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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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19 November 2021   WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 12 Issue 53

 

001 3WFR 50 BUFFET REUNION

At its AGM in September, 3WFR Branch of the WFR Assn voted to hold a Reunion Buffet at The Stepping Stones Centre in Heanor on the evening of Saturday 11th December 2021. This is to celebrate 50 years of the raising of the Battalion, initially as The Notts & Derby Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters.

Anyone who served in, or with, 3WFR(V), in any capacity, is welcome to attend from 5pm until late, with one partner. There will be no charge for attendance or hospitality. Branch subscriptions will be welcome. We will also accept donations for Mercian Regimental Charities. Attached cap badges and permanent staff particularly welcome. You need not stay for the whole session.

The event will run until at least 10 pm, but there will be no sleepover facilities. Please bring photographs, documents or artefacts recalling your memories of your 3WFR service. We hope to have plenty of pictures to stir and record your memories. Any items you bring will be entirely at your own risk. No weapons or ammunition please.

A hot buffet and drinks (beer & wine) will be available at Branch expense – first come first served.

3WFR was operational for 28 years, from 1971 to 1999, raising five Companies (initially including a Squadron and Battery). The Battalion took on two Home Service Force Companies in 1985 which were eventually disbanded in 1992, when Battalion HQ and HQ Company moved from Newark to Foresters House Chilwell. Two years later, the Battalion was forced to reduce to three Rifle Companies with a large HQ at Foresters House, which almost gave birth to an additional Support Company. The Battalion had two Regular Commanding Officers in its lifetime; can you name them? Who was your OC, CSM, CQMS, PSI, Section Comd? We want to know. We will have an Orbat Chart for you to fill in.

COVID: There remains a low risk of cancellation which cannot be totally dismissed, however we expect all attendees to have received two COVID vaccinations and also a Booster, if eligible, and unless formally exempt. Please bring one mask per person in order to minimise the risk of virus transmissions. You have all seen and heard the latest media announcements. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available. Please respect the needs of others. Keep safe.

If you can attend, and have not already, please send a text to Robin Tilston at 07800-921095 stating “3WFR50”, giving your name, your ETA, whether you will bring a partner and the likelihood of attendance (definite or probable).

If you cannot come, messages giving definite apologies are also welcome. You can also send longer messages to Robin to robin.tilston@gmail.com, which will be posted for comrades to read. You can also send correspondence or cards to Robin Tilston, C/O Stepping Stones, Ilkeston Road, Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7AG (mark your envelope “3WFR”).

The Centre does have limitations on capacity, so we need to understand approximate numbers. Thank you.

If you do email or write, please include a photo of yourself – we cannot hope to remember everybody’s face, which is one of the reasons for the event.

Donations will also be welcome to “Stepping Stones (Amber Valley)” Charity Number 1086086, which The Branch already supports.

Dress: Smart-Casual only. See also the 3WFR Facebook Page. Please drop in if you can.

002  OPERATION BANNER 50TH ANNIVERSARY
 

The museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection), are marking the 50th anniversary of the first WFR Op Banner tour.  They would welcome anyone who would like to donate any items such as photographs, accounts they may have written, medals or anything from their time in the regiment for the display at Nottingham Castle.  It would be great to see them on display and to share the history of the Regiment during that era. 
 

003 MOVEMBER

Those of you who listen to the Hatch & Geere Breakfast Show, on BFBS British Forces Radio will know that I am a regular contributor to the Top Ten feature on the show where you have to crowbar a news theme into a song title. Yesterday's theme was game shows so I chose Love Cats by The Cure to come up with 8 out of 10 Love Cats does Countdown which reached No 4 in the Top Ten.

On one morning at the beginning of November they were discussing rapper names and asked what your rapper name would be, and whilst sending my daily Top Ten song I said that my rapper name would be Ducky, as this was a nickname I had at when I was at school.  So I was surprised when Jade Callaway who is covering for Verity Geere whilst she is on maternity leave, having recently had a little boy, contacted me and asked if I would like to join their Movember campaign, which would include sending a progress photograph each Monday during November, and recording my progress.  These photos are available to view at https://twitter.com/BFBSRadioHQ  I was also very surprised when I was chosen as tache of the week and I was interviewed via zoom live on the radio by Richard Hatch which allowed me to get a mention for the WFRA.  I also provided a sound bite about me and my tache which was played during the show earlier this week.
 
