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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION


Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
 Chairman: Lt Col P G Gilby

 

9 July 2015        NEWSLETTER        Vol 6 Issue 23

001   OBITUARIES 

Nil reported

002   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - JULY
The prize winners for the July Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00    Mrs J Leverton of Sleaford, Lincs
2nd Prize £20.00   Col S J Banton  of Middle Wallop, Hants
3rd Prize £10.00   Nottingham City Branch WFRA

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

003   THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF MATCH - 2 SEPTEMBER 2015

The Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Match is to be held on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at Rufford Park Golf

and Country Club. The entry cost for a team of four is £140.00. The format of the day will be: 18 Hole

stableford for Individual, pairs and 4 man team prizes. Longest drive and nearest the pin prize. Further details

may be obtained from Lt Col (Retd) Keith Seddon MBE BEM at klseddon@sky.com.  An entry form can be

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2 July 2015          NEWSLETTER         Vol 6 Issue 22

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that Pte 14377539 William Arthur GOUGH died on 11 June 2015 aged 91

years.  Arthur joined 1st Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment in 1943 and fought with the

battalion in Normandy in the Caen battles including Hill 112, Mont Pincon and Berjou.  He was at Vernon

for the Seine crossing and in the advance into Holland and Germany. He was a Dispatch Rider and following a

motor cycle accident in early 1945 was discharged later that year.  His funeral was held at St. Michael's Church,

St. Michaels, near Tenbury Wells at 1200 hrs on Monday 29 June.

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Memorial Service to 2 Fallen Worksop Sherwood Foresters. On Tuesday 7 July at 1430 hours in the

walled garden at Clumber Park, there is to be a modest memorial service for two Sherwood Foresters who were

killed in action 100 years ago that day. The two Sherwood Foresters were gardeners at Clumber Park

and so the staff there are hosting this service. More details can be obtained from Jane Turner, (National

Trust staff at Clumber Park), on 01909 544917
 

002   NEW CONTACT EMAIL FOR WFRA

Please note the following;

WFRA (Newsletter, Accounts, Membership Cards) - wfr.association@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

Association Secretary - rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk

 

003  ARMED FORCES DAY - NOTTINGHAM

The Association would like to record its thanks and appreciation to Gary Crosby of 3 WFR (V) Branch and

Long Eaton Branch with his merry band of helpers for representing the Association at Wollaton Park on 27/28 June 2015.

004  MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS COLLECTION) – TRUSTEES WANTED
Becoming a trustee is rewarding and enjoyable and

being a trustee can help you meet new people, change your community for the better, learn new skills or use

your existing skills in a new context.
 
 You may want to build your CV, gain experience of strategy and management or find out more about the

not-for-profit sector before making a career change. You are part of a team as a trustee and will

have the opportunity to add your unique skills and experience while learning from others too.  At its heart,

being a trustee puts you at the centre of the action for the organisation you are involved in. The more

effective the board of trustees, the greater difference you and your organisation will make.
 
Address of Organisation

Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) Foresters House, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 6GQ
 
Number of Vacancies

4
 
Legal Status

Charitable Trust
 
Number of Meetings

2 per year. Trustees on Management Committee meet at least every 2 months
 
Daytime or Evening Meetings

Saturdays – 1030 hours
 
Skills / Experience / Expectations

We are looking for people who: - are prepared to make a commitment to the objectives and work of the

Museum - have experience of strategic decision-making - will operate effectively as part of the Museum

management team - have good communications and representational skills. We particularly seek expertise in

one or more of the following disciplines: - project management - marketing and PR - grant fundraising

and private donor giving - income generation and knowledge and experience of financial management -

information technology / website and social media administration.  The ideal candidates will need to have

an interest in regimental heritage and ethos, enthusiasm for seeing the museum develop and

prosper as one of the best museums in the country  and a willingness to commit to regular meetings as

well as having a 'hands on' attitude to achieving museum goals.
 
Contact Details
Lt Col M A Holden A/Chairman at curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

 

005  THE STORY OF NORTON BARRACKS

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) launches an exciting new book
 
 
‘The Story of Norton Barracks: Home of the Worcestershire Regiment’ by Stan Jobson

 

This is the story of both the buildings that formed Norton Barracks and of the soldiers and other

personnel who were based there as members of staff or who passed through as they underwent training.  Stan

Jobson has spent much time in the Regimental Archives unearthing both photographs and personal recollections

of time spent at the barracks.  The result is a tale of British Military history in microcosm, but often seen

from a personal viewpoint of hard training, military structures, playful pranks, sporting achievements,

patriotic surges, post D-Day traumas and both keen and reluctant National Servicemen.  There is also an

appendix which gives the background to the names of the streets which now criss-cross much of the site of

the barracks, names which are largely associated with the battle honours of the Worcestershire Regiment.
 

Soft cover 171 x 240mm, 112 pages, 66 b & w photographs.  ISBN878 1 906683 92 0
 
The book is available to members and Friends of the Regiment at the launch price of £5.00, collected from

Dancox House or £7.50 by post by filling in the form below. It will also be available at Crich Day and at RHQ

Nottingham).
 
To Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire)
Dancox House
Pheasant Street
Worcester
WR1 2EE
 
Please deliver …….. copy(ies) of the Norton Barracks Book to:
 
Name: ………………..……………………..
Address: …………………………………….
                …………………………………….
 
I enclose a cheque for £……………… payable to The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire).
 
 
EVERY PURCHASE SUPPORTS THE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM
 

 

006   SPONSORED WALK IN AID OF THE CRICH REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL FUND

Through Virgin Money Giving, http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidSneath you can

sponsor Col (Retd) David Sneath MA TD DL and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the

Crich Regimental Memorial Fund.

This time, he is walking about 95 miles (152km) in France in high summer to raise money for the

Regimental Memorial at Crich in Derbyshire. This unique lanterne de morte, built as a lighthouse tower

on a beacon hill in 1923 to memorialise the 11,409 Sherwood Foresters killed in the Great War, is in need

of urgent repointing and repairs to the concrete dome as well as continuing to meet the annual costs of the

warden and maintenance.

The challenge is the Frankton Walk from the Gironde to Ruffec.He shall be walking with a couple of former

Reservists, one with much longer legs and the other with a penchant for sleeping in hedge bottoms! They

shall be based in a gite about half way and do the walk over 5 or 6 days.

The walk follows the route taken by Major 'Blondie' Hasler and Cpl Bill Sparks after they had successfully

damaged ships in Bordeaux port as part of Operation Frankton. Abandoning their canoe, they proceeded

inland posing as local artisans to a safe house in Ruffec whence they would be spirited away down an

established escape route. They avoided capture and became part of the famous 'Cockleshell Hero' legend.

They made their escape in December 1942 having taken advantage of short days to paddle and move as

much at night as possible. In Col David’s case he expects any Germans he meets to be distinctly

communautaire and his wife Carol to be on hand to (wo)man the RV's. Like our famous forbears, they too

have a 'safe' house near Ruffec owned by expats for their last night!

007   EMPLOYMENT OFFER TO EX-SERVICE LEAVERS 

Akona Concepts has been tasked to recruit and train staff for up and coming works within the South Wales

area to assist a principal contractor with their projects on the OLE National Electrification Programme.

As a Linesman or skilled worker, your talents are in great demand. If you are interested in exploring the

possibility of a new role within the rail industry, Akona Concepts will give you the perfect career opportunity.

Training can be provided through ELCAS and would lead to employment opportunities working within the

rail industry for a principal contractor after finishing your training. Employment positions we are currently

offering ex – service leavers positions:

Trainee linesman– open to all ranks both male and female personnel.
Location: Wales
Rates: Awaiting confirmation from client

Register now with Akona Concepts to:
Secure a new exciting role in the rail industry

 

Find out about the best training packages available to you that will provide you with National Level 3 and

Level 4 industry recognised qualification.

Places are strictly limited so send your CV to vacancies@akona.biz with the job title in the subject box

008  INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO LEFT THE ARMED FORCES BETWEEN DECEMBER 2008 AND SEPTEMBER 2011  

If you had administrative action taken against you as a result of a police caution it may be that you have

grounds for a complaint.

 If you have now left the armed forces and had administrative action taken against you as a result of a

police caution between December 2008 and September 2011, it may be that you have grounds for a complaint.

The MOD has written to serving and former serving personnel because of changes to the law which took

effect in December 2008 that meant such cautions should not have been taken into account after that

date. However, whilst action has been taken to contact those affected directly, it is apparent that we have not

managed to reach some people and they will be unaware of efforts to contact them about this issue.

The letters sent out on 10 Mar 2015 informed personnel that they may wish to consider a service

complaint if they believe they have been wronged in a matter relating to their service. Information about

service complaints is contained in Joint Service Publication 831.

Under the relevant legislation, service complaints generally need to be submitted within 3 months of the

act that is being complained about. However, this time limit may be extended at the discretion of the

prescribed officer dealing with the complaint if, in all the circumstances of the case, he or she considers it

just and equitable to do so. Any complaints received in connection with this issue will be considered entirely on

their own merits but the date on which personnel received a letter or were first made aware of this issue

may be one of the factors taken into account when considering whether to allow a complaint to proceed.

Should you wish to find out more information and discuss your options then please contact the office below:
Email: ArmyPersSvcs-PS2-SC-Helpline@mod.uk or phone 01264 382 746


A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary

 

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18 June 2015       NEWSLETTER     Vol 6 Issue 21

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24117071 LCpl George William CRUMP of Harlow died on 12 June 2015

aged 68.  George enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in

1967 and served with it until being discharged in 1990.  

002    WFRA REUNION WORCESTER - UNCLAIMED RAFFLE PRIZES

Yellow 352
Pink 549
Pink 539

These prizes need to be collected by the end of June from Worcester. Prizes will be confirmed by the code

number on ticket. To contact for prizes please phone 01905 356537 If not collected prizes will go into next

years raffle.

