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It is with regret that we report that 2Lt Dr Alec RAINBOW PhD of Palmerston New Zealand died on Wednesday 9th November 2011. Alec was called up for National Service from Nottingham University and was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in March 1953. He served in Wuppertal as a Platoon Commander and Celle as Asst Adjutant and IO. After leaving the Army he did his post graduate course in Tropical Plant Medicine and moved to Cameroon. He then moved to the Horticultural Centre, Private Bay, Levin, New Zealand. His funeral took place in New Zealand on Monday 14 November 2011. For those wishing to write in condolence his wife Kate can be contacted at 16 Masefield Terrace, Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North 4414, New Zealand
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It is with sadness we report that Lieutenant David Elvin RANCE of Boreham, Essex died on 20 August 2011 aged 76. David was called up for National Service in 1953 with 1 WORCS R and underwent recruit training at Norton Bks before attending Eaton Hall OCS. He was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1955 and served with it in Bulford and Iserlohn. David completed his National Service in 1956 then went on to Oxford University until 1959 when he then joined 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment. In 1963 David went to Cornell University in the USA and subsequently had a successful career as an Occupational Psychologist and Management consultant.

A Thanksgiving service will be held on Friday 23 September at St Andrew’s Church, Boreham at 2:30pm. For those wishing to write in condolence, his wife, Mary may be contacted at Chantry Farm, Chantry Lane, Boreham, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 3AN
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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.

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 23674236 Pte Gerald READY died on 23 March 2015.  Gerald
enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in August 1958 and served until June 1964

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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.

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It is with sadness that we inform you that Tricia REEVE, wife of Maj (Retd) David Reeve MBE died on 17 January 2012. A service to celebrate Tricia’s life is to be held on Friday 27th January 2012 at
midday at St Mary’s, Middleton on the Hill SY8 4BD. Those attending are advised that as the Church is very small, be prepared to stand if you can. If you do need a seat, please let David know beforehand and he will reserve one for you. It is also recommended that those attending wear
stout, rather than smart, footwear (wellies acceptable). After the service, everyone is invited back to The Rock for light refreshments however parking there is limited, so if arrangements can be made to share a car to and from The Rock, it would be to your advantage.

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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.

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It is with sadness we report that Brigadier G G Reinhold MC died on 11 October 2011 aged 94. In the late 1930s he was commissioned into the Queen’s Royal Regiment and posted to the 2nd Battalion in Palestine, then engaged in quelling violence by Arab insurgents. On May 19 1939
Reinhold took a patrol into the village of Qaffin where they came under fire. He ordered his Bren gunner to lay down covering fire and gave chase. On emerging from some olive trees into the open, his group came under heavy fire from 12 men who were concealed from the Bren gunner by the shoulder of a hill. Reinhold was hit in the chest and badly wounded but continued to give orders and withdrew his outnumbered force to safety before collapsing. After a four-hour drive over rough
tracks to the British Military Hospital, Haifa, he was close to death. When he had recuperated, he was summoned by Bernard Montgomery, then a major general and convalescing in the same hospital with a chest infection. Monty told him that he had been awarded an immediate MC for
conspicuous gallantry and insisted on pinning the medal ribbon to Reinhold’s dressing gown. On his return to England, Reinhold was invested with the medal by King George VI at Buckingham Palace.
During the Second World War he commanded a rifle company of the 3rd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment and was then brigade major to 130th Infantry Brigade. He was mentioned in despatches for his involvement in the 43rd Division’s planning for D-Day. Reinhold saw fierce fighting in the “breakout” from Normandy and at Arnhem. He was decorated by the Dutch after the liberation of Holland and, in December 1944, he was seconded to the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment. He was its acting CO in the forced crossing of the Rhine, the breaching of the Siegfried Line and the drive into Germany’s heartland.
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Col JD Reynolds MC of Worcester died on 7 Nov 2015. He enlisted in the Worcestershire Regt in 1940,
volunteered for service with 3 Commando, took part in raids on the Norwegian coast before being commissioned in 1942. On return to 3 commando he served in N Africa and the Sicily landing where his platoon captured a bridge. He then landed in Italy in advance of the invasion and, despite being attacked , sent back valuable information for the invasion force for which he was awarded the MC for displaying "leadership, a disregard for danger and an excellent example". He was later wounded in Italy and on recovery rejoined 3 Commando in Normandy and took part in river crossings on the Rhine, Aller and Elbe. After the war he joined 1st Bn the Worcestershire Regt  in Trieste, Pola and in Berlin during the Airlift. After the Staff College he served in Canada, then in Jamaica with the Regiment before being appointed the last Commanding Officer of the Regimental Depot at Norton, followed by a tour with the Aden Protectorate Levies. On promotion in 1962 he commanded 3 Cheshire (TA) followed by staff appointments in Hong Kong and Kuwait. In retirement he served as regimental welfare officer The memorial service for Colonel JD Reynolds MC who died on 7 November 2015 will be held in Worcester Cathedral at 1430 hours on Wednesday 9 March.

