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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
Acting Chairman: Lt Col (Retd) E Vines 
Association Secretary: Maj (Retd) R S Prophet

 

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13 January 2017           NEWSLETTER          Vol 8 Issue 1

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 23791656 LCpl Barry COOPER of Mansfield died on Monday 2 January 2017 aged 78.  Barry was called up as a National Serviceman in May 1960 and served with 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Singapore and Northern Ireland.  He left the Army in May 1962.  He was a staunch member of Mansfield Branch WFRA. His funeral is to take place on 27 January 2017 at 1000 hours at Mansfield Crematorium.  Standards welcome.

002   WFRA MEMBERSHIP

Unless Branches are supported and member numbers increased, the WFRA as we know it will cease to exist. You might be a member of the Association but, are you a member of a Branch? If not, you might give consideration to joining one to help ensure its continuance or even establishing one?

Establishment.  Branches may be established anywhere there is sufficient long term demand to justify their existence.  They will be autonomous but are to operate within the bye-laws.  New branches are to be approved by and registered with the Association Committee through area committees.

Contact details of Secretaries are available at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/branch-contacts

003   HIGH SHERIFF - NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

The Association congratulates Col (Retd) D R Sneath MA TD DL on being appointed High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and wish him a successful tour of duty.

004   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA

The next Meeting of Worcester Branch is to be held on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester at 2000 hrs.  Date changed due to admin error at club.

005   NEWARK ARMED FORCES DAY - 2017

Newark Armed Forces Day is to be held on Sunday 25 June 2017 in the Market Place, Newark.  The day will consist of a Parade, static military vehicles, military stands, live entertainment and music, side shows and food stalls.  All welcome.

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30 December 2016          NEWSLETTER      Vol 7 Issue 45

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that 3689559 Major William Henry PERRONS TD of Ashbourne, Derbyshire died on 9 December 2016 aged 97.  Bill enlisted into 9th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters on 31 January 1939 as a Private with number 4976306 and served with A Coy in France and Belgium with the BEF before being evacuated through Dunkirk.  He was then transferred to the RAC when the 9th Battalion changed its title to 112 Regiment RAC in November 1941.  In June 1946 Bill was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Palestine. On leaving the Army in 1948 he joined 5th Battalion, later the 5th/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it until retirement in 1964.  His funeral is to take place at St Leonard's Church, Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW at 1200 hours on Friday 6 January 2017.  Donations in Memorium to Crich Memorial Tower Fund c/o RHQ MERCIAN, Heath Avenue, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9TJ.  The address for those wishing to write in condolence to his widow is; Mrs Jean Perrons, Stonehurst, Church Lane, Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AW

It is with regret that we inform you that 4978637 Sgt Allan ORME of Belper, Derbyshire died on 16 December 2016 aged 97.  Allan enlisted on 16 October 1939 and served with 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters.  In 1940 he went with it to France with the BEF making his own way back to the UK after being left behind at Dunkirk.  He then went on to serve with the Battalion in North Africa and was taken PoW at Sedjenane, Tunisia.  He was sent to Sicily then to Italy before being sent to Stalag 357 at Oerbke in Germany.  Allan left the Army on 1 March 1946 but he was not strong enough to return to his former employment at Leys Malleable Castings in Derby so took up employment as a Cutter for a clothing firm in Belper.  He later worked as a maintenance fitter for Johnsons Wire Works in Ambergate until he took early retirement.  His funeral is to take place at Belper Community Cemetery, Matlock Road, Broadholme, Belper DE56 2JE on Wednesday 4 January 2017 at 1100 hours. Attendance by Association Members and Standards would be appreciated by the family.   The address for those wishing to write in condolence to his daughter is; Mrs M A Bingham, 9 Malthouse Lane, Nether Heage, Belper DE56 2AS.

The funeral of 23674329 Pte Thomas Harry SHIELDS who died on 15 December 2016 is to be held at Mansfield Crematorium on Thursday 5 January 2017 at 1515 hours.  Association Members and Standards welcome.

The funeral of 4979497 Sgt Walter GOODYEAR of Derby who died on 20 December 2016 is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby DE22 4NH on Wednesday 11 January 2017 at 1400 hours.  Association members and Standards welcome.

