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12 OBITUARIES 14/01/2022 

5th August 2022

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that 23966863 Sergeant Colin (Lofty) Banfield passed away on 1st August 2022. Colin Served with the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and later The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. He was a stalwart and supporter of the Chesterfield branch, and along with others from Mablethorpe tended Martin Robinson's Grave during the Pandemic. Condolences have been sent to his Widow Margaret and family.


It is with sadness that we report that Worcester Branch member  23327202 Pte Arthur Jones died at Redditch Hospital on Sunday 24th July 2022.
Arthur enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment on the 19th July 1956. Arthur served in the 1st Battalion at Honduras. He was discharged on 18th July 1958.
In civilian Arthur was a driver working for a bread delivery company and then Midland Red Buses.
Arthur was a much liked member of Worcester Branch who along with his late wife Mo raised funds by holding garden parties at their home that were very enjoyable and well appreciated. As well as the parties Arthur and Mo are fondly remembered for the pickles they made for the members and the mince pies that were brought to the December branch meetings.
Arthur`s funeral will take place at 10:00hrs on Wednesday 24th August 2022 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8HA.
Standards, Bugle and members welcome.
Letters of condolence can be sent to Arthur`s son:-
Mr Andrew Jones 29 Oldbury Road, St Johns, Worcester. WR2 6AA.

22nd July 2022

It is with sadness that we inform you that 25034850 Pte Mark A CRUM of Nottingham, died on 8 June 2022 aged 47.  Mark joined 1 WFR on 23 August 1994 and left on 31 August 2001.  His funeral has taken place.

21st July 2022

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 23418875 John "Curly" Laming, who passed away on Tuesday 5th July aged 85.
John completed his basic training in Derby in 1957 before joining the 1st Battalion at Norton Barracks, Worcester.  John joined the Signal Platoon and after completing his training he was deployed to Malaya on the troopship MS Dilwara.  John was demobbed in 1959.
Johns funeral is at St Mary's Church, Broughton on Friday the 22nd of July 2022 at 11.00am for service prior to interment at Appleby Lane Cemetery. Family flowers only please but donations would be gratefully accepted for "Cancer Research UK" c/o Jason Threadgold Funeral Director 19-21 Old Courts Road Brigg, Nth Lincs DN20 8JD Tel: (01652) 638888 Would John's friends please meet at St Mary's Church, Broughton.

15th July 2022

 Major Edwin Nabokov-Martin died on the 15th June 2022 in Bristol aged 91.
Edwin was born in Olkusz, Poland in December 1930, the son of Leonard Martin, who won the Military Cross serving in Italy. His mother's family had relatives who had served with the Russian Imperial Army prior to the revolution and she was the cousin of Vladimir Nabokov, the author.
After education at Gosfield School Edwin joined the British Army as a National Serviceman in July 1950 in the Intelligence Corps before completing his officer training at Eaton Hall. He then earned a Short Service Commission with the Essex Regiment before being granted a Regular Commission with the 2nd Bn The Sherwood Foresters in September 1953.
Though serving with the Sherwood Foresters as a Platoon Commander, Company 2i/c and as a Company Commander much of Edwin's service was away from the regiment. As a linguist he spoke fluent Russian, Polish, German and Mandarin and therefore had an unusual career pattern. In mid 1957 to early 1959 he served on Special Employment in Ghana as Adjutant, Ghana Regiment and at the Training Centre.
Edwin then served as a Company Commander at the Depot in Derby in 1961 before returning to the 1st Battalion in N. Ireland. There then followed a posting as GSO3 (SD) in HQ MIDEAST LAND FORCES in Aden 1964-66 during the Aden Emergency. In 1970 Edwin moved to Hong Kong as a Linguist/IO in HQ FARELF.
On amalgamation he served with 1WFR in 1972 - 73 in Berlin before postings with the RAF in Gutersloh as an Air Liaison Officer and then with the Army School of Instruction, the Army School of Recruiting and HQ BAOR.
Edwin retired from the regular army in 1981 becoming the director of a property company, though he was also involved in the Foreign and Commonwealth Technical Assistance Programme called the Know How Fund (KHF) which Margaret Thatcher’s government launched in the spring of 1989 to encourage Poland’s transition from communism to democracy and free-market capitalism.
This was subsequently extended to other countries of central and eastern Europe and might be considered a novel experiment in what the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, would later term ‘transformational diplomacy’. The programme had influence upon the transitional process in the lands of the former Soviet bloc; its part in easing the potentially destabilising effects of revolutionary change in Europe.
Edwin married Caroline Milton in June 1955 though she predeceased him.
On retirement he and Caroline had relocated to the Woodford Valley, near Salisbury. Edwin was a strong supporter of the Sherwood Foresters Officers' Club.
A Thanksgiving Service will be held on 31 August 2022 at 2.00pm at All Saints, Middle Woodford, Salisbury, SP4 6NP. Letters of condolence should be sent to The Revd Rupert Martin 17, Oldfield Road, BRISTOL BS8 4QQ or by email to rupertmartin333@gmail.com