003   NOTTINGHAM CITY BRANCH TRIP TO CROMER - 14 JULY 2015

The Nottingham City Branch Trip to Cromer on 14 July 2015 with GEM Travel will pick up passengers at 0830

hours at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.

Return time from Cromer 1630 hours.Cost is £10.00 pp.  further details may be obtained from John Richards on 01777 228169

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11 June 2015          NEWSLETTER  Vol 6 Issue 20

001   OBITUARIES 

Nil reported

002   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - JUNE
The prize winners for the June Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00    Lt Col (Retd) J C Cursham of East Leake, Loughborough
2nd Prize £20.00   Col S J Banton  of Middle Wallop, Hants
3rd Prize £10.00   Maj D Hallam 1 MERCIAN

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

003 THE FIFTH SHERWOOD FORESTERS OFFICERS DERNA REUNION LUNCHEON, HAMBLETON HALL, RUTLAND

The following former Officers with wives and partners attended the above highly successful event on 14 May 2015:-
Bill Hutchinson, Fred Harding, John Wooddisse, Edwin Nabokov-Martin, Richard Curtis, Alec Coutts, Harry

Loveday, John Green, Richard Mackie and Ralph Holden

The sharing of memories of the 1st Battalion’s peace keeping role in Cyrenaica, Libya between 1953-1955

was especially poignant with the news that rebel jihadists are in occupation of Derna, and being bombed

by the Libyan Air Force under the control of the legitimate Government based in Tobruk.

Ralph Holden in collaboration with Michael Leete (who could not be present) have published a collection of

anecdotes and recollections sent in by some of the Foresters who served there over sixty years ago under

the command of Bobby Poham and then Hugo Pyman.

 

Any Forester interested in obtaining a copy of ‘Derna Doings’ on-line should contact Ralph Holden

on info@portal-business-solutions.com for a copy.  It is planned to publish a follow-up collation of photographs

later in the year, and further jottings as ‘More Derna Doings’.

It is hoped to arrange another Reunion in 2016.

Ralph Holden 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters Regiment 1952-1954 

004  THE 29TH OFFICERS LUNCHEON CLUB (SOUTH) - 27 SEPTEMBER 2015

The 29th Officers Luncheon Club (South) is to be held at The Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel Salisbury on 27

September 2015.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Regiment’s deployment to Gibraltar

and Tobruk and officers, families and friends who served at this time but who do not normally attend the

luncheon would be especially welcome.

Further details through Col Robin WATERS 01980 630671 or email. robin.waters7@tiscali.co.uk  

005  DRIVING LICENCE CHANGES
 
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no

longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could

not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and

any endorsement/penalty points.  Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in

Northern Ireland.
 


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1 June 2015          NEWSLETTER     Vol 6 Issue 19

 

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported


 

GREETINGS ON THE GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE 

 
 Read the account of the Battle here

 

002   WFRA REGIMENTAL REUNION - SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015

The 2015 WFRA Reunion is to be held at Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester from 1200 – 1800 hrs on

Saturday 6 June 2015.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service. The event is

supported by RHQ Mercian, 1 Mercian, 4 Mercian and Hereford and Worcestershire ACF.

The outline programme is as follows:
 
1200 hours      Reunion begins (doors will not open before this point)
1200 hours      Bar, Food points and Shops open for business
1330 hours      Band plays
1330 hours      Regimental Mascot arrives
1415 hours      Bar closes until after Drumhead Service
1415 hours      Standard Bearers meet with Parade RSM for a briefing
1415 hours      Cadets hand out Service Sheets
1425 hours      Parade forms up
1430 hours      March Past by Old Comrades
1435 hours      Drumhead Service
1445 hours      Address by Nominated Officer
1500 hours      Bars Re-open
1600 hours      Raffle Draw
1800 hours      Reunion ends

A complimentary coach service has been arranged for all Association members and their families who are in

need of transport to and from Worcester City Centre and the Rugby Club. The timings are as follows:

Depart from outside the old TA Centre, Silver Street, Worcester at:

(1)  1200 hrs
(2)  1245 hrs
(3)  1330 hrs

Depart from the Rugby Club:

(1)  1700 hrs
(2)  1800 hrs

Those members wishing to use this service should note that, as the coach will have to park on double yellow

lines on Silver Street, the departure times will have to be adhered to strictly in order to avoid any potential

traffic problems.  

003   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 4 JULY 2015

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £18 per person attending and  with the uptake in

bookings following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier rather than wait to the last

minute, as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.  Bids for attendance this year have already exceeded

that of last year.  The Col of the Regiment Brig A P Williams OBE will be attending along with the Regt Adjt

and Derby XXX.  A new very good menu choice is available and special rates for anyone wishing to stay

overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and single rooms.

Full details regarding booking your place at the Dinner and reserving your Hotel Accommodation can be

found here

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

Novotel on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a

leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich. You will be made very welcome.  

004    THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF MATCH - 2 SEPTEMBER 2015

The Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Match is to be held on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at Rufford Park Golf

and Country Club. The entry cost for a team of four is £140.00. The format of the day will be: 18 Hole

stableford for Individual, pairs and 4 man team prizes. Longest drive and nearest the pin prize. Further details

may be obtained from Lt Col (Retd) Keith Seddon MBE BEM at klseddon@sky.com.  An entry form can be

downloaded here.


