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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

14 April 2017         NEWSLETTER           Volume 8 Issue 13

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM CAPT ROBIN HITCHCOCK

Following my heart attack on 4 April I would like to thank you for all your comments and wishes for my speedy recovery, which were numerous, also your signals, telephone calls , visits,etc. I was overwhelmed,and extremely grateful to receive them, as they were entirely unexpected.  It turned out to be a very humbling experience for me, reinforcing my opinion that I was extremely lucky and proud to have been able to serve as a Sherwood Forester (thanks to Bill and Jilly Hutch for that) and thus meet such a collection of genuinely decent,kind people.  As my recovery would appear to be going to take longer than thought, I have taken the opportunity to use the Newsletter, because it would take me such a long time to reply to you all. Getting behind causes me stress: and that is what I have been told to avoid. Thank you All again, Soldiering On, Robin Hitchcock.

003  CANCELLATION OF ASSOCIATIONS CURRY NIGHT 21 APR 2017

The Association’s curry night, which was due to be held on Friday 21 April in Ellesmere Port has been cancelled. Those who have purchased tickets will have their monies reimbursed shortly by the organisers.

004   MVRA 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE – 22 APRIL 2017

To commemorate the formation of the Mercian Volunteers on 1 April 1967, the MVRA will be parading through Kidderminster on Saturday 22 April 2017 with step-off at noon. All members are welcome to attend and support this parade. Anyone wishing to partake in the parade and join in the entertainment afterwards is requested to contact WO2 Bird on 01562 632154

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7 April 2017            NEWSLETTER   Volume 8 Issue 12

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24866936 Cpl Timothy John LUNDY of Worcester died on 16 March 2017 aged 44 years. Timothy joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in January 1990. Whilst with B Company 1 WFR he served two tours in Northern Ireland and saw service in Jordan, Yugoslavia, Cyprus and Bosnia. In 1997 Timothy transferred to the Royal Military Police, being discharged on 28th September in Bulford with Exemplary conduct. In civilian life Timothy was employed in protective security in Baghdad, Iraq protecting the British Embassy Diplomats and staff. After this he joined Wiltshire Constabulary then the Metropolitan Police achieving 3 Commendations and Advanced level two driving qualification. The Funeral will be held at 1215 hours on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.  Family flowers only, a collection will be held in aid of SSAFFA Worcester / RBL.   Standards and Members welcome.   After the service mourners are invited to the Retreat at Norton, Worcester WR5 2PT. Letters of condolence may be sent to Timothy`s Sister, Karen Hunt. 55 Mandalay Drive, Norton. Worcestershire. WR5 2PL.

002     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

003   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. 

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.

004   WORKSOP BRANCH - GAMES NIGHT

Worksop branch are having a games night on 7 October 2017 at 2000 hours in the Station Hotel, Carlton Rd, Worksop S80 1PS.    Anyone wishing to attend please contact Mark Butcher via wfraworksop@sky.com

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31 March 2017                  NEWSLETTER             Volume 8 Issue 11

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we notify you that 24003345 Pte John William WALTERS of Bilborough, Nottingham died on 27 March 2017 aged 68.  John enlisted into 1st Battallion The Sherwood Foresters in 1966 and was in Drums Pl with which he served in UK, BAOR and Berlin. He continued with Drums Pl after amalgamation in 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  John was also a Battalion Boxer.  He left the Regiment on 14 June 1973.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

The funeral of 500939 Maj Ken NOAKES who died on 8 March 2017 is to take place at Streetly Crematorium, Little Hardwick Road, Aldridge, Walsall WS9 0SG on Monday 10 April 2017 at 1500 hours and after at Longhorn Pub, Sutton Road, Walsall WS5 3AR.  Standards welcome.  No floral tributes required but there will be a collection box at the Crematorium for donations to St Giles Hospice, Walsall.

 

002   CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESSES - RHQ MERCIAN FROM 31 MARCH 2017

With effect 31 March 2017 the email contact for RHQ MERCIAN will change as follows:

infhq-kings-merc-regtadjt@mod.uk
infhq-kings-merc-cheshire-regseca@mod.uk
infhq-kings-merc-notts-asec@mod.uk

emails sent beginning infhq-pow-merc- will not be delivered.

003  BADAJOZ DAY: NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2017

The Badajoz Day parade and Raising of Coatee will take place at the Castle Green on Thursday 6 April 2017 at 1100 hours.  The parade will step off at 1050 hours from the area of the Gatehouse.

004   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - ALBERT BALL VC WALKING TOUR OF LENTON

As part of the Museum's Albert Ball VC Exhibition in Nottingham Castle they are organising "Walking Tours of Lenton" depicting the life of Albert Ball. The tours will cover the locations that were a part of Captain Ball’s life in Lenton including; where he was born, grew up and is remembered.