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It is with regret that we inform you that Pte Derrick Rice died on 27 May 2014 aged 64. Derrick enlisted into 1 WFR in July 1973 and served in Berlin, Colchester, Ballykelly, Armagh and Hemer until his discharged in February 1982. Derrick’s funeral  will take place on Thursday June 12th at 1400 hours at The Counties Crematorium, Towcester Road, Milton Malsor, Northampton, NN4 9RN. Association and Standard Bearers are welcome. Flowers  to The Co-operative Funeral Care, 22 Stockley Street, 
Northampton, NN1 5EY Tel: 01604 635265 or donations to RESTART at Northampton General. Donations will be collected on the day of the funeral . 

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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.

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RIDLEY Vivian Howard MBE QGM: 426990 Lt Col

It is with regret that we inform you that 426990 Lt Colonel Vivian Howard RIDLEY MBE QGM of Salisbury died on 3 February 2019 aged 87.  He was called up as a National Serviceman in 1950 with the F.R.R.C. before attending Eaton Hall and RMAS.  Vivian was commissioned 2nd Lt on 6 February 1953 into the Wiltshire Regiment where he served as a Pl Comd in Warminster, Chester and Cyprus 1953 to 1957. He was then appointed Adjutant of Depot the Wiltshire Regt and Depot Duke of Edinburghs Royal Regt (DERR) at Devizes, 1957 to 1960 before being Seconded to the Ghana Army 1960 to 1961. He was then posted to 1 DERR and served with it in UK, Malta and Cyprus 1961 to 1963 before attending Staff College at Quetta and Camberley in 1964. He then served as a Major Exchange DAQMG HQ Canadian Armed Forces 1965 to 1966, 1DERR Coy Comd BAOR and British Honduras 1968 to 1969, DAAG MOD(A) M6 London 1970 to 1971, 2IC 1st Battalion DERR Berlin and N/Ireland 1973 to 1975, DAAG HQ Prince of Wales Div 1975 to 1976 before being posted to 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters as Commanding Officer 1977 to 1979.  Vivian was then appointed Monitoring Officer CLAMOR in Rhodesia 17 December 1979 to 31 March 1980 before taking up the post of AAG/CRLS HQ Eastern Dist 1980 to 1982.  He finished his regular service as SO2 AG2b (DAAG B AG2) MOD Stanmore 1982 to 1986.
The funeral is being held on Tuesday 26th February at Salisbury Crematorium, Barrington Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP1 3JB Tel: 01722 333 632.  

No flowers, but donations to The Rifles or  RGBW.

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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.

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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 Major Bryan Keith ROBINSON TD+++ of Long Eaton, Derbyshire died on 15 August 2015 aged 84.  Bryan was called up for National Service on 5 May 1949 and after training was posted to the Royal Army Education Corps at Chilwell as a Sgt in December 1949.  On leaving the Army he joined the TA as a Sgt and between 1951 and 1959 served with; 66 AA FC Tp RA TA at Walthamstow, 58 AA FC Tp RA TA at Derby, 262 HAA Regt RA TA at Derby, 438 LAA Regt RA TA at Derby before being commissioned in 1959. He then served with 140 Engr Regt RE TA at Derby, 2IC and OC 438 (DA) Fd Sqn RE TA at Derby, OC B Coy Derby Foresters TAVR at Derby, 73 Engr Regt RE (V) at Derby, OC RHQ Tp 73 Engr Regt RE (V) at Nottingham, 2IC B Bty 3 Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters(V) at Beeston, OC D Coy 3 WFR (V) at Beeston, Trg Major 3 WFR (V) at Newark and OC HQ Coy 3 WFR (V) at Newark. Bryan retired in 1988 but continued his links with 3 WFR (V) as the long time treasurer of 3 WFR (V) Association and was instrumental in forming the 3 WFR Branch of WFRA as well as filling the post of President of Long Eaton Branch WFRA The funeral of Maj B K Robinson TD who died on 15 August 2015 is to take place at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote on Thursday 27 August 2015 at 1630 hours. Floral tributes should be forwarded to the funeral directors at The Cooperative Funeral Care, 88-90 Derby Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 4LB. The funeral service will be followed by a wake at the Bell Inn, Sawley, Long Eaton. All welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence, Mrs D Robinson 34 Hawthorn Avenue, Long Eaton NG10 3NF. Please note that the time of the funeral for Maj B K Robinson TD on Thursday 27 August 2015 at Bramcote Crematorium has been changed to 1615 hours