17th June 2022

The funeral of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Ian Maule (Tim) Ffinch TD will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church, Elvaston, Derby DE72 3EP on Monday 4th July at 11am.

FUNERAL DETAILS The funeral of  Suzanne Gabb, widow of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Gabb will take place on Tuesday 21st June at 16:00hrs at Woking Crematorium Hermitage Road GU21 8TJ opposite Winston Churchill School and afterwards at “The Drumming Snipe” GU22 9QT.
Please can those who wish to attend confirm their attendance by email,  Anthony Gabb, at anthonygabb@gmail.com

10th June 2022

We regret to inform you that Suzanne Gabb, widow of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Gabb OBE, died on 3rd June 2022. Married in 1953, she supported Michael throughout his career with the Worcestershire Regiment particularly when he commanded the 1st Battalion in Gibraltar and Bulford 1966-69, and latterly when he was at Regimental Headquarters the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment at Norton Barracks 1986-1990. Her funeral will be in Surrey and details will be promulgated when known. Condolences can  be sent to her son, Anthony Gabb, at anthonygabb@gmail.com

13th May 2022

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 517616 Major Anthony ‘Butch’ MARSHALL passed away recently aged 61.  Butch joined 3 WFR and served with E Company as an Officer Cadet and became 2Lt on 21 Nov 1983 and was promoted to Lt on 21 Nov 1985.  He served with A, B & HQ Companies and was promoted to Capt on 1 Aug 1989 and Maj on 29 June 1993 as OC of C Company. He was a very loyal officer who lead by example.  He had an excellent sense of humour and was respected and liked by the men under his command and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Further details will be published, once known.

29th April 2022

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 23491392 Pte Brian ‘Adge’ HARRISON, of Hull, died on 8 March 2022, aged 83.  Adge joined The Sherwood Foresters on 2 October 1956 and served in the UK, BAOR and Malaya.  He was discharged from the army on 1 October 1967.  Following his discharge, Adge worked as a Council grounds keeper.  His funeral took place on 22 March at Hull Crematorium

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 24653623 Pte Mark Anthony Johnson who passed away on 28 March 2022.
Mark enlisted in 1989 and served with B Company 3WFR at Sutton in Ashfield and HQ Company Chilwell with the Signals Platoon, he was discharged in 1999.  Mark's funeral was held on 26 April 2022.       

A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the life of Helen Waters, the wife of Colonel Robin Waters, is to be held at The Church of St Mary The Virgin’s Church, Upavon, Wilts on Thursday 5 May 2022 at 14.30 pm and afterwards for refreshments at The Ship Inn Upavon. Donations in memory of Helen may be sent to Salisbury Hospice Charity, Odstock Road, Salisbury SP2 8BJ Tel 01722 416 353.