The tours are being given by our expert on all things Captain Ball VC, volunteer Richard Clay who shall be guiding the tours on Friday 7 April, Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May. Those wishing to go on the tour are asked to gather at 1300 hours at the Albert Ball Statue in the grounds of Nottingham Castle. The tours cost £5.00, with all proceeds going towards the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) registered charity number 1001226.  Booking is essential. Please note normal entry charges apply to the Castle.

The tour shall visit the places that were a part of Captain Ball’s life, with some areas that are normally closed to the public, opening especially for the tours. Areas covered in the walks are the house where Captain Ball was born, where he lived at Sedgley House, the Church and war memorial where Albert is remembered and finally the tour shall finish of at the Albert Ball exhibition in the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) Gallery. Please note the tour lasts for about two hours and there is a lot of walking involved.

To book please email curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk Or telephone 0115 9465415 extension 5219. Payment can be taken via cheque, made out to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection). Alternatively payment can be taken via PayPal using the address accounts@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

005 ESCAPE FROM STALAG XXA - THE SEARCH FOR A HERO: TUESDAY 23 MAY 2017

Sponsored by the Newark Branches of the RAF Association and Royal British Legion:

LATE SPRING TALK Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 1900 hours at the RAFA Club, Newark (behind the Odeon Cinema, London Road Car Park)

ESCAPE FROM STALAG XXA – THE SEARCH FOR A HERO by Steve Foster A son’s mission to honour his father uncovered one of the most dramatic and touching stories of the second world war.

Everyone is most welcome – Contribution £2.00 at the door, with proceeds to both sponsoring organisations. Bar available from 6.30pm – no pre booking.

006   EVENT CANCELLATION – MERCIAN REGIMENT OFFICERS DINNER NIGHT 21 APRIL 2017

The decision has been taken to cancel this year’s Mercian Officers dinner night that was to take place on 21 April 2017 at RMAS. For those that have already paid for a ticket, refunds should be co-ordinated directly through the Sandhurst Trust, please email membership@sandhursttrust.org or call 01276 412000 to arrange this refund.

This year’s opportunity for the officers to gather will now switch to a dinner to be held on 1 September 2017.  RHQ has planned a dinner to be held in Lichfield Cathedral to mark the Regiment's 10th Birthday and this event will be open to a slightly wider audience but will still be a great opportunity to gather as an Officers mess. Once a ticket price has been confirmed further detail will be promulgated.

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24 March 2017       NEWSLETTER            Volume 8 Issue 10

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS

Libby Massam and family would like to send their heartfelt thanks to all who sent their lovely messages of condolences for Harry, they were very touching. The support and attendance at Harry's funeral was beyond what was expected with many of the attendees traveling from afar, we are very grateful. We would like to give a special thank you to the coffin bearers and standard bearers, Harry would have been so proud, it was a fitting send off for someone who gave so much to the Regimental Association.  Thank you again from all of Harry's family.

 

003   WORCESTER BRANCH EVENTS 2017 AT GHELUVELT PARK

Thu 1 Jun        Wreath laying ceremony 'The Glorious First' – 29th Regiment of Foot 1794

Sat 26 Aug      Wreath laying ceremony remembering 1st Bn Vernon, France 1945
                        7th Bn Kohima, Burma 1944- 45
                        1st Bn Malaya 1950 - 1953

Mon 9 Oct       Wreath laying ceremony in respect of Pte Frederick Dancox VC

Sun 29 Oct      103rd Anniversary Battle of Gheluvelt

Sat 11 Nov        Wreath laying ceremony for Armistice Day

Timings:
Wreath laying ceremonies:
1100 hours except:
9 October – awaiting details from City Council and Regimental Museum.
29 Oct – 1130 hours
11 Nov - approx 1200 hours, after service at Cathedral

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17 March 2017         NEWSLETTER            Volume 8 Issue 9

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that 500939 Maj Kenneth William NOAKES died on 8 March 2017 aged 84. Ken enlisted in the ranks as a national service soldier in 1951 and served with the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.  On leaving the regulars in 1953 he joined 5/6th Staffordshire Regiment TA later rebadging to Mercian Volunteers.  In 1971 Ken was instrumental in forming the Light Infantry Mercian Volunteers at Whittemere Street Walsall, which in turn became the newly formed 2 Mercian Volunteers where Ken was RQMS.  He was commissioned to Lt with 2 Mercian Volunteers and went on to become Captain (QM).  When the Mercian Volunteers reverted back to county Regiments, Ken transferred to 4 WFR attaining the rank of Maj (QM) serving at Hazlucks Green, Shirley and North Moons Moat at Redditch. 

