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collected a total of £1104.29p. The members were thanked by Mrs Alison Bates, the Royal British Legion organiser, for their efforts. The Branch paraded at the Civic Parade on Remembrance Sunday. Mike Webster also laid a wreath for the Association at the Bilston Memorial on Armistice Day.


Wolverhampton Branch meets on the last Sunday of the month at the United Services Club, 22 Humber Road, Wolverhampton, at 1159 hrs.


Eagle Dining Club


The Eagle Dining Club continues to flourish with a membership of one hundred and thirteen officers. We have an average attendance of about thirty members attending the annual dinner. We now meet in May at Lucas House, University of Birmingham, instead of the usual venue of the Officers’ Mess at Whittington Barracks which is being refurbished. Our thanks go to Maj Lawrence Chell for all his work as Treasurer and Secretary in organising the dinner. The dining club is open to all officers both Regular and Volunteer who served with the Mercian Volunteers.


Please contact Lawrence on 01332 768221 if you wish to join.


The Web Site:


www.mercians.org The site has now had over 49,000 hits since its inception. Nick Pearson continues to provide the IT skills and enthusiasm as webmaster for which we are extremely grateful. The site has been an excellent asset to the Association. It has allowed us to contact so many more ex Mercians and it also acts as an excellent public relations and advertising outlet for us. We are able to give members summaries and pictures of Association events and we are constantly looking for photographs and any other information on ex-Mercians and their service in the two battalions we raised. Nick is only too happy to receive stories and photos and to put them on the web for us. So please contact him if you have any material you want to share. His email is toonarmy60@ btinternet.com. There are no prizes for guessing which football team he supports! Please keep in touch by using the website particularly for information on Association activities. Remember that we need your email address if you have one!


We are looking forward to another successful year and are always looking for new members. The President, Chairman and the Committee would like to thank all the members for their continuing support.


Near and Far The Hohenzollern Redoubt -


A Family Pilgrimage On Tuesday 14 October 2008, three generations of the Green family paid tribute to the fallen of the 46th (North Midland) Division (TF) at the memorial situated in the small village of Auchy les Mines in northern France between Bethune and Lens.


The artillery bombardment prior to the initial assault on 13 October 1915 by The Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire Regiments had little effect on the deep German dugouts and their machine guns were soon in action. Nevertheless, some progress was made but, eventually, the attack stalled. On 14 October, 139 Brigade (1st/5th, 1st/6th, 1st/7th, 1st/8th Sherwood Foresters) was ordered to “attack and consolidate” on the right of the redoubt. It was decided to dispose with artillery support and, in the words of the official historian of 1st/8th Bn, “advance quietly, no firing, then in with the bayonet”.


The Germans counter attacked and it was here that John Green’s father, Capt W L Green MC MM, (then a Sgt with 1st/8th) earned the MM while manning a barricade virtually single-handed for nearly 24 hours. Stalemate ensued and no further progress was made on this point of the line until towards the end of the war. Of those killed, over 90% have no known grave. On a sunny October day in 2008, Edward Bloomer, the 7 year old great grandson of Capt Green, laid a wreath at the memorial on behalf of the Regiment. He was accompanied by Capt Green’s son, John, and grandson Robert.


Hohenzollen Redoubt Memorial, Auchy Le Mines


Obituary


PENDLINGTON Maj “Matt” TD RAMC It is with deep regret that MVRA tells of the death of Maj Matt Pendlington who served with the 1st Battalion as Medical Officer for a long time. Maj Pendlington was one of the characters we well remember. His Geordie sense of humour always rose to the occasion. At Thetford, when around one hundred Mercians suffered from dysentery caused by reheated chicken, his remark “It will pass” had us in hysterics! We had only five shovels between one hundred men and, unfortunately, the MO had commandeered one, as he had eaten the chicken as well! The funeral was held at the Corpus Christie Roman Catholic Church, Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton on 11th September 2008.


In March this year, Matt, his eldest son, died. He, too, served with 1 MERCIAN whilst at University as did the youngest son, Ian.


Mrs Mary Pendlington was in hospital and was unable to attend her husband’s funeral; members of the Association were present and extend their sympathies to all of the family.


John Green (Ex-Forester) son of Capt W L Green, Robert (grandson) and Edward Bloomer (great grandson)


154 October 2009 The Mercian Eagle


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