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21 May 2015      NEWSLETTER       Vol 6 Issue 18

001   OBITUARIES 

Nil notified

002   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA 27 MAY 2015 - CHANGE OF MEETING VENUE
 
WFRA Worcester Branch Change of venue Branch Meeting on Tuesday, 26th May -

 

meet at BARBOURNE EX-SERVICE MENS CLUB, THE MOORS, WORCESTER, WR1 3ED.
 

20.00 hrs.  The Club is next to the Swan Theatre with ample parking

003  WFRA WORCESTER DUNKIRK REMEMBRANCE 1940 - 27 MAY 2015

Members of the Worcester Branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental

Association will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation and remember the men of the

7th and 8th Battalions of the Worcestershire Regiment at a wreath laying ceremony at the Regimental

Memorial Stone in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester on Wednesday 27th May 2015 commencing 11.00 hours.

 Read the full story on page 5 of this site (Wednesday 27th May - 75th Anniversary Dunkirk ) and here

004  SUMMER GARDEN PARTY - CHATSWORTH 18 JUNE 2015 

Exclusive Summer Garden Party at Chatsworth.  Following the success of last year’s first members'

garden party at Chatsworth, when the sun shone and everyone had a marvellous evening relaxing with

friends, family and colleagues, Visit Peak District are once again delighted to invite you to join them at

Chatsworth on Thursday 18 June  1930 hours – 2230 hours.

Shake out your picnic blankets, dust off your candelabras and pack up your picnic baskets and join

them again for what will be another fantastic evening. If sandwiches aren’t for you, Flora’s shop at Chatsworth

will be open selling a range of hot snacks, cakes, cold drinks, hot drinks and ice cream. Alternatively

Chatsworth provide a range of picnic bags for you to pre order that will be ready for collection on the night.

You can pre-order your picnic bag when you book your tickets. Download the range of picnic bags here...

In the evening there will be some light entertainment culminating in a magical firework display.

Tickets are available at £9.00 per person, there is no limit to the amount of tickets that you can purchase!

Why not make up a party of friends and family and really make a night of it?

To book and pay for your tickets and picnic bags couldn't be easier, simply call the Industry Team with

your payment card on 01246 212924 -please note all tickets must be paid for at the time of booking and

cannot be purchased on the night.

Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Closing date for ticket sales is 10th

June 2015. Contact Lindsay Rae T: 01246 212924 M: 07711 302151 E: lindsay.rae@visitpeakdistrict.com

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14 May 2015      NEWSLETTER     Vol 6 Issue 17

001   OBITUARIES
 
It is with sadness we inform you that 23626688 Pte Brian Frederick BAYLIS passed away in hospital on

Thursday 7th May 2015 after a seven year illness.  Brian enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire

Regiment on the 4th June 1959,  he went on to serve at  Kingston, Jamaica, September 1959.  British

Honduras, October 1959.  Norton Barracks, February 1960.  British Honduras, 'Hurricane Hattie', November

1961.   Norton Barracks, December 1961.   Sandhurst  'Demo Platoon', May 1962.   Discharged 12th August

1962.  In civilian life Brian Qualified as a Master Bricklayer and also served with the Home Service Force

at Kidderminster. Brian joined Bromsgrove Branch, becoming Branch Secretary. After the closure of that

Branch he became a member of Worcester Branch, but due to failing health was unable to attend the last year.
 
Funeral will be held at 13:15hrs 22nd May 2015 at Redditch Crematorium and Abbey Cemetery, Bordsley

Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire.  B97 6RR.  Family Has requested Standard Bearers and Bugle.  Association

Members welcome.
 
Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Janet Baylis, 41 Fox Lane, Bromsgrove, Worc`s. B61 7NJ  

002   SHERWOOD FORESTERS MALAY VETS BRANCH DEDICATION AT ALREWAS - 9 MAY 2015

On Saturday 9 May 2015 the Sherwood Foresters Malay Veterans Branch WFRA held its reunion and AGM at

Alrewas during which a tree was dedicated to All ranks of The Sherwood Foresters who served in the Malayan

Emergency and to 23451144 Cpl Maurice Smith.
The Branch also passed a vote of thanks to the

Standard Bearer Mr Phil Twells for standing in at very short notice and also to Maj (Retd) J H Cotterill MBE for

his informative talks on the many and varied

memorials within the site. (photos 3, 4, & 5 below on Newsletter 1)
 
        

003    PENSIONS FOR LIFE

Pensions for life are to be awarded to Armed Forces Pension Scheme 75 and War Pension Scheme spouses and civil partners.

From 1 April 2015 all pensions awarded to armed forces spouses and civil partners under AFPS 75, or the WPS, will be for life.