It is with regret that we inform you that 232494672 Pte Bryan FLOWER of Stapleford, Nottingham died on 15 March 2017 aged 79.  Bryan was called up for National Service in 1956 and served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Germany, Malaya and Singapore.  He left the Regiment in 1959. 

It is with regret that we inform you that 14714234 Pte Roland WINTERTON of Leicester died on 4 March 2017 aged 92.  Roland transferred into the Sherwood Foresters from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1945 and was discharged in 1947.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 27 March 2017 at 1145 hours at Loughborough Crematorium, Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AF with the wake being held at Charnwod Lodge, 136 Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AQ.  Family flowers only.  The family would appreciate the presence of any Association members and Standards.

The funeral of 24336423 Pte Stephen Michael Waner who died on 28 February 2017 is to be held at Glynn Valley Crematorium, Turfdown Road, Fletchersbridge, Bodmin PL30 4AP on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 1330 hours.  The family would appreciate the presence of Association members .

 

002   SHERWOOD FORESTERS MALAY VETERANS AGM 13 MAY 2017

The Sherwood Foresters Malay Vets AGM is to take place at The United Services Club, Newdigate House, 62 Castle Gate, Nottingham NG1 6AF on Saturday 13 May 2017 at 2000 hours.

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

004   WORCESTER BRANCH EVENTS 2017 AT GHELUVELT PARK

Thu 1 Jun        Wreath laying ceremony 'The Glorious First' – 29th Regiment of Foot 1794

Sat 26 Aug      Wreath laying ceremony remembering 1st Bn Vernon, France 1945
                        7th Bn Kohima, Burma 1944- 45
                        1st Bn Malaya 1950 - 1953

Mon 9 Oct       Wreath laying ceremony in respect of Pte Frederick Dancox VC

Sun 29 Oct      103rd Anniversary Battle of Gheluvelt

Sat 11 Nov        Wreath laying ceremony for Armistice Day

Timings:
Wreath laying ceremonies 1100 hours except 9 October – awaiting details from City Council and Regimental Museum.

29 Oct – 1130 hours at Cathedral.

11 Nov - approx 1200 hours, after service at Cathedral

005  THE WIPERS TIMES: 21 MARCH TO 13 MAY 2017

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. Following a sell-out tour, The Wipers Times transfers to the West End.
Trademark Touring Limited in association with The Watermill Theatre present…

THE WIPERS TIMES
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers of the 12th (Pioneer) Battalion Sherwood Foresters discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.
Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
 
To book please visit https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/the-wipers-times/


 

006   CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESSES - RHQ MERCIAN FROM 31 MARCH 2017

With effect 31 March 2017 the email contact for RHQ MERCIAN will change as follows:

infhq-kings-merc-regtadjt@mod.uk
infhq-kings-merc-cheshire-regseca@mod.uk
infhq-kings-merc-notts-asec@mod.uk

emails sent beginning infhq-pow-merc- will not be delivered.

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  3 March 2017                         NEWSLETTER       Volume 8 Issue 8

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24336423 Pte Stephen Michael WANER of Looe, Cornwall died on 28 February 2017 aged 60.  Steve enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in October 1974 and served in it with HQ Coy Drums Pl.  He left the Regiment in October 1986.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

The funeral of 23725551 LCpl Harold James Massam who died on 21 February 2017 is to be held at 1515 hours on Monday 20 March 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB.  Family flowers only.  Donations in Memory of Harry Massam, payable to St Richards Hospice, Worcester.   Standards and members welcome.   All are invited afterwards to Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.   Extra car parking ( paying ) available behind Swan Theatre.   For Catering purposes those wishing to attend the Ex Services Club afterwards please contact 01684 576013 (answering service available) or email nigelfish@ymail.com

002.  'THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER'  BOOK LAUNCH 24 MARCH 2017
 

 
The Trustees of the Museum of the Mercian Regiment
(Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection)
cordially invite
Members of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
to the launch of
‘The Christian Soldier’ by Charles Beresford being the life of
Lt Col the Revd Bernard William Vann VC, MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme
and
an Invitation to  support the Durham University’s Vann Fellowship
 
Friday 24th March 2017 at 11.00am
at the Museum of the Mercian Regiment 
(WFR Collection) Gallery in Nottingham Castle
 
RSVP by 15th March to the Assistant Curator, RHQ Mercian, Foresters House, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5HA or email curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk. 
Telephone number 0115 9465415 extension 5219

PROGRAMME

 

1045 hours   Arrive at Nottingham Castle. Several local Car Parks are well signed posted. Any disabled visitors should apply to the Curator for a parking space within the Castle ground, please note these are given out on a first come first served basis. The Castle Café is open for a wide range of refreshments during the day. Signed copies of the book will be on sale at the conclusion of proceedings.

