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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
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05 July 2024            WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 15 Issue 28

001 MILITARY APP - MERCIAN CONNECT

A message from RHQ Mercian regarding joining Mercian Connect on the Military App

A webpage has been published on The Mercian Regiment website which contains links to all of the current Association pages on Mercian Connect.

This should make it easier for members to find and join their association group pages if they haven’t joined them already, rather than relying on the search feature. Once members have joined their desired association groups(s), they’ll be easy to access via the “My Groups” dropdown on the app.

https://mercianregiment.co.uk/app-association-groups

This app is a one stop shop for all information that falls under the regimental umbrella including Regimental updates and association and branch news and as the app grows so does information that may be of interest to others such as veterans groups.

If anyone is unsure of anything please feel free to contact Sam on sam.phillips@mercianregiment.co.uk

002 CRICH PILGRIMAGE 2024

Members of the Regimental Family are invited to join The Mercian Regiment on Sunday 7 July, at Crich for the annual Pilgrimage.

Parking costs £2 per car (cash) with all proceeds going to the site. 

The gate will be open at noon. Due to setting up, please do not arrive earlier or queue up and block the village.  The gate will be closed at 1430 hours in preparation for the Pilgrimage and Service which is expected to commence at 1500 hours. The event will close at 1700 hours.

Hospitality this year, is brought to us by the Crich Stand Tea-Room who will be offering traditional tea-room fayre as well as prosecco!  And the Lincoln Green Brewery (run by an ex woofer) will be selling Sherwood Forester beer as well as lagers, ciders, wine and spirits.  They will also be providing a fast-food outlet selling burgers and hot dogs. And there will be the ice-cream van.  There are various stands on site including RHQ, the museums, an Association tent and an Associations Artisans tent.  There will also be some stalls selling WFR items and military themed goods. 

Please note that whilst some will be accepting cards, the signal on the site is unreliable and it is advised to bring cash.

If any individual or branch wishes to lay a wreath, they are asked to assemble at the grassed area to the left of the path, near the drystone wall, by no later than 1445 hours. The Civic Dignitaries are due on site by 1450 hours and after they have lined up, please join on the end of the procession and find a suitable place to stand, once you reach the Tower. You will be called forward when it is time to lay a wreath.  Wreaths can be pre-ordered, at a cost of £20, by contacting the Assistant Regimental Secretary cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk

003  DERBY BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting of the Derby Branch WFRA is on Friday 5 July. Venue is the Allestree Social Club, 39 Cornhill, Allestree, Derby, DE22 2FS. Meeting starts at 1945hrs and the dress is casual. All are welcome.

004  REMEMBER THE FALLEN


Sandra Taylor has another list of books that have been donated to raise funds in support of her website www.rememberthefallen.co.uk

Below is a list, all are available for a reasonable donation, She is happy to explore the cost of postage if required. Included are the titles and authors but please email Sandra if you have any questions or are interested in buying any of the books: 

rememberthefallen.co.uk@gmail.com

Those of you who have mailing lists for groups and associations, Sandra would be really grateful if you would forward her email and the list.

Thank you.

June 2024 Book List

D-Day – all hardback unless otherwise stated.

Cross Channel Attack - Gordon Harrison 519 pages.

The D- Day Encyclopedia 665 pages.

D-Day, The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor 592 pages.

Normandy ’44 - James Holland 649 pages.

Six Armies in Normandy – John Keegan 365 pages.

Voices From Normandy - Jonathan Bastable (paperback) 298 pages.
 

Miscellaneous War Related Books

Images of War Special Tiger I & Tiger II – Anthony Tucker-Jones (paperback) 175 pages.

Cap of Honour 300 Years of the Gloucestershire Regiment – David Scott Daniel 446 pages.

German Army Handbook 1939-1945 – James Lucas 216 pages.

Britain’s Final Defence, Arming the Home Guard 1940-1944 – Dale Clarke 287 pages.

Bloody April, Slaughter in the Skies over Arras, 1917 – Peter Hart 381 pages.

Britain’s Army in the 20th Century – Field Marshall Lord Carver 550 pages.

Decisive Battles of the Western World, From the defeat of the Spanish Armada to Waterloo – J.F.C. Fuller 561 pages.

War Walks from Agincourt to Normandy – Richard Holmes 224 pages.

Waterloo Letters – edited by Major-General H.T. Siborne 415 pages.

Charging Against Napoleon, Diaries & Letters of Three Hussars – Eric Hunt 290 pages.

Fifty Amazing Stories of the Great War 767 pages.

The Great War, Unseen Archives – Robert Hamilton 463 pages.

Mapping The Second World War – Peter Chasseaud 303 pages.

