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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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13 April 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER                 Volume 9 Issue 15

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24022457 Pte Kenneth C. ROSE of Bulwell, Nottingham died on 31 March 2018 aged 71.  Ken enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1965 and served with HQ Coy MT.  On amalgamation in 1970 he continued to serve with 1st Battalion The Worcstershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until leaving the Army.  During his service he represented the Regiment and the Army as a Boxer.  His funeral is to take place at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 1445 hours.  Members and Standards would be welcome.

The funeral of 14189210 Pte Harold James MANNING of Allenton, Derby who died on 31 March 2018 is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on Friday 27 April 2018 at 1320 hours.  Members and Standards welcome.

001   99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 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 here

 

Miss Jayne Darling, vocalist will be singing songs from the forties after the Dinner

002 WREATH LAYING CEREMONY – GHELUVELT PARK 14 APRIL 2018

There is to be a short wreath laying Ceremony at the Regimental Stone in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 1045 hours in Memory of 2nd Lt John James Crowe VC. Usual format; Standards & Bugle, Dress:- Berets, Blazers, Medals. If you can spare the time please do come and support us.

His citation reads:
For most conspicuous bravery, determination, and skilful leading when the enemy, for the third time having attacked a post in a village broke past on to the high ground and established a machine gun and snipers in the broken ground at the back of the village. 2nd Lt. Crowe twice went forward with two NCOs and seven men to engage the enemy, both times in face of active machine-gun fire and sniping. His action was so daring that on each occasion the enemy withdrew from the high ground into the village, where 2nd Lt. Crowe followed them and himself opened fire upon the enemy as they collected in the doorways of the houses.

On the second occasion, taking with him only two men of his party he attacked two enemy machine guns which were sweeping the post, killed both the gunners with his rifle and prevented any others from reaching the guns and bringing them in action again. He then turned-upon a party of the enemy who were lined up in front of him, killed several and the remainder withdrew at once. He captured both the guns, one of which was the battalion Lewis gun which had been captured by the enemy on the previous day.

Throughout the seven days of operations 2nd Lt. Crowe showed an utter disregard of danger and was recklessly brave. His personal example and cheerfulness contributed largely to the determination of the garrison of the post to hold out. It may safely be said that but for his coolness and skill at the last moment when he personally placed the covering party in close proximity to the enemy who were again closing round and were also forming up in fours nearby, the garrison of the post could never have effected its escape. The valour and zeal displayed by 2nd Lt. Crowe were of the highest order." (London Gazette 28th June 1918)

003  COMMEMORATION SERVICE - KIDDERMINSTER 22 APRIL 2018

On Sunday 22 April 2018 at 1030 hours there will be a short service at the memorial bench at the Kingsford Inn, Sladd Lane, Wolverley, Kidderminster DY11 5TA where on the 3rd December 2017 Worcester Branch were present at the unveiling of the bench to the Worcestershire Regiment, The Engine manufacture in WW2 at the Kingsford site and the War Effort of the people of the Black Country. The Kingsford Inn are celebrating with a St Georges Day Weekend and WFRA are part of that Celebration. Food will be provided. Numbers needed on this please for catering purposes. Contact N Fish Worcester Branch or through website.

004   MAYOR OF WORCESTER LECTURE 24 APRIL 2018

Every year Worcester Civic Society arranges a guest speaker for the Mayor’s Lecture in support of their chosen charities as every Mayor of Worcester selects several charities they wish to support and help raise money for.

Entry to the lecture is free and open to everyone, voluntary donations to the Mayor’s chosen charities would be most welcome. This year’s guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jackson OBE who has extensive military knowledge and experience.  During his lecture entitled “Your Regiment” Mark will talk about the Worcestershire Regiment, its forebears and successors, covering some notable episodes in its history and their impact. The talk will be illuminated by images of items and events and also show sites and parts of Worcester today that illustrate the relationship between the City and its Regiment from 1694 to the present day.

