OBITUARIES

The Colonel of the Regiment and all Members offer condolences to the families of the following;

"We will remember them"

'Draw down the blinds and toll the minute bell, For one has passed away, we all respected well;'


ADCOCK Reginald Barry: Pte 22909910

Barry Adcock of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 13 April 2016 aged 80.  Barry was called up for National Service in 1953 into the Sherwood Foresters and served at the Depot, Normanton Barracks until January 1954.  He was then transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and served with it in Hong Kong and Korea.  He left the Army in 1957.  Barry was a long time member of the Newark Branch WFRA and The RBL in Newark.

 ALLEN Kenneth George: Lieutenant Colonel.

Ken Allen of Ilminster, Somerset on 14 February 2009 aged 87. He enlisted into the Local Volunteer Defence Home Guard in May 1940 then joined the Sherwood Foresters in February 1941 as a Private (4985581). After serving in the ranks for 1 year and 161 days he was commissioned into the Regiment on 1 August 1942. After a period with HQ 148 Pre OCTU as Brigade Cadre Instructor he moved to the Commandos and remained with them until rejoining the Regiment in August 1945. He went on to Command the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters followed by service with the Staff. He retired from the Army in 1977.

ALLSOP Clifford Victor: Pte 4972863

Cliff Allsop of Sutton Coldfield on 20 June 2003 aged 89. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1932 and served with the 1st Battalion. In 1939 he served with the 1st/5th Battalion and was taken into captivity on the fall of Signapore. Cliff spent two and a half years working on the Burma-Siam Railway before being transported to Japan to work in the coal mines as forced labour.

ANDERSON Roy: Cpl 23418860

Roy Anderson of Bilborough, Nottingham on 21 December 2005 aged 70. He was called up for National Service in 1957 and enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters. On completion of training at Normanton Barracks, Derby on 29 November he was posted to 1st Bn The Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Ballykinler, Northern Ireland where he became a member of the Regimental Police.

ALDRIDGE Frank: Pte 14300235

Frank Aldridge of Quidenham, Norwich on 2 May 2006 aged 82. He served in A Company 2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters joining during the Italian Campaign. He remained in the Battalion during its operations in Greece from December 1944 to April 1945 and subsequently during its occupation role in Austria.

ALLEN Ronald Archibald: Pte 4975889

Ron Allen of Leicester on 30 December 2005 aged 84. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in May 1938 and joined the 1st Battalion serving with it in Palestine and Cyprus. Then in January 1942 the Battalion moved to Egypt and by June was in the defence of Tobruk. He was taken POW in the surrender of the British Forces on 21 June, taken to Italy from where he escaped to Switzerland and remained there until being repatriated at the end of the War..

ALTON Ernest

Ernest Alton of Selston, Nottinghamshire in October 2003 aged 83. He enlisted into the 9th Bn The Sherwood Foresters and served in the 1940 campaign in France where he was wounded and evacuated through Dunkirk.

ALTON Reginald Ernest: Lieutenant MC

Reginald Alton of Oxford on 15 December 2003 aged 83. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and was commissioned in the 9th Bn in August 1940. He remained with the Bn when it re-roled as 112 Regiment RAC in 1941 and served with it until late 1944 when he was transferred to the 11th Hussars where he was awarded his MC in January 1945.

APPLEYARD Basil: Cpl 23832410

Bas Appleyard of Shirebrook, Mansfield on 14 September 2011 aged 74. Bas served with 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters and 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He left that Army in 1977.

ARCHER Albert Edward Dennis: Pte 23467455

Albert Archer of the Vale, Guernsey on 5 December 2005 aged 68. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in March 1956 and following training at Normanton Barracks was posted to the 1st Bn in Germany as a member of C Company.

ASLIN Thomas William: WO2 (CSM) 4974198

Thomas Aslin of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 8 February 2011 aged 92. Tom joined the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1934 and went with it to Norway in April 1940. After evacuation he moved with the remnants of the Battalion to Eniskillin in Northern Ireland where he volunteered for the Marine Commando. He landed on Sword Beach with 1st Commando Brigade on D-Day in 1944 and served with it until being sent back to England as an Instructor in 1945. He rejoined the 8th Battalion in 1947 and served with it for 20 years up to 1970. He was active with the Regimental Association and for many years was Secretary of the Newark Branch.

ASTILL Dennis: Pte 14188490

Dennis Astill of St Anns, Nottingham on 14 October 2005 aged 77. He enlisted into the General Service Corps in 1946 and following training he was posted to the 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters in Germany. He served in Hildesheim and Goslar as a member of the Battalion Education Staff.

ATTEWELL George: Pte 14708860

George Attewell of Kimberley Nottingham on 28 October 2007 aged 82. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1943 and a year later was transferred to the Royal Hampshire Regiment and served in the 8th Battalion. Following the end of the war he served in Germany before his demobilisation. His civilian occupation was as a long distance lorry driver from which he retired in 1988.

BAGHURST John Leslie: Pte 4970755

Les Baghurst of Chaddesden, Derbyshire on 27 September 20111 aged 98. Les joined 5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in April 1929 and served with it until April 1934. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he rejoined The Sherwood Foresters and served with the 12th Battalion (Jungle Training) in India until being demobbed in 1946.

BAINES Bernard Frederick: LCpl 2042540

Bernard Baines of Nottingham on 31 May 2007 aged 86. He enlisted as a Boy Soldier into the Royal Engineers TA in 1937 and in 1938 was transferred to the Sherwood Foresters and joined the 2nd Battalion in Guernsey. On its return to the UK he was posted to the 1st Battalion and served with it in Palestine and Cyprus before it moved to Egypt. He was taken POW at Tobruk and remained in captivity until 1945. He then trained as a teacher and was also a Lieutenant in the Nottingham ACF for four years from 1967. Following early retirement in 1984 he took Holy Orders and maintained his Army link by becoming Padre to the RTR Association.

BAINES Alan Thomas: Sgt 4975914

Tom Baines of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 11 March 2009 aged 93. Tom enlisted into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 24 May 1938 and took part in the Norway Campaign in April 1940. On being evacuated to the UK he moved with the remnants of the 8th Battalion to Northern Ireland. He was transferred to the 1st Battalion and posted to the Training School for Burma in Northumberland as a Mortar Instructor. He later transferred to the Queens Regiment and was posted to the Far East (Burma) as part of a Training School. He transferred to the A Reserve in November 1945 and was discharged in 1946,

BALCHIN Kenneth: Pte 22682679

Kenneth Balchin of Sherwood, Nottinghamshire on 6 September 2009 aged 78. He enlisted in June 1952 and served with 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters as a bandsman. He left the Army in 1955 and subsequently taught the ACF Band at Chilwell in Nottingham.

BALDWIN John Frederick: Pte 4975352

Fred Baldwin of Ilkeston on 2 April 2017 aged 97.  He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1937 and later transferred to The Leicestershire Regiment.  fred went with the 5th Battalion to Norway in April 1940 where he was taken POW.

BANNISTER Albert: Pte 4981568

Albert Bannister of Jacksdale Nottinghamshire on 5 February 2003. He served with 1/5th Bn The Sherwood Foresters and was taken prisoner by the Japanese on the fall of Singapore.

BANNISTER Mark Gregory: Pte 25013219

Mark Bannister of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire on 5 June 2012. Mar served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from January 1992 until September 1999.

BARKER Jason: Pte 25034903

Jason Barker of Fareham, Hampshire on 11 November 2005 aged 35. He enlisted into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in 1974 and served with the 1st Battalion in UK Canada and Bosnia. He left the Army in1997 as a result of an injury which made him unfit for further military service.

BASSETT John Michael O'Reilly MBE: Colonel

John Michael O'Reilly Bassett MBE of Shrewsbury on 15 December 2010 aged 80. John enlisted at Derby into the Sherwood Foresters in 1948 and after a short period of Other Rank Service was commissioned into the regiment in September 1949. His first posting was to the Royal West African Field Force as RSO and Coy 2IC and in 1951 returned to 1 FORESTERS as IO and Asst Adjt serving in BAOR, Egypt and Cyrenaica. In 1953 he moved to 2 FORESTERS as MTO/Tech Adjt before assuming the appointment of OC HQ Coy. On 29 June 1956, on amalgamation of the 1st and 2nd Battalions The Sherwood Foresters he transferred to the RAOC. He was awarded his MBE in 1976 after a period of service at BRIXMIS in E Germany. John left the Army in 1976 and took up employment as a Regular Army Careers Officer in Cheshire and became Commandant Cheshire ACF in Feb 1983.

BATE John: LCpl 23505888

John Bate of Swanwick, Derbyshire on 1 December 2007 aged 68. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1957 and following training joined the 1st Battalion, C Company in Germany in the August. after a tour at the Depot he rejoined the 1st Battalion in November 1959 and served with it in Malay and Singapore before returning to the UK in June 1961. He was discharged from the Army leaving the Battalion in Northern Ireland.

BATES Albert William BEM: WO2 (CSM) 22772416

Bill 'Bomber' Bates of Alvaston Derby on 11 December 2005 aged 72. Bomber enlisted into the 2nd Bn The Sherwood Foresters in 1951. He was posted to the 1st Bn in 1955 and in 1958 served in Malaya with A Coy. Bomber was with the 1st Bn on amalgamation in 1970 and took over WFR Assault Pioneers at Tidworth. He was posted as PSI to the Mercian Volunteers and then on leaving the Regular Army joined 3 WFR (V).

BAXTER Edmund Walter: Sgt 14747900

Eddie Baxter of Lydd-on-Sea on 15 January 2006 aged 81. He enlisted into the Royal West Kent Regiment in July 1944 serving with it until October 1946 when he re-enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters and joined the 1st Battalion in Germany. He remained with the Battalion until 1952 serving in Hamburg and Goslar in the Machine Gun Platoon.

BEARDAH Graham: Pte 23664003

Graham Beardah of Staveley, derbyshire on 27 May 2010 aged 69. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1959 and saw acrive service in Malaya. He left the Army in 1965. Graham was a staunch member of Chesterfield Branch WFRA.

BECKE William Hugh Adamson DSO CMG: Lt Colonel

Bill Becke of Toorak, Victoria, Australia on 3 April 2009 aged 92. He was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters on 28 Jan 1937 and joined the 1st Battalion. He served with them until 1942 when he was posted to the 14th Battalion in the Middle East, Iraq. He remained with 14th Battalion throughout Africa and Italy where he was severely wounded and awarded his DSO at San Savino. He returned to the 1st Battalion after the War where he commanded B Company. He also served in the War Office 1945 - 1949, Greece 1949 - 1952, The War Office 1953 - 1955 returning as 2IC to the 1st Battalion in BAOR 1956 -1957. He later went to serve as Military Advisor in Pakistan, Military Attache in Indonesia before retiring in 1966. He was awarded his CMG in 1964.

BECKETT William Thomas: Sgt 4984461

William Thomas Beckett of Sandiacre, Derbyshire on 29 March 2013 aged 97. He enlisted into the 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in October 1940 and served with it in North Africa, the Middle East and Italy. He left the Army in 1946.

BECKWORTH John Alan: Pte 23761722

John Beckworth of The Meadows, Nottingham on 14 November 2013 aged 75. John joined 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman in February 1960 and served with it in Malaya, Singapore and Northern Ireland before leaving the Army in February 1962.


BEECH Harold: LCpl 13060438

Harry Beech of Arnold, Nottingham on 5 November 2009 aged 92. He enlisted into the Army Mounted Police Corps in August 1940 and in 1941 transferred to the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters.He served in Italy and Palestine before leaving the Army in 1946

BELL Brian Lawrence: LCpl 23447743

Brian Bell of Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire on 22 April 2005 aged 68. He enlisted into the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment as National Serviceman in 1958 and on completion of training was posted to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters, then in transit for Malaya. He left the Army in 1960.

BELLINGHAM Gareth Leslie William: Pte 30022083

Gareth Bellingham of Clayton, Newcastle under Lyne, Staffordshire on 18 June 2011 aged 22 Killed in Action in Afghanistan. He enlisted into the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in October 2007 and joined C Coy. Gareth deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 and was with the Danish Battle Group as part of Combined Force Nahr-e-Saraj (North) out on a patrol with the Afghan National Army and came under attack from insurgents when he was fatally wounded.

BENNETT John Robinson: Captain 105022

'Billy' Bennett of Mickleton, Gloucestershire on 9 April 2013 aged 94. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in July 1939 and was commissioned in May 1940 and posted to the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters with which he served in Ireland until 1942 when he moved with it to Wrotham in Kent and it re-roled to become 148 Pre-OCTU. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters where he was wounded at Anzio when he was Mortar Platoon Commander. He rejoined the 2nd Battalion in June 1944 as OC HQ Company and Education Officer. In 1945 he went to India and saw service with both the 12th and 13th Battalions The Sherwood Foresters until being demobbed in 1946.

BERESFORD Harold Edward: Maj 299511

Harold Beresford of Farnham, Surrey on 19 January 2008 aged 82. He was commissioned into the Royal Signals in November 1943 but was transferred to the 2/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1944 and continued to serve with the Battalion throughout the war. Following the end of the war he served with the Territorial Army in the 5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters retiring in 1954. He took up civilian employment as a teacher at Derby college of Technology moving on to become Headmaster of Alstonfield CofE School until 1954. He then moved to Bristol as Headmaster of Broomhill School and finished his career as Senior Lecturer in educational Psychology at Lincoln Teacher Training College.

BETTS Vincent William: Pte 4975422

Vincent Betts of Mansfield on 20 August 2007 aged 87. He enlisted into the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1937 and in April 1940 took part in the Norwegian Campaign. He then served in Ireland and Kent with the Battalion. In August 1943 he was transferred to the York and Lancaster Regiment and served with it until his discharge in October 1945.

BILLYEALD George: Pte 4975663

George Billyeald of Belper, Derbyshire on 28 November 2007 aged 86. He enlisted into the Territorial Army in January 1938 and in the October joined The Sherwood Foresters as a regular soldier. He served with the Regiment throughout the war and was demobilised in August 1946.

BIRCHALL Gary: Pte 24472369

Gary Birchall of Chesterfield, Derbyshire on 15 May 2009 aged 47. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1978 and served in Cyprus and Germany. He left the Army in 1989.


BLAGG Eric Walter: Pte 19041935

Eric Blagg of Arnold, Nottingham on 23 December 2011 aged 82. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters on 14 March 1947 and was later posted to the Gloucester Regiment and deployed to Korea. On his return in 1952 he rejoined The Sherwood Foresters and served with the 2nd Battalion in colchester until his demob in December 1952.


BLANDY Patrick H: Major

Patrick Blandy of East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire on 16 May 2003 aged 90. He was commissioned into the 7(Robin Hood) Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in July 1931 and on the outbreak of War in 1939 was posted to the 9th Battalion, evacuated through Dunkirk and then appointed Adjutant 2nd/5th Battalion. In 1942 he was posted to the 8th Battalion.

BLOOR John: Cpl 23445081

John Bloor of glentham, Lincolnshire on 15 February 2010 aged 71. John served in Malaya with A Coy 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman from 1958 - 1960 having transferred from the Worcestershire Regiment.

BLOOR William: Pte 4979132

Billy Bloor of Cossall, Derbyshire on 13 August 2006 aged 86. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters on 15 January 1940 and joined the 8th Battalion in Ireland. He later transferred to the 2/5th Battalion as a signaller and the the 14th Battalion with which he served in the Italian Campaign, including the Anzio Beachhead. On the disbandment of 14th Battalion he was transferred to 2/5th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment.

BOKENHAM Clifton Thomas MBE: Major

Cliff Bokenham of Warlington, Surrey on 10 May 2010 aged 93. He was commissioned in 1940 from Other Rank Service with 70th Battaion Sherwood Foresters. In March 1943 he was posted to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters then to the 8th Battalion. He was also attached to 2/5th Bn Royal Scots for a time in 1944. In 1945 Cliff served as DAQMG HQ Land Forces Hong Kong until 1949 when he returned to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Goslar, Germany. He was awarded his MBE in 1949. He left the Army in 1963.

BOOKER Lewis C: Pte 4986598

Lew Booker of Long Eaton, Derbyshire on 28 September 2010 aged 91. Lew was with 2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters during WW2 in the Anti Tank Platoon and served in Tunisia, Italy, Greece and Austria. He was taken PoW in Tunisia but escaped and rejoined the Battalion in Italy.

BOOTH J H: Sgt 4978450

Johnny Booth of Mosborough Sheffield on 13 May 2005 aged 86. He enlisted into the 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on the outbreak of the Second World War serving in France and being evacuated through Dunkirk. After 2 years on UK Defence duties he was with the Battalion when it took part in the Tunisian Campaign of 1943 and then the landings at Salerno, then the subsequent fighting up Italy and the attack on the Gothic Line. He served in Greece and Austria from where he was demobbed in 1946. He was Mentioned in Despatches in November 1945 in recognition of his gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

BOTHA Johan: Pte 25205580

Johan Botha of South Africa Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 8 September 2007 aged 25. He enlisted in his home country on 8 June 2005. From Pretoria, he joined 1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th of Foot) in January 2006 and remained with The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) when it re-badged.. This was his first operational deployment and his first deployment overseas with the Army

BOWERS Rupert William Michael: Captain

Rupert Bowers of Wolverhampton Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 21 March 2012 aged 24. He was commissioned into The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in April 2007 and after passing the Platoon Commanders Battle Course in Brecon joined 2 MERCIAN in Afghanistan where he was awarded a Mention in Despatches. He returned to Afghanistan in 2009 when he was wounded in action and then again in 2011 and it was during this tour, whilst leading a patrol to clear a position that was required to enhance security of a Forward Operating Base, when he was tragically killed by an IED

BOWRING Charles Derek: Captain

Derek Bowring of Derby on 18 July 2015 aged 94.  Derek was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters on 1 October 1944 and served during the latter part of WW2 in the Far East with the 1st Punjab Regiment.

BOSELEY Ernest: Pte 49866780

Ernie Boseley of Nottingham on 16 January 2003. He served with the 2nd Bn The Sherwood Foresters (1942 - 1947)

BOWMER Kenneth Charles Frederick: Major  TD 419699

Ken Bowmer of Ashbourne, Derbyshire on 7 September 2014.  Ken was commissioned into the 5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters Territorial Force on 10 June 1951 and to the TA Reserve of Officers in 1960.  He was Chairman of the Derby Branch for well in excess of 30 years and latterly was Branch President. 

BRELSFORD Craig Anthony MC: Sgt 25097521

Craig Brelsford of Chilwell, Nottingham Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 8 September 2007 aged 25. He enlisted into the Army on 6 April 1999 and joined 1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (29th/45th of Foot) remaining with it when it re-badged The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters). He arrived with WFR just as the Battalion deployed to Omagh, Northern Ireland in December of the same year. He served in Northern Ireland on three operational tours and had previously served in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 1 in 2004. Additionally he had deployed with his Battalion to Belize (on two occasions) and Kenya on arduous exercises.

BRENTNALL Colin: Sgt

Colin "Lofty" Brentnall of Derby on 1 March 2015.  Lofty enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served 22 years in the Band until leaving the Army in 1969.

BREEZE Andrew: LCpl

LCpl Andy Breeze of Gorton, Manchester aged 31 of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) KIA Afghanistan on 12 June 2010. Andy joined 1st Battalion The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment in 1996. He served in Northern Ireland, UK and Cyprus as well as Iraq before deploying with B (Malta) Coy 1 MERCIAN in March 2010 to the Babaji area of Helmand Province.

BROADBENT Donald: Major TD

Don Broadbent of Killinghall, Harrogate on 14 February 2006 aged 80. He served with the Green Howards in World War 2 and in 1946 he joined 8 Bn Sherwood Foresters in Newark. He was promoted Captain in 1952 and in 1958 was promoted Major taking over command of C Coy in Worksop.

