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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
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23 February 2024 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 15 Issue 08
23472653 Pte Frederick George ‘Freddie’ COSGROVE
Freddie Cosgrove was born in London in 1938. After a childhood spent in children's homes he was called up for his National Service in Nottingham in April 1956 . After completing basic training, he was posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Dempsey Barracks , Sennelager in Germany in January 1957. In January of the following year he returned with the battalion to the UK and then deployed with them to Malaya in June 1958. The battalion were stationed in Johore Bahru and carried out anti-terrorist patrols in the jungle for what turned out to be the last 2 years of the 12 year Malayan Emergency. Although Freddie had signed on for a 3rd years service, his time was up in May 1959 , when he returned to UK and was discharged. After discharge he lived in Wrotham in Kent and worked variously, on the railways and as a long distance lorry driver. He met Bridie, his future wife, in 1974 and they married in 1983. In 2004 he and Bridie returned to Nottingham where he is remembered by all as a loyal member of the Malayan Veterans Branch of WFRA and a fanatical Nottingham Forest Supporter.
His funeral will take place at 1400 hrs on Tuesday 5 March at Wilford Hill Cemetery, NG2 7FE, after which Bridie has invited mourners to the Willow Tree on Rufford Way, NG2 6LS.
It is with great sadness that we let you know that 4987704 Cpl Graeme ‘Sweeney’ Walter TODD, of Derby, died on 18 February 2024 aged 92. Sweeney was born in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire where his father was serving with the RAF and in 1945 followed his brother (Donald Todd) into The Sherwood Foresters. Sweeney was a bandsman with the 2nd Bn and 1st Bn and played the clarinet and saxophone and spent his career in the UK and Germany. He left the army in 1958. He then worked for United Biscuits working his way up to Area Manager, Sweeney married his wife, Anne, in 1955 and they had a son David.
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Funeral details to follow.
24578183 Pte William ‘Luc’ George LUCAS
It is with great sadness that we inform you that 24578183 Pte William ‘Luc’ George LUCAS of Barry, Wales, died on 21 January 2024, aged 60. Luc was born in Banbury and later moved to Derbyshire and he joined 1 WFR on 21 August 1980. He served with C Coy in the UK, including NI, Canada, Germany, the USA and Cyprus. He was awarded the GSM NI and UN Cyprus medals. Luc left the Army on 8 February 1989. Following his discharge, he met his, then, wife and they subsequently moved to Wales and had 3 children; Jessica, Charlie and Elliot. Luc retrained as Day Service Support Worker, working for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, with people with challenging behaviour and disabilities, a job that he excelled at with his quite, thoughtful and supportive manner. His funeral took place on 16 February in Barry, Wales.
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001 CYPRUS UN 60th ANNIVERSARY
The Cyprus High Commission to the UK intends to host an event to mark the 60 years of UNFICYP’s presence in Cyprus and to honour the British veterans who were the first to serve in Cyprus. The High Commissioner is seeking to find members of Sherwood Foresters who were in Cyprus in 1964 but who only for those participated in UNFICYP Mission, not in any other tour or mission in Cyprus. The High Commissioner is keen to make contact with any of our veterans who fit this bill, or their descendants. It is proposed that the event will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 21 March 2024 at the Cyprus High Commission in London. Due to limited capacity, please note that invitations will be shared at a later stage.
Any Sherwood Foresters, or their descendants, who meet this criteria, are asked to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary email@example.com
002 MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT - WFR COLLECTION
SHERWOOD FORESTERS ALE
Did you know that we have teamed up with Lincoln Green Brewing Company and now have a Sherwood Foresters Beer?
We receive a portion of the profits which will go towards the future of the museum. The beer can be purchased online or via Lincoln Green Brewing on facebook, Company outlets.
Click on the link below to find out more!
Sherwood Foresters Golden Ale
We are looking for volunteers to help with an upcoming project! Could you give a day or a half and help us with our website?
Click on the link below to find out more!
FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
Do you have a Sherwood Forester in your family and would like to know more about their service?
Then get in touch with our Research Service below to find out how to get started.
Family Research Service
ANZIO LANDINGS - 80TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
New display alert! To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the landings at Anzio, we now have a temporary exhibition on the Foresters role at the landings.
See it now in the gallery Nottingham Castle on facebook until June 28th.
For details about how to visit our gallery, then check out our website.
003 GHELUVELT PARK GARDENING CLUB
There will be a tree planting session on Friday 23 February 10:30hrs with Gheluvelt Park Gardening Club if anyone is interested in coming along to help.
Meet by Sons of Rest Pavilion.
Tools will be supplied.
004 BUDDY BUDDY GROUP
The Buddy Buddy group, based in Chesterfield, is a Tri-Service, multi cap badge group for veterans (although serving personnel are invited to come along), both male and female, of all ages. It is an informal group that meets once a month with a guest speaker and food. Although not a formal support group, it applies the Buddy Buddy system that was used whilst serving; looking out for each other.
The group meets on the last Thursday of each month from 1800 – 2000 hours. Full details are on the flyer and you can also contact Oli Barnes (ex WFR/Mercian) at firstname.lastname@example.org
005 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
M A DACK
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