The lecture will take place in the Guildhall, Worcester City Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018. Be sure to put the date in your diary so as not to miss this most interesting talk. Further details may be found at:http://www.worcestercivicsociety.org.uk/mayors-lecture/

005   WORCESTERSHIRE AREA MEETING SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018

This year’s Worcestershire Area Meeting will be held at Claines RBL, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL on Saturday 12 May 2018, 1045 hours for 1100 hours start.   Please forward items for the agenda to N Fish Worcester Branch. Teas coffee and biscuits provided.

006    MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY - FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2018

The entry form for the 2018 Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day on Friday 24 August 2018 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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6 April 2018          WFRA NEWSLETTER             Volume 9 Issue 14

GREETINGS ON BADAJOZ DAY

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 14189210 Pte Harold James MANNING of Allenton, Derby died on 31 March 2018.  Jim was called up to the General Service Corps and after training was posted to the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters during World War 2 and in March 1948 transferred to the Army Air Corps (Parachute Regiment where he served with 7 Para (Light Infantry).  Details regarding the funeral will be promulgated when they become available.

001   8th FORESTERS NORWAY 1940 AND POW LUNCHTIME TALK TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018
 
At  1130 hrs on Tuesday 5 June at Perkins Carriage Hall in Plumtree ( NG12 5NA) Commander (Retd) Steve Foster RN will be giving a talk to publicise his book about his father Sgt Fred Foster of the 8th Foresters. The latter was captured in Norway in 1940 and made a daring escape from his PoW camp. The talk will be on both sides of a lunch which will be included in the admission price of £30. Profits will go to a local dementia charity. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to inform John Cotterill on 07733 458971 or john.cotterill@btinternet.com by Tuesday 29 May. He will collate names and pass them on to the organisers.

002   MAYOR OF WORCESTER LECTURE 24 APRIL 2018

Every year Worcester Civic Society arranges a guest speaker for the Mayor’s Lecture in support of their chosen charities as every Mayor of Worcester selects several charities they wish to support and help raise money for.

Entry to the lecture is free and open to everyone, voluntary donations to the Mayor’s chosen charities would be most welcome.  This year’s guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jackson OBE who has extensive military knowledge and experience.  During his lecture entitled “Your Regiment” Mark will talk about the Worcestershire Regiment, its forebears and successors, covering some notable episodes in its history and their impact. The talk will be illuminated by images of items and events and also show sites and parts of Worcester today that illustrate the relationship between the City and its Regiment from 1694 to the present day.

The lecture will take place in the Guildhall, Worcester City Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018.  Be sure to put the date in your diary so as not to miss this most interesting talk!  Further details may be found at:
http://www.worcestercivicsociety.org.uk/mayors-lecture/

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30 March 2018   WFRA NEWSLETTER                 Volume 9 Issue 13

001   99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 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 here
 
Miss Jayne Darling, vocalist will be singing wartime songs after the Dinner

002   BADAJOZ DAY PARADES - 6 APRIL 2018
 

BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - DERBY

To commemorate Badajoz Day a Red Jacket will be raised on Friday 6 April by Councillor John Whitby the Mayor of Derby on the Riverside Flagpole, Derby, located on the left just after entering the Riverside Gardens from the rear of the Council House Car Park 

Councillors have been invited to attend the event, as has the Derby Telegraph.

This is a change from the norm as usually the Red Jacket is raised by a Council employee on the flagpole on top of the Council House! On only two occasions have we as a Branch had the opportunity to hold a parade for the commemoration, both being some time ago. With this in mind I would ask that if you are available you support the event therefore showing the people of Derby that the Regimental Association is still active.  Please feel free to pass on this message to anyone you think might be interested in attending.

Timings:     RV at the flagpole 1030hrs  -1045hrs

Form up:   1045hrs.

Mayor arrives at 1050hrs.

Suggested dress is:   Beret, Blazer/Suit, Medals.

Standards would be appreciated.