BROADLEY Dennis Arthur: Sgt 22092762

Dennis Arthur (Jim) BROADLEY of Bulwell, Nottingham on 9 December 2012 aged 82. Jim served with 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman 1949 - 1950. On completing his service he joined Nottingham City Police and then joined 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (TA). He re-enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1954 and served until 1969. Jim served in Malaya with A Coy 1958 - 1960. He also saw service with Support Coy and D Coy. On leaving the Army in 1969 Jim took up employment with the Post Office until his retirement.

BROOKE-TAYLOR Martin: Capt 414176

Martin Brooke-Taylor of Buxton on 25 March 2006 aged 74. He was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters from Eaton Hall OCTU in 1950 during National Service and was seconded to the Somaliland Scouts. In 1952 He joined the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters serving with it and the 5th/8th Battalion until 1969.

BROOKES Anthony: Sgt 24213252

Anthony 'Brookie' Brookes of Bracknell Berkshire on 3 February 2004 aged 52. He enlisted into the WFR in 1970 and was awarded Best Recruit. He served with the 1st Bn in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany and UK and represented the Battalion at Bisley as a member of the shooting team.

BROWN John Patrick: Pte 23660956

'Bomber' Brown of Nottingham on 26 February 2011 aged 71. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1958 and served in B Coy with it in Malaya, Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus before leaving the Army in 1966.

BUFTON Derek: LCpl 23494261

Derek R BUFTON of St Johns, Worcester on 19 April 2016 aged 77.  Derek enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in November 1956 and when it amalgamated with The Sherwood Foresters to become 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment he remained with it, serving until his discharge in November 1978. 

BULL Walter Ernest: Sgt 4986192

Walter Bull of Derby on 16 May 2017 aged 96.  Walter enlisted in 1940 and after recruit training was posted to 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in North Africa.  He took part in the the Battle for El Alamein before moving with the Battalon to Egypt, then Iraq where it became part of Paiforce seeing service in Lebanon and Iran before moving to Tunisia and then the Anzio Beachhead. The Battalion then moved to the East coast of Italy where it was again involved in heavy fighting. After the Battle for San Savino the Battalion was reduced to cadre strength and Walter was posted to 6th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment and remained with it until demob in January 1947.

BUNTING Colin: LCpl 24233683

Colin Bunting of Allenton, Derby on 14 March 2015 aged 59.  Colin joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1971 and served with it until December 1985.

BUNYAN Victor Frederick: Cpl 23660404

Vic Bunyan of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on 23 April 2010 aged 70. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1958 and served in Malaya. Vic completed two tours in borneo and also served in Cyprus 1963 - 64. He left the Army in 1970.

BURNAGE Roy: WO2 23928826

Roy Burnage of Wythenshaw, Manchester on 5 September 2014 aged 74.  Roy enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in 1962 and went on to serve in the Long Service List with The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment before leaving the Army in 1995.

BURNETT Robin Francis William: Major 430251

Robin Burnett of Devizes on 16 November 2016. Robin was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in March 1953 and became MTO 1954 to 1958 before being posted to the Depot, Derby 1958 to 1959. He was then appointed Coy 2IC Royal Warwicks in Aden before moving to BIO Trucial Oman States until 1963. He then became coy 2IC 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in UK and BAOR until 1966 before being appointed G3 Ops/Trg HQ Kenya Army until 1968. Robin then became Training Major with Mercian Volunteers, Wolverhampton before retiring from the Army in 1969.

BURT Ernest Leslie: CSgt 4978166

Les Burt of Derby on 11 April 2005 aged 86. He enlisted into the 12th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on the outbreak of WW2 and served on coastal defence in East Anglia. He then moved to India in October 1942 where it was deployed on Internal Security Duties in Delhi. He remained in India when the Battalion was re-rolled as a jungle training unit. He returned to the UK in December 1946 for demobilisation following the Battalion's disbandment.

BURTON William Sidney: Pte 4977280

Bill Burton of Kirkby in Ashfield on 17 February 2017 aged 96.  Bill enlisted into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and subsequently went with it to Norway in April 1940 where he was taken Prisoner of War.  He was POW number 900 and sent to Poland.  his last known camp was Stalag 20B in Marienburg, Germany from where he was put to work on various farms.  He was released by the Russian Army in January 1945 and returned home by walking to Lubin in Poland, then by train to Odessa in the Ukraine and from there to Greenock, Scotland which he reached in April 1945.  bill was discharged from the Army in July 1946.

BUSWELL Frederick Slaney: Cpl 4981147

'Bussy' Buswell of Arnold, Nottingham on 25 December 2007 aged 92. He enlisted in February 1940 and joined the 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters which formed in October. He then served with the Battalion throughout the Battle of El Alamein and Operations in the Middle East to be followed by joining the Beachhead Forces at Anzio in February 1944, where he was wounded. After his recovery he was transferred to the 2/5th Battalion the Royal Leicestershire Regiment in December 1944. He was demobilised at the end of the war and returned to work at WJ and T Lamberts until 1978. He was also the 14th Battalion Association Branch Standard Bearer.

BUTLER Bernard Gordon: Major

Bernard Butler of Mayfield Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire on 13 July 2003. He was commissioned into 5th Bn The Sherwood Foresters in July 1936 and on the outbreak of War, went with the Battalion to France where he was taken prisoner during the retreat to Dunkirk.

BYTHEWAY Mark: Pte 4987616

Mark Bytheway of Bolsover, Derbyshire on 21 March 2007 aged 83. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and joined the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion. He was transferred to the 2nd Battalion joining it for deployment in 1943 to North Africa to take part in the Tunisian Campaign. He remained with the Battalion and landed at Anzio in January 1944 where, during the fierce fighting, was wounded by shellfire - heard to say in his broad Bolsover accent "Never mind Sir, Whatever happens we'll all be remembered at Crich". Following recovery he rejoined the 2nd Battalion for the final stages of the Italian Campaign. He moved with the Battalion to Palestine and Syria in 1945. He was demobilised in 1947.

CAPE Reginald George Albert: WO2 (CSM) 4975505

Reg Cape of Spondon, Derbyshire on 12 October 2003 aged 84. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1937. He fought in France with the BEF then with the 1/5th Battalion was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Singapore. He was in Prisoner Working Battalion No 8, 4 Group and worked on the Burma Railway. On 1 October 1945 he was evacuated from Rangoon on SS Chiteral. He later joined 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment as a Territorial and served with them until 1974.

CASTLE John Anthony: Colonel 357952

John Castle of Frankston, Victoria, Australia on 7 July 2014.  He served in the ranks before receiving an emergency commission on 17 November 1945 in the Rifle Brigade.  In 1947 he transferred to The Sherwood Foresters and in 1950 was posted as an Instructor at Eaton Hall OTC until 1952.  He returned to the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as Adjutant and in 1954 was posted as SCA HQ 25 Armoured Brigade MELF.  John was then posted as Adjutant the Regimental Depot 1955-1956 before being posted as SCA HQ 2 (BR) Corps Suez in 1956.  In 1957 he returned to the 1st Battalion as a Coy Comd until attending Staff College in 1959.  He then went on to serve as a Coy Comd 1963-1964, 2IC 1st Battalion 1964-65, MA MEA HQ FARELF 1965 - 67, CO 1st Battalion 1967 - 1969, AAG HQ POW Div 1969 - 73, Comd Batus 1973 -75 and retired in February 1976.

CHADWICK Arthur BEM: Pte 4981601

Arthur Chadwick of Ashbourne, Derbyshire in March 2008 aged 87. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters and joined the 1/5th Battalion. He was with the Battalion when it was deployed to the defence of Singapore. He was taken PoW of the Japanese when the British Forces surrendered on 15 February 1942. Repatriated to England at the end of the war he returned to live in Ashbourne. He was awarded the BEM in 1985 for Service to the Community.


CHALMERS Robert: WO2 4971033

Bob Chalmers of Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire on 20 August 2007 aged 92. He enlisted in Guildford on 18 September 1929 and joined the 1st Battalion the Sherwood Foresters at Shorecliffe as a Boy Musician. He remained with the Battalion serving in Lichfield, then Bermuda, Jamaica and Palestine. As a Bandsman he undertook medical training and in 1942 he transferred to the RAMC and joined a Field Ambulance in Egypt. He was captured at the fall of Tobruk in June 1942. In September 1943 he was exchanged for German and Italian POWs and returned to the UK where he underwent parachute training. Following the Second World War he served in Berlin, France and BAOR and left the Army in December 1956.

CHARLESWORTH Raymond Willis: Pte 19034563

Raymond Charlesworth of Whyalla, South Australia on 28 May 2016 aged 88.  Ray transferred into the Sherwood Foresters from the General Service Corps in May 1947 before being discharged to B Reserve in April 1948

CHURCHMAN David: Pte

David Churchman of Kingswinford, West Midlands on 2 February 2007 aged 80. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters at the end of WW2 and joined the 2nd Battalion in Palestine. He was wounded during Internal Security Operations and as a result was medically discharged in 1947.

CLARKE Stanley George: Pte 1773136

Nobby Clarke of Foleshill, Coventry on 21 Aug 2006 aged 90. He joined The Sherwood Foresters in 1945 from the Royal Artillery before moving to the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry and then The Worcestershire Regiment. He was demobilised in 1947.

CLEVELEY Ronald Sydney MM: Pte 5260595

Ron Cleveley of Wychbold on 29 January 2003. He served with the 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters where he was awarded his MM then with the 2nd/5th Battalion.

COATES Harry: Pte 5962536

Harry Coates of Wakefield, West Yorkshire on 19 December 2003 aged 78. He joined the 2/5th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in 1943 from DCLI and served with them in the Middle East, Italy, Greece and Austria until his demob in 1947.

COCHRAN Alan: LCpl

LCpl Alan Cochran of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) KIA Afghanistan on 4 June 2010

COLLEN Frank David: Major

David Collen of Edinburgh on 22 April 2009. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters at Lincoln in 1942 and was commissioned on 22 May 1943. He served with the 1st Battalion and then with 2/5th Battalion as Platoon Commander and was a Company Commander during the Salerno Landings. He then returned to the 1st Battalion in 1945 as OC D Coy. He later transferred to the Royal Artillery.

COLLINS Harry: Sgt 4987582

Harry Collins of Leicester on 20 March 2015 aged 91.  Harry enlisted into 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in June 1942 before transferring to the Northamptonshire Regiment in November 1942.  He subsequently returned to the 2nd/5th Battalion in July 1943 and joined it at Salerno in September where he served with D Coy at the crossing of The Volturno before joining the Mortars Platoon.  He then took ill and was hospitalised in Palestine where, on release he was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters where he remained until completing his service in July 1947.

COLLINS Thomas: CSgt 24134050

Tom Collins of Toton, Nottingham on 16 August 2016 aged 64.  Tom served with both the 1st Battalion and 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment

COLLINS Thomas Roger Booth: Lieutenant

Roger Collins of Mansfield on 10 May 2008 aged 78. He was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Service Officer in 1949 and continued his association with the Regiment after demob whilst serving with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry.

COLLISON Michael Richard: Cpl 23708459

Mick Collison of Colchester on 20 October 2005 aged 63. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1959 and following training was posted to the 1st bn in Burma Camp, Malaya where he joined 5 Pl B Coy. He also served in Singapore, Northern Ireland, Cyprus. After leaving the Army in 1965 he re-enlisted in 1969 rejoining the 1st Bn at minden. After amalgamation he continued to serve with the Regiment in Berlin, Ballykelly and Colchester.


COLWELL Keith

Keith Colwell on 24 May 2007. He served as a member of the band of the Worcestershire Regiment and then WFR


CONNELLY John Garside: Pte 14663291

John Connelly of Clifton, Nottingham on 13 October 2008 aged 84. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1943 and after training joined the 2nd Battalion in Italy. He served with them through the Anzio Beachhead, Middle East Land forces and Palestine leaving the Army in 1947.

COOMBS Geoffrey: LCpl 5683170

Geoffrey Coombs of Petersfield, Hants on 22 January 2004 aged 89. He joined the 2/5th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in 1943 from the Somerset Light Infantry. He served in Tunisia, Italy, Middle East, Greece and Austria until his demob.

COOPER Barry: LCpl 23791656

Barry Cooper of Mansfield on 2 January 2017 aged 78.  Barry was called up as a National Serviceman in May 1960 and served with 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Singapore and northern Ireland.  He left the Regiment in 1962.  Barry was a staunch member of Mansfield Branch WFRA.

COPE Ronald: Cpl

'Cody' Cope of Scunthorpe, Lincs on 20 February 2009 aged 66. He joined 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Northern Ireland in 1961 as a member of Sigs Pl. He was demobbed after 9 years in 1970. During his time with the Battalion he will mostly be remembered for his 'Band' the "Blue Berets" which he formed after a tour in Cyprus.

COUSIN Terence J: Pte 24074658

Jerry Cousin of Bolsover, Chesterfield on 28 March 2007 aged 59. He enlisted in 1965 and joined the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters then in Buller Barracks, Munster. He completed the whole of his service with the Battalion serving in BAOR and carrying out training in Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Libya leaving the Army in 1969.

COWLEY Lawrence Barry: Pte 23670169

Barry (Ginge) Cowley of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on 16 November 2010 aged 65. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in April 1959 and served in Malaya. He was discharged on medical grounds in 1963.

CRANE William David MBE: Major

Major William David CRANE MBE of Southwell, Notts aged 92 died on 25 April 2009. David was commissioned into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 21 June 1939. He was wounded and taken PoW during the Norway Campaign in April 1940 whilst serving with D Coy. Held in various camps in Germany and Czechoslovakia he was released from Braunschweig in April 1945. On being released he remained in Germany as a Major working with the Army Legal Division. Mentioned in Despatches 1945 and awarded MBE same year.

CRAZE Peter Henry: Pte 4987396

Peter Craze of Watford Herts on 14 February 2006 aged 82. He enlisted into the 2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters in 1942 serving in UK and Tunisia. In 1944 he was posted to the Green Howards.

CREAMER Reginald Arthur: Major

Reg Creamer of Ilkeston Derbyshire on 6 February 2010 aged 81. Reg was called up in June 1945 to the General Service Corps and was posted to The Sherwood Foresters where he served in the ranks 19 years 19 days completing his OR service as RSM 5/8th Battalion. He was commissioned Lieutenant and Quartermaster in 1965 then held Q.M's appointments in 1st Bn Staffordshire Regiment, The Mercian Depot, 1st Bn Worcestershire Regiment before joining 48 Gurkha Brigade in 1972. He transferred to 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles with whom he served until he retired 1979. Reg then took up an appointment in the office of the Sultan of Brunei. In 1984 he was appointed Assistant Regimental Secretary to the Sherwood Foresters based at Nottingham, serving in that capacity until 1994.

CREWS Denys Kingwell MBE: Major

Denys Crews of Malton, North Yorkshire on 13 May 2009 aged 95. Denys was commissioned into the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 1 June 1938 and became an instructor at 164 OCTU at Barmouth. He later went with 2nd/5th Battalion to North Africa and into Italy as OC A Coy at Salerno where he was wounded. After recovery he rejoined the Battalion and for the attack on the Gustav Line and the push to the Gothic Line. He was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the US Bronze Star for Gallantry. He later served at the School of Infantry in Palestine before leaving the Army in 1946. After the War he returned to teaching at St Peters School, York where he took over the school's CCF and in 1951 was elected vice chairman of the West Riding CCF Committee. That year he received the Territorial Decoration and in 1955 was awarded the MBE for his services to the CCF.

CROMPTON James DCM: Cpl 3531408

Jimmy Crompton of Astley, Lancashire on 12 March 2011 aged 89. Jimmy was in the TA prior to the Second World War and enlisted in 1939 to 5th Bn Manchester Regiment. In 1942 he joined 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Italy and was wounded in 1944 at Anzio during the breakout. On recovering from his wounds he was posted to 1st Battalion The Kings Royal Rifle Corps where he won his DCM. He was demobbed from the Army in June 1946.

CRUMP George William: LCpl 24117071

George Crump of Harlow on 12 June 2015 aged 68.  George enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1967 and served with it until he left the Army in 1990.

D'ALCORN Oscar: Sgt 4974132

Oscar D'Alcorn of Nairn, Inverness shire on 14 October 2009 aged 93. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 15 November 1934 and served in 11 Platoon, C Company in Bermuda, Palestine, Cyprus and Egypt. He was promoted Sgt at El Kassassin in March 1942 and was taken PoW by at the Fall of Tobruk in June 1942. Oscar became Prisoner Number 39481 and was first incarcerated in Camp 65 at Altamura and then Camp 73 at Carpi, Italy before being sent to stalag XVIIIA, Markt Pongau. He was later sent to Stalag XVIIIB at Spittal am Drau before ending up at Stalag AK2048 at Schladming. He was discharged in 1946.

DAMMS Douglas: Pte

Dougie Damms of Belper, Derbyshire on 21 June 2006. He enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1942 serving in UK and Tunisia. He was part of the landing force which captured the Island of Pantellaria which surrendered without a shot being fired in its defence. He fought with the Battalion at the Anzio Beachhead and the subsequent campaign up Italy. From February 1945 to the end of 1947 he was in Palestine with the Battalion and was discharged on its return to UK.

DAVIS Saville: Pte 4986035

Sav Davis of St Anns Nottingham on 6 March 2003. He served with the 70th (Young Soldiers) Bn and the 2/5th Bn The Sherwood Foresters, later transferred to the Parachute Regiment and participated in the Arnhem landings.

DAVIES James: Pte 4984577

Jim Davies of Wigan on 1 September 2006 aged 86. He was conscripted into the Sherwood Foresters in January 1940 and served with the 2nd Battalion, initially on Home Defence and then moving to North Africa in February 1943 to take part in the Tunisian Campaign. He was transferred to the 14th Battalion in March 1944 and took part in the fighting at the Anzio Beachhead. He remained with the Battalion during the difficult campaign up Italy and which culminated in the Battle of San Savino. On the disbandment of the 14th Battalion he moved with Lt Col Gofton-Salmond to a series of different units in which he remembered wearing seven different cap badges in succession. He was demobilised in July 1946.

DEAN G A: LCpl 4986617

George Dean of St Anns Nottingham on 6 June 2005 aged 92. He joined the 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and became a member of the anti-tank platoon. He took part in the Tunisian Campaign, The Salerno Landings, the fighting up Italy and the attack on the Gothic Line. He served in Greece and Austria from where he was demobilised at the end of the War.

DOBSON Philip Kevin: LCpl 24153365

Philip Dobson of St Dunstan's Hospital, Brighton on 22 June 2007 aged 54. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1968 and joined 1 WFR on amalgamation in 1970 at Warminster. He became a member of Drums Platoon and was in the Battalion Cross-Country and Boxing Teams. He went to Londonderry in 1972 on Emergency Tour and on 19 May, whilst on patrol was injured in a car bomb explosion which led to his being discharged from the Army on medical grounds. Despite this injury he took up employment and training but when his sight failed he moved to St Dunstans where he took up bowls and became the Golf club Captain.

DODD George: Major

George Dodd of Southwell, Nottinghamshire on 12 April 2010 aged 91. He was commissioned into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and served with it in Ireland and England. In 1944 he went with 5th Wiltshires to France and Germany and in 1945 moved to 2nd Kings African Rifles (Uganda). In April 1945 he went to India with 2KAR and later posted to GHQ Middle East Land forces until 1948 when he joined 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters. In 1954 he was posted to the War Office and returned to the 1st Battalion in 1956. He then went on to command 5th Battalion before returning as 2IC 1st Bn. In 1962 he was posted to the Jungle Training Centre in Australia until 1965 after which he held various EG appointments until he retired from Regular Service in 1974

DOLAN Sean: Captain

Sean 'Dollar' Dolan of Halesowen, West Midlands. Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 30 June 2007 aged 41. After joining The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1985 he had a long and illustrious career serving on multiple tours of Northern Ireland, where in 1994 he earned a Mention in Dispatches, and Bosnia. He also served in the USA, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Belize. This was his second tour in Afghanistan. He was commissioned into the 1st Battalion from Regimental Sergeant Major in April 2006.