War, the Camera’s Battlefield View of Man’s Most Terrible Adventure, from the First Photographer in the Crimea to Vietnam.

Victory in Europe From D-Day to V-E Day – Max Hastings 192 pages.

Moscow 1941, The Frozen Offensive – Janusz Piekalkiewicz 287 pages.

The Civil War, An Illustrated History of the War Between the States (paperback) 425 pages.

The Faces of WW1 – Max Arthur 287 pages.

Veterans, The Last Survivors of the Great War – Richard Van Emden 208 pages.

The History of WW1 in Photographs, 100th Anniversary – Daily Mail 256 pages.

World War 1 – H.P. Willmott (paperback) 335 pages.

World War 1 Day by Day – Ian Westwell 192 pages.

I Was There, The Human Story of the Great War Volume, 2 & 3 1-496, 497 – 1016, 1017 - 1536.

005 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)

Forces in the Community  Tel 0115 922 0320 https://www.forces.org.uk/

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

Safe Harbour 07799 671 979  janeager06@yahoo.co.uk

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28 June 2024     WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 15 Issue 27

https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/

Funeral Details The funeral of Derek "Chippy" Wood will take place at 14.30hrs on Tuesday 16 July 2024 at the Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Rd, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8DE.
Flowers do not need to sent however donations to the Kemp Wyre Forest Hospice on behalf of Derek "Chippy" Wood using their homepage.
https://donate.kemphospice.org.uk/

001 MERCIAN CONNECT

Dear Regimental Family member,
You may have already heard of the exciting news for the future of our Regimental family that we will be launching MERCIAN Connect on 1st July 2024. 
MERCIAN Connect is a digital community platform for Serving Personnel (Regular & Reservists), Veterans, Cadet Adult Volunteers and Partners & Families. It will transform the way we can communicate, connect and engage across the entire Regimental family and our antecedent Regiments, with peer support and in-person connection at its core.
The platform combines Groups, Events, Pinboard, Messaging & Chat, Notifications and Search & Connect functions and will be available to download in the App & Google Play Stores as well as accessible by website access for your home computer, laptop or tablet.
"The Mercian Regiment has, since its inception, been a bastion of camaraderie and a cohesive, close knit, family Regiment. With the introduction of Mercian Connect, we are poised to elevate that bond and strengthen it into the future.
Mercian Connect has been developed to serve as a cohesive platform, uniting our Regimental Family; veterans, families, the currently serving members of The Mercian Regiment and its antecedent regiments. This comprehensive application is dedicated to enhancing communication and ensuring you are well-informed about all activities and developments within The Regiment.
When you download the app and connect for the first time, you will discover a multitude of groups tailored to specific interests. Whether your inclination is to remain apprised of the latest news from The Regiment, follow Regimental sports, or engage with our Regimental museums, Mercian Connect provides a group that caters to your preferences. Furthermore, the application includes specialized groups focused on wellbeing and mental health, as well as news and entertainment, among other interests.
The primary objective of Mercian Connect is clear: to provide a platform that keeps our regimental family well-informed, connected, and supported. By joining the groups that align with your interests, you will gain access to invaluable resources that were previously unattainable through traditional communication channels.
I encourage all members of The Mercian Regiment family to download Mercian Connect at your earliest convenience, if you haven’t already, so that we may strengthen our communications with you, our Regimental family."

Lieutenant General Sir Ian Cave KCB
Stand Firm, Strike Hard

On 1st July you will receive all the information on how to download the app. Until then, please do not try to register. Please pass on this news to your branches, units and friends from the Regiment.

Thank you from the
MERCIAN Connect Team

002 CRICH PILGRIMAGE 2024

Members of the Regimental Family are invited to join The Mercian Regiment on Sunday 7 July, at Crich for the annual Pilgrimage.
Parking costs £2 per car (cash) with all proceeds going to the site. 
The gate will be open at noon. Due to setting up, please do not arrive earlier or queue up and block the village.  The gate will be closed at 1430 hours in preparation for the Pilgrimage and Service which is expected to commence at 1500 hours. The event will close at 1700 hours.
Hospitality this year, is brought to us by the Crich Stand Tea-Room who will be offering traditional tea-room fayre as well as prosecco!  And the Lincoln Green Brewery (run by an ex woofer) will be selling Sherwood Forester beer as well as lagers, ciders, wine and spirits.  They will also be providing a fast-food outlet selling burgers and hot dogs. And there will be the ice-cream van.  There are various stands on site including RHQ, the museums, an Association tent and an Associations Artisans tent.  There will also be some stalls selling WFR items and military themed goods. 
Please note that whilst some will be accepting cards, the signal on the site is unreliable and it is advised to bring cash.
If any individual or branch wishes to lay a wreath, they are asked to assemble at the grassed area to the left of the path, near the drystone wall, by no later than 1445 hours. The Civic Dignitaries are due on site by 1450 hours and after they have lined up, please join on the end of the procession and find a suitable place to stand, once you reach the Tower. You will be called forward when it is time to lay a wreath.  Wreaths can be pre-ordered, at a cost of £20, by contacting the Assistant Regimental Secretary cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk