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It is with sadness we report that Mrs Mary Rochford of Upton on Severn died 24 January 2012 aged 84. Mary was the wife of Terence Rochford Worc R. A service is to be held on Mon 6 February 2012 at St Joseph’s Church, Upton on Severn at 1100 hours.
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We regret to inform you that Captain Terence ROCHFORD of Upton upon Severn died on 26 February aged 87. After attending RGS Worcester he enlisted in The Worcestershire Regiment in November 1943 and after training at Norton Barracks was commissioned in The Baluch Regiment in 1945. He served with them in India and the Middle East and spent his last 8 months before demobilisation in September 1947 in Palestine with 2 North Staffords. He later worked for GKN in the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Iran
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t is with deep regret that we inform you that 22098548 CSgt Derek ROGAN of Newark died on 9 December 2014 aged 83.  Derek was called up for National Service in 1949 and served with The Lincolnshire Regiment in Palestine.  On discharge in 1950 he joined 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served until 1969.  Derek was a staunch supporter of the Association and was Chairman of Newark Branch. Funeral details will be promulgated when known.                         

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It is with regret that we inform you that 14475817 Pte Arnold ROSE of New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire died on 2 September 2011 aged 83. Arnie enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters on 6 November 1945 and the joined the 2nd Battalion in Palestine before moving to Germany and the 1st Battalion. He left the Army in 1957. For those wishing to write in condolence, his son Andrew can be contacted at 47 Hallam Road, New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire NG22 9TT.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 24553398 Pte Glen “Rosie” T ROSE of Netherton, West Midlands died on 20 September 2018 aged 56. Glen joined The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on 22 October 1980 and after training at Lichfield joined the 1st Battalion in Germany.  He also saw service in NI.  Whilst on exercise in Soltau, Germany in 1983, he was seriously injured in a vehicle accident and was subsequently medically discharged from the Army on 9 February 1985.  His funeral will take place on Thursday 4 October at 1115 hours at Rowley Regis Crematorium, Powke Lane B65 0AD.  The family would welcome friends who knew Glen during his service but have asked that no standard bearers or military uniforms be present.  Family flowers only and donations to the family’s chosen charity can be given on the day.

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 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.                                                                                                                                                       ...............................................

It is with sadness we inform you that Major FA ROWLEY CMG, OBE, MC died on 28 July aged 92. He enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment as a boy in 1938, was commissioned in 1941 and while commanding a company in the Baluch Regiment was seriously wounded and awarded the MC in Burma. He later had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service. His father served in the Regiment before WW2 and his brother was killed in action with 1 Worc R in Malaya.  His funeral is to be a private one with a Memorial Service to be held at a later date

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It is with regret that we inform you that Cpl Norris RUSSELL late Worcestershire Regiment died recently. His funeral is to take place on 8 April 2016 at Streetly Crematorium at 1115 hours.  For those wishing to write in condolence his widow, Mrs Iris Russell can be contacted at 17 Norton Lane, Burntwood, Walsall, Staffs


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It is with sadness we inform you that 23545047 Cpl Christopher SALES of Lancaster died on 13 October 2012. Chris served with B Coy 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters 1958 – 1964 in Malaya and Cyprus.