22nd April 2022

Captain Robin Anthony Hitchcock died on 8th April 2022 in Ipswich Hospital aged 83. He had been ill for several weeks following an operation in the same hospital. Robin Hitchcock was born on 25 May 1938 and after leaving school he joined the Hampshire Regiment  and then was selected for officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in August 1958, joining the 1st Bn in Malaya as a Platoon Commander in the last years of the Malay Emergency. He held the GSM clasp Malaya and the Pingat Jasa Medal. He stayed with the battalion on its return to Crookham as an Anti-Tank Platoon Commander and then moved with the battalion on its posting to Holywood, Belfast. During this tour  Robin transferred to the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) in Muscat, Oman serving as a temporary Major in Suwayhan, a desert outpost between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. He returned to the 1st Bn in Colchester in 1965 as a Company 2i/c then, when the 1st Bn moved to Munster in Germany in their role as a Mechanised Infantry Battalion, he became Adjutant. The Battalion re-equipped with new AFV432 Mk II's as part of 6 Mechanised Brigade. During this period Robin was remembered as a colourful character and those who knew him well will have many tales to tell. On leaving the Army in 1968 prior to amalgamation he joined the Abu Dhabi Defence Force. After this he joined  Brinkmann Tobacco, the German part of Rothmans Group in Hamburg before joining Carreras Rothmans in Bahrein in 1972.  He then moved to Saudi Arabia as the Country Manager based in Jeddah, before working directly for Ali Zaid Al Quraishi, the Carreras Saudi Distributor. On retirement he moved to East Suffolk and lived in Iken and then Boyton where he was a British Legion representative doing much for the Suffolk Branch of the British Legion with General Sir Pat Howard-Dobson. Robin's funeral takes place in St Andrews' Church, Boyton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3LQ. on Friday 29 April 2022 at 2pm. Letters of condolence should be sent to Robin's step-son: Mr Toby Berridge, Richmond House, Gedgrave, Suffolk IP12 2BU or 07932 725133 or fionaberridge@btinternet.com The family has also asked that people intending to attend the funeral contact Toby and Fiona so they have an idea of numbers for attendance at the church and for catering at a wake to be held afterwards at Richmond House.

FUNERAL DETAILS The funeral of Mrs Margaret Leman, wife of Colonel Richard Leman the first Commanding Officer of 1WFR, will be at Semington Crematorium Devizes Road, Trowbridge BA14 6HL at 12.15 on Thursday 12th May, and afterwards for a Buffet Lunch at The Milk Churn Commerce Way, Melksham SN12 6AD (approx. 1 mile from The Crematorium).  Condolences can be sent to James Leman at james@springgroundsfarm.com

15th April 2022

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 465087 Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Ian Maule (Tim) Ffinch TD died on Thursday 14th April 2022.  Born on 22nd October 1939, he started at Mons Officer Training School in November 1959 and was commissioned into 2nd East Anglian Regiment as a Second Lieutenant in May 1960; after commanding a platoon, he became Lieutenant Training BAOR in October 1961.  He was transferred to 5/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (TA) on 12th June 1963 as Platoon Commander from DSSC 2nd East Anglian Regiment (Reserve of Officers), transferring to The Mercian Volunteers in April 1967.  Promoted Captain on 1st April 1967, he assumed the appointment of 2i/c of a Rifle Company and, upon promotion to Major in April 1970, he took command of a Rifle Company.  He transferred to 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in April 1973 and, in May 1979, he took over as Battalion Second in Command.  Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel on 10th October 1980, he took over command of East Midlands University Officer Training Corps.  He became Sponsor Officer of D Company The Mercian Volunteers from April 1984 and of D Company 4th Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from April 1988.  He was awarded the Territorial Distinction. Details of Tim's funeral are not yet known but anyone who wishes to write in condolence to his widow should write to Mrs Ingrid Ffinch, 7 John's Road, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham  NG12 2GW.


We regret to announce the death of Captain Robin Hitchcock, late the Sherwood Foresters, in Ipswich Hospital on 8th April 2022. His funeral is to be held on Friday 29th April at 14:00hrs in Boyton, East Suffolk. An obituary and further detail will be in next week's Newsletter. Letters of condolence should be sent to Robin's step daughter: Mrs Fiona Berridge, Richmond House, Gedgrave, Suffolk IP12 2BU or 07932 725133 


It is with great sadness that we inform you that 4985623 Pte John Allan PLATT of Beeston, Nottingham died on 6 April 2022 aged 99. John enlisted into the Army on 3 March 1941 , initially joining The Sherwood Foresters until his transfer to The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on 13 March 1943.  He served in North Africa from 1941-1942 and in Italy from 1942-1944  where on 23 November 1944 he was seriously wounded, believed to be when heading toward Bologna. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp, Italy Star, Defence Medal and the 1939-45 War Medal and was medically discharged from the Army on 17 August 1946.   Following discharge, John worked at Chilwell Depot (Chetwynd Barracks) and then as a messenger at Erricsons factory, Beeston.  He had been a member of RBL Beeston for 50 years. John’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 4 May at 1530 hours at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Beeston, NG9 3GJ. This will be followed by a wake at RBL Beeston, 16 Hall Croft, Beeston NG9 1EL. All Association members are invited to attend both and Standard Bearers are requested. 