1100 hours:
1. Introduction of the personalities and the event by Brigadier Edward Wilkinson, a Museum Trustee and former Sherwood Forester.

2. The Book - the journey from inspiration to publication by the Author Charles Beresford.

3. The Vann Fellowship, a Living Memorial to Christians in the Military by Professor Michael Snape the inaugural Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies at Durham University.

4. Conclusion at approximately 1230 hours with Michael Vann reading Matthew Ch.8:5-10,13 (Psalm 91) from his grandfather’s bible.

Any queries to the Curator Jennifer Brookman at curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk or telephone on 0115 946 5415 extension 5219

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  3 March 2017                         NEWSLETTER       Volume 8 Issue 8

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24336423 Pte Stephen Michael WANER of Looe, Cornwall died on 28 February 2017 aged 60.  Steve enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in October 1974 and served in it with HQ Coy Drums Pl.  He left the Regiment in October 1986.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

The funeral of 23725551 LCpl Harold James Massam who died on 21 February 2017 is to be held at 1515 hours on Monday 20 March 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB.  Family flowers only.  Donations in Memory of Harry Massam, payable to St Richards Hospice, Worcester.   Standards and members welcome.   All are invited afterwards to Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.   Extra car parking ( paying ) available behind Swan Theatre.   For Catering purposes those wishing to attend the Ex Services Club afterwards please contact 01684 576013 (answering service available) or email nigelfish@ymail.com

002.  'THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER'  BOOK LAUNCH 24 MARCH 2017
 

 
The Trustees of the Museum of the Mercian Regiment
(Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection)
cordially invite
Members of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
to the launch of
‘The Christian Soldier’ by Charles Beresford being the life of
Lt Col the Revd Bernard William Vann VC, MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme
and
an Invitation to  support the Durham University’s Vann Fellowship
 
Friday 24th March 2017 at 11.00am
at the Museum of the Mercian Regiment 
(WFR Collection) Gallery in Nottingham Castle
 
RSVP by 15th March to the Assistant Curator, RHQ Mercian, Foresters House, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5HA or emailcurator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk. 
Telephone number 0115 9465415 extension 5219

PROGRAMME

 

1045 hours   Arrive at Nottingham Castle. Several local Car Parks are well signed posted. Any disabled visitors should apply to the Curator for a parking space within the Castle ground, please note these are given out on a first come first served basis. The Castle Café is open for a wide range of refreshments during the day. Signed copies of the book will be on sale at the conclusion of proceedings.

1100 hours:
1. Introduction of the personalities and the event by Brigadier Edward Wilkinson, a Museum Trustee and former Sherwood Forester.

2. The Book - the journey from inspiration to publication by the Author Charles Beresford.

3. The Vann Fellowship, a Living Memorial to Christians in the Military by Professor Michael Snape the inaugural Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies at Durham University.

4. Conclusion at approximately 1230 hours with Michael Vann reading Matthew Ch.8:5-10,13 (Psalm 91) from his grandfather’s bible.

Any queries to the Curator Jennifer Brookman at curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk or telephone on 0115 946 5415 extension 5219

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24 February 2017            NEWSLETTER       Volume 8 Issue 7

001   OBITUARIES


It is with sadness that we inform you that 23725551 LCpl Harold James MASSAM died on Tuesday 21 February 2017 aged 76. Harry enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment at Shrewsbury on 17 May 1960 and after Training completed a Carpentry and Joiners course before joining the 1st Battalion.  He served with it in Jamaica and British Honduras for the Hurricane Hattie relief mission, he also served in Gibraltar, Tobruk, Germany and UK.  Harry served in B Company going on to work in the Company Stores and became Families Quarters Storeman, he was also a keen boxer and served on one of the first Army Youth Teams. Harry left the Regiment on 6 February 1968. In civilian life Harry became a conductor and then passed his passenger bus test and became a bus and coach driver for the Midland Red progressing to Depot Controller and retiring after 38 years service. In the early 1980s Harry became an active member of Worcester Branch, being elected Chairman in 2009. He was well known throughout the Association and beyond for his hard work and enthusiasm, being at the forefront in a lot of event organising and forging new friendships with other organisations, subsequently being rewarded for his leadership with an Association Merit Award on the 5th October 2013. Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Libby Massam 24 Portland Street, Worcester. WR1 2NL. Funeral Details will be promulgated when known

