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Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

Last updated: 1 July 2014

Other ranks’ cap badge, Sherwood Foresters, c1900Other ranks’ cap badge, Sherwood Foresters, c1900
NAM. 1970-12-200-3

Introduction

The Sherwood Foresters was a regiment set up in 1881 during the Childers Reforms of the British Army. It merged the rifle volunteer and militia units of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with two regular regiments, the 45th (Nottinghamshire) (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment of Foot and the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot, with the regular regiments becoming 1st and 2nd Battalions of the new unit.

2nd Battalion was then immediately deployed to Egypt for the 1882 conflict there, then to the North West Frontier, where it took part in the Tirah Expedition and won its first Victoria Cross on the Heights of Dargai. In contrast, 1st Battalion was put on garrison duty in Ireland for the first 12 years of its life, until being sent to the Boer War in 1899.

Both battalions redeployed back to England on the outbreak of the First World War and during the course of the conflict raised 13 battalions for home service and 20 for foreign service. These fought in Gallipoli and Italy as well as the Western Front, gaining 57 battle honours.

Men of the Sherwood Foresters advancing on the Western Front, 1916-17Men of the Sherwood Foresters advancing on the Western Front, 1916-17
NAM. 1999-11-70-57

Used during the interwar period as occupation and garrison troops, they were back in action in Norway, northern France and North Africa in the early years of the Second World War. Its whole 2nd Battalion was captured at Tobruk in June 1942 and 16th Battalion was renamed to replace it. However, this and the regiment’s other battalions went on to serve in Sicily, Italy, Singapore and Malaya. Forester volunteers joined both the Chindits and the Commandos - some of them were part of 4 Commando when it became the first British unit to land on Sword Beach on D-Day.

The regiment returned to occupation duties in Germany during the post-war period, though fought in Malaya in 1958 and in Cyprus in 1960. They also deployed to Northern Ireland from 1963 to 1966, before a final spell in Germany before returning to England in 1970, where they were amalgamated with The Worcestershire Regiment to form The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot).

Key facts

Nicknames:

  • The Sand Bags
  • The Coal Heavers

Titles to date:

  • The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
  • The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot)
  • 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters)

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23 comments

peter vickers
14 June 2014, 9.02pm

I was part of the battalion

I was part of the battalion in munster and minden 1966. Is there anybody around from those days, i was mostly with b company .as pte acc

Steve holt
16 October 2014, 8.56pm

Phil Bird ex-forester in the

Phil Bird ex-forester in the sixties, came from Chesterfield derbyshire. Sadly past away on 24th September. Anyone got any stories etc, please contact me. Many thanks steve (phil's younger brother).

Dave Peacock
4 November 2014, 1.07pm

C company waller 67 Munster

C company waller 67 Munster Minden Salisbury N.I. Can name quite a few of the lads in C company on to B company on amalgamation. got photos of the boxing teams and cross country teams. any one have the Prix Marchell Leclerc competition in Belgium.

Jay Ellis
16 November 2014, 10.59am

If any one knew any things

If any one knew any things about my dad Wilfred Ellis who I think served in 1966 when he arrived in germany

David Jessop
30 November 2014, 6.32pm

I have recently found out

I have recently found out that my great grandfather (on my father's side) served in the Sherwood Foresters during the Great War. My father hasn't been able to tell me much about him as they were not very close but he has said that he was invalided out after the war and this made him very bitter. He never spoke about his war experiences but the impact had ripples that carried on long afterwards. His name was Frank Jessop (the same as my father) and was born in Derby.

Maggie Williams
15 December 2014, 5.27pm

My great uncle Horace Raby

My great uncle Horace Raby served with the 2nd Btn. 1914-1918. He was captured on 20th Oct 1914 at Ennettieres, Lille. He remained a prisoner in various prison camps until his death 8th Nov 1918 from 'Spanish Sickness'.

For Margaret Herapath
12 February 2015, 5.50pm

Margaret's father, Private

Margaret's father, Private William Herapath, service number 4986642, was captured and sent to Stalag 4 C in the winter of 1942. Does anyone know where he was fighting when captured? Could it have been at Tobruk in June 1942 - if so, why did he take so long to get to the stalag? How can I find out for Margaret?

TERESA MICHAEL
16 March 2015, 4.16pm

Does anyone know of a

Does anyone know of a Sherwood Forester 2nd Btn who served in Cyprus during 1955-1959. My grandad is 87 years old and wants to find his friend. His first name was perhaps Charles?

ROB TEGGIN
18 April 2015, 8.18pm

I WAS IN THE 1ST BATTALION

I WAS IN THE 1ST BATTALION 64-67, B COY ANTI-TANKS UNDER THE LATE SGT. PROOM WHILST IN BULLER BARRACKS, MUNSTER ( BOY, WERE THOSE HUTS COLD IN THE WINTER !!).

