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23 September 2022 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 13 Issue 44
Major John Ward
It is with great sadness that I report the death of 477514 Major John Ward.
John was born on20 August 1936 and enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1955 and served in BOAR until1957 attaining the rank of Acting Sergeant. He became an officer cadet with the Royal Leicestershire Regt in 1962-63 and was with “D” Coy at Loughborough being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant Royal Leicester Regiment 27 September 1964 as Training Officer. In 1967 he was promoted to Lieutenant and Platoon Commander before becoming Lieutenant 5th Battalion Royal Anglian regiment between 1969 and 1970.
In 1971 John was Captain and 2i/c Company in 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. After his promotion to Major on 10 October 1977 he became OC Company at Derby until 1981. John also served at WFR/Edist STT Chilwell/54 Bde. 1982 to 1987, EMU OTC Nottingham 1987 to 1991 and TSW/DofE Officer Leicester/Northants/Rutland ACF 1991 to 2001: John holds the TD and Three Bars
His funeral will be held at St Peter's, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire on Thursday 6th October at 12:30pm.
The family would be delighted to see any former members of the Regiment who knew him.
001 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:
1000 hrs Standard Bearers are asked to meet by the West Doors for a brief by the RSM
1010 hr Everyone is asked to be seated in St Mary’s Church, less the Standard Bearers. There is assigned seating for the Association
1015 hrs Battalion will be seated
1020 hrs Procession arrives
1025 hrs Colours march in and are laid at the altar
1030-1115 hrs Church service
1115 hrs Colours March out
1120 hrs 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 1155 hrs.
1150 hrs Step off
1200 hrs Salute taken at the Dias followed by the halt and end of the parade in the Old Market Square
End -1225 hrs 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 House steps
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 ASAP with their details firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Dress: Beret, blazer. medals. If you do not have these please still come along and feel free to post on social media.
003 LEON BUSH MEMORIAL SERVICE
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,
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,
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 WFRA AGM
The AGM is being held on Saturday1 October 2022 at the Lichfield Social Club, Purcell Avenue, Lichfield WS13 6TS
Please can branch secretaries advise of numbers attending no later than 2000 hours on Monday 26th September 2022.
005 WORCESTER BRANCH MEETING
Worcester Branch meeting next Tuesday 27 September 19:45 for 20:00 start in the lounge at Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED. All welcome
006 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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