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It is with regret that we inform you that 4977280 Pte William Sidney BURTON of Kirkby in Ashfield died on 17 February 2017 aged 96.  Bill enlisted into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and subsequently went with it to Norway in April 1940 where he was taken PoW.  He was given PoW number 4900 and was sent to Poland.  His last know camp was Stalag 20B at Marienburg, Germany from where he was put to work on various farms.  He was released by the Russian Army in January 1945 and returned home by walking to Lubin, in Poland, then by train to Odessa in the Ukraine and from there to Greenock, Scotland which he reached in April 1945.  Bill was discharged from the Army in in July 1946.  His funeral is to take place at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, School Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7BT at 1330 hours on Friday 17 March 2017.  Association Standards and Members welcome.
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The funeral Service of 14901280 Sgt Colin HARRISON who died on 11 February 2017 is to take place at St Michael Church, Breaston Square, Breaston, Derbyshire DE72 3DZ on Monday 13 March 2017 at 1145 hours followed by committal at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote NG9 3GJ at 1315 hours. Family flowers only, but donations can be made to Cancer Research.  Association Standards and Members would be welcome. The Wake is to be held at the Chequers Inn, 10 Main Street, Breaston DE72 3DX   To assist with catering it would be appreciated if those mourners wishing to attend the Wake could notify Colin’s daughter, Cheryl on Kevin.stubbs@flogas.co.uk
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The funeral of 23743861 Pte Rex HANSON who died on 8 February 2017 is to take place at St Mary’s Church, Westwood, Church Hill, Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire NG16 5QG on Monday 6 March 2017 at 1430 hours. After the Service and Internment there will be a buffet at the Dale Club, Main Road, Jacksdale NG16 5HR.  Association Standards and Members welcome.


 

002    MERCIAN OFFICERS DINNER NIGHT - 21 APRIL 2017

This notice is intended as a reminder to book your tickets for this years Officers Dinner being held at RMAS. To book a ticket please visit the Sandhurst Trust website, you will need to pay online for your ticket at which point your name is added to the attendees list. To book your place at the dinner please follow this link. Sandhurst Trust deal entirely with the booking system. Please forward this notice to serving MERCIAN officers as you see fit.

Any enquiries regarding this notice should be directed to the Assistant Regimental Secretary Nottingham

003   REQUEST FOR PHOTOGRAPHS

A Jonathan Kelly is looking for any photographs of his late father, Terrace (Terrence?) Michael Kelly who served in the Worcestershire Regiment during the late 60s.  If anyone can help, Jonathan can be contacted on redsoxpotters@googlemail.com

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17 February 2017        NEWSLETTER                Vol 8 Issue 6

001   OBITUARIES 

It is with regret that we inform you that 21013319 WO2 (CSM) Frederick MILNER of York died on 2 February 2017 aged 94.  Frederick enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and served with it in MT Section throughout WW2 and had attained the rank of SSgt when he was demobbed in 1947.  He received two commendations, one in January 1946 from Eastern Command and a second from Field Marshall Montgomery for outstanding work during the occupation of Germany in June 1946.  He re-enlisted in July 1947 into the 1st Battalion as a Sgt and in the mid 50s was promoted WO2.  He served the majority of his time with the 1st Battalion and was CSM at the Derby Depot 1959 - 61. During his service he served in UK, BAOR, Middle East, Libya, Singapore and Cyprus.  He left the Army in February 1978, Funeral is to be held at York Crematorium  on 3 March 2017 at 1420 hours. Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 2QD. Standards and Association members welcome.

It is with regret that we inform you that 23743861 Pte Rex HANSON of Jacksdale, Notts died on 8 February 2017 aged 76.  Rex enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in December 1959 and served with it in Malaya, NI, Cyprus and Germany.  He left the Army in 1968. For those wishing to write in condolence the address is Mrs Enid Hanson, 10 Wagstaff Lane, Jacksdale, Notts NG16 5JJ.  Funeral details will be notified when known.

It is with sadness that we inform you that 14901280 Sgt Colin HARRISON of Long Eaton, Derbyshire died on 11 February 2017 aged 90.  Colin enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in January 1945 and served with it in Egypt, Palestine and Trans-Jordan. He was wounded by shrapnel from a land-mine in Palestine in April 1947 and after having spent time in Bir Yaacov Military Hospital was discharged in April 1948.  Funeral details will be notified when known.

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. 

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.

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10 February 2017       NEWSLETTER     Vol 8 Issue 5

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23515671 Pte Gordon Robert KEETLEY (also known as Robert England) of Nottingham died on 2 February 2017 aged 76.  Gordon was called up as a National Serviceman in June 1957 and joined the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Malaya and Borneo before moving to 17th Ghurka Division.  He left the Army in June 1960.  His funeral is to take place at Wilford Hill Crematorium, Nottingham on Monday 27 February 2017 at 0940 hours.  Refreshments afterwards at the Coopers Arms (Top House), Hoewood Road, Bulwell. Family flowers only but donations may be made to Army of Angels.

It is with sadness that we notify you that 22994611 Cpl Harry REAY of Gloucester died on 4 October 2016.  Harry served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman in Bulford and Iserlohn from 1954 until 1956.