DOONEY John: Sgt 22523717

John Dooney of Ashfield, Nottinghamshire on 12 August 2009 aged 77. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1950 and was posted in 1951 to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment where he saw service in Korea.

DOWSON Benjamin Hubert: Major

Benjamin Dowson of Nottingham on 13 November 2006 aged 104. He enlisted into 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters on 10 January 1922 and served with the Battalion until 1940. He took part in the Norwegian Campaign in April - May 1940 as a Company Commander where he was wounded but evacuated successfully to the UK. In 1941 he was appointed OC Airfield Defence in Belfast followed by postings to the Staff College and The War Office in 1942 and 1943. He then held staff appointments in the East Kent and Northumbria Districts before being transferred to the reserve in 1946.

DOVE George: LCpl 4976021

George Dove of Nottingham on 20 March 2007 aged 84. As a pre-war member of the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters he was mobilised in 1939 and later transferred to the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion. In 1943 he was posted to the Army Catering Corps with whom he finished his service.

EDWARDS John Peter: Dmr 24344521

John (Eddie) Edwards of Colchester, Essex on 17 July 2012 aged 55. John joined The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in 1974 and after training at the Depot in Lichfield was posted to the Infantry Demonstration Battalion at Warminster until he was old enough in 1975 to be posted to 1 WFR in NI. He served with 1 WFR in NI, UK and Belize before leaving the Army in 1979.

ELLIOTT Bernard MM: Sgt 4978183

Bernard Elliott of Sharpthorne, West Sussex on 9 July 2009 aged 90. He joined 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in September 1939 and served with them in North Africa where he won his MM at El Alamein in November 1942. In 1943 he was commissioned into the Essex Regiment. After the war he joined the War Office as a Civil Servant rising to become Command Secretary in both Gibraltar and Benghazi.

ELLIOTT Gavin: Pte 30012063

Gavin Elliott of Woodsett, South Yorkshire KIA in Afghanistan on 3 September 2007 aged 19. He enlisted into the Mercian Regiment in 2007 and joined A Company The 2nd Battalion in October 2007 at Hounslow. He went to Afghanistan in April 2009 with B Company and whilst operating with the Light Dragoons Battle group in the Babaji District was shot and fatally wounded when on foot patrol.

EVERITT Michael: Lieutenant

Michael Everitt of Norwich on 26 December 2005 aged 73. He served with the Northamptonshire Regiment as a Private before being commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1958. He was posted to the 1st Battalion in Malaya where he joined C Company.

FARRAND Walter: Pte 4986812

Walter Farrand of Retford, Nottinghamshire on 16 May 2017 aged 93.  Walter enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 15 January 1942 and after training at Great Yarmouth was posted to North Africa and then Italy where he was taken PoW by the Germans.  He was sent to Stalag A at Moosburg in Bavaria and given Pow Number 142060.  Walter was repatriated in 1945 and transferred to Pioneer Corps in January 1946 for demobilisation

FAUVELLE Michael Henry: Maj 112857

Michael Fauvelle of Wherwell Andover on 8 October 2005 aged 85. He joined the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters from the South Lancashire Regt on 1 February 1944 taking over the command of B and C Companies after the Battle of Campoleone in the Anzio Beachhead. After recovering from wounds received in the battalion attack on Buonriposo he continued with the 2nd Battalion in the campaign up Italy and the attack on the Gothic Line. In mid September 1944 he was severely wounded and was subsequently evacuated back to the UK before leaving the Army in April 1945.

FENNING-MILLS Richard: Major

Richard Fenning-Mills of Elgin, Morayshire on 23 April 2010. Richard was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1966 and in 1968 was posted to 1st Battalion the Staffordshire Regiment to which he rebadged.

FENTON Arthur Jesse: Pte 4978338

Mickey Fenton of Gedling Nottingham on 31 October 2005 aged 86. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and joined the 1/5th Battalion. During the withdrawal from France in 1940 he was embarked on HMT Lancastria and was one of the survivors following the bombing and sinking of the ship on 17 June 1940. In 1942 he was posted to the Seaforth Highlanders with whom he served until leaving the Army in 1946.

FISHER Ian: WO2 24935549

WO2 Ian Fisher of Lichfield, Staffordshire Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 5 November 2013 aged 42. Ian joined the 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment in 1996 after service with the 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion which he had joined in 1993. He remained with the 1st Battalion when it re-badged The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) in 2007 and during his time with the Battalion he had completed 4 operational tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan before proceeding on Op Herrick 19.

FLETCHER John: Cpl 23732454

John Fletcher of Andover on 13 December 2016 aged 72.  John joined the Infantry Junior Leaders at Plymouth on 10 August 1959 before being posted to the Depot in Derby in September 1961.  In 1962 he was posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Palace Barracks, N Ireland and went on to serve with it in Colchester, Cyprus, Colchester and Munster before being posted back to the Depot in 1968.

FLOWER Bryan: Pte 232494672

Bryan Flower of Stapleford Nottingham on 15 March 2017 aged 79.  Bryan was called up for National Service in 1956 and served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Germany, Malaya and Singapore.  He left the Regiment in 1959.

FORD Ben R: Pte 25208342

Pte Ben Ford of Chesterfield Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 5 September 2007 aged 18. Ben joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in February 2006 remaining with it when it re-badged The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters). During his time with the Battalion he conducted public duties and pre-deployment training for the current operational tour. This was his first overseas deployment with the Army.

FRENCH Roi Verdun: Cpl 24101093

Roi French of Buxton, Derbyshire on 13 January 2006 aged 60. He served with the Worcestershire Regiment and on amalgamation continued to serve with The 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment after amalgamation.

FRODSHAM Frank: Sgt 22436048

Frank Frodsham in Australia on 29 January 2016. He served as a national serviceman with the Sherwood Foresters before enlisting in the Worcestershire Regiment and joining 1 Worc R in Malaya. He then served in BAOR, the West Indies, Gibraltar and Cyprus before discharge shortly before amalgamation

FULLAGER Albert William: Pte 4978487

Albert Fullager of Bilborough, Nottingham on 9 April 2009 aged 90. He enlisted into the 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 20 October 1939 and went with it to France as part of the BEF. He became one of the last to be evacuated through Dunkirk. Albert remained with the 9th Battalion as it reformed in Manchester and moved with it to Haddington, Scotland and then Dorking in the South of England where it converted to armoured cars and he was later transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps as it became 112 Regiment RAC in November 1941.

GAMBLE Frederick Dale: Pte 4985877

Spike Gamble of Aspley Nottingham on 12 January 2003. He enlisted into the 70th (Young Soldiers) Bn then transferred to 2/5th Bn The Sherwood Foresters where he served throughout the Second World War.

GARRETT Richard S.: Lieutenant

Richard Garrett of Tunbridge Wells on 29 July 2008 aged 88. He was commissioned into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and took part in the Norway Expedition of April 1940. He later transferred to the 2/5th Battalion in September 1942 and was taken PoW in 1943. He was held in Oflag 05A at Weinburg (Wurtenburg) with prisoner number 2539. After the war he wrote the history of the 8th Battalion in Norway.

GILDER Harry: WO2 22306393

Harry Gilder of Nottingham on 27 February 2007 aged 79. He enlisted on 14 march 1946 into the General Service Corps and transferred to The Sherwood Foresters in 1949. He served in Korea 1950-1951. He subsequently served in BAOR, Malaya, Northern Ireland and Cyprus with the 1st Battalion. He joined 1 WFR on amalgamation in 1970 and remained for the first Emergency Tour in northern Ireland. He joined the Long Service List in 1973 and was posted to HQ West Midland district from where he retired.

GLOVER Cyril Arthur: Pte 4981875

Cyril Glover of Nottingham on 26 April 2013 aged 93. Cyril joined The Sherwood Foresters in June 1940 and served at El Alamein and Anzio with the 14th Battalion before being transferred to the Royal Leicestershire Regiment in November 1944.

GOATLY John (Hoppy): 2nd Lieutenant

John (Hoppy) Goatly of Fernhurst West Sussex on 31 March 2012 aged 94. Hoppy joined the 1st/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in February 1940 and went with it to France as a member of the BEF. He was evacuated through Brest, Brittany and later went with the Battalion to the Far East and served as Intelligence Officer in Singapore. He was wounded by a GSW in the lower leg and was subsequently taken PoW from hospital on the Fall of Singapore. Hoppy was made to work in Group 7 at Kanburi until his release in 1945. He left the Army in 1946.

GODBER F: Pte 22849896

Fred Godber of Mansfield on 21 February 2007 aged 67. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in 1958 having previously served in the TA with 8th Battalion and joined the 1st Battalion in Malaya. He remained with the Battalion serving in Northern Ireland, Colchester and Cyprus. He left the Army in 1964.

GOODYEAR Walter: Sgt 4979497

Walter Goodyear of Derby on 20 December 2016 aged 99.  Walter enlisted at Derby on 15 February 1940 and served with 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters throughout North Africa, the Anzio Beachhead and the Gothic Line in Italy until it was disbanded on 30 December 1940.  He was then posted to IRTD at Benivento Graz, Austria and then 5CCG before being demobbed on 1 February 1946. 

GOULD William Albert: Sgt 23951388

Bill Gould of Bournville, Birmingham on 21 June 2016 aged 69.  Bill enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1963 and remained with it when it amalgamated in 1970 to become the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  He left the Regiment in 1979.

GRANT Alfred Frederick: Pte 4978330

Alfred Grant of Derby on 1 January 2014 aged 93. He enlisted into the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Oct 1939 and served with it throughout WW2. Alfred saw service with the BEF, being evacuated through Dunkirk, UK, North Africa, the Anzio Beachhead and up the leg of Italy then the Middle East. He left the Army in February 1946.

GRAVESTON Richard Henry Deverall: Major

Dick Graveston of Norfolk on 7 September 2010 aged 86. He served in the ranks from 20 January 1942 until being commissioned on 4 October 1942. Dick saw service with the Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army in the Middle East, Italy and India before becoming an Instructor at the Indian Military Academy in 1946. He also served with 1 LEICESTERS in UK and Hong Kong and was with 27 Brigade in Korea before returning to 2 FORESTERS in 1952 in BAOR. He then moved to Eaton Hall OTC as an Instructor in March 1953. He then served as Adjt of 5 LEICESTERS 1955 to 1958 before going to 1 FORESTERS where he commanded C Coy in Malaya and Northern Ireland. Dick then moved to 1 WARWICKS as a Coy Commander in BAOR before moving to 1 LEICESTERS in Borneo, from there he was appointed GLO Far East (Singapore) 1965, then GLO UK 1968, GLO BAOR 1971 and GLO UK 1973. He was then appointed PSO Recruiting Selection Centre at Sutton Coldfield in 1976 from where he retired in 1978.

GREATOREX Horace James: LCpl 4979045

Horace Greatorex of Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire on 29 August 2005 aged 85. He joined the 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Italy from the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was wounded during the beachhead fighting in Anzio but remained with the Battalion throughout the Italian Campaign. On the disbandment of the 14th Battalion he was cross posted to the 5th Battalion with which he served as a member of the Pioneer Platoon for the remainder of the War.

GREENAN Patrick: Cpl 23982884

Cpl Patrick Greenan of Worcester on 19 July 2012 aged 66. Paddy joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1963 and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk, Cyprus and UK. He continued to serve after amalgamation in 1970 with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until leaving the Army in 1971.

GROCOCK Albert William Everitt: CSgt (CQMS) 4987104

Albert William Everitt Grocock of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 14 April 2016 aged 93.  Albert enlisted in 1942 into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters before being posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Anzio, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.  In 1947 he was posted to the Depot, Derby before being attached to 17 PTC in Leicester.  He left the Army in 1949.

HACKETT James Oliver Maunsell: Major

Oliver Hackett of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 30 October 2010 aged 68. He was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in December 1962 after a two year course at RMA Sandhurst and joined A Coy 1st Battalion in Palace Barracks, Holywood, Northern Ireland. Olly remained with the Battalion until 1968 serving in the UK, Cyprus and BAOR. before moving to The Junior Infantrymen's Battalion at Shorncliffe. He then returned to the 1st Battalion in 1971 to regimental life with 1 WFR, then Demonstration Battalion in Warminster from where he went on the Battalions first Northern Ireland tour. When the Battalion moved to Berlin he went as Infantry Advisor to the Royal Signals Training Brigade at Catterick. In 1977 he was appointed SO3 G Trg HQNI and 2 years later returned to 1 WFR and went promptly back to Northern Ireland on an emergency tour. Then after a tour as DAA & QMG at UKCICC in Wilton he took up the post of Trg Major with 3 WFR at Newark before returning to Northern Ireland in command of the NI Trg Establishment at Ballykinlar. This was followed by a staff appointment in HQ 1 (BR) Corps in Bielefeld at the end of which, having squeezed in a 5 month tour in the Falkland Islands, he was posted to Horse Guards as SO2 G3 Trg/Cadets. His final tour was with 49 (East) Brigade in Chilwell running the Service Leavers Support Team before moving in 1997 to RHQ WFR (Nottingham) as Assistant Regimental Secretary. In 2007 he delayed his retirement to see through the Formation of The Mercian Regiment and although officially retiring in March 2008, he continued to act as Curator of the WFR Museum (Sherwood Foresters Collection) until April 2010. He was also Secretary to the Nottinghamshire Committee of the Army Benevolent Fund - The Soldiers Charity from 2000 to 2010.

HALL Roy Harold: LCpl 4980101

Roy Hall of Tibshelf, Derbyshire on 28 September 2010 aged 92. He served with 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters during the Second World War and was taken PoW at the Fall of Tobruk on 20 June 1942. Roy was given the PoW number of 266226 and was sent to Stalag IVB at Muhlberg on Elbe until being repatriated in 1945.

HALLAM Archie DCM: Sgt 4978845

Archie Hallam of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire on 2 April 2010 aged 90. He joined the 2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Allestree Park in 1939 and went with it to France as part of the BEF. He was evacuated through Dunkirk. Whilst at Galashiels he broke his thumb while playing football and spent several weeks in hospital. On discharge from hospital he was posted to the newly formed 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Markeaton Park Derby. He went with it to North Africa and was involved in the Battle of El Alamein later moving with the Eighth Army to Tunis. He then went to Anzio with the Battalion where he was wounded by shrapnel. On returning to duty he remained with the 14th Battalion until it was disbanded at the Battle of San Savino and he won his DCM.. He was then posted to 6th Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment in Austria in December 1944 before being discharged in in April 1946. He then returned to Eastwood and became an Engine Winder at Underwood Colliery until he retired at age 65. He was recommended for the MM but was given an immediate award of the DCM. His citation reads

"For outstanding bravery and initiative in the fighting at San Savino on the night of 5/6 September 1944 and on 13 September 1944. During the night 5/6th September, B Coy were ordered to attack San Savino. Early in the attack the Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant of Corporal Hallam's platoon both became casualties. The fighting became very confused owing to the presence of enemy tanks in the built up area. Cpl Hallam, however, immediately assumed command of the platoon and quickly gained control of a situation which, without adequate leadership, would have prejudiced the outcome of the operation. He quickly reorganised the platoon and commanded it with skill and initiative throughout the heavy fighting which followed. Again in the dawn attack on San Savino on 13th September the Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant of Cpl Hallam's platoon were wounded on the S.L. Cpl Hallam again assumed command and carried out the intricate and difficult task which had been allocated to his platoon. He assaulted and seized a key house in the village from which two enemy machine guns were firing. The seizure of this house did much to ensure the success of the whole operation. Cpl Hallam then led his men to attack and capture two further houses, taking many prisoners and making a firm base from which the rest of his company were able to complete its task with success. The outstanding initiative and determination of this NCO to hit the enemy on every possible occasion did much to ensure the success of the Battalion attack. He displayed all the best qualities of a junior leader, and his power to inspire men and to make quick decisions were an example to all."

HALLAM Raymond: Sgt 23710545

Skin Hallam of Nottingham on 27 September 2003 aged 67. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in June 1959 and following training at the Depot in Derby joined the 1st Battalion in Malaya. In 1963 he was selected to join the SAS serving in various locations until his return to the Battalion in 1967. He served with the 1st Battalion until amalgamation in 1970 with the Worcestershire Regiment when he joined 1 WFR. He remained with the Battalion throughout tours in Berlin, Northern Ireland and UK until retiring in 1977.

HALLIDAY Douglas Niall: Pte

Pte Douglas Halliday of Rock Ferry The Wirrall aged 20 of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) Died on Operations in Afghanistan 23 June 2010. He joined 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) in January 2008 before deploying to the Police Advisory Team in Gereshk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in March 2010.

HANDSON Sydney Frank: LCpl 4979812

Sydney Handson of Wrangle Nr Boston Lincs on 27 July 2003. He served with HQ Company 2/5th Bn The Sherwood Foresters in UK, Tunisia, Italy, Middle East, Greece and Austria.

HANSON Rex: Pte 23743861

Rex Hanson of Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire on 8 February 2017 aged 76.  Rex enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in December 1959 and served with it in Malaya, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany.  He left the Army in 1968.

HARDY Henry: Private 22689885

Henry Hardy of Newark Nottinghamshire on 7 August 2003 aged 69. He started National Service in July 1952 and following training at the Depot in Derby, joined 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Colchester.

HARE William: Pte

Bill Hare of Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire on 27 February 2008 aged 77. He served with the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters for 6 years including a posting as a dog handler. After demobilisation he became a miner and worked at Bestwood and then Babbington colliery, he later became a trader on bulwell Market, Nottingham.

HARRIS Wayne Anthony: Sgt 24707978

Wayne Harris of Kidderminster on 1 August 2005 aged 37. He enlisted into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on 20 August 1984. He served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Bosnia. He left the Army in 2001.

HARRISON Colin: Sgt 14901280

Colin Harrison of Long Eaton, Derbyshire on 11 February 2017 aged 90.  Colin enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in January 1945 and served with it in Egypt, Palestine and Trans-Jordan.  He was wounded by shrapnel from a land mine in Palestine in April 1947 and after having spent time in Bir Yaacov Military Hospital was discharged in April 1948.

HARRISON Michael: Pte 24503152

Mick Harrison of Long Eaton, Derbyshire aged 53.  He enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in September 1978 and served with it in the Corps of Drums until January 1986

HARVEY Ernest Chasteney: CSgt 4982385

Ernest Harvey of Bromley, Kent on 20 November 2005 aged 92. He enlisted in 1940 joining the 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters shortly after its formation in Derby. He took part in the Battle of El Alamein and then Anzio where he was seriously wounded. Following recovery he rejoined the Battalion for the heavy fighting in the Gothic Line. After VE Day he was deployed in a relief unit to Austria. He left the Army in 1946.

HAUGHTON John Leyland Scott TD: Captain

Leyland Haughton of Stroud, Gloucestershire on 13 June 2008 aged 77. He was commissioned as a National Service officer in 1952 into the Kings Liverpool Regiment. He later joined 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1964.

HAYES John: Cpl 23898788

'Gabby' Hayes of Beeston, Nottingham on 1 September 2008 aged 67. He served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters and 1 WFR. He left the Army in 1984.

HAYNES James: Cpl 4983058

Jim Haynes of Chaddesden, Derby on 11 August 2003 aged 81. Jim enlisted into the Young Soldiers Battalion in 1940 then moved to the 2nd Battalion in North Africa. Served at Anzio where he was wounded by shrapnel and hospitalised in Naples, upon recovery he returned to the Battalion where he sustained a smashed jaw from shrapnel and was returned yet again to the hospital in Naples. Finally returned to the Battalion in the Italian Alps where in 1944 his left lumbar region was blown away by shrapnel. He was returned to England and discharged.