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23 December 2016           NEWSLETTER            Vol 7 Issue 44

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we notify you that 4979497 Sgt Walter GOODYEAR of Derby died on 20 December 2016 aged 99.  Walter enlisted at Derby on 15 February 1940 and served with 14 Battalion The Sherwood Foresters throughout North Africa, the Anzio Beachhead and the Gothic Line in Italy until it was disbanded on 30 December 1940.  He was then posted to IRTD at Benivento Graz, Austria and then 5CCG before being demobbed on 1 February 1946.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

It is with regret we inform you that 23732454 Cpl John FLETCHER of Andover died on 13 December 2016 aged 72.  John joined the Infantry Junior Leaders at Plymouth on 10 August 1959 before being posted to the Depot Derby in September 1961.  In 1962 he was posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Palace Barracks, N Ireland and went on to serve with it in Colchester, Cyprus, Colchester and Munster before being posted to the Depot in 1968.  His funeral is to take place on 5 January 2017 and details will be promulgated when received.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife, Sylvia may be contacted at 9 Clatford Manor, Upper Clatford, Andover SP11 7PZ

It is with sadness we notify you that 23674329 Pte Thomas Harry SHIELDS of Sutton in Ashfield died on 15 December 2016.  Thomas was a National Serviceman and served with A Coy, 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Malaya.  Funeral details will be notified when known.

We have been informed of the death of a former WW2 2nd/5th Bn Forester named BINGHAM whose funeral is to take place at Belper Community Cemetery, Matlock Road, Broadholme, Belper DE56 2JE on Wednesday 4 January 2017 at 1100 hours.  Attendance by Association Members and Standards would be appreciated by the family.  Further details of the service of this soldier will be published when received. 

002   LOST CONTACT

Michele Lawson is searching for an old friend Steve Murray, nicknames Slim and Jacky from Warminster in the 1980s and last known to be living in London.  Contact michele.lawson1@btopenworld.com

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9 December 2016          NEWSLETTER             Vol 7 Issue 43

001   OBITUARIES

Lieut G Bishop of Poole, formerly of Stourport, died on 15 November 2016 aged 82. He was commissioned as a National Serviceman in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1958 and served with the 1st Battalion in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The funeral has taken place.
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Lieut HD Wynter of Myrtle Bank, Australia died on 29 November 2016 aged 84. He was commissioned as a National Serviceman in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1952 and served in Malaya with the 1st Battalion. On completing his TA commitment with the 7th Battalion he emigrated to Australia

002   VETERANS DISCOUNT CARD - THE DEFENCE PRIVILEGE CARD
The Defence Discount Service is a valuable and tangible part of the nation's recognition and appreciation of the Armed Forces Community. It is seen as an important element in developing the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK. The Defence Discount Service gives members of the Armed Forces Community discounts both online and on the high street. The Membership Card is a physical card that members of the Armed Forces Community can take into stores, restaurants and venues in order to obtain a discount.
Defence Discount Service is home to the official Veterans Discount Card, the Defence Privilege Card. The service was launched to help encourage the community to support the Armed Forces, Veterans and the Defence Community. The Veterans Discount card is the only officially endorsed discount card for the Ministry of Defence.
The Defence Privilege Card allows members of the Armed Forces Community to save in stores, restaurants and venues by showing their Defence Privilege Card. This in turn will allow the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans to get recognition within their communities.

The Defence Privilege Card is a valuable and tangible part of the nation's recognition and appreciation of the Defence Community and is seen as an important aspect in developing the Armed Forces Community Covenant in local communities across the UK.

Members can sign up to the service and request a Defence Privilege Card, which costs £4.99 for 5 years.
The Defence Discount Service is available to:
- Serving Armed Forces
- Reserve Forces
- Veterans
- MOD Civil Servants
- Cadet Forces (over 16)
- Spouses/Partners (of currently serving)
- NATO Personnel serving in the UK
If you are a member of the Defence Community you can sign up for free by going to https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk/index.php?p=defence_privilege_card and clicking Register Now.

 

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2 December 2016          NEWSLETTER                 Vol 7 Issue 42

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   HEADSTONE - 24163752 PTE M ROBINSON WFR

Those wishing to donate towards the costs of a headstone to be erected on the grave of Pte Martin Robinson should forward donations to Mr C Banfield, 136 George Street, Mablethorpe LN12 2BT or by Bacs to Barclays Bank, Sort Code: 20-52-78, Account Number: 33534413.  Cheques should be made payable to C Banfield and endorsed on the back "Robbo's Headstone"

003   VETERANS RECOGNITION CARD

A Veteran of the British Armed Forces is defined by the Government as any person of any age who has served in the Armed Forces.  As a veteran you may at times have wished for your old Identity Card. Research has indicated that many Ex-Servicemen and Women aspire to having their former service recognised and would welcome the opportunity to carry a form of identification. Additionally, proof of former service can unlock existing discounts on certain services and products both within the United Kingdom and abroad.

