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OBITUARIES FROM MAY 2016

17th august 2018

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 25064939 LCpl Jonathan ‘Jonny’ COLE of Ironville, Derbyshire aged 39 was found dead on 9 August 2018. Jonny enlisted into the Army on 18 June 1997 and joined the 1^st Bn The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters where he served in Sp Coy, B Coy and D Coy. He was later attached to 1 Cheshire and prior to amalgamation, in June 2007, he transferred to 2 Rifles until his discharge on 31 July 2013 on grounds of injuries sustained in Afghanistan. During his career, Jonny served in Tidworth, Bosnia, NI, Chester, Hounslow and Afghanistan and was awarded the NATO medal (Bosnia clasp), GSM medal (NI clasp), Operation Service medal (Afghanistan), Accumulated Service Medal (for over 1000 days on operations) and the Golden Jubilee medal. Letters of condolence should be sent to RHQ Mercian, Nottingham office, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell NG9 5HA. Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

The funeral of 24203909 Pte Stuart ‘Kes’ Hall, who died on 31 July, will take place on Wednesday 22 August at 1430 hours at Tythe Green Burial Grounds, Salterford Lane, NG14 6NZ. The family have requested no flowers and that any donations will be given to the Crich Memorial Fund. The wake will be held at The Arena (formally the Welfare) on Clipstone Road, Forest Town NG19 0EE. All are welcome to both including Standard Bearers. The family have requested that letters of condolence should be sent to RHQ Nottingham, Foresters House, Chetwynd Bks, Chilwell Nottingham NG9 5HA

3rd August 2018

It is with regret that we inform you that 24203909 Pte Stuart HALL of Mansfield died on 31 July 2018 aged 65. Kes enlisted into The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in May 1970 as a Junior soldier and after joining the Regiment served with it in UK, BAOR, Berlin and NI. He left the Army in May 1974. In civilian life Kes worked with the National Coal Board and was an enthusiastic volunteer at Foresters House in Chilwell with the Regimental Museum and RHQ until 2011. Funeral details will be published when known.

It is with sadness that we inform you that Mrs Lois Batchelar, widow of Lt Col T A Batchelar WFR died on 2 August 2018.  The funeral of Mrs Lois Batchelar, is to take place on Monday 20 August 2018 at 1430 hours at St Lawrence's Church in Stratford Sub Castle, Salisbury SP1 3LL.  Flowers welcome, donations if desired for Wessex Air Ambulance ℅ I N Newman, Funeral Directors, 55 Winchester St, Salisbury SP1 1HL

1st August 2018

It is with sadness that we inform you that Mrs Dorothy Ricketts, widow of Lt Col J D Ricketts DSO died in New Zealand on 19 July 2018.

20th July 2018

It is with deep regret that I pass on the news that ex S/SGT THOMAS JONES of  formerly Ist Bn Worcestershire Regt and laterely the Ist Bn Worcs and Sherwood foresters passed away after multiple illnesses in the early hours of the 14th July 2018. Tom was well known as a great supporter of reunions and often wore his badge with pride. RIP Tom.

Bill Lainsbury

 

It is with regret that we inform you that 4975485 Sgt William Henry (Harry) JACKSON of Mansfield died on Saturday 7 July 2018 aged 99.  Harry enlisted into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 8 June 1937 and went with it in April 1940 to Norway where he managed to make his way to Sweden where he was interned.  He subsequently returned to the Battalion and in July 1941 transferred to the Pioneer Corps. Harry was President of Mansfield Branch and was a long serving staunch supporter of both the Branch and the wider Regimental Family and Military Veterans groups. Funeral details will be published  when known.

It is with regret that we notify you that 23534001 CSgt John LEIGHTON of Upton on Severn died on Monday 9 July 2018 aged 75.  John enlisted as a boy soldier in 1965 and joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment serving in Minden, Gibraltar and Tobruk and with 1 WFR in N Ireland and Cyprus. He soon established a reputation as a fine shot and was a member of successful Bisley teams from 1965 until discharge in 1982. A natural shot he was arguably the most accomplished all-round marksman of the WFR era. He was a member of the Army 100 (rifle) 12 times, winning both the Silver Jewel (2nd place) and the Bronze Jewel (3rd place) twice. and was placed in the machine-gun, SMG and Pistol XXXs a total of 19 times. He was a member of the Army Rifle, SMG and Pistol teams on 14 occasions and of Army International teams 4 times. His greatest individual achievement was winning the NRA Service rifle championship in 1980.  An exceptional record over many years which brought great credit to the regiment.  The funeral will be held at 1200 hours on Monday 30 July at Upton-upon-Severn Parish Church WR8 9JQ.

2nd July 2018

It is with regret that we inform you that 24515448 Pte John LAKING of Torquay died recently in Rowcroft Hospice, Avenue Road, Torquay TQ2 5LS aged 62.  John served with C Coy 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 26 April 1979 to 25 April 1981.  No funeral details known.

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.

11th June 2018

It is with regret that we notify you that 23720274 Sergeant Clifford TAYLOR of Lichfield died on 30 May 2018.  Cliff joined the Army in 1959 and served with 1 Cheshires, 1 Worc R and WFR.  He served in Malaya, Singapore, N Ireland, Germany, Berlin, Dominica, Belize and UK.  After leaving the Regular Army in 1975 he  joined the TA before his final discharge in 1983.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

18th May 2018

It with regret that we inform you that Major Richard Ian Pollock SHIELDS of Hereford died on 19 July 2017. Dick joined the Worcestershire Regiment for his national service in 1953 and served two years at the Depot ending as a Cpl instructor followed by three years in 7 Worc R. He was a member of the shooting team in both units. In 1987 he was commissioned in to the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment as a TA Public Information Officer and rose to the rank of Major before retiring in 2000. He was a journalist in civilian life and became editor of the Hereford Times. His funeral service took place at Hereford Crematorium on 3 August 2017.

The funeral of 22800796 Sgt Terence Henry MARKHAM who died on 1 May 2018 is to take place at Pitsea Crematorium, Church Rd, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS13 2HG on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 1510 hours. No flowers but donations to SSAFA or Essex Air Ambulance.

11th May 2018

It is with regret that we inform you that 22800796 Sgt Terence Henry MARKHAM of Benfleet Essex died on 1 May 2018 aged 82. Terry first enlisted into the Infantry Boys Battalion in April 1952 before being posted to the Sherwood Foresters at Normanton Barracks in September 1951. He was then posted to the 1st Battalion at Derna, Middle East Land Forces in March 1954. He continued to serve with the 1stBattalion in Sennelager, Malaya, Singapore, N Ireland, Colchester, Cyprus and Munster until his discharge in 1968. After leaving the Regiment he served with 5thBattalion RRF (TA) 1969 – 1972, Australian Citizen Military Forces in Sydney NSW with 4th RNSW Regt and again with 5 RRF 1975 – 1977. Funeral details will be published when known.

The funeral of 23447861 Pte Malcolm Bernard JUDD of Netherfield, Nottingham who died on 25 April 2018 is to take place on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 0930 hours in St. Georges Church, Victoria Road, Netherfield NG4 2NN.  As a boy Malcolm was a choir boy at this church. The church is next to the St George's Community Centre. Afterwards to Crematorium, Catfoot Lane, Gedling NG4 4QH for a 1030 hours short service.  The Wake will be at The Railway Club, by the Netherfield railway crossing. Standards welcome.

27th April 2018

It is with sadness that we report the death of Cpl Walter John YATES of Worcester on 28th March 2018 aged 99 years. Walter was born on the 8th April 1918.  Walter served in 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and saw service in Burma during WW2.  His funeral will be held at 1300 hours on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue,  Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8HA. Standards, Bugle and Association members welcome. Afterwards at the Portobello Inn, Bransford Road, Worcester. WR2 4EZ.  Letters of condolence can be sent to Walter`s Stepson Mr Maurice Collins, 83 Columbia Drive, Lower Wick, Worcester WR2 4EE.

It is with regret that we inform you that 23447861 Pte Malcolm Bernard JUDD of Netherfield, Nottingham died on 25 April 2018 aged 79.  Malcolm was called up for National Service on 23 January 1958 and served with 1st Batalion Sherwood Foresters HQ Coy in Malaya.  He left the Army on 21 January 1960 and was a long-time member of Nottingham City Branch. Funeral details will be published when known.

13th April 2018

It is with regret that we inform you that 24022457 Pte Kenneth C. ROSE of Bulwell, Nottingham died on 31 March 2018 aged 71.  Ken enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1965 and served with HQ Coy MT.  On amalgamation in 1970 he continued to serve with 1st Battalion The Worcstershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until leaving the Army.  During his service he represented the Regiment and the Army as a Boxer.  His funeral is to take place at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 1445 hours.  Members and Standards would be welcome.

The funeral of 14189210 Pte Harold James MANNING of Allenton, Derby who died on 31 March 2018 is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on Friday 27 April 2018 at 1320 hours.  Members and Standards welcome.

6th April 2018

It is with regret that we inform you that 14189210 Pte Harold James MANNING of Allenton, Derby died on 31 March 2018.  Jim was called up to the General Service Corps and after training was posted to the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters during World War 2 and in March 1948 transferred to the Army Air Corps (Parachute Regiment where he served with 7 Para (Light Infantry).  Details regarding the funeral will be promulgated when they become available.