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It is with sadness we notify you that the funeral of W0446819 WO2 Susan SANSOM BEM of Kirkby in Ashfield is to take place on Wednesday 9 January 2013 at 1045 hours at Mansfield Crematorium followed by a Wake at East Kirkby Miners Welfare. Sue joined the 3rd Battalion
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (Volunteers) in 1975 and served with it until it was disbanded in 1999 

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30194627 PTE J L SAWYER ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS. 30194627 Private J L Sawyer died in Cyprus on Thu 12th Mar 2015. Pte Jay Sawyer was a Royal Logistic Corps Chef attached to 2 Mercian. The soldiers of The 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment Battlegroup are serving operationally with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, and are based in the capital city Nicosia. While he was conducting Adventure Training in the Mediterranean Sea he was involved in a tragic and fatal canoeing accident.

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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.The 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.

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It is with regret that we inform you that Lt Col (Retd) Douglas Noy SCOTT of Andover died on 27 May 2012 aged 92. Duggie was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in March 1939 and served with the 2nd Battalion in France and Belgium. After evacuation he served at the Home Service Depot with the 10th and 15th Battalions before moving to India and being appointed as GSO3 Control Officers, India/Burma/Raiding Forces. In 1945 he served as Adjt with the 1st Bn The Buffs before returning to the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Goslar, Germany in 1948. From 1949 -51 he served with GHQ FARELF before being posted to 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1952. He then attended Staff College in 1953 before moving to GHQ MELF where he served until 1956 before returning to take up the post of Training Major at Normanton Barracks. He then went with 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters to Malaya until 1960 when he moved to Nottingham University as Training Major. His last posting before retirement in 1969 was as SO1 (PT) HQ BAOR.

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 4977025 Sgt George C SCOTT of Keyworth, Nottingham died on 2 February 2014 aged 94.  George enlisted into the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served with it in France with the BEF and later in North Africa, Italy, Greece and Austria before being demobbed in March 1946.  After the war he became very involved with the Royal British Legion and was a former President of the Colston Basset, Owthorpe and Cotgrave Branch.  His funeral is to take place at Wilford Hill Crematorium, Nottingham on Monday 17 February 2014 at 1120 hours.  The family would appreciate it if Standards could be present.                                                 

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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.

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       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.                                                                                                                                                                                                  .........................................

It is with regret that we inform you that 22849455 Pte Derek SHERWOOD (formerly EWART) of Derby died on 7 November 2015 aged 75.  Derek enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1957 and served with it in Malaya, Singapore, Northern Ireland, UK, Cyprus, Libya, Canada and Germany and left the Regiment in 1970.  Funeral details will be promulgated once released

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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.                                                         

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It is with regret that we inform you that 24193999 Sgt Wayne SHILLAM  of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire died on 14 January 2015.  Wayne enlisted in 1972 with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and left the Army in 1992. He served in NI where he suffered minor injuries in a bomb blast and he also served in Belize where he was in HQ Coy MT Pl. Funeral details will be promulgated when known                                                             

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It is with regret that we notify you that 23946789 LCpl Eric 'Danny' SHOOTER of Nottingham died on 26 October 2018. Danny enlisted into 5th/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1962 and when it was disbanded in 1967 he continued serving with D (Sherwood Foresters) Coy Mercian Volunteers. His funeral has taken place.

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It is with sadness we inform you that Mrs Eileen Shrimpton wife of ex WO2 (CSM) Charlie Shrimpton (1 WORC R) died on 8 January 2013 aged 83.

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It is with sadness that we inform you that In-pensioner 21012363 WOI Charles Edward SHRIMPTON of Royal Hospital Chelsea died on 21 November 2018 aged 91. Charles joined the RA as a junior soldier on 10 June 1942 until 08 June 1945 and then in adult service from 9 Jun 1945 until 1 Jul 1947. He joined the Worcestershire Regiment on 28 Nov 1947. From his earliest Regimental days he upheld the fine shooting reputation, first established by his father Major C E Shrimpton and was a prominent member of the 1st Battalion Shooting Team which won the KRRC Trophy at Bisley in 1955. He spent most of his service with the 1stBattalion where he rose through the ranks and was awarded the GSM Malaya and LSGC. In January 1962 he was promoted to WOI and appointed RSM of the 7thBattalion (TA). His last year of Colour Service was with the Mercian Brigade Depot at Lichfield prior to discharge on 31 Mar 1968. Charles was admitted to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in November 2015. His funeral service will take place in the RHC Chapel on Monday 10 December at 1400 hours. All are invited to attend.

