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RHQ Mercian Nottingham (newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk ) and we will send you the ENews update.

The telephone extension numbers for RHQ MERCIAN Nottingham (0115 9465415) are as follows;

Asst Regt Sec;                        Ext 5220
E1 Admin;                               Ext 5215
Assistant Curator/Archivist;     Ext 5219


Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

You can also view the Newsletter in pdf format here (http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/newsletter)


Patron: HRH The Princess Royal

President: Brig P Dennis CBE 

12 July 2024     WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 15 Issue 29

24795405 WOII (CSM) Graham ‘Ted’ Johnson

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 24795405 WOII (CSM) Graham ‘Ted’ Johnson, of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire died on 7 July 2024 aged 55.   Ted was born in BMH Hannover and lived in Retford prior to joining the 1st Bn WFR on 20 Jan 1987.  He served in various locations throughout the world with the Regiment and then with the 2nd Bn, The Mercian Regiment, upon amalgamation. He also served with the RRT at Chilwell.  Ted was awarded a Mention in Despatches in 2002 for gallantry.  He was also awarded the UN Medal Cyprus, GSM NI (including oak leave), the NATO former Yugoslavia  2nd numeral, the NATO Medal with Clasp Former Yugoslavia, the Operational Service Medal Afghanistan with clasp, the Accumulated Service Medal and the LS&GC.  Ted was discharged from the Army on 27 Mar 2011.  He then worked as an Operations Manager in Iraq and for Lincolnshire Police in the Control Room.  He leaves behind,  his wife Emma and their daughter Aimee and his older daughter Bryce, step-sons Matthew & Joshua and grandchild, Scarlett .  Messages of condolence can be sent to Emma at Elj5405@yahoo.co.uk



On Sunday 7 July we held the 101st Pilgrimage to honour the fallen of the Sherwood Foresters , the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters and The Mercian Regiment.

The Bishop of Repton led the service and was supported by clergy from the Catholic Church , Crich Parish and the Padres of 1 and 4 Mercian . The Colonel of the Regiment’s representative, Brig Andy Cox MBE, gave a moving Address and informed the crowds that the regimental mascot was to be promoted.

The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire and a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire led the Civic parade of dignitaries from our recruiting area of Mercia.  The Mercian band played beautifully throughout .

Also on parade were the Mercian cadets from Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire (who assisted throughout the day) , the Standard Bearers and the Colour Parties from both 1 and 4 Mercian .

Throughout the weekend, soldiers of 1 and 4 Mercian and RHQ helped set up the Pilgrimage and thanks go to them as well as many others, for their assistance in ensuring that the tradition from 1923 continues and our fallen are never forgotten.

The Pilgrimage ended with the well deserved promotion of LCpl Derby XXXII to full Cpl



A Talk By / Audience with WW2/Cold War Veteran Bill Wheeler

Bill Wheeler joined the Royal Air Force on the 28 August 1943 as an aircraft apprentice training to be an electrician. This was the beginning of a career with the service that saw Bill posted to Pakistan for 2 years, followed by 9 months of air crew training in Canada. Qualifying as a navigator, Bill was posted to Germany for 2½ years. He served on V Force bomber squadrons for 5 years during the Cold War, when he and his colleagues were on short notice standby in the event of a nuclear attack, sometimes as short as 15 minutes to be airborne.

On Saturday 20 July 2024 Bill will be giving a talk on his varied and interesting career with the RAF and what it was like to live with the very real, ever-present threat of nuclear war and his experiences of flying as one of the crew members on V bombers. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and have a chat with Bill at the end.

Venue: Alvechurch Village Hall, 10 Bear Hill, Alvechurch B48 7JX – there is a free car park close to the hall.

Time: 13.30 for 14.00 start

Cost: £5.00 – inc.ludes light refreshments.

Booking is advisable, payment can be made on the door.

Contact Sandra Taylor: friendsoftheworcesters@gmail.com



There are still 11 places left if you would like to march at this years Remembrance Parade in London.
If you would like to go all I require is.

Full Name
Regimental number
Place of birth
Dates served
Regiment served
Next of Kin
Full name
Phone number

The eligibility criteria is as follows:
Ex-service personnel from the UK and the Commonwealth who have served the Crown.
Retired emergency services personnel from the UK and Commonwealth who have served the Crown.
Partners or first-generation family members of those who served in His Majesty’s Armed Forces and have died.

