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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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  16 September 2022     WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 13 Issue 42

001 SPECIAL MEMORIAL SERVICES 

Nottinghamshire

At 15:00hrs on Sunday 18th September representatives from the County of Nottinghamshire will gather for a Service of Commemoration at Southwell Minster.
Bishop Paul will preach and Sir John Peace will offer a short Tribute to the Queen.
Regimental Standard Bearers are welcome to Parade, there will be a report briefing at 14:30hrs,  Please contact Gary Crosby via Facebook Messenger if you are able to attend.
Details of other Special Memorial Service at other churches in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham can be found here.
https://southwell.anglican.org/special-memorial-services/

Worcestershire At 16:00hrs on Sunday 18 September there will be a Service of Thanksgiving at Worcester Cathedral with Civic and Diocesan representatives in attendance. 
 All are welcome to come to the Cathedral to light a candle, write a message in the book of condolence, reflect, remember, give thanks, mourn and pray.
Details of other Special Memorial Service at other churches in the Diocese of Worcester can be found here.
https://www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/church-services-for-queen.php

 

002 OPERATION BANNER COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE 
Worcester Branch are organising a wreath laying service on Saturday 24th September 10:30hrs at the WFR Memorial Bench, Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA. It is a commemoration service in memory of  those killed on active service and those that served on Operation Banner.
On Sunday the 18th and Sunday 25th September there are memorial services for the 40th anniversary of Pte Martin Jessop and Cpl Leon Bush who were killed on active service.
Those of us who are committed to the late Queen`s Thanksgiving Services and other events and cannot make it to the services in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have this service to remember them and all who served on Operation Banner.
Standards welcome.
Dress: Beret, blazer. medals. If you do not have these please still come along and feel free to post on social media.

 

003 MARTIN JESSOP MEMORIAL SERVICE 
Graveside Memorial Service 18 September 2022 
A memorial service will be held for Martin Jessop, killed on active service on 20 September 1982 in West Belfast, Northern Ireland. 
The service will be held at his graveside, which is in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Nottingham Road, Derby DE21 6FN. 
The service will start at 10.45hrs. Those attending are requested to arrive by 10.30hrs. Entrance to the car park is opposite Reginald Road South. In the event the car park is full there is parking in the surrounding streets. Michael Hannigan will be at the car park to point you in the right direction to the grave. 
After the ceremony you are invited to the Vernon Arms, 21 Locko Road, Spondon Derby DE21 7AL, where Martin’s sister works, she would really like to meet you. 
If you have any photographs of Martin you could spare for Martin’s sister, would you be so kind and bring them. 
A bugler will be present, and Association Standards would be appreciated. 
Hopefully we can have a great attendance to mark the 40th anniversary of Martin’s death. 
If you can attend please let me know by email at scubamicos@gmail.com or via Face Book, so I can inform the Vernon Arms of numbers expected. 

 

004 AUTHOR'S TALKS

On Tuesday 4 October 2022 19:00hrs - 20:00hrs Online Event.
Peter Green, the author of Captured at Arnhem: Men's Experiences in Their Own Words 
For the British 1st Airborne Division Operation Market Garden in September 1944 was a disaster. The Division was eliminated as a fighting force with around a half of its men were captured. The Germans were faced with dealing with 6,000 prisoners in a fortnight; many of them seriously wounded. Somehow the men were processed and despatched to camps around Germany and German occupied eastern Europe. Here the men experienced the reality of the collapsing regime - little food and shrinking frontiers. Once liberated in 1945 returning former prisoners were required to complete liberation questionnaires. Some refused. Others returned before 'Operation Endor' to handle released men and their repatriation to Britain was in place. Around a third did. However the questionnaires that do exist give an picture of every day experience for the 2,357 of these elite troops' time in captivity from capture to release. They show that German procedures still operating, but that men were often treated inhumanely, when moved to camps by closed box cars and when camps were evacuated. Although their interrogators were interested in Allied aircraft and airfields, their interrogators were also concerned the effect of the new miracle weapons and with politics, how Germany would be treated after an Allied victory? Nevertheless the airborne men's morale remained high; carrying out sabotage at artificial oil plants, railway repairs, factories and mines. Some overcame their guards when being evacuated at the end of the War, in some cases joining the Resistance. They record help received from Dutch, French and German civilians.

About Peter

Peter Green trained as a Graphic Designer and has worked in commercial and Government communications for 30 years. He established the Internet-based AlphaGalileo research news service for the media in 1998 and has seen it develop from a European government project into an independent company with global clients. He has acted as a publicity consultant to the European Space Agency, produced a film in Romania and chaired a European publishing working group of development agencies. His interest in military history was sparked by his father's experiences whilst serving in The Border Regiment in 1st Airborne Division at Sicily, Taranto and Arnhem. Now retired, Peter, remains a consultant to AlphaGalileo, but most of his time is devoted to editing the quarterly magazine of his father's old Regimental Museum, Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, in Carlisle. He also published an account of the evacuation march of his father's German prison camp in the Spring of 1945, The March East 1945'. Peter's interests extend to the Roman Army and natural history. He is a keen walker.

Live Talk

Hosted by Company of Makers' co-founder Steve Bomford.  Peter will talk about his book and the talk will be followed by an interactive Q&A session, so you'll have the opportunity to get involved and he'll answer as many of your questions as we can squeeze in.

