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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

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President: Brig P Dennis

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President: Brig P Dennis

15 February 2019      WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 10 Issue 07

OBITUARY
 

RIDLEY Vivian Howard MBE QGM: 426990 Lt Col

It is with regret that we inform you that 426990 Lt Colonel Vivian Howard RIDLEY MBE QGM of Salisbury died on 3 February 2019 aged 87.  He was called up as a National Serviceman in 1950 with the F.R.R.C. before attending Eaton Hall and RMAS.  Vivian was commissioned 2nd Lt on 6 February 1953 into the Wiltshire Regiment where he served as a Pl Comd in Warminster, Chester and Cyprus 1953 to 1957. He was then appointed Adjutant of Depot the Wiltshire Regt and Depot Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regt (DERR) at Devizes, 1957 to 1960 before being Seconded to the Ghana Army 1960 to 1961. He was then posted to 1 DERR and served with it in UK, Malta and Cyprus 1961 to 1963 before attending Staff College at Quetta and Camberley in 1964. He then served as a Major Exchange DAQMG HQ Canadian Armed Forces 1965 to 1966, 1DERR Coy Comd BAOR and British Honduras 1968 to 1969, DAAG MOD(A) M6 London 1970 to 1971, 2IC 1st Battalion DERR Berlin and N/Ireland 1973 to 1975, DAAG HQ Prince of Wales Div 1975 to 1976 before being posted to 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters as Commanding Officer 1977 to 1979.  Vivian was then appointed Monitoring Officer CLAMOR in Rhodesia 17 December 1979 to 31 March 1980 before taking up the post of AAG/CRLS HQ Eastern Dist 1980 to 1982.  He finished his regular service as SO2 AG2b (DAAG B AG2) MOD Stanmore 1982 to 1986.
The funeral is being held on Tuesday 26th February at Salisbury Crematorium, Barrington Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP1 3JB Tel: 01722 333 632.  

No flowers, but donations to The Rifles or  RGBW.

001   BADAJOZ DAY 2019.
SCARLET JACKET TO BE RAISED, FOR THE FIRST TIME, ON THE ROOF OF NOTTINGHAM’S COUNCIL HOUSE ABOVE THE OLD MARKET SQUARE.

On Saturday 6 April this year Sherwood Forester Old Comrades will be remembering, as they do every year, the part the Regiment played in the storming of the French held fortress city of Badajoz in Spain in 1812. On 6 April 1812 Lieutenant McPherson of the 45th (Nottinghamshire Regiment), which became the 1st Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters , was one of the first men to scramble from a long ladder into the castle , that crowned the summit of Badajoz. Lacking a Union flag with which to signal the fort’s capture, he ripped down the tricolour and hoisted, in its place, his own scarlet jacket. To commemorate this, on Badajoz Day for the last 207 years the Sherwood Foresters and their successors have hoisted a scarlet jacket on a flagpole wherever they are serving in the world and read out the story of the battle to inspire soldiers of the present day. This ceremony has taken place in recent years in, amongst other places, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan. In addition the Regiment’s local Old Comrades always raise scarlet jackets in Nottingham and Derby.

If you want to see the jacket raised this year and hear the dramatic tale of Badajoz, come along at 1030 am to the Old Market Square in Nottingham. If you want to march with the Old Comrades be there by 1000 am. In Nottingham, the jacket has been raised traditionally at the Castle. Due to renovations there, this year it will be raised on the flagpole on the roof of the Council House. The Lord Mayor will be represented by Catherine Arnold ; the Sheriff of Nottingham and all Old Comrades have been kindly invited in for a hot drink in the Council House after this unique ceremony.

002   NOTTS & DERBYS AREA MEETING

The next meeting of the Notts and Derbys Area is to be held on Saturday 9 March 2019.

Time: 11.00 hours.

Location:
The Royal British Legion Social Club,
16 Hall Croft,
Beeston
NG9 1EL 

Refreshments will be available on arrival from 10.30 hours.

003   WORCESTER MUSEUM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is seeking to recruit  a group of approximately 20 volunteers to help in the Museum Display in the Museum and Art Gallery in Foregate Street. The idea is to have ex-soldiers manning the desk at the entrance where they can welcome all visitors whether individuals or groups, explain what is in the display and chat about life in the Regiment. If you could spare half a day, or even a full day, once  a week you would be very welcome indeed. There is no doubt at all that the impact upon the public, and particularly the young, will be greatly enhanced by chatting to former soldiers.

If you are interested, please contact the Curator at the museum, John Paddock, on 01905 721982, or musuemmercian@btconnect.com

004   D DAY 75th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIONS

The Royal British Legion is calling on people to help spread the message to D-Day veterans who are eligible for a fully funded trip to this year’s 75th anniversary commemorations in the UK and Normandy.

In January, the Legion announced its plans to take up to 300 Normandy veterans to France on a specially chartered ship to mark 75 years since the original D-Day landings. 175 veterans, who helped liberate France during the Second World War have already signed up to  travel on the MV Boudicca, but there is still the opportunity for more to join them, with the deadline for applications now extended until Monday March 4.  The Legion’s assistant director for commemorative events, Bob Gamble OBE said: “We believe it’s important that all veterans who contributed to the liberation of France who want to attend the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Portsmouth and Normandy are able to do so.  We are delighted at the response we have received so far but we still have space for more veterans to join their comrades who shared in those challenging wartime experiences in 1944.   Most importantly at this stage, we don’t want anyone who wants to take part to be left behind. If you have a friend or family member who is a D-Day veteran, or indeed if you are one yourself, please get in touch with the Legion and find out how to be a part of this historic trip."
See britishlegion.org.uk

 

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/17417223.dont-let-d-day-veterans-miss-out-on-75th-anniversary-trip-to-normandy/?

 

005  TALK ON GEOFFREY STUDDERT KENNEDY, WW1 PADRE

This event being organised by the Revd Dr Colin Butler MBE, Vicar at St Martin’s in the Cornmarket.
Friday 8 March at 14:00hr St Martins, The Cornmarket, Worcester, WR1 2DF.

It will take the form of a conversation between a historian, Dr Stuart Bell of Durham University, and a theologian, Dr Michael Brierley of the Cathedral. They are going to consider GSK as a ‘priest at war’.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/st-johns.college/research/fellows/currentfellows/stuartbell/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/canon-precentor-of-worcester-cathedral-reverend-michael-william-brierley



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