So whether you are 22 or 92 years old, The British Veterans Recognition Card will solve both these problems.  Subscription to The British Veterans Recognition Card scheme also provides access to a unique range of bespoke discounts which we have negotiated on your behalf. Our aim is to improve your quality of life and reduce your cost of living by forming partnerships with a wide range of companies who are keen to support Veterans and recognise the unique contribution you have made to your Country. For example, you could be eligible for a 25% discount on your next holiday, or save 50% the next time you take the family out to lunch.

Subscription to The British Veterans Recognition Card is an annually renewable membership offering a number of benefits.

Formal Photo Identity Card

Access to Partners' discounts

Proof of eligibility for discounts abroad

Regular newsletter with new offers and other Veterans issues

Subscribing to The British Veterans Recognition Card costs £32.50 for the first year (£15 joining fee and £17.50 annual subscription). To continue membership for the second and subsequent years costs the annual subscription fee of £17.50.

For those over the age of 65 years, who wish to belong to the scheme, we will waive half the initial joining fee of £15.

There are no hidden costs to membership. The Joining Fee covers the administration involved in first producing your card and all the overheads incurred in entering into contracts with our partners. Your subscription fee covers access to the website, regular newsletters and correspondence, together with the reissue of your card in subsequent years. We negotiate deals with our partners and pass the entire discount on to you, unlike other schemes where an element of the discount is retained by the management organisation.

To apply for membership you have a number of options:

Call our Customer Services Department on 01425 656843 to request an application form.

Print out the online application form and submit, together with supporting documents.

The card is a Recognition Card and not a pass or permit to any military or MOD establishment. Because we are always endeavouring to improve the offers from our existing partners and to seek new partners, the discounts listed are subject to change and every effort will be made to notify members of the current situation through the website and our newsletter.

To become a Card Holder and have access to our exclusive discounts, you will need to complete an Application Form and submit it, together with the necessary documentary evidence and payment, to:

British Veterans, Holmlea, Furze Hill, Fordingbridge, Hants, SP6 2PX.

 

004   THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER: LT COL B W VANN VC - BOOK REVIEW

The Christian Soldier by Charles Beresford is the story of the life of Lt Col the Rev Bernard William Vann VC MC+Bar Croix de Guerre avec palme, commissioned into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and became CO the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and will be available in January 2017 at a cost of £25.00 hardback.  Published by Helion & Co, 26 Willow Road, Solihull B91 1UE.  ISBN 978-1-910777-31-2.

Lt Col the Rev Bernard William Vann VC MC+Bar Croix de Guerre avec palme, was one of only three Anglican clergymen to command an Infantry battalion on the Western Front in the Great War and he was the only C of E cleric to win the VC as a combatant.  He excelled as a soldier setting a high standard for his men and his fearlessness was legendary in his Sherwood Forester Territorial Brigade and beyond.  The accounts vary, but he was wounded between eight and thirteen times but would only wear five wound stripes on his uniform.  His strong personality left a lasting impression on those who came across him whether at university, in the church or in the army.

He was a talented sportsman who played as an amateur for Northampton Town, Burton United and Derby County and was also a regular player in the Leicesteshire and Cambridge University hockey sides.  From volunteering for the army in August 1914 until his death on 3 October 1918 he remained a committed Christian at the front, holding services and communion when the Brigade chaplain was unavailable. In this overdue assessment of this many faceted and extraordinary man, the author hasenjoyed the cooperation of Bernard Vann's family and conducted extensive research, including tracing papers and diaries of his fellow officers, colleagues and acquaintances.

