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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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9 AUGUST 2019       WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 10 Issue 34

OBITUARY

BIRDSELL William Henry Corporal 4986009; 70th Bn

William enlisted on 11 June 1941 and was transferred into The Border Regiment on 24 August 1942.
On 9 July 1943 he took part in Operation Ladbroke with the glider troops at the invasion of Sicily when his glider was released early and crashed into the sea he managed escape the wreckage and swim to shore.  William was also at the Battle of Arnhem and to avoid capture by the enemy he swam the Rhine as there was a shortage of boats to evacuate the troops.  William was discharged in 1945. 

His funeral will take place at 12.00hrs on Wednesday 14 August, at Mansfield Crematorium Derby Road, Mansfield NG18 5BJ.

OBITUARY

PARKIN Pete Corporal 24122406

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 24122406 Cpl Pete Parkin who died on 3 August.
Pete enlisted in 1WFR in 1970 and served for 22 years during which he served for some time in the Assault Pioneer Platoon and latterly in the QM’s Dept.  He served in NI, Belize and Cyprus during a UN tour and was discharged on 25 November 1992.

A wake will be held at The Festival Inn, Trowell on Saturday 24 August 15:00hrs until 2200hrs, all are welcome to attend.
Funeral details to follow. 

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Burma Star Veteran, Keith Horner will take place at Derby Cathedral at 10:45hrs on Monday 12 August.  It is hoped that as many Veterans and Standard Bearers as possible will be able to attend and support the family.

001  70th ANNIVERSARY - SALUTE TO THE VILLAGE EVENT

The event will take place on Saturday 24th August from 10:00hrs, with activities starting at 11:00hrs until 17:00hrs. 
The 'Salute to the Village' is part of a series of celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary, which started with the visit by HRH Princess Royal on the 18th July.  Our Royal Visit was a truly spectacular event, and the 'Salute to the Village Event' will be equally amazing; a full Military Showcase Event, the likes of which this city has never seen before, it will include a number of military displays, military marches, music and a Battle of Britain Commemorative fly past by a WW2 Dakota.

The War Memorial Village in Shelton Lock Derby celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2019. It is believed to be the last remaining original village, and back in 1949 when it first opened, HRH Princess Elizabeth accompanied by HRH Prince Philip laid the foundation stone for a property on Edinburgh Crescent.  In 2000, HRH Princess Ann attended to open the newly built Millennium Bungalows, a development of five fully adapted properties with a secured communal rear garden.  Since opening in 1949, the War Memorial Village has been managed, maintained and developed by a Committee consisting entirely of retired ex services personnel, who have now embarked on an ambitious Master Plan working with the local authority to replace all the original properties with new purpose built accessible homes over the next 20 years.

At the Laying of the Foundation stone, H.R.H. the Princess Elizabeth said, "the people of Derby have shown wisdom and imagination in deciding to build" the village. The council believed that, to 'wisdom and imagination' may be added the determination to see the village completed; 70 years later the same wisdom, imagination and determination remains strong in providing good quality affordable and accessible homes exclusively for injured & disabled ex services personnel and their families.

In doing so, the Committee continually strive to not only respond to the ever changing physical needs of ex-services personnel, e.g. in the design and specification of new homes; but also the increasing need to support those with PTSD and mental health complexities. To achieve this the Village provides additional services and activities that create a peer support network for all its residents; providing safety and security, and the opportunity to resettle into society successfully on leaving the services.

For more information please visit the website https://www.warmemorialvillagederby.co.uk/

 

1200 – 1220  The Band & Regimental Mascot Assemble @ The Victory Club, Chellaston Road.
1220 – 1300 The March to the War Memorial Village Derby commences.
1300 – 1310  The War Memorial Village Derby - Chairman's Opening Speech @ Walton Ave.
1310 – 1320  The Master of Ceremonies @ Walton Ave. 
1320 – 1345  Band Performance (Seated) @ Walton Ave.
1345 – 1415  Battle Of Britain Commemorative Flyover — VVW2 Dakota ( *approximate timing, subject to technical and weather conditions).
1345 – 1415  Sophie Allen Singer
1350 – 1400  126 Squadron (RAF.) @ Memorial Square.
1415 – 1430  Staffordshire Drummers @ Memorial Square.
1435 – 1450  Mercian Cadet Display @ Memorial Square. 
1500 – 1530  Band Performance (Seated) @ Walton Ave.
1530 – 1600   Sophie Allen — Singer.
1540 – 1545  126 Squadron (R.A.F.) @ Memorial Square.
1550 – 1600  The Band & Regimental Mascot form up and march to Memorial Square, followed by VIP's & Visitors.
1600 – 1610  Veterans Standards form up @ Memorial Square.
1620 – 1700 Drumhead Service @ Memorial Square.


The laying of the drums for the altar.
The laying of the WMVD flag on the alter by the Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby.
The placing of the War Memorial Cross on the altar by Mr Ross McCristal, Trustee and overview of a Drum Head Service.Opening Service, by Revd Norma Bracewell, Village Chaplain & Trustee
Service conducted, by Bishop of Derby & Village Chaplain.
Act of Homage, by Veteran & Sea Cadet.
Last Post. 
1 Minute Silence.
Reveille, by Staffordshire Corps of Drums.
Laying of Wreath by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr Willy Tucker & Chairman of War Memorial Village Derby Mr Harvey Jennings.
Close of Service, Bishop of Derby & Village Chaplain.
Regimental Band & Staffordshire Corps of Drums — SUNSET and RETREAT.
Lowering of the Service Flags, by Service Cadets.
The National Anthem.
The conclusion of the National Anthem signals the end of the 'Salute to the Village' Event..
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In addition other demonstrations and displays are as follows.
RAF Display Team.
RAF Cadets.
Staffordshire Corps of Drums.
Regt Mascot Mercian Regiment.
Infantry Regimental Display.
ABF Soldiers Charity, of which HRH Queen Elizabeth Il is Patron.
St Johns Ambulance.
Marine / Sea Cadets.
Mercian County Army Cadet Band v Mercian Regt Museum Guard of Honour Marine Sea Cadets.
202 Field Ambulance display.
2nd Batt Mercian Regiment Display.
Veterans & Armed Forces Breakfast Club.
A Drum Head Service.

002  BOSTON MASSACRE 250th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

On the 5 March 1770 a detachment from the 29th Worcestershire Regiment was guarding the Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts, when a mob approximately 300 strong armed with stones and cudgels attacked the sentry who called out the guard. In the chaotic scenes that ensued some shots were fired and five people were killed. This event became a key event in the demands for American Independence particularly due to the inaccurate engraving by Paul Revere, a passionate advocate of Independence, copied above.

Eight soldiers, one officer, and four civilians were arrested and charged with murder. Six of the soldiers were acquitted; the other two were convicted of manslaughter

and given reduced sentences after an excellent defence by John Adams who was to become the second President of the United States of America.

Boston “Massacre” 250th Anniversary Tour 2-11 March 2020

It is intended to undertake a tour of the 29th Regiment’s history in America between 1746-1814 that will include attending, and taking part, in the 250th Anniversary commemorations in Boston.

The tour will be led by Major John Cotterill MBE, a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and former officer in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, the successors to the 29th Worcestershire Regiment. He will be assisted by David Pearson, who also served in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and now lives in New England. David has already been in contact with the Bostonian Society and the British Consulate in Boston.

The suggested outline programme is:

2-4 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1746-1750 and 1765-1770 including

Louisberg and the Collieries of the Tablehead

5-7 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment sites of interest and attend 1770 Boston

Massacre commemorations in Boston

8-11 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1776-1787 and 1814 including

Ticonderoga , Bemis Heights (Saratoga) and Penobscot, Maine

This programme will be subject to confirmation after John’s detailed recces.  It is hoped to complete a detailed itinerary that includes initial costings of flights, transport and

accommodation by Mid-August 2019 in order to advertise the tour and to start reserving places.

The tour cost and numbers attending are "chicken and egg" but, at this stage, we need an initial rough planning figure. It is expected that the tour will cost between £2,000 – 3,000 per head.

