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Notices Support the 2nd Battalion Remembrance Sunday


The Colonel of the Regiment has expressed a wish that a MERCIAN contingent march at the Cenotaph this year. The outline idea is for Association members to march in the order: CRA, WFRA, SRA, MRVA, MRA. This would enable Associations, although marching as individual contingents, to march together. Branch Secretaries are asked to contact RHQ to notify their Branch’s wish to march.


Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll – Died on Operations


Recognition The basic criteria for eligibility is that the death must have taken place in a medal- earning theatre of operations after 1 January 1948. The award is for families of those who were serving with or who were members of the Regular or Reserve Armed Forces or the RFA. Eligibility will be decided by the Medal Office. For all deaths between 1 Jan 1948 and 31 Dec 1999, applicants must apply to the Medal Office either online at www. mod.uk/defenceinternet/defencefor/ veterans/medals or by post.


Dedication of the Sherwood Foresters Western Front Memorial at Tyne Cot:


24 October 2009 In the Great War, 11,409 men of The Sherwood Foresters died on active service, the vast majority of them on the Western Front. Despite the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire having made this great sacrifice, the Regiment is unique in having no lasting Memorial anywhere in France or Belgium. 140,000 men served in the ranks of the Regiment’s thirty three Battalions and, of the seventy four Infantry Regiments then in existence,


The Mercian Eagle


Elastic Wrist Bracelets with the inscription “SUPPORT 2 MERCIAN (WORCESTERS & FORESTERS) IN AFGHANISTAN” are now available from RHQ Nottingham and RHQ Worcester @ £2.00 each. Cheques or Postal Orders should be made payable to RHQ MERCIAN.


only three won more Victoria Crosses than The Sherwood Foresters in the war. Nine of the Foresters’ ten Great War VCs were won on or over the Western Front. In the aftermath of the war, it was decided to commemorate the Fallen by the construction of a lanterne-des-morts memorial in the shape of a lighthouse shining out over the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border from Crich Hill. At that time, it was a wise decision as travel to Europe was expensive and difficult but times have now changed and many thousands of people visit the battlefields and cemeteries of the Western Front every year. These numbers grow annually and include many school groups and descendants from our counties.


The aim is to erect a suitable, modest memorial of Derbyshire Sandstone engraved with a Sherwood Foresters Badge and explanatory text made by an approved stonemason, to transport it to Belgium and to erect it permanently at the Tyne Cot Cemetery on the Passchendaele Ridge. An appeal was launched in August 2008 within the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to raise the necessary funds. Tyne Cot Cemetery was chosen as it is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in the world. Here lie 11,908 individual graves, many of them marked “A Soldier of the Great War known only unto God”. Along the back wall of the Cemetery are inscribed the names of the 35,000 men who died in the Ypres Salient between 16 August 1917 and the end of the War and who have no known grave.


The programme of events will be:


• 23 October 2009: 2000 hours. Col P Dennis, Deputy Colonel The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), will lay a wreath at the Menin Gate.


• 24 October 2009: 1100 hours. Unveiling of the Memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery.


• 24 October 2009: 1200 hours (approx). VIPs/Invited Guests move to Zonnebeek for the opening of a Sherwood Foresters Display within the Museum and a Presentation of a Carved Stone Plaque to the Commune of Zonnebeek.


• 24 October 2009: 1330 hours (approx). VIPs/Invited Guests move to Reception.


• 25 October 2009: 0800 hours. Battlefield tour. Rough drawing of the carved stone


plaque to be presented to the Commune of Zonnebeek and displayed within the Zonnebeek Museum.


All seats on the Association coach to Belgium have now been sold. Admittance to the Dedication Ceremony will be by ticket only. Those travelling on the Association coach will be given their tickets on the day of travel; all others should forward their details to Mr C Housley c/o RHQ Nottingham. Please include postal address and full contact details.


Calling all ex-Drummers and Corps of Drums


enthusiasts Precious little Corps of Drums material is available to the public and one rarely hears the magical sound of drums and flutes marching through our streets these days. If you would like to hear the sound of more than 70 drum and flute marches plus some bugle calls or get hold of the music for over 370 drum and flute marches and selections or would like to make contact with other ex- drummers throughout UK or would like to find a list of instrument and equipment suppliers or would like to visit the website of other Corps of Drums or The Corps of Drums Society or would like to download some tutors and manuals, or would like to join our Corps of Drums based in Leeds or other Corps around UK, please visit: www.yorkshirecorpsofdrums.com. This is the website for The Yorkshire Corps of Drums and The Guild of Army Drummers which is dedicated to sharing information, putting people in touch with each other and promoting our military musical heritage of drum, flute and bugle music and calls. Peter McCarthy BEM, the Webmaster, hopes that you take a few minutes to visit and hopefully enjoy our website.


Close Observation Platoon (COP)


Commemoration Op Banner ended in August 2007 and the last COP ceased operating. COPs were


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