Free tickets for this event can be booked using the link below.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/captured-at-arnhem-mens-experiences-in-their-own-words-by-peter-green-tickets-388013497817

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12 September 2022                      WFRA NEWSLETTER                  Volume 13 Issue 41

001 MARTIN JESSOP MEMORIAL SERVICE 
Graveside Memorial Service 18 September 2022 
 24521357 Pte MARTIN JESSOP 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.
 A memorial service will be held for Martin Jessop, killed on active service on 20 September 1982 in West Belfast, Northern Ireland. 
The service will be held at his graveside, which is in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Nottingham Road, Derby DE21 6FN. 
The service will start at 10.45hrs. Those attending are requested to arrive by 10.30hrs. Entrance to the car park is opposite Reginald Road South. In the event the car park is full there is parking in the surrounding streets. Michael Hannigan will be at the car park to point you in the right direction to the grave. 
After the ceremony you are invited to the Vernon Arms, 21 Locko Road, Spondon Derby DE21 7AL, where Martin’s sister works, she would really like to meet you. 
If you have any photographs of Martin you could spare for Martin’s sister, would you be so kind and bring them. 
A bugler will be present, and Association Standards would be appreciated. 
Hopefully we can have a great attendance to mark the 40th anniversary of Martin’s death. 
If you can attend please let me know by email at scubamicos@gmail.com or via Face Book, so I can inform the Vernon Arms of numbers expected. 

 

002 LEON BUSH MEMORIAL SERVICE  

Graveside Memorial Service  25th September 2022  
Corporal Leon Anthony Bush 1st Battalion  The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment.
A Memorial Service will be held for Leon Bush, who was killed on active service on 27th September 1982 in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.  
The service will be held on Sunday 25th September to mark the 40th Anniversary of Leon’s death and will take place at Leon’s graveside, which is in Mansfield Woodhouse Cemetery, Nottinghamshire. The Cemetery address is;  
Mansfield Woodhouse Cemetery, Leeming Lane, Recreation Ground Mansfield Woodhouse Nottinghamshire NG19 9BN   The service will start at 11.30am, anyone who is attending are requested to arrive by 11.20am.  
Entrance to the Cemetery is from Leeming Lane (A60), there is limited parking available at the Cemetery, alternative parking is outside the Cemetery on Leeming Lane (A60) and the surrounding streets in the area.  
The family have requested the attendance of any Association Standards together with any RBL Standards, there will also be a Bugler at the Service.  
After the Service the family would like to invite everyone to the Forest Town Arena to share memories of Leon. Car Parking is available at Forest Town Arena which has a large car park  
Forest Town Arena, Clipstone Road West, Forest Town, Nottinghamshire NG19 0EE  
The family hope as many former members of the Battalion will be able to join them and share your memories of Leon with them.   

09 September 2022    WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 13 Issue 40

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle on Thursday 8th September 2022. 

 

Long live The King

OBITUARY

476088 Lieutenant Richard Gordon Perry
Gordon Perry came from Pershore, Worcestershire, and attended Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in 1963, where he was a Junior Under Officer, before gaining a Short Service Commission into the Worcestershire Regiment in May 1964. He served with 1 Worcesters in Germany, Norway, the West Indies and the United Kingdom between 1964-7. In 1965 he was seconded to the Malaysian Rangers becoming a fluent Malay speaker and serving in Borneo. On leaving the Army he spent the next 15 years in Indonesia and Malaysia in the oil industry before returning to UK and becoming involved in property. In 1998 he was a member of the syndicate that owned the Grand National winner, Earth Summit. He passed away in Worcester Royal Hospital on 23rd August 2022 aged 79.  Private Family Mass in Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Pershore, on 11th September.

OBITUARY

23889238 WO2 John Pottinger

It is with deep regret that we inform you that 23889238 WO2 John Pottinger passed away on 31 August 2022, aged 77.

John enlisted at Belfast on 11 September 1961, and following training joined the 1st Battalion the Sherwood Foresters. On amalgamation he continued to serve with 1WFR until his discharge from regular service on 21 September 1986. John continued his military service on the Long Service List employed as an Estate Manager, a post he carried out with due diligence. John finally completed his service on 02 July 2001, a total service of 39 years 126 days.

John served with the regiment in UK, Libya, Canada, Northern Ireland, Belize, Berlin, and BAOR, and was awarded the GSM NI, LS&GC and Meritorious Service Medal.

John was well known in 1WFR for his organising Parascending weekends, enjoyed by many members of the battalion, and their families. John was a highly respected member of the battalion, carrying out his duties in a quiet and efficient manner.

John achieved the EPC Advanced Certificate and attended a number of courses namely; Parascending Instructor, 16mm Projectionist, Regimental Signals Officer, Regimental Signals Instructor, and Radar and Infantry Night Fighting AID.

On discharge John moved into the world of IT, specialising in the maintenance, installation and servicing of computers.

John joined the Derby Branch WFRA where he proved to be a most valued and respected member, taking on the post of Treasurer, a post in which he excelled.

His funeral took place at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby, on Thursday 8th September 2022.

Letters/cards of condolences can be sent to:

Mrs Anne Pottinger
9 Underhill Close
Sunnyhill
Derby
DE23 1RH

FUNERAL DETAILS

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Mrs Debbie Clarke, wife of Lt. Col. Brian Clarke TD (retired), passed away on Monday 29th August 2022.

Debbie's funeral will take place at 2:00pm, on Wednesday 21st September 2022 at St Michael and All Angels, Sopley Parish Church, Mill Lane, Sopley, Christchurch BH23 7AX.

Family flowers only. Any donations to Cancer Research UK either via:

http://www.memorygiving.com/deborahangelaclarke

Or to Miller Brothers funeral directors:
119 Bargates, Christchurch BH23 1QH
Tel: 01202 485 439

Email: millers@millerbrosfunerals.co.uk

Condolence letters can be sent to:
Lt. Col. Brian Clarke,
27 Lynton Crescent,
Christchurch
BH23 2SD

001 3WFR ALMA DINNER & AGM

This years Alma Dinner and AGM will be held on Saturday 17 September at The Stepping Stones Centre Community Hall, Ilkeston Rd, Heanor DE75 7AG

Tickets £20.