Those already in receipt of a survivors pension who have not remarried or formed a new relationship will be

entitled to keep their pension for life with no loss of pension benefits if they later decide to re-marry,

cohabit or form a civil partnership. Those who qualify for a survivors pension after 1 April 2015 will be eligible

to retain their pension for life. Those who have already surrendered their pension on remarriage, cohabitation

or formed a civil partnership will be able to apply to have their pension restored for life if the new

relationship ends. Similarly, those who marry, remarry, cohabit or form a new civil partnership on or before 31

March 2015 will be able to apply to have their pension restored for life if that relationship ends.




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7 May 2015        NEWSLETTER         Vol 6 Issue 16

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that 24303237 Sgt Stephen John NARBETT of Lytham St Annes died

on 27 April 2015 aged 58. Narb enlisted into The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on 1

September 1972 and completed postings and tours in the UK, Germany, NI, Cyprus and Belize. Following his

discharge in 1993, he worked in the pub and hotel management trade before finding his niche working

with adults with learning difficulties. Letters of condolence can be sent to his daughter Mrs Stephanie

Narbett-Mohan, The Chequers, Kidderminster Road, Droitwich WR9 0PJ.

The funeral is to take place on Monday 11 May 2015 at the White Church in Lytham St Annes FY8 1AX at 1345

hours. All are welcome to attend, although they are requested to inform Stephanie if they intend to. The

family have requested family flowers only andif anyone wishing to make a donation to either Ormerod Home

Trust or Help for Heroes should send it to the funeral directors: J A Porters, Windsor Court, Windsor Road,

Ansdell, Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire FY8 1AH

002   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - MAY

The prize winners for the May Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00    Mrs J S Edwardes of Eastleigh, Hants
2nd Prize £20.00   Mr J Carlin of Gedling, Nottingham
3rd Prize £10.00   Mrs C Sneath of Ravenshead, Notts

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

003   DEDICATION OF TREE AND PLAQUE - ALREWAS 10 MAY 2015

A Dedication of Tree and a Plaque for the Sherwood Foresters Malayan Veterans is to take place on Sunday

10 May 2015 at Alrewas National Memorial Arboretum. Meeting at café 1030 am. Dedication 1130 am. Short

tour of site guided by John Cotterill. Venue for lunch to be confirmed. Please note this event also incorporates

this year’s reunion. Attendance returns to Sue Bell at 1 Norbett Close, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5GL 07742 138125

004  MAJOR GENERAL'S REVIEW OF TROOPING OF THE COLOUR - 30 MAY 2015

The Major General’s review of Trooping of the Colour takes place on Saturday 30 May at 1030 hours. The

Royal Tank Regiment Association have offered RHQ Nottingham 20 free tickets to the event. Coach

transport is available at an additional cost of £15. This will depart from the Army Reserve Centre, Bilborough,

Nottingham at 0600 hours. It will leave London at approximately 1600 hours.

Anyone wishing to attend can contact RHQ Nottingham on INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-ARegSec@mod.uk

Tickets/coach will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and full details will be issued with the

tickets. These will need to be collected from either RHQ Nottingham or Eastwood prior to the event.

005   WFRA REGIMENTAL REUNION - SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015

The 2015 WFRA Reunion is to be held at Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester from 1200 – 1800 hrs on S

aturday 6 June 2015.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service. The event is

supported by RHQ Mercian, 1 Mercian, 4 Mercian and Hereford and Worcester ACF.

The outline programme is as follows:
 
0930 hours      Club opens
1000 hours      1 MERCIAN personnel report to the Asst Regtl Sec for briefing and setting up the reunion and

display and PRI (if applicable)
1030 hours      4 MERCIAN report to Asst Regtl Sec with Saluting Dias and for setting up display (if

applicable)
1030 hours      ACF reports to Asst Regtl Sec for briefing
1130 hours      WFRA/Museum/Individual stands set up displays
1145 hours      WFRA working party and cadets in position at gate, and signing in point
1200 hours      Reunion begins (doors will not open before this point)
1200 hours      Bar, Food points and Shops open for business
1300 hours      Band report to Asst Regt Sec at Club
1330 hours      Band plays
1330 hours      Regimental Mascot arrives
1415 hours      Bar closes until after Drumhead Service
1415 hours      Standard Bearers meet with Parade RSM for a briefing
1415 hours      Cadets hand out Service Sheets
1425 hours      Parade forms up
1430 hours      March Past by Old Comrades
1435 hours      Drumhead Service
1445 hours      Address by Nominated Officer
1500 hours      Bars Re-open
1600 hours      Raffle Draw
1800 hours      Reunion ends

A complimentary coach service has been arranged for all Association members and their families who are in

need of transport to and from Worcester City Centre and the Rugby Club. The timings are as follows:

Depart from outside the old TA Centre, Silver Street, Worcester at:

(1)  1200 hrs
(2)  1245 hrs
(3)  1330 hrs

Depart from the Rugby Club:

(1)  1700 hrs
(2)  1800 hrs

Those members wishing to use this service should note that, as the coach will have to park on double yellow

lines on Silver Street, the departure times will have to be adhered to strictly in order to avoid any potential

traffic problems.  

