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It is with sadness that we notify you that  22582490  Cpl. Joe Gandy who served with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment  1950 - 1957 and was a Malayan Veteran. He passed away in the early hours of Monday the 16th April 2012.For those wishing to write in condolence to his wife Hazel, her address is 21, Scholars Walk, Droitwich , Worc`s. WR9 9LD The funeral will take place at 13:00 Hrs, on Friday the 4th of May at St Nicholas` Church, Ombersley Rd, Droitwich Spa. WR9 8JE. Sat Nav. 52°16'2.51", -2°9'26.55" Opposite the railway station. Branch Standards are welcome

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We Regret to inform you that 22593240 Pte Lawrence William Reginald Gardner passed away at Worcester Royal Hospital on the 19th of March 2015.  Lawrence enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on the 20th September 1951.  Lawrence Served in Malaya as a signaller and was discharged on the 17th September 1953.  He started civilian life as a carpet fitter for Francis` of Malvern, then going on to work as a subcontractor until retirement. The funeral will be held on 9th April at 10:15 at  Lansdowne Methodist Church,  Lansdowne Crescent. Malvern.  Worc`s  WR14 2AP.  Standard Bearers and Association Members Welcome. Letters of condolence can be written to Lawrence`s wife , Mrs Margaret Gardner. 144 Brook Farm Drive, Malvern. Worc`s. WR14 3SJ.

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 It is with regret we inform you that 4981875 Pte Cyril Arthur GLOVER of Nottingham died on 26 April 2013 aged 93. Cyril enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in June 1940 and served at El Alamein and Anzio before being transferred to The Royal Leicestershire Regiment in November
1944. 

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It is with sadness we inform you that 2 Lt John GOATLY of Fernhurst, West Sussex died on 31 March 2012 aged 94. John (Hoppy) joined the 1/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in February 1940 and went with it as part of the BEF to France before being evacuated through Brittany some time after France had fallen. He then went with the Battalion to the Far East where he served as the battalion intelligence officer in Singapore. John was taken prisoner by the Japanese from hospital on 15 February 1942 after being wounded in the left lower leg by a bullet at Bukit Timah. He was placed in work group 7, at Kanburi and held in various working camps until released in 1945. His funeral is to take place at St Margaret’s Church, Fernhurst, West Sussex on Wednesday 11 April2012 at 1300 hours.                          

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      It is with regret that we inform you that 22797121 Cpl Derek GOODMAN of South Normanton, Derbyshire died on 19 January 2013 aged 78. ‘Benny’ joined the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in March 1952 as a National Serviceman and was posted to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in March 1953 for service in Korea. He left the Army in 1955.

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  It is with sadness we inform you that Major S G Goodman of Lyonshall, Herefordshire died on 9 January aged 101. He enlisted in The Worcestershire Regt in 1933, served in Plymouth with 1 Worc R and China and India with 2 Worc R rising to be RQMS by 1942. From 1944-52 he served in RQMS appointments in Norway, UK and with 1 Para in Germany before being commissioned in 1953. He then served as QM of the Gold Coast Regt, from 1958 with 1 Worc R in Jamaica and spent his last 7 years service as QM 7 Worc R. His funeral will take place at Hereford Crematorium at 1215 hours on 24 January which would have been his 102nd birthday. Standards welcome

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It is with sadness we notify you that 4979497 Sgt Walter GOODYEAR of Derby died on 20 December 2016 aged 99.  Walter enlisted at Derby on 15 February 1940 and served with 14 Battalion The Sherwood Foresters throughout North Africa, the Anzio Beachhead and the Gothic Line in Italy until it was disbanded on 30 December 1940.  He was then posted to IRTD at Benivento Graz, Austria and then 5CCG before being demobbed on 1 February 1946.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

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It is with regret we inform you that Pte 14377539 William Arthur GOUGH died on 11 June 2015 aged 91 years.  Arthur joined 1st Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment in 1943 and fought with the battalion in Normandy in the Caen battles including Hill 112, Mont Pincon and Berjou.  He was at Vernon for the Seine crossing and in the advance into Holland and Germany. He was a Dispatch Rider and following a motor cycle accident in early 1945 was discharged later that year.  His funeral was held at St. Michael's Church, St. Michaels, near Tenbury Wells at 1200 hrs on Monday 29 June.

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 1434845 LCpl Charles Edward GOUGH passed away last month aged 95. “Ted” originally enlisted into the Royal Artillery, Heavy Anti Aircraft, and transferred to the Worcestershire Regimentduring World War 2. He was released in January 1946.