Doors Open 1800hrs.
AGM 1900hrs.
Dinner 2000hrs.

Donations for raffle prizes would be gratefully received.

To book your place please contact Gary Crosby via email garycrosby1375@live.co.uk or via Facebook Messenger.

 

002 LOST CONTACT

LCpl Andrew Jeffcock served with C Coy 3WFR from 1972 to 1978 would like to make contact with anyone who served with him and may have photographs of his time with  the regiment.

Please contact Andrew via email andrew@jeffcock.net

 

003 NOTTINGHAM FOREST FORCES EVENTS

Ever wanted to learn to fish but didn’t know where to start? Join us at one of our free, award-winning Let's Fish! events.

About this event

These are free Let's Fish events in partnership with Nottingham Forest Community Trust Forces programme and are for veterans or ex-military personnel only.

Our Let's Fish team of professionally qualified and licensed angling coaches. All bait, equipment, permits and licence are provided. All you need to do is book in and turn up on time on the day.

Booking information

Please book one time slot per person, ensuring that the ticket is in the correct name of the actual participant who intends to fish. Multiple bookings using the same participant name will not be accepted. On the day, you must arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your allocated start time.

https://nottinghamforestcommunitytrust.co.uk/fishing/

Directions:

What 3 Words: ///deep.caves.lowest

Who are these events for?

These 3 hour sessions are available to all adults and children aged from six years old and upwards who are interested in trying out a potential new hobby. Everyone is welcome, experience has taught us that these introductory events are a great introduction to fishing and the benefits that the outdoors bring. We do encourage parents to book in and have a go.

Cost of Event

This event is free for all participants who attend on the day. However, if you have booked on, subsequently fail to cancel and simply don’t show up on the day, you are liable to be invoiced for the standard £50.00 administration fee, chargeable for each ticket booked.

Therefore, if your circumstances do suddenly change and you find you are no longer able to attend, you must cancel using one of these three mechanisms:

• 1 The preferred method is via the Eventbrite ticket booking system using the link that you can find on your ticket. This can be found at the bottom of your ticket and has a link directly to “cancel my ticket”.

• 2 By email lets.fish@canalrivertrust.org.uk giving details of date, time, venue and participants in your email message. Don’t email if within than 48hours of the event, instead please use option 1 above or in an emergency 3 below.

• 3 In the event of an unforeseen emergency within 48 hours of the event, by telephoning the lead coach named in your final reminder email which will have been sent to you approximately 48 hours before the commencement of event.

We ask for your co-operation in this matter. This will allow others who would otherwise have regrettably missed out due to lack of space, the opportunity to attend this event.

Covid Guidelines

If you have Covid symptoms or if you have been told to self-isolate, you must not attend. Please cancel your ticket as set out above. For your safety, fishing equipment will be cleaned between sessions as a matter of routine.

Donate to Let's Fish!

The Canal & River Trust’s Let’s Fish! campaign is free to attend as part of our work as a waterways and wellbeing charity to help everyone get out, get active and make their lives better by water by learning to fish. You can now support the work our teams do with children and families and make a donation on our website. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/donate

For more information on events and fishing tips visit the Canal & River trust website https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/lets-fish or email us at: lets.fish@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Follow us on social media

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news and events.

 

004 NOTTINGHAM FREEDOM PARADE 29 SEPTEMBER 2022

The Church Service and Freedom Parade for the 1st Bn, will take place on Thursday 29 September.  All Association members and their families are invited to attend.

Please note the new timings and details:

1000hrs - Standard Bearers are asked to meet by the West Doors for a brief by the RSM.

1010hrs - Everyone is asked to be seated in St Mary’s Church, less the Standard Bearers.  There is assigned seating for the Association.

1015hrs - Battalion will be seated.

1020hrs - Procession arrives.

1025hrs - Colours march in and are laid at the altar.

1030-1115hrs - Church service.

1115hrs - Colours March out.

1120hrs - Procession, guests and Association members are invited to make their way to the Dias area.  The Dias will be opposite the Old Debenhams and there is a cordoned off area for the WFRA.  Please be in situ by 1155hrs.

1150hrs - Step off.

1200hrs - Salute taken at the Dias followed by the halt and end of the parade in the Old Market Square.

End -1225hrs - There will be an opportunity for photographs with the Colours, Regimental Mascot and key Bn personnel as well as the Civic Dignitaries, on the Council Steps.     

Reception                  

There is a reception at the Council House which is a ticketed event only.  If any WFRA member and their +1 wishes to attend, they are asked to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary by the 20th September with their details cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk

005 HEADSTONE DEDICATION SERVICE FOR PTE TINGLE 10TH BN, ON 20 SEPTEMBER 2022

Pte Herbert Henry Tingle was an Assistant Master at Granby Junior School, Ilkeston prior to enlisting into the 10th Bn The Sherwood Foresters, during WWI and died later as a result of his war time service. The Governors and School have worked tirelessly to have his grave recognised by the CWGC (his grave was previously unmarked) and a headstone is now in place.  The Dedication service will take place on Tuesday 20 September and all Standard Bearers, WFRA members and their families are invited to attend the service. 

The event will take place at Ilkeston Park Cemetery, Cantelupe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5HT and parking is available on Cantelupe Road DE7 5LU.  Everyone is requested to assemble for 10.30 hrs.

 

006 WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING


The next area meeting will be held on Saturday 10th September at St Barnabas Community Centre, Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, Chesterfield Derbyshire S45 9BU.
10.30hrs for an 11.00 hrs start.