006   THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF MATCH - 2 SEPTEMBER 2015

The Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Match is to be held on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at Rufford Park Golf

and Country Club. The entry cost for a team of four is £140.00. The format of the day will be: 18 Hole

stableford for Individual, pairs and 4 man team prizes. Longest drive and nearest the pin prize. Further details

may be obtained from Lt Col (Retd) Keith Seddon MBE BEM at klseddon@sky.com.  An entry form can be

downloaded here.




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30 April 2015         NEWSLETTER     Vol 6 Issue 15

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   WFRA REGIMENTAL REUNION - SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015

The 2015 WFRA Reunion is to be held at Sixways Rugby Club, Worcester from 1200 – 1800 hrs on

Saturday 6 June 2015.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service. The event is

supported by RHQ Mercian, 1 Mercian, 4 Mercian and Hereford and Worcester ACF.

The outline programme is as follows:
 
0930 hours      Club opens
1000 hours      1 MERCIAN personnel report to the Asst Regtl Sec for briefing and setting up the reunion and

display and PRI (if applicable)
1030 hours      4 MERCIAN report to Asst Regtl Sec with Saluting Dias and for setting up display (if applicable)
1030 hours      ACF reports to Asst Regtl Sec for briefing
1130 hours      WFRA/Museum/Individual stands set up displays
1145 hours      WFRA working party and cadets in position at gate, and signing in point
1200 hours      Reunion begins (doors will not open before this point)
1200 hours      Bar, Food points and Shops open for business
1300 hours      Band report to Asst Regt Sec at Club
1330 hours      Band plays
1330 hours      Regimental Mascot arrives
1415 hours      Bar closes until after Drumhead Service
1415 hours      Standard Bearers meet with Parade RSM for a briefing
1415 hours      Cadets hand out Service Sheets
1425 hours      Parade forms up
1430 hours      March Past by Old Comrades
1435 hours      Drumhead Service
1445 hours      Address by Nominated Officer
1500 hours      Bars Re-open
1600 hours      Raffle Draw
1800 hours      Reunion ends

A complimentary coach service has been arranged for all Association members and their families who are in

need of transport to and from Worcester City Centre and the Rugby Club. The timings are as follows:

Depart from outside the old TA Centre, Silver Street, Worcester at:

(1)  1200 hrs
(2)  1245 hrs
(3)  1330 hrs

Depart from the Rugby Club:

(1)  1700 hrs
(2)  1800 hrs

Those members wishing to use this service should note that, as the coach will have to park on double yellow

lines on Silver Street, the departure times will have to be adhered to strictly in order to avoid any potential traffic problems.  

003   NAPOLEONIC WEEKEND - WOLLATON HALL AND DEER PARK NOTTINGHAM
 
Join in the 200th anniversary year of the battle of Waterloo for a re-enactment of Napoleonic battles.

Explore living history camps that will be situated on the park. Car parking Charges apply.

Date: 3 and 4 May 2015
Starts at: 10:30
Cost: FREE
Location: Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Wollaton Park
Wollaton
Nottingham
NG8 2AE

004  VE DAY COMMEMORATION - CRICH 8 MAY 2015

There is to be a Beacon lighting event to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day Derbyshire County Council and

Crich Parish Council are to light a beacon at the Regimental War Memorial at Crich on Friday 8 May

2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. The beacon will be lit at 2132 hours, which is the same time

as beacons will be lit across the country.

There will be a short ceremony before the beacon is lit which will start at 2115 hours.  

Members of the public are welcome to attend, but parking at the site is extremely limited. Please let the

county council know if you are attending the event so that a car parking space may be saved for you. Either

phone Laura Chapman on 01629 538872, or email Laura on laura.chapman2@derbyshire.gov.uk If you

dont contact Laura then the council may not be able to save you a car parking space. This is part of a country

wide event and further details can be found at www.gov.uk and local council websites.

005   NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL VE DAY COMMEMORATION - 8 MAY 2015

Nottingham City Council are commemorating VE Day on Friday 8 May 2015 at 2130 hours in front of the

Council House on Market Square and have requested Standard Bearers to attend.

Any Standard Bearer wishing to attend should contact Sue Bell in the first instance on 07742 2138125 as

soon as possible to receive details and reporting times.
 

006   TROOPING OF THE COLOUR – MAJOR GENERAL'S REVIEW SAT 30 MAY 15

The RTR Association have kindly offered RHQ 20 free tickets to the Major General's review of Trooping of the

Colour on Saturday 30 May at 1030 hours.  There is also coach transport available at a cost of £15 each,

return.  The coach will depart from the Army Reserve Centre, Bilborough, Nottingham at 0600 hours and

leave London at approx 1600 hours.

Anyone wishing to attend is to contact RHQ Nottingham on INFHQ-POW-MERC-Notts-ARegSec@mod.uk along

with full names of those wishing to attend and if coach transport is required.  Tickets/coach will be allocated

on a first come, first served basis and full details will be issued with the tickets which will need to be collected

from either RHQ Nottingham or Eastwood prior to the event.