23rd March 2018

It is with great sadness that we notify you that 461526 Brigadier Herbert Arthur (Bertie) WOOLNOUGH CBE of Coombe Bissett, Salisbury died on 21 March 2018 aged 78.
Bertie was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1959 and served with the battalion as a Pl Commander in Malaya, as Assistant Adjutant then Regimental Signal Officer and Adjutant in Colchester, Munster and Minden up to amalgamation with the Worcestershire Regiment when it formed The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He was then posted as Demonstration Officer at the School of Infantry in Warminster. In October 1970 he attended RMCS Shrivenham and then the Royal Navy Staff College at Greenwich.
In 1972 Bertie was appointed as MA to CBF Hong Kong before returning to the Regiment in 1974 in Berlin as Sp Coy Commander. Later that year the Regiment moved to Ballykelly where he was based with Sp Coy in South Derry. He was awarded the MBE for operational service in Northern Ireland in 1976. In March of that year he was posted to HQ UKLF as GSO2 Org before attending the National Defence College in 1978.  He was then appointed CO of the Mercian Volunteers where he was awarded the OBE in 1981. Post command he took up the role of SO1 Coord at the MOD.  In 1982 he was appointed COS HQ BF Falkland Islands and in 1983 was appointed Col MO-4, then Col MO-2 at the MOD.
In 1986 Bertie was posted to the US Army War College before taking up the post of Comd BMAT Bangladesh in 1987. In 1990 he was posted as ACOS HQ UKLF where he was appointed ADC to HM the Queen. He was awarded the CBE in 1994 when he retired from the Army.

Brig H A Woolnough CBE - Funeral 12 April 2018
Brigadier Bertie Woolnough’s funeral is to be held at 1200 hours on 12 April 2018 at St Michael & All Angels, Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4LQ. Coombe Bissett is about 3 miles south-west of Salsibury on the Blandford Road (A354). There will be a reception after the funeral in Coombe Bissett Village Hall.
Please be aware that we expect there to be a very large turnout for the funeral. Should anyone require overnight accommodation Lt Col Roger Stockton is more than willing to forward details of suitable places to stay. Contact details will be available from Andy McDougall.

Consequently, the Sherwood Foresters Officers’ Club Badajoz Day Lunch on Saturday 7 April 2018 that was to be held in The Rag in London is cancelled. Those who have already paid will be refunded.

Letters of condolence should be sent to Mrs Daphne Woolnough. Meadows, Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, Wilts SP5 4JT

16th March 2018

It is with regret that we notify you that 22220605 LCpl Albert Dennis RIMINGTON of Newark died on 4 March 2018 aged 90.  Dennis enlisted into the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment in 1945 with number 14056902 and was discharged in 1948 on completion of service.  He served in Palestine, Egypt and Sudan.  In November 1948 he re-enlisted into 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it until 1951.  After leaving the Army Dennis worked with Newark Council and was a strong supporter of Newark Branch as Treasurer and Standard Bearer.  His funeral is to take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at Christ Church, Newark at 1400 hours followed by committal at Ollerton Crematorium. Standard Bearers and Members would be welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, his widow is Mrs Janet Rimington, 15 Pierson Street, Newark, Notts NG24 4JG.  
 

Former CSgt Ronnie Barker 1 WFR is sad to inform all ex regimental members of the sudden death of his wife Natalie Barker after a short illness on Monday 5 March 2018. Ronnie would like to invite any veterans and their partners who knew them to Natalie’s Funeral which is being held at 1515 hours on Monday 9 April 2018 at Astwood Chapel, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.

9th March 2018

It is with sadness that we inform you that Mrs Kathleen Evelyn (Jamie) TULLOCH died on 6 March 2018 aged 97.  Jamie was the widow of the late Lt Col H Tulloch Sherwood Foresters and mother of Maj Mike Tulloch MBE Sherwood Foresters.  The funeral service is to take place at Salisbury Crematorium on Thursday 22 March 2018 at 1300 hours.  No flowers please.  Donations, if desired, to Urchfont PCC, c/o L C Hill and Son, Funeral Directors, Water Street, Mere BA12 6DZ

2nd March 2018

It is with sadness that we inform you that 387660 Lt Col (Retd) John Curzon CURSHAM TD* of East Leake, Loughborough died on 28 February 2018 aged 88. John was called up for Emergency Service in 1947 and served with 28th London Training Battalion in Ireland before going to OCTU Eaton Hall in September 1947. He was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters joining it in Hildesheim, Germany in 1948 before being posted to the 8th Battalion in 1950. John served with the 8th and then 5th/8th Battalions and in 1967 commanded the Nottinghamshire (Territorial) Bn Sherwood Foresters (TAVR 3). He retired from the TA in April 1969 and became a member of the Notts and Midland TAVR Committees.  John was a long time Trustee of The Sherwood Foresters Museum and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Mercian Regiment Museum (WFR Collection)  The funeral is to take place at  St. Mary’s Church, East Leake, Loughborough on Friday, 16th March 2018 at 1430 hours. Standards welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, his son Edward can be contacted at c/o Home Farm House, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 6PG

It is with regret that we notify you that 22953775 WO1 JJ GREGORY of Gressenhall died on 18 February 2018 aged 84. "Gentleman Jim" enlisted in 1953 and after basic training at Norton served with 1 Worc R in Iserlohn before returning to the Depot as a Sgt instructor. He then rejoined 1 Worc R in the West Indies and continued to serve with it in Minden, Gibraltar, Tobruk and with 1 WFR on the 1972 NI tour. On promotion to WO1 he served as RSM of 1 Mercian Volunteers and for his last year of service before discharge in 1975 he served another 6 months in NI. In retirement he was a very keen golfer. The funeral will take place at 1300 hours on Thursday 15 March at St Mary's, Church Lane, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2QH.  Members and Standards welcome.

It is with regret that we inform you that 23977686 Pte Ezra GASCOYNE of North Wingfield died on 23 February 2018.  Ezra served with 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters 1962 - 1969 in Colchester, Cyprus, Munster and Minden.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 12 March 2018 at Chesterfield Crematorium at 1250 hours followed by a wake at Wingfield Welfare Club.  Members and Standards welcome.

23rd February 2018

It is with regret that we inform you that 22583032 Sgt Robert Alfred TALBOT of Hucknall, Nottingham died on 12 February 2018 aged 84.  Robert joined the Sherwood Foresters in 1951.  His funeral is to take place at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane NG9 3GJ on Thursday 1 March 2018 at 1315 hours.  Members and Standards welcomed.

It is with regret that we inform you that Reg Strauther, President of Mansfield Branch WFRA died on 9 February 2018.  The funeral is on 5 March at 1100 hours at the Methodist Bethel Chapel, Nottingham Road, Mansfield followed by cremation at the Mansfield Crematorium at 1215 hours.

10th February 2018

It is with regret that we inform you that 23801257 Pte Gordon Mallinder THOMPSON of Newark died on 21 January 2018 aged 79.  Gordon was called up for National Service in 1960 and was posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Singapore and served with it until his discharge in 1962.  His funeral is to take place at Gedling Crematorium on 16 February 2018 at 1330 hours. Association members and Standards welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence: Mrs Pam Thompson, 51 Trinity Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 4EN.

The funeral of 24438856 LCpl Brian Edward POYNER who died on 27 January 2018is to take place at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Worcester WR3 8HA on 9 March 2018 at 1510 hours followed by a wake at Barbourne Ex-services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.  Association Members and Standards welcome.

Memorial Service - Brigadier B Smalley OBE TD

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Brig B Smalley will be held in the Choir of York Minster at 1400 hours on Tuesday13 March 2018. For those who wish the wearing of medals would be considered appropriate.

It is also anticipated that a gathering post service will also take place but details of a venue are still being clarified.

Once we have details of the gathering we will communicate it to you.

3rd February 2018

It is with sadness that we notify you that 14845660 Sgt Peter Rowland JONES of Coventry died on 29 January 2018 aged 93.  Peter was called up into the DCLI in 1944 and after transfer to the Worcestershire Regiment served with the 9th Battallion.  When it disbanded and after several moves Peter was posted to the Depot at Norton Barracks and became Orderly Room Sergeant until being released in 1949.  Whilst there he developed an interest in welfare and formed the Coventry and South Midlands Branch, remaining as its Secretary and Standard Bearer for the rest of his life.  An enthusiastic and tireless supporter to the Regimental Association for many years he held both the WRA and WFRA Merit Awards  His funeral will be held on Friday 9 March at Canley Crematorium, Charter Avenue, Coventry CV4 7DF 1030 hours followed by the wake at The Standard Club, Tile Hill Lane, Coventry CV4 9DG. The family have requested donations only to Myton Hospice in Warwick.  All Standard Bearers, Association members and their families are invited to attend. Letters of condolence can be sent to his daughter, Mrs Carol Clark at 10 Westcotes, Tile Hill, Coventry, CV4 9BD.

