70th ANNIVERSARY VE DAY 8th MAY 2015
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
To commemorate Victory in Europe Day members of the Worcester Branch of The Worcestershire and
Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the new Regimental
Memorial Stone in Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester on FRIDAY 8th MAY at 11.00 hrs.
This is to remember the soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment who served at Home and in Europe, the
Middle East in Palestine and Eritrea, then in North Africa with the 8th Army and the siege at Tobruk
during World War 2 1939 – 1945.
Lt. P W Kerans, 1st Bn Worcestershire Regiment, was killed in action at the battle of Keren in Eritrea, which
was part of the Italian Empire, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1941. His brother won
the Distinguished Service Cross while in command of HMS Amethyst when it ran the gauntlet of Chinese
guns during a heroic dash down the Yangste River in 1949. The above paragraph courtesy of the Friends of
the Worcestershire Regiment Museum.
A young Worcester sailor on the Amethyst, Signalman Donald Porter was ,with other members of the crew,
interred by the Chinese. On leaving the Navy Donald enlisted in the 7th Bn The Worcestershire Regiment
(TA) and served as a Corporal in the Signal Platoon until the Battalion was disbanded in1967. Sadly Donald
is no longer with us.
Visit the Worcestershire Soldier Gallery of the Regimental Museum in the City of Worcester Museum,
Foregate Street, Worcester.
Next Commemorative Ceremony is at 10:45hrs on Wednesday 27th May 2015 in Remembrance of Dunkirk
please see May 27th on page 5 (dates for meetings / events) for more information on history.
Many Thanks to Nobby Clarke for the photos