 

BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM

To commemorate Badajoz Day in Nottingham the Red Jacket will be raised on Friday 6 April 2018.in the Market Square.

Timings: meet on the market square 1015 - 1030 hours
Parade to form up at the Brian Clough statue at 1040 hours
March off at 1045 hours.
Standard bearer to be in location next to the flagpole by 1055 hours
Citation will be read by Maj (Retd) John Cotterill MBE at 1055 hours.
Parade will march off approx 1120 hours following speech from the Lord Mayor
Refreshments will be available in the council house for those attending the Parade.

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23 March 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER            Volume 9 Issue 12

OBITUARIES
It is with great sadness that we notify you that 461526 Brigadier Herbert Arthur (Bertie) WOOLNOUGH CBE of Coombe Bissett, Salisbury died on 21 March 2018 aged 78.

Bertie was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1959 and served with the battalion as a Pl Commander in Malaya, as Assistant Adjutant then Regimental Signal Officer and Adjutant in Colchester, Munster and Minden up to amalgamation with the Worcestershire Regiment when it formed The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He was then posted as Demonstration Officer at the School of Infantry in Warminster. In October 1970 he attended RMCS Shrivenham and then the Royal Navy Staff College at Greenwich.

In 1972 Bertie was appointed as MA to CBF Hong Kong before returning to the Regiment in 1974 in Berlin as Sp Coy Commander. Later that year the Regiment moved to Ballykelly where he was based with Sp Coy in South Derry. He was awarded the MBE for operational service in Northern Ireland in 1976. In March of that year he was posted to HQ UKLF as GSO2 Org before attending the National Defence College in 1978.  He was then appointed CO of the Mercian Volunteers where he was awarded the OBE in 1981. Post command he took up the role of SO1 Coord at the MOD.  In 1982 he was appointed COS HQ BF Falkland Islands and in 1983 was appointed Col MO-4, then Col MO-2 at the MOD.

In 1986 Bertie was posted to the US Army War College before taking up the post of Comd BMAT Bangladesh in 1987. In 1990 he was posted as ACOS HQ UKLF where he was appointed ADC to HM the Queen. He was awarded the CBE in 1994 when he retired from the Army.

Funeral details will be published when known. Letters of condolence should be sent to Mrs Daphne Woolnough. Meadows, Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, Wilts SP5 4JT

001    99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 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 here

 

002   WFR50

Plans are underway for a WFR officers lunch to be held in 2020 to celebrate 50 years since the formation of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot).  The event will be open to those who were commissioned into WFR, their wives and widows.  If you'd like to receive further information when it becomes available, please reply using this link with your rank, name and email:
WFR 50 Years Officers' Lunch 2020

003   REQUEST FOR PHOTOGRAPHS 

James Sullivan Tailyour, son of  the late Major Robert Basil Sullivan-Tailyour 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters is seeking any copies of photographs of his father before, during or after the Queens Coronation Parade, when as a young officer he carried one of the regimental colours.  He can be contacted on jstailyour@yahoo.com

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16 March 2018           WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 9 Issue 11

OBITUARIES 

It is with regret that we notify you that 22220605 LCpl Albert Dennis RIMINGTON of Newark died on 4 March 2018 aged 90.  Dennis enlisted into the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment in 1945 with number 14056902 and was discharged in 1948 on completion of service.  He served in Palestine, Egypt and Sudan.  In November 1948 he re-enlisted into 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it until 1951.  After leaving the Army Dennis worked with Newark Council and was a strong supporter of Newark Branch as Treasurer and Standard Bearer.  His funeral is to take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at Christ Church, Newark at 1400 hours followed by committal at Ollerton Crematorium. Standard Bearers and Members would be welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, his widow is Mrs Janet Rimington, 15 Pierson Street, Newark, Notts NG24 4JG.  

 

Former CSgt Ronnie Barker 1 WFR is sad to inform all ex regimental members of the sudden death of his wife Natalie Barker after a short illness on Monday 5 March 2018. Ronnie would like to invite any veterans and their partners who knew them to Natalie’s Funeral which is being held at 1515 hours on Monday 9 April 2018 at Astwood Chapel, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.