003  NOTTINGHAM CITY BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 12 August at 13:00hrs.
Beeston Royal British Legion Rooms
Parliament Terrace
Nottingham

004  WORCESTER SHOW
Worcester Branch will have a stand at the Worcester Show, Gheluvelt Park on Sunday 11 August 2019.  There will be Information, photos and other items of interest on display. 
Public parking is on Pitchcroft and a charge of £5 will apply with a donation going towards St Richards Hospice. 

005  WORCESTER COMMUNITY LOTTERY

The Mercian Museum, Worcester have signed up to the Worcester Community Lottery.
Those who choose to support the museum when they purchase a ticket will give 50% of their ticket value to the museum and another 10% to other local causes.
For more information please click on the link below. 

https://www.worcesterlottery.org/support/the-mercian-regiment-museum

006  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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2 AUGUST 2019           WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 10 Issue 33
 

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 4986009 William Henry Birdsell.
His funeral will take place at 12.00hrs on Wednesday 14 August, at Mansfield Crematorium Derby Road, Mansfield NG18 5BJ.
A full obituary will follow.

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Bill Dakin will take place at St Edmunds Church, 33 Sinfin Ave, Allenton, Derby DE24 9JA, on Monday 5 August 2019 at 13.00hrs

Following the church service Bill will be taken to Nottingham Road Cemetery for burial.

001  OPEN DAY INVITATION AT STEPWAY

Stepway is a new organisation offering guidance and support to veterans adapting back into civilian life.  Initially they will be based one day a week at the Salvation Army in Worcester.  Worcester County Council will be supporting Stepway and welcome their commitment and understanding to improve opportunities for the local veteran community. 

Open Day Event Programme.

• Meet and greet
• 10 minute Power Point Presentation
• Question and answer session
• Networking
• Refreshments will be provided

Date: Thursday 8th August
Time: 10.00hrs – 12.00hrs.
Location: The Salvation Army, 16 Queen Street, Worcester. WR1 2LP.
Contact: Dawn or Bob; 07539 754 457.002  OFFICE FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS

A new Office for Veterans' Affairs is being created to provide life-long support to military personnel.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would "take responsibility for the full gamut of veterans' civilian lives and that includes mental and physical health, education and employment''.

It will also reportedly look at the legal pursuit of veterans, especially those who served in Northern Ireland an issue which has caused significant anger within the Conservative Party.
Johnny Mercer MP, the MP for Plymouth a veteran himself, and one of the most outspoken critics of the Historical Investigations Unit, has been appointed Minister for Defence, people and veterans and will jointly oversee the new office working alongside Oliver Dowden, a Cabinet Office minister with specific responsibility for veterans.

Their aim is to better co-ordinate the work of Whitehall departments, local authorities and charities to address veterans' needs.

Mr Mercer said he was "determined to reset this country's relationship with her veterans, the prime minister has tasked me to end the repeated and vexatious pursuit of veterans over offences allegedly committed in the line of duty when no new evidence has been produced and when the accusations have already been exhaustively questioned in court".

Mr Mercer also said he had also been asked by the Prime Minister to put together legislation to place into law the Armed Forces covenant, a promise by the nation to treat serving personnel, veterans, and their families fairly.

Mel Waters, CEO of charity Help for Heroes, welcomed the announcement and said.
"Help for Heroes intends to work closely with the new Office of Veterans Affairs to ensure that it makes a positive and significant difference to the lives of veterans and their families, many of whom feel pretty let down by the current system,"

Sue Freeth, CEO of Combat Stress, said the creation of the office was "an excellent opportunity to provide a single voice at the cabinet table" for veterans, and she hoped to hold talks with Mr Mercer on the charity's proposals to improve mental health support.

Speaking ahead of a visit to a military base in Scotland on Monday, the Prime Minister said it was "a stain on our national conscience that any veteran who has served should be abandoned by the country they have fought so courageously to protect, and the new office would ensure veterans get the medical treatment they require and training they need to re-enter civilian life, as well as aim to tackle "the scourge of veteran homelessness".

003  BOSTON MASSACRE 250th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

On the 5 March 1770 a detachment from the 29th Worcestershire Regiment was guarding the Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts, when a mob approximately 300 strong armed with stones and cudgels attacked the sentry who called out the guard. In the chaotic scenes that ensued some shots were fired and five people were killed. This event became a key event in the demands for American Independence particularly due to the inaccurate engraving by Paul Revere, a passionate advocate of Independence, copied above.

Eight soldiers, one officer, and four civilians were arrested and charged with murder. Six of the soldiers were acquitted; the other two were convicted of manslaughter

and given reduced sentences after an excellent defence by John Adams who was to become the second President of the United States of America.
 

Boston “Massacre” 250th Anniversary Tour 2-11 March 2020

It is intended to undertake a tour of the 29th Regiment’s history in America between 1746-1814 that will include attending, and taking part, in the 250th Anniversary commemorations in Boston.

The tour will be led by Major John Cotterill MBE, a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and former officer in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, the successors to the 29th Worcestershire Regiment. He will be assisted by David Pearson, who also served in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and now lives in New England. David has already been in contact with the Bostonian Society and the British Consulate in Boston.
 

The suggested outline programme is:

2-4 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1746-1750 and 1765-1770 including

Louisberg and the Collieries of the Tablehead

5-7 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment sites of interest and attend 1770 Boston

Massacre commemorations in Boston

8-11 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1776-1787 and 1814 including

Ticonderoga , Bemis Heights (Saratoga) and Penobscot, Maine

This programme will be subject to confirmation after John’s detailed recces.  It is hoped to complete a detailed itinerary that includes initial costings of flights, transport and

accommodation by Mid-August 2019 in order to advertise the tour and to start reserving places.

The tour cost and numbers attending are "chicken and egg" but, at this stage, we need an initial rough planning figure. It is expected that the tour will cost between £2,000 – 3,000 per head.

004  LONG EATON ON WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 5 August 19.30 hrs.
Beeston Royal British Legion Club
16 Hall Croft
Beeston 
Nottingham
NG9 1EL

 

005  WORCESTER SHOW
Worcester Branch will have a stand at the Worcester Show, Gheluvelt Park on Sunday 11 August 2019.  There will be Information, photos and other items of interest on display. 
Public parking is on Pitchcroft and a charge of £5 will apply with a donation going towards St Richards Hospice. 

 

006  WORCESTER COMMUNITY LOTTERY

The Mercian Museum, Worcester have signed up to the Worcester Community Lottery.
Those who choose to support the museum when they purchase a ticket will give 50% of their ticket value to the museum and another 10% to other local causes.
For more information please click on the link below. 

https://www.worcesterlottery.org/support/the-mercian-regiment-museum

 

007  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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26 JULY 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER             Volume 10 Issue 32
 

OBITUARY

HERON   Charles Alan Colin OBE: Colonel 485743

Colonel Colin Heron OBE of Killyleagh, County Down died on 17 July 2019.  Colin was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters in Minden in 1968 where he joined as a Platoon Comd.  On amalgamation he served with 1WFR in Warminster and then with 13 Army Youth Team from September 1970 to September 1971 as Officer Commanding.  He returned to 1WFR as a Platoon Comd and then Coy 2i/c before taking over as Operations Officer for the Ballykelly tour.  He was then appointed as Adjutant of 2 Mercian Volunteers from September 1976 to September 1977.

After attendance at RMCS Shrivenham and Staff College in Pakistan he returned to 1WFR in December 1978 as OC B Coy in Hemer then becoming SO2 Ops 4 Armd Div Herford from January 1982 to December 1983.

Colin was then appointed 2i/c 1WFR from 1984 to 1985 before taking Command of 1 Mercian Volunteers in Wolverhampton until 1988.  He was then posted as SO1 DIS MOD London from 1988 to 1991.  Following this tour he was then promoted to Colonel and served as Head of BDLS (NA) in Washington DC until 1995 when he became Commandant JACIG,  RAF Scampton to 1997.  He then became Deputy Commander 8 Brigade Londonderry until retiring from the active list. 

On retirement he returned to Ulster where he ran a family business in Killyleagh.

His funeral was held in the First Killyleagh Presbyterian Church on 22 July.

