You are not logged in.
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) in the Great War - The Wartime Memories Project -

The Wartime Memories Project

- Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) during the Great War -

Great War>Allied Army
skip to content

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you agree to accept cookies.

If you enjoy this site please consider making a donation.

    Site Home

    Great War


    Add Stories & Photos


    Allied Army

    Day by Day

    War in the Air

    Prisoners of War

    The Royal Navy

    Training for War

    The Battles

    Those Who Served


    Civilian Service

    Life on Home Front

    Central Powers Army

    Central Powers' Navy


    World War Two


    Add Stories & Photos

    Time Capsule


    Help & FAQ's

    Our Facebook Page




    Contact us

    Great War Books


Research your Family History.

World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great

Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

Want to know more about Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)?

There are:34650 pages and articles tagged Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) available in our Library

Those known to have served with

Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams Leonard. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Allen Horace. Pte. 2/6th Btn.
  • Allen John Henry. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Alton William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.11th Jun 1918)
  • Atkin George Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn
  • Bache Thomas Henry. Private 2nd Bn. (d.23rd Jul 1918)
  • Bailey James. 2nd Battalion
  • Baker Arthur George. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.1st October 1916)
  • Baker Rowland James. 8th Btn. (d.28th Sep 1914)
  • Baker Rowland James. 8th Btn. (d.28th Sep 1914)
  • Ball Albert. Cpt. (d.7th May 1917)
  • Barber George. Pte. 1/5th Battalion
  • Barnett Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Barwise William. Private (d.23rd April, 1917)
  • Batchford William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.21st October 1918)
  • Batchford William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.21st Oct 1918)
  • Baxter Harry. LL/Cpl. 15th Battalion (d.4th March 1917)
  • Beakley Walter . Lt. 5th Btn.
  • Bee George William. Pte. 17th Battalian (d.8th Apr 1917)
  • Bolton Reginald John. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.14th Aug 1917)
  • Bourne William. Pte. 10th Btn (d.7th Aug 1916)
  • Bowers Thomas James. Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.7th Nov 1916)
  • Bradley David. L/Cpl. 13th Btn (d.11th Jul 1917)
  • Bradshaw Henry. Pte. 10th
  • Brain George. Cpl. 10th Battalion (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Briggs Arthur. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.19th Jul 1918)
  • Browett Albert. Pte.
  • Brown George. 2nd Btn.
  • Bullick Roland. Private 5th Battalion
  • Burgin Alfred Ernest. Sgt. 10th Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Clarke Daniel. Pte. 12th (Pioneers) Battalion (d.25th May 1918)
  • Clarson Alfred. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.9th Jun 1917)
  • Cleary John. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Cocker George William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Cocklin Jeremiah. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.30 June 1917)
  • Collins William Henry. L/Cpl. 11th Btn.
  • Collins William Henry. Sgt. 11th Btn.
  • Collis John. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.20th Sep 1914)
  • Cooling Albert Ernest. 2nd Lt. 14th Btn.
  • Cornell William James. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.14th Oct 1918)
  • Cousins Maurice Victor. Pte. 2nd/6th Btn. (d.11th Dec 1917)
  • Cowan Edgar. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion
  • Cox Frank William. Private 3rd Sherwood Forresters (d.13th Aug 1917)
  • Crofts Frederick Charles. L/Sgt. 10th Battalion (d.3rd July 1917)
  • Curzon John Henry. Pte. 8th Btn (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Davies Richard M.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.15th Nov 1917)
  • Davis George William.
  • Davis George William. Pte. 10th Battalion, B Company, 6th platoon
  • Day Henry James. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.23rd Sep 1918)
  • Day William. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.30th Aug 1918)
  • Dennis George. Pte. 1/6th Battalion (d.18th May 1918)
  • Devine Robert Mckee. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Dobson Samuel James. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.11th Nov 1919)
  • Duke George Edward. L/Cpl. 1st/7th (Robin Hoods) Battalion (d.1st July 1916 )
  • Dunnicliffe Harold. Cpl. (d.11th Dec 1917)
  • Elliott Frank. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.20th Jun 1916)
  • Ellis Charles. Pte
  • English A.. Pte. 1st/8th Btn. (d.24th June 1916)
  • Eyre Harry. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.17th Sep 1918)
  • Faultless Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.22nd Apr 1916)
  • Fentem Frederick Samuel. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.19th Jun 1919)
  • Finan Frank Mark. Pte. 10th Btn (d.24th Aug 1918)
  • Finch George Walters. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Foster Arthur Septimus. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Fryer Bejamin John. Pte.
  • Gamble Charles Henry. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Gardiner Herbert. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Gimson John. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.11th Jun 1917)
  • Grainger Thomas. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Green Henry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Green John Leslie. Cpt. att. 5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (d.1st July 1916)
  • Green John Edwin. Cpl. 2nd Btn (d.19th Sep 1918)
  • Greenhough Vernon. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Gregg Arthur. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.9th April 1917)
  • Gregory Maurice. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Grice Alfred George. Pte. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Griffiths Arthur.
  • Guinan Michael Joseph . Pte. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Hackett Cecil. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th May 1917)
  • Hall John Willie. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.9th Dec 1918)
  • Harfield Wilfred Charles. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.5th July 1916)
  • Harris Edward James. Sgt. 10th Battalion (d.22nd Sep 1918)
  • Harris John Thomas. 9th Btn. (d.9th Jun 1917)
  • Hartigan Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Apr 1918)
  • Hartigan Thomas. Pte.
  • Hawkins Harold Mawby. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.29th May 1916)
  • Hawkins Leslie William. 2nd Lt. 6th Battalion