HEANEY James Brian: Sgt 4987151

Brian Heaney of Worlington, Bury St Edmunds on 14 July 2010 aged 86. He enlisted into the 70th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and was later posted to the 2nd Battalion. Brian saw service in North Africa -Tunisia, Italy - Sarno, Anzio Beachhead, Fall of Rome and then Palestine, Egypt, Syria and the Lebanon. He left the Army in 1946

HEMMINGS Steven Charles: LCpl 24129277

Steven Hemmings of Carlton, Nottingham on 25 November 2011 aged 62. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in 1967 and was a PTI in A Coy. He remained with the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on amalgamation in 1970 and was discharged in November 1973 whilst it was in Berlin.

HENSHAW John: Sgt 22522830

Jack Henshaw of Bedworth, Warwickshire on 29 November 2005 aged 78. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1945 but transferred to the Parachute Regiment and later the SAS. He returned to the 1st Battalion in BAOR in 1955 and also served as a Pl Sgt in Malaya. He continued to serve with the 1st Battalion until leaving the Army in 1970.

HENSHAW Raymond John: Sgt 23907982

Ray Henshaw of Nottingham on 25 March 2016 aged 71.  Ray enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and remained with it when it was amalgamated with The worcestershire Regiment to form The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  He left the Army in 1971 and served with B Coy The Mercian Volunters before re-enlisting in 1974 back into The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment with which he served until 1988. 12.00

HENTON John Barry: A/Captain 451261

John Barry (Tracker) Henton of Merton, Oxon on 31 December 2013 aged 78. Tracker was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in October 1956 and served in Malaya as OC Tracker Platoon in 1959 before being posted in 1960 to the Depot Staff in Derby. He left the Army in 1962.

HENTON Michael George Anthony:  Major  481655

Mike Henton of Newton Tony, Salisbury on29 January 2017 aged 72.  mike was commissioned into the Sherwoosd Foresters in 1966 and became Recce Platoon Commander in BAOR.  He continued to serve with The Worcestershire ansd Sherwood Foresters Regiment after amalgamation.  In July 1970 he was posted as an Assistant Instructor with Guided Weapons Wing at Nertheravon before being attached to 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment as a Company 2IC and then Adjutant in UK and BAOR.  In 1975 he was appointed OC Training Company at the Depot, Lichfield before taking up the post of Major GSO 3 in Brunei in 1977.  This was followed by appointments as Major, Depot Prince of Wales Division, Major SO2 G2 MIO(A) SMIU Hong Kong, Major 11 Ulster Defence Regiment, Major SO2 Dis (CTS) DI, Major Sennelager Trg Area BAOR and then as Major SO2 G3 Trg (Cadets)at Bulford from where he retired from the Army in 1990.

HERBERT Robert: Sgt 4858796

Robert Herbert of Chiddingfold on 20 August 2007 aged 84. He enlisted into the Royal Leicestershire Regiment in 1938 and served with it until December 1942 when he transferred to the Parachute Regiment and jointed the 2nd Battalion. He took part in the Bruneval Raid, the North African campaign, the invasion of Sicily, the Italian campaign, the parachute assault on Crete and Arnhem where he was wounded. After the war he served in Palestine and East Africa before transferring to the Sherwood Foresters in September 1952. He served in the UK until August 1958 when he was seconded to West Africa returning to the UK for his last year of service leaving the Army in July 1958.

HICKMAN Ronald Herbert: Pte 14375398

Ronald Herbert Hickman of Witney, Oxford on 3 March 2016 aged 94.  Ron joined the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters at Bizerta, Italy in August 1943 and served in B Coy.  He was wounded at Volturno and evacuated to North Africa. He was then transferred to the Dorset Regiment in May 1946.  He was a founder member of the Oxfordshire Branch of the Italy Star Association.

HIGTON Harry: Sgt 4978729

Harry Higton of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire on 2 January 2011 aged 92. Harry served initially with the 1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and on the outbreak of WW2 he went to France with the 2nd/5th Battalion and on evacuation was one of the survivors of the Lancastria. Harry was then seconded to to the Battle School, Liverpool as an Instructor and rejoined the 2nd/5th Battalion when it moved to Tunisia. He was taken PoW at Sed janean and after serving in various PoW camps he was repatriated from Stalag 357 at Oerbke Nr Fallingbostel in 1945.

HILL Kieron Raymond: LCpl 25218165

Kieron Hill of Clifton, Nottingham Killed In Action in Afghanistan on 28 May 2009 aged 20. Kieron joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in September 2006 and remained with them when it became the 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) in September 2007. This was his second tour in Afghanistan.

HINCE Charles CBE: Brigadier

Brigadier Charles Hince CBE DL (late the Sherwood Foresters and Royal Welch Fusiliers) died 16th September 2012 aged 82. Chas was called up as a National Serviceman in January 1948 and in August 1948 he went to OCTU as a Gunner but in 1949 was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters joining it in Goslar. In 1956 he became Adjutant of the 5th Battalion in Derby and then rejoined the 1st Battalion to go with it to Malaya in 1958 as 2IC B Coy and in 1959 he was appointed GSO3 Ops/Trg 17th Gurkha Division. He then went to Staff College Camberley in 1961 before being posted as GSO2 AFNORTH in Norway. In 1964 he returned to the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Cyprus as A Coy Comd. In 1966 he attended the Joint Service Staff Course No 66 at Latimer and on completion was posted to the School of Infantry in Warminster as an All Arms Wing Instructor before being posted to Berlin as OC C Coy 1 STAFFORDS. In 1969 he transferred and Commanded 1st Battalion The Royal Welch Fusiliers in Hong Kong before being posted to Northern Ireland as GSO1 Ops/Plans in Lisburn. In 1975 he was posted to SHAPE as Col GS Joint Ex Planning Staff, this was followed by a posting as Senior Army DS at the National Defence College, Latimer. His last appointment in the army was as Comd 160 Inf Bde. On retirement he took up a post as Bursar of St Edmund's College, the oldest roman catholic school in Britain and did much to modernise and improve the administration.

HIRST David: Pte 14354667

David Hirst of Sheffield on 22 March 2003. He served with the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters. He was wounded twice during the subsequent campaign in Italy but remained with the Battalion serving in the Middle East, Greece and Austria as a member of 18 Platoon D Coy. He was demobilised in May 1947.

HOFFEN E Roger: Lieutenant

Roger Hoffen of London on 6 October 2012 aged 76. Roger served with the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1955.

HOLMES Harvey Alex: Cpl

Cpl Harvey Holmes of Hyde, Greater Manchester aged 22 of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) KIA Afghanistan on 2 May 2010. He joined 1st Battalion The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment in 2005. He served in Northern Ireland, Belize, Falkland Islands and Iraq. He deployed to Afghanistan in March 2010 and was attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines in Helmand Province.

HORTON Martyn Simon: CSgt

CSgt Martyn Horton of Runcorn, Cheshire aged 34 of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) Died on Operations Afghanistan 23 June 2010. He joined 1st Battalion The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment in 1992 serving in UK, Canada, USA, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, Belize, Jordan, Kenya Iraq before deploying with 1 MERCIAN in March 2010 to Gereshk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

HOUSLEY Clifford: Sgt 23472786

Cliff Housley of Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire on 5 March 2016 aged 76.  Cliff joined The Sherwood Foresters as a boy soldier in 1956 and served in Malaya, Canada, Libya, Germany, Northern Ireland and UK.  He accepted voluntary redundancy in 1969 on the amalgamation of The Sherwood Foresters with the Worcestershire Regiment when it formed The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. After leaving the Army Cliff joined Nottinghamshire Constabulary before becoming a Director of Carter's Soft Drinks Company.  In 1996 he was appointed Assistant Curator/Archivist of the Regimental Museum and was responsible for the complete overhaul of the museum archives and artefact collection as well as rebuilding the Gallery in Nottingham Castle.  He retired in 2004 and was appointed as a Museum Trustee where he continued to work tirelessly to the benefit of the Museum and Association.  He was the author of some 17 regimental history books and built and maintained a Sherwood Foresters database of some 136,490 officers and soldiers of the regiment.  Cliff was a stalwart member of the Association and fundraised several thousand pounds for the Regimental Memorial at Crich.  He dedicated his life to the Regiment and will be sorely missed.

 HOYLE William Anthony Darrel: Lieutenant

Tony Hoyle of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire on 15 January 2012. tony joined the Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and served in the ranks with both 1st and 2nd Battalions before taking a commission in 1943. In 1944 he moved to 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and after spending six months recovering from a wound received on the Coriano Ridge at San Savino in September 1944 he was attached to the 2nd/5th Battalion The Leicester Regiment in Austria. In October 1945 he returned to the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served in Germany before being seconded to the foreign Office Intelligence Division. He retired in November 1946.

HUCKLE Wilfred: Pte 4981678

Wilfred Huckle of Ilkeston, Derbyshire on 29 September 2003 aged 90. He joined the 5th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and remained with them until being wounded and subsequently discharged in 1942.

HUGHES Cliff: LCpl 1529035

Cliff Hughes of Cirencester on 13 February 2006 aged 89. He enlisted into the Royal Artillery (Heavy Anti Aircraft) in 1939, serving in UK, India, North Africa, until the unit was disbanded in Italy in 1944. He joined the Sherwood Foresters and was posted to the 2/5th Battalion in Greece. Following VE Day he moved with the Battalion to Austria as part of the Army of Occupation.

HUMPHREY John: LSgt 4986049

Jack Humphrey of Sawley, Derbyshire on 20 February 2011 aged 87. Jack joined the 70th Young Soldiers Battalion Sherwood Foresters in September 1941. He was then posted to the 16th Battalion at Yarmouth and remained with it when it was redesignated 1st Battalion in 1943. Jack was then seconded to the Green Howards as an Instructor and went them to Belgium in 1944. He returned to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Canterbury and then went with it to Germany before being posted to No 7 ITC as an Instructor. He left the Army in 1946.

HUMPHREY Samuel Frank: Pte 4981896

Frank Humphrey of Long Eaton, Derbyshire on 16 January 2009 aged 93. He enlisted into the 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 24 June 1940 and served with them throughout North Africa and Italy. He transferred to the Loyal Regiment on 12 January 1945.

HURST Ronald: Pte 23791728

Ronald Hurst of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 19 July 2011 aged 72. Ronald served with A Coy 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman in Malaya.

HUTTON Geoffrey Mark: CSgt

Geoffrey Hutton of Minard, Argyll on 12 January 2012 aged 61. Geoff was a founder member of A Coy 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (V) in 1971 and served until 1992. He represented the Battalion for many years at the EDSAAM and TASSAM Bisley.

IRELAND Herbert: Cpl 14637878

Bert Ireland of Chaddesden, Derbyshire on 8 November 2003 aged 81. He joined the 1st Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in 1943 and transferred to the 2nd Battalion in 1944. He was wounded at Anzio in February 1944 at Buonriposo Ridge and after recovering rejoined the 2nd Battalion, where he remained until his demob in 1946.

ISAAC Alex: Pte

Pte Alex Isaac of The Wirrall aged 20 of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) Died on Operations in Afghanistan 23 June 2010. He joined 1 MERCIAN on 12 May 2008 and served in the Falkland Islands and Kenya before deploying to Gereshk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan as part of the Police Advisory Team in March 2010.

JACKSON Alan Lawrence: Pte 23529467

Pte Alan Lawrence Jackson of Bilborough, Nottingham on 8 June 2011 aged 72. Alan joined the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1957 and served in Singapore and Malaya with C Coy and the Orderly Room. On completion of his National Service in 1960 Alan re-enlisted into the Staffordshire Regiment.

JAFFREY Stephen: A/CSgt 24150977

Stephen Jaffrey of Worksop on 23 October 2015 aged 66.  Steve enlisted into 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1976 and served with HQ and E Coys.  He left the Battalion in 1988.

JEFFERY Peter Abron: Cpl 22672858

Cpl Peter Abron Jefferey of Ilkeston, Derbyshire on 29 July 2012 aged 78. Peter joined the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman in 1951 and was discharged in 1954. Peter was a founder member and Branch Secretary of Ilkeston Branch WFRA.

JEFFERY Walter Frederick: Sgt 4981899

Walter Jeffery of Nottingham died on 29 October 2008 aged 94. Walter enlisted into the 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 24 June 1940 and served with them throughout the war. When the Battalion was disbanded after San Savino he remained with the Regiment


JENKINS James: LCpl 24150307

Jim Jenkins of Claydon, Buckinghamshire on 18 June 2006. After training he joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and served in Berlin. He returned to civilian life in 1982.

JESSETT Timothy Edward: Captain

Tim Jessett of Doune, Perthshire on 19 September 2008 aged 70. He was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1959. He served with the 1st Battalion in Malaya, Singapore, Cyprus, UK, Northern Ireland and Germany. After a period of Regimental Duty he was posted to the Junior Infantry Battalion at Shornecliffe in 1968.

JESSEY Herbert T: Pte 4985706

Bert or 'Sparks' Jessey of Finchley, North London on 17 August 2002 aged 88. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in 1941 and was posted to the 14th Battalion. He remained with that Battalion until September 1944, taking part in the Battle of El Alamein, operations in the Middle East and the Italian Campaign including the Anzio Beachhead and the capture of San Savino on the Gothic Line. On the disbandment of the Battalion he was posted to 2/5th Battalion in Austria. He was demobilised in 1946.

JEWKES Kenneth Charls: Pte 24049857

Kenneth Jewkes of Dudley on 21 June 2016 aged 70.  Kenneth enlisted at Wolverhampton into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment on 3 March 1965.  He went on to serve in the UK, Gibraltar, Tobruk and Cyprus.  Kenneth left the Army in on 29 October 1971 from the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment at Warminster, going on to serve in the Reserve until 1997.

JOHNSON Kenneth William: Captain 303231

Johny Johnson of Southend on sea, Essex on 31 January 2012 aged 91. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and served in North Africa before transferring to the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1944 in Italy and was appointed OC A Coy. He was involved in the last battles of the Gothic Line assault before moving with the Battalion to Greece, Italy and Austria.

MRS KATHLEEN JOHNSON: CRICH WARDEN

Kath Johnson of Bulwell, Nottingham on 11 March 2009 aged 66. Kath was the Warden at the Memorial tower, Crich from 1999 until her retirement in 2006.

JOHNSTONE PETER J R: MAJOR TD 12.00

Peter Johnstone of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 18 March 2016 aged 84.  Peter was commissioned into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1954 and went on to serve with the 5th/8th Battalion and the 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.

JONES Ellison: Sgt 4973947

Ellis Jones of Chilwell, Nottingham on 29 December 2009 aged 93. Ellis enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 11 May 1934 and served with B Company in Bermuda, Palestine, Cyprus and Egypt. He was taken PoW at the Fall of Tobruk in June 1942 and became Prisoner Number 260687. He was held in various camps, the last known being Stalag 4B at Muhlberg (Elbe) before being repatriated in 1945.

JUKES Ronald James: Pte 22435117

Ron Jukes of Birmingham on 5 October 2015 aged 83.  Ron was called up for National Service in November 1950 and posted to the RASC until transferring to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in May 1951.  He served with it until completing his service in November 1952.  Ron was the Standard Bearer for Birmingham Branch until it went into suspended animation but he continued on carrying the Standard at the Annual Pilgrimage to Crich for over 25 years until ill health forced him to stop.

JUKES Paul: Pte 24326991

Paul Jukes of Peat Inn, Fife on 16 September 2014 aged 58.  Paul served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 1973 to 1980 before being posted to the Y List after an accident in Northern Ireland.

KAYE Paul: Pte 24279658

Paul Kaye of Derby on 27 November 2005 aged 49. He enlisted into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1972 and served with the battalion in Northern Ireland. He left the Army in 1982.

KENWORTHY Joseph Edward: WO2 (CSM) 22229338

Joe Kenworthy of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on 26 August 2005 aged 75. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1948 and attached to Royal Leicesters 1948 - 1954. He fought in the Korean War and was held POW in North Korea for nearly 2 years. He then served with the King's African Rifles in Kenya 1954 - 1956 leaving the Regular Army in 1956. He served with 8 FORESTERS 1957 - 1961 and then joined 3 WFR in 1971 leaving in the rank of WO2 in 1981.

KIMMONS Brian: Cpl 23682623

Buster Kimmons of Bolsover, Derbyshire on 9 September 2012 aged 72. He served with B coy 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Malaya between 1958 and 1961 and deployed as a member of the peacekeeping force to Cyprus in 1964. He left the Army in October 1964.

KINSON Stephen: Sgt 14165488

Stephen Kinson of Ilkeston, Derbyshire on 23 June 2012 aged 88. Stephen enlisted into the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1947 at Nathania in Palestine. In 1949 he was seconded to the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and served with it in Hong Kong and Korea before being posted back to the 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.

KNOWLES Eric Ronald: Pte 14524362

Eric Knowles of Kirby le Soken, Essex on 1 June 2006 aged 83. He enlisted into the Devonshire Regiment but was transferred to the 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters serving with it in the Anzio Beachhead. He was later transferred to the 2nd/5th Battalion, still in Italy, where he earned the nickname "Anzio Joe". He remained with the Battsalion throughout the fighting in Italy, the operations in Greece and its role of occupation in Austria at the end of the War. He was demobilised in 1945.

LANGSTONE Ivor MBE: WO2 22219593

Ivor Langstone of Uttoxeter 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 when on amalgamation in 1970 it became The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. 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.

LAMB Raymond Adrian: Pte 24848528

Ray Lamb of Kidderminster on 3 June 2010 aged 38. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in March 1989 and served until 1994.

LAMBERT Arthur John: CSgt 22946146

Arthur Lambert of Kidderminster on 17 July 2014 aged 78.  Arthur served with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and continued to serve after amalgamation in The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until completing his service in December 1982.

LAPPIN Thomas James: CSgt 22276764

Tommy Lappin of Calverton, Nottingham on 25 November 2007 aged 76. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in May 1949 and joined the 1st Battalion in Goslar, Germany. In April 1951 he was attached to the 1st Battalion The Northumberland Fusiliers and served in the Korean War. Returning to the Sherwood Foresters in 1952 he joined the 2nd Battalion in Colchester and then Celle, Germany. On the disbandment of the Battalion he was transferred to the 1st Battalion as Signals Platoon Sergeant. He left the Army in 1957 but re-enlisted in 1961 and served with the 1st Battalion, the Brigade Depot at Lichfield and the Junior Infantryman's Battalion at Shorncliffe. He continued to serve after amalgamation in 1970 when he became CSgt commanding the Assault Pioneer Platoon at Warminster. He spent the last three years of his career as a Recruiter in Tamworth and Birmingham before leaving the Army in October 1977.

LAWS Robert G : Pte 30034910

Robbie Laws of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire KIA in Afghanistan on 4 July 2009 aged 18. He enlisted into the Mercian Regiment and started his basic training at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate. After completing the Combat Infantryman's Course in March he passed off the square at Catterick then deployed to the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) in Afghanistan.

LEA Kenneth: LCpl 23248517

Kenneth Lea of Basford, Nottingham on 17 May 2012 aged 76. As a National Serviceman he joined The Sherwood Foresters serving from August 1955 to 1958.

LEACH Brian Michael: Pte 23651941

Brian Leach of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on 27 August 2010 aged 69. Brian enlisted as a Bandboy on 8 May 1958 and trained at Budbrook Barracks, Warwick. He joined A Coy 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Malaya in 1959. He then served with C Coy in Northern Ireland and left the Battalion in 1964 at Colchester.

LEGG D O: Pte 4980732

Dennis Legg of Derby on 15 April 2005 aged 85. He joined the 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1940 serving with it through the War in the Middle East, North Africa and Italy. In September 1944 he was posted to 6th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment. He was demobilised in 1946.

