Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

Men of the Sherwood Foresters advancing on the Western Front, 1917

Origins

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.

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Honours: 
During the First World War it 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.

Canadian chums: 
In 1931 the regiment were officially allied to the 35th Simcoe Foresters of the Canadian Army.

Prisoners: 
Members of the 18th Battalion were captured at Singapore in 1942 and forced by the Japanese to labour on the notorious Thai-Burma 'death' railway. 

Other ranks’ cap badge, Sherwood Foresters, c1900

Legacy

In 1970 the regiment was amalgamated with The Worcestershire Regiment to form The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot). Its traditions are now continued by 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters).

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The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Explore the history and collections of the Sherwood Foresters by visiting Nottingham Castle and the Derby Museum and Gallery.

Nottingham Castle Derby Museum and Gallery

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