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It is with regret that we inform you that 23515671 Pte Gordon Robert KEETLEY (also known as Robert England) of Nottingham died on 2 February 2017 aged 76.  Gordon was called up as a National Serviceman in June 1957 and joined the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Malaya and Borneo before moving to 17th Ghurka Division.  He left the Army in June 1960.  His funeral is to take place at Wilford Hill Crematorium, Nottingham on Monday 27 February 2017 at 0940 hours.  Refreshments afterwards at the Coopers Arms (Top House), Hoewood Road, Bulwell. Family flowers only but donations may be made to Army of Angels.                     

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It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 24184623 WO2 Trevor Dennis KEMP.  In 1967 Trevor went to George Street Recruiting Office to join the Regular Army, unfortunately due to a childhood illness he did not pass the medical.  The Recruiting Sgt told him that if he really wanted to join the army he should try the TA.  On 12 April 1967 he went to the Old Post Office building at Canning Circus and Joined the 5th/8th Foresters.  Shortly after he joined they moved to Triumph Road Drill Hall where he spent three years before they were re-badged as the 1st Btn The Mercian Volunteers.  Trevor served with D Coy until 24 June 1989 when the 1st and 2nd Btn The Mercian Volunteers formed the 4th Btn WFR.  He served in Nottingham with D Coy 4 WFR and when they were disbanded Trevor moved to HQ Coy 3 WFR where he served until 12 August 1996.  The funeral will take place on Monday 23rd December at 13:00hrs.
The family have requested no flowers and donations to their chosen charities can be made on the day. 
Gedling Methodist Church Gedling Road, Carlton , Nottingham NG4 3EX.
There will be a wake afterwards at the Willowbrook Public House 13 Main Street, Gedling, Nottingham.

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It is with regret that I inform you that No 22672923 Sgt Maurice Kilminster, member of the Derby Branch WFRA, passed away on Sunday 16 June.

Born 1.1.1932 Maurice was called up for National Service on 15.5.1952 and discharged 6.5.1954.  He served with the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters.  Maurice re-enlisted as Regular on 12.2.1960 and served in the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters and was discharged on 5.1.1982 with the 1st Battalion WFR.

He was awarded the GSM clasp Malaya, UN Cyprus and LS & GC

Berlin Orbat 1972 shows him with Command Company as a Cpl storeman

Information taken from 1WFR nominal roll Belize Sept 1978: Serving with HQ Coy as Families Office Sgt and shown as rear party. F & F dated April 1981 Lists him as a Sgt 1WFR The funeral will take place on Tuesday 9 July at 11.20 hrs. At The Mail Chapel, Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby DE22 4NH. Standards and Association members welcome. Messages of condolence can be sent to Mrs Pat Kilminster, 10 Walton Avenue, Allenton, Derby. DE24 9JE.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23682623 Cpl Brian (Buster) KIMMONS of Bolsover, Derbyshire died on 3 September 2012 aged 72. Buster served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Malaya 1958 to 1961 and left the Army on 7 October 1964. His funeral is to take place
on Monday 17 September 2012 at Bolsover Methodist Church at 1230 hours. Standards are requested to attend.
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It is with sadness that I report the death of 24279496 Private Barry Michael King who died on 25 December aged 64.  
Barry was born in Nottingham on 1 December 1956.  He served with the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland where he was wounded in a bomb explosion at Marcus Square, Newry, NI.  In September 1978 he served in Belize with Sp Coy (Mort Platoon). 

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It is with regret that we inform you that 14704066 Pte Eric Raymond KING of Warley, West Midlands died on 25 September 2016 aged 91.  Eric was called up in January 1944 and on completion of training was posted to the 6th Battalion The North Staffordshire Regiment with which he went to France 23 days after D Day.  In August 1944 he was posted  as a re-inforcement to 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment after the crossing of the Orme and served with B Coy. On 20 September he moved with the Battalion in the long column to Eindhoven where the Battalion went forward to Elst and after fierce fighting cleared the town on 25 September.  The next major battle for the Worcestershire Regiment was Tripsrath in November.  In May 1945 Eric was again posted, this time to 2nd Battalion The Warwickshire Regiment and with it served in Palestine and Egypt.  He was demobbed from the Army in December 1947.  In civilian life Eric became a postman.  His funeral has taken place.

