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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

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




A H L McDOUGALL
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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.




A H L McDOUGALL
for Executive Committee

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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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26 March 2015                    NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 11

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24233683 LCpl Colin BUNTING of Allenton, Derby died on 14 March

2015 aged 59.  Colin joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in

April 1971 and served until December 1985.  His funeral is to take place on Thursday 2 April 2015 at

Mark Eaton Crematorium at 1420 hours.  Standards welcome.
........................
It is with sadness that we inform you that 23674236 Pte Gerald READY died on 23 March 2015.  Gerald

enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in August 1958 and served until June 1964.

002    MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - CHARITY FUNDRAISER 

Col (Retd) David Sneath has opened a fund raising page to raise money for the museum by doing the Way

of the Roses bike ride from 13-16 April. The link for those wishing to donate

is www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidSneath

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.

004   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

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.   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.

Bids for attendance this year have already exceeded that of last year.  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

Crich.  You will be made very welcome.  

Branches may wish to consider subsidising their Standard Bearers to attend the dinner with Branch

Standards to enhance the display.

005  MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - SOCIAL MEDIA

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) now has its own Facebook and Twitter pages.  Like us

and follow us on the links below.
 
                                    MuseumMercianRe.WFR @museumercianWFR

  Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) tells the story of the 
  Sherwood Foresters, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and 2 Mercian
                     Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MuseumWFR?fref=ts

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5 March 2015                                     NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 09

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that Sgt Colin (Lofty) BRENTNALL of Derby died on 1 March 2015.  Lofty enlisted into the 1st

Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1947 and served 22 years in the Band until leaving in 1969.  His funeral is to take place at

Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on 23 March 2015 at 1420 hours.  Standards welcome.     

002   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"

003   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - CHARITY FUNDRAISER 

Col (Retd) David Sneath has opened a fund raising page to raise money for the museum by doing the Way of the Roses bike ride

from 13-16 April. The link for those wishing to donate is www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidSneath

004   POPPY PLANTING EVENT - NEWARK 10 MARCH 2015

Clay poppy heads were made during last autumn in schools, at children's centres, care homes, and by visitors to Newark Parish

church and Newark Library - each poppy representing one of the men from Newark who died in the First World War.  They were

then displayed in Newark Library and in the parish church at the Remembrance Day service.

Each clay poppy head is infused with poppy seeds, and these can be planted to provide a living tribute to those who fell in the

First World War in the church grounds, close to the war memorial, located on Appletongate following the opening of the

ceremony on Tuesday 10th March, 10am at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church Newark which is the 100th anniversary to the day

when the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters moved into the front line for its first taste of action in the First Battle of Neuve

Chapelle (10-13 March 1915).

Along with schoolchildren and other local people who made poppies last autumn, also expected on the day will be

representatives of the Royal British Legion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Association (Newark Branch) and local

councillors. The vicar of Newark, the Rev Stephen Morris, will also say a few words and a prayer.

Please note that there is no parking in this area, the closest car parks are situated at London Road (NG24 1UW) or Appletongate

(NG24 1JR), both of which are pay and display.


A H L McDOUGALL
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26 February 2015       NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 08
01 Obituaries

It is with sadness we inform you that 412078 Maj Robert Basil SULLIVAN-TAILYOUR of Sutton Veny,

Warminster died on 24 February 2015 aged 84.  Robert attended Eaton Hall OCS and Mons OCS in 1948 before

being commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1950.  He joined the 1st Battalion in BAOR and in 1952

was appointed Pl Comd of Anti Tank Platoon in Egypt before being posted to the Depot in 1953.  He went on

to serve with the Kings African Rifles as OC HQ Coy in East Africa in 1955.  He then became an instructor at

Mons OCS before returning to the 1st Battalion in Malaya in 1960.  Between 1963 - 1966 he was a

student at the German Staff College before returning to the 1st Battalion as a Coy Comd.  In 1968 he was

posted to HQ BAOR as GSO 2 before being appointed 2IC 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood

Foresters Regiment in 1970.  Robert then had various Staff Appointments before leaving the Army in 1978.

 There will be a private family funeral and a Service is to be held in Sutton Veny in April, details of which will

be notified when known.

       ........................

Ex Pte Bradley PAUL who joined the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment and deployed to Afghanistan in

October 2012 where as the front man of his patrol, every day he carried the weight of responsibility for the

lives of his comrades on his shoulders every time he stepped out the gate. Unfortunately on 9 November

2012 Pte Paul he was struck by an IED and sustained life changing injuries. However, through strength of

character and with the love of those around him, he made a good recovery. Sadly, he passed away on

Tuesday 17 February 2015.  As Pte Paul is no longer a serving soldier, his funeral costs will be paid for

through non public funds only.  His family have set up a Go Fund Me web page at

 http://www.gofundme.com/bradpaul  Any funds remaining after the funeral will be given to Combat

Stress and put in a Trust for his younger brotheer as an equal split.

002   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

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 will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers 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.   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

It is hoped that both the Colonel of the Regiment and the President of the Association will be in attendance

this year and it has been suggested that Branches may wish to subsidise their Standard Bearers to attend the

dinner with Branch Standards to ensure as many Standards as possible are displayed.

003    WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - 3  MARCH 2015

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at RHQ Mercian, Heath Avenue, Whittington

Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9TJ on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at 1000 hours. 

004   WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING - 11 MARCH 2015

The WFRA Notts and Derby Area Meeting is to take place at Foresters House on Wednesday 11 March 2015

at 1030 hours.  Branches who wish to be represented are requested to provide details of those attending and

any points for the agenda to the Secretary at rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk  by no later than 5 March 2015.