  • Hemsley John W.. Sgt. 2nd 5th Btn. (d.4th April 1917)
  • Hewing William Henry. Cpl. 7th Btn.
  • Higton George Thomas. (d.1917)
  • Hodgkiss Richard. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Hudson Charles. Capt. 11th Btn.
  • Hughes John. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.4th Oct 1915)
  • Ithell Thomas. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • James John. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.17th July 1916)
  • Jones Charles Frederick. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.15th Jun 1918)
  • Kinsey William. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.25th Apr 1917)
  • Lane Benjamin. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Lawton G. H.. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Liley James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.26th Sept. 1916)
  • Limerick John F. Pte. 1st Btn (d.27th Apr 1915)
  • Lindsell Harold Frederick. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.25th Jun 1917)
  • Lindsell Walter. Sgt. 16th Btn. (d.10th October 1916)
  • Lloyd John Ambrose Richard. Pte.
  • Luddittt Albert. Cpl. 15th Btn.
  • Male John. Pte. 2/6th Battalion (d.16th April 1918)
  • Malpass Claude Ernest. Pte. 16th Btn.
  • Marsh George William. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.17th July 1916)
  • Maskery Francis. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.Aug 1915 )
  • Maskrey Francis. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • McCubbin Bertie. Pte. 17th Btn (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Meadows Ernest. Pte. 1st Batallion (d.31st July 1917)
  • Mee Harry. L/Cpl. 15th Battalion (d.11th Nov 1917)
  • Minnoch David Cassells. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Mitchell William Henry. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.18th October 1917)
  • Moore Harry. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Mosley Nicholas. Capt. (d.1st Aug 1915)
  • Moss Albert William. Pte.
  • Nixon Leonard. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.3rd Jun 1918)
  • O'Neill Frank. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th May 1918)
  • Parfitt Frederick. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Parnham Samuel. Sgt.
  • Parrott Hector Lionel. Pte. 2/5th Btn.
  • Paulson John Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Pendleton Samuel Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Phillips Sidney Victor. pte. (d.27th Apr 1917)
  • Phillips Sidney. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.27th April 1917)
  • Podmore Rowland Sydney. Pte. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.8th Apr 1917)
  • Pollard William Henry. C.Q.M.S. 1st Btn.
  • Pritchett William. Capt. 17th Btn.
  • Pritchett William. A/Cpt. 17th Batt. A Company
  • Pyle C. T.. Pte. 2nd/7th Bn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Raby Horace Samuel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8th Nov 1918)
  • Radford Thomas. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Randall Charles Deschamps. Cpt. 9th Battalion (d.9th August 1915)
  • Randle William H.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.25th Nov 1916)
  • Raynor Thomas Oliver. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.10 October 1916)
  • Reeves Jesse. Pte 10th Battalion (d.6th Aug 1916)
  • Reeves Jesse. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.6th Aug 1916)
  • Richardson Alexander John. Cpl. 1st Battalion, D Company
  • Richardson Robert. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.26th Sept 1916)
  • Rivers Jacob. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.12th March 1915)
  • Robinson John Thomas. Pte.
  • Robinson Thomas. Pte 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Sep 1915)
  • Robinson William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.10th April 1917)
  • Rockley George. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Rockley George. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.6th Jun 1917)
  • Salt Stanley Shirley. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.10th July 1916)
  • Sharp Edgar Joseph. Drmr. 8th Sherwood Foresters (d.2nd Nov 1917)
  • Shaw John Herbert. Pte. 15th Battalion att.105th T.M. Bty (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Sheppard William. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.6th July 1921)
  • Simpson Arthur. Cpl. 1st/6th Btn. (d.25th Nov 1915)
  • Simpson Reginald. Cpl.
  • Smith Arthur. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Smith William Edwin. Pte.
  • Smith William Edwin. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Spicer George Henry. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Stenson Thomas. Pte.
  • Taylor Alfred John. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.14th Feb 1916)
  • Taylor Arthur Leonard. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn (d.19th November 1918)
  • Teare Wilfred Kneale. Cpl.
  • Thomas White. Pte. 1st Battalion, B Company (d.13th Mar 1915)
  • Thompson Alfred.
  • Thompson Ernest George. Pte. 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Btn.
  • Thompson Ernest. Pte. 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Btn.
  • Thompson Ernest. Pte.
  • Topliss Leslie. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Town William. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.30th Apr 1917)
  • Tranter Harry Alexander. Sgt. 1/7th Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Truman Albert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.14th February 1916)
  • Truswell Harry. Pte.
  • Vann Bernard William. Lt.Col. 8th Btn.
  • Vaughan Richard. Pte.
  • Wakefield Albert Henry. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1917)
  • Walker George. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Walters James. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Walters James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Warburton Ernest. 2nd Lt. 5th Btn.
  • Ward Charles Francis. T/WO 1st Btn.
  • Watson Harold. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st March 1915)
  • Whalley Ralph. (d.4th Apr 1918)
  • Wheatcroft Ernest. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Whitaker George Thomas. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Whitehead Ernest. Pte. 1/8th Btn
  • Whitlock George Charles. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.23rd Nov 1917)
  • Whittaker George Franklin. 15th Btn.
  • Wiggins Frederick George. Pte. 2/5th Battalion (d.15th Apr 1918)
  • Wild William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Wilkinson Charles. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.19th Sept 1918)
  • Wilton Jesse. Cpl. 15th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1916)
  • Wint Alfred Edward. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.18 April 1918)
  • Wright John William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.20th Apr 1915)
  • Wright John Henry. Pte. 10th Btn
  • Yates Edward John Cresswell. Pte. 12th (Service) Battalion (d.23rd Jun 1917)

