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It is with sadness that I inform you that 23250887 L/Cpl Bill Dakin of the Derby Branch WFRA and who served with 1st Btn Foresters passed away on 18 July 2019.
Until illness prevented him from doing so Bill was a regular attender at the Derby Branch Meetings. 
Cards and letters of condolence should be sent to:Mrs Mada Dakin, 39 Victory Road, Allenton, Derby. DE24 8EJ.

The funeral of Bill Dakin will take place at St Edmunds Church, 33 Sinfin Ave, Allenton, Derby DE24 9JA, on Monday 5 August 2019 at 13.00hrs

Following the church service Bill will be taken to Nottingham Road Cemetery for burial.

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It is with sadness we inform you that 4984751 Cpl John DANN of Mansfield died on 18 August 2013 aged 90. John enlisted into the newly formed 70th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters on 29 November 1940 remaining with it when it became the 16th Battalion on coastal defence duties. In January 1943 when it became the re-constituted 1st Battalion he was drafted out to North Africa as a reinforcement where he was transferred to the 2/7th Battalion Queen’s West Surrey Regiment. For those wishing to write in condolence to his widow Jean, her address is 127 Ladybrook Lane,Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 5JH

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Bridget Davies, wife of Maj John Davies late WORC R and WFR, died in Whipton Hospital on Friday 6
November, aged 83. The funeral is to take place on Friday 20 November 2015 at St Stephens Church, High Street, Exeter EX4 3LW at 1345 hours. If you would like to write to John, his address is Maj J N B Davies, 7 West Avenue, Exeter EX4 4SD

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It is with regret we inform you that 23243982 Cpl Cyril (Squeak) Davis died on the 27th July 2016 aged 79 years. Cyril enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment on 12th June 1955, serving in Iserlohn, Germany; Kingston, Jamaica; Norton Barracks; and discharged May 1962. In civilian life Cyril started off being a milkman, then ran a fish and chips shop. He went to Australia for three and a half years. When he came back he worked at Garringtons for 28 years.
His funeral will be held on Thursday 18th August at 1515 hours at Worcester Crematorium, Astwood Road, WR3 8HA. Standards and Association members welcome. Letters of condolence may be sent to his wife Mrs Pat Davis, 5 Highland Road, Tunnel Hill, Worcester, WR4 9RR.

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It is with great sadness that I inform you tha,t 23856031 L/Cpl Ernest Dee from Worcester passed away on Saturday morning on 25th may 2013 aged 71. Ernie enlisted with the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in September 1962.  After training in Lichfield joined the Battalion in Minden in January 1963, where he completed 6 years with the colours and was finally discharged after 14 years with the reserve in September 1982.   

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                          It is with regret that we inform you that Pte DERBY XXX1 died on 1 September 2017.

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   It is with regret that we inform you that LCpl DERBY XXX died on 27 November 2015.                     

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LCpl DERBY XXIX It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of LCpl Derby XXIX on 6th December 2013. LCpl Derby has suffered from ill health for a number of months despite treatment from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and local Vets. A new ‘Derby’ has been kindly offered to the Regiment by his Grace the 12th Duke of Devonshire KCVO CBE. The selection procedure is in process and it is hoped the new Pte Derby XXX will be available in the New Year. LCpl Derby XXIX will be a great loss to the Regiment; however we look forward to his successor carrying on this proud Regimental tradition into the future.        Stand Firm, Strike Hard

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It is with regret that we inform you that 22353208 Pte Norman Harold DONE of Walsall died on 30 December 2011 aged 80. Norman joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in April 1950 and served with A Coy in Malaya. On completion of his National Service in April 1952,
Norman went on to serve 15 years with the 5th Battalion South Staffords Regiment (V). His funeral is to take place on Wednesday 11 January 2012 at 1230 hours Stafford Crematorium. The family would appreciate it if Standards could be in attendance.
 
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   It is with regret we inform you that 23239269 CSgt Trevor (Jack) DOUGHTY of Nottingham died on 27 June 2013 aged 76. Jack enlisted into the 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters in May 1955 and served in Germany and Malaya. He continued to serve on amalgamation with The
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Berlin, Northern Ireland and UK. He left the army in October 1977 serving as a PSI (T) with E Coy 3 WFR (V) and then joined 3 WFR (V) as a PSI (A) with D Coy                                                                                                                                                

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We regret to inform you that Major L S Durrant of Worcester died on 5 February 2013 aged 92.  He was commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1940 and after service in UK landed in Normandy as Adjt 1 Worc R.  He was later evacuated and after service at the Depot went on to serve with the Sudan Defence force and 9 Worc R before rejoining 1 Worc R in 1946.  He saw service in Trieste , Luneburg , Berlin and Iserlohn .  He attended the Staff College in 1951 and after further staff appointments was Training Major of 7 Worc R from 1958 to 1961. He retired from the regular army in 1961 and from the TA in 1967.