It is with regret that we inform you that 24438856 LCpl Brian Edward POYNER of Worcester died on 27 January 2018 aged 57.  Brian enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1977 and served with it in Belize, Colchester and BAOR until discharge in 1981.  Funeral details will be published when known. Letters of condolence may be sent to his widow, Mrs Sue Poyner, at 5 James Close, Worcester WR1 2BG.

30th January

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.

20th January 2018

22139416 LCpl Ronald MOOR of Worksop died on 10 September 2017 aged 86.  Ron enlisted in Warwick on 19 May 1949 and served in BAOR and Tel-El-Kebir with the 1st Bn, The Sherwood Foresters and was discharged on 3 June 1951.He then became a lorry driver before re-enlisting into the 8th Bn from 10 May 1952 until 9 May 1956. Upon discharge he worked for Genefax until retiring in 1993

 

It is with sadness that we inform you that 23980427 LCpl Colin Peter SEYMOUR died on 21 December 2017 aged 71 yrs. Colin enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1964 continuing in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until his discharge in 1977. His Funeral is to take place at St Mary’s Church, Manor Court Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5HU at 1445 hrs on Thursday 18 January 2018, followed by a private Cremation. Mourners are asked to be seated in the Church by 1415 hrs. Photos of Colin during his Army career will be appreciated by the family. Messages of Condolence may be sent to his Grandson, James Williams, 244 Heath End Road, Nuneaton, CV10 7JB. Standard Bearers and Association members are invited to attend.

5th Jabuary 2018

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.

29 December 2017

It is with regret that we announce the death of 24380972 Sgt Peter Francis MIDDLETON of Newark on 23 December 2017.  Ginner, as he was known, served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1977 to 1993.  He served in Belize with C Coy then later with A Coy before being appointed Provost Sgt.  The funeral of 24380972 Sgt Peter Francis (Ginner) MIDDLETON who died on 23 December 2017 is to take place in Christ Church, Newark on 19 January 2018 at 1215 hours.  The service will be followed by a private family cremation and the Wake will be held after the service at RHP Working Men's Club where the family will join mourners after the cremation.Funeral.

22nd December 2017

It is with sadness we inform you that 489638 Brigadier George Beverly SMALLEY OBE TD of Wollaton, Nottingham died on 20 December 2017 aged 71.  Bev was commissioned into Mercian Volunteers on 26 April 1970 and served with it until moving to the Yorkshire Volunteers in the mid 1980s.  In 1994 he was appointed ADC TA to HM The Queen and was later appointed Hon Col The East and West Riding Regiment and the Hon Col 3rd Battalion The Prince of Wales Regiment.  Funeral details will be notified when known.  For those wishing to write in condolence to his wife Lyndsaye the address is 36 Bramcote Lane,Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2ND

 

1st December 2017

It is with sadness we inform you that Worcester Branch member 1478325 LCpl Eric 'Tip' TIPPING of Worcester died on Thursday 23 November 2017 following a struggle against cancer.  Born in Worcester on 1st January 1926, his first job, at the age of 14 years, was at a local foundry. He moved on to become a milkman’s assistant before working at the Co-operative Grocery store.  Eric Tipping was 16 years old when talk began of an invasion of England by Germany. He pretended he was 17 so he could join the Royal Air Force but he was foiled when he went for the interview. Eric had to wait a further period before being eligible at 18 and went to Norton Barracks in December 1943. After the 6 weeks training he became an infantryman with the Worcestershire Regiment. He travelled to join the 1st Worcesters on the front line in Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion of France, landing at Arromanches.  Eric became involved in every action of the Battalion for the rest of the 1944-1945 campaign in North Western Europe. He fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. After being called back after only three days of seven days leave, moved with 1st Battalion serving in Italy and Yugoslavia, before finishing in Trieste, Italy where he was demobbed.  One particular story Eric recounted was when he managed to capture a German soldier. His reward for his actions was to retain and operate the German soldier’s Schmeisser submachine gun and Luger pistol, both of which he gave to his platoon colleagues after the war. He was proud to be part of the British 43rd (Wessex) Division.
 
After his discharge in 1947 Eric returned to Worcester and continued to work for the Co-op which he did for a period of 51 years, before reaching retirement.  At the age of 90 years on 26 January 2016, Eric was awarded the distinguished award, the National Order of the Legion of Honour, by the French Consulate at the Guildhall, Worcester. Eric`s funeral will be held at 1415 hours on Friday 15 December 2017 at St Mark’s Church, Orchard Street, off Bath Road, Worcester, WR5 3DW. Standards, bugle and Association members welcome. Donations in memory should be made to Bowel Cancer UK. After the service, to celebrate the life of Eric please come along to Norton Barracks Cricket Club, Brockhill Lane, Norton, WR5 2PP. From 1530 hours until late. Food (Chilly and finger platter) and bar open. Will include music and photo slide show. Letters of condolence can be sent to Yvonne and Keith Bullock. 11 Salamanca Drive, Norton, Worcester WR5 2PQ
 

Funeral of a former Mayor of Derby and Burma Veteran.

Norman Glen was a former Mayor of Derby 1982/83, a Conservative Councillor and was aged 95 when he passed away recently.  His funeral will be held on Monday 4 December, in the Small Chapel at Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby at 1.40 pm.  He was a Burma Veteran and his wife died 8 years ago, so at best there will only be a handful of people at the funeral – if that.  The Mayor – Cllr John Whitby will attend and the information has been sent out to all Councillors. I just wondered if any Burma Veterans or Association Members could spare the time to go along for the service, which will possibly only be for a short while.

Kind regards

Collette

Collette Flood | Mayor's Officer

25th November 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 22625992 Pte Albert William CAMDEN died on 15 November 2017 at Hereford Hospital.  Albert enlisted as a National Serviceman on 3 January 1952 into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment. He served in 'C'  Company and was posted to Malaya during the 'Emergency'. Albert was discharged on 20 December 1953.  In civilian life Albert worked for British Gas and later took up work as a landscape gardener. He also had a keen interest in antiques and was very proud of the horses he kept.  He will be remembered for hosting events at his home on Crumpton Hill where he would set up a large basher and put Malayan place names out on the local roads to hold a reunion, providing food and drink for those that had served in Malaya and friends from Worcester Branch.  Albert`s Funeral will be held on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 1430 hours at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8HA. Standards, Bugle and Association members welcome. After the service members are invited back to the Fox Inn, Court Lane, Bransford. Worc`s WR6 5JL.  Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs D Davis. Hendre Lion, Orcop. Hereford. HR2 8ET.

It is with regret that we inform you that Eric TIPPING formerly of The Worcestershire Regiment passed away in his sleep on  Thursday 23 November 2017 following a struggle against cancer.  Further details will be published when known, but the proposed date of the Funeral is Friday 15 December 2017. Time and venue to be confirmed

28th October

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 23492601 Private Roy CADWALLADAR (known as Caddy) died on 12 October 2017 aged 79. Caddy joined the Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman in October 1956 and served with it in Jamaica and then for the last two years of his service, at Norton Depot as batman to Major J D Reyolds before leaving the Army in 1959. His funeral is to be held on Monday 6 November 2017 at 1300 hours at Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport DY13 ODE. Letters of Condolence may be forwarded to Mrs Margaret Cadwallader, 126A France Road, Kidderminster, DY11 5BE. No Association presence required.

8th October

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.

FUNERAL OF 24471862 LCpl M F EVERARD 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

22 September 2017

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Rosemary TOWNSEND wife of Col (Retd) John Townsend died on 18 September 2017.  The funeral service will be at the Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Church Lane, Rimpton, Somerset BA22 8AE at 1500 hours on Monday 2 October 2017.  Family flowers only but donations may be made to Marie Curie Cancer Care, c/o Harold Miles, Funeral Direstor, South Cadbury, Somerset BA22 7ES.  John's address for those wishing to write in condolence is: The Coign, High Street, Rimpton, Somerset BA22 8AD

11th September 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that Worcester Branch member 24249372 Pte Graham Ward  aged 65 of Worcester died on Friday 1st September 2017 . Graham was a staunch supporter of Worcester Branch and will be missed by all. Graham served fifteen years in the Territorial Army based at Kidderminster.

The funeral will be held at Worcester Crematorium Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8HA at 10:00hrs on Friday 29th September 2017. Standards, Bugle, and Association members Welcome. Members are welcomed to the reception afterwards at Claines RBL, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL

Letters of condolence can be sent to, Mrs Carol Ward 16 Poplar Avenue, Brickfields, Worcester. WR4 9TN

8th September 2017

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

25th August 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 22820768 Private Brian Donald BREGGAZI of Allenton, Derbyshire died on 18 August 2017 aged 83.  Brian was called up for National Service in September 1952 and posted to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters.  He served with it in UK and BAOR and completed his service in September 1955.  His funeral is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on Friday 1 September 2017 at 1320 hours.  Standards would be appreciated.