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  02 September 2022     WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 13 Issue 38

001 NOTTINGHAM FREEDOM PARADE.  29 SEPTEMBER 2022

It has been confirmed that the Church Service and Freedom Parade for the 1st Bn, will take place on Thursday 29 September.  Details, as currently known, are as follows:

1045-1115 hours Church service at St Mary’s.  Please be at the Church by 1040 hours.  Seating will be reserved for the WFRA

1120 hours Move to Market Square.  There will be reserved WFRA space by the Saluting Dias which will be by the old Debenhams building.

1140 hours Step off for the parade, outside the church

1220 hours Salute and then halt by Brian Clough statue

1220-1230 hours Photographs.  Location TBC

There will be a reception in the Council House afterwards for which numbers are limited.  Further details will follow regarding WFRA members attending.

All Standard Bearers , WFRA members and their families are invited to join the Church Service and to watch the 1st Bn exercise their Freedom Right to parade through the city. 

More details will be published, once known.
 

002 HEADSTONE DEDICATION SERVICE FOR PTE TINGLE 10TH BN, ON 20 SEPTEMBER 2022

Pte Herbert Henry Tingle was an Assistant Master at Granby Junior School, Ilkeston prior to enlisting into the 10th Bn The Sherwood Foresters, during WWI and died later as a result of his war time service. The Governors and School have worked tirelessly to have his grave recognised by the CWGC (his grave was previously unmarked) and a headstone is now in place.  The Dedication service will take place on Tuesday 20 September and all Standard Bearers, WFRA members and their families are invited to attend the service. 

The event will take place at Ilkeston Park Cemetery, Cantelupe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5HT and parking is available on Cantelupe Road DE7 5LU.  Everyone is requested to assemble for 10.30 hrs.

003 WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING

The next area meeting will be held on Saturday 10th September at St Barnabas Community Centre, Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, Chesterfield Derbyshire S45 9BU.
10.30hrs for an 11.00 hrs start.

004 WORCESTER MEMORIAL SERVICE
A service to commemorate Vernon, France, where the 1st Btt Worcesters were in the spearhead of the Allied race to get across the Seine in August 1944. The town of Vernon also commemorate this day laying flowers on the allied soldiers graves.  Burma 1944-45 2nd & 7th Btts Worcesters. Imphal, Kohima and the push into Burma.
Malaya 1st Btt Worcesters, 1950-53 Roll of Honour in St Georges Chapel at Worcester Cathedral.
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 1970 - 2007 Commemorating those who died on active service and whilst serving.

Laying wreaths at the Regimental Stone were Neil Cale, Worcester Branch, Brian Lee Dudley Branch. 

At the WFR Memorial Bench Lt ( Retd.) Trevor Phillips, Ex SF, Worcester Branch.    

Thanks go to:-
 Lt Col (Retd.) Keith Jeavons TD, Brian Lee and Tom Woodall for making the trip down from Dudley.  Alan Bray for taking the photos.


 004 WORCESTER BREAKFAST CLUB 7th BIRTHDAY

The Breakfast Club Celebrate their 7th Birthday this Saturday at the Postal Order, The Tything, Nr train station, Worcester at 10:00hrs all are welcome to come and join us

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  26 August 2022      WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 13 Issue 37

Thanksgiving Service
A Thanksgiving Service for the life of Major Edwin Nabokov-Martin will be held on 31 August 2022 at 2.00pm at All Saints, Middle Woodford, Salisbury, SP4 6NP.
Letters of condolence should be sent to The Revd Rupert Martin 17, Oldfield Road, BRISTOL BS8 4QQ or by email to rupertmartin333@gmail.com

001 WORCESTER COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Worcester Branch will be holding a short ceremony at the Worcestershire Regimental Stone and the WFR Memorial Bench, Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road Worcester WR3 7AA on Friday 26th August 10:30 for 10:45 Start.
To commemorate Vernon, France the crossing of the Seine by the 43rd Wessex Division which the 1st Bttn Worcestershire Regiment were part off. Burma 2nd & 7th Bttns, Malaya 1st Bttn and Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.
Dress:  Beret, Blazers Medals.

 

002 HEADSTONE DEDICATION SERVICE FOR PTE TINGLE 10TH BN, ON 20 SEPTEMBER 2022

Pte Herbert Henry Tingle was an Assistant Master at Granby Junior School, Ilkeston prior to enlisting into the 10th Bn The Sherwood Foresters, during WWI and died later as a result of his war time service. The Governors and School have worked tirelessly to have his grave recognised by the CWGC (his grave was previously unmarked) and a headstone is now in place.  The Dedication service will take place on Tuesday 20 September and all Standard Bearers, WFRA members and their families are invited to attend the service. 

The event will take place at Ilkeston Park Cemetery, Cantelupe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5HT and parking is available on Cantelupe Road DE7 5LU.  Everyone is requested to assemble for 10.30 hrs.

003 LEON BUSH MEMORIAL SERVICE

Graveside Memorial Service
 25th September 2022  
Corporal Leon Anthony Bush
1st Battalion
 The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment

A Memorial Service will be held for Leon Bush, who was killed on active service on 27th September 1982 in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The service will be held on Sunday 25th September to mark the 40th Anniversary of Leon’s death and will take place at Leon’s graveside, which is in Mansfield Woodhouse Cemetery, Nottinghamshire. The Cemetery address is;
Mansfield Woodhouse Cemetery,
Leeming Lane, Recreation Ground Mansfield Woodhouse Nottinghamshire NG19 9BN
 The service will start at 11.30am, anyone who is attending are requested to arrive by 11.20am.
Entrance to the Cemetery is from Leeming Lane (A60), there is limited parking available at the Cemetery, alternative parking is outside the Cemetery on Leeming Lane (A60) and the surrounding streets in the area.
The family have requested the attendance of any Association Standards together with any RBL Standards, there will also be a Bugler at the Service.
After the Service the family would like to invite everyone to the Forest Town Arena to share memories of Leon. Car Parking is available at Forest Town Arena which has a large car park
Forest Town Arena, Clipstone Road West, Forest Town, Nottinghamshire
NG19 0EE
The family hope as many former members of the Battalion will be able to join them and share your memories of Leon with them.

