10 years since the loss of three local Soldiers

July 15, 2015

TOMORROW will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Staffordshire Regiment tragically losing three of Soldiers.

A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the Lives of 2/Lt Richard Shearer from Nuneaton and Private Leon Spicer and Private Phillip Hewett, both from Tamworth will be held on Saturday 1st August 2015.

I am sure many will remember the tragedy of 16th July 2005 when three of our brave Stafford’s were killed by a road side bomb in Al Amarah and two more, seriously wounded. With this year being the tenth anniversary the families are keen to hold a memorial service for them.

The service will take place at The Staffordshire Regimental Association plot at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

There will be a few benches and chairs out for the elderly or disabled, but the majority of the congregation will be standing.

The Staffordshire Regiment Association will gather at 1030 hrs for an 1100 hrs service, which will be taken by The Revd. Keith Barry, who was Padre of 1 STAFFORDS at the time.

Members of The Staffordshire Regiment Association and Mercian Regiment Volunteers Association plus serving and former members of The Mercian Regiment; are all invited to attend. Branch Standards are requested. The families have invited their own guests.

Afterwards there will be a reception in the Royal British Legion Club in Alrewas. We would be grateful if Branches and individuals could inform me if they intend going to this. We have been allocated fifty places, but for planning purposes, the families would like to have an idea of approximate numbers.

If you wish to attend, please contact Jim Massey on: Jim.massey767@mod.uk or Tel: 01543 434392

2/Lt Richard Shearer, Private Leon Spicer and Private Phillip Hewet

2/Lt Richard Shearer, Private Leon Spicer and Private Phillip Hewet