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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

ranks killed.

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.

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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.

 

Apologies for any errors or mistakes with names / titles for corrections please contact through 'Feedback' page.

 

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L>, Rachel Kent with son Fin, Will Clarke Kidderminster Branch, Association Secretary Major (Retd.) Bob Prophet.
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Major (Retd.)Bob Prophet Reading out Citation for Dave Plant Worcester Branch member on his Merit award for all the work he has done for the Association and Branch
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L>, Major (Retd.) Bob Prophet, Albert Smith, Nobby Clarke, Jim Barnes, Sabrina Cumari BBC Hereford & Worcs, Miss Hewlett, Val Easterlow, Dave Plant Charlie Harding
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Dave Plant presented with his framed Merit Award and Citation
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Well done and well deserved!
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Major (Retd.) Bob Prophet. with Rachel Kent sister of L/Cpl Steven Kent who was tragically killed in a road accident in Northern Ireland in 1990
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L>,Brian Turvey Mercian Vols, Will Clarke Kidderminster Branch, John Walters, Alan Fish, Dave Plant, Neville Fairbairn al Worcester Branch
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Nearest L>, Chalky White Chairman Kidderminster Branch WFRA, Graham Bird Chairman Kidderminster Branch Mercian Volunteers
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Bugler, Harry Massam Chairman Worcester Branch WFRA
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nearest, Neville Fairbairn, Dave Plant, Alan Fish, John Walters all Worcester Branch WFRA, Will Clarke Kidderminster Branch WFRA
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L>, Barry Freeman, Eric Tipping WW2 Veterans Both crossed the Seine at Vernon with the 43rd Wessex Division, Charlie Harding and Des Singh Worcester Branch
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L>, Parade Marshall Maurice Smith Secretary Worcester Branch reads the historical facts for remembrance to the parade, Carol Ward, Pat Davis, Barry Freeman, Eric Tipping, Charlie Harding
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Last Post
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Reveille
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Barry Freeman & Eric Tipping advance to lay wreath
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L>, Chris Roberts, Jim Barnes, Eric Tipping John Hewlett Ron Bubb, Barry Freeman Charlie Harding, Des Singh, Nobby Clarke, Val Easterlow
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L>, Brian Turvey, Alan Fish, Dave Plant, Resident of bungalow next to Memorial is Pat Morris who`s husband served in the Worcestershire Regiment. John Walters, Will Clarke, Neville Fairbairn
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Barry Freeman and Eric Tipping have a talk with Sabrina Cumari of BBC Hereford and Worcester. Charlie Harding looking on.
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Gerald 'Nobby' Clarke & FDes Singh
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L>, Maurice Smith Worcester Branch Secretary, Miss Hewlett, Dennis Hodgkins of Norton Community
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Maurice Smith with Sabrina Cumari
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(Having a photo taken by the Worcester News Reporter) Rachel Kent who`s Brother L/Cpl Stephen Kent along with Cpl G Kirby were involved in a fatal road traffic accident on the 2nd February 1990 in Northern Ireland. Rachel is holding 2 of the 4 items donated by Worcester Branch for her son, Fin`s 'wall of memory' at their home.
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