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It is with sadness we inform you that Mrs Ruth Durrant BEM, widow of the late Major LS Durrant of The Worcestershire Regiment and a dedicated worker for SSAFA, died on 12 June 2018 a few days before her 100th birthday. A memorial service will be held at the Parish Church of St James the Great, Norton (WR5 2PS) at 1130 hours on 20 July at which her ashes and those of Major Durrant will be interred.

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  It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of 14577577
  Sgt T. C. Dutton of Bromsgrove aged 93.
  He was called up on April 1943, landed in Normandy with the            1st Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment, in June 1944 and         fought through until wounded near Vernonnet on 27 August.
   After recovering he served in HQ BAOR, rising to the rank of   
   Sgt before discharged in September 1947.

The funeral will be on Tuesday 29th January at 12.30hrs (Standards 1215hrs) Redditch Crematorium Bordesley Lane, Redditch B97 6RR. Tel 01527 62174.

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It is with regret the we inform you that 14420659 Pte William (Bill) Wilson Edwardes BEM Ld'H passed away on 6 May 2019.
Bill was born on the 7 November 1926 in Islington, North London. When war broke out at the age of thirteen and a half he was evacuated out of London to Staines then South Wales. Missing home he returned to London and started working in an armaments factory making parts for anit aircraft guns. On hearing his friend say he was joining up he thought he would go along with him and join up, only being sixteen and a half he told the recruiting team he was 18 and got away with it. He took the 'Kings Shilling' and spent it on the way home on a packet of Woodbines. Later in life he fronted a TV Documentary on those who joined up illegally and under age!
After basic training he was enlisted into the Queens own Royal Kent Regiment and then the 7th Hampshires at Bexhill West sussex. He was then posted to the 1stBattalion the Worcestershire Regiment who were in the 43rd Wessex Division training for the invasion of Normandy. Receiving an injury that hospitalised him for several weeks he was going be sent onto another unit but insisted his future was with the Worcesters. He was told that he could only go back to the Worcesters if he trained as a stretcher bearer/medic. So started a six weeks crash course before his return.
Bill was in the advance party of his Battalion landing in Normandy, which they did after D Day, Bill was still only seventeen years old! All Units of this Division landed at Courcelles -sur-Mer by the 24 June, then proceeded to a concentration area near Bayeux. In no time they were in action following up the 15th Scottish Div into the village of Cheux, clearing Germans out of Mouen, Baron and other villages on the line of the river Odon. Their first real test was 'Hill 112' a very strategic feature for Hitler and Rommel`s plans, there was much bitter hand to hand fighting being up against crack SS troops and SS Panzer Divisions. Their first assault was not successful but the second was, led by 5th Btt DCLI who took and held the feature, then commanded by Major (later Lt Col) George Taylor of the Worcesters. Casualties and workload of stretcher bearers during this period was very high. The Worcesters had made attacks on the crest of Hill 112. The Division including Bill then took Mt Pincon. After the Falais Pocket the 43rd Wessex Div forced a crossing of the Seine at Vernon. Then Operation Market Garden at Arnhem and finally the capture of Bremen in May 1945. Bill was invalided out later that year. He told of his experiences and being very afraid when everyone was taking cover from the hail of fire and having to leave his slit trench when the shout for stretcher or medic was shouted for.
After much necessary R&R Bill joined the British Gas Corporation in Bristol in 1969, retiring as head of Public Relations in 1991.
In 1994, together with other war veterans he established the 43rd Wessex Association. It`s aims were clear; a focal point for Veterans of the old 43rd Wessex Division, the arrangements for pilgrimages to Normandy and maintenance of relevant Memorials both in England and France. The Wessex Association at one point had over 500 members on their books. He organised various returns to France and the places that the Wessex Division had fought. Becoming well known to the Wessex Association Patron, Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex.
In the year 2000, Bill and Worcester Branch members Dave Plant and the late Stan Berrow took a one ton boulder of Malvern granite at their own expense to the site of a heated battle that the Worcesters fought with a German tiger tank, that has become known as the 'Worcesters Layby' the Boulder has two brass plaques one in English and one in French was unveiled in 2000 in a moving Ceremony with Bill carrying the Wessex Standard and Dave carrying the Worcestershire Regiments Standard. The British entourage was well feted by the thankful French people of Vernon and Vernonette.