We regret to report that Mrs Margaret Leman, widow of Col RGA Leman the first CO of 1 WFR, died on 8 April 2022.  Letters of condolence may be sent to her younger son James@springgroundsfarm.com

Edward Claude HAWKINS (Eddie) At rest on 31st March at his home in Burslem, aged 84 years. The dearly beloved husband of the late Betty, formerly of Middleport, much loved dad of James, loved father-in-law of Deborah, treasured grandad of Gemma and Michael (Tiger), a dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Funeral cortege from Birch House for a service at Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem on Tuesday 26th April at 12:30pm.  Followed by interment in Carmountside Lawn Cemetery. Will relatives and friends please accept this invitation and kindly meet at the church. Family flowers only please, donations preferred for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Donations and enquiries to Williamson Brothers Family Funeral Directors, Birch House, Birches Head Road, Hanley, ST1 6LH. Tel. 01782 212880.

8th April 2022

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 14901563 Pte Bernard ‘Blaggy’ William BLAGDON of Nottingham, died on 29 March 2022 aged 95. Blaggy joined the General Service Corps, with his twin brother George in 1943 and both then transferred to the Sherwood Foresters where they served under Montgomery in the Eighth Army.  Bernard was discharged from the Army on 9 August 1946.  In civilian life, he and his twin first worked for Adam & Co Dye House before joining British Gas until their retirement. Bernard’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 19 April 2022 at Northern Cemetery, Bulwell, 282 Hempshill Lane, Nottingham NG6 8PF at 1100 hours.  All Association Members and Standard Bearers are invited to attend. Flowers or donations for DMWS (hospital project Nottingham). Any further details can be obtained from the Assistant Regimental Secretary cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 23746755 Cpl Edward Hawkins on 3 April 2022. Edward served with 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Malaya and Northern Ireland. Edward was a long standing member of WFRA Derby Branch. Funeral details to follow.

1st April 2022

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 23427562 Pte Geoff Tomlinson on 12th March 2022.
Geoff enlisted with The Sherwood Foresters at Normanton Barracks in 1957 joining Inkerman Platoon.  Upon completion of his basic training he moved to Norton Barracks and joined the signals platoon until ne moved with the battalion to Malaya.  Geoff also served in Borneo and stayed with the signals platoon until he was demobbed in October 1959. The funeral will be held at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote NG9 3GJ on Friday 8th April at 12:30hrs.  Attendance will be limited, please check with the family. Letters of condolence can be sent to guygtomlinson@gmail.com

25th March 2022

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Helen Waters, wife of Colonel Robin Waters died on 20th March 2022. Helen will be remembered with great fondness by A Company in particular when they were in West Berlin and also by the Instructing Staff and many recruits when Robin Commanded the Prince of Wales's Division Depot at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield. Details of Helen's funeral will follow when known.

4th March 2022

It is with sadness that we inform you that 22353240 Pte John ‘Brownie’ Roy BROWN of Stafford, died on 15 February 2022 aged 90.  Brownie joined the Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman.  It is thought that he enlisted in the early 1950's and served in Malaya and was a Bren Gunner. He was awarded the Malay and NS medal. His funeral will take place on Monday 14 March at 10.30 hours at Stafford Crematorium, Tixall Road, Stafford ST18 0XZ.  All are welcome to attend. Flowers or donations on the day.


It is with great sadness that we inform you that Jan Cross, wife of Rev Jim Cross, late WORC R and RAChD, died on Tuesday 1st March 2022.  Details of the funeral are not known. Letters of condolence may be sent to: Rev J S Cross MA CF, St David's, Redbrook Road, Monmouth  NP25 3LY

25th February 2022

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 23801248 Pte Derek A MAY of Derby, died on 15 February 2022 aged 83.  Derek joined the Army on 7 July 1960, serving with The Seaforth Highlanders before transferring to The Sherwood Foresters and during his time in the military, served in Singapore.  He was discharged on 6 January 1966. Derek’s funeral will take place on 7 March at Trent Valley Crematorium, Ashton-On-Trent at 1230 hours.  Donations can be made on the day and there will be a wake afterwards; details for both will be confirmed at the funeral.  The family extends an invitation for the regimental family to join them at both the funeral and the wake and would appreciate if any Standard Bearers are able to attend.


It is with great sadness that we inform you that 23685742 C/Sgt Robert Horace Speed of Mansfield,  died on 16 January 2022 aged 80.  Bob served with 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment and with 5 (Mansfield) Platoon, F (Notts HSF) Company 3WFR until 24 June 1994.
His funeral took place on Wednesday 23 February at Mansfield Crematorium.