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It is with sadness we inform you that 23951388 Sgt William Albert GOULD of Bournville Birmingham died on 5 July 2016 aged 69.  Bill enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1963 and remained with it when it amalgamated in 1970 to become 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  He left the Regiment in 1979.  His funeral is to take place on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 1430 hours at Lodge Hill Crematorium, Weoley Park Road, Birmingham B29 5AA.  Association members and Standards welcome.  Donations in memory to SSAFA.  For those wishing to write in condolence Bill's sister can be contacted at Ms H Gould, 38, Hanover Court,
Redditch B97 5ET

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 It with sadness that we inform you that 23982884 Cpl Patrick Greenan, 1 WORC R and later 1 WFR died on 19th July 2012 aged 66.  Paddy joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on 6 Sep 1963 and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk , Cyprus and UK . He served after amalgamation with 1 WFR and left the Army in May 1971.

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It is with regret we notify you that 5732344 WO2 Albert GRICE of Kidderminster died on 5 January 2014 aged 89. Albert enlisted into the Dorset Regiment in WW2 before transferring to 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment where he served with C Coy in Iserlohn, Germany and British Guyana.  In 1959 he was posted to 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a PSI and in 1960 was promoted to WO2.  He returned to the 1st Battalion in 1962.  Funeral details willbe promulgated when known.

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 It is with sadness that we inform you that 23472332 Pte Idris George GRIFFITHS of Kidderminster died on 22 September 2011 aged 73. Idris joined The Worcestershire Regiment in May 1956 and served in Germany and the West Indies as a Regimental Cook. He left the Army in April 1963. His funeral is to be held at Stourbridge Crematorium on Friday 7 October 2011 at 10:20 am. The family would appreciate Branch Standards in attendance. For those wishing to write in condolence his wife Jean can be contacted at 50 Land Oak Drive, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 2SY

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It is with regret we notify you that 4987104 CSgt (CQMS) Albert William Everitt GROCOCK of Newark, Nottinghamshire died on 14 April 2016 aged 93.  Albert enlisted in 1942 into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters before being posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Anzio, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.  In 1947 he was posted to the Depot, Derby before beingattached to 17 PTC in Leicester.  He left the Army in 1949.  Albert was a long time member and staunch supporter of Newark WFRA.  His funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 1200 hours at Hawtonville Methodist Church, Beech Avenue, Newark NG24 4JN.  Family Flowers only. Donations may be made to Church Funds.  Funeral Directors E Gill & Sons Ltd, 55 Albert Street, Newark NG24 4BQ.


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 It is with regret we inform you that 23527377 PTE Anthony George HAIL Passed away on 12th December2015. George enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment on 20/08/1957 seeing service in the Caribbean, after discharge from the Regiment on the 19/08/1960 George enlisted into the Reserves until 19/8/1964. After military service George became a jeweller in Birmingham and later going on to work in engineering at Morganites of Worcester for 35 years. Funeral is on Wednesday 30th December at 10:00hrs at Astwood Cemetery, Tintern Ave, Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8EB. Standards, Bugle and Association members welcome

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It is with sadness that we notify you that 4978845 Sgt Archie HALLAM DCM of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire on 2 April 2010 aged 90. He joined the 2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Allestree Park in 1939 and went with it to France as part of the BEF. He was later evacuated through Dunkirk. Whilst at Galashiels he broke his thumb while playing football and spent several weeks in hospital. On discharge from hospital he was posted to the newly formed 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Markeaton Park Derby. He went with it to North Africa and was involved in the Battle of El Alamein later moving with the Eighth Army to Tunis. He then went to Anzio with the Battalion where he was wounded by shrapnel. On returning to duty he remained with the 14th Battalion until it was disbanded at the Battle of San Savino where he won his DCM.. He was then posted to 6th Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment in Austria in December 1944 before being discharged in April 1946. He then returned to Eastwood and became an Engine Winder at Underwood Colliery until he retired at age 65. He was recommended for the MM but was given an immediate award of the DCM.

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"For outstanding bravery and initiative in the fighting at San Savino on the night of 5/6 September
1944 and on 13 September 1944. During the night 5/6th September, B Coy were ordered to attack San Savino. Early in the attack the Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant of Corporal Hallam's platoon both became casualties. The fighting became very confused owing to the presence of enemy tanks in the built up area. Cpl Hallam, however, immediately assumed command of the platoon and quickly gained control of a situation which, without adequate leadership, would have prejudiced the outcome of the operation. He quickly reorganised the platoon and commanded it with skill and initiative throughout the heavy fighting which followed. Again in the dawn attack on San Savino on 13th September the Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant of Cpl Hallam's platoon were wounded on the S.L. Cpl Hallam again assumed command and carried out the intricate and difficult task which had been allotted to his platoon. He assaulted and seized a key house in the village from which two enemy machine guns were firing. The seizure of this house did much to ensure the success of the whole operation. Cpl Hallam then led his men to attack and capture two further houses, taking many prisoners and making a firm base from which the rest of his company were able to complete its task with success. The outstanding initiative and determination of this NCO to hit the enemy on every possible occasion did much to ensure the success of the Battalion attack. He displayed all the best qualities of a junior leader, and his power to inspire men and to make quick decisions were an example to all."

