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It is with regret we inform you that 14871069 Pte William TEAGUE of Worcester died on 5 December 2010 aged 84. William joined The Worcestershire Regiment in 1945 and was posted to the 7th Battalion in India and served in the Pioneer platoon. In October 1946 he was involved with the Battalion in dealing with serious communal rioting in Calcutta for ten weeks and in March 1947 when the 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment was disbanded he was transferred to The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment to complete his Army service

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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.

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  It is with regret we inform you that 23651938 CSgt Jack THOMPSON of Pershore died on 12 November 2013 aged 79.  Jack joined 7 Worc R after service with the RAF in 1956 and served as Signals CSgt to 1962.  He was a staunch member of Worcester Branch.  The funeral is to take place at Pershore Abbey, Church Street WR10 1DT on 22 November 2013 at 1230 hours. Association members and Standards welcome.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife Olive can be contacted at 1 Perscora Way, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 1QR.

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It is with deep sadness I report the belated death of 23938785 Pte Thurston (Tez) TERRY who passed away in Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury on 1st August 2015 aged 73, the funeral was held at Charing crematorium, Ashford kent. “Tez” joined the 1st Btn Worcestershire Regiment in September 1962 serving largely in the signal platoon, often involved in long range HF and VHF communications utilizing both Voice and international morse code, in which he excelled, finishing his service in September 1968, Tez served in Minden BAOR, Lydd, Dominica, Gibraltar, Tobruk North Africa, and Bulford. He is survived by his loving wife Pili, and children Gary and Verina.

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It is with regret we inform you that Pte Mike TODD of New Romney, Kent died on 7 January 2014 aged 70. Mike joined st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1961 and served with MT Platoon.  He saw service inMinden, Lydd, Gibraltar, Tobruk and Shorncliffe before leaving the Army in 1970.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 20 January 2014 at 1400 hours at Hawkinge Crematorium, Aerodrome Road, Folkestone, Kent CT18 7AG.  Family flowers only.

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Capt G B TULLET OBE of Cutsey, Devon died on 16 December 2015 aged 74. Graham was commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1962 and served in 1 Worc R in Minden and later in Bulford: also at Depot Lichfield. He was seconded to the Trucial Oman Scouts in 1967 and after retiring from the army in 1968 served on contract in the Abu Dhabi Defence Force for 4 years. He then managed a very successful company in India and while there worked tirelessly for the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League for which he was awarded the MBE which in 2003 was advanced to OBE. The funeral will take place at 1200 hours on Wednesday 22 December 2015 at St Michael and Angels Church ANGERSLEIGH, Devon TA3 7SY. It is just off the M5 near the Taunton Deane service station

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It is with regret that we inform you that Jim TUNNICLIFF who served with 3 WFR (V) from formation to disbandment died on 26 September 2011. He was also a staunch and loyal member of Derby Branch. His funeral is to take place on Friday 7 October 2011 at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby at 14:40 pm. The committal will be followed by a reception at The Joiners Arms, Quarndon. The family would appreciate Branch Standards in attendance

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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
 

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It is with sadness we inform you that Piers, daughter of Major John and Mrs Anne Varley, died on 25 September 2014.  She was born in Gibraltar in 1966.  Funeral details to be confirmed, possibly on 17 or 18 October 2014.  Address for letters of condolence is Timberleaze Cottage, Chapel Hill, Gastard, Wilts SN13 9QR

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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. The funeral 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

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 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. The funeral 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.

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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. The funeral 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

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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

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It is with sadness we report that 25228073 LCpl Jamie Webb of Wilmslow, Cheshire aged 24 serving withC Coy 1 Mercian died on 26 march as a result of wounds sustained during
an insurgent attack on his patrol base in Nad `Ali in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on 25 March 2013. Jamie Joined 1st battalion The Cheshire Regiment in 2006 and remained with 1 Mercian on amalgamation in 2007. He served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and was on his third operational tour in Afghanistan when he was killed. for those wishing to write in condolence the contact is Mr D Webb (Father) c/o Lt Col Temminck BEM, RHQ Mercian, Heath Avenue, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9

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We regret to inform you that Mrs valerie Welchman of Wooton Courtney, Somerset died in 2012 aged 99, Mrs Welchman was the widow of Lt Col John Roger WELCHMAN DSO who commanded 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters from October 1943 to March 1946.

