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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

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President: Brig P Dennis

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Patron: HRH The Princess Royal

President: Brig P Dennis

03 July 2020        WFRA NEWSLETTER           Volume 11 Issue 28
 

001  THE WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee of the Regimental Association is pleased to welcome Gary Crosby as one of the representatives of the Notts & Derby Area, replacing Ronnie Smith of Derby Branch who has decided to step down for health reasons after many years of valiant and devoted service.

Gary represents two Branches -  Long Eaton and West Notts of which he is Chairman and 3 WFR of which he is Treasurer.

002  THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME.

This week marks the 104th Anniversary of The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, which was fought by the armies of the British Empire and French Third Republic against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies.

On July 1st the Battle of Albert began. The attack was made by five divisions of the French Sixth Army on the east side of the Somme, eleven British divisions of the Fourth Army north of the Somme to Serre and two divisions of the Third Army opposite Gommecourt, against the German Second Army of General Fritz von Below. The German defence south of the Albert–Bapaume road mostly collapsed and the French had "complete success" on both banks of the Somme, as did the British from the army boundary at Maricourt to the Albert–Bapaume road. On the south bank the German defence was made incapable of resisting another attack and a substantial retreat began; on the north bank the abandonment of Fricourt was ordered. The defenders on the commanding ground north of the road inflicted a huge defeat on the British infantry, who had an unprecedented number of casualties. Several truces were negotiated, to recover wounded from no man's land north of the road. The Fourth Army took 57,470 casualties, of which 19,240 men were killed, many of the dead and wounded were serving with Battalions from The Sherwood Foresters and The Worcestershire Regiments with some Battalions recording heavy losses of up to 80%. The French Sixth Army had 1,590 casualties and the German 2nd Army had 10,000–12,000 losses.

Over the 141 days of the battle more than three million men fought and one million men were killed or wounded, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

 

003  ARMED FORCES DAY

On Armed Forces Day in rainy and windswept Henley-on -Thames ex Forester John Green abiding by current social distancing measures “flew the flag” and raised £108 for the Poppy Appeal.  Well done John.

004  The 29th REGIMENT OF FOOT

Further to the article in Issue 21 of the newsletter if anyone has any photographs or memories of when the masonic lodge (Glittering Star 322) was attached to the regiment from 1759 to 1971.
Please forward them to the Editor via email newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

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


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