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It is with regret we inform you that 24035842 Pte John Thomas Simcox of Old Park Lane, Oldbury West Mids. Passed away aged 67 years on the 11th November 2014, John spent the last 6 months in a nursing home and his funeral took place on 24th November 2014. John served with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment, enlisting on the 1st October 1964 ,serving at Gibraltar ,Tobruk, Cyprus ,Malta, Northern Ireland and discharged on 1st February 1971. Anyone wishing to write letters of condolence to his son, John Simcox, the address is 39 Bodenham Road, Oldbury B68 0SF

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It is with sadness we report that 22596257 Pte Arthur SLATER of Halesowen, West Midlands died on 12 August 2011 aged 78. Arthur served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman from 1951 to 1953 in Support company in Malaya. For those wishing to write in condolence his wife, Margaret can be contacted at 67 Dunstall Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 1BD.

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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

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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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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.

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It is with regret we inform you that 22397934 Pte Frank SMITH of Stoke on Trent died on 8 August 2012 aged 83. Frank served with 1 Worc R HQ Coy Signals Pl in Malaya in 1952.

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We regret to inform you that 23292547 Pte John SMITH who served with 1 WORCS R in Germany and Jamaica from 1958 to 1961 died on 6 September 2011                                                  

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It is with Sadness that I inform you that WO2 22352901 Maurice 'Smudger, Mo, or Nozzer' Smith, of Kempsey Worcestershire, former Secretary of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. passed away at Worcester Royal Hospital on 3rd April 2019. Maurice was born in Worcester on the 26th October 1929.
Maurice enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment 7th Battalion at Worcester in 1949 as a Territorial Soldier. On call up for National Service in 1950 he arrived in TA uniform to be told he was now in the Royal Artillery and had to stitch on new shoulder titles and badges. His first posting was to Malta. Later recalling the damage that was there from the island`s hold out against the Axis forces. Whilst serving in the T.A. Before enlisting, Maurice`s civilian employment was fixing typewriters and was pigeon holed into that when he reported for duty in Malta being promoted to L/Bdr in RHQ. In Malta Maurice rowed and sailed for the Army Team and played cricket, hockey and football for the RA Regiment.
 After National Service in 1952 Maurice resumed serving in the 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment, serving at different locations in Worcestershire. At one point he played the bass drum for the Battalion band. He rose to WO2 and was the Warrant Officer in charge of the Colour Party when the 7th Battalion Colours were laid up in St Mary`s Church Kidderminster. Retiring from the 7th Battalion in June 1967

In civilian life after National Service Maurice was a Policeman serving and living in Birmingham. After leaving the Police Force Maurice worked at Morgan Crucible near Norton Worc`s.

Maurice`s passion was cricket and was groundsman and Secretary for Kempsey Cricket Club and worked closely with the County Cricket ground organising bulk deliveries to be shared out for local cricket grounds.

Maurice joined Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. In 2010 and became Secretary soon after. He was very efficient in the Secretarial role and the organising of different parades, working closely with Worcester City Council on getting the necessary procedures sorted. Another of his passions was Gheluvelt Park and the Worcester Branch Annual Gheluvelt Service. This was because his late Wife`s Uncle had died of bayonet wounds received at the Battle of Gheluvelt on the 31st October 1914.

Maurice was very proud to be asked to lower the Worcestershire Regiment flag at the former TA Centre, the Shrubbery, Kidderminster in 2017 for the Kidderminster Branch M.V.R.A. 50TH Anniversary of the cessation of the 7th Batt Worcestershire Regiment and the forming of the Mercian Volunteers in 1967.

Maurice`s funeral will take place at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Worcester WR3 8HA on Friday 3rd May 2019 at 15;15hrs. Standards Bugle and Association members welcome.