003  FRIENDS OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM - WORCESTERSHIRE

Saturday 6 July 2024 From Sandhurst to Strensham by Midlands Air Ambulance helicopter pilot Ian Cameron

13.30 for 14.00 start. Ian will be talking about his career, initially serving in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army Air Corps for 10 years, followed by 10 years flying helicopters on and off the oil rigs up to the current time where he now works as a pilot for the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Strensham, ensuring doctors and critical care paramedics reach the scene of an incident as rapidly and safely as possible and the patient reaches the nearest medical facility as quickly as possible.

Saturday 20 July 2024

A Talk By / Audience with WW2 / Cold War Veteran Bill Wheeler

Bill Wheeler joined the Royal Air Force on the 28 August 1943 as an aircraft apprentice training to be an electrician. This was the beginning of a career with the service that saw Bill posted to Pakistan for 2 years, followed by 9 months of air crew training in Canada. Qualifying as a navigator, Bill was posted to Germany for 2½ years. He served on V Force bomber squadrons for 5 years during the Cold War, when he and his colleagues were on short notice standby in the event of a nuclear attack, sometimes as short as 15 minutes to be airborne.

On Saturday 20 July 2024 Bill will be giving a talk on his varied and interesting career with the RAF and what it was like to live with the very real, ever-present threat of nuclear war and his experiences of flying as one of the crew members on V bombers. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and have a chat with Bill at the end.

Venue: Alvechurch Village Hall, 10 Bear Hill, Alvechurch B48 7JX – there is a free car park close to the hall.

Time: 13.30 for 14.00 start

Cost: £5.00 – includes light refreshments

Booking is advisable, payment can be made on the door.

Contact Sandra Taylor: friendsoftheworcesters@gmail.com

004 LONG EATON & WEST NOTTS BRANCH

Long Eaton and West Notts Branch are holding their monthly social meeting on Wednesday 3 July at 19.30hrs at The Last Post, 6A Chilwell Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AA Casual dress, all are welcome to attend.

005 ARMED FORCES WEEKEND - WORKSOP

006 FREEDOM OF ENTRY PARADE - STAPLEFORD TOWN CENTRE SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2024 

The Mayor of Broxtowe has sent the following invitation to RHQ

I am delighted to invite you to join me to show your support for our Armed Forces as soldiers from Royal Engineers Works Groups exercise their Freedom of the Borough at a military parade through Stapleford Town Centre on Saturday 29 June 2024 at 11.00am. Please line the streets of Stapleford from 10.30am ready for an 11.00am parade.

Please note there will be no formal reception or reserved seating during the parade

007  VETERAN'S IN RECOVERY MEETING

Change Grow Live UK Ltd is a national recovery service for people with drug and alcohol misuse.
Staff members involved in armed forces personnel’s care , volunteers, current and former patients will meet together to share their experience of veterans/AF personnel recovering from substance misuse and design the future of our service.
Thursday 4 July 2024 09.00hrs until 18.00hrs.
For more information please call or email
Tel: 01158 960 798
Email:  veteransupportworkinggroup@cgl.org.uk

008 DERBY BRANCH MEETING
The next meeting of the Derby Branch WFRA is on Friday 5 July. Venue is the Allestree Social Club, 39 Cornhill, Allestree, Derby, DE22 2FS. Meeting starts at 1945hrs and the dress is casual. All are welcome.

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21 June 2024         WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 15 Issue 26

Obituary

Lieutenant Colonel Richard John Lees OBE MC

26th September 1946 – 6th June 2024

 Dick Lees was born in Wookey Hole and educated at Wells Cathedral School before joining Bristol Siddeley. He joined the 11th Hussars as a trooper and was sent to Sandhurst. On completion of Sandhurst training he was commissioned into the Worcestershire Regiment on 15th December 1967. Following his initial platoon commander experience he was posted to 66 Army Youth Team in Worcester at which time his interest and expertise for Adventure Training become very apparent. He had a lifelong interest in canoeing, sailing (both offshore and dinghy) mountain walking, skiing and climbing. He was also a member of the 1WFR team that won the Army Orienteering Championship.