11th August 2017

Penelope, widow of Lt Col St JC Brooke Johnson OBE Worcestershire Regiment died on 5 August 2017 aged 92. The funeral will take place at 1400 hours on Saturday 26 August at the Church of the Holy Cross, Owlpen, Dursley Glos GL11 5BZ.  Letters of condolence may be sent to her daughter, Mrs U Falconer, Nutterall Farm, Uley, Dursley, Glos Gl11 5BL

21st July 2017

LCpl Charles Edwin Phillips from Dudley mostly known as "Eddie Phillips" died on the 29 June 2017 aged 79. Eddie had served his national service with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment 1956 - 58 and served in Jamaica with it. His funeral takes place Monday 24 July 2017 at 1200 hours at Saint Barts, Penn, Wolverhampton WV4 5JD.  Association Members welcomed.  His nephew, Martin (Bernie) Burns would like to hear from any of his old comrades and can be contacted on  0121 501 1974 or 07975 548769.

18th July 2017

It is with sadness we report the death of 22343791 Sgt Desmond PRICE who died on 9th July, 2017 aged 85 years. Des was called up for NS in 1951 joining 1st Bn Worcestershire Regiment. After training he joined the Bn in Malaya serving in A Company, in 1 Platoon. After completing his NS he returned to UK in early 1953. Des then enlisted, as a volunteer, with 7th Bn Worcestershire Regt (TA), serving in HQ Company with the Regimental Police Section, being promoted Provost Sergeant in 1965 continuing until the Bn was disbanded in 1967 In civilian life Des was employed as a Storeman with Kay & Co, Worcester and with the Metal Box Co., Worcester, later joining British Rail working in the Parcels Office at Shrub Hill Station, Worcester until his retirement. His funeral will be held on Friday, 28th July, 2017 at 11.30 hrs at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB. Standards and Members welcomed. 

Messages of Condolence can be sent to Stepson, Mr. Maurice Padley, 3 Brookside Way, Bloxham, Banbury, OX15 4HY The wake after the funeral will be held at The White Hart Inn, 161 Droitwich Road, FERNHILL HEATH, Worcester WR3 8RP For catering purposes numbers attending to me pronto!  email or phone 01905 820536 Thank you  Maurice

14th July 2017The funeral of 24298698 Sgt Stuart Scaife who died on 22 June 2017 will be held at Markeaton Crematorium in Derby on Monday 31 July 2017 at 1330 hours, thereafter a celebration of his life at the Norman Arms on Village Street in Derby.  Members and Standards welcome.

We regret to announce the death on Friday 7 July 2017 of Sandy Willmore, daughter of Colonel Denis Millar Sherwood Foresters and wife of Col Hugh Willmore Staffordshire Regiment. Sandy had been ill for some time. The funeral is to be held at St. Mary the Virgin, Lesbury, Northumberland NE66 3AU at 1400 hours on 21 July 2017.   Condolences may be sent to Hugh Willmore, 4 Garden Terrace, Lesbury, Northumberland, NE66 3PR. Tel No 01665 830794, or email hughwillmore@yahoo.co.uk. 

7th July 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 23702698 Bdsm Ron BUBB of Kidderminster died on 3 July 2017 aged 89.  Ron served with 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a trombonist in the Band after a career with 10th Hussars as Band Sergeant. 

For many years he was employed at the Sugar Beet factory in Kidderminster when it was functioning including during the WW2 years when he was in the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) there.  When the Branch Bugler had to relinquish his post on health grounds the Branch handed back our Regiment's historic bugle to the Museum and bought for him a Ceremonial Bugle which later Ron took into charge and played at appropriate events, wearing his Bandsman's cape and white gloves which went well with his tall military bearing.  

He was an observant and frequent correspondent on matters related to his interests using an old ribbon typewriter.   Upon our realising the breadth of his interests we made him the Kidderminster WFRA Branch Research Officer and he duly found out items of local military interest which the Branch acted upon whenever possible.  He had a quiet, unassuming, capable, imperturbable manner but was full of amusing anecdotes of remembered people/occasions which he would delightfully and mischievously drop into relevant conversation

funeral is to take place at the Methodist Church in Churchfields, DY10 2JL, Kidderminster (close to St Mary's Church) on Wednesday 2 August promptly at 2.15pm (please be seated before the start time).   Pay and Display car parking is available in the public car park adjacent to St Mary's Church and you may find parking elsewhere nearby.  The Standard Bearers of Services and Regimental etc Associations are welcome at the Church but not all at the Burial Service which has to start not later than 3.15pm (see below). 

Musicians of the Band of the West Mercia Constabulary will play at the Church and the wake will be held at the same venue. Please supply estimated ration strength of organisations, groups and individuals attending to Ron's niece, Dawn ( 01562 753733 ), by Wed 26 July for sufficiency of catering.

The Funeral Service will be followed by a private Burial Service in Kidderminster Old Cemetery at 3.15pm (gate, junction of Park Lane and Castle Road, near The Castle PH, will be opened for the event) to which only family and close friends are invited.  The grave is on upward sloping ground to the Right of the entrance road close to a prominent obelisk about 15 feet high and about 100yards from the gate.  There is some parking space near to the Old Chapel (closed) 50 yds further up, also convenient for turning.  

The WFRA KD Br Bugler will be required at the Burial Service together with the Standards of WFRA KD Br,  MVRA KD Br, TRBL KD Br and the Police Federation (West Mercia).   Car sharing is advocated to and from the Cemetery for avoidance of parking problems there.

The Undertaker is B Ince tel. 01299 403105 to whom further enquiries are directed. 

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30th June 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 24298698 Sgt Stuart SCAIFE of Derby died on 22 June 2017 aged 59.  Stu enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1972 and served with it in Germany, Northern Ireland, Belize and UK before leaving the Army in October 1987.

It is with sadness we inform you that 22760872 Sgt Philip TURNER died on Tuesday 13 June 2017 aged 82 years. Philip enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment in January 1953 and after training spent six months at Recruiting Office attached to Royal Norfolk Regiment. In 1954 Philip moved to Lichfield with Mercian Brigade No.1 Personnel Team, attached to South Staffordshire Regiment for Admin purposes but responsible for testing all entrants into the Cheshire Regiment in Chester and the South and North Staffordshire Regiments plus Boy entrants at Derby and Nottingham Recruiting Offices. During all his attachments he was Worcestershire Regiment Badged including a short attachment to the Black Watch Depot in Perth, Scotland. Philip was Discharged in March 1956. After leaving the Regiment Philip was employed with ICI in the Plastics Division retiring at the age of 57 years. For his hobby he enjoyed a few cruises each year. His funeral will be held at 1300 hrs, Monday 3 July 2017 at Christ Church, Thorley Lane, Timperley, Manchester WA15 7AN. This will be followed by a short service at the Crematorium. ( Address of Crematorium and Refreshments will be given at the Church Service). All mourners are invited to the reception for refreshments. Standards and Association members welcome.  Letters of Condolence can be sent to Mr Chew, 103 Sylvan Avenue, Timperley, Altrincham, WA15 6AD

It is with regret that we inform you that LCpl John PACEY of Newark died on 15 June 2017 aged 90.  John enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1945 and after training was transferred to The Royal Norfolk Regiment and was posted to India with it.  After discharge John joined the Newark Branch of the Sherwood Foresters Association and continued to support it throughout his life.

15th June 2017

It is with regret we inform you that 14469533 CSM John Henry POUTNEY aged 86, passed away peacefully on 22nd February 2017 after a short illness whilst living in Cardiff, Wales. John enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment aged 15 years in 1945. John saw service in Malaya, Jamaica, British Guiana, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Minden. Then being discharged in 1969. 

When John left the army he worked as a Sales rep for local newspaper, Berrows newspapers in Worcester. He progressed to Advertisement Manager, retiring in 1996. His hobby was his gardening and later he became his wife, Joyce's, full time carer. Joyce passed away on 21st January 2017 (4 weeks before John).

The funeral has taken place, John requested a no fuss funeral.  He is survived by his son, David and daughter, Jackie.  Condolences to David Pountney of 15, Whitland Crescent, Fairwater, Cardiff, CF5 3NL and/or to Jackie Tamplin email jackietamplin@gmail.com - address: An Carraig, Caherlistrane, Co. Galway, Ireland.

9th June 2017

The funeral of the late Lt Col Edward Vines TD will be held at St Mary's Church, Linton, Ross on Wye HR9 7RX at 1200 hours on Monday 19th June 2017 and afterwards in the Village Hall. It would be appreciated if those wishing to attend could e-mail Maj Bob Prophet on rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk so that the family can estimate the numbers attending. For those wishing to write in condolence the address for his widow Jane is Burton Farm, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7RR

1st June 2017

It is with regret that we notify you that 4986192 Sgt Walter Ernest BULL of Derby died on 16 May 2017 aged 96. Walter enlisted in 1940 and after recruit training at ITC Lincoln was posted to 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in North Africa. He took part in the the Battle for El Alamein before moving with the Battalion to Egypt, then Iraq where it became part of Paiforce seeing service in Lebanon and Iran before moving to Tunisia and then the Anzio Beachhead. After the breakout from the beachhead and the fall of Rome, Walter then moved with the Battalion to the East coast of Italy where it was again involved in heavy fighting on the Gothic Line. After the Battle for San Savino the Battalion was reduced to cadre strength and Walter was posted to 6th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment and remained with it until demob in January 1947. His funeral is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 1400 hours. Family flowers only but donations to the Alzheimers Society may be made at the Service. Association Members and Standards would be welcome.