Movember
The aims are to encourage men to talk about men's health issues, and to attend their GP's surgery to help to prevent men’s illnesses, to catch things early and therefore to help to save lives.  I feel that this is such an important subject that I wanted to include, not only the BFBS listeners, but also everyone who reads our newsletter.
 
History behind the Movember Foundation
In 2003 two friends from Australia, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery were discussing how out of fashion moustaches were.  They decided to use the moustache as a link to raising men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.  It is the male version of the pink bow for breast cancer awareness.  It has now been adopted world-wide and has helped to prevent many early deaths.
 
How Movember is affecting my life. 
It is my first moustache since I was much younger, and serving as an Infantry soldier and driver with 3WFR.  Katie, my wife really doesn’t like it and I have had to promise that it will be removed on the 1st December.  However, she has supported me as it is for such a good cause, and due to family members having been treated for prostate cancer, and losing a dear cousin to bowel cancer, getting the message out there is more important than the scratchiness of a moustache kiss for just four weeks a year.

I know that going to the doctor's isn't the best day out but if you haven't done so already please arrange a Well Man / Woman check up with your GP, it could save your life.
                     

004  PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack

 Lance Corporal George Frederick Lessons

 
George, better known as Frank, was born on the 30th August 1883 at Heaton Norris near Stockport. After finishing his schooling education Frank started his footballing career with Nottingham Jardine’s Athletic during 1903 – 1904.  He then signed with Nottingham Forest F.C. as a centre forward and made a total of thirty-one appearances from 1904 to 1907.  Frank then moved to Northampton Town F.C. and he went on to make two hundred and thirty-four appearances from 1907 to 1915.  During this time, he married Ethel and they had three children together.  From 1913 until his death in 1918, when he was available, he was the manager for Northampton Town F.C.
 
Frank enlisted as Lance Corporal in the 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. After intense training in this country, Frank, along with his comrades, left the shores of England and having crossed the Channel, they made their way through the French countryside to join their fellow soldiers.  He was fighting on the Western front line and was last seen going over the top, Frank was killed in action, on the 7th September 1918, at Pas-de-Calais, France.
 
He was buried at the Eterpigny British Cemetery.  Frank had requested a personal inscription on his grave stone which reads:  ‘Tranquil you lie your knightly virtue proved.’

  

John Edward Shelton

 
John was born in Wolverhampton during 1884. The actual day or month are not known.  His love and skill with football started during his schooling life.  He was lucky enough to have been spotted and he started his footballing career by playing for Willenhall Pickwick F.C. and Crompton Rovers F.C. before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. as a right half back and centre forward from 1907 to 1911.  John made a total of eighty-three outings.  He was chosen to play in the FA cup final in 1908, which they won with a three – one victory over Newcastle United. 
 
John met and married Sarah in 1911 and their two children, John and Sarah in 1912 and 1914 arrived shortly afterwards.  John then signed with Port Vale F.C., and between 1911 and his death in 1918, when available, he had made one hundred and thirty-nine appearances.  
 
John was conscripted as a Private with the Lincolnshire Regiment 10th Service Battalion, but was transferred to the North Staffordshire Regiment who he was fighting with near the Hindenburg line on the Somme.  He died during front line action on the 7th September 1918 aged thirty-three years. 
 
He was buried at the Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery in Epehy.  His widow, Sarah, went on to marry Jack Needham who was Johns former teammate.

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12 November 2021    WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 12 Issue 52

001 OP COURAGE

The first call for help takes courage. If you or someone you know is struggling with their wellbeing expert help is available from Op COURAGE: The Veteran's Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. It takes courage to ask for help and support and there is no shame in doing so.
 

002  OPERATION BANNER 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection), are marking the 50th anniversary of the first WFR Op Banner tour.  They would welcome anyone who would like to donate any items such as photographs, accounts they may have written, medals or anything from their time in the regiment for the display at Nottingham Castle.  It would be great to see them on display and to share the history of the Regiment during that era. 

003 MERCIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM VOLUNTEER OPPOTUNITIES

If you have a little spare time, and are looking for ways to fill it, why not take a look at the volunteer opportunities available at the Museum of the Mercian Regiment.

