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I was a serving soldier in the 1st Battalion the Queen’s Regt (Surrey) for nine years - Lance Corporal. My duties included working in Headquarters Intelligence. I also boxed for the Battalion for seven years and was Army Champion. I did three ‘tours’ of Northern Ireland whilst based in Bulford,Wiltshire and, later at Werl, in Germany.

In later years I found myself saddened and moved to see our troops, my former colleagues, being lost in action; particularly the televised bulletins showing the returning coffins of the lost soldiers. It affected me to an extent that I stopped watching television. But simply blotting out the matter was not enough;

something within me told me I needed to do more. I started looking for land with a vague notion to provide a place to honour the fallen. It was two and a half years later I found a plot of woodland near Dorking in Surrey which was up for auction. When I visited the site at Holmbury

St Mary the wood was littered with rubbish, very neglected with high brambles everywhere. But,standing there in the total silence apart from the occasional bird singing and church bells ringing in the distance, I knew this was meant to be; I knew my vision would now be fulfilled.

As soon as I had possession of the land I

contacted some Army ‘buddies’ and explained my vision. They have been incredibly helpful. I have since applied to form a Charity and, with generous help from the local residents who have donated picnic benches, flowers, trees and shrubs, not to forget their spare time "The Queens Memorial Woodland" is available for all to visit.

It is a Garden of Reflection, a place where those who have lost loved ones or those suffering from the effects of conflict, can wander or sit and remember, in a natural environment. With the help from ex-soldiers (Queensmen) the support has grown and so has the "word". Although ‘our’ Regiment has been disbanded, this is our way of showing support for our troops and help share the sense of loss, help those suffering from the trauma and gain solace from the tranquility of the place. Although I have purchased the woodland the and garden is for ALL of our Services who have suffered in the line of duty.

Paul Cooling







The Chairman and Trustees of QRMW feel that to secure the future of the
Memorial Woodland we must secure the interest of our young people –
the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of ex-servicemen.

We now have trees planted in Honour of Husbands, Fathers and Grandfathers.
We have ashes scattered for the same reasons and loved ones laid to rest with
their brothers from the Armed Forces.

We have therefore set up “The Friends of The Memorial Woodland” aimed at
young people, although ANYONE can become a “Friend of the Woodland”.
We hope it will encourage those who have or had relatives in The Queen’s Regiment
and other Services to play an active part in the future of our Woodland which is a
place for all to come and meet, walk, sit, reflect and sometimes work!

If you are interested in joining please complete the attached form and send back to
us with your payment. In return you will receive a joining pack and news letter once a quarter.

We look forward to seeing you at the woodland in the future as Members of “Friends of the Woodland”.

Paul Cooling
The Queen’s Regt Memorial Woodland for Fallen Servicemen

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Sun 4th June 1pm

3rd Anniversary Celebration at The Memorial Woodland. Corp Drums. BBQ and bar. ALL are welcome.
Standard bearers and a group from Chichester will be attending for a tree to be planted in memory of Colonel
David Beveridge.

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