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It is with sadness we report that 14165488 Sgt Stephen KINSON of Ilkeston, Derbyshire died on 23 June 2012 aged 88. Stephen enlisted into the 2ndt Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in April 1947 at Nathania in Palestine. In 1949 he was seconded to the Royal Leicester Regiment and served with it in Hong Kong and Korea before being posted back to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in May 1953. He remained with the 1st Battalion, serving in Malaya, UK and Cyprus before leaving the
Army in March 1969.

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 It is with sadness we report that Worcester Branch Member 22492451 Cpl Robert "Bomber" KNOWLES passed away in Gloucester Hospital on Sunday 8 January 2017 after a long illness. Bomber enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment, MT Platoon. Serving 20 years, in Malaya, British Guiana, Germany, Cyprus and UK. Robert`s two sons also enlisted into the Regiment. In civilian life Robert was employed as a Ministry of Defence Policeman, then as a driving instructor. His funeral will be held at 1215 hours on Monday 6 February at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB. Standards and members welcome. Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Jean Knowles. 10 The Hamptons, Wellington Road, Ombersley. Worcestershire. WR9 0EA.
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We regret to announce the death in April 2020 of 23702049 C/Sgt William F Lainsbury aged 79.  He enlisted on 7 May 1959 and served in 1 Worc R in Minden, Gibraltar and Tobruk before being posted as a Sgt recruiter to Birmingham in 1968.  On joining 1 WFR he served in N Ireland and spent his last two years before discharge in 1977 as a QPSI with 1 Mercian.
The funeral has taken place.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 24515448 Pte John LAKING of Torquay died recently in Rowcroft Hospice, Avenue Road, Torquay TQ2 5LS aged 62.  John served with C Coy 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 26 April 1979 to 25 April 1981.  No funeral details known.

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It is with regret that we inform you  that Arthur Lambert ex Worcetser    & psi Kidderminster has passed away.(more exact details will be published when informed Arthur's funeral will be on Monday 28th July 2014  at 1200hrs at:- Wyre Forest Crematorium & Cemetery Minster Road Stourport on Severn  WorcestershireDY13 8DE Telephone 01562 740850 Afterwards at The Kidderminster Masonic Centre (The Kidderminster Cricket Club Ground), Chester Road North (Offmore Lane), Kidderminster, DY10 1TH. To which all are invited.

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It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 311456 Capt Peter Rex LANGHAM MC who died on 9 February 2019 in a care home in Cheltenham, aged 94.  Peter joined the Sherwood Foresters on an Emergency Commission, as a 2Lt on 4 Mar 1944.  He was promoted to Lt on 4 September 1944 and then to a Temp Capt on 26 Jul 1946.  He was awarded the MC in 1945 for actions when serving in North West Europe.  He also held the 39-45 Star, France and Germany Star and the War Medal.

His funeral will take place on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at 1330 hours at Willow Chapel, Cheltenham Crematorium, Bouncers Lane, Cheltenham GL52 5LT.  Peter’s wife is now in a care home and there are no children, relatives or friends to attend the funeral.  The RBL Cheltenham will be attending and would welcome the regimental family to attend to honour this World War II veteran.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 22219593 WO2 Ivor J LANGSTONE MBE of Uttoxeter died on 12 September 2012 aged 85. Ivor served with the Royal Air Force during his National Service and on discharge in 1948 he joined the 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment TA. He then transferred to the Regular Army in July 1958 and served with the 1st battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in the Caribbean, N Africa, BAOR, Gibraltar, Tobruk, Cyprus, N Ireland and UK. He remained with the regiment on amalgamation in 1970. In 1972 he served in Berlin as Weapons Training Warrant Officer with 1 WFR Command Coy. He also served with B Company 1st Battalion Mercian Volunteers as their Senior PSI and was a major influence in the
development of the Company where he was an excellent PSI and a very good ambassador of the Regiment. He left 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on 19 December 1977.                                                                     

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It is with regret we inform you that 4976669 Sgt Francis Alan LAWMAN of Worksop, Nottinghamshire died on 1 January 2013 aged 92. Titch joined 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1937 and served in UK, Norway and Northern Ireland before being transferred to the Recce Corps in 1941 (becoming REME in 1942) and served in Iraq, Palestine, Tunisia, Italy (Salerno and Anzio) before being returned to Haifa on medical grounds. In 1949 he rejoined 8th Battalion and was promoted to Sgt and given the new number of 22220840. He was discharged in 1961 after 24 years service.                                                                                                            .....................................

