OBITUARIES FROM 5TH JULY 2019
4th January 2020
It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Pte Geoffrey Carter Whittemore of Chaddesden, Derby who passed away on 9 December 2019. Geoff served with the 1st Foresters in Malaya. His funeral will take place at 13.40hrs on Thursday 9 January 2020.
Round Chapel, Markeaton Crematorium , Derby.
8th December 2019
It is with regret that we inform you that 22635896 Cpl Francis George NIXON of Chaddesden, Derbyshire died on 23 November 2019 aged 89
Francis was called up for National Service on 2 February 1952 and served with 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Derna until discharge on 4 February 1954.
His funeral is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby DE22 4NH on 20 December 2019 at 13:20 hours.
Members and Standards would be welcome.
29th November 2019
It is with regret that we inform you of the death of 4986394 Pte James Neville Hatton of Spondon, Derby who died on 11 November 2019 aged 95. James enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters 31 October 1941 and he served with it in UK, Africa (Tunisia), Pantelleria (The Italian Malta), Anzio, then moved up to Florence before the Bn moved to Palestine, but James remained in Italy he had been transferred to the Kings Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) on 5 March 1945. The funeral for James is to be held on Tuesday 3 December at 12:30hrs at Aston-on-Trent Crematorium, Derby Road, Ashton-On-Trent, Derby DE72 2AF. The family have requested donations to their chosen charity on the day. The wake will be held at the Clock Warehouse, Shardlow DE72 2GL.
All association members and Standard Bearers are invited.If anyone has any further information on James military career, they are requested to send it to RHQ Nottingham and the Assistant Regimental Secretary will pass it onto the family.
It is with regret that we inform you of the death of 23352937 LCpl Gerald Thomas Healey of Nottingham who died on 26 November 2019 aged 81. Gerald (Aussie) enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in the 1950's and served with it in UK, BAOR, Malaysia, Cyprus and NI until transferring to the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment in 1970. For those wishing to write in condolence his daughter Mandy Healey can be contacted at 8 Crowthorne Close, Rise Park, Nottingham NG5 5AP.The funeral is to take place at Wilford Hill Crematorium, Nottingham on Thursday 19 December 2019 at 13:30hrs.
Members and Standard Bearers would be welcome.
All are invited to join the family at the Nottingham Knight, Loughborough Rd, Ruddington, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG11 6LS after the committal. .
23rd November 2019
It is with sadness that I report the death of 23237237 Cpl JOHN WILLIAM ALTON who passed away on 14 November 2019. John enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters on 22 March 1955 and finished his service on 21 March 1970. Johns Funeral will be on Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 15:00hrs in The Round Chapel, Markeaton Crematorium, Derby. Attendance by Standards and members would be much appreciated.
2nd November 2019
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 24184623 WO2 Trevor Dennis KEMP. In 1967 Trevor went to George Street Recruiting Office to join the Regular Army, unfortunately due to a childhood illness he did not pass the medical. The Recruiting Sgt told him that if he really wanted to join the army he should try the TA. On 12 April 1967 he went to the Old Post Office building at Canning Circus and Joined the 5th/8th Foresters. Shortly after he joined they moved to Triumph Road Drill Hall where he spent three years before they were re-badged as the 1st Btn The Mercian Volunteers. Trevor served with D Coy until 24 June 1989 when the 1st and 2nd Btn The Mercian Volunteers formed the 4th Btn WFR. He served in Nottingham with D Coy 4 WFR and when they were disbanded Trevor moved to HQ Coy 3 WFR where he served until 12 August 1996. Funeral details to follow.
25th October 2019
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Lt Col (Retd) Douglas ‘Dougie’ Bridges TD MBE died on 15 October 2019. Dougie served in the Staffordshire Regiment TA and the Mercian Volunteers. He was the was a staunch supporter of the Mercian Regiment, a Regimental Council Member and the Regimental lead for the Bn’s Corps of Drums. As Chair of the Mercian Regimental Association, he worked hard at bringing together the antecedent associations to safeguard their longevity. Letters of condolence, to his wife Mary and family, can be sent via RHQ. The family extends an invitation to attend the Church Service to their extended family, colleagues and veterans, including all those still serving in the Armed Forces (those in uniform would be most welcome), who wish to attend and remember Dougie. Regimental Association Standards are welcome.