Letters of condolence should be sent to Colin’s brother:

Mr Michael Heron, ℅ Tullyveery House, 7 Ardigon Road, Killyleagh, Downpatrick, Co Down BT30 9TA

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Bill Dakin will take place at St Edmunds Church, 33 Sinfin Ave, Allenton, Derby DE24 9JA, on Monday 5 August 2019 at 13.00hrs

Following the church service Bill will be taken to Nottingham Road Cemetery for burial.

001  OPEN DAY INVITATION AT STEPWAY

Stepway is a new organisation offering guidance and support to veterans adapting back into civilian life.  Initially they will be based one day a week at the Salvation Army in Worcester.  Worcester County Council will be supporting Stepway and welcome their commitment and understanding to improve opportunities for the local veteran community. 

Open Day Event Programme.

• Meet and greet
• 10 minute Power Point Presentation
• Question and answer session
• Networking
• Refreshments will be provided

Date: Thursday 8th August
Time: 10.00hrs – 12.00hrs.
Location: The Salvation Army, 16 Queen Street, Worcester. WR1 2LP.
Contact: Dawn or Bob; 07539 754 457.002  FOREST FORCES COFFEE MORNING

 

Nottingham Forest Football Club are holding a veterans coffee morning in The Executive Suite at The City Ground 9.30hrs until 11.00hrs on Wednesday 31st July. 
Following feedback from veterans, as well as employment opportunities, there will also be a military historian attending who will be giving a talk.

For more information on Forest Forces events please call the number below or visit the Nottingham Forest Football Club website.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust

 T: +44 (0)1159 824 444

The City Ground, Nottingham, NG2 5FJ

www.nottinghamforestcommunitytrust.co.uk

Registered Charity Number: 1139561

003  FOREST FORCES FEEDBACK

As many of you will already know, Nottingham Forest Football Club have now hosted several Forest Forces events at the City Ground since January, which have been well attended by local veterans.   Nottingham Forest are very keen to invite you to more events and they would, therefore, really appreciate your feedback. 

They would be very grateful if you could kindly click on the link below and answer 10 brief questions.  This will help them to gain an insight into what you have enjoyed the most and what you would like to participate in going forward.  They will do their very best to tailor all future events accordingly.

https://nfct1.typeform.com/to/Y95VTs
 

004  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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19 JULY 2019       WFRA NEWSLETTER           Volume 10 Issue 30
 

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we notify you that 432312 Lieutenant Colonel Peter Frederick WALTER MBE MC* of Alderney, Channel Islands died on 28 June 2019 aged 91.  He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in December 1944 and served in the ranks until 1952 when he was granted a Short Service Commission.  In 1955 he was granted a regular commission with the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment then on amalgamation served in 2nd Battalion The East Anglia Regiment until 1963 when he transferred to the Parachute Regiment.  Peter then served with 22 SAS before returning to the Parachute Regiment where he went  on to become CO Depot Para and Airborne Forces.  After varied staff appointments he retired from the Regular Army in 1981 then enlisted into The Honourable Artillery Company as a Trooper before re-commissioning as a Major followed by being appointed Honorary Colonel in 1988.

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It with sadness that we inform you of the death of 485743 Colonel Charles Alan Colin HERON O.B.E. died July 17, 2019. peacefully, much-loved father of Alice and brother of Michael, devoted grandpa of Reuben.
He served with the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and was awarded the O.B.E in 1989.

A Thanksgiving Service in First Killyleagh Presbyterian Church on Monday 22nd July, 2019 at 2.00 p.m.
Interment afterwards in adjoining churchyard.
Family flowers only please.
Donations in lieu, if desired, to Marie Curie c/o Norman McBriar & Son, Funeral Directors, 33a Main Street, Saintfield, BT24 7AB.
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It is with sadness that I inform you that 23250887 L/Cpl Bill Dakin of the Derby Branch WFRA and who served with 1st Btn Foresters passed away on 18 July 2019.

Until illness prevented him from doing so Bill was a regular attender at the Derby Branch Meetings. 

Cards and letters of condolence should be sent to:
Mrs Mada Dakin, 39 Victory Road, Allenton, Derby. DE24 8EJ.

001  PEACE DAY 100 ANNIVERSARY

Worcester Branch will be holding a short wreath laying ceremony on Friday 19 July 2019 at the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester WR3 7AA, to remember the wounded of the Worcestershire Regiment that fought in WW1 and to mark the 100th anniversary of Peace Day on the 19 July 1919.  The day was a day for remembering those killed and the wounded of WW1 and a day for the people of the country to show their gratitude and respect.  This has arisen from a request from the Fields in Trust Organisation for associations / groups to mark this day in history.  Gheluvelt Park is the designated Field in Trust for Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.

Parade form up 10:50hrs. 
Reading of below citation.
Laying of wreath.
Last Post.
1 Minute Silence.
Reveille.
Fall Out.
Bugler, Standard Bearers, Association Members.
Dress Berets, Blazers, Medals.
All Welcome.


                      COURTESY OF THE GAZETTE, OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORD
To celebrate and mark the end of World War 1, a Bank Holiday was declared in Britain, having been decided by a committee chaired by Lord Curzon, foreign secretary 

‘We considering that, with a view to the more wide-spread and general celebration of the Conclusion of Peace, it is desirable that Saturday, the Nineteenth day of July instant, should be observed as a Bank Holiday and as a Public Holiday throughout the United Kingdom’

Though November 1918 had marked the end of fighting on the Western Front, negotiations were to continue at the Paris Peace Conference until 1920, with the ‘high and tremendous task of settling the peace terms’. The Treaty of Versailles was not signed until June 1919.

Once negotiations were nearing their end and ‘proper peace’ was within sight, a peace committee was set up with the intention of deciding how Britain would publically mark the end of the war and do justice to the widespread feelings of jubilation.

The committee first met on 9 May 1919. Its members, led by Curzon, at first considered a 4-day August celebration, including a river pageant. But this was simplified and reduced to a single day on 19 July, under the perhaps more reserved direction of David Lloyd George, prime minister.

Though the prevailing mood was in the main triumphant, the proposal of a day of celebration and victory parade attracted some criticism from those who felt that the money would be better spent supporting returning servicemen who faced physical and mental injuries, and who needed work and a place to live.
 The Unemployment Insurance Act of 1920  attempted to address this by raising the amount of contributions given and the number of workers who could claim.

On the morning of the 19th, thousands gathered in London, having arrived overnight. It was a spectacle never seen before, with nearly 15,000 troops taking part in the victory parade, led by Allied commanders Pershing (head of the US Expeditionary Force), Foch (Allied supreme commander) and Haig (British commander in chief), who saluted fallen comrades. Bands played, and the central parks of London hosted performances and entertained the crowds.

That morning, King George V issued a message: 'To these, the sick and wounded who cannot take part in the festival of victory, I send out greetings and bid them good cheer, assuring them that the wounds and scars so honourable in themselves, inspire in the hearts of their fellow countrymen the warmest feelings of gratitude and respect.'

A monument to those killed and wounded was unveiled in Whitehall, to mark the end point of the victory parade, soon to be decorated with flower wreaths. Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens  was commissioned by Lloyd George at the start of the month to design the monument, and had just 2 weeks to create a piece befitting of the memory of the fallen. Though it was a temporary wood and plaster construction, another made from Portland stone was to replace it in 1920, which still stands today.

Though the main spectacle was in London, other celebrations organised by local authorities and communities took place in cities, towns and villages across the country.

002  FOREST FORCES FEEDBACK

As many of you will already know, Nottingham Forest Football Club have now hosted several Forest Forces events at the City Ground since January, which have been well attended by local veterans.   Nottingham Forest are very keen to invite you to more events and they would, therefore, really appreciate your feedback. 

They would be very grateful if you could kindly click on the link below and answer 10 brief questions.  This will help them to gain an insight into what you have enjoyed the most and what you would like to participate in going forward.  They will do their very best to tailor all future events accordingly.

https://nfct1.typeform.com/to/Y95VTs

For more information on Forest Forces events please call the number below or visit the Nottingham Forest Football Club website.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust

 T: +44 (0)1159 824 444

The City Ground, Nottingham, NG2 5FJ

www.nottinghamforestcommunitytrust.co.uk

Registered Charity Number: 1139561

003  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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12 JULY 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 10 Issue 29
 

OBITUARY

It is with regret that I inform you of the death of Lt Andrew Campbell Rodger who died on 19 March 2019 aged 90.
Lt Rodger served with The Sherwood Foresters Territorial Force from 3 June 1959 until September 1963 with 8th Battalion.  He was awarded an MBE for Gallantry whilst serving with RASC as 2Lt by saving the lives of Cypriots from drowning.