This only includes the following:
Wives, husbands, partners or civil partners

Those marching on behalf of their organisations that have historically played a significant role in times of conflict, supporting the Armed Forces community or who are key organisations in Remembrance.
A carer of a veteran requiring wheelchair assistance
Please contact Neil Howard for more information.



You are invited to the Gheluvelt Gardening Club, which will take place on the 2nd Monday of every month going forward.

If anybody has any task or ideas they would like to put forward please drop me an email or phone call ahead of the session.

When: Second Monday of every month at 11:00 am. (The next one is on Monday the 13th)

Where: Gheluvelt Park (Sons of Rest Building)

All are welcome to join the incredible park keeper at Gheluvelt park for gardening activities.

Activities available to take part in our as follows;

Weeding • Leaf collection • Planting • Pruning • Litter-picking • Cleaning

Contact Nathan for more info: Nathan.Gunnell@worcester.gov.uk



Trouble with knees and things.........

 Did you know........

As a veteran, you can ask for a referral to a specialist Orthopaedic clinic at The Robert Jones & Edith Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY107AG. There is a specific Veterans Clinic run by Lt Col Carl Meyer, an Army Reserve consultant surgeon who also works with 202 Field Ambulance and Reserve Hospital. A friend applied for a referral on 16 March, this year, and on 3rd May, a week ago, had a hip replacement, a total of just over 6 weeks. Lt Col Meyers specialises in hips and knees. If you don't mind a few days away from family, He can assure you it's more like an hotel than a hospital, and the foods really good. Having a long wait ahead of you at your local GP and hospital, this might be the way to go to achieve a much quicker result.

What is it?
A service for military veterans to have their hip or knee arthritis assessed and, if appropriate, have joint replacement surgery and is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer, Military Consultant Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgeon at Oswestry’s specialist orthopaedic hospital. Lt Col Meyer is an Army Reserve officer who has been on three tours to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon with 16 Medical Regiment, 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital.

Who is it for?
Anyone who has been in regular military service, including national service.

Where is it?
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH), Oswestry, Shropshire SY107AG ,and is a centre of orthopaedic excellence specialising in lower limb replacement surgery.

When is it?
Outpatient clinics are held fortnightly at RJAH. (Normally on a Wednesday)

How do I obtain an NHS referral?
Through your GP - Ask to be referred to the VETERANS’ HIP & KNEE SURGERY SERVICE at Oswestry - And ask your GP to make a named referral to Lt Col Meyer�

Contact information Email:

rebecca.ann.jones@rjah.nhs.uk Fax: 01691 404067 Tel: 01691 404344

Your records at your GP needs to be annotated with the NHS issued codes for military/veterans, take photocopies of your red discharge book, because he will ask for proof that you're a veteran.

 Military medical codes

 13J1. Military veteran

 13JY. History relating to Military Service

 13qo. History relating to Army Service

 13q1. History relating to RN Service

 13q2. History relating to RAF Service

 13q3. Served in the Armed Forces



The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health or any other difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)

Forces in the Community  Tel 0115 922 0320 https://www.forces.org.uk/

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

Safe Harbour 07799 671 979  janeager06@yahoo.co.uk


 07 June 2024         WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 15 Issue 24

Thanksgiving Service

Brigadier R G Silk CBE

You are reminded that a Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the life of the late Brigadier Ronnie Silk is to be held at 10.15 am on Sunday 23rd June 2024 in Repton School Chapel, Willington Road (B5008), Repton. This will be followed by refreshments in the 400 Hall Theatre Foyer: the family extends a warm welcome to all. For catering purposes, those who wish to attend are asked to notify Ian Silk (i.silk@icloud.com) before Friday 14th June. Parking is available in the nearby Repton School Sports Centre car park; Blue Badge holders should notify Ian who will arrange parking next to the Chapel.