 

004 V J DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE
On Monday 15th August members of Worcester Branch took part in a memorial service to mark the 77th anniversary of V J Day.

 

  004 MERCHANT NAVY DAY FLAG FLYING CEREMONY

Wyre Forest District Council would like to invite you to attend a special flag flying ceremony to honour Merchant Navy Day.

The Flag Flying Ceremony will take place outside Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster and the event will start at approximately 10.15am when members of the public are urged to come and show their support. 

Merchant Navy Day honours and remembers the sacrifices of the often forgotten and invisible, but hard-working Merchant Navy seafarers, who kept Britain afloat during both World Wars and celebrates the dependence on modern-day merchant seafarers who are said to be responsible for more than 90 per cent of the UK’s imports.

Members and Standard Bearers who wish to take part, are asked to arrive at 10:15am to congregate around the flagpole outside Wyre Forest House. At 10.30am guests will be formally welcomed by the Chairman of the Council, Cllr. Peter Dyke and the flag will be raised by him. Afterwards, Wyre Forest District Council invites you for refreshments, to be served in the foyer.

Please RSVP by Tuesday 30th August, by email to ESO@wyreforestdc.gov.uk  and notify me of your intention to attend or not attend the above event or telephone on 01562 732726.

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  19 August 2022  WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 13 Issue 36

001 WORCESTER COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Worcester Branch will be holding a short ceremony at the Worcestershire Regimental Stone and the WFR Memorial Bench, Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road Worcester WR3 7AA on Friday 26th August 10:30 for 10:45 Start.
To commemorate Vernon, France the crossing of the Seine by the 43rd Wessex Division which the 1st Bttn Worcestershire Regiment were part off. Burma 2nd & 7th Bttns, Malaya 1st Bttn and Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.
Dress:  Beret, Blazers Medals.

 

002 CHURCHILLS SECRET ARMY OF ARTISTS
For eight decades, the heroic endeavours of 1940s' Britons, a group shrinking in number, have been rightly celebrated. Dubbed 'the greatest generation' and for a good reason they were the few who kept Britain from falling to Hitler, but within that mass of history, it can be easy to overlook some of the lesser-known and more unique parts of our WW2 story.

One such example is the work of a group of artists who, when the war commenced, were sent to Warwickshire to design and experiment with camouflage techniques to help disguise integral places.

They were known as the Camoufleurs of Leamington, and their function depended on their skills as artists. This is their story.

A Camouflage Scheme in Progress by Colin Moss. Picture: Imperial War Museum.

By the time World War Two was declared in September 1939, German planners already knew the locations of Britain's vital infrastructure, places considered imperative to the war effort. Because of their significance, it was blatantly clear that any plans to attack the mainland would include targeting these critical facilities so they had to be defended.
It would have been impossible to physically move these large sites to different, more secretive locations, so the Government formed a specialised department to handle disguising them. It was called the Civil Defence Camouflage Establishment (CDCE) and month into the war, it set up its HQ in Leamington Spa. 
The CDCE consisted of 250 artists, model makers, architects, and scientists at its peak. Their primary purpose was designing concealment techniques that could baffle German bombers in the skies above England. It was not just a case of covering power stations in camouflage styled paint, the directorate led the way in researching methods that helped disguise these typically large targets using revolutionary procedures
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The camoufleurs held parties while off duty. Here, Victorine Foot, herself a war artist based in the town, depict one such occasion. Picture: Victorine Foot Estate.
They settled into Leamington quite well with many basing themselves at the Regent Hotel, which on the night of the Coventry bombing in 1941, was almost destroyed by a German bomber.  Fortunately, the raids on Leamington did not hinder the activities of the artists working for the Camouflage Establishment. It demonstrates both the danger the camoufleurs faced and the accuracy of Hitler's intelligence in knowing where to target his bombs.

Colin Moss' watercolour of the cooling tower at Stonebridge Power Station, Wembley. Picture: Imperial War Museum.
Among the ranks of the camoufleurs based in Leamington were notable individuals who would go on to significant achievements in their respective fields after the Second World War. This included the artists Victorine Foot, Colin Moss, and the Royal Mint's 1971 decimalised coinage designer, Christopher Ironside. 

Colin Moss went on to serve as a Captain in the Life Guards following his time as a camoufleur in Leamington Spa. Picture: The Colin Moss Estate.
Moss was a fascinating man. While at the Camouflage Establishment, he created several watercolours that today act as a visual reference to the ingenuity he and the other camoufleurs were deploying in their work. His paintings provide some of the most unmistakable evidence of their ground-breaking work. 80 years on, his work is held by the Imperial War Museum.
Colin Moss' Playing Soldiers. Picture: The Colin Moss Estate.

Moss' contribution to the Second World War continued beyond his position at the Camouflage Establishment. In 1941, after completing his duties in Leamington Spa, he signed up to the army, commissioning as a Captain in the Life Guards, a regiment of the Household Cavalry. He saw active service in the Middle East and transferred to the Army Education Corps in Palestine after the war. His output as an artist in the second half of the century cemented his reputation as one of Britain's most notable post-war artists. 
Yet, like all the artists who placed their creative talents in the service of the country, it is his work as a camoufleur that perhaps made the most significant mark.
Even today the towns folk of Leamington Spa who know the story of the camoufleurs are still proud of how the town contributed to winning World War Two

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  12 August 2022   WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 13 Issue 35

