other corps and regiments serving with 1 STAFFORDS for Operation GRANBY are invited.  Detailed instructions for the dinner will be published in November 2015.
 
Sunday 28 February 2016. 
Unveiling of the National Operation GRANBY memorial.  A National Operation GRANBY memorial is to be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.  It is unclear at present who is invited to this event but suitable Regimental representation will be there.
 
Further details and coordinating instructions will be issued via RHQ MERCIAN as quickly as they can be determined.  For now, please place these events into your diaries and pass this information to all our Operation GRANBY veterans.

005   REQUEST FOR PHOTOGRAPH

The sister of 24548335 Pte Glyn Robinson has enquired as to whether we had a photograph of her brother who died on 16 August 1981 as a result of an RTA in Lyon, France.  There is no photo of him in the database and if anyone can provide one to enable us to pass a copy on to his sister it would be appreciated.




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12 November 2015  NEWSLETTER  Vol 6 Issue 37

001   OBITUARIES

Col JD REYNOLDS MC of Worcester died on 7 Nov 2015. He enlisted in the Worcestershire Regt in 1940,

volunteered for service with 3 Commando, took part in raids on the Norwegian coast before being

commissioned in 1942. On return to 3 Commando he served in N Africa and the Sicily landing where his

platoon captured a bridge. He then landed in Italy in advance of the invasion and, despite being attacked ,

sent back valuable information for the invasion force for which he was awarded the MC for displaying

"leadership, a disregard for danger and an excellent example". He was later wounded in Italy and on

recovery rejoined 3 Commando in Normandy and took part in river crossings on the Rhine, Aller and Elbe.

After the war he joined 1st Bn the Worcestershire Regt in Trieste, Pola and in Berlin during the Airlift. After the

Staff College he served in Canada, then in Jamaica with the Regiment before being appointed the last

Commanding Officer of the Regimental Depot at Norton, followed by a tour with the Aden Protectorate

Levies. On promotion in 1962 he commanded 3 Cheshire (TA)followed by staff appointments in Hong

Kong and Kuwait. In retirement he served as regimental welfare officer.  Funeral details will be

promulgated once received.
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It is with regret that we inform you that 22849455 Pte Derek SHERWOOD (formerly EWART) of Derby died on

7 November 2015 aged 75.  Derek enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1957 and served

with it in Malaya, Singapore, Northern Ireland, UK, Cyprus, Libya, Canada and Germany and left the

Regiment in 1970.  Funeral details will be promulgated once received.
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It is with regret that we inform you that 23916176 Pte Dennis Edward POWELL passed away suddenly on

Wednesday 4 November 2015. Dennis enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment on the 10 January 1963.

Dennis served at Gibraltar, Tobruk and Cyprus, serving with the Anti Tank Platoon and the Regimental

Recruitment Team. Dennis was a keen footballer and a good all round sportsman. After nine years service

Dennis left the regiment on the 6 January 1972 and spent three years in the Territorial Army in Silver

Street, Worcester. Dennis` funeral will take place at 1000 hours on 18 November at Astwood Crematorium,

Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8EB. Standards and Association members Welcome. For

those wishing to write letters of condolence, please post to, Mrs Barbara Powell, 14 Birch Avenue

Worcester WR4 9SH
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Bridget Davies, wife of Maj John Davies late WORC R and WFR, died in Whipton Hospital on Friday 6

November, aged 83. The funeral is to take place on Friday 20 November 2015 at St Stephens Church, High

Street, Exeter EX4 3LW at 1345 hours. If you would like to write to John, his address is Maj J N B Davies, 7

West Avenue, Exeter EX4 4SD

002   IN MEMORIAM TREE PLANTING AT CORONATION PARK, EASTWOOD - 22 NOVEMBER 2015

24193999 Sgt Wayne Shillam WFR who died on 20 January 2015 is to have a Memorial Tree planted in his

honour by his friend Zoe Wade in agreement with Broxtowe Borough Council on Sunday 22 November

2015 at Coronation Park, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire (near to the Bowling Green) at 1130 hours and

afterwards at the Wellington Pub, Eastwood to raise a glass in his memory.  All welcome.

003   THE MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS COLLECTION)

“A Zulu Dawn-13 Days in January 1879”
A talk and presentation by Mr Dave Sutcliffe
Thursday 26th November 2015 6-9pm
The Senate Rooms, Trent Building, University of Nottingham Campus NG7 2RD
 
The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR) Collection is to host a talk and presentation by Mr Dave Sutcliffe a

registered tour guide for the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and a founder member of the Provincial Tourist

Guides Association of KwaZulu-Natal, Battlefields Region. Dave has recently returned from South Africa

to live in the UK.  He has spent the last 15 years conducting tours of some of the many battlefields of

KwaZulu-Natal  giving talks and presentations on them.