LEIGHTON A W: RSM 4971799

Alf (Tubby) Leighton of Spondon, Derbyshire on 20 December 2004 aged 92. Served in the 1st Battalion the Sherwood Foresters. Taken POW at Tobruk he rejoined the Battalion in 1945 and went on to serve as CSM C Coy. In October 1950 he was appointed RSM at the Depot and remained there until discharge in 1952..

LESTER Derek: Lieutenant Colonel 365510

Derek Lester of Wirkworth, Derbyshire on 25 January 2012. He was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in May 1946 and then served with the SAS from 1955 to 1957 and then with the Trucial Oman Scouts from 1962 to 1964 before moving to MI6 in 1965. He then served with the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion from 1966 - 67 before being posted to Qatar Armed Forces and became Colonel chief of Staff in 1972 before leaving the Army in 1978.

LICENCE David: Cpl 23685890

Dave Licence of Humberstone, Leicester on 19 September 2012 aged 71. Dave enlisted in 1958 into the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and joined its 1st Battalion in Germany. He then transferred to The Sherwood Foresters in February 1962 and served in 1st Battalion in MT then joined A Coy and served with it both Cyprus and Munster before leaving the Regiment in December 1967. In 1972 he joined the TA. Dave was a staunch member of Derby Branch WFRA.

LITTON Peter George Marshall OBE: Brigadier

Peter Litton of Salisbury on 22 May 2006 aged 86. He was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters from RMC Sandhurst on 3 July 1939 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion at Bordon, Hampshire. From September 1939 to 1942 he served with the 8th Battalion and later , for a short time with the reformed 1st Battalion in the UK. In March 1943 he was appointed Adjutant of the 2nd/5th battalion in north Africa and took part in the Tunisian Campaign and the invasion of Italy at Salerno. His career in Italy was culminated when he was taken prisoner at the River Volturno Crossing in October 1944. He spent the next two years as a POW in Germany and was released on the German surrender. In May 1945 he was appointed Adjutant of the 1st Battalion. From 1947 to 1948 he served as Company commander in the 1st Battalion at Hamburg and at Goslar. From 1948 to 1950 he was Adjutant/Training Major at Nottingham University OTC and in 1951 he attended the Staff College, Camberley. Later, he attended the Royal Navy staff College at Greenwich. From 1952 to 1954 he was GSO 2, Allied Staff Berlin and then joined 2nd Battalion in 1954 as a Company Commander until amalgamation with the 1st Battalion in July 1955. From 1956 to 1958 he was GSO2 in the small GHQ UKLF planning cell and then took up the appointment of Second in Command of the 1st Battalion in Malaya. In 1960 he was DAAG at the War Office before being appointed to command the 1st Battalion in 1962. Initially the Battalion was in Northern Ireland but later it joined 19 Brigade in Colchester where it was flown to Cyprus where fighting had broken out between the Greek and Turkish communities; for his services there he was awarded the OBE in the 1965 Honours List. From 1964 to 1966 he was GSO1 at the School of Infantry, Warminster following which he was appointed Commander 99 Gurkha Infantry Brigade responsible for parts of Southern Malaya, Singapore and Brunei. His next appointment from 1969 to 1971 was that of DAG at HQ BAOR in Rheindahlen. This was followed by a tour as Deputy Commander Eastern District at colchester during which he was appointed ADC to Her Majesty The Queen. He retired from the Army in 1974. Brigadier Peter served as Deputy Colonel of The Regiment 1972 - 1977 and he was also President of The Sherwood Foresters Association for the same period. On 1 March 1977 he assumed the appointment of Colonel The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, holding that position until 1 March 1983.

LOCKETT Michael MC: Sgt 25061301

Michael Lockett MC of Nottingham KIA in Afghanistan on 21 September 2009 aged 29. Michael joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Tidworth in 1996. He remained with the Battalion when it became 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) in September 2007. Sgt Lockett MC served in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan winning his MC during his second tour in Afghanistan in 2007.

LORD Charles Anthony MC: Maj 129626

Tony Lord of Ponteland, Northumberland on 8 October 2005. He was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters on 20 April 1940 from the Royal Engineers and joined 8th Battalion after it returned from the Norway Campaign. He remained with the Battalion until December 1942 when he was transferred to the 16th Battalion which, in January 1943 became the reformed 1st Battalion. In October 1943 he was posted to the 2/5th Battalion in Italy where he took command of A Company prior to the attacks which led to the crossing of the River Gariglianio. He remained with the Battalion when it was taken out of the line to train and rest in Egypt, Palestine and Syria between February and July 1944. On return to the Italian front the Battalion operated on the Adriatic sector and the subsequent assault on the Gothic Line where he won his MC in the fighting over the Rio Cosina. He stayed with the Battalion serving in Greece and then post war in Austria. He left the Army in April 1946.

LOWE G.L.R.: Cpl 4985531

Les Lowe of Edwinstowe Mansfield on 28 November 2003 aged 83. He enlisted into the 70th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in 1941 later transferring to the 2/5th Battalion with whom he served until being wounded in the Gothic Line Assault in Italy September 1944. In 1972 he joined the Nottinghamshire Army cadet Force and was commissioned, retiring as a Major in 1984 after Commanding B (WFR) Coy Notts ACF.

LUCAS Sydney Maurice: Pte

Sidney Lucas of Rosebud near Melbourne Australia on 4 November 2008 aged 108. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in August 1918 but did not go overseas as the Armistice had been signed by the time he finished training. He then emigrated to Australia in 1928 and enlisted into the 2/1st Machine Gun Corps of Australia on the outbreak of the Second World War. At age 41 he was transferred to Prisoner of War duties guarding German and Italian POWs being shipped to australia in the Queen Mary. He led the Anzac Parades through Rye in 2004 and 2005 at age 103 and 104 respectively.

LUNDY Timothy John: Cpl 24866936

Timothy Lundy of Worcester 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. In civilian life Timothy was employed in protective security in Baghdad, Iraq protecting the British Embassy Diplomats and staff, after which he joined Wiltshire Constabulary then the Metropolitan Police.

MACHIN Frederick W: Pte 5112914

Fred Machin of Sheldon, Birmingham on 4 June 2007 aged 89. He enlisted in 1941 and joined the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters then in the UK. As a member of C Company he moved with the Battalion to North Africa leaving Liverpool on Christmas Day 1942. He was taken POW when in HQ Coy at Sed janane on 2 March 1943 and remained in captivity until the end of the war.

MADDOCKS Samuel: Pte 4973874

Sam Maddocks of Spondon, Derbyshire on 29 May 2009 aged 91. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 23 March 1934 and served with A Company in Jamaica . He went with the Battalion to North Africa on the outbreak of the Second World War and was taken PoW at Tobruk in June 1942. Held in various camps his last known was Stalag 11B at Fallingbostel. He was repatriated in 1945 and released to the reserve on 3 April 1946.

MARKHAM Reginald: WO2(RQMS) 4977173

Reg Markham of Calver near Sheffield on 3 July 2003 aged 82. Former member of the 2nd/5th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters, he joined in 1939 and served in France (1940) also action in Tunisia, Italy, Middle East, Greece and Austria.

MARSDEN Michael Thomas George: Sgt 24233398

Mick Marsden of Felixstowe on 24 November 2010 aged 54. Mick (Lottie) enlisted at Nottingham into the 1st Battalion Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on 14 April 1971 and served with the Battalion in UK, Cyprus, and NI. He was attached to 1 STAFFORDS for Op Granby and saw service in the 1st Gulf War. He left the Army early on 31 October 1993 under the Options for Change Scheme.

MARSH Derek: Cpl 23946121

Derek Marsh of Colchester, Essex on 15 February 2012 aged 67. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1962 and served in UK, Cyprus and Germany. He stayed with the Regiment through amalgamation before being transferred to the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1972.

MARSH John Herbert: Pte 19154960

John Marsh of Allenton, Derbyshire on 9 October 2009 aged 80. He enlisted in the Airborne forces on 9 March 1947 and transferred to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in May 1947. He served with the 1st Battalion in Germany and Northern Ireland before being medically discharged on 16 July 1951 after being involved in an accident in which he was badly burnt.

MARTIN William George: Pte 23452987

William Martin of Hinckley, Leicestershire on 5 October 2007 aged 70. A National Serviceman he served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Malaya

MARTIN James Michael Frederick: Major 430381

Mike Martin of Sindlesham, Berkshire on 12 September 2016 aged 84.  Mike was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in 1953 and served at the Depot, Derby.  After completing his Pl Commanders Course he was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in October 1953.  In August 1955 he was posted to the Depot as Training Subaltern until March 1958 when he was posted to the 1st Battalion with which he went to Malaya and Singapore until August 1961.  Mike was then posted as OC Regimental Recruiting Teamv at the Depot until March 1962 when he was appointed Adjutant 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters.  In March 1964 he returned to the 1st Battalion as OC Rear Party in Colchester then 2IC of a Company before being appointed Adjutant.  In 1966 Mike was was posted as a Major to 1 Zambia Regiment, Indola followed by a tour at 3 Zambia Regiment, Kabwe until 1969 when he was posted as OC A & HQ Coys 1 Worcestershire Regiment in Cyprus.  On amalgation in 1970 he was posted as OC Admin Coy 1 WFR in Warminster followed by appointments as GSO 3 Ops/Trg Londonderry, Trg Major 3 WFR, Newark HQNI ASVU (UDR), Lisburn OC Mil Trg Wing AA College Arborfield, OIC Mil Trg Princess Marina College, OC 506 GL Sec, Adjutant SEE before retiring in 1987.  He then became RO 3 CD Cell REME Officers' School (Combat Divisaion) followed by Asst Corps Secretary RAJA/Sec & Librarian REME until end of RO 3 service in 1998.

MARTIN David: Sgt 24017188

David Martin of Gosport, on 11 May 2016 aged 69.. He enlisted in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1964 joining the 1st Battalion in Lydd and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk and Cyprus and with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in N Ireland, Berlin then as a PSI with 1 Mercian Volunteers in Nottingham before discharge in 1979

McCAHILL Dermot Anthony: Pte 12951285

Blackie McCahill of Shirebrook, Mansfield on 13 July 2007 aged 62. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters as a Boy Soldier in 1962 and then joined the 1st Battalion in Colchester. He became a member of the Reconnaissance Platoon whilst the Battalion was in BAOR and left the Army in 1969 from Minden.

McCOLLUM Thomas James William: Cpl 24065555

Mac McCollum of Telford on 13 May 2017 aged 71.  He enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1965 and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk and UN Cyprus.  On amlgamation in 1970 he remained with 1st Battalion The Worcstershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and served on several tours in NI, Berlin and BAOR with it before discharge after 22 years service in 1987.

McGEADY Daniel: Pte 25025949

Daniel McGEADY on 17 July 2015 aged 41. Daniel enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1993 and left the Army in 2003.

MEAD Barrie Robert: WO2 (RQMS) 24095281

Speedy Mead of Long Eaton, Derbyshire on 7 August 2010 aged 61. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in May 1966 and served with the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland, Kenya and Germany. Speedy continued to serve after amalgamation with the 1st Battalion Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment until 1997. On discharge he took up an NRPS post with the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (V) until it was disbanded in 1999.

MELLORS Harold Ward: LCpl 4974738

Harry Mellors of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on 5 September 2009 aged 90. He joined C Coy 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (V) in 1936 and remained with it when the Battalion was embodied on the outbreak of WW2. He took part in the Expeditionary Force to Norway in April 1940 and after evacuation re-joined the Battalion in Ireland. In 1943 he was posted to 2/5th Battalion and served with it throughout North Africa, Italy, Greece and Austria.

MERCER Eric Arthur John: Major

Mike Mercer of Chilmark, Salisbury on 8 November 2003 aged 86. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in March 1940 and was commissioned in November 1940. In March 1941 he was posted to the 14th Battalion and remained with them until September 1944. He then served as a Staff Officer in the Middle East until his discharge on Ordination in 1946. He later became Bishop of Exeter.

METCHETTE Richard Desmond: Major

Desmond Metchette of Parisot, France on 8 October 2009 aged 82. He joined the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters from the Irish Guards in 1952 and served with it in Malaya. He was specially deployed into North Borneo in 1960 and then in September 1961 became ADC to the Governor of N Borneo. He retired from the Army in 1965.

MIDDLETON Albert: Pte

Albert Middleton of Mackworth, Derby on 6 December 2005. He joined 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters for National service between 1951 and 1953 serving in Germany and Egypt.

MILLS Ronald Frederick: Pte 19190472

Ronald Mills of Derby on 13 December 2013 aged 4. He enlisted into the General Service Corps in July 1947 and after completing his training at Elgin, Scotland was posted to The Sherwood Foresters.  In January 1948 he was posted to the Lincolnshire Regiment and was deployed to Palestine.  He left the Army in 1949.

MILLS Ronald F: Pte 19190472

Ronald Mills of Derby on 13 December 2013 aged 84. Ron was called up into the General Service Corps on 3 July 1947 and completed his initial training at Elgin in Scotland. On 14 August 1947 he was posted to The Sherwood Foresters and then in January 1948 as a result of the reductions in the Infantry where Regiments were reduced to one regular batalion, he was posted to the Lincolnshire Regiment and sent to Palestine. He left the Army in August 1949. Ron was a staunch member of Derby Branch WFRA.

MILNER Frederick: WO2 (CSM) 21013319

Frederick Milner of York on 2 February 2017 aged 94.  Frederick enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and served with it in MT Section throughout WW2 and had attained the rank of Staff Sergeant when he was demobbed in 1947. He received two commendations, one in January 1946 from Eastern Command and a second from Field Marshal Montgomery for outstanding work during the occupation of Germany in June 46. Frederick re-enlisted in July 1947 into the 1st Battalion as a Sergeant and in the mid-50s was promoted WO2.  He served the majority of his time with the Regiment except for a tour at the Depot in Derby as CSM from 1959 to 1961.  During his service he served in UK, BAOR, Middle East, Libya, Singapore and Cyprus.  He left the Army in February 1978.

MOORE Reginald: Lieutenant

Reg Moore of Chippenham, Wiltshire on 17 February 2008 aged 88. He was called up in October 1939 joining the Sherwood Foresters at the Depot, Derby. He was selected for officer training at OCTU Dunbar and was commissioned in June 1940 joining the 13th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters then forming in Scotland. Following a period on coastal Defence the Battalion was deployed to India in May 1942 where it remained until disbandment in September 1945. Following demobilisation he worked for the Eagle Star Insurance Company in a number of offices in UK and retired as Assistant Manager of the West End Branch in 1983.

MORLEY Bernard Walter: Pte 4987037

Bernard Morley of Long Eaton, Derbyshire on 3 September 2007 aged 85. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in January 1942 joining the 13th Battalion then in Colchester. He was then posted to the Infantry Training Centre Lincoln before joining the 2nd Battalion on coastal defence in the UK. He remained with this battalion until he left the Army taking part in the Tunisian campaign, the capture of the island of Pantelleria, the landing at Anzio and the four months of bitter fighting in the Beachhead and the subsequent campaign as a member of S Company. He moved with the Battalion to Palestine in January 1945 for Internal Security Operations and was discharged in October 1946.

MORRELL Ronald Arthur: Pte 4985826

Ronald Morrell of Annesley Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire on 21 December 2007 aged 86. He enlisted into the Sherwood foresters on 3 April 1941 and joined the 1/5th Battalion then serving in the UK. He moved with the Battalion when it was deployed en-route to India for the defence of Singapore. He was taken Pow by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942 and was held in various camps. He was evacuated from Burma to India on 28.August 1945 before being repatriated to the UK. Following demobilisation he worked for a railway company before emigrating to Australia where he worked in steelworks and mining until retirement. He returned to England in 1993.

MORRIS Shaun Lewis: Pte 24620552

Shaun Morris of Mansfield on 21 March 2015 aged 51. Shaun joined A Coy 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in November 1981 and served with until October 1982.

MORTIMER John Gerald: 2nd Lieutenant

John Gerald Mortimer of Derby on 30 December 2013 aged 77. John was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Service Officer in July 1956 and served in Germany before he retired in September 1957. He became a teacher in civilian life before moving to the Sports Desk of the Derby Telegraph in July 1970 retiring in 2002 as Editor and Chief Sports Reporter.


McLEAN Robert Brown BEM: CSgt 14488359

Jock McLean of Burntwood, Staffordshire on 22 February 2008 aged 80. He joined the 10th Battalion The Black Watch in August 1944 then transferred to the 9th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry in February 1946 with which he served briefly before joining the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in November 1946 in Germany. In a long career he served with both the 1st and 2nd Battalions in North Africa, BAOR, Malaya, Singapore, Cyprus and Northern Ireland frequently in the MT Section but completing his career as CQMS with C Company in 1969.

MORTON James Henry: Pte 4976131

Jim Morton of Mansfield, Notts on 12 January 1990 aged 69. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 9 August 1938 and served with the 1st, 2nd and 8th Battalions before being taken POW in Norway in 1940. He was repatriated in 1945 and left the Army on 24 May 1946.

MOSES Nigel Frederick: Captain 515403

Nigel Moses of Arnold , Nottinghamshire on 23 February 2008 aged 65. He enlisted into the Worcestershire Regiment as a Junior soldier in 1957 and then joined the 1st Battalion in 1960. On amalgamation in 1970 he joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in the rank of Sergeant. He then served in 1 WFR, 3 WFR (V) and 1 MERCIAN (V) until 1982 when he left the regular army as a Warrant Officer Class 2. He was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (V) in May 1982 but transferred to the Royal Corps of Transport in 1983 from which he retired as a Captain. He was employed in the Security Industry until 2004


MUGGLESTONE John: Lieutenant 458663

John Mugglestone of Packington, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire on 17 September 2012. He was commissioned into the Foresters Territorial Force in October 1958 after a period of National Service (LCpl 22837622) with the Royal Engineers. He served with the 5th/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Church Gresley until 1966 when he retired to take up a post with the Civil Defence as a full time officer. This was followed by a senior appointment with the Probation Service until his retirement.

MURRY Michael Vincent: Pte 4977535

Mick MURRY of Nottingham on 8 February 2016.  He enlisted in 1939 into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and served with A Coy as a driver.  Mick was taken PoW on the fall of Tobruk in June 1942 and became prisoner number 29999.  He was initially held at Benghazi before being moved to Italy and then Germany.  He was held in various camps, last known being Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf.  Mick worked in coal mines in Poland and was on the long march as the Russians advanced.  He was repatriated in 1945 then transferred to the Royal Artillery Garrison Regiment before transferring back to the Sherwood Foresters in July 1946. Mick was then discharged to the Reserve on 19 August 1946.  He was recalled and served in Korea with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers 1950 - 51.  Mick was a long time member of Nottingham City Branch WFRA and was appointed President.

NARBETT Stephen John: Sgt 24303237

Stephen Narbett of Lytham St Annes died on 27 April 201 aged 58.  He enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1972 and served with it in UK, Germany, NI, Cyprus and Belize.  He left the Army in 1993 and worked in the pub and hotel management trade before finding his niche working with adults with learning difficulties.

NAYLOR Raymond: LCpl 4975750

Ray Naylor of Sneinton, Nottingham on 6 October 2003 aged 83. He enlisted into the 2nd Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in 1938 and transferred to the 1st Battalion in March 1939 and served with them until his demob in 1946.

NEED John: Lieutenant Colonel

John Need of Coggeshall, Essex on 9 December 2010 aged 81. John was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in July 1949. He saw service with 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters as Adjutant from 1956 to 1958 before moving with 1 FORESTERS to Malaya 1958 to 1959 then appointed as Staff Captain A (PS) at GHQ FARELF 1959 to 1961. He then returned to 1 FORESTERS before moving as GSO2 (GLO) to RAF Bruggen in Germany. After a period at Ecole Superieure de Guerre in Paris as a student he returned to 1 FORESTERS before being appointed Chief Instructor A/Tank Div School on Inf in 1970. He then went on to serve as Military Defence Attache in Ethiopia before moving as Liaison Officer to C in C Belgium Forces. John retired from the Army in 1978 and took up employment with the MoD as a civil servant.