Returning to the newly amalgamated 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1971 he was the Demonstration Platoon Commander in A Company in Warminster and for 1WFR’s first tour in Londonderry in 1972. This was followed by a tour at Depot Lichfield as the Expedition Skills Wing Commander before returning to 1WFR to be the Recce/COP Platoon commander in Ballykelly. It was for his excellent leadership and the platoon’s work there that he was awarded the Military Cross, gazetted on 12th October 1976, the third generation of his family to receive that award. In 1978 he spent a year at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, followed by a year at the Army Staff College, Camberley to gain the psc+ staff qualification and was posted to Headquarters Cyprus as the G2 SD/Trg before returning to 1WFR as A Company commander in 1982 in Hemer, West Germany, for a very busy two years of armoured warfare interrupted by a tour in West Belfast. After two years as the Chief Instructor of New College, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he took command of 3rd (Territorial) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Newark in 1987. His final tour was as a staff officer in Headquarters I (BR) Corps in Bielefeld where he was awarded the OBE in 1991 for his work towards the deployment during the first Gulf War. At that time the Cold War was ending which prompted a change of career and he retired. His year long resettlement course was in boat building in East Anglia. Initially a student, he became Executive Director of the International Boat Building Training College in Lowestoft and a consultant on European directives in the boating industry.

While mastering the exacting skills of building wooden boats he also rebuilt and renovated a timber framed barn. Settling in Norfolk he also made furniture and helped his new friends with building projects and learned wood carving. We was elected Chair of his Parish Council. Using his computer skills learned in the Army he and his brother build a website to inform people and change government policy regarding the dangers of asbestos in schools.

His funeral will be at 1100 on Saturday 6th July at St Mary's Church Ellingham, Bungay, NR35 2ER. 

Letters of condolence can be sent to his brother Michael at: michaellees1262@gmail.com or to Michael Lees at Station Farm Barn, Ellingham, Bungay NR35 2EW.

Obituary
Dave Footitt

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dave Footitt who died peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on 14 June 2024 aged 72 years.  Dave served with 1WFR from February 1970 until April 1976.  Dave Joined 3WFR and was discharged on 12 Sept 1988.

Dave's funeral service will take place at

Barnby Moor Crematorium on Wednesday 3 July 2024 at 10.00hrs.

Please wear something colourful as black attire not essential.

Further enquiries please contact our office on Retford 01777 707503.

Obituary

24493434 L/Cpl Derek "Chippy" Wood

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Derek "Chippy" Wood who died on Sunday 16 June 2024 after a short illness.  Derek served with 1WFR from 1978 until 1990. Further details to follow.

001  HIS MAJESTY THE KING'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS

Congratulations to Lt Gen Ian Cave, our Colonel of the Regiment, on being appointed a Knight Commander of the most honourable order of the Bath in the Kings Birthday Honours List.

His new title is Lt Gen Ian Cave KCB.

Information on the Order:
The Order consists of up to 120 Knights and Dames Grand Cross, 295 Knights and Dames Commander, and 1455 Companions, in addition to the Sovereign and the Great Master. It is the fourth most senior order of merit in Britain, after the Orders of the Garter, the Thistle, and of St. Patrick (which is a dormant order).

The title of the Order comes from medieval days, when soldiers were prepared to receive their knighthood by a ritualised process of washing, which symbolised spiritual purification. The Order was founded by George I in 1725, and in was opened up to women in 1971.
Well done Sir.

002  WORCESTERSHIRE SOLDIER AT THE COMMANDERY

All Members

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association

Please could I ask for your support for a very exciting initiative taking place in Worcester, which is the creation of the “Worcestershire Soldier at the Commandery”. Museums Worcestershire will work in partnership with The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) and the Worcestershire Yeomanry Museum Trusts to join their collections and stories from 1694 to the present day with the existing Civil War display. It will offer the opportunity to understand the contribution soldiers from the county have made to international, national and local military and social history in more than 300 years.

Over 130,000 men served in the Regiments of Worcestershire in World War 1 with over 10,000 paying the ultimate sacrifice. Many thousands more served in World War 2 and in subsequent wars, operations and deployments from Malaya, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq as well as on United Nations operations in Cyprus and Bosnia. Their service represents a very proud and important part of Worcestershire’s heritage. Perhaps you and your friends had relatives who are part of this rich history? This display will pay homage to their service, courage and sense of duty. It is important that we and future generations never forget these soldiers and this museum will help us to remember them all. This will greatly enhance the iconic building’s tourist appeal in the historic part of the City. By using its educational capabilities it will be a place to which young and old alike can come to learn and study.

It is expected that the overall costs of this project will be in the region of £1,200,000. Worcester City Council have designated £175,000 from central government’s post-Covid Towns Fund and the two charities have committed £105,000. The National Heritage Lottery Fund have agreed to a £243,200 development grant. So we have already identified £523,200 funds towards the cost. The remainder of the costs will need to be raised from grant making trusts, individual and corporate donations. We shall also be seeking a follow-on delivery grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please could you to consider supporting this excellent project in a number of ways:

First, as a private individual with a Gift Aided donation.

