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26 November 2021   WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 12 Issue 54

 

001 SAMARITANS VETERANS APP

Military veterans can benefit from a dedicated new mental health app, launched this month by Samaritans, to help them deal with the long-term emotional challenges of adjusting to life after the Forces. 

The free Samaritans Veterans app comes on the back of joint research the leading suicide prevention charity carried out with the Royal British Legion, which found that veterans wanted to understand more about their emotional wellbeing and to hear from people with similar experiences. Those leaving the military and former Armed Forces personnel can access emotional health and wellbeing information, videos, exercises, podcasts, and create wellbeing to do lists in the app to help look after themselves and connect with the veteran community. 

The Samaritans Veterans App is available to download (Samaritans Veterans) on your phone from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) or use the desktop version here: Samaritans Veterans app | How we can help | Samaritans 
 

002 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.

003  PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS AND THE GREAT WAR by Katherine Dack
 

Sergeant Thomas Charles Benfield

 
Thomas was born in Leicester during January 1889.  Having finished his schooling, he trained and worked alongside family members as a boot rivetter.  Thomas started his footballing career by playing for Leicester teams of, Old Boys, Regiment, Nomads and Fosse. Making two hundred and thirty-four appearances between 1910 to 1914.  
 
He then signed for Derby County F.C. as a professional footballer playing outside right and inside forward, making thirty-eight appearances when he was available. He met and married Elsie during his time at Derby.
 
Thomas enlisted soon after war was declared, and after intensive training he, and his fellow soldiers, were sent over the Channel to France.  Thomas was a Sergeant with the Leicestershire Regiment and was aged just twenty-nine years when he was killed during action on the front line during the 19th September 1918 by a sniper at Equancort and Heudicort on the Somme during the 100-day offensive.  He was killed immediately.
 
He was buried at the Varennes Military Cemetery.  Thomas is also commemorated on the Derby County memorial.
 
The passion and talent for playing football must run through Thomas’s family as in 2012 his great grandnephew, Ben Swift, was signed by Leicester City F.C.


 

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Arthur Clamp

 

Arthur was born in Sneinton, Nottingham, on the 1st May 1884.  Having finished his education at the local school, Arthur learned his trade in the construction industry being a bricklayer and joiner / carpenter. 
 
He played footballer as a professional centre half and made two hundred and seventy-five appearances in the black and white stripes for Notts. County F.C. from 1906 to 1915.  Arthur met and married Annie.  They moved to 27 Sedgeley Avenue in Sneinton, Nottingham which was a very nice semi-detached house with a lovely bay window. 
 
Arthur was conscripted in April 1918 and after training in England he, and his comrades, duly arrived, with the 7th Battalion Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment as a Private.  Arthur arrived at the front during the 2nd Somme offensive.  It was only his third day on the front line on 23rd August 1918, that he was seriously wounded at Trones Wood. 
 
He was sent back to Blighty and was evacuated to the military hospital at Stoke on Trent.  Unfortunately, the operation did not work and Arthur died on the 19th September 1918, aged thirty-four years old. 
 
He was buried at the St. Pauls Church Cemetery in Sneinton.  He was remembered on the war memorial at St. Stephens church and there was a detailed article in the Nottingham Evening Post on the 20th September 1918.

 

004 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

 


Mark Dack
for Executive Committee

 

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