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   It is with regret that we inform you that 23743861 Pte Rex HANSON of Jacksdale, Notts died on 8 February 2017 aged 76.  Rex enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in December 1959 and served with it in Malaya, NI, Cyprus and Germany.  He left the Army in 1968. For those wishing to write in condolence the address is Mrs Enid Hanson, 10 Wagstaff Lane, Jacksdale, Notts NG16 5JJ.   The funeral is to take place at St Mary’s Church, Westwood, Church Hill, Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire NG16 5QG on Monday 6 March 2017 at 1430 hours. After the Service and Internment there will be a buffet at the Dale Club, Main Road, Jacksdale NG16 5HR.  Association Standards and Members welcome     

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It is with sadness we inform you that Mrs Barbara Harris passed away on Thursday 23 May
2013. Barbara was the wife of 23735878 WO2 (CSM) Roy (Rolly) Harris 1 WFR and he would
be pleased to hear from any friends or comrades. Rolly can be contacted on 01204 435223.
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Ron Harris,  W.F.R.A.  Secretary,  Kidderminster Branch . Sadly passed away, July 29th 2011. Funeral at St Mary`s Church, Kidderminster. 10 am , 11th  August  2011

                                                                                                                                                

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 14901280 Sgt Colin HARRISON of Long Eaton, Derbyshire died on 11 February 2017 aged 90.  Colin enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in January 1945 and served with it in Egypt, Palestine and Trans-Jordan. He was wounded by shrapnel from a land-mine in Palestine in April 1947 and after having spent time in Bir Yaacov Military Hospital was discharged in April 1948.  Funeral is to take place at St Michael Church, Breaston Square, Breaston, Derbyshire DE72 3DZ on Monday 13 March 2017 at 1145 hours followed by committal at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote NG9 3GJ at 1315 hours. Family flowers only, but donations can be made to Cancer Research.  Association Standards and Members would be welcome. The Wake is to be held at the Chequers Inn, 10 Main Street, Breaston DE72 3DX   To assist with catering it would be appreciated if those mourners wishing to attend the Wake could notify Colin’s daughter, Cheryl on Kevin.stubbs@flogas.co.uk

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It is with sadness we inform you that 5258274 Sgt Harry HARRISON CBE of Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire died on 12 March 2016.  Harry enlisted in June 1940 in 11th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and served in C Coy.  When the 11th Battalion became 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment he remained with it serving in North West Europe throughout World War 2.  He left the Army in 1946 and was later awarded the CBE for his work in engineering.

                                                         

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It is with regret we inform you that 24503152 Michael A HARRISON of Long Eaton, Derbyshire died on 13 January 2015 aged 53.  Mick enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on 11 September 1978 and left on 31 January 1986.   He served in the Corps of Drums.  Funeral details will be promulgated once known.

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 It is with sadness that we notify you that  Cpl C J ‘Ciggy’ Harvey 22492447 who served with the Worcestershire  Regiment in Malaya, as the Commanding Officer’s driver, died on 3 April 2012. For those wishing to write in condolence to his wife Jean, her address is 17 Hednesford Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 1JP. His  funeral is to take place at  St Augustine’s Church, Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 2AB on Wednesday
18 April at 1130 hours.  Branch Standards Welcome.

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It is with sadness that we report that 30144038 Pte Matthew Sean James HASELDIN of Settle, Yorkshire was KIA in Afghanistan on Thu 3 November 2011 aged 21.  Matthew enlisted into The Mercian Regiment in February 2011 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in August 2011 where he served with C Coy and in September he deployed with the Battalion to Afghanistan .  Matthew was KIA in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province while on an operation to maintain freedom of movement for the local population, when his patrol came under attack from insurgents and he sustained a fatal gunshot wound.   Matthew is to be repatriated through Brize Norton on Thursday 10 November 2011.

For those wishing to write in condolence, all correspondence should be addressed to Mr Alan Haseldin, c/o Capt J Pickering, RHQ MERCIAN, Heath Avenue, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9TJ.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23553000 Pte Lawrence Raymond HEARNE of Coventry died on 27 February 2016.  Lol was called up for National Service in 1958 and posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters where he served in the Band. He left the Battalion in 1960 whilst serving in Malaya.  Lol was a staunch member of Coventry Branch WFRA

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The funeral of LCpl Steven Charles (Hemmo) HEMMINGS of Carlton, Nottingham who died on 25 November 2011 is to take place at Wilford Hill Crematorium on Friday 9 December 2011 at 1240
hours. Standard Bearers, if available are requested to be in attendance. Family flowers only. Those wishing to donate towards a bench in memory, which will be situated in the picnic area at the Crich Memorial, are asked to make their donations payable to Mr T Harrison and forward same to Crich Warden, Regimental Memorial, Plaistow Green Road, Crich DE4 5GX. Following the committal, mourners are invited to join the family at The Chesterfield Arms, 50 Main Road, Carlton NG4 3H
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It is with regret that we inform you that 23907982 Sgt Raymond John HENSHAW of Nottingham died on 25 March 2016 aged 71.  Ray enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and remained with it on amalgamation.  He left in 1971 but re-enlisted shortly thereafter and served until 1988.  The funeral of 23907982 Sgt Ray Henshaw who died on 25 March 2016 is to take place at 1230 hours at

Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham on 19 April 2016.  Standards welcome

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It is with sadness we inform you that 451261 A/Capt John Barry (Tracker) HENTON of Merton, Oxon died on 31 December 2013 aged 78.  Tracker was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in October 1956 and served in Malaya as OC Tracker Platoon in 1959 before being posted in 1960 to the Depot Staff in Derby. He left the Army in 1962.  His funeral is to take place at Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxon OX3 9RZ on Thursday 16 January 2014 at 1115 hours.  The family invite mourners to join them at Studley Golf Club in Horton after the committal.

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It is with sadness we inform you that 481655 Maj Michael George Anthony HENTON of Newton Tony, Salisbury died on Sunday 29 January 2017 aged 72.  Mike was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1966 and became Recce Pl Comd in BAOR.  He continued to serve with The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment after amalgamation.  In July 1970 he was posted as an Assistant Instructor at Netheravon Guided Weapons Wing before being attached to 1 STAFFORDS in August 1972 as a Coy 2IC and then Adjutant in UK and BAOR.  In 1975 he was appointed OC Trg Coy at the Depot, Lichfield before taking up the post of Major GSO3 in Brunei in 1977.  This was followed by appointments as Major, Depot Prince of Wales Div, Major SO2 G2 MIO(A) SMIU Hong Kong, Major 11 UDR, Major SO2 Dis (CTS) DI, Major Sennelager Trg Area BAOR and as Major SO2 G3 Trg (Cadets) at Bulford from where he left the Army in 1990.  His funeral is to be a family only funeral.  Should anyone wish to send a letter of condolence, the details are: Mrs Frances Henton, Sherwood House, Newton Tony, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0HF

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 It is with regret we inform you that 14375398 Pte Ronald Herbert HICKMAN of Witney, Oxford died on 3
March 2016 aged 94.  Ron joined the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters at Bizerta, Italy in August 1943 and served in B Coy.  He was wounded at Volturno and evacuated to North Africa. He was then transferred to the Dorset Regiment in May 1946.  He was a founder member of the Oxfordshire Branch of the Italy Star Association.  His funeral is to take place at St Mary's Church, Witney, Oxfordshire on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 1300 hours.

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23253233 L/Cpl Barry Hill of Pedmore Worcestershire died on 22 August 2015.
He enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment in 1954 and served with the
1st Battalion in Iserlohn, the West Indies, Minden and Lydd. The
funeral will take place at 1100 hours on 8 September at Stourbridge
Crematorium. Standards welcome

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It is with sadness we inform you that  Malcolm  'Casey'  Hill ex Worcestershire Regiment died on the 28th August 2014. Malcolm served in A Coy at Jamaica and Minden. His funeral is take place on 3 October 2014 at 1215 hours at  Powke Lane Cemetery & Crematorium, Blackheath, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 0AD

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It is with sadness we inform you that 22375049 Pte Reginald Ernest HILL passed away in hospital on Saturday 8th October 2016.  Reginald enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment as a National Service Soldier in 1950.  Reg saw service in Malaya with 'C' Company, 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, then being discharged in 1952. In civilian life Reg worked at Metal Box, Worcester for over 30 years.

Reg`s Funeral will be held at 12:15hrs on the 25th October 2016 at Worcester Crematorium, Astwood Road. Worcester. WR3 8EB.   Standards and Association members welcome.

Letters of condolence can be written to Reg`s wife, Mrs Pat Hill 18 Fox Drive, St Peters, Worcester. WR5 3TQ

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It is with great sadness we notify you that 407875 Brigadier Charles HINCE CBE DL (late the Sherwood Foresters and Royal Welch Fusiliers) died 16th September 2012 aged 82. Chas was called up as a National Serviceman in January 1948. In August 1948 he went to OCTU as a
Gunner but in 1949 he was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters joining it in Goslar. In 1956 he became Adjutant of the 5th Battalion and rejoined the 1st Battalion to go with
it to Malaya in 1958 as 2IC B Coy and in 1959 he was appointed GSO3 Ops/Trg 17th Gurkha Division. He then went to Staff College Camberley in 1961 before being posted as GSO2 AFNORTH in Norway. In 1964 he returned to the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Cyprus
as A Coy Comd. In 1966 he attended the Joint Service Staff Course No 66 at Latimer and on completion was posted to the School of Infantry in Warminster as an All Arms Wing Instructor. He was then posted to Berlin as OC C Coy 1 STAFFORDS. In 1969 he transferred and Commanded
1st Battalion The Royal Welch Fusiliers in Hong Kong before being posted to Northern Ireland as GSO1 Ops/Plans in Lisburn. In 1975 he was posted to SHAPE as Col GS Joint Ex Planning Staff, this was followed by a posting as Senior Army DS at the National Defence College, Latimer. His
last appointment in the army was as Comd 160 Inf Bde. On retirement he took up a post as Bursar of St Edmund’s College, the oldest Roman Catholic school in Britain and did much to modernise and improve the administration.
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  It is with regret we inform you that 21013238 WO2 (RQMS) Reginald Walter HOAD of Derby died on 2 April 2013 aged 95. Reg served with the Grenadier Guards during WW2 and after
demob joined 5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters, remaining with it when it amalgamatedwith the
8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1961 to become the 5th/8th Battalion Sherwood
Foresters. After completing his TA service he joined the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force as Chief Clerk and served with it from 1976 to 1982.  
                                                                                                                                                          