Secondly, be an advocate to support of the project.

Thirdly, you may be aware of any corporate bodies that might consider sponsoring one of the new exhibition cases? Display cases will have a QR code to enable visitors to self-guide using their mobile phones. Descriptions of the case selected will start with “Welcome to Display case Number … sponsored by …” We would particularly welcome a case funded by the Regimental Association. To benefit from this publicity sponsorship of a case will cost £10,000.

Please could you consider contributing to this excellent project? Donations can be made to:

Account Name:           Worcestershire Soldier at the Commandery

Sort code:                         30-99-50

Account number:           33306868

Thank you very much for your support.

003 CRICH PILGRIMAGE 2024

Members of the Regimental Family are invited to join The Mercian Regiment on Sunday 7 July, at Crich for the annual Pilgrimage.

Parking costs £2 per car (cash) with all proceeds going to the site. 

The gate will be open at noon. Due to setting up, please do not arrive earlier or queue up and block the village.  The gate will be closed at 1430 hours in preparation for the Pilgrimage and Service which is expected to commence at 1500 hours. The event will close at 1700 hours.

Hospitality this year, is brought to us by the Crich Stand Tea-Room who will be offering traditional tea-room fayre as well as prosecco!  And the Lincoln Green Brewery (run by an ex woofer) will be selling Sherwood Forester beer as well as lagers, ciders, wine and spirits.  They will also be providing a fast-food outlet selling burgers and hot dogs. And there will be the ice-cream van.  There are various stands on site including RHQ, the museums, an Association tent and an Associations Artisans tent.  There will also be some stalls selling WFR items and military themed goods. 

Please note that whilst some will be accepting cards, the signal on the site is unreliable and it is advised to bring cash.

If any individual or branch wishes to lay a wreath, they are asked to assemble at the grassed area to the left of the path, near the drystone wall, by no later than 1445 hours. The Civic Dignitaries are due on site by 1450 hours and after they have lined up, please join on the end of the procession and find a suitable place to stand, once you reach the Tower. You will be called forward when it is time to lay a wreath.  Wreaths can be pre-ordered, at a cost of £20, by contacting the Assistant Regimental Secretary cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk

 

004  WFR BAND REUNION 2024

This years band reunion is on Saturday 19th October 2024 at the Coopers Brook, Mansfield Road, Daybrook, Nottingham.  It is open to all ex-Band Members and their Partners of the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Band & Drums. The Worcester Band & Drums and The Sherwood Foresters Band & Drums are also welcome.

On the day of the reunion we will meet up in the bar of the Coopers Brook at 1400 hrs for Drinks and a catch up.
 
The Reunion Dinner will take place at 1930hrs up stairs for a Three Course sit down meal. Those attending will be required to pay for their Meal in Advance as Confirmation of their attendance.

A Menu Selection Form will be Posted on the Woofers Band Reunion Facebook Page. However, if you are not a user of Facebook please contact me by email, so we know who will be attending.

We Look forward to seeing more Old Friends from our Glory Days.
It is Important that Confirmation of Attendance be given by no later than the 25th September 2024. Payment for the meal can be made by Cheque or Bank Transfer. Details of how to do this will be on the Meals Selection Form.

Please contact Ken Bradshaw by email to; ken.bradshaw18@ntlworld.com.

005 ARMED FORCES HUB 28 JUNE 2024 AT CHESTERFIELD TOWN HALL 

This event has been running for 11 years by the District Armed Forces Champion for Derbyshire and Staffordshire, Department for Work and Pensions based at Chesterfield.  It is known as the One Stop Shop, under 1 Roof where so that the Armed Forces Community can meet the Forces Support/Charities face to face.  It will be combined with a careers fair for the public.  In attendance will be the Armed Forces Regular/Reservists Recruiters.  It is hoped that the Armed Forces Councillor, the Lord Lieutenant, The High Sheriff and Mayor/Mayoress will be in attendance as well as an RAF Flypast.

Please RSVP as per the invitation.

006 BUDDY BUDDY VETERAN'S GROUP

007 BOOKS FOR SALE

Sandra Taylor has another list of books that have been donated to raise funds in support of her website www.rememberthefallen.co.uk

Below is the list and all are available for a reasonable donation, she is happy to explore the cost of postage if required. The titles and authors are included but please email Sandra if you have any questions or are interested in buying any of the books. 

rememberthefallen.co.uk@gmail.com

Those of you who have mailing lists for groups and associations, I would be really grateful if you would forward my email and the list.