Dave’s talk will cover the fate of Number 3 Central Column of the Natal Field force from its arrival on the

11th of January 1879 to its doomed action at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879 where a third of its

numbers were wiped out by a Zulu Army under the command of Chief Ntshingwayo kaMahole.

 As part of the talk the Museum will be exhibiting some of the original watercolours painted during the Zulu

War by Major John Crealock. These watercolours are rarely on public display.  John Crealock was a

95th Derbyshire Regiment officer who was serving as the Military Secretary on the Cape during the war. Also

on display will be Zulu weapons brought home by another famous 95th Derbyshire Regiment officer,

Lieutenant (later Major General )  Horace Smith –Dorrien, who was present at Isandlwana and

recommended for the Victoria Cross for his actions in trying to save  soldiers’ lives on the 22 January 1879.

The talk will be held on Thursday 26th November from 1800- 2100 hours in the Senate Rooms in the Trent

Building of the University of Nottingham. Tickets cost £10 each with the money raised going towards  the

future preservation of the Museum  which is a registered charity. Parking on the University campus is

free after 1645 hours. Tea and Coffee will be available from 1800 hours.

If you wish to attend this fascinating talk by a practicing guide please forward your payment of

£10.00 by cheque payable to Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) to the Museum at Foresters

House, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA

004   REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - 2015

A mix of 1 Sherwood Foresters, 1 WFR and 3 WFR representing the Association on Horse Guards Parade

prior to the Remembrance Sunday Parade at the Cenotaph in London 8 November 2015. Please scroll to bottom of page for photos No`s 6 to 9

 

006   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER - 20 FEBRUARY 2016

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held at Brennan's, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton, Derbyshire on

Saturday 20 February 2016 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  The cost per person attending is £15.00.

 Further details may be obtained from Mr P Twells on 0795213512

 

 

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5 November 2015   NEWSLETTER   Vol 6 Issue 36

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   THE MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS COLLECTION)

“A Zulu Dawn-13 Days in January 1879”
A talk and presentation by Mr Dave Sutcliffe
Thursday 26th November 2015 6-9pm
The Senate Rooms, Trent Building, University of Nottingham Campus NG7 2RD
 
The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR) Collection is to host a talk and presentation by Mr Dave Sutcliffe a registered tour guide for the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and a founder member of the Provincial Tourist Guides Association of KwaZulu-Natal, Battlefields Region. Dave has recently returned from South Africa to live in the UK.  He has spent the last 15 years conducting tours of some of the many battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal  giving talks and presentations on them.

Dave’s talk will cover the fate of Number 3 Central Column of the Natal Field force from its arrival on the 11th of January 1879 to its doomed action at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879 where a third of its numbers were wiped out by a Zulu Army under the command of Chief Ntshingwayo kaMahole.

 As part of the talk the Museum will be exhibiting some of the original watercolours painted during the Zulu War by Major John Crealock. These watercolours are rarely on public display.  John Crealock was a 95th Derbyshire Regiment officer who was serving as the Military Secretary on the Cape during the war. Also on display will be Zulu weapons brought home by another famous 95th Derbyshire Regiment officer, Lieutenant (later Major General )  Horace Smith –Dorrien, who was present at Isandlwana and recommended for the Victoria Cross for his actions in trying to save  soldiers’ lives on the 22 January 1879.

The talk will be held on Thursday 26th November from 1800- 2100 hours in the Senate Rooms in the Trent Building of the University of Nottingham. Tickets cost £10 each with the money raised going towards  the future preservation of  Museum  which is a registered charity. Parking on the University campus is free after 1645 hours. Tea and Coffee will be available from 1800 hours.

If you wish to attend this fascinating talk by a practicing guide please forward your payment of £10.00 by cheque payable to Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) to the Museum at Foresters House, Chetwynd Barrcks, Chilwell, Notts NG9 5HA and you will be sent a confirmation of a place with a map of the University Campus     


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29 October 2015     NEWSLETTER       Vol 6 Issue 35

FRATERNAL GREETINGS FOR GHELUVELT DAY 31 OCTOBER 2015

001   OBITUARIES
 
It is with regret that we notify you that 24150977 A/CSgt Stephen Jaffrey of Worksop died on 23 October 2015 aged 66.  Steve enlisted in 1976 with 3WFR and served with HQ and E Coy.  He was discharged in 1988 after 12 years service. His funeral will be on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 1450 hours at Brimington Crematorium, Chesterfield S43 1AU. Association Standards and members welcome.

002  EASTER RISING 1916 RESEARCH FOR BBC DOCUMENTARY

The BBC have contacted the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) regarding a BBC2 documentary planned for next year regarding the Easter Rising of 1916 in which The Sherwood Foresters were involved.  They are interested in talking with relatives of those soldiers involved in the rising.