The funeral of 23709937 Cpl Mick Reeves who died on 27 January 2017 is to take place at Mansfield Crematorium at 1400 hours on Thursday 16 February 2017 followed by a wake at Kingsway Bar & Grill, Kingsway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield NG17 7FN. Association representation would be most welcome. Family flowers only, but donations in memory of Mick may be made to Yorkshire Bank: Sort Code:05,-03-81, Account number: 49416894, Reference: Mick Reeves. The family aims to purchase a fold-up bed for Ward 44 to be used by families that need to spend longer periods of time with loved ones at such a sad time.

002   LONE WOLF OF THE SKIES – THE LIFE OF ALBERT BALL VC

The exhibition ‘Lone Wolf of the Skies - The Life of Albert Ball VC, DSO & Two Bars, MC remembers the life of Captain Albert Ball. Aged just 20 years old when he was killed, Captain Albert Ball VC was one of Nottingham’s most decorated servicemen and flying ace of the First World War. Albert joined The Sherwood Foresters when war broke out in 1914 and this exhibition explores his life and the legacy which he left behind.

The exhibition is in the gallery of The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) from 1 March - 17 July 2017.  Entry into the Castle is free for WFRA Association Members in possession of their membership card.

003   SHERWOOD FORESTERS MALAYAN VETERANS NEWSLETTER 2017

The Newsletter of The Sherwood Foresters Malayan Veterans can be seen below.

004   SGTs’ MESS GATHERING 11 MAR 17

A Sgts Mess Gathering on Saturday 11 March 2017 for all those serving or antecedent SNCOs and Warrant Officers (Old Sgts Club and Past and Present) Cheshires, WFR, Staffords, Mercian Volunteers and serving soldiers, to be held at the Dale Bks, Chester, starting approx 1900hrs. (there is a possibility of accommodation within the Barracks) Anyone wishing to attend should contact CSM Roxborough on 2MERC-HQ-CSM@mod.uk 

005   REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATIONS CURRY NIGHT  - FRIDAY 21 APRIL 2017

A Curry Night for all the Regimental Associations is to be held on Friday 21 April 2017 at:- The Ellesmere Port Labour Club, Flat Lane, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 8DP.

Hosted by the South Wirral Branch CRA the start time is 1900 hours. Tickets are available from the treasurer @ £6 each.

Payment can be paid by direct payment to account. (With your name as reference) Sort Code: 16-60-51 Account number 10069269, or by cheque made payable to South Wirral Branch CRA.
Note:- An email address is required to return tickets to after payment is confirmed. If no email is available the tickets will be posted to your supplied address. A contact phone number is also required for confirmation of receipt of payment. Tickets will be returned (preferably by email) with a registered number in PDF format and the purchasers name printed on it.

Post to: The Treasurer, South Wirral Branch CRA, 2 Alvanley Road, Great Sutton. Ellesmere Port Cheshire. CH66 3LA

Name:

Address:

Phone number:

Number of tickets required:

Email:

This form can be returned by email (copy and paste) if paying by bank payment. Tickets will be emailed after payment confirmed.

 

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3 February 2017           NEWSLETTER             Vol 8 Issue 4

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that 481655 Maj Michael George Anthony HENTON of Newton Tony, Salisbury died on Sunday 29 January 2017 aged 72.  Mike was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1966 and became Recce Pl Comd in BAOR.  He continued to serve with The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment after amalgamation.  In July 1970 he was posted as an Assistant Instructor at Netheravon Guided Weapons Wing before being attached to 1 STAFFORDS in August 1972 as a Coy 2IC and then Adjutant in UK and BAOR.  In 1975 he was appointed OC Trg Coy at the Depot, Lichfield before taking up the post of Major GSO3 in Brunei in 1977.  This was followed by appointments as Major, Depot Prince of Wales Div, Major SO2 G2 MIO(A) SMIU Hong Kong, Major 11 UDR, Major SO2 Dis (CTS) DI, Major Sennelager Trg Area BAOR and as Major SO2 G3 Trg (Cadets) at Bulford from where he left the Army in 1990.  His funeral is to be a family only funeral.  Should anyone wish to send a letter of condolence, the details are: Mrs Frances Henton, Sherwood House, Newton Tony, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0HF

It is with regret that we inform you that 23709937 Cpl Michael REEVES of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Notts died on 27 January 2017 aged 77.  Mick enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in June 1959 and served with it in Malaya, UK, NI, UNFICYP and BAOR.  During his service Mick was a Battalion Heavyweight Boxer, Bisley Shot and also took part in Rugby, Basketball and Athletics.  He left the Regiment in July 1968.  Funeral details will be published when known.