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28 November 2016                NEWSLETTER       Vol 7 Issue 41A

001   MEMORIAL SERVICE

A Thanksgiving Service in memory of Maj Robin BURNETT of Devizes who died on 16 November 2016 is to be held on Friday 9 December 2016 at 1400 hours at St Mary The Virgin Church, 4 Rookes Lane, Potterne, Devizes SN10 5NF.  For those wishing to write in condolence his daughter Camiila may be contacted at Mrs C Ainsworth, Marsh Farm, Pitney, Somerset TA10 9AN

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 25 November 2016            NEWSLETTER              Vol 7 Issue 41

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 5254169 Sgt Frederick ROBINSON of Birmingham died on 16 November 2016.  Fred enlisted into the The Worcestershire Regiment on 15 January 1940 and went with it to France in 1944 landing on Gold Beach at Montfleury.  He saw service throughout the Normandy Campaign; at Mouen, Mont Pincon, Berjou, Vernon and on into Belgium where he was involved in Op Market Garden.  He was demobbed in May 1946. Earlier in 2016 he was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur.  Prior to his enlistment he was employed as a Wire Goods Manufacturer and returned to this profession in Birmingham after the War, eventually becoming Factory Manager.  His funeral is to take place on 30 November 2016 at Robin Hood Crematorium, Shirley, Solihull at 1400 hours.  Standards welcome.

It is with sadness we inform you that 430251 Maj Robin Francis William BURNETT of Devizes died recently.  Robin was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in March 1953 and became MTO 1954 to 1958 before being posted to the Depot, Derby 1958 to 1959.  He was then appointed Coy 2IC Royal Warwicks in Aden before moving to BIO Trucial Oman States until 1963.  He then became coy 2IC 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in UK and BAOR until 1966 before being appointed G3 Ops/Trg HQ Kenya Army until 1968.  Robin then became Training Major with Mercian Volunteers, Wolverhampton before retiring from the Army in 1969.
 
The funeral of 24430483 Pte Paul FLETCHER who died on 12 November 2016 is to take place at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Worcester WR3 8HA on 2 December 2016 at 1300 hours.  Standards welcome.  Mourners are invited to join the family at Archdales Club, Windermere Drive, Worcester WR4 9HY after the Service.

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18 November 2016             NEWSLETTER              Vol 7 Issue 40

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that Lieut RP PALMER of Glastonbury died on 13 November 2016. He was commissioned in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1960 and served in the 1st Battalion until 1963 in Worcester, on Hurricane Hattie in British Honduras and in Minden. He was a popular officer and a good sportsman, representing the battalion at cricket, football, athletics and basketball. Funeral details to be notified
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It is with sadness we inform you that 24430483 Pte Paul FLETCHER of Worcester died on 12 November 2016.  Fletch served with 1st Battalion The Worcstershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Colchester, NI and Germany in Pioneer Coy and MT.  He left the Army in March 1983.  Funeral details to be notified.

002   REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Lofty Colin Banfield has published a request on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/69006271825/

We are looking for assistance in purchasing a headstone for 24163752 Pte Martin Robinson (Robbo) to erect at his grave at Sutton on Sea.

As you may be aware he was in Operation Banner in 1972, one of the first of our lads to be killed. Over the past few years we have been trying to get a headstone for him and at last it seems we may be successful. The reason we are having to do this is because the Ministry of Defence could not supply one because he was cremated and not buried.

We are now trying to raise approx. £1450 so that we can go ahead with it.  We will be very grateful if it can be put to any branch meetings or other associations who may be able to help.  We will be opening a bank account for the donations and details will be notified when known.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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 11 November 2016                NEWSLETTER           Vol 7 Issue 39

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW

The winners of the Foresters Lottery Draw for October 2016 are as follows:

1st     Maj D Hallam of 1 MERCIAN                  £30.00
2nd    Mr A Taylor of Hereford                         £20.00
3rd     Col (Retd) C N Cullen of Belper            £10.00

003   LOST CONTACT

WO1 Robert King formerly WFR is trying to locate a few old boys that joined the Army at the same time as himself.  The names are Long, Doughty, Forrester and Ormes.  They joined the Junior Infantry Battalion Shorncliffe on 24 August 1967.  The 17 Pl Commander at the time was was a Lt P F Jenner of the Staffordshire Regiment.   He is in the process of holding a reunion to mark 50 years since enlistment.  If anyone knows of the location of the old boys or can help in any way, Bob King can be contacted on kingyr@btinternet.com

466380 Lt Robin Palmer formerly 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment 1960 - 1963 (service in British Honduras and Berlin) has asked that if anyone remembers him to drop him a line.  He is, sadly, in a hospice in Somerset but can be contacted at his home address; Swallows, Fishers Hill, Glastonbury BA6 8AH or via his son's email at wjcpalmer@gmail.com  If anyone is able to visit Robin, they are requested to contact his son William, by email prior to visiting.

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4 November 2016           NEWSLETTER                 Vol 7 Issue 38

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   WFRA WORCESTER BRANCH REMEMBRANCE EVENTS

Friday 11 November 2016  Armistice Day- Worcester Branch assemble with Standards at War Memorial in Cathedral grounds at 1030 hours.