26th May2 017

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Lt Col Edward Robert VINES TD of Ross on Wye died on 24 May 2017 aged 82.  Ted was called up for national service in September 1953, was commissioned in May 1954 and served in 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in Bulford and Iserlohn. In September 1955 he joined 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment until it was disbanded in 1967, later joining Mercian and LI Volunteers. In 1975 he transferred to 2 Mercian on its formation which he commanded 1976-8.  During his tour in command HM The Queen presented Colours to the Battalion in Birmingham. He was an exceptionally diligent CO despite the distance between his farm near Ross and his Battalion HQ in Shirley and he showed the same dedication to the many regimental duties he undertook after leaving the Army. Funeral details to be confirmed.

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.

It is with sadness that we inform you that 25064135 Pte Jonathon Geoffrey MATHER of Chellaston, Derby died on 14 May 2017 aged 38.  Jonathon enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in May 1997 and served with it in UK, Northern Ireland and  Bosnia in the former Republic of Yugoslavia before leaving the Army in October 2001.  His funeral is to take place at Mark Eaton Crematorium on 31 May 2017 at 1400 hours.  Association Standards and Members would be welcomed by the family.

20th May 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 24065555 Cpl Thomas James William McCOLLUM of Telford died on 13 May 2017 aged 71.  He enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1965 and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk and UN Cyprus.  On amlgamation in 1970 he remained with 1st Battalion The Worcstershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and served on several tours in NI, Berlin and BAOR with it before discharge after 22 years service in 1987.  His funeral is to take place on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 1100 hours at Telford Crematorium, Woodhouse Lane, Red Hill, Telford TF2 9NJ.  Family and close friends flowers only - donations to the British Lung Foundation can be made on the day.  The Wake is being held at the Barley Mow, 16 Court Street, Madeley, Telford TF7 5EB.  Association Members and Standards welcome.

4th May 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that Worcester Branch member 23000153 Cpl Michael John LAYLAND passed away in Worcester Royal Hospital, on the 19th April 2017 aged 81years, after a short illness.

Mike was born in Worcester in 1935 and enlisted as a National Serviceman into The Worcestershire Regiment at Norton Barracks, Worcester in 1953. Mike undertook a PT instructors course at Oswestry, where in July 1954, as a L/Cpl he won the Inter-Section Flag Competition. Mike went on to serve at Iserlohn, Germany before returning to Norton Barracks as PTI Instructor. During his service Mike was a member of a shooting team.

On discharge from the Regiment Mike worked as a fireman on British Rail, later becoming a train driver. On leaving British Rail in 1981 Mike ran his own security business called 'Shopwatch'. Mike enjoyed fishing and followed horse racing closely, being a supporter of the Injured Jockeys Club. Mike spent several years as Chairman of the City Council’s Racing Committee and was made an honorary life member of Worcester Racecourse in 1988.

In Public life, Mike became very well known in Worcester and beyond. He worked tirelessly for many charities and organisations. He was Chairman of Worcester Carnival committee for 27 years. In 1966 Mike became a Labour Councillor, later in 1972/73 he became City Chamberlain and then 1973/74 the last High Sheriff of Worcester. His first time as Mayor of Worcester was in 1981, and then as an independent Councillor Mike again became Mayor of Worcester in 2010. He took the salute at the official closing of Norton Barracks in 2011. At a Worcester Branch meeting in 2014, to much applause, Mike received the news that he had become an Honorary Freeman of the City of Worcester, famous others being Lord Nelson who was the first recipient and Winston Churchill in 1950.

After Mike’s death the local press carried endless tributes, memories and photographs of his work in the local community of Worcester, from hosting royalty in his official roles, to the aid of small charities and groups. Mike’s title in the press obituaries was 'Mr Worcester'

The funeral service will be held at 14:30hrs on Friday 19th May 2017 at Worcester Cathedral. 8 College yard, Worcester. WR1 2LA . Family flowers only with donations to The Injured Jockeys Club.

Standards welcome, with Worcester Branch Members to form a Guard of Honour outside the Cathedral.

The service will be followed by a private cremation for family and close friends only.

Mourners are invited to the upstairs Assembly Room, The Guildhall ,High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY.

Letters of condolence can be sent to, June Layland . 75 Shap Drive, Warndon, Worcester. WR4 9NR.

26th April 2017

Lt Col Arthur Richard WOOD of North Cadbury, Somerset died on 22 April 2017 aged 74. He was commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1962 and served in 1 Worc R in BAOR, Gibraltar and Tobruk, with IJLB, and as a company commander in The Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces during the Dhofar campaign. He returned to 1 WFR in Berlin, served with 1 Staffords in NI and Belize and with 1 WFR, 1 RRW and HQ UDR in NI. He also served on the staff in BAOR and the Falklands and as Training Major with 1 MERCIAN Volunteers. On promotion he commanded the Warminster Support Unit and on retiring in 1993 remained in Warminster as a RO.

Funeral at St Michael's Church, North Cadbury, Somerset BA22 7 DR at 1430 hours on Friday 5 May 2017

21st April 2017

It is with regret that we notify you that 24373416 CSgt Jeffrey NEWALL of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire died on 13 April 2017 aged 59. Jeff joined the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters in 1975 where after training he joined the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland serving in B Coy.  In 1980 after completing Junior Brecon he was promoted to Cpl, still with B Coy as a Section Commander and in 1984 became the Bn Weapon Training Instructor. He left the Army in March 1989 but re-enlisted in April 1991 and re-joined the Bn in Cyprus, returning to the Training Wing.  In 1992 he was promoted to Sgt and moved to Milan Pl.  He was posted to Depot in 1995 as Provost Sgt and returned to the Bn in Tidworth in 1997 as QM’s Ration Sgt. Jeff was promoted to CSgt in 1998 acting as Rear Party CSM whilst the 1st Bn was deployed in Bosnia.  He was discharged from the Army in July 1999. Funeral details to follow once known.              The funeral  is to take place at Mansfield Crematorium at 1230 hours on Monday 8 May 2017. The family would appreciate Association members and Standards attending. A celebration of Jeff's life is to be held at Mansfield Town Football Club after the Service.  Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Steve Cheeseman on 07977038458 or stevencheeseman62@gmail.com

The death is announced, at the age of 95, of Mrs Helen (Pat) Thomas; wife of Major Basil Thomas (STAFFORDS), Unit Families Officer, 1 Worcesters Bulford 1968 then 1WFR, Warminster, Berlin and Ballykelly, 1970-1975. Pat Thomas, a VAD nurse, married Maj Basil Thomas, then serving with 16 Para, following the 2nd Chindit Operation, in Quetta, India in 1946. She accompanied him on postings to Austria, UK, Egypt, Cyprus, Germany and Jamaica before joining 1 Worcesters in Bulford. On retirement Maj Thomas became Housing Commandant at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield and Pat worked for various charities.  Further details can be obtained from Col. SCH Ashworth on; ashworthstephen@aol.com or Tel: 01543 251283.

The funeral of 24003345 Pte John Walters, who died on 27 March 2017 is to take place on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 1240 hours at Wilford Hill Crematorium.  This will be followed by a wake in the Broad Oak pub in Strelley Village.  All, including Standard Bearers are welcome.   Flowers or donations to Hayward Hospice.

11th April 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 4975352 Pte John Frederick BALDWIN of Ilkeston died on 2 April 2017 aged 97.  Fred enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1937 and later transferred to the Leicestershire Regiment.  He went with it to Norway in April 1940 where he was taken POW.  His funeral is to take place at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote NG9 3GJ on Thursday 13 April 2017 at 1445 hours.  Standards and Association members welcome.

9th April 2017

The funeral of 23249462 Pte Bryan Flower who died on 15 March 2017 is to take place at St Helens Church, Stapleford NG9 8FN at 1320 hours on Wednesday 12 April 2017 followed by internment at Stapleford Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Stapleford NG9 8AP at 1400 hours.  Association members and Standards welcome.  Afterwards at The Magpie, 187 Toton Lane, Stapleford NG9 7JD

7th April 2017

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.

3rd April 2017

It is with regret that we notify you that 24003345 Pte John William WALTERS of Bilborough, Nottingham died on 27 March 2017 aged 68.  John enlisted into 1st Battallion The Sherwood Foresters in 1966 and was in Drums Pl with which he served in UK, BAOR and Berlin. He continued with Drums Pl after amalgamation in 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  John was also a Battalion Boxer.  He left the Regiment on 14 June 1973.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

The funeral of 500939 Maj Ken NOAKES who died on 8 March 2017 is to take place at Streetly Crematorium, Little Hardwick Road, Aldridge, Walsall WS9 0SG on Monday 10 April 2017 at 1500 hours and after at Longhorn Pub, Sutton Road, Walsall WS5 3AR.  Standards welcome.  No floral tributes required but there will be a collection box at the Crematorium for donations to St Giles Hospice, Walsall.