OBITUARY

Major A W (Bertie) Luckraft

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Major A W Luckraft, who passed away on 27 July aged 94.
Bertie was a great character who after school at St. John's Leatherhead was on Intake 1 at Sandhurst after WW2 and commissioned into the RASC in 1947 He married Rosemary, a serving WRAC Officer, in 1957.
He served much of his time with the Gurkha's and claimed to have commanded the last Mule Squadron in the British Army with 81 Pack Transport Company from 1958 to 1960 in the New Territories in Hong Kong.
He retired early and became a School Bursar and Teacher at a Prep School in Bakewell and joined 5/8 Foresters TA in 1965. He served in C Company in Worksop when Brigadier Wilkinson was its Company Commander. He later served in the short-lived Derbyshire Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters in Chesterfield in 1967 and stayed with it until it became a Cadre. The Cadre eventually became part of 3WFR on its formation in 1970.
Bertie was involved in many activities in Derbyshire including the ABF and being a Life Member of the County Cricket Club. He will be greatly missed by his wide circle of friends.
After a Private Cremation a Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Holy Trinity Church Ashford in the Water on Wednesday 24th August at 12noon and afterwards at the Village Memorial Hall.. 
Donations to the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Letters of Condolence can be sent to Mrs Rosemary Luckraft at 3 Chapel Row Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1EL. 

FUNERAL DETAILS The funeral of Colin ''Lofty'' Banfield is being held at 15:00hrs on Wednesday 24 August.
Alford Crematorium Station Road Alford Lincolnshire LN13 9LH
No flowers.  Donations only for Care After Combat   https://careaftercombat.org/

001 V J DAY EVESHAM

Alan Booth from Evesham RBL is looking forward to seeing Worcester branch members at The Almonry, Abbey Gate, Evesham, Worcestershire. WR11 4BQ.  
10:30 for 10:45 start on Monday 15th August 2022
There is no news from Worcester Guildhall on whether they have anything planned.

002 2 MERCIAN AMALGAMATION
A ceremony marked the lowering of the flag and the furling of the Colours for the final time for our 2nd Battalion.
Lt Col Richard Grover MBE, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, said: “The marching off of the 2nd Battalion’s Colours and the lowering of our flag at Weeton Barracks for the final time marks the end of the chapter for this fantastic Battalion. A sad time for all us, it marks the start of a new chapter for all of our soldiers and their families as they move to their new units.
“No one wants to be part of an amalgamation, but we have been determined not to be defined by it over the last 15 months since the news broke. We have maintained Battalion cohesion, focus and our fighting spirit to the end.
“We have ensured that the finish has been marked with a mixture of celebration and dignity; celebrating everything that the Battalion has achieved in its 15 years of existence, and remembering with dignity the fallen from the operational tours served."
Stand Firm, Strike Hard. 

003 MARTIN JESSOP MEMEORIAL SERVICE

Graveside Memorial Service 18 September 2022

FOR 24521357 Pte MARTIN JESSOP

1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment A memorial service will be held for Martin Jessop, killed on active service on 20 September 1982 in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The service will be held at his graveside, which is in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Nottingham Road, Derby DE21 6FN.

The service will start at 10.45hrs. Those attending are requested to arrive by 10.30hrs. Entrance to the car park is opposite Reginald Road South. In the event the car park is full there is parking in the surrounding streets. Michael Hannigan will be at the car park to point you in the right direction to the grave.

After the ceremony you are invited to the Vernon Arms, 21 Locko Road, Spondon Derby DE21 7AL, where Martin’s sister works, she would really like to meet you. If you have any photographs of Martin you could spare for Martin’s sister, would you be so kind and bring them.

A bugler will be present, and Association Standards would be appreciated. Hopefully we can have a great attendance to mark the 40th anniversary of Martin’s death. If you can attend please let me know by email at scubamicos@gmail.com or via Face Book, so I can inform the Vernon Arms of numbers expected.

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  05 August 2022    WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 13 Issue 34

OBITUARY

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that 23966863 Sergeant Colin (Lofty) Banfield passed away on 1st August 2022.

Colin Served with the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and later The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters.

He was a stalwart and supporter of the Chesterfield branch, and along with others from Mablethorpe tended Martin Robinson's Grave during the Pandemic

Condolences have been sent to his Widow Margaret and family.

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that we report that Worcester Branch member  23327202 Pte Arthur Jones died at Redditch Hospital on Sunday 24th July 2022.

Arthur enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment on the 19th July 1956. Arthur served in the 1st Battalion at Honduras. He was discharged on 18th July 1958.

In civilian Arthur was a driver working for a bread delivery company and then Midland Red Buses.

Arthur was a much liked member of Worcester Branch who along with his late wife Mo raised funds by holding garden parties at their home that were very enjoyable and well appreciated.

As well as the parties Arthur and Mo are fondly remembered for the pickles they made for the members and the mince pies that were brought to the December branch meetings.

Arthur`s funeral will take place at 10:00hrs on Wednesday 24th August 2022 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8HA.

Standards, Bugle and members welcome.

Letters of condolence can be sent to Arthur`s son:-
Mr Andrew Jones
29 Oldbury Road,
St Johns,
Worcester.
WR2 6AA.

001 V J DAY EVESHAM

Alan Booth from Evesham RBL is looking forward to seeing Worcester branch members at The Almonry, Abbey Gate, Evesham, Worcestershire. WR11 4BQ.  

10:30 for 10:45 start on Monday 15th August 2022

There is no news from Worcester Guildhall on whether they have anything planned.

 

002 WORCESTER SOLDIER STATUE


Worcester Branch Honorary member Dennis Hodgkins and his wife Tracy plus two others are the group that has been the driving force to getting this statue installed, this has been achieved with the help and donations from the companies that have been putting in the new roadworks in the area . A few years ago Dennis and his group had got new signs with Worcestershire Regimental badges on when entering the village from different routes. The road names in Norton are named after Worcestershire Regimental Battle Honours. There is also the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial Garden in the nearby St Peters Garden centre a few minutes walk from the newly installed statue. Dennis has been outstanding in keeping the Regimental memory and history alive in the village of Norton.
 