 

June 2024 Book List 

D-Day – all hardback unless otherwise stated 

Cross Channel Attack - Gordon Harrison 519 pages 

The D- Day Encyclopedia 665 pages 

D-Day, The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor 592 pages 

Normandy ’44 - James Holland 649 pages 

Six Armies in Normandy – John Keegan 365 pages 

Voices From Normandy - Jonathan Bastable (paperback) 298 pages 

 

Miscellaneous War Related Books  

Images of War Special Tiger I & Tiger II – Anthony Tucker-Jones (paperback) 175 pages 

Cap of Honour 300 Years of the Gloucestershire Regiment – David Scott Daniel 446 pages 

German Army Handbook 1939-1945 – James Lucas 216 pages 

Britain’s Final Defence, Arming the Home Guard 1940-1944 – Dale Clarke 287 pages 

Bloody April, Slaughter in the Skies over Arras, 1917 – Peter Hart 381 pages 

Britain’s Army in the 20th Century – Field Marshall Lord Carver 550 pages 

Decisive Battles of the Western World, From the defeat of the Spanish Armada to Waterloo – J.F.C. Fuller 561 pages 

War Walks from Agincourt to Normandy – Richard Holmes 224 pages 

Waterloo Letters – edited by Major-General H.T. Siborne 415 pages 

Charging Against Napoleon, Diaries & Letters of Three Hussars – Eric Hunt 290 pages 

Fifty Amazing Stories of the Great War 767 pages 

The Great War, Unseen Archives – Robert Hamilton 463 pages 

Mapping The Second World War – Peter Chasseaud 303 pages 

War, the Camera’s Battlefield View of Man’s Most Terrible Adventure, from the First Photographer in the Crimea to Vietnam 

Victory in Europe From D-Day to V-E Day – Max Hastings 192 pages 

Moscow 1941, The Frozen Offensive – Janusz Piekalkiewicz 287 pages 

The Civil War, An Illustrated History of the War Between the States (paperback) 425 pages 

The Faces of WW1 – Max Arthur 287 pages 

Veterans, The Last Survivors of the Great War – Richard Van Emden 208 pages 

The History of WW1 in Photographs, 100th Anniversary – Daily Mail 256 pages 

World War 1 – H.P. Willmott (paperback) 335 pages 

World War 1 Day by Day – Ian Westwell 192 pages 

I Was There, The Human Story of the Great War Volume, 2 & 3 1-496, 497 – 1016, 1017 - 1536 

008 FREEDOM OF ENTRY PARADE - STAPLEFORD TOWN CENTRE SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2024 

The Mayor of Broxtowe has sent the following invitation to RHQ

I am delighted to invite you to join me to show your support for our Armed Forces as soldiers from Royal Engineers Works Groups exercise their Freedom of the Borough at a military parade through Stapleford Town Centre on Saturday 29 June 2024 at 11.00am. Please line the streets of Stapleford from 10.30am ready for an 11.00am parade.

Please note there will be no formal reception or reserved seating during the parade

009  VETERAN'S IN RECOVERY MEETING

Change Grow Live UK Ltd is a national recovery service for people with drug and alcohol misuse.

Staff members involved in armed forces personnel’s care , volunteers, current and former patients will meet together to share their experience of veterans/AF personnel recovering from substance misuse and design the future of our service.

Thursday 4 July 2024 09.00hrs until 18.00hrs.

For more information please call or email

Tel: 01158 960 798

Email:  veteransupportworkinggroup@cgl.org.uk

010 DERBY BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting of the Derby Branch WFRA is on Friday 5 July. Venue is the Allestree Social Club, 39 Cornhill, Allestree, Derby, DE22 2FS. Meeting starts at 1945hrs and the dress is casual. All are welcome.

 

011  COMMEMORATION SERVICE - WORCESTER

On Saturday the 22nd June 2024  Worcester Branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (W.F.R.A.) will be holding a Commemoration Service at The Worcestershire Regimental Stone in Gheluvelt Park opposite the Memorial Archway gates barbourne Road WR3 7AA. We are holding this event on this day as we will be joining the City Council and other organisations commemorating 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings 6th June 1944. The Worcestershire Regiment had a delayed landing in Normandy due to storms and other logistical problems arriving there on the 22nd June 1944 so it will be 80 years to the day.

In attendance will be Vice Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, other VIP`s

The ceremony will be 10:30 start. and will last 45mins to 1 hour.

The Ceremony will start with the Standards being dipped in salute to the Lord Lieutenant.

 A welcome and address by Lt Col (Retd.) Mark Jackson OBE, (Chair of Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Worcestershire and President of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.) on the run up to the Regiment landing and the fight through Normandy as part of the 43rd Wessex Division and on through Northern Europe.