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It is with sadness we report that 5252486 Pte R G HODGETTS MM of Worcester died on 27 October 2011 aged 91. He enlisted in the TA in 1939 and served with 8th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in France in 1940 until evacuated from Dunkirk in June. He was later sent
as a reinforcement to 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in North Africa and was taken PoW when Tobruk fell in June 1942. In late 1942 he was transferred to a PoW camp in Italy from which he absconded after the Italian surrender in September 1943. He was recaptured twice but escaped again on each occasion. He was awarded the MM for his courageous escape activities. On returning home after hostilities ceased in Italy he was transferred to the RAOC until demobilisation after the war.
                                                                                                               

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It is with regret that we inform you that 22593211 Pte Eric Albert HODGKISS of Brierley Hill, West Midlands died on 24 March 2012 aged 79. Eric served as a National Serviceman with 1 WORC R in Malaya
                                                                                                                                                      

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 493434 Lt Col John Hodgson TD passed away on 26 April following a short illness.  Lt Col Hodgson enlisted into the ranks and was Private and Officer Cadet 3 WFR in 1971 and 1972.  Following his commission in 1972 he was posted to B Bty RA (3WFR).  He was subsequently promoted to Captain where he held the appointments of 2IC A Coy and OC E Coy before being promoted to Major.  Following his departure from 3 WFR he joined the pool of Watchkeepers and served in Bosnia as Lt Colonel.  Following a private cremation, a thanksgiving service will be held at St Mary’s Parish Church, Shirenewton NP16 5HT on Tuesday 13 May at 1400 hours.  This will be followed by the Wake at the Huntsman Hotel, Usk Road, Shirenewton NP16 6BU  Anyone wishing to send letters of condolences can do so to Mrs Ann Hodgson 35 Laurel Park St. Arvans Chepstow NP16 6ED   
 

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It is with regret we inform you that Lt E Roger HOFFEN of London died on 6 October 2012 aged 76. Roger served with the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1955.

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It is with deep regret that we inform you that 23472786 Sgt Clifford HOUSLEY of Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire died on 5 March 2016 aged 76. Cliff joined The Sherwood Foresters as a boy soldier in 1956 and served in Malaya, Canada, Libya, Germany, Northern Ireland and UK. He accepted voluntary redundancy in 1969 on the amalgamation of The Sherwood Foresters with the Worcestershire Regiment when it formed The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. After leaving the Army Cliff joined Nottinghamshire Constabulary before becoming a Director of Carter's Soft Drinks Company. In 1996 he was appointed Assistant Curator/Archivist of the Regimental Museum and was responsible for the complete overhaul of the museum archives and artefact collection as well as rebuilding the Gallery in Nottingham Castle. He retired in 2004 and was appointed as a Museum Trustee where he continued to work tirelessly to the benefit of the Museum. He was the author of some 17 regimental history books and built and maintained a Sherwood Foresters database of some 136,500 officers and soldiers of the regiment. Cliff was a stalwart member of the Association Executive Committee and fundraised several thousand pounds for the Regimental Memorial at Crich. He dedicated his life to the Regiment and will be sorely missed.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known. For those wishing to write in condolence his eldest daughter is Mrs Andrea Barker, 8 Stirling Grove, Kimberly, Nottingham NG16 2TS. (We have been informed that the Nottingham Post is to publish a full page obituary on Saturday 12 March 2016)
The funeral of 23472786 Sgt Clifford Housley who died on 5 March 2016 is to take place on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at Longmoor Lane Cemetery, Longmoor Lane, Breaston, Derbyshire DE72 3BB at 1030 hours followed by a celebration of his life at Trent Lock Golf & Country Club, Lock Lane, Long Eaton NG10 2FY. Donations in Memory to The Crich Tower Memorial Fund  to RHQ MERCIAN, Heath Avenue, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9JT. Floral tributes to Co-op Funeralcare, 88-90 Derby Road, Long Eaton,NG10 4LB. A donation box will also be situated in the Cemetery Chapel. Standards welcome.  Those attending are reminded that there is only a small chapel within the Cemetery.  For those who were unable to obtain the Nottingham Post on Saturday 12 March, the relevant article can be viewed here