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    Lieutenant Samuel James Holroyd WESTON TD of Wollaton, Nottingham on 30 September 2015 aged 82. Jim served in the ranks Pte to WO 2 at Nottingham University OTC 1950 to 1959, Private The Royal Leicestershire Regiment, 1959 to 1960: Commissioned 2nd Lt 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment 5 November 1960, Lt 5/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters 30 June 1961 and with them to 1967, Lt Prince of Wales Own Volunteers 1967-68, Lt The Queens Regiment (Liverpool) 1968, Capt Royal Artillery LAA (TAVR III) Widnes 1968-69, Lt Lancastrian Volunteers, Preston, 1969-1972. The Committal Service will take place at Bramcote Crematorium Serenity Chapel on Monday 19th October at 1145 hours followed by a Memorial Service at St Leonard's Church Wollaton at 1245 hours. All Welcome. Family flowers only by request, donations for PICs and The Royal British Legion may be sent care of A W Lymn The Family Funeral Service Deer Park House 359 Wollaton Road Wollaton NG8 1FQ.                             

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It is with regret we inform you that 3461274 George WHIDDETT died on 29 January 2013 aged 90. George enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers on 15 July 1941 later serving with the West Yorkshire Regiment and then the East Yorkshire Regiment before transferring to 1st BattalionThe Worcestershire Regiment on 19 July 1946. He served in Berlin, Germany, Malaya, West Indies and UK before leaving the Regiment on 23 September 1963

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It is with regret we inform you that 23686932 Pte David Elwyn "Chalky" WHITE of Bilborough, Nottingham died on 31 August 2015 aged 77.  Chalky enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in January 1959 and served with it until 1965.  He was with D Coy 12 Pl and also carried out duties of Arms Storeman.  Chalky saw service in Malaya, Cyprus, N Ireland and Colchester. His funeral is to take place at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3GJ on Monday 21 September 2015 at 1230 hours.  Standards welcome. Donations on the day to the Crich Memorial Tower Fund.  For those wishing to write in condolence; Mrs Janet White, 29 Bracebridge Drive, Bilborough, Nottingham NG9 4PG.

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It is with regret that we inform you that Pte Terence White of Worksop died on 4 December 2015.  Terence transferred to the Sherwood Foresters from the General Service Corps, and then transferred to Kings Shropshire Light Infantry in August 1944. He transferred back to the Sherwood Foresters in January 1947, where he remained until his discharge in January 1948.
Terence died in a care home and it is believed that he has little or no family members.  As he left his body to
medical science, there will be no funeral. However the Registrar will be holding a memorial service for him on Friday 8th January at 2pm. It is to be held at The Victoria Suite, Worksop Registration Office, Memorial Avenue, Worksop, S80 2BP.  All members of the Regimental Family, including Standards, are invited to attend.

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It is with regret we report that Captain Neville Parker WILDGUST of Lambley, Nottinghamshire died on 22 April 2012 aged 89. Neville served with the 70th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1940 before being granted an emergency commission with the Green Howards. He then re-joined the 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1942 before being posted to the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire
Regiment. He was severely wounded in Sedjenane, Tunisia in March 1943 and was hospitalised
until September 1944 when he was medically downgraded to administration duties only and offered discharge. He opted to remain in the Army and finished his service with 11 Battalion York and Lancashire Regiment. He was a stalwart member of the 2nd/5th Sherwood Foresters Wartime
Branch WFRA His funeral is to take place on Tuesday 15 May at 1100 hours at Holy Trinity Parish Church, 36 Church Street, Lambley NG4 4QB

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It is with regret we inform you that 5252332 Sgt John “Jack” Walter WILKINSON of Dudley died on 9 January 2014 aged 92.  Jack joined 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and served with it throughout the Second World War in UK, India and Burma.  His funeral is to take place at Lower Gornal Crematorium, Chase Road, Gornalwood, Dudley DY3 2RL on Thursday 30 January 2014 at 1220 hours.                              