If you are, or know of any relatives please contact the museum for further details  curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk or telephone 0115 9465415 ext 5219

003   MRVA CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE - ALREWAS 4 NOVEMBER 2015

The Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association Annual Ceremony of Remembrance and Wreath Laying is to take place at 1045 hours on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

004   PAYING RESPECTS AT YPRES AND HOHENZOLLERN, LOOS
 
By Capt (Retd) Simon Kirkham TD, LLB(Hons) 3WFR(V)
Worksop Branch, WFRA
23rd to 26th October 2015
 
 
Whilst taking a battlefield tour with work colleagues and my two Sons, I took the opportunity to represent the Worksop branch, WFRA and the wider Regimental Community in paying respects to our fallen during the First World War in the Ypres area, Belgium and further south at Loos, France in particular the battle for the Hohenzollern Redoubt.
 
THE MENIN GATE
 
 
On the 24th at 20.00hrs local time our party stood in silence at the Menin Gate ceremony leaving a poppy cross on behalf of WFRA. The haunting sound of the bugles sounding the last post always stirs my emotions. The event was well attended by both young and old. The Worcestershire Regiment and The Sherwood Foresters list many names on this memorial and I felt a tremendous pride in our heritage having carried both the Regimental and Queens Colours during my career with 3WFR each being inscribed with the Battle Honours I was now to visit.
 
REMEMBERING THE WORCESTERS
 
On the 25th we visited Gheluvelt, placing a poppy wreath on the memorial to the Worcesters who deployed to counter German forces pressing an attack in the area of the Chateau. A moments refection in silence then a reminder in an adjacent field how dangerous the area can still be. We found a live 18 pounder shrapnel shell fired by the British laying exposed by ploughing at the edge of a nearby field.
 
MACHINE GUNS AT THE HOHENZOLLERN
 
On the 26th the party made the journey into France to locate and visit the site of the Hohenzollern Redoubt a major battle that took place between 13th and 15th October 1915 and involved the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Battalions of The Sherwood Foresters as part of the 46 North Midland Division (Territorial Force). The terrain hasn't changed much and the slight hill upon which the German Army had prepared heavy defences containing machine gun nests with sandbags and barbed wire to make up the redoubt was well chosen. The withering fire from this spot poured down upon the attacking Division who suffered 3763 casualties, Officers and men on the first day. This was the position where Captain Charles Geoffrey Vickers of the 7th Bn The Sherwood Foresters won his VC for action preventing the enemy counter attack and retake the territorial gains of that day. The Division was comprised of Battalions from Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire along with The Notts and Derbys. We visited the Division memorial set just a few hundred yards behind the site of the redoubt.
 
 
We placed a Branch wreath on the stone column of this memorial giving a minutes silence to respect this less well known and well publicised battle. One should remember that these
soldiers were all volunteers and Territorials from Northern Counties. We walked across the
battlefield and found a piece of barbed wire picket that had formed defences running the length of the trench line, which according to contemporary maps, was the line of departure for the 6th Bn Sherwood Foresters as they made their attack. The memorial bears the inscription "Their Country found them ready".
 
REMEMBERING OTHERS
 
Before leaving the area I recalled recent emails from the Regimental Secretary regarding the
Hohenzollern redoubt, the effects regionally and for the neighbouring Counties. I recalled in
particular an article about heavy losses in the Southwell Community. I wanted to take this
opportunity to be as inclusive as we could with our visit and we spent time finding the local
cemeteries around Vermelles and Loos to pay our respects. We did remember them.
 
THE WIPERS TIMES
 
Before departing Ypres for home we visited the Casemates in Ypres which were the defensive areas built into the walls of the City. The location was the site of the famous 'Wipers Times' publication and we saw one of the original printing presses. You might not be aware that the publication was the work of the 12th Bn The Sherwood Foresters. The site is also a local micro brewery producing very good quality Belgium ale. We felt obliged to take part in a tour of this facility after which we were offered numerous samples of product to try. I was certain my Branch Chair would expect me to display a certain savoir-faire in these circumstances so glasses were raised as we toasted "The Regiment".

 

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15 October 2015     NEWSLETTER   Vol 6 Issue 33

001 OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 22435117 Private Ronald James JUKES of Birmingham died on 5

October 2015 aged 83 years. Ron was called up as a National Serviceman in November 1950 and served

with the RASC until May 1951 when he transferred into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Germany.

He completed his service on 30 November 1952. Ron was the Standard Bearer for Birmingham Branch and

when that Branch went into suspended animation he continued to carry the Standard at the Annual

Pilgrimage to Crich and many other events. His funeral is to take place on Monday 19 October 2015 at Rowley

Regis Crematoriam, Powke Lane, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 0AD at 1345 hours. Family flowers only.

Donations for the Stroke Association may be sent c/o Andrew Jones of F P Gaunt Sons Ltd, High Street,

Blackheath B65 0EE.

002   WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM 17 OCTOBER 2015
The WFRA Executive Committee Meeting will take place at Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13

6TS on Saturday 17 October 2015 at 0930 hours followed by the AGM at 1130 hours.



A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

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