It is with sadness we inform you that Mrs Erica HOUSLEY widow of the late 23472786 Sgt Cliff Housley 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters died on 29 April 2016

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It is with sadness we inform you that 2Lt John Edward HOWLETT of Loughborough died inOctober 2012. John served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters as a National ServiceOfficer 1952 – 1955. For those wishing to write in condolence, his wife Betty may be contacted
at 16 Ashleigh Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3HW

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It is with sadness that we inform you that Lt William Anthony Darrel HOYLE of Jordans, Buckinghamshire died on 15 January 2012. Tony joined the Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and served in the ranks with both 1st and 2nd Bns. In 1943 he was commissioned into the 1st Battalion
Sherwood Foresters before moving to 14th Battalion in April 1944. He was wounded at San Savino in September 1944 and spent his next six months in hospital. On being released from hospital he
was attached to the 2/5th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment in April 1945. He returned to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in October 1945 and left the Army in November 1946. His funeral is
to take place at Amersham Crematorium on 30 January 2012 at 1130 hours. For those wishing to write in condolence, Mrs W Hoyle’s address is held by RHQ.
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It is with regret we inform you that 23791728 Pte Ronald HURST of Newark died on 19 July 2011 aged 72. Ronald served with A Coy 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman 1959 – 1961.                                                                         

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It is with regret that we report that Ex Colour Sergeant Geoffrey Mark HUTTON of Minard, Argyll died on 12 January 2012 aged 61. Geoff served with A Coy 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and
Sherwood Foresters Regiment (Volunteers) in the early 1970s. For those wishing to write in condolence his widow, Marion resides at Dunaven, Victoria Park, Minard, Argyll PA32 8YN
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It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that Pte Michael Ihemere died whilst taking part in routine training at Catterick on Thursday 28 August 2013. Letters of condolence to Pte Ihemere’s widow should be sent to: Mrs B Ihemere c/o Captain Elms, Unit Welfare Officer, Welfare Office,1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, Marne Barracks, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire DL10 7NP
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  It is with regret that we notify you that 24150977 A/CSgt Stephen Jaffrey of Worksop died on 23 October 2015 aged 66.  Steve enlisted in 1976 with 3WFR and served with HQ and E Coy.  He was discharged in 1988 after 12 years service. His funeral will be on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 1450 hours at Brimington Crematorium, Chesterfield S43 1AU. Association Standards and members welcome.  

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It is with sadness we inform you that Lily JAKEMAN, wife of Roy, Dudley Branch, passed away in hospital

this morning 2nd March 2015 after a short illness. Letters of condolence can be sent to Roy at 8 Quendale, Womborne.WV5 8JZ.   Funeral arrangements will be posted here when known

It is with sadness we notify you that Pte Denis Roy JAKEMAN of Wolverhampton died on 5 March 2016. Roy served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman from April 1956 to May 1958.  He saw service in the Caribbean, Belize, North Africa and BAOR.  On leaving the Army he served with the TA until 1964.

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It is with regret that we report that Mrs Zena James, widow of Maj H H H James The Worcestershire Regiment, died on 15 February 2012. Her funeral is to take place at Woking Crematorium at 1230
hours 8 March 2012.
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  It is with regret that we inform you that 5253719 Pte Walter Arthur James of Worcester died on 11 August
2013 aged 94. He served with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment from 1939 in India and Germany and demobilised in 1945. His funeral will take place at St John’s Church, Worcester WR2 5BS at 1315 hours on the 23 August. For those wishing to write in condolence his next of kin is his nephew Mr P James, Priest Hole, Priestfields, Hanley Castle, Worcestershire WR8 0AU.
                                                        

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It is with sadness we inform you that 22672858 Cpl Peter Arbon JEFFREY of Ilkeston, Derbyshire died on 29 July 2012 aged 78. Peter joined the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman in 1951 and was discharged in 1954. On leaving the Army he worked for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. Peter was a former Borough Councillor and Mayor of Erewash and was a founder member and Branch Secretary of Ilkeston Branch WFRA.
 
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We regret to inform you of the death of 24049857 Pte Kenneth Charles JEWKES of Dudley died on the 21st June 2016 aged 70. Kenneth enlisted at Wolverhampton into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on the 3rd March 1965. Kenneth trained as a tracked vehicle driver in which "He showed great interest in his vehicle and cheerfully worked long hours on maintenance". Kenneth went on to serve in the UK, Gibraltar, Tobruk, and Cyprus. Kenneth was discharged on 29th October 1971 at Warminster, going on to serve with the reserve until 1977.  In civilian life Kenneth worked in Highway Maintenance for Dudley Council until retirement.

The Funeral will be held on Thursday the 7th July at 14:00hrs at Gornal Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Gornal Wood, Dudley. West Midlands DY3 2RL.  Association members welcome.