NEEDHAM Robert Leslie: Captain

Robert Needham of Torskey, Lincolnshire on 9 September 2006 aged 64. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in 1959 and joined the 1st Battalion. He joined 1 WFR on amalgamation in 1970. He was commissioned in 1978 and was Families officer until 1980 when he transferred to DERR and then to 1 D&D. He retired in 1983.

NETTLESHIP George: Bdsm 23938788

George Nettleship of Harworth, South Yorkshire on 9 January 2008 aged 60. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters as a Junior Bandsman in September 1962 then went on to join the Band of the 1st Battalion the Sherwood Foresters as a Saxophonist. Following amalgamation he continued to serve with 1 WFR and left the Army in November 1973 when he took up employment in the Prison Service.

NEWCOMBE Archibald: Pte 4980289

Archie Newcombe of Worksop, Nottinghamshire on 16 March 2008 aged 92. He served with the Carrier Platoon in the 2/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in UK and Tunisia. Taken PoW on 2 March 1943 near Sedjenane, Tunisia and was Prisoner number 266064 held in Stalag 4A at Hohenstein.

NEWALL Jeffrey: CSgt 24373416

Jeffrey Newall of Mansfield on 13 April 2017 aged 59.  Jeff joined the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1975 where after training he joined the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland serving in B Coy.  In 1980, after completing Junior Brecon he was promoted to cpl with B Coy as a Section commander and in 1984 became the Battalion Weapon Training Instructor.  Jeff left the Regiment in 1989 but re-enlisted in 1991 when he rejoined the Battalion in Cyprus.  In 1992 he was promoted Sgt and moved to Milan Pl, then in 1995 was posted to the Depot as Provost Sgt before returning to the Battalion in 1997.  He waas promoted CSgt in 1998 acting as rear party CSM whilst the Battalion was deployed in Bosnia.  Jeff left the Army in 1999.

NEWHAM Victor: Pte 4985096

Victor Newham of Arnold Nottingham on 31 July 2009 aged 86. He enlisted into the 70th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1941 and was later posted to the 2/5th Battalion in Tunisia. Vic served with the 2/5th in N Africa, Italy, Greece and Austria.

NOAKES Kenneth William: Major (QM) 500939

Ken Noakes on 8 March 2017 aged 84.  Ken was called up as a National Serviceman in 1951 and served with 1st Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment.  On leaving the regulars he joined 5th/6th Staffordshire Regiment TA, later re-badging to Mercian Volunteers.  In 1971 Ken was instrumental in forming the Light Infantry Mercian Volunteers at Walsall, which in turn became 2 Mercian Volunteers where he was RQMS.  He was commissioned with 2 Mercian Volunteers and went on to become Captain (QM).  On the Mercian Volunteers reverted back to County Regiments Ken transferred to 4th Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (V) where he served as Major (QM).

NOBLE Reginald: Pte 24243192

Reg Noble of Nottingham on 15 December 2014. Reg served with 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from May 1971 to May 1981

NORFOLK Leslie W: Lt Colonel CBE

Leslie Norfolk of Bath on 25 August 2006 aged 95. He was commissioned into the 5th battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1931. He was mobilised with that Battalion at the outbreak of War in 1939 before transferring to the Royal Engineers.

NORLEDGE William: Cpl 4974624

Bill Norledge of Guernsey, Channel Islands on 29 November 2003. He enlisted into the 2nd Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in 1935. with whom he served in North Africa and Italy until his demob in 1945.

NORMAN Alan OBE TD: Lt Colonel

Alan Norman of Guildford, Surrey on 21 February 2014 aged 90.  In 1942 Alan was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps and was then posted to the Royal Hampshire Regiment and with it landed in Normandy on D Day where he was wounded twice and returned to the UK. He was demobilised in 1945 and took up employment as an engineer in Nottingham where he joined the Sherwood Foresters.  Alan went on to command the 5th/8th Battalion and then the Nottinghamshire (Territorial) Battalion The Sherwood Foresters.

NORTON Geoffrey: Sgt 23203459

Geoffrey Norton of Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria on 7 November 2003 aged 71. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1954 serving in BAOR, Libya, Malaya, Singapore and Northern Ireland. Whilst serving in Malaya he was seconded as an Instructor to the Jungle Warfare School Jahore Buru. He left the Regiment in 1969.

NURSE Stephen: Sgt 24276724

Stephen Nurse of Rheindahlen, Germany on 11 November 2012 aged 59. Stephen enlisted into the 1st Battalion The worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in March 1976 and was employed as a clerk. He left the Regiment in September 1988 and later joined the Royal Ordnance Corps before leaving the Army in May 2001. He took up employment with NAAFI Support services as the Training and Assurance Manager.

OAKLEY James: Pte 4978659

James Oakley of Belper, Derbyshire on 28 July 2008 aged 89. He enlisted on 16 October 1939 and served with the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in the Norway Campaign. He escaped through Sweden where he was interned at Falun after the fall of Tretten. He later served with the 14th and 30th Battalions before being posted to the RASC in 1943 where he served with HQ 15th Scottish Infantry Division.

O'BALLANCE Edgar: Colonel

Edgar O'Ballance of Rotherham, South Yorkshire on 9 July 2009 aged 90. He enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 18 December 1935 and served with them until 1938 when he was posted to the 2nd/5th Battalion. In 1940 he went to France with the 2nd/5th and was subsequently evacuated through St Nazaire. In September 1940 he was posted to the 7th Battalion Gold Coast Regiment Royal West African Field Force as a Sergeant and was commissioned on 18 January 1942. He then went to India/Burma with 5th Brigade as Intelligence Officer. In 1943 he transferred to British Service with the Green Howards in Burma and in India 1945 commanded the 2nd Battalion as Temp Lt Col. In August 1945 he was AAQMG Meerut District as Acting Colonel. 1947 saw him as MTO (Capt) with the 1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment in Palestine and was discharged Hon Major in 1948. In 1953 he was a Capt with 8th Bn Sherwood Foresters, Major with 5th Bn Sherwood Foresters in 1954 and then Major with 5th/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters. He transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers in 1967. He was Mentioned in Despatches 5 times. After leaving the Army he joined the United States of America Correspondents Team.

O'BRIEN Sir Richard: Major DSO MC*

Sir Richard O’Brien DSO MC + Bar of London on 11 December 2009 aged 89. Sir Richard was commissioned into the 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 15 March 1941 and served with it until it was disbanded after the Battle of San Savino. He was awarded his first MC at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 where despite being seriously wounded led his men and vehicles through a minefield. He was awarded his bar to the MC at the Anzio Beachhead on 15 March 1944 when he lead a fighting patrol to recce a house which had been identified as an enemy strongpoint. In the intense darkness he and his men had to go through a mined area by touch and feel to find a way through and once through captured two of the enemy from a tracked vehicle, three others who had been in a sandbagged outhouse and also attempted to capture a tank. He returned to his own lines with four fit men, five walking casualties and five prisoners. His citation states that he had shown “courage and determination of the highest order”. In September 1944 he was transferred to the 2nd/5th LEICESTERS and was subsequently awarded the DSO for actions near Forli. He was later appointed personal assistant to FM Montgomery and it was Sir Richard who presented the surrender terms to FM Keitel.

OLDERSHAW F W: Pte 22900053

Frank Oldershaw of Elvaston Derbyshire on 16 March 2005 aged 74. He enlisted as a National Serviceman into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1953 serving with them in Germany and North Africa.

ORME Allan: Sgt 4978637

Allan Orme of Belper, Derbyshire on 16 December 2016 aged 97.  Allan enlisted into 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1939.  He went with the Battalion to France with the BEF and made his own way back to UK after missing the boat at Dunkirk.  He went on to serve with the Battalion in North Africa where he was taken PoW at Sedjenane, Tunisia.  He was sent to Sicily then to Italy before being sent to Stalag 357 at Oerbke in Germany.  He left the Army in 1946.

OWEN Steven: Cpl 24298283

Doc Owen of Kidderminster on 1 June 2007. He enlisted into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 1974 serving in C Company, then Signals Platoon attached to Recce Platoon. He left the Army in 1996 after 22 years service.

PAGE Desmond F: Major 473034

Desmond PAGE of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire on 2 March 2016 aged 81.  Desmond joined the 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1961 serving with it in Recce Platoon at Mansfield and then 2IC C Coy at Derby. In 1971 he was appointed as OC C Coy 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. He then went on to serve with the Royal Anglian TA as OC Recruit Reception at Bury St Edmunds

PALSAY Michael Robert: Captain

Michael Palsay of Lincoln on 7 November 2008 aged 91. He enlisted into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1939 and was commissioned into the Leicestershire Regiment July 1940. He was then posted to the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters as a Captain in March 1944 where he was Anti Tank Platoon Commander in S Company. He continued to serve with the 2nd Battalion until retiring from the Army in August 1948. Michael then re-enlisted into the REME as a Warrant Officer Class 2 in 1949 and was finally discharged in 1971.

PAPE George Frederick: Pte 4979143

George Pape of Ilkeston, Derbyshire on 26 December 2008 aged 89. He enlisted on 15 January 1940 into the 70th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and then 8th Battalion with which he went to Norway in April 1940. He was later posted to the Duke of Wellington's Regiment on 23 June 1944 and remained with them for the remainder of the War. George was a founder member and Chairman of Ilkeston WFRA

PARKIN Gordon: Major

Gordon Parkin of Worcester on 3 May 2013 aged 79. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1952 with the number 22640189 and saw service in Malaya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Berlin. He completed his regular service as RSM of 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment before being appointed to a TA commission with the Battalion.

PAUL Bradley: Pte

Bradley Paul of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment who was Wounded in Action by an IED in 2012 died on 17 February 2015.

PEARSON Peter: Pte 4987654

Peter Pearson of Worksop on 12 January 2014 aged 90.  He enlisted into the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and joined it in North Africa and served with it through Tunisia, Italy, Greece and Austria before being transferred to the Loyal Regiment in 1946.

PEGG Ashley James: LCpl 25139138

'Lee' Pegg of Belper Derbyshire on 15 May 2005. He enlisted into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 2001 and served in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.

PENDLETON Edric Wallace: Pte 4985559

Eddie Pendleton of Worksop, Nottinghamshire on 26 November 2009 aged 86. He enlisted into the 70th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1941 and remained with it when it was redesignated the 16th and then 1st. He was then transferred to the KOSB in 1944 and served with them in Burma until the end of the War.

PERRONS William Henry: Major TD

William Perrons of Ashbourne, Derbyshire on 9 December 2016 aged 97.  Bill enlisted into the 9th Battalion The Sherweood Foresters in 1939 as a Private 4976306 and served with it in France and Belgium before being evacuated through Dunkirk.  He was then transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps when the Battalion was retitled 112 Regiment RAC in November 1941.  In June 1946, he was commissioned into The 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it in Palestine.  On leaving the Army in 1948 Bill joined 5th Battalion, later the 5th/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served with it until retiring in 1964.

PEVLAR Samuel:Private 23309352

Samuel Pevlar of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 14 September 2003 aged 69. He joined the 1st Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in May 1956 as a National Serviceman and served in Sennelager.

PHILLIPS Roy W: Pte 24101461

Flicker Phillips of Hanley Swan on 17 September 2007 aged 57. He enlisted as a boy soldier in 1965 and served with 1st Bn The Worcestershire Regiment in Bulford and Cyprus. He continued to serve with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment on amalgamation in Bulford, Warminster, Londonderry and Berlin. He left the Army in 1974.

PHILLIPS John Henry

John Phillips of Bestwood, Nottingham on 29 November 2007 aged 87. He was a member of the 6th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters during and after the Second World War.

PINNOCK Herbert: Cpl 4979120

Bert Pinnock of Stapleford, Notts on 12 January 2004 aged 85. He served with the 2/5th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters. He was taken prisoner on 2 March 1943 at Sedgenene in Tunisia and repatriated in 1945.

PIPER William Claude: Cpl 4974206

Claude Piper on 25 September 2002 aged 86. He joined the 1st Battalion Sherwood Forsters in the 1930s and served pre-war in Bermuda with C Company. On the outbreak of war he moved with the 1st Battalion to Cyprus and subsequently to North Africa in January 1942. Taken prisoner at Tobruk in June 1942 he remained in captivity in various camps in Italy and Germany until released by the Americans from Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf in 1945 when he was repatriated and demobbed.

PITCHFORTH Graham: LCpl 24303208

Graham Pitchforth on 11 December 2015 aged 59.  He joined The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in August 1972 and served until May 1987.

PITT Anthony: LCpl 24177576

Anthony Pitt of Whitbourne, Worcestershire on 17 July 2012 aged 63. Tony joined 1 WORC R in 1969 and on amalgamation to The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in 1970 served in 1 Platoon A Coy. He served with 1 WFR in UK, NI and Germany and left the Army in 1978.

PLOWRIGHT Philip: Sgt 4984022

Philip Plowright of Barnsley, yorkshire on 25 October 2007 aged 85. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in August 1940 and joined the 70th (Young soldiers) Battalion. Subsequently he was posted to the 2/5th Battalion and served with throughout the war in North Africa, the Salerno Landing and subsequent Italian Campaign where he was wounded. He recovered to take part in Operations in Greece and following the end of the war in the Army of Occupation in Austria. He was the leader of the battalion Dance Band and participated in concert party organisation. following his demobilisation in September 1946 he joined the brick making industry and retired as a works manager.

POOL G: CSgt 22392976

CSgt Pool of Manton, Worksop on 25 December 2014 aged 86.  He served with 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1973 to 1979.

PREECE Gordon Robert: Pte 22398076

Gordon Preece of Great Barr, Birmingham on 25 March 2010 aged 77. He joined 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1951 at Goslar, Germany on transfer from REME and served in support coy as a driver.

PREECE Thomas: Pte 23683595

Thomas Preece of Dronfield, Derbyshire in August 2007 aged 69. He served with the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a National Serviceman in Malaya and Singapore.

PROOM David Kendrick: Lt Col

David Proom of Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire on 11 June 2006 aged 68. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters and joined the 1st Battalion. By 1968 he had reached the rank of CSgt and was appointed CQMS of Support company. Shortly afterwards he was promoted WO2 and was CSM of Support and B Companies before being promoted to WO1 in 1972 and appointed RSM of 2 WESSEX. In 1973 he returned as RSM of 1 WFR and in 1976 was commissioned as QM and posted to 1 GLOSTERS. He transferred to that Regiment in November 1981.

PYKETT Alwyn Alberta: Pte 4979312

Alwyn Pykett of Gunthorpe, Nottinghamshire on 27 May 2008 aged 90. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 17 January 1940 and later transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps on 1 November 1941.

RAYNOR Colin: WO2 (TQMS) 19003519

Colin RAYNOR of Lincoln on 7 August 2016 aged 88.  Colin was called up as a National Serviceman into the Lincolnshire Regiment in July 1946 and transferred to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in February 1947.  He was discharged on completion of Service on 4 July 1948 and re-enlisted on a 5/7 engagement with The Sherwood Foresters on 5 July 1948.  He completed a Guards Drill course as a Corporal in September 1948 and was a Driving Instructor 1949 – 1950 with C Coy.  In December 1950 he was posted as a Sergeant PSI with the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Derby until 1954 when he was posted to Nottingham OTC as a PSI.  In January 1956 Colin was attached to 1st Battalion Royal Lincolnshire Regiment for service in Malaya returning to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters when it went to Malaya. In 1959 Colin was posted to the Depot at Derby as Staff Sergeant CQMS until May 1963 when he was posted as WO2 Ranges to RMCS Shrivenham.  In 1966 he returned to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters as TQMS in Munster.  He left the Regiment on 9 January 1968.

READER Kenneth: Cpl 24107757

Kenneth (Spaz) Reader of Derby on 26 December 2010. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1967 and continued to serve with WFR on amalgation. He left the Army in 1975.

READY Gerald: Pte 23674236

Gerald Ready on 23 March 2015.  Gerald enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in August 1958 and served with it until June 1984

REEVES Michael: Cpl 23709937

Mike Reeves of Kirkby in Ashfield on 27 January 2017 aged 77.  Mick enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in June 1959 and served with it in Malaya, UK, NI, UNFICYP and BAOR.  During his service Mick was a Battalion Heavyweight Boxer, Bisley Shot and also took part in Rugby, Basketball and Athletics.  He left the Regiment in July 1968.

REYNOLDS Barry: Sgt 22522274

Barry 'Jack' Reynolds of Mickleover, Derby on 19 July 2010 aged 77. Jack served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Germany, Egypt and North Africa leaving the Army in 1955.

RHODES Horace Edward: Pte 4969483

Ted Rhodes of Derby on 26 April 2007 aged 99. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in February 1927. He served with the 1st Battalion in Londonderry but spent the majority of his service on the staff of the Depot at Normanton Barracks, Derby leaving the Army in February 1934. He became trained as an electrician and consequently when conscripted in 1940 he was drafted into the RAF to carry out radio and radar installation. He was promoted to Warrant Officer 2 and was involved in the production of decoding machines. Following his discharge in 1945 he set-up his own radio repair business. He was a dedicated charity worker and amateur radio enthusiast.

RIDINGS Richard Annison OBE: Lt Col

Richard Ridings of Kimberley, Notts on 21 September 2008 aged 79. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters as a Boy Soldier in May 1944. He was then posted to Kneller Hall and subsequently commissioned into the Royal Engineers, then became Director of Music for the Coldstream Guards

ROBERTS Royston: Sergeant 4972859

Royston Roberts of Penrith, Australia on 15 February 2004 aged 89. He joined the Sherwood Foresters in July 1932 and was posted to the 1st Battalion in Lichfield. He served with the Bn in Bermuda, Palestine, Cyprus and Egypt. He was taken prisoner at the fall of Tobruk in June 1942 and remained a POW until being repatriated in 1946.

ROGAN Derek: CSgt 22098548

Derek Rogan of Newark on 9 December 2014.  Derek served with the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters.

ROGERS Thomas Eric: Sgt 4983394

Thomas Rogers of Horsley Village, Derby on 17 February 2006 aged 90. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1940 and joined 12th Battalion on coastal Defence in East Anglia. In 1942 he moved with the Battalion to Delhi, India where it was engaged on Internal Security Duties. He remained with the Battalion when it underwent intensive jungle training before becoming a Jungle Training Battalion. He was demobbed in 1946.

ROBINSON Bryan Keith: Major 463732

Major Bryan Keith ROBINSON TD+++ of Long Eaton, Derbyshire died on 15 August 2015 aged 84.  Bryan was called up for National Service on 5 May 1949 and after training was posted to the Royal Army Education Corps at Chilwell as a Sgt in December 1949.  On leaving the Army he joined the TA as a Sgt and between 1951 and 1959 served with; 66 AA FC Tp RA TA at Walthamstow, 58 AA FC Tp RA TA at Derby, 262 HAA Regt RA TA at Derby, 438 LAA Regt RA TA at Derby before being commissioned in 1959. He then served with 140 Engr Regt RE TA at Derby, 2IC and OC 438 (DA) Fd Sqn RE TA at Derby, OC B Coy Derby Foresters TAVR at Derby, 73 Engr Regt RE (V) at Derby, OC RHQ Tp 73 Engr Regt RE (V) at Nottingham, 2IC B Bty 3 Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters(V) at Beeston, OC D Coy 3 WFR (V) at Beeston, Trg Major 3 WFR (V) at Newark and OC HQ Coy 3 WFR (V) at Newark.  Bryan retired in 1988 but continued his links with 3 WFR (V) as the long time treasurer of 3 WFR (V) Association and was instrumental in forming the 3 WFR Branch of WFRA as well as filling the post of President of Long Eaton Branch WFRA

ROGAN Derek: CSgt 22098548

Derek Rogan of Newark, Nottinghamshire on 9 December 2014. He served with the Lincolnshire Regiment and joined 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on his discharge from the Regular Army.