This will be followed by a private family burial, which only personally invited personnel may attend.
The addresses for any correspondence are as follows: Mrs M Bridges c/o RHQ Mercian Heath Avenue Whittington Barracks. Lichfield. WS14 9TJ.
The Church Service will be held at St Modwen Church, Market Place, Burton on Trent, DE14 1HB on Friday 1st November 2019 at 1430hrs. Parking is readily available in the Town Centre and local car parking restrictions apply (please check on arrival). This will be followed by private family Burial after the Church service.
Afterwards the Wake will be held in the Pavilion at the Branston Golf and Country Club, Burton Road, Branston, Burton on Trent, DE14 3DP from 1600hrs. The family have expressed that all are welcome to attend.
I regret to report the death of 22319941 Pte Dennis Tideswell of Bucknall, Stoke on Trent on 11 October aged 88. He was a NS man who served in Malaya in 1st Bn The Worcestershire Regiment and was a strong supporter of the Regimental Association and a regular attender at the Reunion. Dennis was chairman of a committee of Malaya veterans who funded the installation of a plaque in Worcester Cathedral and organised a service there in 2000 to commemorate those members of the battalion who died during the tour in Malaya. Their fundraising was so successful that they were able to hold another service in the Cathedral ten years later, install a bench at the National Arboretum and make a generous donation to the museum.
The funeral will be held at 10:00 hours on Tuesday 5 November at
St Mary’s Church, Marychurch Lane , Bucknall. ST2 9BJ
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of WO2 Glen Wilkinson. Glen joined the ACC Regular Army in 1968, before joining 3WFR in 1975 - 76. Glen was CSM with A Coy and E Coy before becoming WO2 RRTT. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 30 October at 10:15hrs.
Glen's family have requested Standard bearers. It was Glen's wish for all men to wear pink ties.
Mansfield Crematorium, Derby Rd, Mansfield. NG18 5BJ
4th October 2019
It is with sadness that inform you of the death of 22317138 Walter Pearce. Walter was a National Service Soldier and did his basic training with the South Staffordshire Regiment at Whittington Barracks, and was then transferred to the First Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment and posted to Chester and subsequently on to Malaya, where he served with B company. He appears on the Malaya medal Roll and was a awarded a General Service Medal with the Malaya Clasp. Walter was discharged on 7 December 1951.
20th September 2020
Terry (Tanky) Harrison has just informed me of the funeral details for his Father, Victor Harrison.
Date: Friday 27 September 2019
Location: Bramcote Crematorium.
Association Standards and members welcome.
16th September 2019
It is with regret that we notify you that 14973325 Pte Victor Arthur HARRISON of Derby died on 10 September 2019 aged 94. Victor served with 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters from 1943 to 1946. He first enlisted into the Royal Navy when war broke out but then transferred to the Army, then on completion of training he was posted to the Sherwood Foresters. After the War he served with the Royal Artillery TA at Kingsway, Derby.
Letters of condolence can be sent to. Terry "Tanky" Harrison 13 Dix Avenue, Smalley, Derbyshire. DE7 6ES
Funeral details will be notified when known.
31st August 2019
It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 24693233 LCpl Brian Anthony Simms, (Simmo) aged 58. Brian served with B Coy 3 WFR and was discharged on 15 Jan 1999.
The funeral is on Thursday 5 September 11:15hrs. Mansfield Crematorium, Derby Road, Mansfield. NG18 5BJ
The family have requested no flowers. Please make a donation to Barnardo's Charity.
9th August 2019
BIRDSELL William Henry Corporal 4986009; 70th Bn
William enlisted on 11 June 1941 and was transferred into The Border Regiment on 24 August 1942. On 9 July 1943 he took part in Operation Ladbroke with the glider troops at the invasion of Sicily when his glider was released early and crashed into the sea he managed escape the wreckage and swim to shore. William was also at the Battle of Arnhem and to avoid capture by the enemy he swam the Rhine as there was a shortage of boats to evacuate the troops. William was discharged in 1945. His funeral will take place at 12.00hrs on Wednesday 14 August, at Mansfield Crematorium Derby Road, Mansfield NG18 5BJ.
It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 24122406 Cpl Pete Parkin who died on 3 August. Pete enlisted in 1WFR in 1970 and served for 22 years during which he served for some time in the Assault Pioneer Platoon and latterly in the QM’s Dept. He served in NI, Belize and Cyprus during a UN tour and was discharged on 25 November 1992.