001    99th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

The 99th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 30 June 2018 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 here

002    DEFENCE DISCOUNT SERVICE  

Defence Discount Services are working on behalf of the Armed Forces Community to get offers for you and a little information on how it works to help you to get the most out of the service is shown below;

Online:   Online offers allow you to use voucher codes, landing pages or booking lines to save on your online shopping. The code or how to save will be listed in the how to use section in the offer details. To find out more please log in to the website and click How To Use where details of all the services we offer are listed.

Defence Privilege Card:   The Defence Privilege Card allows you to save in high street stores, venues and restaurants. The Card is available for £4.99 for 5 years and In order to request a card please login to the website and click on the Privilege Card link on the navigation.

Gift Cards:   Gift Cards are a great way to make extra savings on the high street and are not just used as gifts. There are gift cards available with many top brands and supermarkets. You are able to buy gift cards at a discounted rate and can use this to do your normal shopping in store. For example if you buy a Sainsbury's gift card and wanted to put £100 on the card you would pay only £96 but still have the £100 credit on the card and can use this to pay at the tills.  Gift Cards. To find out more please log in to the website and click How To Use where details of all the services we offer are listed.

Defence Discount Services
www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Please help spread the word and use or send the following link to friends so they can benefit from the service  click here to join the official Ministry of Defence Discount Service.

003   'LEST WE FORGET' BOOK SIGNING - 31 MARCH 2018

Dennis Hodgkins, author of Lest We Forget is to attend a book signing at St Peter's Garden Centre, Pear Tree Farm Road, Worcester WR5 2NY on Saturday 31 March 2018 from 1100 - 1300 hours.  Enquiries/further info can be obtained at djhodgkins@sky.com.

For those unable to attend a purchase order is below;
  

Details of Purchaser for Distribution

NAME:...........................................................

EMAIL:..........................................................

MOBILE: ......................................................                                                    

POSTAL ADDRESS:....................................................................................................................................

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

POSTCODE:..............................     COUNTRY:................................

SPECIAL DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS as required:..............................

 

Order Quantity                          PRODUCT –Book                                    Total            
@ £6.95 each                                                                                                Cost

1 Book                           Lest we forget  x 1                                           £6.95

 

 

                                                                    Postage & packaging:         £3.00    

                                                                              TOTAL COST:               £9.95

DATE ORDER SENT:                            CARRIER:                   
………………………………………………        Post Office Ref…………………………..…..……

Cheques to be made payable to:   D Hodgkins
Posted to:     6 Gazala Drive, Brockhill Village, Norton, 
                   Worcester, WR5 2SF, England
Email - djhodgkins@sky.com

BACS payment via Online banking*
Account name:         Mr D Hodgkins
Account number:     39532593
Account sort code:  07-01-16
* Please quote ‘Lest we forget’ as a reference


004   REQUEST FOR PHOTOGRAPHS 

David Tailyour, son of  the late Major Robert Basil Sullivan-Tailyour 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters is seeking any copies of photographs of his father before, during or after the Queens Coronation Parade, when as a young officer he carried one of the regimental colours.  He can be contacted on jstailyour@yahoo.com

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9 March 2018       WFRA NEWSLETTER            Volume 9 Issue 10

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that Mrs Kathleen Evelyn (Jamie) TULLOCH died on 6 March 2018 aged 97.  Jamie was the widow of the late Lt Col H Tulloch Sherwood Foresters and mother of Maj Mike Tulloch MBE Sherwood Foresters.  The funeral service is to take place at Salisbury Crematorium on Thursday 22 March 2018 at 1300 hours.  No flowers please.  Donations, if desired, to Urchfont PCC, c/o L C Hill and Son, Funeral Directors, Water Street, Mere BA12 6DZ

