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Departures


Maj Gen C G S Hughes CBE


Major General Chris Hughes handed over as Colonel of the Regiment to Brigadier Andrew Sharpe in January 2009. He relinquished his appointment as Colonel Commandant The Prince of Wales’ Division and retired from the Army in June 2009.


Lt Col P E W Smith


and, shortly afterwards, he underwent jungle training in Belize prior to the Battalion’s tour in 1978/79. After eight months in Belize, he was home for 6 weeks – just enough time to get married – before being posted to BATUS in Canada for six months as the Mortar Safety Officer. Following that, he became Regimental Signals Officer and then Adjutant of the 1st Battalion in Germany, including the 1982 tour in West Belfast, before a posting to Warminster as an Instructor on the Platoon Commanders’ Battle Course. He attended the Army Staff College before returning to regimental duty as OC B Company of the 1st Battalion. His tour included Ex Trumpet Dance in the USA and the Battalion tour to Cyprus in 1987. After a tour on the staff in Colchester, he returned to Cyprus as the Battalion Second in Command from 1991 to 1993. This was followed by a tour in MOD at the Army’s Discipline Branch. In 1996/97 he was seconded to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Sarajevo before being selected to command 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. Sadly, the Battalion was disbanded in 1999 following the Strategic Defence Review of 1998 and a posting as Divisional Lieutenant Colonel Prince of Wales’s Division followed when he completed his MBA. He then undertook a number of SO1 appointments before finishing his career at Headquarters Land Forces in Wilton. He was a Regimental Trustee from 1997 to 2008 and was a Trustee of The Mercian Regiment over the period of the formation of the new Regiment. He is the Chairman of the WFRA, a position he has held since 1999. He is a keen sailor and he is married to Susie: they have two daughters. He retired from the Army in April 2009 and he is now a director and non-executive chairman of Kenray Forming Ltd, a light engineering company.


Maj M W G Martin


Peter Smith was commissioned into The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1974. After a brief but memorable visit to Berlin, he took up the post of OC 9 Platoon in Ballykelly serving mainly in the Bogside and Brandywell areas of Londonderry and in Dungiven. He took part, also, in a major anti-riot action in the Maze Prison in November 1974. He was then posted to Lichfield to train recruits for a year before undertaking the Mortar Officers’ course at Netheravon. He joined the Mortar Platoon in time for the 1977 Firemen’s Strike


110 October 2009


Mike Martin was born at the Gurkha Training Depot at Sungei Patani in Malaya in 1953 and his early childhood was spent predominantly in the Far and Middle East. As a teenager, he was one of the hostages on the BOAC VC-10 which was hijacked and held for five days in the Jordanian desert by Palestinian terrorists in September 1970. He was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, where he was a cadet in the RAF Section of the CCF.


He enlisted on an ‘O’ type engagement with the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1972 and, following recruit training, he attended the pre-Sandhurst course at Beaconsfield. He


attended SMC/RCC 2 at RMA Sandhurst in 1973 and was commissioned into The Gloucestershire Regiment serving with the 1st Battalion in BAOR/Northern Ireland in 1974/75; following this, he completed a tour at the Infantry Junior Leaders’ Battalion from 1975 - 1976 where Sgts Bartram and Brighton, both WFR, were his Platoon Sergeants. He returned to 1 GLOSTERS and served in Northern Ireland and BAOR as Mortar Officer, Company 2ic and then Adjutant. Following a six month operational attachment with HQ 8 Inf Bde in Londonderry in 1980, he was an Instructor on the Pl Sgts’ Division at the NCO’s Tactical Wing, School of Infantry, between 1980 and 1982. He was then was posted to 1 WFR in BAOR, initially as Trg Offr/IO and then as 2ic B Company under Maj Jonny Hackett. He transferred to The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1984.


In 1984, he volunteered for loan service and served as the SO3 G3 Ops/Trg of the Southern Brigade of the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces, including a six month spell as the acting Brigade Major. He returned to 1 WFR in 1986 to command C Company in UK, which included a six month tour with UNFICYP. Between 1988 and 1990, he was SO2 G3 Cadets at HQ Eastern District where he earned his staff qualification. Lt Col Peter Smith was also serving in the HQ as an SO2. From 1991, he was Trg Maj 3 STAFFORDS and then, in 1993, he was selected to be 2ic of a Loan Service Team tasked to establish a new NCO School for the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi. He returned to UK in 1995 to be Trg Maj 3 CHESHIRE for their conversion to a TA Fire Support Battalion: Maj John Tyson of Bisley fame was one of the PSAOs. Between 1999 and 2004, he was SO2 Trg at HQ Army Training Estate Salisbury Plain


The Mercian Eagle


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