It is with regret that we inform you that 23213609 WO2 Dave MOORE of Pershore died on Tuesday 17 January 2017. He enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment in 1953 and served with 1 Worc R in BAOR, the West Indies,Gibraltar and Cyprus, his final tour before discharge in 1972 was as CSM C Coy in Warminster and NI. His funeral will be a private cremation followed by a Service in Pershore Abbey, Church Street, Pershore WR10 1DT at 1430 hours on Tuesday 14 February 2017.  Standards, Bugler and Association Members welcome. The Obituary regarding CSgt Moore published in Newsletter Vol 8 Issue 2A is to be disregarded.

It is with regret that we inform you that 22436048 Sgt Frank FRODSHAM died in Australia on 29 January 2016. He served as a national serviceman with the Sherwood Foresters before enlisting in the Worcestershire Regiment and joining 1 Worc R in Malaya. He then served in BAOR, the West Indies, Gibraltar and Cyprus before discharge shortly before amalgamation. Letters of condolence may be sent to his daughter and granddaughter, Mary and Emily Holdsworth, 6 Birkenhead Drive, Kilsyth 3137, Victoria, Australia.

It is with regret that we inform you that Jennifer CURSHAM, wife of Lt Col (Retd) J Cursham TD died on Wednesday 25 January 2017.  Her funeral is to take place at St Mary's Church, 3 Bateman Road, East Leake LE12 6LN on Friday 10 February 2017 at 1500 hours.  Letters of condolence may be sent to Lt Col (Retd) J C Cursham TD at Home Farm House, 48 Main Street, East Leake, Loughborough LE12 6PG


 

002  MEMORIAL TREE AND PLAQUE AT NMA ALREWAS FOR THE LATE CLIFF HOUSLEY - 5 MARCH 2017

It is planned to buy, install and unveil a plaque and tree at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in memory of the late Cliff Housley. The plaque and tree will be unveiled by Cliff's daughters on Sunday 5 March 2017 on the first anniversary of his death.

All members of the Regimental Association, friends and associates of Cliff are cordially invited to attend. We will RV in the entrance of the NMA building at 1030 hours and carry out the unveiling and a short Act of Remembrance at the tree at 1100 hours.

The plaque is a Lincoln green metal oval with a Sherwood Foresters badge on it and the following inscription:

"Sergeant Clifford Housley (1939-2016). Sherwood Forester 1956-1969 including active service in Malaya and Cyprus. Later curator of the regimental museum, archivist, Regimental Association member, author, fundraiser and tireless promoter of the heritage of the Serwood Foresters. Remembered with pride by his family and comrades."

The cost of the plaque and tree is £650.00  and a subscription fund has been opened in order to allow Branches and individuals whose lives were touched by Cliff to make a donation. Any branch or individual who wishes to donate should send a cheque made out to "WFRA" to the WFRA Treasurer at 18 Peatfield Rd, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 8GN.  In the unlikely event that we collect more than the requisite amount, the surplus will be donated to the Crich Association Dinner Fund

003   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2016, JANUARY 2017

The Museum apologises for the delay in getting the results out but the Lottery results are as follows;

NOVEMBER
1st Prize - £30.00: Mrs H Bates of Bilsthorpe, Notts
2nd Prize - £20.00: Mr H S Blagg of Car Colston, Notts
3rd Prize - £10.00: Mr I G Edwards of Chaddesden, Derby

DECEMBER
1st Prize - £30.00: Col S J Banton of Middle Wallop, Hants
2nd Prize - £20.00: Mr W J Edwardes of Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh
3rd Prize - £10.00: Mr D Bowser of Eastwood, Notts

JANUARY
1st Prize - £30.00: Mrs C Sneath of Ravenshead, Notts
2nd Prize - £20.00: Mrs H Bates of Bilsthorpe, Notts
3rd Prize - £10.00: Mr A Taylor of Shucknall Hill, Hereford

Congratulations to all

004   CRICH MEMORIAL TOWER - WORKS

JC Balls & Sons of Ambergate are to widen and grade the public footpath connecting the Memorial site with the Glory Mine tram terminus. The contractors are donating 'pro bono' about £4000 worth of work and Derbyshire County Council has waived its closure fee of £300. The work will involve the use of plant and to avoid damage to the relatively new path, the contractors are to dismantle the wall into the sanctuary to gain access. The wall will, of course, be reinstated. Meanwhile, while work progresses, it will look a mess.

Once the work has been completed, donation boxes will be erected complete with signs to encourage donations. The donation box posts will be in Lincoln green and signs will have a Mercian buff background. One of the signs will be at the top of the footpath and the sign will address visitors both leaving the Memorial site and entering it.