Reverend Lindsey Coulthard of St Stephens will conduct the religious part of the ceremony with a reading by a member of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.

Blazers, berets, medals.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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14 June 2024         WFRA NEWSLETTER        Volume 15 Issue 25

Thanksgiving Service

Brigadier R G Silk CBE

You are reminded that a Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the life of the late Brigadier Ronnie Silk is to be held at 10.15 am on Sunday 23rd June 2024 in Repton School Chapel, Willington Road (B5008), Repton. This will be followed by refreshments in the 400 Hall Theatre Foyer: the family extends a warm welcome to all. For catering purposes, those who wish to attend are asked to notify Ian Silk (i.silk@icloud.com) before Friday 14th June. Parking is available in the nearby Repton School Sports Centre car park; Blue Badge holders should notify Ian who will arrange parking next to the Chapel.

001  MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT - WFR COLLECTION

Without generous donations from the public, the Museum of the Mercian Regiment wouldn’t be able to protect and look after the museum collection and gallery. Any legacy – no matter how large or small – makes a lasting difference and will continue to ensure the legacy of the Sherwood Foresters, Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters  and Mercian Regiment lives on for generations to come. 

The  history of Regiments above are at risk,  due to the loss of an important MOD Grant in 2030. Gifts in wills support the museums management, conservation, and museum collection to benefit of members of the regimental family and the public now and in the future. 

Together, we can look after the history of our Regiments for generations to come. 

If you would like to leave a Legacy gift to us in your will, then please get in touch by dropping us a private message. Or send an email to curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk.  

 

002 CRICH PILGRIMAGE 2024

Members of the Regimental Family are invited to join The Mercian Regiment on Sunday 7 July, at Crich for the annual Pilgrimage.

Parking costs £2 per car (cash) with all proceeds going to the site. 

The gate will be open at noon. Due to setting up, please do not arrive earlier or queue up and block the village.  The gate will be closed at 1430 hours in preparation for the Pilgrimage and Service which is expected to commence at 1500 hours. The event will close at 1700 hours.

Hospitality this year, is brought to us by the Crich Stand Tea-Room who will be offering traditional tea-room fayre as well as prosecco!  And the Lincoln Green Brewery (run by an ex woofer) will be selling Sherwood Forester beer as well as lagers, ciders, wine and spirits.  They will also be providing a fast-food outlet selling burgers and hot dogs. And there will be the ice-cream van.  There are various stands on site including RHQ, the museums, an Association tent and an Associations Artisans tent.  There will also be some stalls selling WFR items and military themed goods. 

Please note that whilst some will be accepting cards, the signal on the site is unreliable and it is advised to bring cash.

If any individual or branch wishes to lay a wreath, they are asked to assemble at the grassed area to the left of the path, near the drystone wall, by no later than 1445 hours. The Civic Dignitaries are due on site by 1450 hours and after they have lined up, please join on the end of the procession and find a suitable place to stand, once you reach the Tower. You will be called forward when it is time to lay a wreath.  Wreaths can be pre-ordered, at a cost of £20, by contacting the Assistant Regimental Secretary cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk

 

003  BENCHES AT CRICH

RHQ Mercian are trying to establish the owners of some benches at Crich that require attention/repair.  If anyone owns one of the benches, or knows who does, they are requested to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary at the earliest opportunity cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk, to discuss their upkeep.

Wooden bench with plaque dedicated to Sam and Bertha Waldram.

Wooden bench with plaque dedicated to LCpl Hemmings.

Wooden bench with plaque dedicated to John Leslie Ball.

Wooden bench with 2 plaques; on for WO2 Mead and one for Lew Mead.

Wooden bench with plaque dedicated to WO2 Mead.

Wooden bench with plaque dedicated to Harold Fell.

004 WORCESTER ARMED FORCES WEEK FLAG RAISING

Worcester City Council will be holding a flag raising ceremony at the Guildhall on the 24 June for start of Armed Forces week. Everyone is invited to take part and standard bearers would be especially welcome for this ceremony

Please be at The Guildhall for 1030hrs with form up at 1045hrs flag raise at 1100hrs followed by The Kohima,  Last Post and Reveille.

005 BEACON LIGHTING FORT ROYAL PARK WORCESTER

Worcester branch members were invited to Fort Royal Park on the evening of Thursday 6th June for the D-Day flag Raising.

A bagpiper welcomed the Lord Lieutenant into the park this was followed by a  Drumhead Service, guest community speakers, a community singalong and the lighting of the beacon.  After the beacon was lit the National Anthem was sung.

