Gheluvelt Park .Remembrance Parade
Notes from the Ceremony at The Regimental Stone Thanks go to Worcester Branch Secretary Maurice Smith
This to remember the men of the Regiment who served in the campaign at Gallipoli in 1915 where Lieutenant
Herbert James of the 4thBattalion was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Lt James ,acting as liaison officer attached to the Royal Scots Regiment, in action in July 1915 when at a bend
in a trench he came to a point where a heap of dead bodies blocked the trench. There he found one of his
bombers, Private Parry, lying wounded. To protect him Lt James hastily formed a low barricade of sandbags on
top of the dead bodies and organised a temporary defence. With two rifles and a sack of bombs Lt James
held the trench single handed, alternatively lying behind the barricade to fire his rifle then rising to bomb
the Turks who were attacking the position, Amid a shower of bombs he held his ground until
reinforcements arrived and the wounded Pte. Parry was got back to safety. For his gallantry in that fight and
the preceding action Lt James was awarded the Victoria Cross; being the first soldier of the Regiment to gain
the highest award for valour in WW1.
The ceremony will also remember the 1st Battalion, as members of the 43rd Wessex Division, who were the
first British troops to cross the River Seine at Vernon, north of Paris in 1945. On the 26th of August the
townspeople of Vernon remember the men who liberated their town at a memorial of Malvern Stone in
a lay-by where the Regimental Aid post was situated during the battle.
The 7th Battalion will be remembered for their part in the battle of Kohima, Burma in 1945 where a village
was captured after one day of heavy fighting. It was later discovered from captured documents that the
Japanese had been ordered to hold out for ten days. During the campaign at Kohima the Battalion lost 42 all
1950 – 1953 saw the 1st Battalion in action during the
Malaya Emergency and Veterans of that period are on parade today. The Battalion lost 21 men during that tour.
The day started at the Sons of Rest Pavillion in the Park with a cuppa and biscuits provided by our Treasurer
Libby Massam, many thanks. There was the two presentations from Association Secretary Major (Retd.)Bob Prophet. that took
place, the first was to Worcester Branch Member Dave plant a Malay Veteran for all his hard work and dedication to the Branch
and Association. Over the years he has been instrumental in the erection of two memorials to the
soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment. The first was at the `Worcesters Layby' on the Tilly road, near the
village of Vernonettte, France. In August 1944 After crossing the Seine with the 43rd Wessex Division at
Vernon, Fierce fighting took place where the Regiment were up against a stubborn counter attack by the
Germans who had two tiger tanks at hand. That occasion was remembered in todays ceremony.
The Citizens of Vernon and Vernonette hold remembrance services at the 'Worcesters Layby'
cemetries, memorials and the Town Hall on the 26th of August each year.
Dave supplied the transport and took the Malvern Hills stone there at his own cost. The second memorial is
the Regimental Stone where todays ceremony took place, Dave provided the labour and got materials
donated for the work. Dave has also been a Branch Standard Bearer for many years.
Rachel Kent who attended todays Ceremony with her son Fin was presented with items from Worcester
Branch, they were, a WFR beret and capbadge a shoulder title, a framed print of the WFR badge and a
WFR poppy lapel badge for her son`s 'wall of memory' to his Uncle, L/Cpl S Kent Who was in a fatal accident
whilst on duty in Northern Ireland.
Also in attendance were two WW2 Veterans of the Worcestershire Regiment who served at Vernon they
are Eric Tipping and Barry Freeman.
Mrs Pat Smith who Husband served in the Worcestershire Regiment, lives in the bungalow next to
the Regimental Stone was able to watch the parade from her garden.
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