001   WFR50

Plans are underway for a WFR officers lunch to be held in 2020 to celebrate 50 years since the formation of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot).  The event will be open to those who were commissioned into WFR, their wives and widows.  If you'd like to receive further information when it becomes available, please reply using this link with your rank, name and email:
WFR 50 Years Officers' Lunch 2020

002   BADAJOZ DAY - RAISING THE JACKET PARADE - NOTTINGHAM 6 APRIL 2018

The format for the Badajoz Day Raising the Jacket Parade in Nottingham on Friday 6 April 2018 is as follows;

RV on Market Square: 1015 - 1030 hours.
FUP at Brian Clough statue: 1040 hours
Parade steps off at 1045 hours
Raising of Jacket at 1100 hours

In attendance will be Lord Mayor of Nottingham and special guest. 
Jacket will be raised by Mr Peter Rick of Nottingham City Branch
 Refreshments post parade will be available in the Council House.

003   STRONGER TOGETHER - CURRY NIGHT: 14 APRIL 2018

All members of the Associated Branches of The Cheshire, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, Staffordshire, and Mercian Regiment Associations and serving members of The Mercian Regiment are welcome to attend at Stafford Rangers FC Social Club on Saturday 14 April 2018 from 1800 to 2359 hours.  No entry charge and the food is free.  Raffle Tickets will be sold on the night.  Please give an indication of numbers attending ASAP with final confirmation of numbers through your Branch Secretary by 24 March 2018 at the latest.   Contact:  Mr. Dave Lovell on 07977 007 803 or Mr. Richmond Leason 07976 837 306. Email:  richmondleason@yahoo.co.uk  For those requiring accommodation or transport to the venue which is at Stafford Rangers FC Social Club, Astonfields Road, Stafford ST16 3UF:

Hotels:         ( within ten minutes of event )
The Swan                 01785 258 142
The Vine Hotel          01785 244 112
Premier Inn. M6 (N)  0871 527 9030
Premier Inn. M6 (S)   0871 902 1551
Travel Lodge             08719 846 361
Numerous guest houses also.
 
Local taxi firms:
Aerobrights      01785 244 444
Westside          01785 225 588
Kaminski          01785 60 30 30
A.J.                  01785 252 255

004    MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY - FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 2018

The entry form for the 2018 Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day on Friday 24 August 2018 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.

006   BLIND VETERANS UK

Blind Veterans UK provide help for any former serviceman with sight problems; be that blindness, impaired vision at any level or glaucoma. They can provide equipment including laptops and the training to use it and also provide weekend breaks and holidays for visually impaired veterans and their families. Blind Veterans UK can be contacted on 088 389 7979

006   NEW BOOK RELEASE - WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
 

New Book Release - LEST WE FORGET written by Dennis Hodgkins

It has been 3 years in the making but now the Book entitled ‘Lest we forget’ has been published.

 £2 from every sale is donated to Cancer Research UK.

Lest we forget

Stories of soldiers who fought in World War 2.

The book is made up of various interesting personal life stories from 6 men who each fought in World War 2. Their connection is that they trained at Norton Barracks, Worcestershire and went on to join the Worcestershire Regiment.

Each story takes the reader through the lives of these men, from their childhood and school experiences, to their first employment opportunities, from the horrors of going to war in foreign countries, to their reunion with their families. This book interprets the lives of these men as they relive their experiences and lucky escapes during the years that they fought across Europe.

Each veteran tells their story and how their incredible journey played out before they came home to a changed England and their family. Each is totally individual and totally unique.

