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02 December 2022 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 13 Issue 58
23551032 WO2 Leslie Hill
It is with great sadness that we inform you of that 23551032 WO2 Leslie Hill died on 28 November 2022 aged 94 in Germany.
Les was conscripted into the General Service Corps on 4 July 1946 and served as a Pte with 1st Bn Black Watch 1947-51 in BAOR. Between 1951 & 1953 he served King's Own Scottish Borderers 1951-53 in UK, Hong Kong as Cpl before transferring to the to Foresters Depot 1953 serving with 1st Bn BAOR as Sgt 1953-58. In Malaya and Singapopre 1958-61 as Sgt and as C/Sgt in UK 1961-63.
Les served 1968-1974 with Army Youth Selection Centre Harrogate Yorks. Singapore in 1974-75 1975-1982 BAOR (including tour in N/Ireland).
Les was discharged 28 May 1983 and became an Estate Warden with 38 Engineer Regt at Ripon and was with them for 5 years.
Funeral details will follow when known.
4978237 Pte Ernest ‘Ernie’ Rathbone
It is with great sadness that we inform you that 4978237 Pte Ernest ‘Ernie’ Rathbone of Sandiacre, died on 26 November 2022 aged 104. Ernie served with the 2nd Bn, The Sherwood Foresters from 15 September 1939 until his discharge in 1946. He served in Anzio, Palmaria, North Africa and Dunkirk. More details including that of his funeral, will follow.
23551032 Sgt John Farrington
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of 23551032 Sgt John Farrington on 24 November at his residence in Guadacorte, Algeciras, Spain.
John enlisted with the 22nd Cheshire Regiment and prior to the amalgamation with 1st Bn Worcesters. John played with the 1st Worcesters and WFR bands. He was discharged on 17 November 1980.
Funeral details will follow when known.
001 CRICH 100 COMMEMORATION DINNER
It is intended that the Regiment will hold The Crich memorial 100 Year Commemoration Dinner at the Nottingham County Council House on Saturday 1st July 2023 in the Ballroom. Invites are open to all ranks from both the serving and veteran community of the Mercian Regiment and its antecedent units. Due to capacity limitations, additional guests will be limited to one per serving member or veteran.
Please complete this form by no later than the 15th of Dec 2022.
002 CRICH MEMORIAL TOWER
On Monday 28 November we said a fond and sad farewell to Paul and Jacky. For the past 6 years, Paul has been the Warden and Jacky has run the tea room, and what a magnificent job they have done.
I’m sure you join us in wishing them well in their retirement adventure.
Sadly the site will be closed until further notice but we hope to bring you news about our new Warden and re-opening soon.
003 SHERWOOD FORESTERS BEER
STOCKING FILLER - Sherwood Foresters Beer
The perfect stocking filler with 10p of every bottle purchased going towards maintaining your Museum!
Just a reminder that you can still purchase bottles of Sherwood Foresters Beer at the following locations:
Lincoln Green Brewery shop and online at their website https://www.lincolngreenbrewing.co.uk/order-online
The Real Ale store – Newark
Adventure Beer Company – Online
Home Farm Stores – Oxton
The Courtyard Café – Wollaton Hall
004 LONG EATON & WEST NOTTS BRANCH AGM & SOCIAL EVENING
The December Branch monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th December 2022, at the Nottingham Royal Naval Association Club, Church Street, Lenton, Nottingham.
It will also be the Branch AGM, the AGM will commence at 19.30 Hrs prompt, any items for the agenda please forward ASAP, Branch Officers will be up for re-election unless there are some eager volunteers waiting in the wings.
Subs for 2023 will also fall due.
Once the AGM has concluded we will be having a social evening.
005 FOREST FORCES EVENT PROGRAMME
Mental Health Hubs at the City Ground
Our mental health hub programme continues at the City Ground, with veteran only hubs on the first Tuesday of the month and our general public hubs operating both online and face to face throughout the month. For more information, email email@example.com.
Breakfast at the Poppy and Pint – Last Saturday of the month
The Forest Forces Programme has partnered with the Rushcliffe Breakfast Club on their breakfast clubs held at the Poppy and Pint pub in Lady Bay on the last Saturday of each month, 9.30am. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Claire Henson via email (email@example.com) or via phone (07538 888790) for more information.
006 AUTHORS TALKS
Special Forces Brothers in Arms by Patric McGonigal
The McGonigal brothers, Eoin and Ambrose were fiercely independent characters. Born and educated in southern Ireland to a catholic family but raised in Belfast, they wasted no time in enlisting at the outbreak of War in 1939. Both outstanding sportsmen, their leadership potential was quickly recognised.
Eoin was one of the first two officers selected from an Irish regiment for Commando training in 1940. After leading a troop at the River Litani battle in Syria, he became the youngest of the original officers selected for the fledgling SAS and quickly made a name for himself. Tragically, he was lost after parachuting behind enemy lines in Libya. His body was never recovered and many unanswered questions remain today.
Ambrose, having carried out multiple coastal raids with the Commandos and winning two Military Crosses, later led operations for the SBS in Yugoslavia and Italy. Post-war, he had a short but notable legal career as a Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.
Light is also shone on the brothers' close friend, the legendary Blair Mayne and the controversial decision to downgrade the award of his Victoria Cross.
This is a thought-provoking account of lost and fulfilled potential and unswerving loyalty at a time of political and religious turmoil
Patric McGonigal was born in Dublin. Once described as a Celtic warrior in a suit, he is an international disputes lawyer. A modern nomad, he has lived and worked in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Singapore and Tokyo. Married to Tami, with two grown-up children, this is his first book.
Patric will talk about his book.
Hosted by Company of Makers' co-founder Steve Bomford.
Patric's talk will be followed by an interactive Q&A session, so you'll have the opportunity to get involved and he'll answer as many of your questions as we can squeeze in.
007 DERBY WAR MEMORIAL VILLAGE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
008 VETERANS SUPPORT
The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;
Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123
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