All names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

Looking for help with Family History Research?   

Please see Family History FAQ's

We are unable to provide individual research free of charge, but do offer a paid service at competitive rates, the small profit from these services will be put towards the costs of keeping this website running. For more information please see our Research Services Leaflet

Can you help?

The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors.

If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. In these difficult times current donations are falling far short of this target.

If you enjoy this site please consider making a donation.


  • The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website

    This website has been running for 16 years and receives in excess of a million hits per month. The website and our group will continue long after the 2014-18 events are over. We hope that people will continue to support us by submitting material and stories in addition to submitting to the new websites set up for the anniversary.

  • We are looking for volunteers to help with researching the activities of units of the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, Regular Army, Pals Battalions, Kitchener's New Armies, Voluntary Organisations and the Ships of the Royal Navy. We currently have a huge backlog of stories and historical documents which need to be edited or transcribed for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.

Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to the Great War. If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted.

We are now on Facebook. Like this page to receive our updates, add a comment or ask a question.

If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page.

Mar 2017

    Please note we currently have a backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 230777 your submission is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.

World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great
Did you know? We also have a section on World War Two. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.


Pte. Claude Ernest Malpass 16th Btn. Sherwood Foresters

Claude Ernest Malpass enlisted with the Notts & Derby Regiment on 11th May 1915 at the age of 20. Most of his service record appears to be lost including his medical

Claude was honourably discharged from the British Army on 21st October 1918 as a result of his wounds. As was customary at the time, for his wounds Claude was given the Silver War Badge (SWB) which is often incorrectly described as the Silver Wound Badge. The record for this award has a curious date entry of "att 6/12/15". I wonder whether this means that he should have been awarded the 1915 Star? regrettably we have no idea what this date means and would welcome any information that fills in any of the gaps.

Editor's Note: The date given as att. is the date he joined the 16th Battalion, presumably having trained with another battalion of teh same regiment. The 16th did not go overseas until March 1916, so he would not be entitled to the 1915 star.

Kevin Malpass


Rowland James Baker 8th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.) (d.28th Sep 1914)

James Rowland Baker

The first soldier to be buried in Newark Cemetery was James Rowland Baker, a Drummer with the 8th Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.) He died at home on 28th September 1914, Aged 22. He was the son of Mr. And Mrs. J. Baker of 49 Albert Street, Newark.

