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President: Brig P Dennis
16 February 2018 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 9 Issue 7
001 RE-DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL TO 306541 PTE G W JACKSON: CARLTON-IN-LINDRICK SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2018
The family of 306541 Pte George Wallace JACKSON 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters who was KiA on 21 March 1918 erected a statue in the form of an infantry soldier in the grounds of St John's Church Carlton-in-Lindrick, Worksop, Nottinghamshire in his memory. This Grade II listed memorial has been re-furbished and is to be re-dedicated on Saturday 17 March 2018 by the Right Reverend Tony Porter, Bishop of Southwell assisted by the Reverend Mark Orr, Rector of St John's.
The programme is in the form of a Memorial Service at 1200 hours followed by a parade to the Memorial at 1245 hours and the Dedication at 1300 hours. Members and Standard Bearers are invited to attend to represent the Regiment and Standard Bearers should parade outside the main doors of the church at no later than 1145 hours.
The dedication will be followed by refreshments at the Parish Centre (a cash bar will be available). Those wishing to attend should inform the Branch Secretary, Worksop Branch WFRA with proposed numbers.
002 19th SHERWOOD FORESTERS OFFICERS' LUNCHEON CLUB
The 19th Sherwood Foresters Officers' Club Annual Lunch is to be held in London on Saturday 7th April 2018 in The Army and Navy Club, 36 Pall Mall, London. Full details on booking can be found here.
Plans are underway for a WFR officers lunch to be held in 2020 to celebrate 50 years since the formation of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot). The event will be open to those who were commissioned into WFR, their wives and widows. If you'd like to receive further information when it becomes available, please reply using this link with your rank, name and email:
WFR 50 Years Officers' Lunch 2020
004 REGIMENTAL BENEVOLENCE
The attention of all members is directed towards the new veterans gateway that was launched on 20th June 2017. This is the single point of reference for any veteran who requires assistance.
005 2 MERCIAN ON OPERATIONS 2017
The Commanding Officer, Lt Col BM Wilde MBE, writes:
During the latter half of 2017 the Battalion has been deployed on three operational tours in very different environments. The Falkland Islands, Iraq and South Sudan presented vastly diverse climatic challenges. Arctic like conditions were experienced in the South Atlantic, the rainy season in Africa and the searing dry heat of the desert in Iraq. The roles differed significantly from providing a physical presence and a deterrent on The Falklands whilst utilising a unique training opportunity in extreme arduous conditions; to UN Peacekeeping Operations in Africa and contributing to the fight against Daesh in the Middle East
We must not forget that those who remained in the UK contributed to a number of exercises and enduring UK based operational commitments. The Battalion has been exceptionally busy during 2017.
2018 offers yet more interesting challenges: inclusive of a NATO overseas exercise in the Baltic States; Company level exercise on Salisbury Plain; public order training; recce, snipers, mortar and anti-tank specialist training cadres; skiing in France and of course numerous sporting fixtures for our football and rugby teams Our focus is on the impending unit move to Cyprus in the summer and being qualified to undertake an operational role in the Mediterranean. This will offer our officers, non-commissioned officers, soldiers and their families a unique and an exciting opportunity to have an adventure in a foreign country for two years before we return to the UK and hopefully the North-West
A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Secretary
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