Bill was clearly the focal point and driving force behind the Wessex Association, he became Secretary and the very last Chairman. He saw to it that the Wessex Association Standard was laid up in Exeter Cathedral in 2015 and it now hangs beside to the Divisional Roll of Honour.
During this time, Bill became involved in the establishment of a corresponding Association in Normandy, L`Association ODON-COTE112. This French Association has its members drawn from the communes around Hill 112, the scene of the epic battle in 1944. Relationships have remained strong over the years to the extent that veterans and their families, associated with the 43rd Wessex Association are invited every five years to join the French in celebrating that famous victory on hill 112; ironically the 75th Anniversary celebrations will be held this year on 7 July, 2 months after Bills death.
In 2013, bill was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours List for his charity work in the local community of Chandlers Ford and for his outstanding contribution to the 43rd Wessex Association. Subsequently, he was also presented with the Legion D`Honneur at an appropriate ceremony in the D Day Museum in Portsmouth.
He is survived by his wife Jean, three sons and a grand daughter
A funeral service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Bill Edwardes was held at St Martin in the Wood Church at Chandlers Ford, Hampshire on the 22 May 2019. Worcester Branch represented the Association with two Worcestershire Regiments Standards, (one carried by Dave Plant) and bugler. Representatives of the Mercian Regiment were in attendance as was the Equerry for Prince Edward Earl of Wessex.
Letters of Condolence can be sent to Bills Widow :-
Mrs Jean Edwardes, 141. Kingsway, Hocombe Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants SO53  5BX.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 24344521 Dmr John Peter EDWARDS of Colchester, Essex died on 17 July 2012 aged 55. John joined WFR in 1974 and after training at the Depot in Lichfield,
was posted to the Infantry Demonstration Battalion at Warminster until he was old enough in 1975 to be posted to the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland. He served in NI, Colchester and Belize before leaving the Army in May 1979. Brother of WO2 Ian (Eddie) Edwards and LCpl Mick Edwards.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23751669 Pte Joseph (Joey) Ralph EMMERSON of  Skegness died on 27 December 2017 aged 75.  Joey enlisted into 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters on 11 Aug 1965 and then served with 1 WFR on amalgamation.  He transferred to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment in March 1970.  During his career, Joey served in mainland UK, NI and Germany.  His funeral will take place at 1000 hours on Wednesday 24 January at Ollerton Crematorium followed by a wake at the Canon Pub in Worksop.  All Standard Bearers and Association Members and their families are welcome to attend.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23806764 LCpl William EVANS of Derby died on 19 July 2014 aged 75. Bill served with 1 Pl G (HSF) Coy 3 WFR (V) and completed his service on 5 March 1993.

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It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of      24471862 L/Cpl Martyn Everard.
He Joined the 1st battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in 1978 until 1991 and served in Colchester, Belize' Germany, Brecon (Wales), Cambridge and Omagh (Northern Ireland). He was a strong member of the Assault Pioneer platoon and later on MT platoon. He had the distinction of having a Cartoon Character “Everard Edbutt” named after him. He leaves behind his wife Sue and a large extended family in Whitchurch (Shropshire), Derby, Great Yarmouth and Barnsley.

The funeral is to be held on Friday 20 October 2017 at 1030 hours at St Alkmunds Church, Church Street, Whitchurch SY13 1LB.  He will then be buried at Tilstock Cemetry SY13 3JL. The wake will be held at the Raven Pub SY13 2AF which is 1 mile from the burial site.  All former members of 1WFR who knew him are welcome. If any standards can make the journey please contact Jessie James on 07949549744

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It is with regret that we inform you that 4986812 Pte Walter FARRAND of Retford, Nottinghamshire died on 16 May 2017 aged 93.  Walter enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 15 January 1942 and after training at Great Yarmouth was posted to North Africa and then Italy where he was taken PoW by the Germans.  He was sent to Stalag 2A at Moosburg in Bavaria and given PoW Number 142060.  Walter was repatriated in 1945 and transferred to the Pioneer Corps in January 1946 for demobilisation.  Walter's funeral will take place on 6 June 2017 at 1030 hours at St Swithuns Church, 1 Chapelgate, Retford DN22 6PL followed by buffet and drinks at Dominie Cross 38 Grove St, Retford DN22 6JR  Everyone is welcome to attend to give 'Mr Retford'  the send off he deserves.  Walters wishes were for all to wear bright colours with one item of white on them.