Volunteers play such an important role in the museum and they are looking for new volunteers of different ages with a diverse range of interests and talents. Whether you’re retired, working part-time, or still in college or school, they would love to talk to you!  Most roles require a minimum commitment of half a day a week, and  some roles can even be carried out from home.  Training will be given and knowledge of military history is not necessary.

They are a friendly team, and are happy to be flexible and discuss any special requirements. 

Nottingham Castle Gallery-Regimental Museum Ambassadors

Based at Nottingham Castle, welcoming visitors to the museum gallery. 

Research/ Archive Volunteers

To assist curatorial staff with the Museum’s Archive collection at Foresters House in Chilwell.

Work would include assisting with research enquiries from the public, digitisation of the Archive and research.

Website volunteers

Are you good with websites? Then we want you. We have recently received some funding from the Arts Council England to create digital content for our website which is interactive and informative.

We are after someone who:

Can use/ happy to learn how to use Microsoft Office

Able to work in a team but also under ones own initiative

Good eye for detail

Marketing & Events

Are you good with a camera? A blog writer, fundraiser, video producer or designer we’d love to hear from you!


If you are interested in any of the volunteer roles please click the link below to find out more.
https://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/volunteer-with-us

 

004  PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack

Sergeant Arthur Harold Wileman M.M.

 
Arnold was born on the 1st January 1886 at Newhall in Derbyshire.  He was known as Nippy by friends and family.  Having finished his schooling, he found work as a miner at the Stanton Colliery. 
 
Nippys footballing career started with his local side, Newhall Swifts F.C.  He then moved to Gresley Rovers F.C. for the 1904 to 1906 seasons.  Nippy played in the inside right position for Burton United F.C. between 1906 and 1909, making eight appearances.  Nippy then transferred to Chelsea F.C. where he made fourteen outings.  He moved to Millwall Athletic F.C. in 1911 then played for Luton Town F.C. before finishing at Southend United F.C., where he hung up his boots, unfortunately the analysis of the matches in which he played is not known.
 
Arthur became a Sergeant with the Royal Sussex Regiment and on leave married Blanche during the summer of 1915.  He was playing for Luton F.C. when he signed up and a treasurer letter was sent to the club secretary.
 
 ‘A’ company challenged us, they didn’t know that Roe and I were footballers, they were up to the neck in sludge, even worse that the Welsh grounds!  Well, we finished winning by ten goals to nil.  Roe got five and I got five.  The other side began to make inquiries as to who we were. 
 
He declined a commission but was awarded the Military Medal in January 1918 ‘for bravery in the field’.
 
He was killed in action on the 28th April 1918 along with two other comrades returning after a reconnaissance at Elzenwalle Chateau near Coormezeele.  Arthur was just thirty-two years of age.
 
None of the bodies of the patrol were ever recovered and are all commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial to the missing.

William Mountford Williamson
William, better known as Bill, was born at Longton in Staffordshire in 1888.  After finishing his schooling education, Bill started his footballing career at local North Staffs Nomads F.C.  He played in the outside right position for Stoke F.C. on eight occasions during 1906 to 1908.  The seasons from 1908 to 1910 saw Bill heading to Crewe Alexandra F.C. and then to Leicester Fosse F.C. where he played two games.  He returned to Stoke F.C. but unfortunately the details are not known.  Bill hung up his boots after playing for Wellington Town F.C. 
 
Bill was a pre-war regular and then reservist, in fact the Battalion were serving in Egypt when war was declared.  They returned to England for a very short time before heading to France in October 1914.  Bill was now serving as a Private with the Gordon Highlanders; he was wounded during the 1st Battle of Ypres with injuries to his left hand and knee.  It was during this fracas that he was captured and sent to the Hamelin prisoner of war camp. 
He remained in Germany and died of Spanish Flu on the 2nd August 1918. 
Bill was just thirty years of age.  He is commemorated on the memorial at Cologne. 
 
His wages from the Army were sent to his parents and was used in his memory at ‘W.W. China Manufacturers’ who are still operating to this day.

 

005 SHERWOOD FORESTERS BEER

Every November Nottingham based Lincoln Green Brewery launch a special beer for Armistice Day, with donations from beer sales going towards an Armed Forces Charity or cause.
 