001   1WFR BAND REUNION

The date of the next Band Reunion will be on Saturday 19th October 2019.
The Venue will be the Coopers Brook, Mansfield Road, Daybrook Nottingham. NG5 6HB.

The Band Reunions have been well attended over the years and there have been requests from past members of the Sherwood Foresters Band.

So we would therefore like to extend the invitation to all those that served in the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Band to join us on that date.

We tend to meet up in the afternoon around 14.00hrs in the bar of the Coopers Brook for a catch up and a few drinks. We then have the Reunion Dinner at 19.30hrs.

There is a Premier Inn hotel next to the venue should overnight accommodation be required.  Members are advised to contact the hotel and book their rooms. Details for this can be found on the Premier Inn website. Should there be "No room at the inn" then there are other hotels within close proximity early bookings are advised.

If you would like to attend please contact Ken Bradshaw.

ken.bradshaw18@ntlworld.com. 

We also have a facebook page that is titled "WOOFERS BAND (WFR) REUNION.

002  PEACE DAY 100 ANNIVERSARY

Worcester Branch will be holding a short wreath laying ceremony on Friday 19 July 2019 at the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester WR3 7AA, to remember the wounded of the Worcestershire Regiment that fought in WW1 and to mark the 100th anniversary of Peace Day on the 19 July 1919.  The day was a day for remembering those killed and the wounded of WW1 and a day for the people of the country to show their gratitude and respect.  This has arisen from a request from the Fields in Trust Organisation for associations / groups to mark this day in history.  Gheluvelt Park is the designated Field in Trust for Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.

Parade form up 10:50hrs. 
Reading of below citation.
Laying of wreath.
Last Post.
1 Minute Silence.
Reveille.
Fall Out.
Bugler, Standard Bearers, Association Members.
Dress Berets, Blazers, Medals.
All Welcome.


                      COURTESY OF THE GAZETTE, OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORD
To celebrate and mark the end of World War 1, a Bank Holiday was declared in Britain, having been decided by a committee chaired by Lord Curzon, foreign secretary 

‘We considering that, with a view to the more wide-spread and general celebration of the Conclusion of Peace, it is desirable that Saturday, the Nineteenth day of July instant, should be observed as a Bank Holiday and as a Public Holiday throughout the United Kingdom’

Though November 1918 had marked the end of fighting on the Western Front, negotiations were to continue at the Paris Peace Conference until 1920, with the ‘high and tremendous task of settling the peace terms’. The Treaty of Versailles was not signed until June 1919.

Once negotiations were nearing their end and ‘proper peace’ was within sight, a peace committee was set up with the intention of deciding how Britain would publically mark the end of the war and do justice to the widespread feelings of jubilation.

The committee first met on 9 May 1919. Its members, led by Curzon, at first considered a 4-day August celebration, including a river pageant. But this was simplified and reduced to a single day on 19 July, under the perhaps more reserved direction of David Lloyd George, prime minister.

Though the prevailing mood was in the main triumphant, the proposal of a day of celebration and victory parade attracted some criticism from those who felt that the money would be better spent supporting returning servicemen who faced physical and mental injuries, and who needed work and a place to live.
 The Unemployment Insurance Act of 1920  attempted to address this by raising the amount of contributions given and the number of workers who could claim.

On the morning of the 19th, thousands gathered in London, having arrived overnight. It was a spectacle never seen before, with nearly 15,000 troops taking part in the victory parade, led by Allied commanders Pershing (head of the US Expeditionary Force), Foch (Allied supreme commander) and Haig (British commander in chief), who saluted fallen comrades. Bands played, and the central parks of London hosted performances and entertained the crowds.

That morning, King George V issued a message: 'To these, the sick and wounded who cannot take part in the festival of victory, I send out greetings and bid them good cheer, assuring them that the wounds and scars so honourable in themselves, inspire in the hearts of their fellow countrymen the warmest feelings of gratitude and respect.'

A monument to those killed and wounded was unveiled in Whitehall, to mark the end point of the victory parade, soon to be decorated with flower wreaths. Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens  was commissioned by Lloyd George at the start of the month to design the monument, and had just 2 weeks to create a piece befitting of the memory of the fallen. Though it was a temporary wood and plaster construction, another made from Portland stone was to replace it in 1920, which still stands today.

Though the main spectacle was in London, other celebrations organised by local authorities and communities took place in cities, towns and villages across the country.

003  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

...........................................

05 JULY 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER           Volume 10 Issue 28

OBITUARY
 

It is with regret that we inform you that 481136 Major David Collins died on Tuesday 18 June 2019 at Alexandra Hospital Redditch, after a long illness.  He was born in Malvern where he was to live the whole of his life with Margaret, his wife and their family.  In civilian life he eventually had his own plumbing company.

David enlisted into the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in 1950.  He is first mentioned in the ‘Firm’ Magazine in 1948 as a cadet, when he was promoted to Cpl with D Company the 2nd Cadet Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment.  Here began a long service with the Worcestershire Regiment and its successors.  He was called up for National Service on the 22 June 1950 at Lichfield, where he was to be stationed for his period of service as an Instructor. On his release he joined the 7th Battalion in 1950 with C Company, Malvern.  He quickly rose through the ranks to be CSM.  He was a member of the Battalion contingent at the Territorial Army Silver Jubilee parade in London.  He was always involved with shooting and represented the Company and the Battalion in various competitions including Bisley.  In 1967 he won the trophy for the best WO/Sgt shot at the Battalion Shoot. Throughout his TA career was a very active member of the Battalion.

David eventually moved to HQ Company as QM [T] at Silver Street, Worcester until the disbandment of the 7th battalion in 1967 when he joined  The Worcestershire Territorials RA, TAVR111.  On the disbandment of this unit and the formation of 214 Battery RA he was a founder member of the Worcestershire Regiment Cadre commanded by Major Vines TD.  This cadre was formed to provide the basis of a new unit if the need arose, and indeed it did arise on the expansion of TAVR and the formation of Light Infantry & Mercian Volunteers in 1971.  The Cadre became A Company [Worcestershire] commanded by Major Vines with David as his second in Command.  This became A Company, 2nd Battalion Mercian Volunteers which eventually had a NATO role.  On the promotion of Major Vines; to second in command of the battalion, David was appointed OC of the Company.  A position he retained until his retirement in 1978.  For his service to the TA and TAVR he was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal and the Territorial Decoration.

Throughout his career David never had problems, only interesting situations which with a little thought could be solved! With his drive and humour things did happen.  He had that wonderful ability to motivate others to succeed with his endeavours.  Whatever he was engaged in, be it social or military, he gave his all.  He was a lifelong member of the WRA and in later years MVRA and a supporter of all things Regimental.  He was also a member of the ‘Ancient Order of Foresters’.  Sadly, his involvement became more limited as his sight deteriorated and he became confined to wheel chair.  Both he and Margaret are sorely missed.
 

The date of the funeral of Major D E Collins TD is Tuesday 9 July  at 11.30hrs at Worcester Crematorium.  Astwood Cemetery, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.

 

Bugler, Standards and Association members welcome

 

Letters of condolence can be sent to:- David`s son.
Andrew Collins 120 Bromyard Road, Worcester. WR2 5DJ

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Maurice Kilminster will take place on Tuesday 9 July at 11.20 hrs

At The Mail Chapel, Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby DE22 4NH.

Standards and Association members welcome.

001    ANNUAL CRICH PILGRIMAGE SUNDAY 1 JULY 2019

The 96th Annual Pilgrimage to the Crich Memorial will take place on Sunday 7 July 2019. Those attending are reminded to arrive by no later than 1430 hours as the gates are closed at that time to allow for the Civic Dignitaries procession. Usual facilities/refreshments are available from 1230 hours.

Reminder from RHQ Mercian (Nottingham) office:
It is to be noted that there is to be NO camping on the site or the adjacent field. Those wishing to camp are asked to pitch at an official site.