Afterwards at the Crown at Kempsey, 66 Main Road, Kempsey, Worcestershire. WR5 3JF

Letters of condolence can be sent to :-

Mr P & Mrs D Smith
6 Ellsdon
Kempsey
Worc`s
WR5 3NT

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23451144 Cpl Maurice SMITH of Alfreton, Derbyshire died on 5 July 2014 aged 77.  Maurice was called up as a National Serviceman into The Sherwood Foresters on 6 February 1958 and served with 5 Pl B Coy. He served in Malaya and was engaged in operations Badak, Ginger and Saddleup.  He completed his service on 4 February 1960. Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

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It is with regret that we inform you that Captain Douglas James SNOXHILL of Godalming, Surrey died on 18 May 2013 aged 90. Douglas was called up in 1941 and after training at Norton Barracks attended Sandhurst before being commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment and joining 11 Worc R in November. In 1944 he was posted as an instructor at the Infantry NCO School until joining 9 Worc R. He transferred to A Coy 1 Worc R in July 1945 and served in BAOR and Trieste until his release in November 1946.
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It is with regret that we report that Lt David Warwick SPEED of Allestree, Derby died on 7 February 2011 aged 77. David was a National Service Officer who joined the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served in Malaya. On leaving the Army he became a Chartered Accountant and
Managing Director.
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It is with sadness we inform you that 248378 Padre Capt William SPEIRS of Melrose , Scotland died on 13 June 2013 aged 96.  Capt Speirs served with  1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in WW2 and took part in the battles for Hill 112 and the Falaise Gap where he was wounded.

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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.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

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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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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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It is with regret we inform you that 23535009 Cpl George STEVENS of Harvey Bay, Queensland, Australia died on 14 October 2012 aged 73. George enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1957 serving with it in Malaya and Singapore. He continued to serve with 1st
Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters on amalgamation and left the Regiment in January 1980 after serving in Northern Ireland, West Germany and Berlin. His funeral took place on Wednesday 17 October 2012 at Great Southern Garden of Remembrance, Carbrook,
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Messages of condolences may be sent to his son Troy on stevenst@rocketmail.com

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FUNERAL DETAILS FOR 24660944 CAPT JAMES ‘JIM’ STEWART

The family extends an invitation to the Regimental Family (including Standard Bearers) to attend the Church Service which will be held at St Paul’s Church, Chester Green, Derby DE1 3RT on Thursday 9 May 2019 commencing 1400 hours. Parking is very limited and car sharing is advised.  There is some free car parking at Chester Green Community Centre DE1 3RR or Morrisons Car Park at Wheatcroft Way, Derby, DE21 4RX (approx 1km walking distance from the Church and please check for local parking restrictions).

The Church Service will be followed by a private family cremation.

The family have requested no flowers but will nominate a charity for the Church collection on the day.

The family have invited all to attend the Wake which will be held in 103 Bn REME, 148 Coy Reserve Centre, Kingsway, Derby DE22 3BN.

Any questions can be directed to the Assistant Regimental Secretary cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk

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It is with regret that we inform you that 24173032 Cpl Stanley Leslie STEWART of Brecon Powd died on 22 January 2016 aged 65.  Les (Geordie) served with B Coy 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, leaving the Regiment in September 1981.  His funeral is to take place at Hereford Crematorium, Westfaling Street, Hereford HR4 0JE on Monday 8 February 2016 at 1200 hours. Gathering afterwards at Bay Horse Inn, Hereford. Dress: Happy
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It is with regret we report that 4986533 Cpl Eric STONE of Ilkeston died on 7 February 2012 aged 90. Eric enlisted in 1940 and served with The Sherwood Foresters in Malta, North Africa and Italy.

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It is with sadness we inform you that 412078 Maj Robert Basil SULLIVAN-TAILYOUR of Sutton Veny, Warminster died on 24 February 2015 aged 84.  Robert attended Eaton Hall OCS and Mons OCS in 1948 before being commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1950.  He joined the 1st Battalion in BAOR and in 1952 was appointed Pl Comd of Anti Tank Platoon in Egypt before being posted to the Depot in 1953.  He went on to serve with the Kings African Rifles as OC HQ Coy in East Africa in 1955.  He then became an instructor at Mons OCS before returning to the 1st Battalion in Malaya in 1960.  Between 1963 - 1966 he was a student at the German Staff College before returning to the 1st Battalion as a Coy Comd.  In 1968 he was posted to HQ BAOR as GSO 2 before being appointed 2IC 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1970.  Robert then had various Staff Appointments before leaving the Army in 1978. There will be a private family funeral and a Service is to be held in Sutton Veny in April, details of which will be notified when known.

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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.

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