This year they are brewing a Sherwood Foresters Beer and have offered for 10% of all sales profits (from both pub sales in Notts and retail units) to go towards the upkeep of the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) which is a registered Charity (1001226). The Sherwood Foresters beer will be available at the pubs below and in the retail shops which Lincoln Green supply to. Pubs The Robin Hood and little John The Sir John Borlase Warren The Station Hotel The Brickyard The Railway

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05 November 2021      WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 12 Issue 51

OBITUARY

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Cpl Peter Cotterell on Wednesday 27 October 2021.

Peter served with the North Staffordshire Regiment and with 1st Bn Worcestershire Regt in D Company in Iserlohn in 1954 -56.  Peter was also the chairman of the Rugeley branch of the WFRA.

His funeral will be at Stafford Crematorium at 12:00 hrs 8 November 2021.

The family have asked for the standards to be at the service.

001  REMEMBRANCE DAY CRICH

Chesterfield WFRA Branch will be hosting a Remembrance service at Crich Memorial Tower on Thursday 11 November at 10:45. Standards bearers are welcome to attend if they are able to join us.

002  CHADDESDEN PARK REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE

The Schools’ Chaddesden Park Remembrance Parade will take place in the usual old tennis courts area of Chaddesden Park on Wed 10 Nov 21 at 10:00hrs. Those attending should please aim to be in the area of the Friends of Chaddesden Park building by 09:45hrs.

Six schools have been invited by the Chairwoman of the Friends of Chaddesden Park (Barbara) but it is not known at this time how many and the numbers of children that will be able to be there.

Standard Bearers, and Veterans to form a Veterans’ Contingent, are invited to attend. We would also like to be able to allocate a Veteran to be attached to each of the School Contingents to take charge for the usual march past the Memorial Stone.

On conclusion of the Parade, refreshments will be available in the Age UK building, nearby in Chaddesden Park.

Soldiers' Corner Remembrance Parade Thursday 11 Nov 21
A Remembrance Parade will take place at Soldiers’ Corner, Nottingham Road Cemetery, Chaddesden, Derby on Thu 11 Nov 21, at 11:00hrs.

On conclusion, refreshments will be available at The Chaddesden Jubilee Club,155 Chaddesden Lane DE21 6LJ.

003  REMEMBRANCE DAY WORCESTER

Those wishing to attend the Thursday 11 November Armistice Day Service at the War Memorial are requested to meet outside the cathedral driveway at 10:20hrs.

004  REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE AND PARADE WORCESTER  SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2021  

Remembrance Sunday service and Parade as follows:-
                    
The Cathedral Service

The two-minute silence and wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial

The March Past

Dispersal procedures       

SUMMARY

The Cathedral service will again start at 10.00am, finishing in good time for everyone to move into position at the War Memorial.

The ceremony at the War Memorial will start with a short introduction by the Dean at 10.57am followed by the two-minute silence at 11.00am and all wreaths will be laid after this, thus following the pattern of the national service at the Cenotaph.

005  SAMARITANS VETERANS

Samaritans Veterans is a free app that can provide you with emotional support after your career in the Armed Forces

The Samaritans Veterans app can be accessed on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. The app is free to download and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices operating iOS 13.0 or later. Android users require 6.0 and up.

Through the app, you’ll be supported to:

Reflect
Fully reflect on your service so you can better understand your experiences and move forward.

Manage
Learn ways to manage your emotional responses and deal with your new day-to-day reality.

Identify
Identify the challenges you may face and develop ways to overcome them.

Connect
Access volunteering and peer support by connecting you to the wider veteran community.

Additional support
Discover what additional support is out there for you and your individual needs.

Further information and assistance can be found by following the link below.

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/military/samaritans-veterans-app/


 

006  OPERATION BANNER 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection), are marking the 50th anniversary of the first WFR Op Banner tour.  They would welcome anyone who would like to donate any items such as photographs, accounts they may have written, medals or anything from their time in the regiment for the display at Nottingham Castle.  It would be great to see them on display and to share the history of the Regiment during that era.

007  SHERWOOD FORESTERS BEER

Every November Nottingham based Lincoln Green Brewery launch a special beer for Armistice Day, with donations from beer sales going towards an Armed Forces Charity or cause.