After this short Service members are requested to attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Worcestershire Regiment Stone in Gheluvelt Park to remember Lt Eugene Bennett who was awarded the Victoria Cross.

CITATION  Lt. Eugene Paul Bennett VC  2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

On the Somme, several attacks had been made against a very strong German position; largely due to weather conditions they had failed. In a final attempt the Battalion pushed forward under heavy shelling and machine gun fire. D Company led, commanded by NCOs and the three other Companies followed. Lt. Bennett leading C Company fell wounded into a sunken trench. Here his wound was bandaged and he found two wounded comrades, a 2nd Lt and a Sergeant. Looking through the smoke they saw that D Company was leaderless. Its NCOs had been killed and the Company had stopped. The others had also halted and all four Companies lay out in the open under heavy fire, where they would be slowly wiped out. It seemed as if the attack had again failed, this time for the lack of a leader. The Sergeant dashed out, followed by the Subaltern, but both were killed.

Cutting steps in the side of the trench with a spade, Lt Bennett scrambled out, despite his wound. Rushing to the front of the Battalion, spade in hand, he waved them on. Like one man the Companies rose and so furious was their attack that the trenches, which had held out so long, were captured.

For his bravery and leadership Lieutenant Bennett was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Lt Bennett was 24 yrs old when he won his VC. On his discharge he was given the rank of Captain.  He received his VC from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 5 February 1917. He had previously been awarded the Military Cross for his action at the Battle of Loos. He also received a Mention in Despatches in 1915.

During WW2 he served as an Officer in the Air Training Corps. He retired to Vicentia, N Italy where he died on 6 April 1970, aged 77. His Victoria Cross and other medals are displayed at the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) Gallery in the City Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester.

 

Sunday 13 November 2016 - Remembrance Sunday- Muster at Queen Street Car Park, 0845 hours for march to Cathedral. After the return march at end of Service, Branch members and  guests are invited to the Barbourne ExServices Club, The Moors, where a buffet is laid on.

003   WFRA CHESTERFIELD BRANCH REMEMBRANCE EVENTS

Friday 11 November 2016 Armistice Day - Chesterfield Branch assemble at the Crich Regimental Memorial with Standards at 1030 hours.  All welcome

004   SHERWOOD FORESTERS OFFICERS’ CLUB - ANNUAL LUNCH

The annual lunch of the Sherwood Foresters Officers’ Club will be held at the Army and Navy Club in London on 8 April 2017.

Further details will be announced in early 2017.

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28 October 2016              NEWSLETTER        Vol 7 Issue 37

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   GHELUVELT MEMORIAL SERVICE - SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2016

Worcester Branch will commemorate the 102nd Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt at the Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester WR3 7AA on Sunday, 30 October, 2016, commencing 1130 hrs. Veterans and Standards invited and should arrive by 1115 hrs.

 

Prior to this Service the planting of an oak tree, raised from an acorn found in Polygon Wood, Belgium, by local historian John Phillpots will take place,. This sapling will be planted near to the memorial of the 2nd Bn Worcestershire Regiment at 1045 hrs.  All are welcome to attend.

003   COMMEMORATION SERVICE 2LT R B W VINTER MC - 30 OCTOBER 2016

A Commemoration Service for 2Lt Robert Bagster Wilson VINTER MC who was KiA on 31 October 1916 aged 20 is to be held at St James Church, Elliott Square, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2BH on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 1500 hours.  Further details, if required can be obtained from TRBL Torpoint & District Branch Secretary, 43 York Road, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2LG Tel: 01752 813035

004   CSGT FRANK FORDSHAM - WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT

Frank Fordsham served with the Worcestershire Regiment until about 1970 (one of his appointments was Officer's Mess Sergeant) and has recently been informed he has metastatic cancer, primary in chest, secondaries in lymph glands and the prognosis is Jan/Feb 2017.

He was much liked by many of the Officers and they have continued to communicate with him but it would be much appreciated if anyone who knew Frank was to write to his daughter, Mary Holdsworth, 6 Birkenhead Drive, Kilsyth, Victoria 3137, Australia and she will pass on your messages to Frank.