002   CRICH PILGRIMAGE

Nottingham Branch have a seats spare on their coach to the Crich pilgrimage on Sunday 7th July 2019.
The coach will leave Parliament Street, Nottingham at 10.30hrs.
For further information Tel: 01777 228 169.

003   MANSFIELD BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Tuesday 9 July at 7.30pm.
Debdale Sport and Recreational Club
Mallard Court
Debdale Lane 
Mansfield Woodhouse 
NG19 7FE

004   NOTTINGHAM CITY BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 8 July at 13.00hrs.
RBL Rooms
Parliament Terrace
Parliament Street
Nottingham

005  MALAY STANDARD

Saturday 29 June 2019 saw the Worcestershire Regiment Malay Standard laid up in Worcester Cathedral after the Evensong Service. 

The service was conducted by Canon Michael Brierley a short speech was delivered on the Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya by Worcester Branch President Col Ret`d Mark Jackson OBE.  The Malay Standard was carried to King John`s tomb by Worcester Branch Malay veteran David Plant.  The Last post, One Minute`s Silence and Reveille were respected. It was a short but moving service.

Due to the passage of time and the rapidly diminishing numbers of Malaya veterans, the remaining few asked the WFR Association if they could lay up their Standard.  Contact was made with the Cathedral and after Evensong the Worcestershire Regiment Malaya Veterans Standard was taken into care at Worcester Cathedral, where it will be hung in St Georges Chapel.
 

 

The Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya 1950-1953

In 1948 the Malayan Communist Party began a campaign of terror which drew many thousands of troops from the British Commonwealth into a campaign that was to last until 1962.  The 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment served a three-year tour there during the early part of the Emergency, arriving in Singapore in June 1950 aboard the Troopship Empire Pride.

Senior members of the Battalion had seen active service during the Second World War but a high proportion of the younger men were National Servicemen who, after training in England, only spent about 18 months in Malaya during their two-year period of military service.  Most of them were Worcestershire men but the Battalion was also kept up to strength by drafts of soldiers from Staffordshire and Cheshire who had originally been called up into their own county regiments.  All told about 1200 officers and men served with the Battalion during the tour, of whom only 34 remained continuously for the whole 3-year period in Malaya.

On arrival in Singapore after a month at sea the Battalion underwent a period of acclimatisation and jungle training before starting operational duties which included patrols and ambushes in the jungle, swamps and rubber estates, cordon and search operations in support of the police, guards and vehicle escorts. Iban trackers from Borneo were attached to the Battalion and accompanied most jungle patrols to provide local knowledge and expertise.

During the three years of operations the Battalion killed or captured 54 terrorists and lost one officer and 10 men killed in action; a further 10 died in accidents or of natural causes.  33 members of the Battalion received awards for gallantry or valuable service, including one Iban tracker, Awang anak Rawang, who was awarded the George Cross for rescuing a soldier under fire during an ambush.

By the time the Battalion left on the Troopship Empire Windrush in July 1953 the Security Forces had regained the initiative and the number of incidents initiated by the terrorists had been greatly reduced, but it was another nine years before the Emergency was declared over.

Fifty years after the deployment of the Battalion to Malaya a large contingent of those who had fought there gathered here in Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 17 June 2000 to unveil a plaque commemorating their comrades who had died there. This can be seen in St Georges Chapel.  

006  PEACE DAY 100 ANNIVERSARY

Worcester Branch will be holding a short wreath laying ceremony on Friday 19 July 2019 at the Worcestershire Regimental Stone, Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester WR3 7AA, to remember the wounded of the Worcestershire Regiment that fought in WW1 and to mark the 100th anniversary of Peace Day on the 19 July 1919.  The day was a day for remembering those killed and the wounded of WW1 and a day for the people of the country to show their gratitude and respect.  This has arisen from a request from the Fields in Trust Organisation for associations / groups to mark this day in history.  Gheluvelt Park is the designated Field in Trust for Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.

Parade form up 10:50hrs. 
Reading of below citation.
Laying of wreath.
Last Post.
1 Minute Silence.
Reveille.
Fall Out.
Bugler, Standard Bearers, Association Members.
Dress Berets, Blazers, Medals.
All Welcome.


                      COURTESY OF THE GAZETTE, OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORD
To celebrate and mark the end of World War 1, a Bank Holiday was declared in Britain, having been decided by a committee chaired by Lord Curzon, foreign secretary 

‘We considering that, with a view to the more wide-spread and general celebration of the Conclusion of Peace, it is desirable that Saturday, the Nineteenth day of July instant, should be observed as a Bank Holiday and as a Public Holiday throughout the United Kingdom’

Though November 1918 had marked the end of fighting on the Western Front, negotiations were to continue at the Paris Peace Conference until 1920, with the ‘high and tremendous task of settling the peace terms’. The Treaty of Versailles was not signed until June 1919.

Once negotiations were nearing their end and ‘proper peace’ was within sight, a peace committee was set up with the intention of deciding how Britain would publically mark the end of the war and do justice to the widespread feelings of jubilation.

The committee first met on 9 May 1919. Its members, led by Curzon, at first considered a 4-day August celebration, including a river pageant. But this was simplified and reduced to a single day on 19 July, under the perhaps more reserved direction of David Lloyd George, prime minister.

Though the prevailing mood was in the main triumphant, the proposal of a day of celebration and victory parade attracted some criticism from those who felt that the money would be better spent supporting returning servicemen who faced physical and mental injuries, and who needed work and a place to live.
 The Unemployment Insurance Act of 1920  attempted to address this by raising the amount of contributions given and the number of workers who could claim.

On the morning of the 19th, thousands gathered in London, having arrived overnight. It was a spectacle never seen before, with nearly 15,000 troops taking part in the victory parade, led by Allied commanders Pershing (head of the US Expeditionary Force), Foch (Allied supreme commander) and Haig (British commander in chief), who saluted fallen comrades. Bands played, and the central parks of London hosted performances and entertained the crowds.

That morning, King George V issued a message: 'To these, the sick and wounded who cannot take part in the festival of victory, I send out greetings and bid them good cheer, assuring them that the wounds and scars so honourable in themselves, inspire in the hearts of their fellow countrymen the warmest feelings of gratitude and respect.'

A monument to those killed and wounded was unveiled in Whitehall, to mark the end point of the victory parade, soon to be decorated with flower wreaths. Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens  was commissioned by Lloyd George at the start of the month to design the monument, and had just 2 weeks to create a piece befitting of the memory of the fallen. Though it was a temporary wood and plaster construction, another made from Portland stone was to replace it in 1920, which still stands today.

Though the main spectacle was in London, other celebrations organised by local authorities and communities took place in cities, towns and villages across the country.

007  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

..................................................

28 JUNE 2019          WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 27
 

OBITUARY

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Major D E Collins TD, of the Worcestershire Regiment and Mercian Volunteers died in hospital on Tuesday 18June 2019. 

Further details to follow.

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Maurice Kilminster will take place on Tuesday 9 July at 11.20 hrs

At The Mail Chapel, Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby DE22 4NH.

Standards and Association members welcome.

001   VETERANS COMEDY NIGHT

On 28 June Nottingham Forest will be holding a free Comedy Night for Veterans of all ages down at The City Ground hosted by the hilarious Yorkshire comedian, Mike Farrell. Every veteran will be allowed to bring one guest and complimentary drinks will be provided on your tables, however the bar will be open all night if you wish to purchase your own.  The evening starts at 7:30pm and the event will finish at 10:30pm. 

To register, simply email your full name, age, telephone number, your role in the Armed Forces and when and where you served, to community@nottinghamforest.co.uk or alternatively you can call Nottingham Forest on 0115 982 4318. If you have any questions or enquiries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

002  LONG EATON & WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 1 July 19.30 hrs.
Beeston Royal British Legion Club
16 Hall Croft
Beeston 
Nottingham
NG9 1EL

003    ANNUAL CRICH PILGRIMAGE SUNDAY 1 JULY 2018

The 96th Annual Pilgrimage to the Crich Memorial will take place on Sunday 7 July 2019. Those attending are reminded to arrive by no later than 1430 hours as the gates are closed at that time to allow for the Civic Dignitaries procession. Usual facilities/refreshments are available from 1230 hours.

Reminder from RHQ Mercian (Nottingham) office:
It is to be noted that there is to be NO camping on the site or the adjacent field. Those wishing to camp are asked to pitch at an official site.

