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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

  13 October 2017   WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 8 Issue 37

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that 24471862 LCpl Martyn Frank EVERARD of Whitchurch, Shropshire died on 7 October 2017 aged 57. Martyn joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1978 and served until 1990.  He saw service in Colchester, Belize, Germany, Brecon (Wales), Cambridge and Omagh (Northern Ireland). He was a strong member of the Assault Pioneer Platoon and at the end of his career served in the MT Platoon.  He had the distinction of having a Cartoon Character ”Everard Edbutt” named after him in an Adult comic book. Funeral details to be notified when known.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife Sue can be contacted at: Mrs Sue Everard, 54 Beech Avenue, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1UE.

FUNERAL OF 24471862 LCpl M F EVERARD

The funeral for 24471862 LCpl Martyn Frank Everard who died on 7 October 2017 is to be held on Friday 20 October 2017 at 1030 hours at St Alkmunds Church, Church Street, Whitchurch SY13 1LB.  He will then be buried at Tilstock Cemetry SY13 3JL. The wake will be held at the Raven Pub SY13 2AF which is 1 mile from the burial site.  All former members of 1WFR who knew him are welcome. If any standards can make the journey please contact Jessie James on 07949549744

 

001   CENTENARY OF PTE FRED DANCOX VC - 21 OCTOBER 2017

The event to to mark the centenary of Pte Frederick George Dancox VC is to take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 in Worcester.  The parade will set off from the Cathedral at 1100 hours and finish at Dancox House where a plaque will be unveiled. 

As part of the unveiling of the Dancox VC plaque a Guard of 60-100 Mercians, with the Mercian Regiment Band, will be exerting the Right of Freedom and marching past the Guildhall where the Lord Lieutenant will take the salute.  All members and Standard Bearers are encouraged to attend and take part in the parade.

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) are organising a dinner on the evening of Saturday 21 October 2017.  Those wishing to attend, or to obtain further details are requested to contact John or Pam at
museummercian@btconnect.com

002   103rd ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF GHELUVELT - SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017 WORCESTER
 

On Sunday 29 October 2017 the 103rd Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony is to take place at Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester. WR3 7AA.  Timings are 1115 for 1130 hours.  All welcome.

003   NOTTINGHAM UNITED SERVICES CLUB - 2018 NORMANDY BATTLEFIELD TOUR: MONDAY 14 TO FRIDAY 18 MAY 2018

This is a unique opportunity for those living in the East Midlands as the whole tour will take place in a comfortable executive coach that will pick up and drop off in Castle Gate , Nottingham. If you have always meant to tour the D Day beaches and Drop zones in Normandy , this is your chance.

The Nottingham Club’s 2018 Battlefield Tour will look at the amphibious and airborne landings of Operation OVERLORD on 6 June 1944.  The tour will be guided throughout by John Cotterill of the Guild of the Battlefield Guides. The beaches and fields of Normandy:  the land of cider, camembert, crepes and calvados, are particularly scenic in May.

The Group will be accommodated throughout in the Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel in Caen on a bed and breakfast basis. All travel will be in a comfortable executive coach with DVD player and coffee making facilities.

Pick up will be on the morning of Monday 14 May from the Club, Castle Gate, Nottinghm at 0900 hrs.  The Group will cross on Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen 1445-2130 hrs.  On 15 May the Group will visit Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery, SWORD Beach, Ouistreham and Hillman Bunker. On 16 May they will visit GOLD Beach, the MULBERRY Harbour museum in Arromanches, the Longues sur Mer Battery, the Colleville US War Cemetery and OMAHA Beach.  On 17 May they will visit the Bayeux CWGC Cemetery for an Act of Remembrance, the Bayeux Normandy Museum, the Bayeux Tapestry and a calvados distillery.  On 18 May the Group will cross on Brittany Ferries from Caen to Portsmouth 0830 – 1315 hrs. Drop off will be at the Club, Castle Gate, Nottingham at about 1800 hrs.

The price of this tour is £750 per person for those sharing a twin or double room and £899 per person for those requiring their own room. There are only 20 places available on this tour. To secure a place (or places) on this thought-provoking battlefield tour please pay a 50% deposit by cheque or bank transfer and send your details (full name, date of birth, passport number, passport expiry date) to John Cotterill on or before Thurs 26 October 2017. Balance will be payable on or before Fri 16 March 2018.  Cheques made payable to Cotterill Battlefields and sent to 1 Norbett Close, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5GL. Bank transfers to “Cotterill Battlefields”, Sort Code 51-70-06, Account Number 76711579.  Queries or bookings please to John Cotterill on 07733 458971 or
john.cotterill@btinternet.com

004   HOMELESS CHARITIES SUPPORT

In support of the following charities;  Emmanuel House, The Friary, Football in the Community and Trent Bridge Trust in support of the homeless, Col David Sneath successfully completed a sleep-out with about 100 others on the touchline at Notts County Football Club on 6 October 2017.  The Charities have raised about £70,000 so far and if you are interested in supporting David you can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-sneath

 

 

A H L McDOUGALL
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