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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
20 April 2018 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 9 Issue 16
001 NOTTS AND DERBYS AREA MEETING 15 SEPTEMBER 2018
Please note that the venue for the next N & D Area Meeting is The Rufford PH, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield. The postcode for those with satnavs is NG19 7ES. Access to the car park is from Abbot Road and is about 100 metres from the X roads, the Chesterfield Road access is pedestrian only.
002 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON 2/5th BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS WW2
We have received a request for information on 2/5 Bn Sherwood Foresters in WW2 as follows;
"My father, Ronald Somerville, served in the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Italy, Greece and Austria in 1943-46. I am researching the history of the unit, with a view to potentially writing a battalion level history of its involvement in the second world war for publication.
I have consulted the documentary records in the National Archive, at the Regimental Museum, and at the Sherwood Foresters collection in the Nottingham Archive, but I wondered if there are still any members of the battalion still living who you could put me in touch with, or any relatives who might be able and willing to assist with memoirs or other material.
Information on any activity of the regiment during the war would be appreciated, as a I want to try and tell a complete story of what the war was like for men like my father. I am particularly interested at the current time in any information on the immediate post-war period when the battalion occupied southern Austria, and was involved in the seldom discussed political conflicts with Yugoslav forces, and with the handing over of Cossack and other eastern Europeans serving in the German forces to the Red Army. My wife and I are planning to visit the region later this year.
I know that there must be relatively few surviving veterans from this time, and regret not starting the research earlier, but any assistance you could give would be most gratefully received.
Dr Michael Somerville"
003 MAYOR OF WORCESTER LECTURE 24 APRIL 2018
Every year Worcester Civic Society arranges a guest speaker for the Mayor’s Lecture in support of their chosen charities as every Mayor of Worcester selects several charities they wish to support and help raise money for.
Entry to the lecture is free and open to everyone, voluntary donations to the Mayor’s chosen charities would be most welcome. This year’s guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jackson OBE who has extensive military knowledge and experience. During his lecture entitled “Your Regiment” Mark will talk about the Worcestershire Regiment, its forebears and successors, covering some notable episodes in its history and their impact. The talk will be illuminated by images of items and events and also show sites and parts of Worcester today that illustrate the relationship between the City and its Regiment from 1694 to the present day.
The lecture will take place in the Guildhall, Worcester City Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018. Be sure to put the date in your diary so as not to miss this most interesting talk! Further details may be found at:
004 8th FORESTERS NORWAY 1940 AND POW LUNCHTIME TALK TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018
At 1130 hrs on Tuesday 5 June at Perkins Carriage Hall in Plumtree ( NG12 5NA) Commander (Retd) Steve Foster RN will be giving a talk to publicise his book about his father Sgt Fred Foster of the 8th Foresters. The latter was captured in Norway in 1940 and made a daring escape from his PoW camp. The talk will be on both sides of a lunch which will be included in the admission price of £30. Profits will go to a local dementia charity. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to inform John Cotterill on 07733 458971 or email@example.com by Tuesday 29 May. He will collate names and pass them on to the organisers.
A H L McDOUGALL
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