004   THE WW1 TOMMY GUNN BOOK SERIES

Mereo Books new release ‘Chronicles of the winter world’
All five novels in the WW1 ‘Tommy Gunn’ series five book set.  Written by leading military historian, John Hughes-Wilson, the five historically accurate novels in the Tommy Gunn Adventures Series,takes us from the outbreak of The Great War, through the horror of the trenches and arduous campaigns to the eventual Armistice.
Publication Date: 28 JUNE 2019 to mark the centenary of the signing of The Treaty of Versailles signed on 28 June 1919.
“A unique contribution to World War One literature” Brian MacArthur, author of ‘King and Country’
In 1914 they could not have known just how long this war would last or just how many lives it would cost ...
When we first meet T.O.M. Gunn, he’s a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, back on leave from India just as Europe catches fire in the chaotic summer of 1914.
The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) is off to France, and Gunn joins a hastily formed mixed battalion of reservists,
regular and territorial soldiers. He soon finds himself pitchforked into the mayhem and suffering of unrelenting war.
Soon the high hopes of short conflict fade into the horrific reality of the trenches,
Thaddeus Gunn and his men realise that this is going to be a long and bloody war and they will be lucky if any of them survive ....Hughes-Wilson places the main character, Thaddeus (‘Tommy’) Gunn, at most of the major battles of the war,in order to show us the utter terror and slaughter suffered by the troops.
Although this series of books are fictional accounts, the use of real diaries of young officers who fought, and the quotes from newspapers of the day,give these novels authenticity and help the reader appreciate how people actually lived through the war.
Now, with the release of all five novels to mark the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, readers can follow Hughes-Wilson’s creation, ‘Tommy Gunn’ throughout the entire war.  These powerful novels stand as a testament to the heroism and sacrifice of a generation of young men.
''Gripping ... superbly written, true to life down to the least military detail, and very exciting. Readers will be keen to follow the fortunes of Thaddeus Gunn” Andrew Roberts, FRSL, historian

All five novels are available in paperback or ebook
:
1914 First Blood Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 210pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B00Q386D90; £3.00)
1915 Pride & Glory Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-922-1 213pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KMB934Q; £2.35)
1916 The Big Push Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-923-8 280pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KKP874RRRP £2.35)
1917 Hanging On Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-925-2 234pp RRP £12.00 (ebookISBN: B07KKNCS8C; £2.35)
1918 Defeat Into Victory Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 175pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KKLRD7P £2.35)
All five titles in the series are published by Mereo Books (an imprint of Memoirs Publishing) www.mereobooks.com
and are available through all good bookshops and internet booksellers.

Local UK interest: Nottinghamshire: Tommy Gunn, the central character in this series of novels,comes from Nottinghamshire and serves with the Sherwood Foresters. (The author himself also served in the SherwoodForesters early in his career.)

To request review copies or to be put in touch with the author,
please contact:
Andrew Hayward
(Court Publishing Services):
andrew.hayward21@yahoo.com
Tel: 07876 155663 / 020 8761 0147
Further information:
www.johnhugheswilson.co.uk
Press release issued on behalf of Mereo Books & Court Publishing by Elly Donovan PR elly@ellydonovan.co.uk
Tel:01273 205 246
www.ellydonovan.co.uk

005   CRICH PILGRIMAGE

Nottingham Branch have a seats spare on their coach to the Crich pilgrimage on Sunday 7th July 2019.
The coach will leave Parliament Street, Nottingham at 10.30hrs.
For further information Tel: 01777 228 169.

006   WORCESTER REGIMENT MALAY STANDARD

The Worcestershire Regiment Malay Standard will be laid up at the end of Evensong Service on Saturday 29th June 2019 at 17:15hrs at Worcester Cathedral.
The ceremony is to be held in the quire near the tomb of King John.  No Branch standards are required for this service.  Association members welcome.  Those involved with service need to there for 16:50hrs prompt for a walk through.

007   MANSFIELD BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Tuesday 9 July at 7.30pm.
Debdale Sport and Recreational Club
Mallard Court
Debdale Lane 
Mansfield Woodhouse 
NG19 7FE

008   VICTORIA EMBANKMENT NOTTINGHAM WWI MEMORIAL UNVEILING 

The unveiling of the new war memorial in Nottingham will take place at the Victoria Embankment on Friday 28 June 2019.  Those who wish to attend are asked to be at the Embankment Memorial by 10.15 hours.  The dedication service will commence at 10.25 hours and last approximately 1 hour.

More details to follow.

009  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

........................................................

21 JUNE 2019      WFRA NEWSLETTER          Volume 10 Issue 26
 

OBITUARY

It is with regret that I inform you that No 22672923 Sgt Maurice Kilminster, member of the Derby Branch WFRA, passed away on Sunday 16 June.

Born 1.1.1932 Maurice was called up for National Service on 15.5.1952 and discharged 6.5.1954.  He served with the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters.  Maurice re-enlisted as Regular on 12.2.1960 and served in the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters and was discharged on 5.1.1982 with the 1st Battalion WFR.

He was awarded the GSM clasp Malaya, UN Cyprus and LS & GC

Berlin Orbat 1972 shows him with Command Company as a Cpl storeman

Information taken from 1WFR nominal roll Belize Sept 1978: Serving with HQ Coy as Families Office Sgt and shown as rear party.

F & F dated April 1981 Lists him as a Sgt 1WFR

Funeral details to follow.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Mrs Pat Kilminster, 10 Walton Avenue, Allenton, Derby. DE24 9JE.

001   THE WW1 TOMMY GUNN BOOK SERIES

Mereo Books new release ‘Chronicles of the winter world’
All five novels in the WW1 ‘Tommy Gunn’ series five book set.  Written by leading military historian, John Hughes-Wilson, the five historically accurate novels in the Tommy Gunn Adventures Series,takes us from the outbreak of The Great War, through the horror of the trenches and arduous campaigns to the eventual Armistice.
Publication Date: 28 JUNE 2019 to mark the centenary of the signing of The Treaty of Versailles signed on 28 June 1919.
“A unique contribution to World War One literature” Brian MacArthur, author of ‘King and Country’
In 1914 they could not have known just how long this war would last or just how many lives it would cost ...
When we first meet T.O.M. Gunn, he’s a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, back on leave from India just as Europe catches fire in the chaotic summer of 1914.
The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) is off to France, and Gunn joins a hastily formed mixed battalion of reservists,
regular and territorial soldiers. He soon finds himself pitchforked into the mayhem and suffering of unrelenting war.
Soon the high hopes of short conflict fade into the horrific reality of the trenches,
Thaddeus Gunn and his men realise that this is going to be a long and bloody war and they will be lucky if any of them survive ....Hughes-Wilson places the main character, Thaddeus (‘Tommy’) Gunn, at most of the major battles of the war,in order to show us the utter terror and slaughter suffered by the troops.
Although this series of books are fictional accounts, the use of real diaries of young officers who fought, and the quotes from newspapers of the day,give these novels authenticity and help the reader appreciate how people actually lived through the war.
Now, with the release of all five novels to mark the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, readers can follow Hughes-Wilson’s creation, ‘Tommy Gunn’ throughout the entire war.  These powerful novels stand as a testament to the heroism and sacrifice of a generation of young men.
''Gripping ... superbly written, true to life down to the least military detail, and very exciting. Readers will be keen to follow the fortunes of Thaddeus Gunn” Andrew Roberts, FRSL, historian

All five novels are available in paperback or ebook
:
1914 First Blood Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 210pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B00Q386D90; £3.00)
1915 Pride & Glory Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-922-1 213pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KMB934Q; £2.35)
1916 The Big Push Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-923-8 280pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KKP874RRRP £2.35)
1917 Hanging On Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-925-2 234pp RRP £12.00 (ebookISBN: B07KKNCS8C; £2.35)
1918 Defeat Into Victory Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 175pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KKLRD7P £2.35)
All five titles in the series are published by Mereo Books (an imprint of Memoirs Publishing) www.mereobooks.com
and are available through all good bookshops and internet booksellers.

Local UK interest: Nottinghamshire: Tommy Gunn, the central character in this series of novels,comes from Nottinghamshire and serves with the Sherwood Foresters. (The author himself also served in the SherwoodForesters early in his career.)