This year they are brewing a Sherwood Foresters Beer and have offered for 10% of all sales profits (from both pub sales in Notts and retail units) to go towards the upkeep of the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) which is a registered Charity (1001226). The Sherwood Foresters beer will be available at the pubs below and in the retail shops which Lincoln Green supply to.

Pubs

The Robin Hood and little John
The Sir John Borlase Warren
The Station Hotel
The Brickyard
The Railway

 

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29 October 2021       WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 12 Issue 49

OBITUARY

SIR RICHARD HERBERT CURTIS QC     


Sir Richard Curtis QC died on 15 October 2021 aged 88.

He was commissioned from Eaton Hall Officer Cadet School as a 2/Lt in 1953 and joined C Company,  1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Derna, Cyrenaica.

He left the Army after National Service in February 1955 and became a lawyer.

He was called to the Bar in 1958 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1977. He was a Recorder from 1974-1989 and the Recorder of Birmingham from 1989-1992 as well as a Senior Circuit Judge on the Oxford and Midland Circuit during the same period. Subsequently, he was Presiding Judge on the Wales and Chester Circuit from 1994-1997 and was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division where he served from 1992 until 2005.

He was elected a Governing Bencher of the Inns of Court in 1985.

He was  knighted  in 1993 as a High Court Judge.

Details of his funeral will follow.

OBITUARY

 425899 COLONEL JOHN RALPH WOODDISSE DL        

Colonel John Wooddisse DL died on 18th October 2021 after a short illness aged 87.

John Wooddisse enlisted in to the Army at Normanton Barracks, Derby on 3rd February 1952. He attended Officer Training at Eaton Hall in August 1952 and was commissioned into the 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters in December 1952, the regiment his father, Major Ralph Wooddisse had served in before him.

John joined the 1st Battalion in Derna, Cyrenaica at the foot of Djebel Akhdar and became a Mortar Platoon Commander. In Derna one of the pastimes was hunting and his recollections were peppered with amusing stories of  the Derna Djebel Hunt.

In 1955 John moved to Sennelager, continuing as both a Mortar Platoon and a Rifle Platoon  Commander. In August the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the regiment amalgamated and in 1956 John joined the 1st Bn The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment in Negri Sambilan, Peri and East Johore during operations against the Communist Terrorists (CT). In his book he described operations to ambush CT with the late Col Peter Walter.

John became OC Training Wing of 1 R Lincolns in Minden in 1958, then OC HQ Company. The reorganisation of the Army at that time saw John move to the newly formed 1st Bn 2nd East Anglian Regiment before becoming the Staff Captain Q in HQ 12 Infantry Brigade in Osnabruck.

After training at the Arabic Language School in Aden John joined the Northern Frontier Regiment of the Sultan's Armed Forces in May 1964. The photo above shows John with Sheik Nasser bin Abdulla al Awani, premier Sheik on the Jebel Akhdar at Saiq. In early 1966 when then moved to be Adjutant of 4th/6th Bn The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment.

In 1967 he returned to the now renamed 2nd Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment as a Company Commander. In early 1969 he married Ann in Dublin and was then posted to HQ Dhekalia Area NEARELF in Cyprus as a GSO2.

In 1972 he joined 3rd Bn Royal Anglian Regiment in BAOR and completed two Northern Ireland tours, one in the Lower Falls in Belfast and one in the Creggan in Londonderry.

This was followed by tour in HQ BAOR in Rhiendhalen as GSO2 CSIT. In 1976 he was involved in the Tickell Committee, the Army Manpower Review before ending his Regular Army career with 5th Bn the Royal Anglian Regiment as their Training Major.

On retirement from the Army John took on directorships with Derbyshire Rural Community Council for over 20 years as well as being Commandant of the Derbyshire Cadet Battalion of WFR, a member of East Midlands TAVRA and the Derbyshire ABF Committee. In 1989 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Derbyshire.

In the early 1990s he moved to Matterdale near Penrith and became the Chairman of the Army Benevolent Fund in Cumbria. In 1998 John became the Honorary Colonel of 5th (Derbyshire Cadet) Bn WFR.

His funeral will take place at 2pm on 8th November 2021 at St Peter's Church, Alstonefield

John Wooddisse's elder son is Lt Gen Ralph Wooddisse, recently appointed as Commander Field Army.