17th March 2017

It is with sadness that we inform you that 500939 Maj Kenneth William NOAKES died on 8 March 2017 aged 84. Ken enlisted in the ranks as a national service soldier in 1951 and served with the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.  On leaving the regulars in 1953 he joined 5/6th Staffordshire Regiment TA later rebadging to Mercian Volunteers.  In 1971 Ken was instrumental in forming the Light Infantry Mercian Volunteers at Whittemere Street Walsall, which in turn became the newly formed 2 Mercian Volunteers where Ken was RQMS.  He was commissioned to Lt with 2 Mercian Volunteers and went on to become Captain (QM).  When the Mercian Volunteers reverted back to county Regiments, Ken transferred to 4 WFR attaining the rank of Maj (QM) serving at Hazlucks Green, Shirley and North Moons Moat at Redditch. 

It is with regret that we inform you that 232494672 Pte Bryan FLOWER of Stapleford, Nottingham died on 15 March 2017 aged 79.  Bryan was called up for National Service in 1956 and served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Germany, Malaya and Singapore.  He left the Regiment in 1959. 

It is with regret that we inform you that 14714234 Pte Roland WINTERTON of Leicester died on 4 March 2017 aged 92.  Roland transferred into the Sherwood Foresters from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1945 and was discharged in 1947.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 27 March 2017 at 1145 hours at Loughborough Crematorium, Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AF with the wake being held at Charnwod Lodge, 136 Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AQ.  Family flowers only.  The family would appreciate the presence of any Association members and Standards.

The funeral of 24336423 Pte Stephen Michael Waner who died on 28 February 2017 is to be held at Glynn Valley Crematorium, Turfdown Road, Fletchersbridge, Bodmin PL30 4AP on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 1330 hours.  The family would appreciate the presence of Association members 

 

3rd march 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 24336423 Pte Stephen Michael WANER of Looe, Cornwall died on 28 February 2017 aged 60.  Steve enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in October 1974 and served in it with HQ Coy Drums Pl.  He left the Regiment in October 1986.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

2nd March 2017

The  funeral of  23725551 LCpl Harold James Massam who died on 21st February 2017   will be held at 15:15 hours on Monday 20th March 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB. Family flowers only.

Donations in Memory of Harry Massam,  payable to, St Richards Hospice, Worcester.  Standards and Members welcome.

All are invited afterwards to Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED. Extra car parking ( pay & Display ) available behind Swan Theatre . For Catering purposes those wishing to attend the Ex Services Club afterwards please contact 01684 576013 (answering service available)  or email  nigelfish@ymail.com

24th February 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 4977280 Pte William Sidney BURTON of Kirkby in Ashfield died on 17 February 2017 aged 96.  Bill enlisted into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and subsequently went with it to Norway in April 1940 where he was taken PoW.  He was given PoW number 4900 and was sent to Poland.  His last know camp was Stalag 20B at Marienburg, Germany from where he was put to work on various farms.  He was released by the Russian Army in January 1945 and returned home by walking to Lubin, in Poland, then by train to Odessa in the Ukraine and from there to Greenock, Scotland which he reached in April 1945.  Bill was discharged from the Army in in July 1946.  His funeral is to take place at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, School Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7BT at 1330 hours on Friday 17 March 2017.  Association Standards and Members welcome.
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The funeral Service of 14901280 Sgt Colin HARRISON who died on 11 February 2017 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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The funeral of 23743861 Pte Rex HANSON who died on 8 February 2017 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

23rd February 2017

It is with sadness that we inform you that Worcester Branch Chairman 23725551 LCpl Harold James Massam passed away peacefully at Worcester Royal Hospital on Tuesday 21st February 2017 aged 76 with his family at his bedside. Harry enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment at Shrewsbury on 17th May 1960.  After Training Harry completed a Carpentry and Joiners course before joining the 1st Battalion.  Harry served in Jamaica and British Honduras for the Hurricane Hattie relief mission. Harry also served in Gibraltar, Tobruk, Germany and UK.  Harry served in B Company going on to work in the Company Stores and became Families Quarters Storeman.  Harry was also a keen boxer and serving on one of the first Army Youth Teams. Harry was at Depot Lichfield, being discharged on 6th February 1968 serving another 4 years on reserve. On leaving the Regiment Harry became a conductor and then passed his passenger bus test and became a bus and coach driver for the Midland Red progressing to Depot Controller and retiring after 38 years service

 In the early 1980`s Harry became an active member of Worcester Branch becoming Chairman in 2009. Harry was well known through out the Association and beyond for his hard work, being at the forefront in a lot of event organising and forging new friendships with other organisations, being rewarded for his leadership with an Association Merit Award on the 5th October 2013.

Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Libby Massam 24 Portland Street, Worcester. WR1 2NL

The  funeral of  23725551 LCpl Harold James Massam who died on 21st February 2017   will be held at 15:15 hours on Monday 20th March 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB. Family flowers only. Donations in Memory of Harry Massam,  payable to, St Richards Hospice, Worcester.  Standards and members welcome.

All are invited afterwards to Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED. Extra car parking ( paying ) available behind Swan Theatre . For Catering purposes those wishing to attend the Ex Services Club afterwards please contact 01684 576013 (answering service available)  or email  nigelfish@ymail.com

 

17th February 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 21013319 WO2 (CSM) Frederick MILNER of York died on 2 February 2017 aged 94.  Frederick enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and served with it in MT Section throughout WW2 and had attained the rank of SSgt when he was demobbed in 1947.  He received two commendations, one in January 1946 from Eastern Command and a second from Field Marshall Montgomery for outstanding work during the occupation of Germany in June 1946.  He re-enlisted in July 1947 into the 1st Battalion as a Sgt and in the mid 50s was promoted WO2.  He served the majority of his time with the 1st Battalion and was CSM at the Derby Depot 1959 - 61. During his service he served in UK, BAOR, Middle East, Libya, Singapore and Cyprus.  He left the Army in February 1978, Funeral is to be held at York Crematorium  on 3 March 2017 at 1420 hours. Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 2QD. Standards and Association members welcome.

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.  Funeral details will be notified when known.

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 details will be notified when known.

10th February 2017

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.

It is with sadness that we notify you that 22994611 Cpl Harry REAY of Gloucester died on 4 October 2016.  Harry served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman in Bulford and Iserlohn from 1954 until 1956.

The funeral of 23709937 Cpl Mick Reeves who died on 27 January 2017 is to take place at Mansfield Crematorium at 1400 hours on Thursday 16 February 2017 followed by a wake at Kingsway Bar & Grill, Kingsway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield NG17 7FN. Association representation would be most welcome. Family flowers only, but donations in memory of Mick may be made to Yorkshire Bank: Sort Code:05,-03-81, Account number: 49416894, Reference: Mick Reeves. The family aims to purchase a fold-up bed for Ward 44 to be used by families that need to spend longer periods of time with loved ones at such a sad time.

3rd February 2017

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

It is with regret that we inform you that 23709937 Cpl Michael REEVES of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Notts died on 27 January 2017 aged 77.  Mick enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in June 1959 and served with it in Malaya, UK, NI, UNFICYP and BAOR.  During his service Mick was a Battalion Heavyweight Boxer, Bisley Shot and also took part in Rugby, Basketball and Athletics.  He left the Regiment in July 1968.  The funeral  is to take place at Mansfield Crematorium at 1400 hours on Thursday 16 February 2017 followed by a wake at Kingsway Bar & Grill, Kingsway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield NG17 7FN. Association representation would be most welcome. Family flowers only, but donations in memory of Mick may be made to Yorkshire Bank: Sort Code:05,-03-81, Account number: 49416894, Reference: Mick Reeves. The family aims to purchase a fold-up bed for Ward 44 to be used by families that need to spend longer periods of time with loved ones at such a sad time.

It is with regret that we inform you that 23213609 WO2 Dave MOORE of Pershore died on Tuesday 17 January 2017. He enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment in 1953 and served with 1 Worc R in BAOR, the West Indies,Gibraltar and Cyprus, his final tour before discharge in 1972 was as CSM C Coy in Warminster and NI. His funeral will be a private cremation followed by a Service in Pershore Abbey, Church Street, Pershore WR10 1DT at 1430 hours on Tuesday 14 February 2017.  Standards, Bugler and Association Members welcome. The Obituary regarding CSgt Moore published in Newsletter Vol 8 Issue 2A is to be disregarded.

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.

It is with regret that we inform you that Jennifer CURSHAM, wife of Lt Col (Retd) J Cursham TD died on Wednesday 25 January 2017.  Her funeral is to take place at St Mary's Church, 3 Bateman Road, East Leake LE12 6LN on Friday 10 February 2017 at 1500 hours.  Letters of condolence may be sent to Lt Col (Retd) J C Cursham TD at Home Farm House, 48 Main Street, East Leake, Loughborough LE12 6PG

 

21st January 2017

It is with regret we notify you that 2397880 LCpl Christoher QUARTON died on 29 December 2016 aged 71.  Christopher served for 6 years with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in UK, Gibraltar and Cyprus. His funeral will be held at Guildford Crematorium at 1415 hours on Friday 27 January 2017.

It is with sadness we inform you that 22404496 CSgt Dave MOORE of Pershore died on Tuesday 17 January 2017. He enlisted in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1952 and served with 1 Worc R in Malaya, BAOR, The West Indies and Worcester.  There will be a private cremation. Followed by a service  at 14:30hrs Tuesday 14th February 2017 Pershore Abbey, Church Street, Pershore Worcestershire. WR10 1DT.  Roger Groom will be giving the Eulogy, but there is no information on his service. If you have information about Dave Moore`s service history, time spent with him etc please contact Roger Groom on 01386 553643 as soon as possible. Standards, bugle and members welcome.