A wake will be held at The Festival Inn, Trowell on Saturday 24 August 15:00hrs until 2200hrs, all are welcome to attend. Funeral details to follow.
The funeral of Burma Star Veteran, Keith Horner will take place at Derby Cathedral at 10:45hrs on Monday 12 August. It is hoped that as many Veterans and Standard Bearers as possible will be able to attend and support the family.
2nd August 2019
It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 4986009 William Henry Birdsell.
His funeral will take place at 12.00hrs on Wednesday 14 August, at Mansfield Crematorium Derby Road, Mansfield NG18 5BJ.
A full obituary will follow.
26th July 2019
HERON Charles Alan Colin OBE: Colonel 48574 Colonel Colin Heron OBE of Killyleagh, County Down died on 17 July 2019. Colin was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters in Minden in 1968 where he joined as a Platoon Comd. On amalgamation he served with 1WFR in Warminster and then with 13 Army Youth Team from September 1970 to September 1971 as Officer Commanding. He returned to 1WFR as a Platoon Comd and then Coy 2i/c before taking over as Operations Officer for the Ballykelly tour. He was then appointed as Adjutant of 2 Mercian Volunteers from September 1976 to September 1977.
After attendance at RMCS Shrivenham and Staff College in Pakistan he returned to 1WFR in December 1978 as OC B Coy in Hemer then becoming SO2 Ops 4 Armd Div Herford from January 1982 to December 1983.
Colin was then appointed 2i/c 1WFR from 1984 to 1985 before taking Command of 1 Mercian Volunteers in Wolverhampton until 1988. He was then posted as SO1 DIS MOD London from 1988 to 1991. Following this tour he was then promoted to Colonel and served as Head of BDLS (NA) in Washington DC until 1995 when he became Commandant JACIG, RAF Scampton to 1997. He then became Deputy Commander 8 Brigade Londonderry until retiring from the active list. On retirement he returned to Ulster where he ran a family business in Killyleagh.
His funeral was held in the First Killyleagh Presbyterian Church on 22 July.
Letters of condolence should be sent to Colin’s brother: Mr Michael Heron, ℅ Tullyveery House, 7 Ardigon Road, Killyleagh, Downpatrick, Co Down BT30 9TA
The funeral of Bill Dakin will take place at St Edmunds Church, 33 Sinfin Ave, Allenton, Derby DE24 9JA, on Monday 5 August 2019 at 13.00hrs Following the church service Bill will be taken to Nottingham Road Cemetery for burial.
19th July 2019
It with sadness that we inform you of the death of 485743 Colonel Charles Alan Colin HERON O.B.E. died July 17, 2019. peacefully, much-loved father of Alice and brother of Michael, devoted grandpa of Reuben. He served with the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and was awarded the O.B.E in 1989. A Thanksgiving Service in First Killyleagh Presbyterian Church on Monday 22nd July, 2019 at 2.00 p.m.
Interment afterwards in adjoining churchyard.
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Marie Curie c/o Norman McBriar & Son, Funeral Directors, 33a Main Street, Saintfield, BT24 7AB.
It is with sadness that we notify you that 432312 Lieutenant Colonel Peter Frederick WALTER MBE MC* of Alderney, Channel Islands died on 28 June 2019 aged 91. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in December 1944 and served in the ranks until 1952 when he was granted a Short Service Commission. In 1955 he was granted a regular commission with the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment then on amalgamation served in 2nd Battalion The East Anglia Regiment until 1963 when he transferred to the Parachute Regiment. Peter then served with 22 SAS before returning to the Parachute Regiment where he went on to become CO Depot Para and Airborne Forces. After varied staff appointments he retired from the Regular Army in 1981 then enlisted into The Honourable Artillery Company as a Trooper before re-commissioning as a Major followed by being appointed Honorary Colonel in 1988.
It is with sadness that I inform you that 23250887 L/Cpl Bill Dakin of the Derby Branch WFRA and who served with 1st Btn Foresters passed away on 18 July 2019.
Until illness prevented him from doing so Bill was a regular attender at the Derby Branch Meetings.
Cards and letters of condolence should be sent to:Mrs Mada Dakin, 39 Victory Road, Allenton, Derby. DE24 8EJ.
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.