007   WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT AND WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS

REGIMENT POPPY/LAPEL PINS

Worcester Branch WFRA have made an order for 100 Worcestershire Regiment and 100 Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment poppy pins / lapel badges. They are of a very high quality with members

saying they are worth the £7.50p advertised on the suppliers website and people are ordering them by

giving their names to me via email at nigelfish@ymail.com

They will be on sale at the Reunion at Worcester on the 6th June at £5.00 each. We expect a rush on the

Worcester ones so get your order in asap.   Photo at bottom of page




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16 April 2015       NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 14.

001   OBITUARIES

A memorial service for Maj (Retd) Robert SULLIVAN-TAILYOUR who died on 24 February 2015 will be held in

the church at Sutton Veny, Warminster, Wiltshire on 23 April 2015 at 1430hrs.

Sylvia's contact address is The Curates Egg, Dymocks Lane, Sutton Veny, Warminster, BA12 7AX if people

want to write to her.  
 

002   DEDICATION OF TREE AND PLAQUE - ALREWAS 10 MAY 2015

A Dedication of Tree and a Plaque for the Sherwood Foresters Malayan Veterans is to take place on Sunday

10 May 2015 at Alrewas National Memorial Arboretum. Meeting at café 1030 am. Dedication 1130 am. Short

tour of site guided by John Cotterill. Venue for lunch to be confirmed. Please note this event also incorporates

this year’s reunion. Attendance returns to Sue Bell at 1 Norbett Close, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5GL 07742

138125

003   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - WORCESTER 6 JUNE 2015

The 2015 Regimental Reunion is to be held at Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways, Worcester, from 1230

– 1800 hrs on Sat 6 Jun 14.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service. The

Club is some 500 metres from Junction 6 of M5 on the Droitwich road.  At the request of the Executive

Committee WFRA, the Reunion is being organised by Worcester Branch WFRA and A/Sec WFRA to whom all

enquiries should be directed as follows:  E-mail: rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk Home Telephone: 01684

592509 Mobile Telephone: 07713 742777 ).

004   LAYING OF COMMEMORATIVE PAVING STONE FOR JAMES UPTON VC IN LINCOLN ON 4 JUNE

Lincolnshire Council are hosting a ceremony for the unveiling of a James Upton paving stone which will take

place on Thursday 4 June 2015 at 1100 hours outside the Drill Hall in Lincoln.
 

Cpl James Upton of 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters won his VC near Rouges Bancs on 9 May

1915 for bringing in many wounded and for tending to their wounds when not actually carrying in, he was all

the while exposed to enemy fire.  London Gazette 29 June 1915.
 

Following the ceremony, there will be a small VC-related display in the cafe area of the Drill Hall and

teas/coffees will be available. A larger VC/gallantry-themed exhibition in the Lecture Room at Lincolnshire

Archives will open immediately after the ceremony.

Association Members and their families are invited to attend and Standards are welcomed. Should anyone

wish to attend, they are asked to contact the co-ordinator, Adrian Wilkinson, Adrian.Wilkinson@lincolnshire.gov.uk

005   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 4 JULY 2015

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £18 per person attending and  with the uptake in

bookings following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier rather than wait to the last

minute, as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.  Bids for attendance this year have already exceeded

that of last year (now at 80+).   A new very good menu choice is available and special rates for anyone wishing

to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and

single rooms. Full details can be found here

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

Novotel on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a

leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich.  You will be made very welcome.  

006   NEW BOOK - JAZZ MUSIC BY DAVID SNEATH

Col (Retd) David Sneath has recently published a novel on Amazon called Jazz Music. At the height of the

Second World War ordinary men from all walks of life are being called up to action and adventure, to serve

their country and fight against the threat of the Nazi war machine. Among the most noted war heroes of the

time are those who risk it all to fly their payloads into the heart of Germany and back: the boys of RAF

bomber command. In 1943, aware that men's lives can be changed - or ended - in the blink of an eye, the

twenty-four hours before an operation are fraught with uncertainty and a fierce desire to live.

This is the story of seven men, the bomber crew of a battle-scarred Lancaster christened 'Robin's Hoods, and

at heart it is the story of how the conflict altered the paths of those who otherwise would have been

destined never to meet. In the run up to the night time operation over Germany watch the individual threads of

these mens lives come together, from the quiet Pilot Officer Robin Mansfield to the brash and assured Flight

Sergeant Mike Retford, to Sergeant Bill Ford the bomb aimer, whose confusion about his sexuality has

haunted him all his life. Only as an RAF bomber crew could these war heroes come together and the

reflections on their lives and families before the mission show just how far apart, and just how similar they

really are. See where the action and adventure of the Second World War takes this motley band of ordinary

men and pits them against a relentless enemy, as well as the looming terror of their own fears.

