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7 December 2018 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 9 Issue 48
Charles BERESFORD of Matlock, Derbyshire on 16 Nov 2018. Charles was an historian and author (including The Christian Soldier – the life of Lt Col. The Rev Bernard William Vann VC MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme) and a friend and supporter of The Mercian Regiment and the Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection). A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Tuesday 11th December at 1100 hours at Holy Trinity Church, Matlock Bath followed by a buffet at The Fishpond, Matlock. All who knew Charles are welcome to attend.
001 COMBAT STRESS HELPLINE
The Combat Stress helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Veterans and their families can call 0800 138 1619. Serving personnel and their families can call 0800 323 4444. You can also text on 07537 404719 and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Standard charges may apply for texts, please check with your provider. For further details visit www.combatstress.org.uk/helpline
002 MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION)
The next location for the Museum's mobile display, 'Remembering WW1', is Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery. The Exhibition opens at Chesterfield Museum 15 December 2018 with free admission..
A H L McDOUGALL
for Executive Committee
30 November 2018 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 9 Issue 47
It is with sadness that we inform you that In-pensioner 21012363 WOI Charles Edward SHRIMPTON of Royal Hospital Chelsea died on 21 November 2018 aged 91. Charles joined the RA as a junior soldier on 10 June 1942 until 08 June 1945 and then in adult service from 9 Jun 1945 until 1 Jul 1947. He joined the Worcestershire Regiment on 28 Nov 1947. From his earliest Regimental days he upheld the fine shooting reputation, first established by his father Major C E Shrimpton and was a prominent member of the 1st Battalion Shooting Team which won the KRRC Trophy at Bisley in 1955. He spent most of his service with the 1stBattalion where he rose through the ranks and was awarded the GSM Malaya and LSGC. In January 1962 he was promoted to WOI and appointed RSM of the 7thBattalion (TA). His last year of Colour Service was with the Mercian Brigade Depot at Lichfield prior to discharge on 31 Mar 1968. Charles was admitted to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in November 2015. His funeral service will take place in the RHC Chapel on Monday 10 December at 1400 hours. All are invited to attend.
It is with sadness that we inform you that Pte 14406670 Charles George HARDING of Worcester died on 21 November 2018 aged 93. Charles served with C Coy 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment. His funeral is to take place at 1000 hours Monday 10 December 2018 at Astwood Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.
It is with regret that we notify you that Linda MILLWARD of Ashbourne, Derbyshire died on 14 November 2018. Linda, along with her husband Tony who died on 3 September 2018, was an ardent supporter and fundraiser for The Mercian Regiment.
001 STRATEGY FOR VETERANS
On 14th November, the UK-wide Strategy for Veterans was published. The Strategy sets the principles and aims needed to continue to meet the needs of older Veterans as well as the wider Veteran community over the next ten years, and set the right conditions for society to empower – and support – them for the next 100 years.
The UK Government Consultation Paper complements the Strategy for our Veterans, by gathering information to inform how it could be implemented across the UK except for devolved matters in Scotland and Wales, against the backdrop of what is already delivered. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in Veterans’ issues in the UK, except for devolved matters. Separate consultation arrangements will be made by the Scottish and Welsh Governments on areas that are devolved. Responses are welcome from across the UK so long as they refer to an issue within the bounds of the above.
This survey is an online way to respond to the Consultation Paper questions and should be completed in conjunction with the information provided in that document: Before responding, you should also read the Strategy for our Veterans itself, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategy-for-our-veterans.
The Consultaion survey can be found here:
You do not need to answer all the questions and may chose only to respond to those which you feel informed about. This consultation is open until 2345 on 21 February 2019. All responses to this Consultation Paper will be analysed and a government report will be published within 3 months of the closing date above. Individual responses will not be responded to. There are 28 questions in this survey.
002 MERCIAN EAGLE UPDATE
We are aware that the lack of this year’s Mercian Eagle has been a frustration for many and it is hoped that some background information may assist; During a crucial time in the Eagle calendar, the media officer was tasked by the Regimental Council for making recruiting activities as his main priority, which took him away from the publication. Then the media officer chose to accept the offer of other employment which in turn delayed matters further. The latest Eagle is still with the publishers and we are still awaiting a release date.
In the meantime, we hope to get back on track and to provide a far more efficient system for the future. To this end RHQ Mercian are starting to collate articles for the next issue. You are therefore requested to submit any articles for the period Jan – Dec 2018 to RHQ Mercian (Nottingham) by NLT 10 Jan 2019. Articles should be approx. no more than half a side of A4 plus a couple of photographs. If you send photographs, please confirm that those in them are content for it to be published in the Eagle. If you are unsure of what to write, please do not hesitate to contact RHQ as they are more than happy to type as you talk as it would be really good to have a strong WFRA input in the next edition.
A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary
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