It with great sadness that we inform you that 19038306 Cpl Gerald ‘Gerry’ A O’BRIEN of Suffolk died on 12 December 2021 aged 92.  Gerry was born in Leicester but spent most of his life before joining the Army, in Nottingham.  He originally enlisted into the General Service Corps in either late December 1946 or early 1947 and transferred to The Sherwood Foresters on 27 February 1947.  He served in the UK and Germany until his discharge on 16 October 1952.  He then joined the Reserves until 15 December 1958. After leaving the Army, Gerry worked in Sales and moved around the country before settling in Wickham Market, Suffolk. His funeral took place in Woodbridge, Suffolk on 29 December 2021.

18th February 2022

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Alison (widow of Lt Col John) Reynolds at the end of January.  Her funeral is at 14.30 hrs on Tuesday 22nd February at St Thomas's Church, Crown East, Worcester  WR2 6RJ with light refreshments in Rushwick Village Hall afterwards. Family flowers only. 
Letters of condolence may be sent to Alison's daughter, Mrs Anne Moran, c/o Bedwardine Funeral Services, 30 Bromyard Road, St Johns, Worcester  WR2 5BT.  
Donations, if desired, can be made through Bedwardine Funeral Services to be divided between St Thomas's Church and SSAFA."

28th January 2022

It is with sadness that we inform you  23892391 SGT Trevor BAYLIS of Worcester passed away on 16th January 2022 after a long battle with primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver. Trevor enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment, Mercian Bde on the 6th November 1961, serving in UK, N Africa, BAOR, Gibraltar, Tobruk, POW Div, UK, Cyprus (United Nations). WFR, UK N Ireland, Berlin. Trevor was awarded the UN Medal-Cyprus and GSM 1962 with class N.I. Trevor was the best shot in Somme Plt Nov 1962 other interests were Parachuting, proficiency award in canoeing. Certificate of education second class 1967, subjects military calculations and accounting, English, the army and map reading.
Trevor discharged on the 6th January 1975 at the rank of SGT. He joined the Mercian Volunteers Regiment 17th January 1985. Trevor completed school of Service Intelligence and served in F Coy  the HSF 1987, discharged 16th January 1988. 
In Civilian life Trevor worked at Royal Worcester Porcelain and also worked as a plumber and gas engineer. His hobbies and interests included the history of Worcester and collecting maps of the area. Photography with a lot of hid pictures published in the Worcester Evening News. Trevor was a member of the Hereford Parachute Club. In the 1980`s he used to love shooting at the Norton Rifle Club ranges, also enjoying walking. Trevor`s funeral will be on the 24th February 2022 at 15:15hrs Worcester Crematorium, Astwood Cemetery, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA. Standards, Bugle and Association members welcome.Afterwards 16:00hrs onwards at the Lyppard Grange, Ankerage Green, Worcester WR4 0DZ.
Letters of condolence can be sent to Trevor`s daughter:-
Mrs Dulcie Allan 57 Maxwell Rd, Bournemouth. BH9 1BQ


It is with sadness that we report the death on the 5th January 2022 of  Worcester Branch member 23762584 Pte Frank William Lees of Martley, Worcestershire. Frank enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman. Frank can be remembered for bringing his 'Champ' military vehicle to the Reunion on a couple of occasions. Frank`s funeral is low key at his request, no Association members required to attend. Worcester Branch coffin drape will be on his coffin.
Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs E M Lees 'The Briars'. Hillside, Martley,
Worc`s WR6 6QS. 

14th January 2022

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Andrew Clifford Bowker.  Andrew served with B Company 3WFR. His funeral will take place at 11:00hrs on Friday 21st January 2022 at St Luke’s Church, Church Street, Langold S81 9NW.  The turnout is expected to be high therefore seating in church will be limited to family and close friends.  His burial will follow the service at Langold Cemetery (close friends and family only please). There will be a wake at Hilltop Working Men’s Club, Doncaster Road Langold S81 9QL. The dress code will be traditional black, however the family will warmly welcome Regimental ties and medals.  Family flowers only.  Donations to The Royal British Legion and Cancer Research.

FUNERAL DETAILS The funeral of Joy Wilkinson will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Ashford in the Water on Monday 24th January at 11:30hrs. Family flowers only.  Donations if desired to the Suffolk Punch Trust via their website or Woodbridge IP12 3LA. Enquiries to JW & J Mettam Funeral Directors, Granby Croft, Bakewell DE45 1ET. 

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