20th January

It is with regret that we notify you that 22843180 WO1 (RSM) Paul SPELMAN died on 15 January 2017.  Paul enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and continued to serve with 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Forsters Regiment after the amalgamation.  He left the Regiment in April 1977.  The funeral of 22843180 WO1 (RSM) Paul SPELMAN who died on 15 January 2017 is to take place at Bushbury Crematorium, West Chapel, Underhill Lane, Wolverhampton WV10 7JG on Monday 13 February 2017 at 1330 hours. The family has requested family flowers only. Former Cpl Malcolm Baynes is in contact with the family and would appreciate it if those intending to attend the funeral let him know on 07552 395928, so that numbers for catering at the wake can be assessed.
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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.

 

18th January 2017

Funeral details for Chris Quarton funeral is on Friday 27 January at 2'15 at Guildford crematorium and after at his house the Walled garden. Chris Passed away 30th December2016

13th January 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that 23791656 LCpl Barry COOPER of Mansfield died on Monday 2 January 2017 aged 78.  Barry was called up as a National Serviceman in May 1960 and served with 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Singapore and Northern Ireland.  He left the Army in May 1962.  He was a staunch member of Mansfield Branch WFRA. His funeral is to take place on 27 January 2017 at 1000 hours at Mansfield Crematorium.  Standards welcome.

 

5th January 2017

It is with regret that we inform you that Maj Philip OULTON Cheshire Regiment died on 23 December 2016.  Philip served with 1 WFR as Bn 2IC in Berlin 1972 - 1974.  His funeral is to take place at St Oswald's Church, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria CA17 4NQ at 1300 hours Tuesday 10 January 2017.

30th December

It is with sadness we inform you that 3689559 Major William Henry PERRONS TD of Ashbourne, Derbyshire died on 9 December 2016 aged 97.  Bill enlisted into 9th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters on 31 January 1939 as a Private with number 4976306 and served with A Coy in France and Belgium with the BEF before being evacuated through Dunkirk.  He was then transferred to the RAC when the 9th Battalion changed its title to 112 Regiment RAC in November 1941.  In June 1946 Bill was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Palestine. On leaving the Army in 1948 he joined 5th Battalion, later the 5th/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it until retirement in 1964.  His funeral is to take place at St Leonard's Church, Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW at 1200 hours on Friday 6 January 2017.  Donations in Memorium to Crich Memorial Tower Fund c/o RHQ MERCIAN, Heath Avenue, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9TJ.  The address for those wishing to write in condolence to his widow is; Mrs Jean Perrons, Stonehurst, Church Lane, Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AW

It is with regret that we inform you that 4978637 Sgt Allan ORME of Belper, Derbyshire died on 16 December 2016 aged 97.  Allan enlisted on 16 October 1939 and served with 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters.  In 1940 he went with it to France with the BEF making his own way back to the UK after being left behind at Dunkirk.  He then went on to serve with the Battalion in North Africa and was taken PoW at Sedjenane, Tunisia.  He was sent to Sicily then to Italy before being sent to Stalag 357 at Oerbke in Germany.  Allan left the Army on 1 March 1946 but he was not strong enough to return to his former employment at Leys Malleable Castings in Derby so took up employment as a Cutter for a clothing firm in Belper.  He later worked as a maintenance fitter for Johnsons Wire Works in Ambergate until he took early retirement.  His funeral is to take place at Belper Community Cemetery, Matlock Road, Broadholme, Belper DE56 2JE on Wednesday 4 January 2017 at 1100 hours. Attendance by Association Members and Standards would be appreciated by the family.   The address for those wishing to write in condolence to his daughter is; Mrs M A Bingham, 9 Malthouse Lane, Nether Heage, Belper DE56 2AS.

The funeral of 23674329 Pte Thomas Harry SHIELDS who died on 15 December 2016 is to be held at Mansfield Crematorium on Thursday 5 January 2017 at 1515 hours.  Association Members and Standards welcome.

The funeral of 4979497 Sgt Walter GOODYEAR of Derby who died on 20 December 2016 is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby DE22 4NH on Wednesday 11 January 2017 at 1400 hours.  Association members and Standards welcome.

Message from Dave Cottrell....Chris Quarton passed away this morning could you put this on your website he had many friends in the regiment who will want to know.
When I have more details about funeral etc will be in touch

23rd December 2016

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.The funeral of 4979497 Sgt Walter GOODYEAR of Derby who died on 20 December 2016 is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby DE22 4NH on Wednesday 11 January 2017 at 1400 hours.  Association members and Standards welcome.

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. The funeral of 23732454 Cpl John FLETCHER who died on 13 December 2016 is to take place at All Saints Church, Upper Clatford, Andover SP11 7HB at 1400 hours Thursday 5 January 2017.

It is with sadness we notify you that 23674329 Pte Thomas Harry SHIELDS of Sutton in Ashfield died on 15 December 2016.  Thomas was a National Serviceman and served with A Coy, 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Malaya.  Funeral details will be notified when known.The funeral of 23674329 Pte Thomas Harry SHIELDS who died on 15 December 2016 is to be held at Mansfield Crematorium on Thursday 5 January 2017 at 1515 hours.  Association Members and Standards welcome

We have been informed of the death of a former WW2 2nd/5th Bn Forester named BINGHAM whose funeral is to take place at Belper Community Cemetery, Matlock Road, Broadholme, Belper DE56 2JE on Wednesday 4 January 2017 at 1100 hours.  Attendance by Association Members and Standards would be appreciated by the family.  Further details of the service of this soldier will be published when received

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9th December 2016

Lieut G Bishop of Poole, formerly of Stourport, died on 15 November 2016 aged 82. He was commissioned as a National Serviceman in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1958 and served with the 1st Battalion in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The funeral has taken place.
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Lieut HD Wynter of Myrtle Bank, Australia died on 29 November 2016 aged 84. He was commissioned as a National Serviceman in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1952 and served in Malaya with the 1st Battalion. On completing his TA commitment with the 7th Battalion he emigrated to Australia

25 November 2016      

It is with regret that we inform you that 5254169 Sgt Frederick ROBINSON of Birmingham died on 16 November 2016.  Fred enlisted into the The Worcestershire Regiment on 15 January 1940 and went with it to France in 1944 landing on Gold Beach at Montfleury.  He saw service throughout the Normandy Campaign; at Mouen, Mont Pincon, Berjou, Vernon and on into Belgium where he was involved in Op Market Garden.  He was demobbed in May 1946. Earlier in 2016 he was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur.  Prior to his enlistment he was employed as a Wire Goods Manufacturer and returned to this profession in Birmingham after the War, eventually becoming Factory Manager.  His funeral is to take place on 30 November 2016 at Robin Hood Crematorium, Shirley, Solihull at 1400 hours.  Standards welcome.
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It is with sadness we inform you that 430251 Maj Robin Francis William BURNETT of Devizes died recently.  Robin was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in March 1953 and became MTO 1954 to 1958 before being posted to the Depot, Derby 1958 to 1959.  He was then appointed Coy 2IC Royal Warwicks in Aden before moving to BIO Trucial Oman States until 1963.  He then became coy 2IC 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in UK and BAOR until 1966 before being appointed G3 Ops/Trg HQ Kenya Army until 1968.  Robin then became Training Major with Mercian Volunteers, Wolverhampton before retiring from the Army in 1969.

A Thanksgiving Service in memory of Maj Robin BURNETT of Devizes who died on 16 November 2016 is to be held on Friday 9 December 2016 at 1400 hours at St Mary The Virgin Church, 4 Rookes Lane, Potterne, Devizes SN10 5NF.  For those wishing to write in condolence his daughter Camiila may be contacted at Mrs C Ainsworth, Marsh Farm, Pitney, Somerset TA10 9AN

 

18th November 2016

It is with regret that we inform you that Lieut RP PALMER of Glastonbury died on 13 November 2016. He was commissioned in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1960 and served in the 1st Battalion until 1963 in Worcester, on Hurricane Hattie in British Honduras and in Minden. He was a popular officer and a good sportsman, representing the battalion at cricket, football, athletics and basketball. Funeral details to be notified
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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.

The funeral of 24430483 Pte Paul FLETCHER who died on 12 November 2016 is to take place at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Worcester WR3 8HA on 2 December 2016 at 1300 hours.  Standards welcome.  Mourners are invited to join the family at Archdales Club, Windermere Drive, Worcester WR4 9HY after the Service.

 

22nd October 2016

It is with sadness that we notify you that 14880279 Cpl Gordon WILLETTS of Dudley died on 19 October 2016 aged 90.  Gordon enlisted on 7 December 1944 at Bodmin and served with the RAF – VR from May 1944 to December 1944 when he transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment and joined 8th Battalion.  In June 1945 he was posted to the 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment joining it in Calcutta, India.  In March 1947 he transferred to 1st Bn Garrison Light Infantry and in September 1947 returned to UK where he was discharged at Aldershot on 26 March 1948.  In civilian life he became a senior supervisor in the Fettling Dept in an Iron Foundry.  His funeral is to take place on Friday 4 November 2016 at 1220 hours at Gornal Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Dudley DY3 2RL.  Standards welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife Patricia can be contacted at 194 The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 3DR

 

19th October 2016

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

 

15th October 2016

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.