ROSE Arnold: Pte 14475817

Arnie Rose of New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire on 2 September 2011 aged 83. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1945 and served in Palestine with the 2nd Battalion and Germany with the !st Battalion. He left the Army in 1957.

ROTHWELL Lee: Sgt

Lee Rothwell of Tibshelf, Derbyshire on 25 April 2003. He enlisted into the 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 1n 1987, winning the award for best recruit and best shot. He remained with the Battalion until its disbandment in 1999.

RUDGE Leslie: Pte 5260279

Les Rudge of Upton on Severn in August 2007 aged 84. He was called up for service in 1941, enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters and joined the 14th Battalion. He was with the battalion when it landed at Anzio in February 1944 where he was wounded. Following his discharge he returned to Upton on Severn, where he was born, and became a gardener until his retirement in 1984.

SALES Christopher: Cpl 23545047

Chris Sales of Lancaster on 13 October 2012 aged 72. He served with B Coy 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters from 1958 to 1964 in Malaya, Cyprus and Northern Ireland. On leaving the Regiment he took up employment as a Newsagent until illness caused him to retire.

SANDERSON John: Lieutenant

Lt John Sanderson of Windlesham, Surrey aged 29 of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) Died of Wounds received in Afghanistan on 11 August 2010. John was commissioned into The Mercian Regiment in April 2009 and joined 1st Battalion in time to assume command of 1 Platoon A Company and take it to Kenya for pre-deployment training. He deployed with his Platoon as part of B Coy 1 MERCIAN to the Nahr-e Saraj (South) District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. On 13 July 2010 during an operation to the north east of Char Coucha on IED clearance he was severely wounded and evacuated to the UK.

SANDFORD Paul Anthony: LCpl 25124644

Paul 'Sandy' Sandford of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 6 June 2007 aged 23. He joined The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in 2002 serving continuously with B Company. He saw service with the Battalion in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan in 2004, Kenya, Belize and Canada.

SAUNDERS Robert Charles: Pte 5950220

Robert Saunders of Putnoe, Bedfordshire on 26 July 2009 aged 86. He enlisted into the Bedfordshire Regiment before transferring to the Royal Artillery and in March 1945 transferred to the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Julis in Palestine joining B Company. He was discharged to the Reserve on 21 August 1946.

SEPHTON Thomas: Pte

Pte Thomas Sephton of Warrington aged 20 of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) Died of Wounds received in Afghanistan 5 July 2010. He joined 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) in January 2009 and served in the UK, the Falkland Islands and Kenya before deploying to Patrol Base Malvern in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was severely wounded on 4 July 2010 whilst providing protection for the clearance of a road in the Upper Gereshk Valley and evacuated to UK.

SCOTT Douglas Noy ERD: Lieutenant Colonel

Douglas Scott of Andover, Hampshire on 27 May 2012 aged 92. He was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in March 1939 and served with the 2nd Battalion in the BEF in France and was badly wounded. He was evacuated and later served with the Home Service Depot with the 10th and 15th Battalions before moving to India as GSO3 Control Officer India/Burma Raiding Forces. In 1945 he was appointed Adjutant 1st Battalion The Buffs before rejoining the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Goslar, Germany in 1948. From 1949 to 1951 he served with GHQ FARELF and was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1952. After attending staff College in 1953 he was posted to GHQ MELF serving until 1956 when he became Training Major at the Depot, Normanton Barracks, Derby. In 1958 he went with the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters to Malaya and in 1961 took up the post of Training Major at Nottingham University before being appointed CO 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (TA). His final posting was as SIO (PT) HQ BAOR before retiring in 1969.

SCOTT Henry Douglas Simpson: Sgt 5958454

Henry Scott of Surbiton, Surrey on 29 January 2010 aged 88. He joined the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Italy 1944 from 1st Yorks and Lancs. Henry continued with the 2nd Battalion throughout Italy and Palestine before being discharged on 10 October 1946.

SEARCEY Horace: Sgt 1447358

Horace Searcey of Nottingham on 15 April 2006 aged 78. He joined the Home Guard in 1945 towards the end of the Second World War and when he was old enough he enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters. Following training at ITC Lincoln he was transferred to the Royal Leicestershire Regiment serving with them in Hong Kong, Korea and Germany. He became a member of Nottingham Branch WFRA and was President until his death.

SEIBERT Charles: Pte 1794207

Charles Seibert of Carshalton, surrey on 30 March 2011 aged 89. Charlie joined 2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters from the Royal Artillery in Italy in early 1944 just before the assault on the Gothic Line. He continued to serve with C Coy 2nd /5th Bn in Greece and Austria before being posted to the Loyals in 1946.

SHARPE John Samuel: CSM 4971826

Lofty Sharpe of Southampton on 29 March 2003. He served with The Sherwood Foresters being taken prisoner at Tobruk, escaped in Italy and worked with the partisan movement before becoming an internee in Switzerland.

SHEPHERD John F: Sgt 4986434

Jack Shepherd of Queensferry, Flintshire on 1 April 2007 aged 82. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in November 1941 and served in North Africa with the 8th Army and in the Italian campaign. On discharge in March 1946 he was transferred to the Reserve with the Loyal Regiment.

SHERWOOD (formerly EWART) Derek: Pte 22849455

Derek SHERWOOD (formerly EWART) of Derby died on 7 November 2015 aged 75.  Derek enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1957 and served with it in Malaya, Singapore, Northern Ireland, UK, Cyprus, Libya, Canada and Germany and left the Regiment in 1970.

SHELDON Frederick William: Pte 4980944

Fred Sheldon of Forest Fields, Nottingham on 11 April 1990 aged 74. Fred enlisted at Normanton Barracks, Derby on 13 June 1940 and joined 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters. On 23 December 1942 he embarked at Liverpool with the Battalion and landed in Algiers on 3 January 1943. He served with the 2nd/5th Battalion throughout Tunisia, Sicily, the Salerno Landings and the battle for the Gothic Line. In December 1944 he went with the Battalion to Greece until April 1945 when it returned to Italy. He then served in Austria before returning to England for demob on 17 May 1946.

SHIELS William George Barnett MBE: Major 489383

Bill Shiels of Derby on 28 May 2003. He joined 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters from the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1954 as a Sgt. Commissioned in 1970 he continued to serve with the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters until 1979.

SHIELDS Thomas Harry: Pte 23674329 12.00

Thomas Harry Shields of Sutton in Ashfield on 15 December 2016.  Thomas was a National Serviceman and served with A Coy, 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in Malaya.

SHILLAM Wayne: Sgt 24193999

Wayne Shillam of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire on 14 January 2015.  Wayne enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1972 and served with it until 1992.

SIBLEY Charles Edward: Pte 4986352

Charles Sibley of Taunton, Somerset on 10 May 2010 aged 87. He joined the 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and served in North Africa where he was taken PoW and transferred to Italy. He later escaped and made his way to Switzerland where he was interned until being demobbed from the Army in 1945.

SLATER John: Cpl 23498321

John Slater of Farnsfield Nottingham on 3 January 2012 aged 74. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1956 and served in North Africa, Malaya, Singapore, Canada, Germany, Cyprus and Northern Ireland. He left the Regiment in 1965.

SLATER Terence: Pte 5112819

Terence Slater of Bromsgrove on 4 March 2007 aged 87. He enlisted on 1 December 1939 for 'the Duration' and following training joined the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters then in the UK. He spent all his service with this battalion in HQ Company MT taking part in the 1943 Tunisian Campaign followed by the landing at Salerno, Italy on 9 September 1943 and the subsequent Italian Campaign, a period in Greece, followed by a return to Italy and the attack on the Gothic Line. The Battalion deployed to Austria at the end of the war and he was demobilised on 26 March 1946.

SMITH Anthony BEM: CSgt 4627721

Anthony Smith of Fleetwood, Blackpool on 29 September 2006 aged 75. He joined 3rd Battalion Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters on its formation in 1971 as NRPS Sergeant MT, a position which he held until he retired in 1992.

SMITH Bernard Lewis: Pte 19036429

Bernard Smith of Nottingham on 21 September 2016 aged 87.  Bernard was called up as a National Serviceman in November 1946 and after training was posted to the Sherwood Foresters in February 1947.  In 1950 he was posted as a reinforcement to serve in Korea.

SMITH Eric: WO2 23659781

Eric Smith of Sutton in Ashfield on 23 May 2007 aged 67. He enlisted into the Army in June 1958 and joined the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters with which he served in Malaya, Singapore and Northern Ireland. By the time of amalgamation he had reached the rank of Sergeant and by 1974 was a Colour Sergeant. In 1977 he was appointed CSM C Company and was with the Company in Crossmaglen. In 1978 he took over as Assault Pioneer Warrant Officer. His last two years of service were as SPSI D Company 1 Mercian Volunteers. He left the Army in October 1980 but joined the TA returning to D Company 1 MERCIAN(V) as Anti-Tank Platoon Commander.

SMITH Ernest Robert: Cpl 4976386

Ernest Smith of Worksop, Nottinghamshire on 3 February 2009 aged 89. He enlisted into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 30 March 1939 and served in the Norway Campaign of April 1940. On returning to the UK he was transferred to the Royal Engineers on 28 May 1940 and remained with them during the War. On retirement from the Army he worked in the mines.

SMITH Maurice: Cpl 23451144

Maurice Smith of Alfreton, Derbyshire on 5 July 2014 aged 77.  He was called up as a National Serviceman in February 1958 into the Sherwood Foresters and served with 5 Pl B Coy in Malaya where he was involved with Operations Badak, Ginger and Saddleup.  He left the Army in 1960.

SMITH Samuel Gordon: Sgt 14276294

Samuel Smith of Underwood Nottingham on 5 December 2005 aged 82. He enlisted into the 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1942. He served throughout the War with the Battalion in the Intelligence Section firstly in the Tunisian Campaign, the landing in Salerno and the subsequent fighting in Italy. In December 1945 the Battalion operated in Salonika and then moved to Austria where he became the Orderly Room Sergeant, working at one time for the Allied Control Commission. He left the Army in 1948.

SPEED David Warwick: Lieutenant

David Speed of Allestree, Derby on 7 February 2011 aged 77. David was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1959 as a National Serviceman and served with the Battalion in Malaya.

SPELMAN Paul: WO1 (RSM) 22843180

Paul enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and continued to serve after amalgamation with The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  He left the Army in 1977.

STACKHOUSE Paul Louis: Major 377642 12.00

Paul Stackhouse of Harrogate on 11 June 2016 aged 87.  Paul was commissioned into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in April 1947 and served with it in Germany.  In 1950 he was appointed ADC to GOC Nigeria District West Africa before being posted in 1953 to the Depot, Derby as Adjutant.  In 1955 he ws posted as an instructor to Eaton Hall OTC in Chester before rejoining the 1st Battalion in 1957 and in 1959 went with it as Adjutant to Malaya and Signapore.  In June 1961 Paul was apponted Staff Captain AG2(O) at the War Office until July 1963 when he took up his final appointment as a Coy Comd at the Army Apprentices College in Harrogate. He retired in 1967.

STANFORD Adrian Timothy James: 2nd Lieutenant

Adrian Stanford of Westminster, London on 3 May 2016.  Adrian served in the ranks as a National Serviceman with the Rifle Brigade in 1954 before moving to Eaton Hall as an Officer Cadet.  He was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters and joined it in Derna Cyrenacia (Libya) in September 1954. Adrian was then appointed Assistant Adjutant at Chiseldon, Wiltshire in September 1955. On leaving the Army he went up to Merton College, Oxford before commencing a banking career in the City of London.

STAPLES Dean Peter: Pte 25041739

Dean Staples of Worksop, Nottinghamshire in 2005 aged 29. He served with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from January 1996 until April 1999.

STARR Roy: LCpl 23685160

Roy Starr of Bilborough, Nottingham on 4 May 2010. Roy enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in November 1958 and served in Malaya, Cyprus and UK before leaving the Regiment in 1964.

STEADMAN Albert Edward: Captain 35951

Albert Steadman of Chaddesden, Derby on 28 October 2007 aged 87. He joined the Sherwood Foresters TA as a Private on 1 May 1939 and then on 14 July enlisted as a regular soldier and joined the 2nd Battalion then at Bordon. In September 1939 he was posted to the Depot, Derby before joining the 12th Bn on formation. He served with the 12th Bn as a Sgt both in UK and India where it was employed on IS duties in Delhi. On 12 August 1943 he was commissioned into the Indian Army and joined 10th Gurkha Rifles serving with them in India, Burma and French Indochina. In January 1946 his commission was transferred to The Sherwood Foresters but he continued to serve with the Gurkhas until April 1946 when he returned to UK for discharge from the Army in August 1946.

STEPHENS Ronald John: Major

Ronald Stephens of Southrepps, Norfolk on 13 May 2009 aged 96. He was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1933 and served with the 1st Battalion at Lichfield before moving to the 2nd Battalion in Sudan 1934 -36. He then moved back to the 1st Battalion in Bermuda 1936 remaining with it until being posted to the 9th Battalion in France in 1939. He joined the First Army in Tunisia in 1942, served with the 2nd Battalion 1943 -46 receiving a MiD in 1943. He became 2IC 2nd Battalion in Palestine and in 1950 went to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. In 1953 he served as 2IC 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Derna and retired from the Army in 1956. Later in life he took Holy Orders and became an Anglican Priest for over 25 years in Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire.

STEPHENS Geoffrey Michael: Lieutenant

Geoffrey Stephens of Putney, London on 4 March 2007 aged 70. He enlisted for National Service in 1955 and was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in 1956 joining the 1st Battalion in Sennelager. On completion of National service he joined 5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters until retiring from TA service in 1963.

STEVENS George: Cpl 23535009

George Stevens of Harvey Bay, Queensland, Australia on 14 October 2012 aged 73. 'Steve' enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1957 serving with it in Malaya and Singapore. He continued to serve with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters on amalgamation and left the Regiment in January 1980 after serving in Northern Ireland, West Germany and Berlin.

STILLEY Patrick: Pte 4978601

Patrick Stilley of Warmington, Peterborough on 22 July 2003 aged 84. He enlisted into the Regiment in 1939 and served with the 14th Battalion until discharged in July 1944.

STOKES Jason: Sgt 24852123 (SSI C92727)

Jay Stokes of Strelley, Nottingham on 14 November 2003 aged 32. He enlisted into 1 WFR in 1988 serving in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and UK until discharge in 1997. He joined Nottingham Army Cadet Force as a SSgt Instructor in 2000 and was Detachment Commander of A (RGJ) Coy ACF in Ruddington.

STONE Eric: Cpl 4986533

Eric Stone of Ilkeston, derbyshire on 7 February 2012 aged 90. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in december 1941 and in 1942 was deatached with the 63rd Training Centre until May 1943. He then returned to The Sherwood Foresters and was later posted to the Northumberland Fusiliers.

STUBBS Thomas William: Lt Col 172318

'John' Stubbs of Heanor, Derbyshire on 19 May 2006 aged 92. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1940 and was commissioned in February 1941, joining the 8th Battalion in Northern Ireland. In 1942 he was posted to the Middle East and attached to Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons for a year before taking up a Staff Captain Q Post. In July 1943 he joined Combined Operations Staff as GSO3 (Recce) involved with planning for assault landings. Following his return to UK in 1944 he joined the Military Mission in South Africa and in 1946 became Adjutant 45 Primary Training Centre, Derby. He joined the Directorate of Public Relations in 1948 and remained in PR until retiring from the Army in 1962 having served in Egypt, Berlin, Malta, Cyprus, Aden and UK in a variety of appointments.

SUDBURY Vernon Cecil Warren: Major MC + Bar

Vernon Sudbury of Godalming Surrey on 7 July 2005 aged 87. He was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1937. He then transferred to the 1st Battalion serving in Bermuda, Palestine and Cyprus before moving to Egypt in 1941. He won his MC in Palestine in 1939 and in 1944 a Bar after escaping from an Italian POW Camp. He rejoined 2nd FORESTERS and in 1945 returned to Palestine where he served for a further four years. In 1948 he became GSO2 at Salisbury and then Brigade Adjutant at HQ Midland Brigade followed by a posting in 1953 to HQ 49 Brigade, Kenya as DAA & QMG. He then returned to 1 FORESTERS and after a period in command at the Regimental Depot moved to HQ Northern Command as GSO2 Training. He was GSO2 at HQ Singapore Base District and DAQMG at HQ 3 Division before retiring from the Army in 1968.

SULLIVAN-TAILYOUR Robert Basil: Major 412078

Robert Basil SULLIVAN-TAILYOUR of Sutton Veny, Warminster on 24 February 2015 aged 84.  Robert attended Eaton Hall OCS and Mons OCS in 1948 before being commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1950.  He joined the 1st Battalion in BAOR and in 1952 was appointed Pl Comd of Anti Tank Platoon in Egypt before being posted to the Depot in 1953.  He went on to serve with the Kings African Rifles as OC HQ Coy in East Africa in 1955.  He then became an instructor at Mons OCS before returning to the 1st Battalion in Malaya in 1960.  Between 1963 - 1966 he was a student at the German Staff College before returning to the 1st Battalion as a Coy Comd.  In 1968 he was posted to HQ BAOR as GSO 2 before being appointed 2IC 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1970.  Robert then had various Staff Appointments before leaving the Army in 1978.

SUMMERFIELD Dennis: Pte 22798772

Dennis Summerfield of Littleover, Derby on 23 April 2011 aged 77. Dennis enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters on 31 March 1952 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion in Celle in February 1953. He was transferred to the Reserve on completion of Regular service in March 1955 before enlisting into the TA as a Gunner.

SWEETING Raymond: LCpl

Ray (Blue) Sweeting of Ripley, Derbyshire on 31 December 2010 aged 67. Blue joined A Coy 11 Pl 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1966 and served with it in Colchester, Minden, Munster and Libya until leaving the Army in 1970.

SYKES Douglas Victor: Major (V)

Douglas Sykes of Bradford on Avon on 18 July 2003 aged 83. Began his career at Nottingham University Officer Training Corps from 1937 - 1939. Took up a commission with the RA in 1940 later transferring to the infantry where he served with the Lincolnshire Regiment, Durham Light Infantry and Cameronians. Joined 5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters after the war.

SYMMONDS George Arthur: Cpl 24026892

George Symmonds of Malvern on 28 October 2005 aged 57. He served as a Drummer with 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and in the Drums and MT Platoon with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He served in gibraltar, Bulford and Warminster leaving the Army in 1971.

TAYLOR Michael Charles: Pte 23806801

Mick Taylor of West Hallam, Derbyshire in July 2007. He completed his National Service with the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters from 1960 - 62 as a member of C and HQ Companies serving in Malaya, Singapore and Northern Ireland. He was a founder member of Ilkeston Branch WFRA.

TAYLOR Frederick A: Pte 6024467

Fred Taylor of Great Clacton, Suffolk died on 29 December 2009 aged 95. Fred joined the 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Tunisia and served with C Company. He was wounded at Salerno in September 1943 and again at Calabritto near Monte Camino. He also served with the Battalion in Greece, 1944 and Austria, 1945.

TIMMONS William: Cpl 4985539

Bill Timmons of Mansfield on 8 April 2006 aged 83. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1941 joining the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion. In December 1941 he was posted to 1st Battalion The Border Regiment in an airborne role. He served with the BORDERS in North Africa, Sicily and Italy in 1943 before returning to UK in December. He landed with the Battalion at Arnhem in September 1944 where he was taken POW and held in Stalag IV B at Torgau. Following his release at the end of the war he transferred to the Royal Engineers and left the Army in 1946.

