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OBITUARIES FROM 5TH JULY 2019

14th July 2019

It is with regret that I inform you of the death of Lt Andrew Campbell Rodger who died on 19 March 2019 aged 90.
Lt Rodger served with The Sherwood Foresters Territorial Force from 3 June 1959 until September 1963 with 8th Battalion.  He was awarded an MBE for Gallantry whilst serving with RASC as 2Lt by saving the lives of Cypriots from drowning.

5th July 2019

It is with regret that we inform you that 481136 Major David Collins died on Tuesday 18 June 2019 at Alexandra Hospital Redditch, after a long illness.  He was born in Malvern where he was to live the whole of his life with Margaret, his wife and their family.  In civilian life he eventually had his own plumbing company.

David enlisted into the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in 1950.  He is first mentioned in the ‘Firm’ Magazine in 1948 as a cadet, when he was promoted to Cpl with D Company the 2nd Cadet Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment.  Here began a long service with the Worcestershire Regiment and its successors.  He was called up for National Service on the 22 June 1950 at Lichfield, where he was to be stationed for his period of service as an Instructor. On his release he joined the 7th Battalion in 1950 with C Company, Malvern.  He quickly rose through the ranks to be CSM.  He was a member of the Battalion contingent at the Territorial Army Silver Jubilee parade in London.  He was always involved with shooting and represented the Company and the Battalion in various competitions including Bisley.  In 1967 he won the trophy for the best WO/Sgt shot at the Battalion Shoot. Throughout his TA career was a very active member of the Battalion.

David eventually moved to HQ Company as QM [T] at Silver Street, Worcester until the disbandment of the 7th battalion in 1967 when he joined  The Worcestershire Territorials RA, TAVR111.  On the disbandment of this unit and the formation of 214 Battery RA he was a founder member of the Worcestershire Regiment Cadre commanded by Major Vines TD.  This cadre was formed to provide the basis of a new unit if the need arose, and indeed it did arise on the expansion of TAVR and the formation of Light Infantry & Mercian Volunteers in 1971.  The Cadre became A Company [Worcestershire] commanded by Major Vines with David as his second in Command.  This became A Company, 2nd Battalion Mercian Volunteers which eventually had a NATO role.  On the promotion of Major Vines; to second in command of the battalion, David was appointed OC of the Company.  A position he retained until his retirement in 1978.  For his service to the TA and TAVR he was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal and the Territorial Decoration.

Throughout his career David never had problems, only interesting situations which with a little thought could be solved! With his drive and humour things did happen.  He had that wonderful ability to motivate others to succeed with his endeavours.  Whatever he was engaged in, be it social or military, he gave his all.  He was a lifelong member of the WRA and in later years MVRA and a supporter of all things Regimental.  He was also a member of the ‘Ancient Order of Foresters’.  Sadly, his involvement became more limited as his sight deteriorated and he became confined to wheel chair.  Both he and Margaret are sorely missed.
The date of the funeral of Major D E Collins TD is Tuesday 9 July  at 11.30hrs at Worcester Crematorium.  Astwood Cemetery, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA. Bugler, Standards and Association members welcome

Letters of condolence can be sent to:- David`s son.
Andrew Collins 120 Bromyard Road, Worcester. WR2 5DJ.

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