Contact is Mrs Ann Wooddisse, Undercliffe, 8 East Cross Street, Kirton on Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 4DT

The family would be most grateful if people wishing to be at the funeral let them know if they are attending by email to Peter.Dennis102@mod.gov.uk

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Major R A U Richards who died on 9 October will be held at 14:00 hours on 1 November 2021 at St Peter's Church, Church Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham GL53 0QJ.

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral for 23292499 Pte James 'Jim' BARNES who passed away on Tuesday 12th September 2021 will be on Wednesday 3rd November at 12:15hrs at Worcester City Crematorium, Tintern Ave, Astwood Road Worcester WR3 8HA.

Standards, Bugle and members welcome.

001 ANNUAL GHELUVELT CEREMONY

This years Annual Gheluvelt Ceremony will be on Sunday 31st October 2021 at the Interpretative Feature Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA. 

There is no restriction on numbers this year.

Standard Bearers report to Parade Marshall 11:00hrs.
Other attendees 11:15 for 11:30 start.

Veterans form up at bottom of terraced area.

Dress:- Beret, blazers, medals.

 

002  LOST CONTACT

Ronald Madden is looking for his friend Cpl Ted Heath, who served with the Corps Band and also in Northern Ireland

If you have contact details for Ted please contact Ron via email 1946forward@gmail.com
 

002 REMEMBRANCE WALKING FOOTBALL

Amazon Military v Forest Forces 

You don't necessarily have to work at Amazon.co.uk or be a Nottingham Forest fan to play. We would like veterans who love the game to come play, have fun and help raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2021.

Location:  Power League Thane Road, Nottingham NG7 2TG 

Date & Time:  Tuesday 9th November 19:30-21:30hrs. 

You can wear trainers on this pitch. Playing on artificial grass, appropriate footwear would help though.

There are changing rooms, showers and a bar.

If you are would like to take part please contact Mark Leek via Facebook so that he has numbers for booking. 

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22 October 2021       WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 12 Issue 48

OBITUARY

369276 MAJOR PETER NOEL CHISHOLM    

Major Peter Chisholm sadly died on  11th October 2021 aged 94.

Peter was born on Christmas Day 1926.

He served in the ranks for 226 days and was commissioned as a 2Lt in April 1946. He served initially with 4th Prince of Wales Own Gurkha Regiment in Bakloh in Himchal Pradesh near the border with Kashmir, India. He was then posted to the Depot of The Cameron Highlanders at Fort George near Inverness before moving to 1st Bn The Gordon Highlanders in Essen in February 1948. He joined the 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters on promotion to Lt in Goslar in April 1949 as a Pl Comd.

He was posted to the Depot in Derby in 1952 before becoming the Adjutant of 5th Bn in Derby early in the following year. In September 1955 Peter rejoined the 1st Bn in Sennelager moving on promotion to special employment with Military Forces in Nigeria from April 1958 to September 1960.

In October 1960 he rejoined the 1st Bn in Singapore as a Company Commander before moving to the new Mercian Brigade Depot in Lichfield in 1963 as a Training Company Commander.

In mid-1965 he rejoined the 1st Bn in Munster in their new role as a Mechanised Battalion within 6 Mech Bde as the Battalion Second in Command and saw the change from Humber AFV1611s to the then new AFV432. After just over two years in that post Peter became OIC APC Division at Bordon responsible for training officers and soldiers in AFV432 support. He was then posted to Beaconsfield as OIC the AMIC Wing.

There followed a period at the Defence NBC Centre at Winterbourne Gunner as an instructor, then as Adjutant of the Sennelager Training Centre before Peter became the Training Major of 3 Armd Div and Sig Regt in Korbecke, near Soest in February 1979.

Peter retired form the Army in December 1981 after a long and varied career. He and his wife June settled in Lichfield where he had a role as a RO in Headquarters Prince of Wales's Division.

He became a very keen golfer at the Whittington Golf Club. June, predeceased Peter in August 2014.

Letters of condolence may be sent to Peter's daughter - Mrs Fiona Cross, 24 Main Street, Lowdham, NG14 7AG.

A private family funeral will be held on a date as yet to be confirmed.

