OBITUARIES FROM 5TH JULY 2019
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.