To request review copies or to be put in touch with the author,
please contact:
Andrew Hayward
(Court Publishing Services):
andrew.hayward21@yahoo.com
Tel: 07876 155663 / 020 8761 0147
Further information:
www.johnhugheswilson.co.uk
Press release issued on behalf of Mereo Books & Court Publishing by Elly Donovan PR elly@ellydonovan.co.uk
Tel:01273 205 246
www.ellydonovan.co.uk

002   100th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
100th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper)

Saturday 6 July 2019 at
Welbeck Hall
Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW
7.30 for 8.00 pm

Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals

Tickets are now available for £20.00 per person for 3 course meal with wine and
tea or coffee and entertainment.

To purchase tickets please complete a menu choice for each person attending and
return to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire NG9 8GN with
cheque for £20 per person made payable to WFRA and mark your envelope CRICH
DINNER by no later than 21 June 2019.
For those wishing to pay by BACS, the details are; Lloyds Bank Ltd, Account title:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (WFRA).
Sort Code: 30-99-90. Account Number: 00732899

Tickets will be issued on the door.

A printable version of the menu choice is available at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Supper_Calling_Notice_2019-1.pdf

MENU CHOICE
Name:
Fellow guests with whom you wish to be seated, if possible:
Contact details:
WFRA Branch (if applicable):

STARTER:   
Chicken Caesar salad with bacon and parmesan crisps or
Celery and apple soup (vegetarian) or
Welsh rarebit

MAIN COURSE:
Chicken Chasseur, creamy mash and greens or
Sea Bass with cherry tomatoes and chorizo or
Goat’s cheese and butternut squash tart tatin (vegetarian)

DESSERT:  
Madeira trifle or
Braised pineapple with star anise and coconut ice cream

Please tick one choice from each course above.
All choices come with tea or coffee and a glass of red or white wine.
A reasonably priced licensed bar will be available both before and after the dinner.
There will be entertainment both before and afterdinner.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Unlimited free parking is available for cars, minibuses and coaches on site.
For those wanting to combine the Association Dinner with the Crich Pilgrimage and make a weekend of it, accommodation is available at several hotels and B&B establishments within 5 minutes walk of Welbeck Hall. They include: Beeches Hotel. 01159 818753 & Grantham Hotel. 01159 811373.

 

003   CRICH PILGRIMAGE

Nottingham Branch have a seats spare on their coach to the Crich pilgrimage on Sunday 7th July 2019.
The coach will leave Parliament Street, Nottingham at 10.30hrs.
For further information Tel: 01777 228 169.

004   BOYTHORPE CEMETERY

Chesterfield Boythorpe Cemetery are marking 100 years of service to the community at 16.00 hrs on 26 June. Two buglers and Chesterfield WFRA will be in attendance to pay respect to all of those who are buried there including four WW1 soldiers and twenty WW2 soldiers two of whom served with the Sherwood Foresters.

005   WORCESTER REGIMENT MALAY STANDARD

The Worcestershire Regiment Malay Standard will be laid up at the end of Evensong Service on Saturday 29th June 2019 at 17:15hrs at Worcester Cathedral.
The ceremony is to be held in the quire near the tomb of King John.  No Branch standards are required for this service.  Association members welcome.  Those involved with service need to there for 16:50hrs prompt for a walk through.

006   ARMED FORCES DAY FLAG RAISING - WORCESTER

The Right Worshipful Mayor Councillor Allah Ditta has invited Worcester Branch WFRA to join him to mark Armed Forces Day 2019 and watch the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall on,
Monday 24 June 2019 at 11:00am.
Members who wish to attend are to meet at the Lord Mayors parlour The Guildhall, Worcester for 10.15hrs.

007   ARMED FORCES DAY FLAG RAISING - NOTTINGHAM

Councillors, Council employees, local Armed Forces and veterans representatives, MPs and the public are invited to join the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham City Council at County Hall (by the flag poles near the River Trent) on Monday 24th June at 12.00 hrs for a short event to thank and honour our serving and ex-serving Forces. The flag will be raised by a local veteran.
For further information please contact.
Tel: 01159 772 590.  Email:  keith.ford@nottscc.gov.uk

008   VICTORIA EMBANKMENT NOTTINGHAM WWI MEMORIAL UNVEILING 

The unveiling of the new war memorial in Nottingham will take place at the Victoria Embankment on Friday 28 June 2019.  Those who wish to attend are asked to be at the Embankment Memorial by 10.15 hours.  The dedication service will commence at 10.25 hours and last approximately 1 hour.

More details to follow.

009  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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14 JUNE 2019    WFRA NEWSLETTER          Volume 10 Issue 25

OBITUARY

It is with regret that we inform you No. 22587246 Cpl Alfred Nicklin died on 5th June 2019.
He was born in Dudley on 26th July 1933, Alf enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment in 1952 and went on to serve in Mayala with 1st Battalion and was demobbed in 1954.

On leaving the army he worked in the building trade, Villiers Motorbikes.  D.M,W, and Simon Engineering.

His outside interest was his love of motorbikes.

His funeral will take place, at Gornal Wood Crematorium, 7 Chase Road, Dudley, West Midlands. DY3 2RL
on Friday 28th June 2019 at 14.10hrs.

Letters of condolence  can be sent to his daughter, 
Elizabeth Nicklin, 19 Keats Close, The Straits, Dudley, West Midlands  DY3. 3EA

Funeral Directors, J. T, Brooks, 68 - 72 Mount Pleasant, Quarry Bank. West Midlands. DY5. 2YS

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Lt Col Peter Holmes will be held at 14.00hrs on Tuesday 18 June at St Leonards Church, High Street, Bulford, SP4 9DR followed by burial at Bulford Cemetery.

The family would welcome any members of the Regimental Family that knew him to attend the service.
Should you need further information please contact Peter on 07929 722 819.

Letters of condolence may be sent to Mrs Elisabeth Holmes, Hazelhead, Robin Hill Lane, Durrington, Salisbury SP4 8DN

001   THE WW1 TOMMY GUNN BOOK SERIES

Mereo Books new release ‘Chronicles of the winter world’
All five novels in the WW1 ‘Tommy Gunn’ series five book set.  Written by leading military historian, John Hughes-Wilson, the five historically accurate novels in the Tommy Gunn Adventures Series,takes us from the outbreak of The Great War, through the horror of the trenches and arduous campaigns to the eventual Armistice.
Publication Date: 28 JUNE 2019 to mark the centenary of the signing of The Treaty of Versailles signed on 28 June 1919.
“A unique contribution to World War One literature” Brian MacArthur, author of ‘King and Country’
In 1914 they could not have known just how long this war would last or just how many lives it would cost ...
When we first meet T.O.M. Gunn, he’s a young infantry lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, back on leave from India just as Europe catches fire in the chaotic summer of 1914.
The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) is off to France, and Gunn joins a hastily formed mixed battalion of reservists,
regular and territorial soldiers. He soon finds himself pitchforked into the mayhem and suffering of unrelenting war.
Soon the high hopes of short conflict fade into the horrific reality of the trenches,
Thaddeus Gunn and his men realise that this is going to be a long and bloody war and they will be lucky if any of them survive ....Hughes-Wilson places the main character, Thaddeus (‘Tommy’) Gunn, at most of the major battles of the war,in order to show us the utter terror and slaughter suffered by the troops.
Although this series of books are fictional accounts, the use of real diaries of young officers who fought, and the quotes from newspapers of the day,give these novels authenticity and help the reader appreciate how people actually lived through the war.
Now, with the release of all five novels to mark the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, readers can follow Hughes-Wilson’s creation, ‘Tommy Gunn’ throughout the entire war.  These powerful novels stand as a testament to the heroism and sacrifice of a generation of young men.
''Gripping ... superbly written, true to life down to the least military detail, and very exciting. Readers will be keen to follow the fortunes of Thaddeus Gunn” Andrew Roberts, FRSL, historian

All five novels are available in paperback or ebook
:
1914 First Blood Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 210pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B00Q386D90; £3.00)
1915 Pride & Glory Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-922-1 213pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KMB934Q; £2.35)
1916 The Big Push Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-923-8 280pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KKP874RRRP £2.35)
1917 Hanging On Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-925-2 234pp RRP £12.00 (ebookISBN: B07KKNCS8C; £2.35)
1918 Defeat Into Victory Paperback ISBN: 978-1-86151-277-2 175pp RRP £12.00 (ebook ISBN: B07KKLRD7P £2.35)
All five titles in the series are published by Mereo Books (an imprint of Memoirs Publishing) www.mereobooks.com
and are available through all good bookshops and internet booksellers.

