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In Memoriam ADAMS Keith CSgt


Of Bretby, Staffordshire, on 27 August 2008. He enlisted in 1957 and served mainly with 1st Bn The Staffordshire Regiment until his retirement in 1979. He spent many years in the Mortar Platoon and was known throughout the Battalion as a character with his own unique style and sense of humour. After retirement, he worked for many years in Whittington Barracks as a storeman.


ALLEN Kenneth George Lt Col DL 240429


Italy: he rejoined 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters in August 1945 as 2ic B Company taking over as Adjt in May 1946. Ken left the Battalion in 1949 to become GSO3 HQ Lorried Inf Bde in BAOR. He attended Staff College in 1951 becoming Brigade Major in HQ Para Bde on completion of the course. In 1956, he returned to 1 FORESTERS as Company Commander in BAOR and Libya and then assumed the appointment of GSO2 Int in Cyprus from 1956 to 1958. He commanded a Company of 1 FORESTERS in Malaya, Singapore and Borneo in 1959 and the Regimental Depot in 1960. In 1962, he became MA to COS Army HQ, Singapore and, in 1963, Army Comd’s rep on the staff of C in C Far East. He returned to UK as GSO2 Land/Air Warfare staff in MOD and took command of 1 FORESTERS in Münster in 1965. From 1968 to 1969, he was GSO1 in Operational Requirements, MOD, moving to Cyprus in 1970 as GSO1 Dep Comd Int. His final posting was as GSO1 on MS’s staff in MOD. He was a keen sportsman being Bn X-Country champion in 1946 – 48 and representing the Bn, 49 Inf Div and Hamburg Joint Services at Rugby. He was Chairman and Secretary of the Joint Services Sub Aqua Club in both Cyprus and Singapore. He retired prematurely to take up the appointment of Assistant Regimental Secretary in January 1977 becoming Regimental Secretary from 1980 until 1987. On retirement, he served for several years as Commissioner for St John Ambulance and was honoured as a Companion of the Order of St John. He was a Deputy Lieutenant for Worcestershire.


Of Ilminster, Somerset, on 14 February 2009 aged 86. The son of Lt Col B G Allen, late The Sherwood Foresters, Ken was born on 28 August 1922 and attended St Bees School. In May 1940, he joined the Sherwood Foresters Young Soldiers’ Battalion before enlisting as an adult (4985581) in February 1941; he attended 165 OCTU in February 1942 and he was granted an Emergency Commission in The Sherwood Foresters on 1 August 1942, serving as a Brigade Cadre Instructor at 148 Pre-OCTU until 1 February 1943. He undertook Special Forces Training and, as an A/Capt, became an instructor in weapons and demolition at Commando Training Centres in UK and Italy in 1944. In March 1945, he joined 2 Commando as Substantive Lt and was promoted to Temp Capt on 19 April 1945 when he transferred to 40 RM Commando as OC A Troop in


The Mercian Eagle BAKER Bob CSgt


In the summer of 2008. He served with 1st North Staffords in Trieste, Germany and a variety of places in UK.


BAINBRIDGE Cecil J “Joe” Pte 5254943


Of Newark, Nottinghamshire, on 11 March 2009 aged 93. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in 1938 and took part in the Norway Campaign with 8th Battalion and after return to England was stationed in Northern Ireland. He transferred to the 1st Battalion in 1943 and was subsequently posted as a Mortar Instructor to the training organization in Northumberland which prepared units for service Burma. After transferring to the Queens Regiment he was posted to Burma again as part of a training school. He was discharged in November 1945 and joined the Reserve.


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The Regiment extends sincere condolences to the families of all those named below:


Of Teignmouth, Devon, on 11 January 2009 aged 92. Born in Ironville, Derbyshire, on 7 October 1916, Joe enlisted at Norton Barracks into The Worcestershire Regiment on 19 March 1940 and was posted to the 9th Battalion where he was Batman to Captain Percy Huxter for 2 years in Northern Ireland. He was posted to the 1st Battalion in 1944 to serve in D Company as batman to Major Bryan Elder. He remained with the 1st Battalion until the end of the War. After the War, Joe set up his own printing business and worked subsequently as a newspaper printer and enameller. He moved to Devon in 1967 and retrained as a milling engineer. He was a self-taught scholar and he became something of an expert on ancient Roman and Greek history and literature. His other hobby was making wine and beer, being wine and beer maker of the year on a couple of occasions. He took up world travel when he was over 80 years of age, visiting much of Europe, Egypt (where he made a long camel ride across the desert and entered the Great Pyramid), Australia and New Zealand.


BAINES Alan Thomas Sgt 4975914


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