OBITUARY

23292499 Pte James 'Jim' BARNES        

It is with regret that we announce that 23292499 Pte James 'Jim' BARNES passed away on Tuesday 12th October 2021. Jim was born at Malvern Wells on 31/8/1937. Jim enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment at Norton Barracks on 01/03/1956 as a National Serviceman and on 09/03/1956 he was signed on as a regular soldier. Jim saw service at B.A.O.R.  Jamaica in Spt Coy and British Guyana in C Coy. Jim was discharged at Norton Barracks on 08/03/1963.The funeral for 23292499 Pte James 'Jim' BARNES who passed away on Tuesday 12th September 2021 will be on Wednesday 3rd November at 12:15hrs at Worcester City Crematorium, Tintern Ave, Astwood Road Worcester WR3 8HA.

Standards Bugle and members welcome.

Jim had albums of photos some from his service that were copied and are on Worcester Branch website http://www.wfraworcester.com

FUNERAL DETAILS
 

The funeral of Major RAU Richards who died on 9 October will be held at 14:00 hours on 1 November 2021 at St Peter's Church, Church Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham GL53 0QJ.
 

001 UNVEILING A BENCH IN MEMORY OF HAROLD (HARRY) MASSAM

It was a good turn out by Worcester branch on a sunny Sunday afternoon with Harry`s family and friends for the unveiling of Harry`s memorial bench.

In memory of Harold (Harry) Massam Ex Worcestershire Regiment soldier who served at Norton Barracks. He lived at this site when it was Pear Tree Farm. Late Chairman Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.

The welcome was by Major Retd. Richard Fox ex President Worcester Branch W.F.R.A and there were some words from Harry`s Grandchildren prior to unveiling of Bench.

 

002  MERCIAN REGIMENT QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Q3              

THE MERCIAN REGIMENT
QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Q3 2021

Click here to read the newsletter https://spark.adobe.com/page/HKUH24ixgE0TG/

The next edition of the Mercian Regimental Quarterly Newsletter is now available for viewing.
 
Our newsletter covers recent events over a three month period, with a look ahead on what is coming up within the regiment; including the battalions, the museums & associations.
 
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We would like to extend a thank you to all who are involved with the MERCIAN regiment for your continued support.

Stand Firm, Strike Hard.

Kind regards,

RHQ Mercian

 

003 ANNUAL GHELUVELT CEREMONY
 

This years Annual Gheluvelt Ceremony will be on Sunday 31st October 2021 at the Interpretative Feature Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA. 

There is no restriction on numbers this year.

Standard Bearers report to Parade Marshall 11:00hrs.
Other attendees 11:15 for 11:30 start.

Veterans form up at bottom of terraced area.

Dress:- Beret, blazers, medals.

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15 October 2021       WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 12 Issue 47

OBITUARY

Major R A U Richards
 

We regret to report the death of Major R A U Richards of Cheltenham on 9 October 2021 aged 90.
Roger followed his father, Brigadier HU Richards CBE DSO, into The Worcestershire Regiment and joined the 1st Battalion in Malaya in July 1950. In May 1952, while leading a jungle patrol, he found a large quantity of items including recently used cooking pots so he decided to ambush the site. Some bandits duty appeared after dark and in an exchange of fire one bandit was killed and Roger was wounded. He was tended by the medical orderly but, though in pain. refused the offer of morphine. The patrol remained until the following morning when he was stretchered out and sent to hospital. He was evacuated to UK in September and after further time in hospital was posted as ADC to General Gale, C-in-C BAOR in 1953. He returned to 1 Worc R in Iserlohn in 1955 and served with it in the West Indies until posted as Adjt of the Depot in 1957. After a further tour in 1 Worc R and a staff appointment in BAOR he rejoined 1 Worc R in Gibraltar in 1965 He spent the rest of his service in intelligence appointments in BAOR, UK (and Norway?) and then worked at GCHQ as a RO until retiring in 1995. He was a valued volunteer at RHQ researching and writing many articles for the regimental magazine and cataloguing the archives until recently. Two of his sons, Hugh and Benjamin, also served in WFR.
 