HAVE THE B COY COMPANY 1964 MUSTER PHOTO IN HYDERABAD BARRACKS, COLCHESTER, IF ANYONE ONES A COPY.

Rob Teggin
11 July 2015, 8.01pm

Re; Wilf Ellis...am sure

Re; Wilf Ellis...am sure there was a Wilf Ellis in my anti-tank platoon in Germany at that time, was/is he a bit on the short side Jay?

Rob Teggin
11 July 2015, 8.04pm

I was in B coy in Munster

I was in B coy in Munster until 1967 when i left, was in the anti-tank platoon under the late Sgt. Dave Proome.

Liz Jones [Australia]
12 July 2015, 2.21am

My uncle, Alfred Danskin, was

My uncle, Alfred Danskin, was a Sherwood Forester and was taken in Singapore in 1942. He was lost at sea after the hellship Hofuku Maru was sunk by an American Aircraft Carrier. I wish I had known him but will endeavour to find out more.

tracey
20 July 2015, 10.23pm

my great uncle was in this

my great uncle was in this regiment but died in action in 1916 his name was stephen clarke god rest his soul xxx

Christie christie
11 August 2015, 3.22pm

I remember rob teggin. I was

I remember rob teggin. I was also in A/tk pl under boltneck proom. Johnny ford was my DC, ALSO REMEMBER pip ball, wilf irving, temple, et al

Chris christie
11 August 2015, 6.30pm

Re rob teggin, timeline

Re rob teggin, timeline slightly wrong i was prooms driver in munster and johnny fords dvr in minden

Name
12 August 2015, 8.22pm

Hi Chris ,don't know if you

Hi Chris ,don't know if you were aware that Dave Proom got killed in a motorbike accident some years back,seems he made LtCol.
I
Have a photo of you,me, Johnny Ford,Jedda ..? Geoff...?Willie..? boozing in the Naafi in Berlin June 1967 ...you had a real "mullet" hairstyle back then. Did you join the reg. in Colchester or Munster, i think i recall you being transferred from the Paras.
Recall Billy Turner,Keith Swinscoe ,Roger Seymour , fat Saddington out of the company stores ,and the late Sgt.McCready who gave us drivers a real hard time, he was a 'orrible little man !!

Chris Christie
14 August 2015, 7.13pm

Hi Rob, yes I remember them

Hi Rob, yes I remember them all, along with Buster keaton, Les Else, john buckley, joe fletcher,Geoff Barlow and his brother Trev and the rest.I joined from Para reg in colchester. Would love to see the photo, I haven't got any from that period. I think Jedda was Jed Ward. Mcgready was still in Bn in Warminster I had a pad just down the road, I think he's dead now.

Rob
17 August 2015, 9.19pm

Hi Chris, have a few pics

Hi Chris, have a few pics ,could send them if you have some type of addy for me...realise giving such details over the web can be dodgy.
Who was that ginger hair cpl. in the company that was a pain in the neck , he was always on me and Paul Temple's case ,think he was under Sgt.Deakin/Daykin in the mortar section ,he was always sucking up to senior NCO's,etc ?.

Chris christie
18 August 2015, 11.40am

Hi Rob, will think re address

Hi Rob, will think re address or phone, Cpl ginge was Parkes, as you say a right pain. He transferred to Paras, I met some lads later on and they said he was just the same there. I think it was Deakin, could be wrong, also Roy Burnage in mortars was a good bloke, also now deceased, sadly more of us each year!

Chris christie
19 August 2015, 11.57am

I remember ginge parkes a

I remember ginge parkes a right w..... So to speak. He transferred to Para Reg,some of the lads said he was just the same. Will think about address. I seem to remember it was Deakin. Chris

Rob
19 August 2015, 4.19pm

Thats the man ...Chris , just

Thats the man ...Chris , just remembered i put the photo of us on the Forces Reunited site some time ago, also a photo of B coy at Colchester 1964, dont know if you are on that pic ,see if this link takes you to the page .
http://www.forcesreunited.org.uk/names/151762/Rob_Teggin

Chris christie
20 August 2015, 9.00pm

Hi Rob, many thanks mate, got

Hi Rob, many thanks mate, got the photo, my missus says its the only one of me with brown hair! Johnny Ford finished as a Captain, he looks pretty cool in the photo. Willie williams is on my left or alky as we called him, can't remember the name of bloke on my right although face is familiar, thats Ged Ward next to you.

Rob
24 August 2015, 8.19pm

Hi again, the bloke on your

Hi again, the bloke on your right was Geoff ... ? ,think he was a Londoner from another company .
Just checked thru and do not think you are on the 1964 company pic. A few names jumped out at me. on it.. Lofty Herod ,Graham Watts . .... ? Goodfellow. Mick Hall ( think he got stabbed to death in a bar there after marrying a German girl )..Dave Swain , Major Hood, West Indian lad Gus ...?
Did you go to Canada with us at all ,have a few odd pics from there .
Where have all the years gone 'eh ?

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