005   LOST CONTACT

Darren Howlett is looking to contact a Pte Richardson former WFR who enlisted in 1992 and served with him in Plassey Platoon, PoW Div.  He can be contacted on darrenlfc17@gmail.com

A 50th Reunion of Rhine 42 Intake RMAS is due to take place in January 2017 and the organisers are keen to invite Sgt (possibly CSgt) Booth formerly of The Worcestershire Regiment, who was an instructor in the Weapons Training Wing in 1967. The then cadets have fond memories of Sgt Booth who was well thought of and appreciated for his fairness and believe that he was in his mid 20s at the time. Sgt Booth or anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Lt Col (Retd) Peter Swanson on peterswanson1066@yahoo.co.uk or 01424 734444

006   CHANGE TO OPENING HOURS - UK VETERANS HELPLINE

From 31 October 2016, the opening hours for the Veterans UK helpline service will change to 0800 hours to 1700 hours Monday to Friday. Analysis has shown that there are relatively few calls received in the early morning and evening and so the service has been re-organised to make more advisers available during its busiest times. Callers phoning outside of these hours will still be offered an option to speak to partners in the charities Combat Stress or The Samaritans where urgent assistance is needed.

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21 October 2016              NEWSLETTER           Vol 7 Issue 36

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that 22375049 Pte Reginald Ernest HILL passed away in hospital on Saturday 8 October 2016.  Reginald enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment as a National Service Soldier in 1950 and saw service in Malaya with C Company, 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, then being discharged in 1952. In civilian life Reg worked at Metal Box, Worcester for over 30 years. Reg`s Funeral will be held at 1215 hrs on the 25 October 2016 at Worcester Crematorium, Astwood Road. Worcester. WR3 8EB. Standards and Association members welcome. Letters of condolence can be written to Reg`s wife, Mrs Pat Hill 18 Fox Drive, St Peters, Worcester. WR5 3TQ
 
It is with regret we inform you that Gordon WILLETTS has died recently.  Gordon was Branch Secretary of Dudley Branch and a long time member of the Association Executive.  Further details will be notified when known.

002   THE REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL - CRICH

The Regimental memorial at Crich has re-opened under the auspices of the new Warden, former WO2 Paul Rice.  Paul enlisted into 1 WFR in 1972, served with it until 1997 when he took up a post as NRPS with the Royal Yeomary until his recent retirement.  We wish him well in his new undertaking.

003   GHELUVELT MEMORIAL SERVICE - SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2016

Worcester Branch will commemorate the 102nd Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt at the Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester WR3 7AA on Sunday, 30 October, 2016, commencing 1130 hrs. Veterans and Standards invited and should arrive by 1115 hrs.

 

Prior to this Service the planting of an oak tree, raised from an acorn found in Polygon Wood, Belgium, by local historian John Phillpots will take place,. This sapling will be planted near to the memorial of the 2nd Bn Worcestershire Regiment at 1045 hrs.  All are welcome to attend.

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 14 October 2016           NEWSLETTER            Vol 7 Issue 35

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 14704066 Pte Eric Raymond KING of Warley, West Midlands died on 25 September 2016 aged 91.  Eric was called up in January 1944 and on completion of training was posted to the 6th Battalion The North Staffordshire Regiment with which he went to France 23 days after D Day.  In August 1944 he was posted  as a re-inforcement to 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment after the crossing of the Orme and served with B Coy. On 20 September he moved with the Battalion in the long column to Eindhoven where the Battalion went forward to Elst and after fierce fighting cleared the town on 25 September.  The next major battle for the Worcestershire Regiment was Tripsrath in November.  In May 1945 Eric was again posted, this time to 2nd Battalion The Warwickshire Regiment and with it served in Palestine and Egypt.  He was demobbed from the Army in December 1947.  In civilian life Eric became a postman.  His funeral has taken place.

002   COMMEMORATION SERVICE 2LT R B W VINTER MC - 30 OCTOBER 2016

A Commemoration Service for 2Lt Robert Bagster Wilson VINTER MC who was KiA on 31 October 2016 aged 20 is to be held at St James Church, Elliott Square, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2BH on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 1500 hours.  Further details, if required can be obtained from TRBL Torpoint & District Branch Secretary, 43 York Road, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2LG Tel: 01752 813035

003   "WEEPING WILLOW" - DERBY SILK MILL 2017

Thousands of poppies from the popular "Seas of Red" installation at the Tower of London will be returning to Derby in 2017.  Derby City Council have announced that they will present "Weeping Willow" by artist Paul Cummings and designer Tom Piper as part of the 14-18 NOW's UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.  The installation will be at The Silk Mill from 9 June - 23 July 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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