 




 

006 BOOKS FOR SALE

 

Sandra Taylor has another list of books that have been donated to raise funds in support of her website www.rememberthefallen.co.uk

Below is the list and all are available for a reasonable donation, she is happy to explore the cost of postage if required. The titles and authors are included but please email Sandra if you have any questions or are interested in buying any of the books. 

rememberthefallen.co.uk@gmail.com

Those of you who have mailing lists for groups and associations, I would be really grateful if you would forward my email and the list.

 

June 2024 Book List 

D-Day – all hardback unless otherwise stated 

Cross Channel Attack - Gordon Harrison 519 pages 

The D- Day Encyclopedia 665 pages 

D-Day, The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor 592 pages 

Normandy ’44 - James Holland 649 pages 

Six Armies in Normandy – John Keegan 365 pages 

Voices From Normandy - Jonathan Bastable (paperback) 298 pages 

 

Miscellaneous War Related Books  

Images of War Special Tiger I & Tiger II – Anthony Tucker-Jones (paperback) 175 pages 

Cap of Honour 300 Years of the Gloucestershire Regiment – David Scott Daniel 446 pages 

German Army Handbook 1939-1945 – James Lucas 216 pages 

Britain’s Final Defence, Arming the Home Guard 1940-1944 – Dale Clarke 287 pages 

Bloody April, Slaughter in the Skies over Arras, 1917 – Peter Hart 381 pages 

Britain’s Army in the 20th Century – Field Marshall Lord Carver 550 pages 

Decisive Battles of the Western World, From the defeat of the Spanish Armada to Waterloo – J.F.C. Fuller 561 pages 

War Walks from Agincourt to Normandy – Richard Holmes 224 pages 

Waterloo Letters – edited by Major-General H.T. Siborne 415 pages 

Charging Against Napoleon, Diaries & Letters of Three Hussars – Eric Hunt 290 pages 

Fifty Amazing Stories of the Great War 767 pages 

The Great War, Unseen Archives – Robert Hamilton 463 pages 

Mapping The Second World War – Peter Chasseaud 303 pages 

War, the Camera’s Battlefield View of Man’s Most Terrible Adventure, from the First Photographer in the Crimea to Vietnam 

Victory in Europe From D-Day to V-E Day – Max Hastings 192 pages 

Moscow 1941, The Frozen Offensive – Janusz Piekalkiewicz 287 pages 

The Civil War, An Illustrated History of the War Between the States (paperback) 425 pages 

The Faces of WW1 – Max Arthur 287 pages 

Veterans, The Last Survivors of the Great War – Richard Van Emden 208 pages 

The History of WW1 in Photographs, 100th Anniversary – Daily Mail 256 pages 

World War 1 – H.P. Willmott (paperback) 335 pages 

World War 1 Day by Day – Ian Westwell 192 pages 

I Was There, The Human Story of the Great War Volume, 2 & 3 1-496, 497 – 1016, 1017 - 1536 

007 D DAY 80 EVENTS IN WORCESTER


On Saturday the 22nd June 2024  Worcester Branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association (W.F.R.A.) will be holding a Commemoration Service at The Worcestershire Regimental Stone in Gheluvelt Park opposite the Memorial Archway gates barbourne Road WR3 7AA. We are holding this event on this day as we will be joining the City Council and other organisations commemorating 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings 6th June 1944. The Worcestershire Regiment had a delayed landing in Normandy due to storms and other logistical problems arriving there on the 22nd June 1944 so it will be 80 years to the day.

In attendance will be Vice Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, other VIP`s

The ceremony will be 10:30 start. and will last 45mins to 1 hour.

The Ceremony will start with the Standards being dipped in salute to the Lord Lieutenant.

 A welcome and address by Lt Col (Retd.) Mark Jackson OBE, (Chair of Trustees of the Mercian Regiment Worcestershire and President of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.) on the run up to the Regiment landing and the fight through Normandy as part of the 43rd Wessex Division and on through Northern Europe.

Reverend Lindsey Coulthard of St Stephens will conduct the religious part of the ceremony with a reading by a member of Worcester Branch W.F.R.A.

Blazers, berets, medals.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

008 CARERS HUB SERVICE
 

009 FREEDOM OF ENTRY PARADE - STAPLEFORD TOWN CENTRE SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2024 

The Mayor of Broxtowe has sent the following invitation to RHQ

I am delighted to invite you to join me to show your support for our Armed Forces as soldiers from Royal Engineers Works Groups exercise their Freedom of the Borough at a military parade through Stapleford Town Centre on Saturday 29 June 2024 at 11.00am. Please line the streets of Stapleford from 10.30am ready for an 11.00am parade.

Please note there will be no formal reception or reserved seating during the parade
 

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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

Safe Harbour 07799 671 979  janeager06@yahoo.co.uk


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