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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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Patron: HRH The Princess Royal

President: Brig P Dennis CBE 

  

19 April 2024       WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 15 Issue 16

OBITUARY


24111548 C/Sgt Henderson Bradshaw

It is with great sadness that we report the death of 24111548 C/Sgt Henderson (Andy) Bradshaw of the Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiments who died on April 10 2024.

Henderson served in the Milan Platoon in Hemer, Germany.  He was a keen sportsman who played cricket and  competed in the Inter Coy Boxing Championships.

Henderson also served as a PSI with B Coy 3WFR.

Andy’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 14 May in Edmonton Crematorium North London at 12:00hrs.,

The family have requested a Bugler and Standard Bearers if possible.
Please contact Robert King on Facebook know as soon as possible so that this can be arranged.

001  BADAJOZ DAY AT NOTTINGHAM CASTLE

 

On 6 April, members of The Mercin Regiment joined members of the WFRA to commemorate the Badajoz Battle Honour, at Nottingham Castle. Councillor Carole McCulloch The Lord Mayor of Nottingham also joined us and gave an address to those gathered, after the Red Jacket was raised. 

Special thanks to Lt Dulson (1M) for reading the citation and Act of Remembrance, CSM Walton (4M) for taking the parade and Cpl Thornton & Pte Bramley for bringing the Regimental Mascot.

Following the commemorations, all were invited to visit the gallery where the Curator talked to us about some of the exhibits.

 

002  PRAYER & PICNIC WITH THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY AT THE                CRICH MEMORIAL.  

We were honoured to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury to The Regimental Memorial at Crich on Saturday 13 April. 

          

The weather stayed dry for the picnic and prayers where many spent time together and prayed for all those in The Church of England in Derbyshire. The Archbishop of Canterbury led a clypping prayer together, to remembered those no longer with us, those in pain or struggling and prayers were said for our schools, churches and communities.

The children wrote prayers and attached them to the railings to the tower and these have now been taken to Derby Cathedral

003  1 FORESTERS IN CYPRUS FEBRUARY 1963-64 (Continued) 

5. THE GREEN LINE IN NICOSIA (Continued)

By late March matters had quietened down, though sporadic incidents still occurred. What follows are some of the stranger happenings.

Kyrenia Gate Patrols

One of the perks was the early morning Kyrenia Gate patrol. It was a requirement to go to the area of the Kyrenia Gate to oversee the inspection of lorries coming into Nicosia from the North of the island carrying oranges or lemons.

The inspection of lorries was often achieved by the police tipping out all the orange or lemon sacks then expecting the driver to reload them after a cursory search.

The real bonus for us was that there was always a hawker selling freshly cooked pancakes at the gate, so there was never a shortage of volunteers for these early morning duties.

The Flying Bedstead

At the end of Kymakli Street was one of the local anomalies in the battalion's area.

A section from another company (It is thought they were either from the Drums Platoon or Assault Pioneers. Someone might remember.)

They had the misfortune(?) of being allocated a prominent building that controlled a road junction into the Bn's area. Unfortunately it was incomplete when they moved in as construction work had been in progress prior to December 1963 when British Forces took over.

Faced with a property with no doors or windows and inadequate protection the section based there were a little dissatisfied with the quality of accommodation. They duly set about completing the construction without access to plans, construction experts or building inspectors, but with a considerable degree of enthusiasm as well as the materials that were on site.

Eventually a strange castellated construction surrounded by scaffolding emerged. Control of the traffic barrier was from the ramparts of the building, a builders barrow lift became the quick way of getting to the top and the whole thing became know as The Flying Bedstead.

Unfortunately I have not been able to access any pictures of this construction but I am sure they are out there somewhere.

The Protection of Property Incident

As explained last week many platoons and sections were billeted in properties vacated by the local population when the Green Line was implemented. The properties closest to the Green Line were left to us as they were in the line of fire between the communities. On taking them over they were usually partially sandbagged to prevent shots penetrating the walls.

One of the sandbagged section properties on The Green Line in Nicosia

Cpl B……'s section had one of this type of properties. Its immediate surrounds were open to allow for an all round field of fire.

The section concerned had put out washing on a clothes line overnight and were upset to find that the next morning certain items had been pilfered. The Section Commander on passing on the details of the loss was told it was not good enough to have theft like this occurring and to use his initiative to prevent further losses.

Using initiative involved taking enamel dinner plates, inverting them and painting them khaki and then carrying out correct military minelaying procedures in and around their bungalow. The thefts stopped!

A few days later the Daily Mail led with the headline "British Troops lay landmines in Nicosia." and a confused Bn HQ wanted to know who was the guilty party. The "landmines" were duly lifted later the same day!

004  BUDDY BUDDY VETERANS GROUP CHESTERFIELD
 

005  VETERANS HABITS STUDY

The School of Psychology at Swansea University are looking to understand the pathways to harmful gambling and the access to interventions that will lead to policy and practice solutions alongside their partners at Anglia Ruskin University and AnonyMind. Please see the images below for more information.

To take part in the survey please click HERE

 

 

006  FACEBOOK MARKET PLACE SCAM

Fraudulent buyers are leaving Derbyshire Facebook sellers out of pocket – here’s how you can keep safe if you’re having a spring clear out.

The reports we’ve received involve the buyer turning up to collect with a fake proof of payment, such as a screenshot of a bank transfer or payment receipt. This screenshot is then used to convince the sellers to hand over the goods.

However, when the seller checks their bank account, they never received the money and they’re left out of pocket.

Our Sock it to the Scammers video highlights how to protect against this type of scam. Including to always verify that you’ve received payment through a trusted means such as your online banking app or a trusted payment provider.

Tammy Barnes, Derbyshire Constabulary’s Fraud Protect Officer, said: "Most sellers feel inclined to trust a buyer who comes to their house or public place to pick up and pay for items, it has a personal touch. Sellers whether online or in person may be conned by a buyer who claims to have transferred the money but it must be experiencing a delay.

"Unfortunately if you allow a buyer to leave before payment has been received, you may never see the item or the scammer who stole it again.

“Our advice is ‘Stop. Think fraud.’ Don’t be rushed into any decisions and make sure the balance has appeared in your bank account or account with the selling site before sending your items.”

Our #SockItToTheScammers campaign launched earlier this year, with other videos focussing on issues such as romance fraud and fake police phone calls. The campaign has resulted in members of the public remembering the Stop. Think. Tell. advice and stopping the scam in its tracks.

Recent cases in Derbyshire have shown just how much of an impact a marketplace scam can have, with sellers losing out on thousands of pounds by handing over items such as technology, jewellery and vehicles without receiving payment.

In Derbyshire, phones and laptops are the most common items that scammers will take without payment.

For more information on how to avoid online Market Place scams click HERE

 

007  LOST CONTACT
Mario Carbonaro is trying to contact Ben Hoyle who served with the Mercian Regiment 2008-2015 as they have lost contact.

Mario can be contacted at mariocarbonaro@hotmail.com

008  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 12

 


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