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rôle. At the start of the exercise, Governor Poulton was kidnapped by terrorists and spirited away to some cavern in the depths of the rock. The remainder of the exercise consisted of the Battalion having to mount a rescue operation. When Polly left the Army, he was towed out of barracks. Apart from Commanding Officers, Regimental Sergeant Majors and the occasional Quartermaster, no-one else ever received this kind of treatment.


PRATT Ken


Of West Bromwich on 2 July 2008 aged 70. He served with 1st South Staffords in the EOKA Campaign in Cyprus in 1955/7 and was a member of West Bromwich Branch of the Association.


PRIEST Charles Arthur Pte 14423189


Of Woking on 6 June 2008 aged 82. Born on 30 June 1925, he enlisted in The Worcestershire Regiment in 1943, serving in B and HQ Companies of the 1st Battalion until July 1945. He transferred to The Royal Military Police as a Cpl, serving with 214 Provost Bde until June 1947 and again from March 1948 until July 1952.


RICHARDS William “Richy” Pte 1725578


stand-in Bandmaster. In 1954, he joined The Royal Military School of Music as a Student Bandmaster where he won the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Medal and the Beeson Gold Medal. In 1957, he was appointed Bandmaster of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry Band, a post he held for nearly 10 years serving in Kenya, Germany, Singapore and UK. He received an Honours degree at the Royal Military School of Music and became a Director of Music. In 1967, he was appointed Bandmaster of the Lowland Brigade in Scotland and, in 1968, he was appointed Director of Music to the Aldershot Band Royal Engineers. In 1970, he was promoted Major and assumed the appointment of Director of Music to the Staff Band Royal Engineers, Chatham. In 1974, he became Director of Music of The Coldstream Guards. In 1977, he was Senior Director of Music of The Guards Division responsible for the Trooping The Colour and the music played by bands at other state occasions. He was an examiner for The Royal Military School of Music and The Royal College of Music and Conductor of the Arrow Valley Brass band.


RUSSELL Kenneth Claude Maj


Of Coven, Staffordshire, on 8 March 2009 aged 96 years. He enlisted into The Black Watch at Paisley and, in 1944, he was transferred to The Sherwood Foresters AA Regiment RA and saw active service in France and Germany. After discharge in 1946, he became a Master Shoe Maker and Commissionaire and later became a Special Police Constable.


RIDINGS Richard Annison OBE ARCM psm Lt Col 4987685


Of Sutton Coldfield on 19 January 2009 aged 93. He was commissioned into The South Staffordshire Regiment; very little is known about his service apart from the fact that he served in Burma during WW2. He does not feature in the nominal roll of the 1st South Staffords at the start of the Chindit Campaign but it is thought that he was on a ship which was sunk en route for India and that he was late arriving in theatre. It is possible that he served with the South Wales Borderers in Burma and returned to the South Staffords after the war. He attended many Reunions over the years.


SANDLESON George


Of Stafford on 1 January 2009. He served in The Staffordshire Regiment.


SIMMONDS Lou Of Lower Stourbridge on 8th March 2009 aged 81. Lou served with 2nd South Staffords in Germany in 1945/6. After his service, he worked as a Bus Mechanic. He was founder member of the Stourbridge Branch of the Regimental Association and, for eight years, he was Secretary and Treasurer. He was also heavily involved with the local branch of the Royal British Legion and was also in the Parachute Regiment Association.


SIMMONS Lesley


Of Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, on 21 September 2008 aged 79. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters at Normanton Barracks in May 1944 as a band boy and spent 10 years with the Band, his last 18 months in Egypt as Band Sergeant and


The Mercian Eagle


Of Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, on 11 May 2008 aged 95. He enlisted into KSLI in 1932 and served in Palestine and Northern Ireland with them before WW2. He transferred into 2nd North Staffords and went with them to France as part of the BEF. He took part in the subsequent fighting and retreat to Dunkirk and was wounded in the thigh, which meant that he spent the long summer


of 1940 in hospital in Kent, where he was able observe the Battle of Britain above. He spent much of the remainder of WW2 in Northern Ireland as a Sergeant in a training team. He completed his service in October 1945. After the war, he settled in Walmley and worked for Dunlop and Cincinnati Milacrom and other firms in the area. He was a member of the Dunkirk Veterans’ Association and he took part in the 21st Pilgrimage. He was also interviewed by the well known Midlands Historian, Professor Carl Chinn.


SMITH Don Pte 23457768


Of Worcester on 10 October 2008 aged 71. Born on 20 January 1937 in St John’s, Worcester, he was called up for National Service on 23 February 1958; he joined The Worcestershire Regiment at Norton Barracks for basic training and was posted to the 1st Battalion in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1958, spending a short time with HQ Coy before moving to 5 Platoon B Company in British Honduras. He returned to UK with the Battalion in 1960 as a member of the Medium Machine Gun Platoon. He served until 1961. He was an apprentice organ tuner at the time of his enlistment and he returned to this profession after his extended National Service; he was a keen skittles player and an active member of The Worcestershire Bowling Association.


SMITH Ernest Robert Cpl 4976386


Of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, on 3 February 2009 aged 89. He enlisted into The Sherwood Foresters in March 1939 and served with the 8th Battalion in the Norwegian Campaign. On return to UK in May 1940, he was transferred to The Royal Engineers. After demobilisation, he served with the Territorial Army. His was a Miner for 46 years until retirement.


SMITH Trevor


Of Wolverhampton on 15 January 2009. He served with 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment.


SMITH Victor Reuben Pte 19181668


Of Droitwich Spa on 16 September 2008 aged 79. Born on 11 May 1929 in Droitwich,


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