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Of Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, on 16 January 2009 aged 93. Frank enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in June 1940 and was posted to the 14th Battalion. He served in the Battalion for the majority of the war in North Africa including the battle of El Alamein before moving on to Anzio and the hard fought campaign up Italy. On the disbandment of the Battalion in September 1944, he was transferred to The Loyal Regiment. After demobilisation, he became a painter and decorator.


HUXTER Percy Douglas Capt 164621


Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 2006, joining C Company at the age of 17. On joining the Battalion, he deployed to Belize for a jungle training exercise in preparation for the Op Herrick 6 deployment to Helmand Province. That deployment was a true test for all members of the battalion and one in which LCpl Hill distinguished himself. Shortly after the tour, he attended and passed the Assault Pioneers’ Course followed by the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers’ Cadre to achieve promotion to Lance Corporal. This was after an unusually short time which is testament to the ability of a relatively junior soldier. On Op Herrick 10, the battalion has been deployed in the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team rôle which seeks to build the capability of the Afghan National Army by living, working and fighting alongside them. Soldiers are part of eight- man teams living in isolated locations in austere conditions; this requires a mental toughness which LCpl Hill enjoyed: he was a true leader in the making. He always volunteered to deploy on operations and felt disappointed to be left in the patrol base. Most of all, “Hilly’s” sense of humour will be missed; true to the nature of a British Army soldier he would often play jokes on his mates. LCpl Kieron Hill will be remembered by all as a brave and tough soldier who was a pleasure and inspiration to work with. He was an all-rounder who had everything required for a promising career in the true traditions of the British Army and of the Regiment. He was an ardent Nottingham Forest supporter and himself a very keen footballer who was regularly chosen to be in the Company and Battalion teams. He died as a result of an explosion whilst on operations near Garmsir in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was unmarried.


HUMPHREy Samuel Frank 4981896


the NW Europe campaign becoming second- in-command of D Company and, in the later stages of the war, he took command of D Company when the Company Commander, Major Bryan Elder, was evacuated because of his wounds. At the end of the war, Percy remained with the 1st Battalion in Germany moving to Support Company. Finally, in March 1946, he was demobbed and returned home to civilian life in Worcester.


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Of New Zealand on 22 February 2009. He served in The North Staffordshire Regiment.


JEFFERy Walter WO2 (CSM) 4981899 Of Rise Park, Nottingham, on 29 October 2008 aged 94. He enlisted in June 1940 and served with 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters throughout the war in North Africa, at the battle of El Alamein, in Italy and in the Middle East. He was wounded in April 1944 during the fierce fighting on the Anzio Beachhead. He was demobilised in January 1948 and transferred to the Reserve. He became a department manager in the Griffin and Spalding Store (Debenhams), Nottingham.


JESSETT Timothy Edward Capt


Of Worcester on 17th November 2008 at Worcester Hospital, aged 89. At the start of World War II, Percy Huxter was a soldier with 8th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and, by the time they landed in France with the British Expeditionary Forces in January 1940, he was a Corporal in the Carrier Platoon. During the withdrawal to Dunkirk, Percy became separated from the rest of the Platoon when his vehicle broke down. However, he finally made his way back to the beaches at Dunkirk and managed to hitch a left to Ramsgate on an old Dutch cargo boat and was eventually reunited with the rest of the Battalion. He was selected to attend an Officer Cadet course at Sandhurst and he was commissioned in December 1940 as a 2Lt into 9th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment, spending the next two years with them in Northern Ireland as a Platoon Commander. Towards the end of this period, he was involved in joint exercises with the Americans who were preparing for the D-Day landings. In the autumn 1943, Percy was once again back in England, initially at Clacton-on-Sea and then at Hertford on an assault training exercise. At the time of the D-Day landings, Percy was near Folkestone but was held in reserve. Later that year, the 1st Battalion, which had been fighting in Holland, was short of officers and Percy was sent out as a battle casualty replacement. He was flown to France in a Dakota and made his way through Belgium to join the Battalion at Cuijk, Holland, on 2nd November 1944. He was posted to A Company as second-in-command. Percy remained with the 1st Battalion throughout


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Of Doune, Perthshire, on 19 September 2008 aged 70. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in 1959 and served with the 1st Battalion in Malaya, Singapore, Cyprus and BAOR. In 1968, he was posted to the Junior Infantrymen’s Battalion, Shorncliffe, as 2ic D Coy. He left the Army in 1969 and set up a business in Menorca where he remained until moving to Scotland.


LAMOND David Hywell Douglas “Joe” Maj


Of Crowthorne, Berkshire on 5 March 2009 aged 75. Born in 1933 and educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, he was commissioned into The South Staffordshire Regiment in 1953 and joined The 1st Battalion in 1953 in Minden, remaining with them until 1958. During this period, he served with them in their final years in Egypt, Cyprus and Luneburg. After a staff post in HQ 1 (BR) Corps, he returned to 1st Bn The Staffordshire Regiment and served with them in Kenya and Colchester. His remaining service included postings to The Tanganyika Rifles, (where he was caught up in the 1964 mutiny), The Zambian Regiment


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