TOMLINSON J W C: Lieutenant

Bill Tomlinson of Vancouver, Canada in March 2009. Bill was commissioned as a National Service Officer in the Sherwood Foresters on 3 November 1951 he was then posted to Korea, believed to be with the Leicesters.

TOWLE Joseph: Pte 4975857

Joseph Towle of Nottingham on 11 March 2003. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion in 1938 and served in Palestine, Cyprus and Libya. Taken prisoner in 1942 he remained as a POW until repatriation.

TUCKER Philip: Pte 4985570

Philip tucker of Rugby, warwickshire on 25 December 2007 aged 82. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1941 and joined the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion. He then transferred first to RAOC and then to REME. He was badly wounded during the Sicilt Landings. Following demobilisation he worked for the Ambulance Service and was also a bus driver. He later took up employment as a licensee and owned a hotel in Italy.

TUNNICLIFF James Frederick Arthur: CSgt 24254055

Jim Tunnicliff of Belper, Derbyshire on 26 September 2011. Jim joined 3 Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (V) on formation, initially as a TA soldier with C Coy and later as Con-Rate PSI, a position he held until disbandment in 1999. He had previous service as a regular with the RAF.

TUNNICLIFFE Brian J: Pte 24955390

Brian Tunnicliffe of Ilkeston died on operations in Afghanistan on 20 September 2007 aged 33. Prior to enlisting into The 1st Battalion Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in January 1997 he served with C Coy the 3rd Battalion (V) and before that with the Hallcroft Detachment of 5 Bn WFR ACF in Ilkeston. He joined the 1st Battalion in Tidworth. and soon after deployed to Bosnia. He also served in Northern Ireland and had deployed to Belize and Kenya and exercised on HMS Nottingham. He remained with the Battalion when it re-badged 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) on 1 Sep 2007. As a senior Private soldier, Pte Tunnicliffe had been employed in various roles throughout his service, most recently employed in the motor transport platoon. His varied other tasks included a spell as Ram Orderly to Private Derby, the Regiment's Swalesdale Derbyshire Ram mascot.

TURNER Anton C: Lieutenant

Anton turner of Africa on 30 October 2009 as the result of a tragic accident in Tanzania. Commissioned into the RTR in 1992 he transferred to The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1994 and served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and United Arab Emirates. He left the Army in 1997 for university and after graduating found employment with Control Risks, an independent specialist risk consultancy.

TWELLS Francis Joseph: WO1 (RSM) 14194018

Frank Twells of Waddington, Lincoln died on 9 November 2008 aged 79. Frank joined the Sherwood Foresters in 1945 from the General Service Corps. He went on to become CQMS with 1 FORESTERS in Malaya, then Company Sergeant Major of B Coy and finally RSM. He remained with WFR on amalgamation and left the Army in 1974.

VALLANCE George Philip Colles TD JP: Major

George Vallance of Widermerpool, Nottingham on 20 February 2008 aged 99. He was commissioned into the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in July 1939 and took part with the Battalion in the Norwegian Campaign of April 1940 as OC Carrier Platoon. Following the defeat of the British Forces he escaped capture by reaching Sweden where he was interned for several months before returning to England and then rejoining the 8th Battalion in Northern Ireland.. Subsequently he took up a number of staff appointments in north Africa, Italy, Malta and Greece. He retired in October 1945. Before the war he was an outstanding member of the Leicester Tigers and following the war he hunted and became a Master Fox Hounds riding with the Quorn until his eighties.


VOICE Albert Frederick: Pte 5112707

Jack Voice of Tysley, West Midlands on 22 September 2006 aged 87. He was conscripted into the Army in July 1939 and joined the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters to participate in the Battle for France in 1940 and was evacuated through Dunkirk. He served throughout the war with this battalion in the 1943 Tunisian campaign, the Salerno landing in September 1943 and the subsequent campaign up Italy. He was a member of HQ Company, MT Section.

WAGGOTT Frederick Roy: Pte 22385604

Frederick Waggott of Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire on 20 April 2007 aged 76. He was called up for National Service in the Sherwood Foresters on 6 July 1950 and attended training at the Depot of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Budbrooke Barracks. On completion of training he anticipated joining the Foresters however, he was posted to the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment in the Suez Canal Zone and joined the MT Section as a driver to the Adjutant. He returned to England and was discharged from whole-time service on 27 July 1952, going on to complete a further three and half years with the Territorial Army.

WALKER Gerald Brooks MC: Major

Gerald Walker of Burnham, buckinghamshire on 19 January 2011. Gerald served with 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters during WW2, joining it at Anzio in May 1944. He was Platoon Commander 11 Pl D Coy and later wounded at San Savino where he lost an arm. After recovery he served with the Royal Berkshire Regiment at No 17 ITC before leaving the Army in 1946.

WALKER Roderick Muir Bamford OBE MC: Major

Rory Walker of Dunning, Perthshire on 17 October 2008 aged 76. He was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1952 and served with both the 1st and 2nd Battalions. During his time with the Regiment he was attached to both the Parachute Regiment and the SAS, where he won his MC in 1959. He transferred to the Intelligence Corps in the mid 1960s, later finishing his career as a Brigadier.

WALLACE Daniel Dempsey TD JP OBE: Major

Danny Wallace of Barton under Needwood on 23 December 2006 aged 97 He was commissioned into The Sherwood Foresters in 1937 and joined 5th battalion on the outbreak of the Second World War. He was deployed to France with the BEF and was wounded in action, being evacuated on the last hospital ship to leave Le Havre in 1940. Following recovery, he joined the 14th Battalion with which he remained until 1944 being its Commanding Officer when it disbanded. In January 1945 he joined the British Military Mission in Greece where he served until mobilisation in October 1945.

WALLIS Donald Ernest: Cpl 22263586 (formerly 14402628)

Don Wallis of Chellasdon Derbyshire on 18 October 2005 aged 81. He enlisted into the 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in August 1942 and served with them throughout until discharge in 1948. He re-enlisted into the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in April 1958 and served with them for 9 years, leaving in 1967.

WALTERS John William: Pte 24003345

John Walters of Bilborough, Nottingham on 27 March 2017 aged 68.  John enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1996 and served in Drums Platoon in UK, BAOR and Berlin. He continued with Drums Platoon after amalgamation in 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  He was also a battalion boxed.  John left the Regiment in June 1973.

WANER Stephen Michael: Pte 24336423

Steve Waner of Looe, Cornwall on 28 February 2017 aged 60.  Steve enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1974 and served with it with HQ Coy Drums Platoon.  He left the Regiment in 1986.

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WATSON Ronald: Pte 4982044

'Doc' Watson of Bilborough Nottingham on 9 January 2007 aged 92. He was called up in 1940 and joined 14 Battalion The Sherwood Foresters. He remained with the Battalion until September 1944 taking part in the Battle of El Alamein, operations in the middle East and the Italian Campaign including the Anzio Beachhead and the capture of San Savino in the gothic Line. On disbandment of the 14th Battalion he was posted to the Welch Regiment until being demobilised in 1946.

WEBB Jamie J: LCpl 25228073

Jamie Webb of Wilmslow, Cheshire on 26 March 2013 aged 24. Whilst serving with C Coy 1 MERCIAN in Afghanistan died as a result of wounds sustained during an insurgent attack on his patrol base in Nad 'Ali in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on 25 March 2013. Jamie joined 1st Battalion The Cheshire Regiment in 2006 and remained with 1 MERCIAN on amalgamation in 2007. He saw service in Northern Ireland, Iraq and was on his second operational tour in Afghanistan when he was killed

WEBSTER Terry Lee: Cpl 25159658

Cpl Terry (Tez) Webster of Chester aged 24 of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires) KIA Afghanistan on 4 June 2010. He transferred into the Mercian Regiment from the Royal Signals in February 2006 and served with the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland and Iraq before deploying to the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand Province, Afghanistan in March 2010.

WESTON Samuel James Holroyd TD: Lieutenant

Lieutenant Jim Weston TD of Wollaton, Nottingham on 30 September 2015 aged 82.  Jim served in the ranks Pte to WO2 at Nottingham University OTC 1950 to 1959 then as a Private with The Royal Leicestershire Regiment 1959 to 1960:  He was then Commissioned as a 2nd Lt into 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment on 5 November 1960 before joining the 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters as a Lt on 30 June 1961 serving with it to 1967. Jim then went on to serve as a Lt with Prince of Wales Own Volunteers from 1967 to 68, Lt with the The Queens Regiment (Liverpool) 1968, Capt Royal Artillery LAA (TAVR III) Widnes 1968-69 and finally as Lt with the Lancastrian Volunteers, Preston, 1969-1972.

WESTON George Herbert: Cpl

Cpl George Weston of 1/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 26 July 1991 aged 71. George enlisted into the 1st/5th Battalion in 1939 and went with it to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in November 1939. He was then evacuated through Le Havre in June 1940. George then moved with the Bn to India in October 1941, arriving in Bombay on the 28 December 1941. On 9 January 1942 the Battalion embarked for Singapore arriving on 29 January and it was taken PoW in February. George was then put to work on the Burma Railway.

WHELBOURN Harold: Pte

Pte Harold Whelbourn of 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 27 October 1995 aged 72. Harold joined the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion Sherwood Foresters in January 1942 and remained with it when it was designated 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in August 1942. In January 1943 the 16th Battalion was redesignated the 1st Battalion and then in April 1943 Harold was transferred to the 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Tunisia, North Africa.. He served with the 2nd/5th Bn in North Africa, Italy, Greece, Austria and Germany and was later posted to HQ 46 Division before being transferred to the Reserve on 12 March 1947.

WHILEMAN Deborah Patricia: SI C 28555

Debbie Whileman on 21 October 2003. She served with 5th (Derbyshire) Cadet Battalion WFR ACF

WHITE David Elwyn: Pte 23686932

Chalky White of Bilborough, Nottingham on 31 August 2015 aged 77.  Chalky enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in January 1959 and served with it until 1965.  He was with D Coy 12 Platoon and also carried out duties of Arms Storeman.  Chalky saw service in Malaya, Cyprus, N Ireland and Colchester.

WHITE Terence: Pte 14714474

Terence White of Worksop, Nottinghamshire on 4 December 2015 aged 90.  Terence was called up for National Service in 1943 and was badged General Service Corps.  On completion of his training he was posted to The Sherwood Foresters and then transferred to Kings Shropshire Light Infantry in August 1944 before returning to The Sherwood Foresters in 1947 before leaving the Army in January 1948.

WHITEHEAD David: Sgt 24134283

Dave Whitehead on 28 August 2010 aged 58. He enlisted into The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in 1970 and served with the 1st Battalion. He left the Army in 1992.

WHITEHEAD Phillip: Second Lieutenant

Phillip Whitehead MEP of Rowsley Derbyshire on 31 December 2005 aged 68. He enlisted into the Lincolnshire Regiment for National Service in 1956 and was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1957. He was seconded to the West African Frontier Force in The Gambia where he served until his discharge in 1958. He was elected to the European Parliament as a Labour MEP for the East Midlands in 1994, a position which he held at the time of his death.

WHITEHEAD J A K: Major

J A K Whitehead of Blackheath, London on 3 May 2008. He was commissioned into the 12 Battalion Sherwood Foresters in June 1940 and was later a Staff Captain in Central India 1943. Retired as Hon Major in 1946.

WHITTEMORE Walter: Cpl 4982329

Walter Whittemore of Daybrook, Nottingham on 30 December 2003. He enlisted into the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters before joining the 2/5th Battalion in Italy in 1943 serving with them until his demob in 1945.

WHITTON William James: Sgt 19047511

Bill Whitton of Markfield Leicester on 19 November 2006 aged 77. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in July 1947 serving with the 1st Battalion in BAOR, Malaya, Cyprus and UK. He carried out tours with the 8th and 5th/8th Battalions and the Depot. He left in 1969 when he joined 3 WFR (V).

WILD J M: Pte 4986750

Jack Wild of Woodborough, Nottingham on 23 February 2006 aged 86. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1941 and joined the 2nd/5th Battalion in UK and became a member of the Signals Platoon. He sailed to North Africa with the Battalion on Christmas Day 1942. In February and March 1943 the Battalion was engaged in defensive operations in Tunisia and on 2 March at Sedjenane, the Battalion was heavily attacked. Jack was taken POW and held in Italy before being transferred to Stalag IV B at Torgau. He was repatriated at the end of the War.

WILDGUST Neville Parker: Captain

Neville Wildgust of Lambley, Nottinghamshire on 22 April 2012 aged 89. Neville served with the 70th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1940 before being granted an emergency commission with the Green Howards. He then rejoined the 16th Battalion The Sherwod Foresters in 1942 before being posted to the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He was severely wounded in Sedjenane, Tunisia in March 1943 and was hospitalised until September 1944 when he was medically downgraded to administration duties only and offered discharge. He opted to remain in the Army and finished his service with 11th Battalion The Yorks and Lancashire Regiment. He was a stalwart member of the 2nd /5th Sherwood Foresters Wartime Branch WFRA.

WILLIAMS Cecil John: Pte 4546649

Cecil Williams of Redcar, Cleveland on 28 June 2009 aged 87. He enlisted into the West Yorks in March 1941 and transferred to the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in July 1942 remaining with them until being discharged in 1946.

WILLIAMS Jason George: Pte 30058674

Jason Williams of Worcester, KIA in Afghanistan on 8 August 2009 aged 23. He enlisted into the Mercian Regiment in November 2008 and deployed with A (Grenadier) Coy 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) in April 2009.

WILLIAMS Albert H: Sgt 5112730

Bill Williams of Rednal, Birmingham on 1 June 2007 aged 87. He joined the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1940 in the UK and served throughout the war with that battalion. He participated in the 1943 Tunisian campaign and then the Salerno Landing in September 1943 and the subsequent campaign up Italy. Following a short period in Greece the battalion returned to Italy for the assault on the Gothic Line and then at the end of the war was stationed in Austria from where he was demobilised. He was in HQ Company as Provost Sergeant.

WILLIAMS Noel Trevor St John: Colonel

Noel Williams of Chester on 27 January 2011 aged 92. Noel was granted an emergency commission in the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1941 and was posted to the School of Oriental Studies then attached to the Intelligence Corps in 1944 where he was involved in the interrogation of Japanese PoW. He was demobbed in 1945 but later rejoined into the Army Education Corps and serving with it until 1971.

WILLIAMS Victory: Sgt 4978965

Vic Williams of Mickleover, Derby on 8 March 2009 aged 89. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1939 and joined 14th Battalion on its formation in 1940. He remained with the Battalion throughout the campaigns of North Africa and Italy until being posted to the York and Lancaster Regiment in 1944 when the 14th Battalion was disbanded after the fighting at San Savino.

WILLIAMS John: WO2 14477279

John Williams of Thetford, Norfolk on 18 September 2010 aged 82. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1945 and after a period at 28 Training Battalion in Northern Ireland joined the 1st Battalion at Delmenhorst in 1946. He was then posted to the 8th Battalion Sherwood Forsters before moving to The King's African Rifles. John returned to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Malaya 1959/60 remaining with it when it served in UK, Northern Ireland and Cyprus. He left the Army in 1965 and joined the Mercian Volunteers (TA) in Nottingham until 1968 when he moved to Norfolk.

WILSON Arthur William: Pte 21030011

Arthur "Lofty" Wilson of Nechels, Birmingham, on 22 September 2009 aged 80. He enlisted into the Army in August 1947 and joined the Sherwood Foresters on the 18 December. In July 1948 he was attached to the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment for service in the Middle East and remained with them until November 1952 when he was posted back to the Sherwood Foresters. He transferred to the reserves on 29 March 1953 on Completion of his Service

WILTSHIRE Peter: WO2 (TQMS) 223547712

Peter WILTSHIRE of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on 3 April 2016 aged 73.  Peter enlisted as a boy soldier in 1958 and posted to 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in January 1961. In 1970 when it became The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment he was serving as a Sgt at the Junior Trg Regt in Troon.  Peter went on to serve as a Pl Sgt and Provost Sgt in Berlin before moving to the Recruiting Team at Worcester in 1975.  In 1977 he was CQMS in Belize and Colchester, 1979 he became CSM then TQMS in Hemer before serving his last six months at the Depot in Lichfield.  He left the Army in March 1983.

WINTERTON Roland: Pte 14714234

Roland Winterton of Leicester on 4 March 2017 aged 92.  Roland transferred into the Sherwood Foresters from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1945 and was discharged in 1947.

WING Derek: Cpl 23535847

Derek Wing of Stapleford, Nottingham on 18 June 2007 aged 71. He joined the TA in 1958 and successively served in the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters, the 5th/8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters, 1 Mercian Volunteers and 4 WFR(V) where he also worked as a civilian storeman/driver. He left the TA in 1990.

WOOD Arthur Richard: Lieutenant Colonel

Richard Wood of North Cadbury, Somerset on 22 April aged 73. He was commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1962 and served in 1 Worc R in BAOR, Gibraltar and Tobruk, with IJLB, and as a company commander in The Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces during the Dhofar campaign. Richard returned to 1 WFR in Berlin, served with 1 Staffords in NI and Belize and with 1 WFR, 1 RRW and HQ UDR in NI. He also served on the staff in BAOR and the Falklands and as Trg Major of 1 MERCIAN Volunteers. On promotion he commanded the Warminster Support Unit and on retiring in 1993 remained in Warminster as a RO.

WRIGHT Damian Andrew: Pte 25160509

Pte Damian Wright of Mansfield Killed in Action in Afghanistan 5 September 2007 aged 23. Damian joined C Company, 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters on 2 June 2003, whilst it was stationed in Chester remaining with it when it re-badged The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters). During his time with the Battalion he served in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 1 and Bosnia. He also took part in exercises in Kenya, Belize and Cyprus

WRIGHT Thomas M: Dmr 25160800

Thomas Wright of Ripley, Derbyshire Killed in Action in Afghanistan on 24 June 2007 aged 21. He joined the The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in 2003. Initially serving in B Company as a rifleman he saw overseas service in Kenya and Northern Ireland. He then moved to D (Fire Support) Company where he trained as a Drummer in the Corps of Drums. He subsequently deployed to Belize and most recently to Afghanistan.

WRIGHT George Arthur: Pte 4986899

George Wright of Derby on 5 March 2009 aged 86. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in 1942 and joined the 2nd Battalion, remaining with it throughout North Africa, Italy and Palestine before leaving the Army in 1947.

WRIGHT William Howell: Pte 4976115

Bill Wright of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire on 30 November 2012 aged 93. Bill enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters at Normanton Barracks, Derby on 16 July 1938 and was posted to the 1st Battalion. He went with it to Palestine, Cyprus and then on to North Africa where he was taken PoW at the Fall of Tobruk in 1942. He was demobbed on repatriation on 5 February 1946.

YARDLEY William: Pte 4979020

William YARDLEY of Chesterfield, Derbyshire on 30 April 2011 aged 91. Bill enlisted into the 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in January 1940 and went with it to France as part of the BEF. The Battalion was evacuated from Dunkirk on the 2 June 1940 then served in Scotland until January 1941 before moving to East Anglia and later Kent. In December 1942 the Battalion embarked for North Africa disembarking at Algiers on the 3rd January 1943. After the liberation of North Africa, Bill returned to the UK to serve with 18 Platoon 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters at Wrotham in Kent. He completed his service on 1 August 1946.

YEATMAN Wilfred: Pte 14821952

Wilfred Yeatman of Nottinghamshire on 1 September 2011 aged 85. Wilf enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 17 August 1944 and served with the 2nd Battalion until being attached to the Ox & Bucks in June 1945. In January 1946 he returned to the 2nd Battalion and served with it until discharge in 1948.

YEATES Victor Lawrence: Pte 6031518

Victor Yeates on 29 October 2013.  He joined the Sherwood Foresters in May 1943 and served until February 1944 after which he was discharged to the Reserve in August 1947.