FUNERAL DETAILS
 

The funeral of Major Martin Thomson who died on 30 September will be held at 1300 hours on Tuesday 26 October 2021 at  the Charlton Park Crematorium, Andover SP11 0TA, followed by a light buffet at the Old Bell and Crown, Hatherden SP11 OHT, a short drive from the Crematorium.
Donations to the Countess of Brecknock Hospice, Andover. Letters of condolence may be sent to Mrs Anne Thomson, Kampala, Hatherden, Andover  SP11 0HT.


 

001 THE DISPOSAL OF CATTERICK GARRISON LIBRARY

Catterick Garrison is disposing of it's library in order to raise Garrison Welfare Funds. It is a classic pre-Great War officer's study library of well over 300 volumes . Wars of Empire , the Franco-Prussian War , the Russo-Japanese War and the American Civil War are all well represented as well as a few books on the Napoleonic and Great Wars and some official pamphlets. All are very competitively priced. Anyone requiring a book list and notice on how to order and pay for the books should contact John Cotterill at john.cotterill@btinternet.com
 

002  CHADDESDEN PARK & SOLDIERS CORNER REMEMBRANCE PARADES

Chaddesden Park Remembrance Parade Wednesday 10 Nov 21

The Schools’ Chaddesden Park Remembrance Parade will take place in the usual old tennis courts area of Chaddesden Park on Wed 10 Nov 21 at 1000. Those attending should please aim to be in the area of the Friends of Chaddesden Park building by 0945.

Six schools have been invited by the Chairwoman of the Friends of Chaddesden Park (Barbara) but it is not known at this time how many and the numbers of children that will be able to be there.

Standard Bearers, and Veterans to form a Veterans’ Contingent, are invited to attend. We would also like to be able to allocate a Veteran to be attached to each of the School Contingents to take charge for the usual march past the Memorial Stone.

On conclusion of the Parade, refreshments will be available in the Age UK building, nearby in Chaddesden Park.

Soldiers' Corner Remembrance Parade Thursday 11 Nov 21
A Remembrance Parade will take place at Soldiers’ Corner, Nottingham Road Cemetery, Chaddesden, Derby on Thu 11 Nov 21, at 1100.

On conclusion, refreshments will be available at The Chaddesden Jubilee Club,155 Chaddesden Lane DE21 6LJ.
 

003 PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS OF WORLD WAR ONE

2nd Lieutenant Walter Daniel John Tull

Walter was born on the 28th April 1888 at Folkestone, Kent.  He loved his football and was a very talented midfielder and half back.  He started his footballing career at Clapton F.C. and then later Tottenham Hotspur F.C. He made over one hundred appearances for Northampton Town F.C. between 1911 and 1914.  He was the third person of mixed heritage to play in the football league.
 
Walter enlisted soon after the war was declared.  He was mentioned in dispatches and was recommended for the Military Cross but unfortunately it is believed that the paperwork was destroyed.  He rose through the ranks and became a Lance Sergeant during the Somme offensive in 1916.  He had risen to 2nd Lieutenant with the Duke of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment but was killed in action on the front line at Favreuk, Pas de Salais on the 25th March 1918.  He was just twenty-nine years of age. 
 
Walter, along with many of his men, are commemorated on the Arras memorial.  His body was never found, although there was a report on, 7th November 2020, where it is believed that his remains may have been discovered.  Hopefully this will be proven in the future. 
 
His details were added to his parent’s gravestone at the Cheriton Road Cemetery in Folkestone.  Walter is also remembered on various war memorials at Folkestone, Dover and Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium.

John Thornley 
John was born in Hayfield, Glossop, in Derbyshire on the 19th September 1885.  Having finished his schooling, he was lucky enough to become a professional footballer.  He played in the forward position for Glossop F.C. on five occasions during 1902 and 1906.  He then moved over to Manchester United F.C. but unfortunately there are no records of his time there.
 
John enlisted soon after war was declared and joined the Cheshire Regiment, 10th Service Battalion, after intense training John, and his comrades, headed to the coast and travelled over the Channel to mainland France.  They soon headed to the front line and saw action during the battle of St. Quentin, John was wounded during this action. 
 
Having recovered he soon returned to his Regiment and continued to see action on the frontline.  John was killed, outright, on the 31st March 1918, during hostilities at Pas-de-Calais in France. 
 
He was just thirty-two years old.  John was buried at the Wimereux Communal Cemetery.

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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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