Letters of condolence can be sent to, Rachael Bayliss 56 Bluebell Road, Dudley West Mids DY1 4EN

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It is with regret that we inform you that Captain Kenneth William JOHNSON of Southend-on-Sea, Essex died on 31 January 2012 aged 91. Johnny was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and was then transferred to 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Italy in October 1944 and appointed OC A Coy. He was involved in the last few battles of the Gothic Line Assault before moving to Greece, Italy and Austria with the Battalion.

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It is with regret we inform you that 24326991 Pte Paul JUKES of Peat Inn, Fife died on 16 September 2014 aged 58.  Paul served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 1973 to 1980 in Belize and Northern Ireland before being posted to the Y6 List after an accident at a RUC Station in 1975.  His funeral took place at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Friday 26 September 2014.  For those wishing to write in condolence, his father Ron Jukes (Ex Sherwood Forester) is in Trinity House Nursing Home, Mace Street , Old Hill, Cradley Heath B64 6HT

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It is with regret that we inform you that 22435117 Private Ronald James JUKES of Birmingham died on 5 October 2015 aged 83 years. Ron was called up as a National Serviceman in November 1950 and served with the RASC until May 1951 when he transferred into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Germany. He completed his service on 30 November 1952. Ron was the Standard Bearer for Birmingham Branch and when that Branch went into suspended animation he continued to carry the Standard at the Annual Pilgrimage to Crich and many other events. His funeral is to take place on Monday 19 October 2015 at Rowley Regis Crematoriam, Powke Lane, Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 0AD at 1345 hours. Family flowers only. Donations for the Stroke Association may be sent c/o Andrew Jones of F P Gaunt Sons Ltd, High Street, Blackheath B65 0EE.                                              


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It is with regret that we inform you that 23515671 Pte Gordon Robert KEETLEY (also known as Robert England) of Nottingham died on 2 February 2017 aged 76.  Gordon was called up as a National Serviceman in June 1957 and joined the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Malaya and Borneo before moving to 17th Ghurka Division.  He left the Army in June 1960.  His funeral is to take place at Wilford Hill Crematorium, Nottingham on Monday 27 February 2017 at 0940 hours.  Refreshments afterwards at the Coopers Arms (Top House), Hoewood Road, Bulwell. Family flowers only but donations may be made to Army of Angels.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23682623 Cpl Brian (Buster) KIMMONS of Bolsover, Derbyshire died on 3 September 2012 aged 72. Buster served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Malaya 1958 to 1961 and left the Army on 7 October 1964. His funeral is to take place
on Monday 17 September 2012 at Bolsover Methodist Church at 1230 hours. Standards are requested to attend

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It is with regret that we inform you that 14704066 Pte Eric Raymond KING of Warley, West Midlands died on 25 September 2016 aged 91.  Eric was called up in January 1944 and on completion of training was posted to the 6th Battalion The North Staffordshire Regiment with which he went to France 23 days after D Day.  In August 1944 he was posted  as a re-inforcement to 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment after the crossing of the Orme and served with B Coy. On 20 September he moved with the Battalion in the long column to Eindhoven where the Battalion went forward to Elst and after fierce fighting cleared the town on 25 September.  The next major battle for the Worcestershire Regiment was Tripsrath in November.  In May 1945 Eric was again posted, this time to 2nd Battalion The Warwickshire Regiment and with it served in Palestine and Egypt.  He was demobbed from the Army in December 1947.  In civilian life Eric became a postman.  His funeral has taken place.

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It is with sadness we report that 14165488 Sgt Stephen KINSON of Ilkeston, Derbyshire died on 23 June 2012 aged 88. Stephen enlisted into the 2ndt Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in April 1947 at Nathania in Palestine. In 1949 he was seconded to the Royal Leicester Regiment and served with it in Hong Kong and Korea before being posted back to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in May 1953. He remained with the 1st Battalion, serving in Malaya, UK and Cyprus before leaving the
Army in March 1969.

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 It is with sadness we report that Worcester Branch Member 22492451 Cpl Robert "Bomber" KNOWLES passed away in Gloucester Hospital on Sunday 8 January 2017 after a long illness. Bomber enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment, MT Platoon. Serving 20 years, in Malaya, British Guiana, Germany, Cyprus and UK. Robert`s two sons also enlisted into the Regiment. In civilian life Robert was employed as a Ministry of Defence Policeman, then as a driving instructor. His funeral will be held at 1215 hours on Monday 6 February at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB. Standards and members welcome. Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Jean Knowles. 10 The Hamptons, Wellington Road, Ombersley. Worcestershire. WR9 0EA.
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It is with regret that we inform you  that Arthur Lambert ex Worcetser    & psi Kidderminster has passed away.(more exact details will be published when informed Arthur's funeral will be on Monday 28th July 2014  at 1200hrs at:- Wyre Forest Crematorium & Cemetery Minster Road Stourport on Severn  WorcestershireDY13 8DE Telephone 01562 740850 Afterwards at The Kidderminster Masonic Centre (The Kidderminster Cricket Club Ground), Chester Road North (Offmore Lane), Kidderminster, DY10 1TH. To which all are invited.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 22219593 WO2 Ivor J LANGSTONE MBE of Uttoxeter died on 12 September 2012 aged 85. Ivor served with the Royal Air Force during his National Service and on discharge in 1948 he joined the 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment TA. He then transferred to the Regular Army in July 1958 and served with the 1st battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in the Caribbean, N Africa, BAOR, Gibraltar, Tobruk, Cyprus, N Ireland and UK. He remained with the regiment on amalgamation in 1970. In 1972 he served in Berlin as Weapons Training Warrant Officer with 1 WFR Command Coy. He also served with B Company 1st Battalion Mercian Volunteers as their Senior PSI and was a major influence in the
development of the Company where he was an excellent PSI and a very good ambassador of the Regiment. He left 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on 19 December 1977.                                                                     