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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

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 4986895 Cpl George WILLIAMS of Sawley, Long Eaton,
Derbyshire, died on Saturday 22 October 2011. George enlisted into the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in January 1942 and served with it in North Africa and Italy where he was badly wounded. He left the Army in January 1947. His funeral is to take place at Longmoor Cemetery, Longmoor Lane, Breaston, Derbyshire on Monday 31 October 2011 at 10 am. Branch Standards are welcome to attend

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We regret to announce the death on Friday 7 July 2017 of Sandy Willmore, daughter of Colonel Dennis Millar, Sherwood Foresters and wife of Lt Col Hugh Willmore, Staffordshire Regiment. Sandy had been ill for some time. A private funeral will be held in Northumberland  and a memorial service is to be held at a future date - details to follow.  Condolences may be sent to Hugh Willmore, 4 Garden Terrace, Lesbury, Northumberland, NE66 3PR. Tel No 01665 830794, or email hughwillmore@yahoo.co.uk. 

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It is with sadness that we notify you that 23547712 WO2 Peter WILTSHIRE of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire died on 3 April 2016 aged 73.  Peter enlisted as a boy soldier in 1958 and posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in January 1961. In 1970 when it became The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment he was serving as a Sgt at the Junior Trg Regt in Troon.  Peter went on to serve as a Pl Sgt and Provost Sgt in Berlin before moving to the Recruiting Team at Worcester in 1975.  In 1977 he was CQMS in Belize and Colchester, 1979 he became CSM then TQMS in Hemer before serving his last six months at the Depot in Lichfield.  He left the Army in March 1983.
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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.

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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

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With regret we inform you that 22656272 Cpl Dennis Thomas WRIGHT aged 82yrs of St Johns Worcester passed peacefully away in his chair mid morning of Friday 22nd April 2016.  On 22nd April 1952 Dennis was recruited into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment at Worcester and went on to serve in Malaya in Support Company / Anti Tank .It is noted in his discharge that he played football for the Battalion on several occasions.  Dennis was discharged from the 1st Battalion on 21st April 1955 serving another 4yrs on reserve . Dennis worked in engineering at the Mecco works, Worcester for 26yrs then proceeded in the building trade. The funeral arrangements are for 12:30hrs Wednesday 11th May 2016 at St Clements Church, Henwick  Road, St Johns, Worcester WR2 5NP.  Internment will be at St Johns Cemetery, Mcintyre Road, St Johns, Worcester WR2 5LQ. Standards and Association members welcome. Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Sue Wright,  11 Graham Road, St Johns, Worcester. WR2 5AW Sue and family would like to see Dennis` friends afterwards at the Portebello inn, Bransford Road St Johns Worcester WR2 4 EZ 

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It is with sadness we report that 4976115 Pte William Howell WRIGHT of Eastwood,
Nottinghamshire died on 30 November 2012 aged 93. Bill enlisted into The Sherwood
Foresters at Normanton Barracks, Derby on 16 July 1938 and was posted to the 1st Battalion.
He went with it to Palestine, Cyprus and North Africa where he was taken PoW at the Fall of
Tobruk in 1942. He was demobbed on repatriation on 5 February 1946.

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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

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It is with regret that we inform you that 4979020 Pte William YARDLEY of Chesterfield,
Derbyshire died on 30 April 2011 aged 91. Bill enlisted into the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood
Foresters in January 1940 and went with it to France as part of the BEF. The Battalion was
evacuated from Dunkirk on the 2 June 1940 then served in Scotland until January 1941 before
moving to East Anglia and later Kent. In December 1942 the Battalion embarked for North
Africa disembarking at Algiers on the 3rd January 1943. After the liberation of North Africa, Bill
returned to the UK to serve with 18 Platoon 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters at Wrotham in Kent. He completed his service on 1 August 1946.
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It is with regret that we notify you of the recent death of 14821952 Pte Wilfred Yeatman, who served with the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters 1943 - 1948. 

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My father, Victor YEATES served with the Sherwood Forresters during the Second World War and now and then attended reunions. He died recently (29th October 2013) and I am sure that you would wish to know of the dath of one of the few left from that era. Please pass this information on to any whom you feel may wish or need to know