The Statue is to be unveiled on Monday the 19th of September.  As this is  relatively short notice planning for this event, timings and further details will be published soon.
 

003 PATIENTS ADVICE AND LIASON SERVICE

 

Contact PALS on: 0800 183 0204 or email: PALS@nuh.nhs.uk

Listen, respond, liaise and resolve: 
We are a confidential advice, support and information service and welcome feedback about our services as we recognise the value that comments, concerns and compliments can provide. Your feedback assists us in developing better quality, higher standards of healthcare and improved experiences for all of our service users, carers and families.

Nottingham University Hospitals are committed to providing safe and high-quality care to all of our service users. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of care or treatment we will work with you to understand your concerns and seek to resolve them to your satisfaction.
 
What can we do?

We can talk to senior staff on your behalf: 
PALS at Nottingham University Hospitals is an easy-to-access service, with a friendly team who are here to offer you advice and information and help if you are having difficulties with our services.

We can advise you and inform you how to make a formal complaint about our services

We can give you information about POhWER, the NHS complaints advocacy service

We can signpost you to other organisations, where necessary

Here in PALS, we will ensure that we work hard to:

Get it right

Be patient focused

Be open and honest

Put things right

When to use PALS?

If you have a concern about yourself or about a relative or friend in our care, we recommend that you raise your concerns first of all with the people who are providing the care for you or your relative. They will usually be best placed to help you and to put things right as soon as possible when they go wrong. If you want help with doing this, PALS can help you.  

If you remain dissatisfied after you have raised your concerns, and wish to make a formal complaint, please visit the complaints section of our website for information on how to do this.

If you have a question about your care or about Nottingham University Hospitals and do not know who to ask, PALS may also be able to help you.

How do I contact my nearest PALS?
 
You can find your nearest PALS office on the NHS website. 
You can also ask your GP surgery, hospital or phone NHS 111 for details of your nearest PALS.

Organisations other than NUH

It may be that you are experiencing difficulties or have concerns with other NHS organisations or other services involved in your care.  Although Nottingham University Hospitals PALS is unable to provide assistance in respect of these organisations, below are some contact details for local organisations which may be helpful.

GPs and dentists: NHS England Tel: 0300 3112233

Mental health services: Nottinghamshire Healthcare PALS Tel: 0115 9934542

Social care: please contact the local authority responsible for social care in your area.

East Midlands Ambulance Service PALS Tel: 0333 012 4216 

POhWER:

POhWER is an independent advocacy service who can help you make a complaint about your NHS care. You can find out more about POhWER in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire by visiting their website at www.pohwer.net.

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29 July 2022     WFRA NEWSLETTER           Volume 13 Issue 33

001 MINISTER FOR VETERANS' AFFAIRS OPEN LETTER

Johnny Mercer MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Cabinet Office  
70 Whitehall  
London
SW1A 2AS

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14 July 2022

Dear veterans and their families,

Last week the Prime Minister appointed me to be the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs - further
delivering on a long term promise to the UK’s veteran community to get the whole of Her Majesty’s Government operating in the most effective way to support you and your families.

This Government has committed to making this country the best country to be a veteran in the
world by 2028. It is my job to deliver on that commitment; I am determined to do so, and I will make myself accountable to you for doing so.

While veterans care has advanced significantly over the last fifteen years, I recognise that this has not been felt equally by everybody , or experienced equally across every community of the United Kingdom. Huge strides have been made to meet the increase in demand for support since 2003, and I pay tribute to the thousands of brilliant people who have worked incredibly hard - often as volunteers - to improve life after service for our veterans.

The vast majority of our veterans go on to live fulfilled and empowered lives after service. You all
know that veterans make fantastic employees, go on to great careers, give back to their
communities and hugely benefit from their time in military service. I am determined that we change the narrative around the UK’s veteran population so that your service is recognised and your successes celebrated.

But some veterans do face deep struggles, which I will relentlessly strive to tackle. We will forge path towards ensuring that every one of our community who needs help knows where to turn, and is met by good quality , evidence based care that will improve their lives.

The Office for Veterans’ Affairs has achieved great things since its conception in 2019, and will
continue to ensure that the Nation’s debt to those who serve is honoured. We are already taking
action to protect veterans from vexatious legal pursuit into old age. We are delivering England’s
first complete mental health care pathway for veterans in Op COURAGE. And we will be
addressing the harm to our LGBT community from the years of the ban. The Government set out
bold commitments in the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan 2022-24 in January this year to improve
veteran healthcare, employment,  access to digital services and more, and we will meet them all.

This is a significant moment of change. I hope that the Nation looks back in the years ahead with
pride at what we achieve, and that this step change is felt by every one of you. I look forward to the challenge.

JOHNNY MERCER MP
MINISTER FOR VETERANS’  AFFAIRS

002 DERBY WAR MEMORIAL VILLAGE CELEBRATION EVENT

003 THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY

The Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day is once again being held at Rufford Park Golf Club.  The date of this years event is Friday 19th August 2022.  At present there is a total of 160 entrants from both serving  and retired members of the Regiments who now make up the Mercian Regiment. Entrants play in the event from locations around the UK, Torquay, Newcastle, Chester, North Wales and the regimental county areas.   
All Funds that are raised on the day are donated to the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund and also to the upkeep of the Regimental Memorial at Crich. To assist in raising more funds at the event readers are kindly requested, if they wish, to sponsor part of the event or even donate a gift prize to the day. As in the past all gifts will be accepted. 
If you require more information of the day you can contact Keith Seddon at klseddon@sky.com or give him a call on 07739 210 584.
Dairy Note: 18th August 2023 is the date for next years event. 