 

 

14th October 2016

It is with regret we inform you that 19036429 Pte Bernard Lewis SMITH of Nottingham died on 21 September 2016 aged 87.  Bernard was called up as a National Serviceman in November 1946 and after training was posted to the Sherwood Foresters in February 1947.  In 1950 he was posted as a reinforcement to serve in Korea.  His funeral is to take place at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote NG9 3GJ on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 1530 hours.  Standards welcome.

 

21st September 2016

It is with regret we notify the death of  Worcester Branch member Roger Maskell who died on September 11th.

His funeral will be held at Worcester Crematorium on TUESDAY 27th SEPTEMBER at 11.30 hrs.

Following the service the family invite you to Archdales Club, Windermere Drive.

 

17th September 2016

It is with great sadness we inform you that 430381 Major James Michael Frederick MARTIN of Sindlesham, Berkshire died on 12 September 2016 aged 84  Mike was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in 1953 and served at the Depot, Derby.  After completing his Pl Comds course he was posted to the 2nd Battalion in October 1953.  In August 1955 he was posted to the Depot as Training Subaltern until March 1958 when he was posted to the 1st Battalion with which he went to Malaya and Singapore until August 1961.  Mike was then posted as OC Regimental Recruiting Team at the Depot until March 1962 when he was appointed Adjutant 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters.  In March1964 Mike returned to the 1st Battalion as OC Rear Party  in Colchester then 2IC of a Coy before being appointed Adjutant.  In 1966 Mike was posted as a Major to  1 Zambia Regt, Indola followed by a tour at 3 Zambia  Regt, Kabwe until 1969 when he was posted as  OC A & HQ Coys 1 Worcestershire Regiment in Cyprus.  On amalgamation in 1970 Mike was posted OC Admin Coy 1 WFR in Warminster followed by appointments as GSO 3 Ops/Trg Londonderry,, Trg Major 3 WFR Newark,, HQNI ASVU (UDR) Lisburn, OC Mil Trg Wing AA College Arborfield, OIC Mil Training Princess Marina College, OC 506 GL Sec, Adjutant SEE before retiring in 1987.  He then became RO3 CD Cell REME Offrs School (Combat Div) followed by Asst Corps Sec RAJA/Sec & Librarian REME until end of RO3 service in 1998.  His funeral is to take place on Thursday 29 September 2016 at St Eligius Church, Arborfield Garrison at 1130 hours.  Family flowers only.  Standard Bearers would be welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, Mrs Audrey Martin, Catkins, 2 Betty Grove Lane, Sindlesham, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 5DR

 

27th AUGUST 2016

It is with sadness we inform you that 19003519 WO2 (TQMS) Colin RAYNOR of Lincoln died on 7 August 2016 aged 88.  Colin was called up as a National Serviceman into the Lincolnshire Regiment in July 1946 and transferred to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in February 1947.  He was discharged on completion of Service on 4 July 1948 and re-enlisted on a 5/7 engagement with The Sherwood Foresters on 5 July 1948.  He completed a Guards Drill course as a Corporal in September 1948 and was a Driving Instructor 1949 – 1950 with C Coy.  In December 1950 he was posted as a Sergeant PSI with the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Derby until 1954 when he was posted to Nottingham OTC as a PSI.  In January 1956 Colin was attached to 1st Battalion Royal Lincolnshire Regiment for service in Malaya returning to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters when it went to Malaya. In 1959 Colin was posted to the Depot at Derby as Staff Sergeant CQMS until May 1963 when he was posted as WO2 Ranges to RMCS Shrivenham.  In 1966 he returned to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters as TQMS in Munster.  He left the Regiment on 9 January 1968.  His funeral is to take place on 7 September 2016 at 1350 hours at Lincoln Crematorium, Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF.  Association members and Standards welcome.

22ND AUGUST 2016

It is with regret that we inform you that 22656284 Private John NOAKE of Swindon died on 1 August 2016. John served with 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya

It is with sadness that we inform you that 24134050 CSgt Thomas COLLINS of Toton, Nottingham died on 16 August 2016 aged 64.  Tom served with both 1st and 3rd Battalions The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  The funeral is to take place on Friday 26 August 2016 at 1400 hours at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote NG9 3GJ.  Association members and Standards welcome

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It is with regret we inform you that 23042212 Pte Albert SMITH died on 6 August 2016 aged 79.  Albert enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment on 25 August 1954 serving in Germany and ending his service in the Cheshire Regiment August 1957.  In civilian life Albert Worked in engineering until he retired.  His funeral is to be held on Monday 22nd August at 1045 hours at Worcester Crematorium, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.  Standards and Associations members welcome.  Letters of condolence may be sent to his wife Mrs Sheila Smith 6 Kendal Green Warndon Worcester WR4 9 NU

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5th August 2016

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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Mr Graeme Anton of Torton, Worcestershire died on 12 July 2016 aged 82. After being called up for national service in 1952 and attending Eaton Hall OCS he was commissioned in The Worcestershire Regiment and joined the 1st Battalion in Malaya. While there he was evacuated after contracting polio and after convalescing at Osborne House he was discharged. A service of thanksgiving will be held at St James' church, Hartlebury DY11 7TD at 1430 hours on Friday 9 September 2016

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21st July 2016

It is with regret we inform you that 5571151 Pte Gerald Ernest MALLER of Ridgeway House Care Home, Royal Wooton Bassett died on 19 April 2016 aged 97.  Gerald enlisted into the 8th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1939 and after Dunkirk was posted to the 1st Battalion.  He was taken PoW in 1942 at the Fall of Tobruk and sent to Kommando E702 Klimontowgrube Stalag VIII B 344 Lamsdorf  where he was employed in the coal mines with PoW number 9911 . His funeral took place at Kingsdown Crematorium on 19 May 2016.
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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

2nd July 2016

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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20th June 2016

It is with regret that we inform you that 377642 Major Paul Louis STACKHOUSE of Harrogate died on 11 June 2016 aged 87.  Paul was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in April 1947 and served with it in Germany.   In 1950 he was appointed ADC to GOC Nigeria District West Africa before being posted in 1953 to the Depot in Derby as Adjutant.  In 1955 he was posted as an Instructor to Eaton Hall in Chester before rejoining the 1st Battalion in 1957 and went with it as Adjutant to Malaya and Singapore 1959 – 1961.  In June 1961 Paul was appointed Staff Captain AG2(O) at the War Office until July 1963 when he took up his final appointment as a Company Commander at the Army Apprentices College in Harrogate until his retirement in 1967.   The funeral is to take place at St Roberts Church, Roberts Street, Harrogate, West Riding of Yorkshire HG 1HP on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 12 noon.  Donations to St Michaels Hospice may be forwarded to Hubert Swainson Funeral Services Ltd, 39 Franklin Road, Harrogate HG1 5ED and a collection plate will be available in the Church.  For those wishing to write in condolence, his wife Margaret may be contacted at Mrs N M Stackhouse, 20 Rossett Avenue, Harrogate HG2 9NA

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1st June 2016

It is with regret that we inform you that 23548836 Pte Brian Thomas POULTON of Stourport died recently. 

Brian enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on 24 April 1955 and was discharged on 23

March 1964.  He saw service in the West Indies, British Guyana and UK.  His funeral is to take place on

Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 1100 hours in Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport on Severn DY13

8DE.  The family would welcome Association Members and Colleagues but request no Standards.

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May 26th 2016
We regret to announce the death of 24017188 Sgt David MARTIN of Gosport aged 69 on 11 May 2016

while on a visit to Worcester. He enlisted in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1964 joining the 1st

Battalion in Lydd and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk and Cyprus and with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire

and Sherwood Foresters in N Ireland, Berlin then as a PSI with 1 Mercian Volunteers in Nottingham before

discharge in 1979. Funeral arrangements in Gosport to be confirmed.

Funeral arrangements for 24017188 Sgt David MARTIN of Gosport who died aged 69 on 11 May 2016 are on

Monday June 20th at 15:30 hrs,  Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornway Lane, Portchester. PO16

8NE. Afterwards at The Lounge Bar and Function Venue, Lees Lane, Gosport. PO12 3UW. Standards and

Association members Welcome.
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It is with regret that we inform you that 2nd Lt Adrian Timothy James STANFORD of  Westminster, London

 

 

died on 3 May 2016.  Adrian served in the ranks as a National Serviceman with the Rifle Brigade in 1954

before moving to Eaton Hall as an Officer Cadet.  He was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood

Foresters and joined it in Derna Cyrenacia (Libya) in September 1954. Adrian was then appointed Assistant

Adjutant at Chiseldon, Wiltshire in September 1955. On leaving the Army he went up to Merton College, Oxford

before commencing a banking career in the City of London.  His funeral is to take place in the Church of

Saints Peter and Paul, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire on Monday 6 June 2016 at 1130 hours.
 

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