005   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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19  February 2015                  NEWSLETTER                                              Vol 6 Issue 07

001  OBITUARIES

Nil Reported
 

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE - MANSFIELD 20 FEBRUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom rights and marching through Mansfield on Friday 20

February 2015.  Step off is at 1300 hours from the top of Westgate and the Parade will follow the route of

Westgate down to the Town Hall, around the Market Square and back up into Westgate.

The saluting dais will be in front of the Town Hall and Standard Bearers are requested to be in position by

1255 hours.  Those Standard Bearers wishing to attend the Reception are to follow the civic dignitaries, after

the parade has passed, to the Council Offices.

All members, their families and friends are encouraged to attend and seating has been arranged near to the

dais for Veterans and their families.

Throughout the day 2 and 4 MERCIAN will be actively recruiting throughout Mansfield.

003   VIRGIN MONEY GIVING - MUSEUM DONATIONS

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) Registered Charity number 1001226 has a page on

Virgin Money Giving where personnel may donate to the upkeep of the Museum.

So, if you are intending to jump out of a plane (with or without a parachute), do sponsored cycling, running etc

or just wish to donate then visit  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1009531 

004   WFRA ANNUAL CRICH DINNER - 4 JULY 2015 

The Annual dinner this year takes place on Saturday 4 July 2015 at the Novotel Hotel situated by Junction 25 on the M1 .

The dinner has been brought back to its traditional format and will be much more regimentally orientated

whilst at the same time slightly less formal.  Pte DERBY XXX will be in attendance and Branch Standards will be displayed.

Booking/ticket arrangements will be notified shortly, as will details of discounted accommodation. This provides

an ideal opportunity to attend the Dinner before proceeding to the Pilgrimage on Sunday morning.

005   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER 7 MARCH 2015

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 1930 hours for 2000

hours at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton at a cost of £15.00 per person attending.  Menus and

further details may be obtained from Phil Twells on philip.twells@icloud.com 

006  LAYING UP OF 3 MERCIAN COLOURS - LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL - 12 MAY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be Laying Up the Colours of 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment in Lichfield

Cathedral on Tuesday 12th May 2015.
 
Outline of Events
There will be a parade through Lichfield City Centre which will be followed by a service in Lichfield Cathedral

that starts at 1400 hrs. The congregation will be admitted from 1320 hrs and all visitors will be seated by 1345 hrs.  
 
Afterwards there will be a civic reception for invited guests. The remainder of the regiment will socialise

where they wish to.
 
Taking Part
The parade will consist of officers, NCOs and soldiers from 1 and 2 MERCIAN.  Branch Standards of the

Regimental Associations are invited to line the entrance of the Cathedral. The Regimental Associations will be

asked to line the route at critical points.  Pte Derby XXX will be present as will Cpl Watchman V 
 
Attendance
As this is a Mercian wide event, anyone with a regimental connection is welcome. This includes:-
 
Serving members of the Mercian Regiment
Members of the regimental associations
Friends of the Regiment
Wives and families are welcome
 
Details
Details of the parade, entry to the cathedral and the service will be published as soon as they are known. 


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12 February 2015              NEWSLETTER                       February 12th 2015                  Vol 6 Issue 06

001  OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002.  MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR - 16 FEBRUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through Bromsgrove on Monday

16 February 2015.

The Saluting Dias will be in front of Timpson's and by the Houseman Statue and Standard Bearers are

requested to be in position by no later than 1255 hours. Once the parade has passed, Standards are to follow

the Civic Dignitaries to the Council Offices should they wish to join the Reception.

Step off is at 1300 hours from The Dolphin Leisure Centre and will take in the following route;
High Street
A448/Market Street
Church Street
High Street

All members and their family and friends are encouraged to attend to support the Regiment.

Throughout the day the Regiment will be actively recruiting throughout the town.

003  THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - FEBRUARY

The prize winners for the February Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00  Mr J W Carlin of Gedling, Nottingham
2nd Prize £20.00  Mr H S Blagg of Car Colston, Nottinghamshire
3rd Prize £10.00   Maj D Hallam 1 MERCIAN

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

004    THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

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 will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers 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.   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

It is hoped that both the Colonel of the Regiment and the President of the Association will be in attendance

this year and it has been suggested that Branches may wish to subsidise their Standard Bearers to attend the

dinner with Branch Standards to enhance the display.

005   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER 7 MARCH 2015

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 1930 hours for 2000

hours at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton at a cost of £15.00 per person attending.  Menus and

further details may be obtained from Phil Twells on philip.twells@icloud.com 


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29  January 2015       NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 05

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of  Sgt W Shillam who died on 14 January 2015 is to take place on Saturday 31 January 2015 at

1230 hours at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3GJ.  Following the

committal a wake is to be held the Wellington Inn, Eastwood NG16 3GG. Letters and cards of condolence

can be forwarded to Wayne's partner, Zoe Wade, 7 Baldwin Street, Newthorpe, Notts NG16 2DS.  The

family would appreciate Standards in attendance and those Standard Bearers who are able to attend are

requested to contact John Lancaster on 01773 764908 to discuss details.

 

002   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

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 will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers 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.   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
 

004   HELP REQUESTED

Recently 24325047 LCpl Brian Spencer Recce Pl 1 WFR lost (as a result of flooding) his personal copy of Firm &

Forester Volume 5 Issue 1 dated April 1978 which included a photograph and article on him winning the

Eastern District Individual Boxing Tournament at light welter-weight v LCpl Ashworth HQ Coy.  If any member

has a spare copy that they may wish to donate to LCpl Spencer he can be contacted

on arty.brian@hotmail.com   If any member has any photographs of his bout, he would very much

appreciate a copy of such photographs




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