The story covers a fictional operation out of RAF Syerston to bomb a German city in October 1943 and

the reader has an insight into their early lives and with it some local history. Interested personnel should

search the book in Amazon under "Jazz Music David Sneath"

007   SSAFA DERBYSHIRE FUNDRAISER
SSAFA Derbyshire are holding a fundraising dinner on 19 June 2015 at 1900 hours for 1930 hours to be

held at Hardley Lodge Golf Club.  The cost is £28.00 for a three course meal.  Further details can be obtained

from Col (Retd) Mike Cheetham on 01773 828116




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9 April 2015                        NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 13

001   OBITUARIES

Nil Reported

002   BOOK LAUNCH AT NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 15 APRIL 2015

A book launch has been arranged, which will be taking place in our museum at Nottingham Castle on

Wednesday 15th April 2015. The launch will commence at 12 mid day and continue for a couple of hours or so.

Refreshments will be available.

The book is titled “1914 First Blood” and the author is Colonel (Rtd) John Hughes-Wilson who served for many

years as a Sherwood Forester, prior to moving to the Intelligence Corps. The book which is the first of a

series all about a young infantry lieutenant T. O. M. Gunn, a Sherwood Forester in the Great War, and the

series over the next four years, will follow his exploits through the war year by year. The setting for the book

fits extremely well with the movements of the Foresters and although the book is fiction it has a

definite ring of truth as to places, movements, actions etc. It is excellent and well worth reading.  The book is

strongly recommend and we look forward to the full series.

You are cordially invited to attend the launch, the press will be in attendance as will hopefully the “East Midland

Today TV team”. If any Sherwood Forester – WFR or Mercian Officers and men wish to attend,  they would

all be welcome at the Castle on the day.  You are reminded that you may gain free access to the Castle

on production of a WFR Association Membership Card or current ID Card for serving personnel.

003   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - APRIL

The prize winners for the April Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00    Mr C Housley of Long Eaton, Derbyshire
2nd Prize £20.00   Mr A Bradley of Arnold, Nottingham
3rd Prize £10.00   Mr P Twells of Stapleford, Nottingham

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

004   THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF MATCH - 2 SEPTEMBER 2015

The Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Match is to be held on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at Rufford Park Golf

and Country Club. The entry cost for a team of four is £140.00. The format of the day will be: 18 Hole

stableford for Individual, pairs and 4 man team prizes. Longest drive and nearest the pin prize. Further details

may be obtained from Lt Col (Retd) Keith Seddon MBE BEM at klseddon@sky.com.  An entry form can be

downloaded here.




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2 April 2015              NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 12

001   OBITUARIES
 
 It is with sadness we inform you that 22593240 Pte Lawrence William Reginald GARDNER

of Malvern passed away at Worcester Royal Hospital on the 19th of March 2015.  Lawrence was called up for

National Service on 20 September 1951 and after basic training at Lichfield joined the 1st Battalion The

Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya.  He was discharged on 17 September 1953.  He later worked as

a carpet fitter in Malvern and was an active member of the Regimental Association. The funeral will be held on

9 April 2015 at 1015 hours at  Lansdowne Methodist Church,  Lansdowne Crescent,  Malvern,  Worcs WR14

2AP.  Standard Bearers and Association Members Welcome.  Letters of condolence can be written to

Lawrence`s wife Mrs Margaret Gardner. 144 Brook Farm Drive, Malvern. Worcs. WR14 3SJ.
.................................
It is with regret we inform you that 4987582 Sgt Harry COLLINS of Leicester died on 20 March 2015 aged 91.  

Harry enlisted into 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in June 1942 before transferring to the

Northamptonshire Regiment in November 1942.  He subsequently transferred back to the 2nd/5th Battalion

The Sherwood Foresters in July 1943 joining them at Salerno in September of that year where he served

with D Coy at the Crossing of The Volturno before joining the Mortars Pl.  He took ill and was hospitalised

in Palestine where on release from hospital was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters where he

remained until being discharged to the Reserve in July 1947.  After leaving the Army he was employed as a

Sheet Metal Worker until he retired.  His funeral took place on 2 April 2015 at Gilrose Cemetery, Groby Road,

Leicester LE3 9QG at 1045 hours.  Donations in memory to British Heart Foundation. Letters of

condolence may be forwarded to his son, Mr M Collins, 13 Gladstone Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester LE18 1AE

002   SSAFA DERBYSHIRE FUNDRAISER
SSAFA Derbyshire are holding a fundraising dinner on 19 June 2015 at 1900 hours for 1930 hours to be

held at Hardley Lodge Golf Club.  The cost is £28.00 for a three course meal.  Further details can be obtained

from Col (Retd) Mike Cheetham on 01773 828116
 

003   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2015

The WFRA Badajoz Day parade at Nottingham Castle will take place on Monday 6 April 2015. The

programme is as follows:

1. Gates open 1000 hours (all members of WFRA will get free access when they show regimental tie or green card).

2. Parade forms up at bottom of hill at 1050 hours to march off at 1055 hours

3. Major Gary Cotterill is to raise the jacket after the citation is read. As the red coatee is raised the last post

will be played followed by the two minutes silence and reveille. The parade will then march past the flagpole

where Major G Cotterill will take the salute.

4. On parade will be Pte Derby XXX and Standards from Nottingham (possibly also Area Standard ) After

the parade, members are requested to meet at the Castle coffee shop, next to our Gallery.



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