It is with sadness that we inform you that 23701751 Peter LAWRENCE of Chesterfield, Derbyshire died on 1 November 2012. Peter joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1958 and left it in 1967. He served in the West Indies, BAOR, UK and Gibraltar.                                                                                         .......................................

It is with regret that we inform you that Worcester Branch member 23000153 Cpl Michael John LAYLAND passed away in Worcester Royal Hospital, on the 19th April 2017 aged 81years, after a short illness.

Mike was born in Worcester in 1935 and enlisted as a National Serviceman into The Worcestershire Regiment at Norton Barracks, Worcester in 1953. Mike undertook a PT instructors course at Oswestry, where in July 1954, as a L/Cpl he won the Inter-Section Flag Competition. Mike went on to serve at Iserlohn, Germany before returning to Norton Barracks as PTI Instructor. During his service Mike was a member of a shooting team.

On discharge from the Regiment Mike worked as a fireman on British Rail, later becoming a train driver. On leaving British Rail in 1981 Mike ran his own security business called 'Shopwatch'. Mike enjoyed fishing and followed horse racing closely, being a supporter of the Injured Jockeys Club. Mike spent several years as Chairman of the City Council’s Racing Committee and was made an honorary life member of Worcester Racecourse in 1988.

In Public life, Mike became very well known in Worcester and beyond. He worked tirelessly for many charities and organisations. He was Chairman of Worcester Carnival committee for 27 years. In 1966 Mike became a Labour Councillor, later in 1972/73 he became City Chamberlain and then 1973/74 the last High Sheriff of Worcester. His first time as Mayor of Worcester was in 1981, and then as an independent Councillor Mike again became Mayor of Worcester in 2010. He took the salute at the official closing of Norton Barracks in 2011. At a Worcester Branch meeting in 2014, to much applause, Mike received the news that he had become an Honorary Freeman of the City of Worcester, famous others being Lord Nelson who was the first recipient and Winston Churchill in 1950.

After Mike’s death the local press carried endless tributes, memories and photographs of his work in the local community of Worcester, from hosting royalty in his official roles, to the aid of small charities and groups. Mike’s title in the press obituaries was 'Mr Worcester'

The funeral service will be held at 14:30hrs on Friday 19th May 2017 at Worcester Cathedral. 8 College yard, Worcester. WR1 2LA . Family flowers only with donations to The Injured Jockeys Club.

Standards welcome, with Worcester Branch Members to form a Guard of Honour outside the Cathedral.

The service will be followed by a private cremation for family and close friends only.

Mourners are invited to the upstairs Assembly Room, The Guildhall ,High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY.

Letters of condolence can be sent to, June Layland . 75 Shap Drive, Warndon, Worcester. WR4 9NR.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23248517 LCpl Kenneth LEA of Nottingham died on 17 May 2012 aged 76. Ken joined the Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman on 16 August 1955 and was discharged on 15 August 1958. After his Army service he worked at the Sugar Factory in Newark before becoming a lorry driver. His last job before retiring was as caretaker at Milford Primary School in Clifton.
His funeral is to take place at 1115 hours on Friday 1 June 2012 at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote. Standards are invited.

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It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of  22288147 WO2 Raymond A Leadbeater BEM who passed away on 9 February aged 88.
Raymond was born on 14 December 1931 and enlisted on 12 September 1949 recruit then to 1 Bn Worc Reg untill 17 February 1964.  Mercian Depot Permenant Staff 18 February 1964 to 14 September 1966, 1 Worc Reg 15 September 1966 to 12 January 1969, Mercian Depot PS 13 January 1969 to 31 July 1972, PSI Mercian Volunteers, 01 August 1972 - ROD 13 December 1976 .Raymond served in UK, Malaya, BAOR and the West Indies.  He finished his military career in Colwyn Bay with RRW as an MOD employee.