005   BELATED GREETINGS

The President and all Members wish belated Birthday Greetings to 14491287 Pte Frank Leonardi of Nottingham City Branch on his 90th Birthday which fell on 29 January 2017.  Frank was called up in 1944 and on completion of training joined 2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Austria.

006   THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER.THE LIFE OF LT. COL. BERNARD WILLIAM VANN, V.C., M.C. AND BAR, CROIX DE GUERRE AVEC PALMES

Lieutenant Colonel the Rev Bernard William Vann, VC, MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme, was one of only three Anglican clergymen to command an infantry battalion on the Western Front in the Great War and he was the only Church of England cleric to win the Victoria Cross as a combatant. His gallantry awards of the Victoria Cross together with the Military Cross and Bar were the highest recorded by any individual in The War List of Cambridge University.

He excelled as a soldier setting a high standard for his men and his fearlessness was legendary in his Sherwood Forester Territorial Brigade and beyond. The accounts vary but he was wounded between eight and thirteen times but would only wear five wound stripes on his uniform. His strong personality left a lasting impression on those who came across him whether at university, in the church or in the army.  The Bishop of Southwell described him as “...bright, happy, determined - a true leader of men.” General Allenby had great respect for him and asked him back for dinner after they had had an altercation in a front line trench.

A muscular Christian from a relatively humble background in Northamptonshire, Bernard Vann was greatly influenced by his father’s Victorian values of duty, self-help and mens sana in corpore sano. He became a talented sportsman. By the age of 19 he had played centre forward as an amateur for Northampton Town, Burton United and Derby County. He scored a goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers and led the attack against such sides as Chelsea, Burnley, Aston Villa and Notts County. During the week he would sometimes also be playing hockey for Leicestershire. He became a hockey blue at Cambridge and reached the rank of sergeant in the University’s OTC. He was also captain of football at Jesus College where he was the co-founder of a debating club, the Roosters, which is still in existence.

Following ordination, Bernard was appointed as an assistant curate at St Barnabas in New Humberstone, Leicester before moving to Wellingborough School as chaplain and assistant master. With his brother Harry he volunteered for the army in August 1914. Until his death on 3rd October 1918, four days after the crossing of the Hohenzollern Line, for which action he received a posthumous Victoria Cross, he remained a committed Christian at the front, holding services and communion when the Brigade chaplain was unavailable. On at least one occasion he went out alone into no man’s land to read the burial service over fallen comrades.

His young widow did not pass on his papers to the family and this has led to speculation and assumptions about his life which are not borne out by the facts. In this overdue assessment of this many faceted and extraordinary man, the author has enjoyed the co-operation of Bernard Vann’s family and conducted extensive research including tracing papers and diaries of his fellow officers, colleagues and acquaintances.

One chapter is devoted to an assessment of the other five hundred ordained Anglican clergymen who volunteered for service in the British and Imperial armies other than as chaplains. Forty-three are known to have been killed or died in the conflict, including thirty-six in the infantry. The details are based on the author’s original research and have never been published previously.

Author:Charles Beresford
Published by: Helion and Company January 2017
Hardback 234mm x 156mm 328 pages circa 50 photos & maps £25.00 plus postage (remember, online orders receive 10% discount) Our code HEL0611


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 27 January 2017     NEWSLETTER                          Vol 8 Issue 3

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of 22843180 WO1 (RSM) Paul SPELMAN who died on 15 January 2017 is to take place at Bushbury Crematorium, West Chapel, Underhill Lane, Wolverhampton WV10 7JG on Monday 13 February 2017 at 1330 hours. The family has requested family flowers only. Former Cpl Malcolm Baynes is in contact with the family and would appreciate it if those intending to attend the funeral let him know on 07552 395928, so that numbers for catering at the wake can be assessed.

002   HEADSTONE FOR 24163752 PTE M ROBINSON

The headstone for 24163752 Pte M Robinson (Robbo) is to be unveiled at his grave in St Clements Churchyard, 34 Huttoft Road, Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire LN12 2QY on Sunday 23 April 2017 at 1130 hours.  Owing to the support received, the organisers have ended up with more donations than expected and have decided to erect a memorial bench which is to placed in the Community Garden at Sutton, next to the Meridale Centre.  This will be blessed by the Vicar after the headstone blessing. Standard Bearers are requested to attend both events if at all possible. A venue for catering after these events is being planned, so that those attending have a bite to eat and drink prior to their journey home.  If you intend to attend, please inform Colin (Lofty) Banfield on colin1944@btinternet.com

003   LOST CONTACT

RHQ Mercian (Nottingham) is looking for 24832153 Pte Walsh who served in 4 WFR in the 1980’s as they have been passed some personal possessions that were found in the attic of a property he used to live in.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary on cindy.baines247@mod.uk or 0115 9465415

 

 

 

 

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