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It is with regret that we report that 22326405 Pte Richard FAULKNER of Worcester died on 18 February 2012 aged 80. Richard served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya with 12 Pl D Coy 1950 – 53 and was wounded in a ‘blue on blue incident’ with B Coy near Tenang. For those wishing to write in condolence to his wife Pamela, her address is; 21 Ronkswood Crescent, Worcester WR5 1JY. The funeral is to take place at 1145 hours at St Walston Church, Cranham Drive, Worcester followed by a committal at Worcester Crematorium at 1230 hours. Standards welcome.

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It is with regret that we inform you that Captain Thomas Galloway FERGUSON MBE of Hythe, Kent died on 3 December 2017 aged 89.  Tom was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment from the Small Arms Corps in 1969 and remained with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on amalgamation.  He served with 1 Worc R in Cyprus 1969 before being appointed OC Weapons Trg Wing in Bulford where he was a strong member of the Bisley Team.  In 1973 he was OC 33 CTT when he was awarded the MBE.  He then went on to serve as Range Officer at Lydd Ranges before being appointed Range Officer at Hythe.  His funeral has taken place at Barham Crematorium on 4 January 2018.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife, Mrs Lucy Ferguson resides at Dreghorn Villa, 107 Dymchurch Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 6JR.

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24935549 WO2 Ian Fisher, A Coy, 3 MERCIAN (STAFFORDS) died on 05 Nov 13 from the wounds he received from an explosion of a vehicle borne IED, whilst serving on Op HERRICK 19

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It is with regret we inform you that 23732454 Cpl John FLETCHER of Andover died on 13 December 2016 aged 72.  John joined the Infantry Junior Leaders at Plymouth on 10 August 1959 before being posted to the Depot Derby in September 1961.  In 1962 he was posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Palace Barracks, N Ireland and went on to serve with it in Colchester, Cyprus, Colchester and Munster before being posted to the Depot in 1968.  His funeral is to take place on 5 January 2017 and details will be promulgated when received.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife, Sylvia may be contacted at 9 Clatford Manor, Upper Clatford, Andover SP11 7PZ

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It is with sadness we inform you that 24430483 Pte Paul FLETCHER of Worcester died on 12 November 2016.  Fletch served with 1st Battalion The Worcstershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Colchester, NI and Germany in Pioneer Coy and MT.  He left the Army in March 1983.  Funeral details to be notified.

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 22139398 Pte Edgar Arthur FOTHERINGHAM of Carlton in Lindrick, Worksop, died on 27 April.  Edgar was born in Worksop on 11 February 1931 and enlisted into the Army on 15 May 1949 and trained at Budbrook Barracks, Warwick before joining the 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters at Goslar.  He was discharged on 3 May 1951.  He then joined the 8th Bn until 1955. 
His funeral will take place at St John's Church, Carlton in Lindrick, Worksop S81 9EG on Thursday 16 May at 1100 hours.  The family have invited association members and Standard Bearers to attend.
The wake will be held in the Parish Center next to church.

Should anyone require any further information, please call Andy Fotheringham on  07901 000 944.

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 It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Mrs Judith Frisby the wife of Thomas Frisby.  Judith died on Sunday 17 February Tom & Judith have supported The Sherwood Foresters Malayan Veterans for over 20 years.
Her funeral is being held on Wednesday 6th March at 1230 hrs St Peters Church Higham on the Hill CV13 6AF.                                                                                                                                                                                                           ...................................

It is with regret that we inform you that 22436048 Sgt Frank FRODSHAM died in Australia on 29 January 2016. He served as a national serviceman with the Sherwood Foresters before enlisting in the Worcestershire Regiment and joining 1 Worc R in Malaya. He then served in BAOR, the West Indies, Gibraltar and Cyprus before discharge shortly before amalgamation. Letters of condolence may be sent to his daughter and granddaughter, Mary and Emily Holdsworth, 6 Birkenhead Drive, Kilsyth 3137, Victoria, Australia.

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