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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
1 December 2017 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 8 Issue 42
It is with sadness we inform you that Worcester Branch member 1478325 LCpl Eric 'Tip' TIPPING of Worcester died on Thursday 23 November 2017 following a struggle against cancer. Born in Worcester on 1st January 1926, his first job, at the age of 14 years, was at a local foundry. He moved on to become a milkman’s assistant before working at the Co-operative Grocery store. Eric Tipping was 16 years old when talk began of an invasion of England by Germany. He pretended he was 17 so he could join the Royal Air Force but he was foiled when he went for the interview. Eric had to wait a further period before being eligible at 18 and went to Norton Barracks in December 1943. After the 6 weeks training he became an infantryman with the Worcestershire Regiment. He travelled to join the 1st Worcesters on the front line in Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion of France, landing at Arromanches. Eric became involved in every action of the Battalion for the rest of the 1944-1945 campaign in North Western Europe. He fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. After being called back after only three days of seven days leave, moved with 1st Battalion serving in Italy and Yugoslavia, before finishing in Trieste, Italy where he was demobbed. One particular story Eric recounted was when he managed to capture a German soldier. His reward for his actions was to retain and operate the German soldier’s Schmeisser submachine gun and Luger pistol, both of which he gave to his platoon colleagues after the war. He was proud to be part of the British 43rd (Wessex) Division.
After his discharge in 1947 Eric returned to Worcester and continued to work for the Co-op which he did for a period of 51 years, before reaching retirement. At the age of 90 years on 26 January 2016, Eric was awarded the distinguished award, the National Order of the Legion of Honour, by the French Consulate at the Guildhall, Worcester. Eric`s funeral will be held at 1415 hours on Friday 15 December 2017 at St Mark’s Church, Orchard Street, off Bath Road, Worcester, WR5 3DW. Standards, bugle and Association members welcome. Donations in memory should be made to Bowel Cancer UK. After the service, to celebrate the life of Eric please come along to Norton Barracks Cricket Club, Brockhill Lane, Norton, WR5 2PP. From 1530 hours until late. Food (Chilly and finger platter) and bar open. Will include music and photo slide show. Letters of condolence can be sent to Yvonne and Keith Bullock. 11 Salamanca Drive, Norton, Worcester WR5 2PQ
Funeral of a former Mayor of Derby and Burma Veteran.
Norman Glen was a former Mayor of Derby 1982/83, a Conservative Councillor and was aged 95 when he passed away recently. His funeral will be held on Monday 4 December, in the Small Chapel at Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby at 1.40 pm. He was a Burma Veteran and his wife died 8 years ago, so at best there will only be a handful of people at the funeral – if that. The Mayor – Cllr John Whitby will attend and the information has been sent out to all Councillors. I just wondered if any Burma Veterans or Association Members could spare the time to go along for the service, which will possibly only be for a short while.
Collette Flood | Mayor's Officer
001 CAPTAIN JJ CROWE VC THE WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT: VICTORIA CROSS CENTENARY COMMEMORATION SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 IN NEUVE EGLISE / NIEUWKERKE , BELGIUM
In 2011 the members of the Dover and District Rifle Club decided to commemorate their most famous member by erecting a memorial on the building from which Capt J J Crowe sallied forth to win the Victoria Cross on 14 April 1918. His actions allowed the remnants of 2 Worcesters to escape from Neuve Eglise (now Nieuwkerke), just south of Ypres, during the German Spring Offensive. The memorial was unveiled in the presence of club members, representatives of the Mercian Regiment and descendants of JJ Crowe. These descendants, and members of what is now the Dover and Ramsgate Rifle Club, wish to commemorate the centenary of his VC action in situ on Saturday 14 April 2018. The Commune of Heuvelland and the owners of the building to which the memorial is attached have agreed to assist in a suitable commemoration. The Vicar of St George’s Church in Ypres and the Last Post Association buglers are also being asked to participate. The building is now called De Bosgeus and is a children’s holiday home that brews and sells an excellent beer named after John James Crowe . They have agreed to feed and water all who attend the commemoration provided they know numbers in advance. The programme on Saturday 14 April 2018 will be as follows:
1400 hours. RV at De Bosgeus in Nieuwkerke
1415 hours. Battlefield tour of Crowe and 2 Worcesters actions on 13-14 April 1918 guided by John Cotterill
1530 hours. Speeches at Memorial Site by descendants of JJ Crowe , Burgomaster of Heuvelland Commune and Dover & Ramsgate Rifle Club
1545 hours. Rededication of Crowe Memorial
1600 hours. Act of Remembrance for 2 Worcesters who fell in April 1918
1700 hours. Meal in De Bosgeus
2000 hours. Attendance at Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres (12 km north of Nieuwkerke)
All who wish to attend are asked to contact Major (Retd) John Cotterill MBE (Honorary Vice President of the Dover and Ramsgate Rifle Club) with the following information : name and organization you are representing ( if any). There is no charge for the battlefield tour, meal or any other part of the commemoration. Names are to be submitted please by no later than 1 March 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 07733 458971
002 FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - NOVEMBER
The Foresters Lottery winners for November are:
1st Prize: £30.00 - Mrs J Leverton
2nd Prize: £20.00 - Mr W J Edwards
3rd Prize: £10.00 - Mr J W Carlin
Congratulations to all.
Want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? Then send us a cheque for a ticket which costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order. Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete a form and return it direct to the Curator. All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection). The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum. The prize money can be collected from the Museum Office or will be sent by post. All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16. Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch. There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold. Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be entered in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to:
Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)
Nottingham NG9 5HA
003 MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION)
The Museum of the Mercian Regiment has partnered up with All Sox Ltd of Derbyshire just in time for Christmas. All Sox of Turner & Sons have generously agreed that 10% of sock orders made through their Website, http://turnerandsons.co.uk/ will be donated to the Museum to help safe guard the Collection.
All you have to do is visit http://turnerandsons.co.uk , select your choice of socks (minimum order £25), and include coupon reference MMR4WFR18 in the appropriate box when invited to do so*. Your discount will then be deducted from the cost of your purchase, and 10% of the cost of your order will also be forwarded the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection). By buying socks from Turner and sons you will be helping to safeguard the future of our museum and the items which we hold in our collection.
*T &Cs: Minimum order value £25.00. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Current value 10% but the Directors may vary or withdraw offer immediately, without notice.
TURNER & SONS Hosiers since 1928
004 LADIES WFR BROOCH WANTED
If anyone has an unwanted WFR Ladies Brooch, Maj (Ret) Chris Howse would like to hear from them. Contact details available on request.
A H L McDOUGALL
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