The funeral of Raymond Leadbeater will be on Friday 06 March 2020 at 14:30 at Pentre Bychan Crematorium, Pentre-Bychan Rd, Rhostyllen, Wrexham LL14 4EP.
Family flowers only and donations will go to Ward 14, Glan Clwyd Hospital.
There will be proceedings afterwards but details are yet to be finalised.
Please let me know if you are attending so that I can give Sue (Ray’s daughter) an idea of numbers. newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

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It is with sadness that we inform you that 23580147 Pte Kenneth (Ken) Edmund LEEK died on 16 January 2016.   Ken enlisted into the Catering Corps in August 1958 before joining the  1st Bn the Worcestershire Regiment and served as a Regimental Cook, serving with them throughout his career, including in the West Indies, until his discharge in August 1960. The family have extended an invitation to the WFRA to attend the funeral: Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 1310 hours. St. Benedict Biscop Church, Church Road, Wolverhampton WV5 9EZ

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It is with regret that we notify you that 23534001 CSgt John LEIGHTON of Upton on Severn died on Monday 9 July 2018 aged 75.  John enlisted as a boy soldier in 1965 and joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment serving in Minden, Gibraltar and Tobruk and with 1 WFR in N Ireland and Cyprus. He soon established a reputation as a fine shot and was a member of successful Bisley teams from 1965 until discharge in 1982. A natural shot he was arguably the most accomplished all-round marksman of the WFR era. He was a member of the Army 100 (rifle) 12 times, winning both the Silver Jewel (2nd place) and the Bronze Jewel (3rd place) twice. and was placed in the machine-gun, SMG and Pistol XXXs a total of 19 times. He was a member of the Army Rifle, SMG and Pistol teams on 14 occasions and of Army International teams 4 times. His greatest individual achievement was winning the NRA Service rifle championship in 1980.  An exceptional record over many years which brought great credit to the regiment.  The funeral will be held at 1200 hours on Monday 30 July at Upton-upon-Severn Parish Church WR8 9JQ.

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It is with sadness we inform you that 5253920 Pte Edward James (Benny) LENCH of Kidderminster died on 10 December 2013 aged 95.  Benny enlisted in November 1939 at Norton Barracks and was posted to 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment where he served with 13 Platoon C Company until August 1941 when he transferred to the Royal Engineers No 40 Movement Control. He left the Army in May 1946

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It is with regret that we inform you that Lt Col Derek LESTER of Wirksworth, Derbyshire died on 25 January 2012. Derek was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in May 1946 and then
served with the Special Air Service 1955 to 1957, the Trucial Oman Scouts 1962 to 1964, then with MI 6 in 1965. He then served with the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion 1966 to 1967 before being posted as a Lt Col with Quatar Armed Forces in 1968. This was followed by an appointment as a Col Chief of Staff in 1972. Derek retired from the Army in April 1978.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 23685890 Cpl David LICENCE of Humberstone, Leicester died on 19 September 2012 aged 71. Dave enlisted into The Royal Leicestershire Regiment in December 1958 and joined its 1st Battalion in Germany where he served in B Coy. He then
transferred into the Sherwood Foresters in February 1962 and served with the 1st Battalion in MT later joining A Coy and serving with it in Cyprus and Munster. He left the Regiment in December 1967 and then joined the TA in 1972. Dave was a staunch member of Derby WFRA.

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It is with regret that we inform you that 24866936 Cpl Timothy John LUNDY of Worcester died on 16 March 2017 aged 44 years. Timothy joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in January 1990. Whilst with B Company 1 WFR he served two tours in Northern Ireland and saw service in Jordan, Yugoslavia, Cyprus and Bosnia. In 1997 Timothy transferred to the Royal Military Police, being discharged on 28th September in Bulford with Exemplary conduct. In civilian life Timothy was employed in protective security in Baghdad, Iraq protecting the British Embassy Diplomats and staff. After this he joined Wiltshire Constabulary then the Metropolitan Police achieving 3 Commendations and Advanced level two driving qualification. The Funeral will be held at 1215 hours on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.  Family flowers only, a collection will be held in aid of SSAFFA Worcester / RBL.   Standards and Members welcome.   After the service mourners are invited to the Retreat at Norton, Worcester WR5 2PT. Letters of condolence may be sent to Timothy`s Sister, Karen Hunt. 55 Mandalay Drive, Norton. Worcestershire. WR5 2PL.

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