As part of the events commemorating the 80th Anniversary of D Day on 6th June 1944, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham City Council and the Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council invite you to a service of remembrance for those from the County of Nottinghamshire who fell on the beaches of Normandy. This will be an open-air Drumhead Service officiated by the Padres of Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force and include a parade of County Veterans and Standards, the Act of Remembrance and close with the sunset ceremony, with the band of the South Nottinghamshire Hussars Association providing the music. The service will be informal and open to all. Apart from the march on of the Veterans and Standards, there will be no formal parade and no laying of wreaths.
All Veterans are invited to take part in the Veterans’ Parade together with their Standards. No RSVP is required, just turn up on the day, but please note the earlier report time below.  Further details:

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2024.

Location: Memorial Gardens, Victoria Embankment, Nottingham NG2 2LA Time: The service starts at 7.00pm. Veterans and Standards should report to the Parade Marshall at 6.30pm.

Car Parking: County Hall Car Park (NG2 7QP) is open to all attending with pedestrian access to the Memorial Gardens across the footbridge.

Seating: The service is open air with participants and spectators standing throughout. There is limited seating available for those who require it.

Dress: Regimental tie and decorations for Veterans on parade. Serving members of the Armed Forces and Cadets may wear uniform.

This is the first time that the City and County have organised a service like this combining the formal with the informal and incorporating an act of remembrance, a traditional drumhead service and the sunset ceremony. Please give it your support. This note has a deliberately wide distribution, but it will have missed some so please pass it on to other interested parties who may wish to attend. We look forward to seeing you on the day.


The annual reunion took place on Saturday 1st June at Worcester Rugby Club. The weather was warm and sunny and there was a good attendance with figures being higher than last year.





On Saturday the 22nd June 2024  Worcester Branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (W.F.R.A.) will be holding a Commemoration Service at The Worcestershire Regimental Stone in Gheluvelt Park opposite the Memorial Archway gates barbourne Road WR3 7AA. We are holding this event on this day as we will be joining the City Council and other organisations commemorating 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings 6th June 1944. The Worcestershire Regiment had a delayed landing in Normandy due to storms and other logistical problems arriving there on the 22nd June 1944 so it will be 80 years to the day.

In attendance will be Vice Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, other VIP`s

The ceremony will be 10:30 start. and will last 45mins to 1 hour.

The Ceremony will start with the Standards being dipped in salute to the Lord Lieutenant.

 A welcome and address by Lt Col (Retd.) Mark Jackson OBE, (Chair of Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Worcestershire and President of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.) on the run up to the Regiment landing and the fight through Normandy as part of the 43rd Wessex Division and on through Northern Europe.

Reverend Lindsey Coulthard of St Stephens will conduct the religious part of the ceremony with a reading by a member of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.

Blazers, berets, medals.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.



Although the Armed Forces Flag will be flown from the flagpole adjacent to the Sir Peter Hilton Memorial Garden throughout Armed Forces Week, please be aware that unfortunately there will be no flag raising ceremony or parade on the Monday 24 June.


The Mayor of Broxtowe has sent the following invitation to RHQ

I am delighted to invite you to join me to show your support for our Armed Forces as soldiers from Royal Engineers Works Groups exercise their Freedom of the Borough at a military parade through Stapleford Town Centre on Saturday 29 June 2024 at 11.00am. Please line the streets of Stapleford from 10.30am ready for an 11.00am parade.

Please note there will be no formal reception or reserved seating during the parade


Saturday 8 June 2024 "Dad's Army" - the characters real wartime stories by Chris Green

13.30 for 14.00 start.

“Dad’s Army” is one of the classics of British Television comedy which, at its height, was watched by 18 million viewers. A series that followed the antics of the Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard platoon during WW2. But behind the comedy, many of the men who have given us those laughs actually served their country.

Of the core seven members of the series, five served during WW2, two were officers, one was a Sergeant Major, one was a prisoner of war. Two of them had served in WW1. Of the wider cast of the show, one made parts for Spitfires, one was in the army of occupation in Japan and one flew in Lancaster bombers. This is the story of their real wartime service…and its writers too.

Chris Green has a passion for telling stories that bring Britain’s past to life. With a degree in history from the University of Birmingham, he spent most of his career in industry before setting up ‘The History Chap’ in 2020. His YouTube and Podcast channels have over 1m visitors a month.

All talks take place at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Ankerage Green, Worcester WR4 0DZ.

Parking is free and unrestricted outside the venue.

Start time for all talks: 13.30 for 14.00 start.

Admission: Friends of the Museum: £3.00 Non-Friends: £5.00

Light refreshments included

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