Local UK interest: Nottinghamshire: Tommy Gunn, the central character in this series of novels,comes from Nottinghamshire and serves with the Sherwood Foresters. (The author himself also served in the SherwoodForesters early in his career.)

To request review copies or to be put in touch with the author,
please contact:
Andrew Hayward
(Court Publishing Services):
andrew.hayward21@yahoo.com
Tel: 07876 155663 / 020 8761 0147
Further information:
www.johnhugheswilson.co.uk
Press release issued on behalf of Mereo Books & Court Publishing by Elly Donovan PR elly@ellydonovan.co.uk
Tel:01273 205 246
www.ellydonovan.co.uk

002   100th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
100th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper)

Saturday 6 July 2019 at
Welbeck Hall
Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW
7.30 for 8.00 pm

Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals

Tickets are now available for £20.00 per person for 3 course meal with wine and
tea or coffee and entertainment.

To purchase tickets please complete a menu choice for each person attending and
return to WFRA, 18 Peatfield Road, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire NG9 8GN with
cheque for £20 per person made payable to WFRA and mark your envelope CRICH
DINNER by no later than 21 June 2019.
For those wishing to pay by BACS, the details are; Lloyds Bank Ltd, Account title:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (WFRA).
Sort Code: 30-99-90. Account Number: 00732899

Tickets will be issued on the door.

A printable version of the menu choice is available at  http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Supper_Calling_Notice_2019-1.pdf

MENU CHOICE
Name:
Fellow guests with whom you wish to be seated, if possible:
Contact details:
WFRA Branch (if applicable):

STARTER:   
Chicken Caesar salad with bacon and parmesan crisps or
Celery and apple soup (vegetarian) or
Welsh rarebit

MAIN COURSE:
Chicken Chasseur, creamy mash and greens or
Sea Bass with cherry tomatoes and chorizo or
Goat’s cheese and butternut squash tart tatin (vegetarian)

DESSERT:  
Madeira trifle or
Braised pineapple with star anise and coconut ice cream

Please tick one choice from each course above.
All choices come with tea or coffee and a glass of red or white wine.
A reasonably priced licensed bar will be available both before and after the dinner.
There will be entertainment both before and afterdinner.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Unlimited free parking is available for cars, minibuses and coaches on site.
For those wanting to combine the Association Dinner with the Crich Pilgrimage and make a weekend of it, accommodation is available at several hotels and B&B establishments within 5 minutes walk of Welbeck Hall. They include: Beeches Hotel. 01159 818753 & Grantham Hotel. 01159 811373.

 

003   THE WORCESTERS PUSH FOR VICTORY EVENT

On Saturday 15th June 2019 the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is holding a community fundraising day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Worcestershire Regiment’s participation in several major battles that took place in 1944, the most well-known being Kohima (April to June) and the D-Day landings in June.

The event is being held in St Helen’s Church, High Street, Worcester and will include short talks on relevant subjects, book signings, re-enactors, children's activities, readings from WW2 diaries and letters by local cadets, display stands, refreshments, tombola (with some amazing prizes!) and the attendance of two surviving WW2 Worcestershire veterans.

Stands at the event:

Mercian Regiment Museum + shop
Hartlebury Museum
Western Front Association (Hereford & Worcester Branch)
Remember the Fallen
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (Worcester Branch)
ATC Cadets 187 Squadron
Army Cadets
Used books stall
Tombola & Raffle
Re-enactors

Refreshments will be available for a donation (non-alcoholic drinks, cakes and biscuits)

There will be an area with short films on a continuous loop and a children’s activity area

Four talks of 30 minutes maximum each:
11:00 – “Battle of Kohima and Imphal” by Hugh Richards, whose Grandfather led the defence of Kohima.
12:00 - “The Assault River Crossing of the Seine at Vernon” by Alan Cowpe.
13.00 - “Battle of Tripsrath” (on the Dutch German border) by Lt Col Mark
Jackson OBE.
14.00 – SAS in Europe WW2 TBC.

Cadet readings at: 10.45, 11.45, 13.45,– approx. 5 – 10 minutes.

Book signings by Mick Wilks and Dennis Hodgkins at 10.30 and 11.30.

Attendance of WW2 Veterans Alan George and Barry Freeman

Help make this event a huge success - start spreading the word and please do come along on the day!

004   ROYAL BRITISH LEGION SERVICE

The Royal British Legion Service at Worcester Cathedral to Commemorate D Day is on Sunday 16 June 2019.  The service starts at 16:00hrs.  The Royal British Legion would like as many Association members and Standard Bearers as possible to attend.  Standard Bearers to report for practice at 15:00hrs.

005   CRICH PILGRIMAGE

Nottingham Branch have a seats spare on their coach to the Crich pilgrimage on Sunday 7th July 2019.
The coach will leave Parliament Street, Nottingham at 10.30hrs.
For further information Tel: 01777 228 169.

006   WORCESTER REGIMENT MALAY STANDARD

The Worcestershire Regiment Malay Standard will be laid up at the end of Evensong Service on Saturday 29th June 2019 at 17:15hrs at Worcester Cathedral.
The ceremony is to be held in the quire near the tomb of King John.  No Branch standards are required for this service.  Association members welcome.  Those involved with service need to there for 16:50hrs prompt for a walk through.

007   ARMED FORCES DAY FLAG RAISING - WORCESTER

The Right Worshipful Mayor Councillor Allah Ditta has invited Worcester Branch WFRA to join him to mark Armed Forces Day 2019 and watch the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall on,
Monday 24 June 2019 at 11:00am.
Members who wish to attend are to meet at the Lord Mayors parlour The Guildhall, Worcester for 10.15hrs.

008   ARMED FORCES DAY FLAG RAISING - NOTTINGHAM

Councillors, Council employees, local Armed Forces and veterans representatives, MPs and the public are invited to join the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham City Council at County Hall (by the flag poles near the River Trent) for a short event to thank and honour our serving and ex-serving Forces. The flag will be raised by a local veteran.
For further information please contact.
Tel: 01159 772 590.  Email:  keith.ford@nottscc.gov.uk

009   OP BANNER 50

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.  The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum.  This is a closed, accredited event, not open to the general public and requests for tickets (for both serving personnel and association members) should be directed to Mrs Rayson, Assistant Regimental Secretary helen.rayson303@mod.gov.uk, by no later than 15 June 2019

Further details about the event can be found at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/op-banner-50

010   VICTORIA EMBANKMENT NOTTINGHAM WWI MEMORIAL UNVEILING 

The unveiling of the new war memorial in Nottingham will take place at the Victoria Embankment on Friday 28 June 2019.  Those who wish to attend are asked to be at the Embankment Memorial by 10.15 hours.  The dedication service will commence at 10.25 hours and last approximately 1 hour.

More details to follow.

011  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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


Club opens at 19.00hrs meeting starts at 19.45hrs.

006   NOTTINGHAM CITY BRANCH MEETING

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 13.30hrs.
RBL Rooms
Parliament Terrace
Upper Parliament Street   
Nottingham 

007   OP BANNER 50

The Royal British Legion will host a commemorative event on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous campaign in British military history.  The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum.  This is a closed, accredited event, not open to the general public and requests for tickets (for both serving personnel and association members) should be directed to Mrs Rayson, Assistant Regimental Secretary helen.rayson303@mod.gov.uk, by no later than 15 June 2019

Further details about the event can be found at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/op-banner-50

008   VICTORIA EMBANKMENT NOTTINGHAM WWI MEMORIAL UNVEILING 

The unveiling of the new war memorial in Nottingham will take place at the Victoria Embankment on Friday 28 June 2019.  Those who wish to attend are asked to be at the Embankment Memorial by 10.15 hours.  The dedication service will commence at 10.25 hours and last approximately 1 hour.

More details to follow.

009  VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

 


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