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It is with regret we inform you that 4976669 Sgt Francis Alan LAWMAN of Worksop, Nottinghamshire died on 1 January 2013 aged 92. Titch joined 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1937 and served in UK, Norway and Northern Ireland before being transferred to the Recce Corps in 1941 (becoming REME in 1942) and served in Iraq, Palestine, Tunisia, Italy (Salerno and Anzio) before being returned to Haifa on medical grounds. In 1949 he rejoined 8th Battalion and was promoted to Sgt and given the new number of 22220840. He was discharged in 1961 after 24 years service.                                                                                                            .....................................

It is with sadness that we inform you that 23701751 Peter LAWRENCE of Chesterfield, Derbyshire died on 1 November 2012. Peter joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1958 and left it in 1967. He served in the West Indies, BAOR, UK and Gibraltar.                                                                                         .......................................

It is with regret that we inform you that 23248517 LCpl Kenneth LEA of Nottingham died on 17 May 2012 aged 76. Ken joined the Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman on 16 August 1955 and was discharged on 15 August 1958. After his Army service he worked at the Sugar Factory in Newark before becoming a lorry driver. His last job before retiring was as caretaker at Milford Primary School in Clifton.
His funeral is to take place at 1115 hours on Friday 1 June 2012 at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote. Standards are invited.

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 23580147 Pte Kenneth (Ken) Edmund LEEK died on 16 January 2016.   Ken enlisted into the Catering Corps in August 1958 before joining the  1st Bn the Worcestershire Regiment and served as a Regimental Cook, serving with them throughout his career, including in the West Indies, until his discharge in August 1960. The family have extended an invitation to the WFRA to attend the funeral: Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 1310 hours. St. Benedict Biscop Church, Church Road, Wolverhampton WV5 9EZ

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It is with sadness we inform you that 5253920 Pte Edward James (Benny) LENCH of Kidderminster died on 10 December 2013 aged 95.  Benny enlisted in November 1939 at Norton Barracks and was posted to 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment where he served with 13 Platoon C Company until August 1941 when he transferred to the Royal Engineers No 40 Movement Control. He left the Army in May 1946

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It is with regret that we inform you that Lt Col Derek LESTER of Wirksworth, Derbyshire died on 25 January 2012. Derek was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in May 1946 and then
served with the Special Air Service 1955 to 1957, the Trucial Oman Scouts 1962 to 1964, then with MI 6 in 1965. He then served with the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion 1966 to 1967 before being posted as a Lt Col with Quatar Armed Forces in 1968. This was followed by an appointment as a Col Chief of Staff in 1972. Derek retired from the Army in April 1978.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23685890 Cpl David LICENCE of Humberstone, Leicester died on 19 September 2012 aged 71. Dave enlisted into The Royal Leicestershire Regiment in December 1958 and joined its 1st Battalion in Germany where he served in B Coy. He then
transferred into the Sherwood Foresters in February 1962 and served with the 1st Battalion in MT later joining A Coy and serving with it in Cyprus and Munster. He left the Regiment in December 1967 and then joined the TA in 1972. Dave was a staunch member of Derby WFRA.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 24866936 Cpl Timothy John LUNDY of Worcester died on 16 March 2017 aged 44 years. Timothy joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in January 1990. Whilst with B Company 1 WFR he served two tours in Northern Ireland and saw service in Jordan, Yugoslavia, Cyprus and Bosnia. In 1997 Timothy transferred to the Royal Military Police, being discharged on 28th September in Bulford with Exemplary conduct. In civilian life Timothy was employed in protective security in Baghdad, Iraq protecting the British Embassy Diplomats and staff. After this he joined Wiltshire Constabulary then the Metropolitan Police achieving 3 Commendations and Advanced level two driving qualification. The Funeral will be held at 1215 hours on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.  Family flowers only, a collection will be held in aid of SSAFFA Worcester / RBL.   Standards and Members welcome.   After the service mourners are invited to the Retreat at Norton, Worcester WR5 2PT. Letters of condolence may be sent to Timothy`s Sister, Karen Hunt. 55 Mandalay Drive, Norton. Worcestershire. WR5 2PL.

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