Your sincerely

Dennis Hodgkins

 

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2 March 2018     WFRA NEWSLETTER                   Volume 9 Issue 9

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that 387660 Lt Col (Retd) John Curzon CURSHAM TD* of East Leake, Loughborough died on 28 February 2018 aged 88. John was called up for Emergency Service in 1947 and served with 28th London Training Battalion in Ireland before going to OCTU Eaton Hall in September 1947. He was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters joining it in Hildesheim, Germany in 1948 before being posted to the 8th Battalion in 1950. John served with the 8th and then 5th/8th Battalions and in 1967 commanded the Nottinghamshire (Territorial) Bn Sherwood Foresters (TAVR 3). He retired from the TA in April 1969 and became a member of the Notts and Midland TAVR Committees.  John was a long time Trustee of The Sherwood Foresters Museum and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Mercian Regiment Museum (WFR Collection)  The funeral is to take place at St. Mary’s Church, East Leake, Loughborough on Friday, 16th March 2018 at 1430 hours. Standards welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, his son Edward can be contacted at c/o Home Farm House, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 6PG

It is with regret that we notify you that 22953775 WO1 JJ GREGORY of Gressenhall died on 18 February 2018 aged 84. "Gentleman Jim" enlisted in 1953 and after basic training at Norton served with 1 Worc R in Iserlohn before returning to the Depot as a Sgt instructor. He then rejoined 1 Worc R in the West Indies and continued to serve with it in Minden, Gibraltar, Tobruk and with 1 WFR on the 1972 NI tour. On promotion to WO1 he served as RSM of 1 Mercian Volunteers and for his last year of service before discharge in 1975 he served another 6 months in NI. In retirement he was a very keen golfer. The funeral will take place at 1300 hours on Thursday 15 March at St Mary's, Church Lane, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2QH.  Members and Standards welcome.

It is with regret that we inform you that 23977686 Pte Ezra GASCOYNE of North Wingfield died on 23 February 2018.  Ezra served with 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters 1962 - 1969 in Colchester, Cyprus, Munster and Minden.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 12 March 2018 at Chesterfield Crematorium at 1250 hours followed by a wake at Wingfield Welfare Club.  Members and Standards welcome.

001    FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - FEBRUARY

The Foresters Lottery winners for February are:

1st Prize: £30.00 - MAJ D HALLAM 

2nd Prize: £20.00 - MR G J TRANTER

3rd Prize: £10.00 - COL N H TURNER 

Congratulations to all.

Want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? Then send us a cheque for a ticket which costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete a form and return it direct to the Curator.   All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection). The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the Museum Office or will be sent by post. All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be entered in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to: 

Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham NG9 5HA

002   DUDLEY BRANCH WFRA MEETING DATES

Dudley Branch WFRA meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Ex-Servicemen's Club, Hall Street, Dudley, West Midlands at 2000 hours.  All welcome

003   FORCES PENSION SOCIETY

The attention of members is drawn to the Forces Pension Society website at https://forcespensionsociety.org/news/ The Society performs two principle functions:

It is a WATCHDOG, scrutinising the actions of the MOD and government to make sure that they apply the rules concerning Armed Forces pensions fairly and consistently and that the rules themselves are appropriate. The Society sits as an independent representative on the MOD Pension Board and also on the Public Sector Pensions Council alongside various public sector trades unions. The Society is also represented at the Customer Advisory Group run by Veterans UK, the MOD Agency that administers Armed Forces Pensions. The Society acts as a watchdog for the whole Armed Forces community.

The Society also acts as a GUIDEDOG for its members. This means answering their questions about their particular pension’s issues, enabling them to seize control of their destiny and make informed decisions about their future. Queries range from those who simply want to understand their entitlement better or want a forecast verified to those who want to know details about a particular issue affecting them. Over the last few years Armed Forces pensions have become increasingly complex. They do not make decisions for individuals; but they do arm them with the facts so that they can make informed decisions for themselves.

004   REQUEST FOR HISTORICAL INFORMATION

An Antony Wardle is trying to trace the history of his ex-military Land-Rover. It`s a 1950 model, first sent (he thinks) to Guiana in 1953, with the 1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, it finished its service in 1958 at Up Park Camp, Jamaica with the Worcestershire Regiment. Would anyone have any info/pictures of 18 BC 47, an early Land-Rover?  His contact details are Tel: 07917 825853 or email antonants@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

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