004  LONG EATON & WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING   
The next meeting of the Long Eaton & West Notts Branch will be held on Wednesday 3rd August 19:30hrs for 20:00hrs start.
Location:  The Royal Naval Association Club, Church Street, Lenton, Nottingham. All Welcome

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 22 July 2022        WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 13 Issue 32

OBITUARY
 

It is with sadness that we inform you that 25034850 Pte Mark A CRUM of Nottingham, died on 8 June 2022 aged 47.  Mark joined 1 WFR on 23 August 1994 and left on 31 August 2001.  His funeral has taken place

001 THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY


The Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day is once again being held at Rufford Park Golf Club.  The date of this years event is Friday 19th August 2022.  At present there is a total of 160 entrants from both serving  and retired members of the Regiments who now make up the Mercian Regiment. Entrants play in the event from locations around the UK, Torquay, Newcastle, Chester, North Wales and the regimental county areas.   

All Funds that are raised on the day are donated to the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund and also to the upkeep of the Regimental Memorial at Crich. To assist in raising more funds at the event readers are kindly requested, if they wish, to sponsor part of the event or even donate a gift prize to the day. As in the past all gifts will be accepted. 

If you require more information of the day you can contact Keith Seddon at klseddon@sky.com or give him a call on 07739 210 584.

Dairy Note: 18th August 2023 is the date for next years event. 

 

002 80th ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

A Remembrance Service is being held at the Rolls Royce Marble Hall, Nightingale Road, Derby on Wednesday 27 July on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the bombing of Rolls Royce.

We are inviting Veterans to come along and take part.

Standards are welcome and would be appreciated.

Dress is smart casual, but should you wish Blazers / Suit Beret and medals may be worn.

Parking: There are double yellow lines close to the Marble Hall on Nightingale Road but Mick Doyle has checked into this and has ascertained they are inoperative.  There is also parking in the surrounding streets.

Persons attending are requested to arrive at 10.30am.   

Any queries that you have should be referred in the first instance by email to Mick Doyle, events coordinator for the War Memorial Village,at  drummy.doyle@gmail.com


 

003 AGE UK VETERANS CLASSES

 

004 NEW INNOVATION FUND FOR VETERANS HEALTH

Bids open for £5 million funding for the Veterans' Health Innovation Fund to enhance veterans’ healthcare.

Bids open for innovative projects and cutting edge-tech to enhance veterans’ healthcare.

The Veterans’ Health Innovation Fund will support development of new treatments, techniques and interventions, including through use of AI, virtual reality and regenerative engineering.

Bids sought for initiatives to help enhance female veterans’ healthcare in particular.

A new £5 million fund has opened today for projects which will provide innovative healthcare treatments for veterans.

The funding will support organisations looking to research and trail cutting-edge technology which could help veterans with complex healthcare needs.

Veterans sometimes face unique health issues as a result of their military service and the Veterans’ Health Innovation Fund will spur innovation in techniques which will ultimately help treat ex-service personnel who have been injured whilst serving the country.

The fund is now open for a number of areas, including:

Digital, data and technology, including through artificial intelligence, virtual reality and using data to predict long-term health outcomes.

Improvements in innovative surgical techniques, rehabilitation for blast injuries and intervention technologies for mid traumatic brain injury.

Trial interventions and treatments for the impact of pain, hearing loss and visual impairment

Initiatives to help identify and provide solutions to disparities in female veterans’ health and healthcare.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Johnny Mercer said:
Our military veterans deserve the very best physical and mental healthcare available. That’s why it is right that we invest cash in exploring how the latest innovation and technology can be used to help deliver that.

I want to make the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran. That means ensuring we do all we can to help ensure better health and employment outcomes for those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.

The £5m Veterans’ Health Innovation Fund, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Autumn Budget, is designed to fund a range of projects to improve understanding of how innovative medical treatments or new clinical pathways can be used to better meet veteran healthcare needs.
Organisations will receive grants or contracts to research or trial cutting-edge treatments, techniques and interventions for physical and mental health challenges to help veterans enjoy civilian life to the fullest of their ability.

The grant bidding process has been supported by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). The bidding process is open until 31 August 2022.

The funding will also help the government meet its commitment in the Strategy for our Veterans for all veterans to enjoy a state of positive physical and mental health and wellbeing,
Interested applicants can attend an engagement session to find out more about the bidding process. Details on how to apply for a portion of the fund can be found here.

 

005  WORCESTER BRANCH MEETING   

The next Worcester Branch meeting is at Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED on Tuesday 26th July 19:30 for 20:00 start.

All Welcome

 

006 JUBILEE CLASS LOCOMOTIVE TO BE RENAMED 

LMS Jubilee No. 45596 Bahamas is set to be renamed this week to mark the 40th Anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict in the Falkland Islands.

At a ceremony on the 23rd July 2022 at the West Somerset Railway, 45596 Bahamas will be renamed to 45606 Falkland Islands.

The Jubilee Class locomotive was designed by the LMS railway’s Chief Engineer Sir William Stanier FRS.  45606 Falkland Islands was built in April 1935 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow and allocated to Camden (1B) to work express passenger trains on the LMS main line between London and Glasgow.  After almost 40 years of service the locomotive was withdrawn from Carnforth (10A) in June 1964 and was later scrapped in February 1965.

The new Falkland Islands nameplates have been cast from the original designs and will be unveiled by Richard Overall and Jim Fairfield who both served in the conflict.

After the unveiling, the locomotive will work its rail tour back to London Paddington and it is hoped it will wear its new identity until it returns North in September.

The locomotives nameplates will then be removed and one donated to The Royal Marines Association – The Royal Marines Charity, for auction. 

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 VETERANS SUPPORT
The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123


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