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Visiting Headley Court. L to R: Lawrence Barber, Eric Searcey,John Richards, Sue Bell, Maj Alan McKay, SNO, Gary Brooks, David Halton,Linda Graham, Helena Halton


Pilgrimage to France to Commemorate the 7th Battalion (Robin Hood) Foresters and the Battle of the Somme 1st July 2008


Every few years, WFRA Branch members and members of the Old Robin Hood Rifles Club and the Western Front Association, go on an organised trip to the Service to commemorate the Battle of the Somme at the Lochnagar Crater; afterwards, we go to the village of Fonquevilliers from which the 7th Battalion attacked the neighbouring village of Gommecourt, on 1st July at 0730 hours and, in common with every other Regiment on that infamous day, suffered extremely heavy casualties. 2008 was the first time for many years that the French residents had ventured over to England to allow us to return the hospitality they always show to us; a Service to commemorate the Battle of the Somme was held in Southwell Minster and, afterwards, a Reception was held with an excellent meal provided plus some liquid refreshment as well - French wine of course!


Other than the above, it was a busy year for the Branch with attendance at or involvement in The Veterans’ Day Inauguration Ceremony at the Council House, Nottingham, The Albert Ball Memorial Service at Nottingham Castle, The St George’s Day celebrations


at the Council House, Nottingham, Katyn Memorial Service at Southwell Minster, The St George’s Sgt Willetts Dinner at the Stadium, Nottingham, Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday, Nottingham Castle, Badajoz Day at Nottingham Castle, Veterans’ Memorial at the Arboretum, Nottingham, The Malaya Veterans’ Reunion at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, a Veterans’ Day Party at the Robin Hood Rifles Club with 62 in attendance, the Crich Buffet Supper at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, the Annual Pilgrimage to Crich Memorial, the Veterans’ Day Drumhead Service at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, the Rededication of the Retford War Memorial, the Battle of Britain Service and parade at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market, the Centenary of the formation of the Territorial Army Parade at Derby, the Remembrance Day Parades at Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, Soldiers’ Corner, General Cemetery Nottingham, the Cenotaph, London, and at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, the Rededication of the St Mary’s World War 1 Memorial in the Lace Market, Nottingham, the Remembrance Day Concert at the Carlton Forum, Nottingham, and the Christmas party at the Robin Hood Rifles Club with 65 people in attendance. Also, we visited Cromer for the day and we took part in the Parade to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the Robin Hood Rifles at Nottingham Castle on 30th May; we hope to march with the 2nd Battalion on their Welcome Home Parade through Nottingham City Centre in December 2009.


Rugeley & District


The Rugeley Branch of the Association was formed in August 1994. It consisted of Staffordshire men who had served in The Worcestershire Regiment. On reflection, it could have been formed much earlier because of the interest generated. Arising out of a meeting of Dunkirk Veterans in Stafford, it was found that there was a common interest


WFRA Trip to Vimy Ridge, May 09 148 October 2009 The Mercian Eagle


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