Thomas Bowers

Laurence Goff


Cpt. John Leslie Green VC att. 5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st July 1916)

Photos courtesy of

John Leslie Green was killed in action at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916. He is buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France. Born at Buckden, Hunts. Son of John George and Florence May Green, of St. Mark's Lodge, Cambridge. Educated at Felsted School and Downing College, Cambridge, and Bartholomew's Hospital.

An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29695, dated 4th Aug., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous devotion to duty. Although himself wounded, he went to the assistance of an officer who had been wounded and was hung up on the enemy's wire entanglements, and succeeded in dragging him to a shell hole, where he dressed his wounds, notwithstanding that bombs and rifle grenades were thrown at him the whole time. Captain Green then endeavoured to bring the wounded officer into safe cover, and had nearly succeeded in doing so when he himself was killed."

s flynn


Cpt. Albert Ball VC, DSO, MC. 56 Sqd. (d.7th May 1917)

Albert Ball formerly served with the 7th (Robin Hood) Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), He was killed in action on the 7th of May 1917, aged 20 and buried in the Annoeullin Communal Cemetery and German Extension in France. He had been awarded yhe Legion d'Honneur (France) and Order of St. George, 4th Class (Russia) and was the son of Sir Albert Ball, J.P., of Stansted House, Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

An extract from the London Gazette dated 8th June 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous and consistent bravery from the 25th of April to the 6th of May, 1917, during which period Capt. Ball took part in twenty-six combats in the air and destroyed eleven hostile aeroplanes, drove down two out of control, and forced several others to land. In these combats Capt. Ball, flying alone, on one occasion fought six hostile machines, twice he fought five and once four. When leading two other British aeroplanes he attacked an enemy formation of eight. On each of these occasions he brought down at least one enemy. Several times his aeroplane was badly damaged, once so seriously that but for the most delicate handling his machine would have collapsed, as nearly all the control wires had been shot away. On returning with a damaged machine he had always to be restrained from immediately going out on another. In all, Capt. Ball has destroyed forty-three German aeroplanes and one balloon, and has always displayed most exceptional courage, determination and skill."

s flynn


Rowland James Baker 8th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.) (d.28th Sep 1914)

James Rowland Baker

The first soldier to be buried in Newark Cemetery was James Rowland Baker, a Drummer with the 8th Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.) He died at home on 28th September 1914, Aged 22. He was the son of Mr. And Mrs. J. Baker of 49 Albert Street, Newark.

Thomas Bowers

Laurence Goff


Pte. Jacob Rivers VC 1st Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) (d.12th March 1915)

Jacob Rivers was killed in action on the 12th of March 1915, aged 32 and is commemorated on The Le Touret Memorial in France. He was the son of Mrs. Adeline Rivers, of 4 House, Wide Yard, Bridge Gate, Derby

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 27th April, 1915, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery at Neuve-Chapelle on 12th March, 1915, when he, on his own initiative, crept to within a few yards of a very large number of the enemy who were massed on the flank of an advanced company of his battalion, and hurled bombs on them. His action caused the enemy to retire, and so relieved the situation. Pte. Rivers performed a second act of great bravery on the same day, similar to the first mentioned, again causing the enemy to retire. He was killed on this occasion."

s flynn


L/Cpl. Harold Mawby Hawkins 7th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) (d.29th May 1916)

Harold Hawkins was killed in action on the 29th of May 1916, aged 20 and is buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of Benjamin and Harriett Hawkins, of 78 Egypt Rd., Basford, Nottingham.

s flynn


Pte. Frank Elliott 7th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) (d.20th Jun 1916)

Frank Elliott was killed in action on the 20th of June 1916, aged 21. Buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France, he was the husband of Mrs. Elliott, of 107 Union Rd., Nottingham.

s flynn


Pte. A. English 1st/8th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) (d.24th June 1916)

A English was killed in action on the 24th of June 1916 and is buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France,

s flynn


Pte. Samuel Henry Pendleton 6th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) (d.28th Mar 1918)

Samuel Henry Pendleton was shot in the back whilst carrying a wounded comrade from the battlefield and died on 28th of March 1918, aged 24. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France He was the son of Samuel Hy. Pendleton and Eliza E. Pendleton, of Bulwell, husband of A. Pendleton, of 29, Ockerby St., Bulwell, Nottingham.

s flynn


Pte. William Kinsey 12th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (d.25th Apr 1917)

William Kinsey was a fireman of the kiln for J. Knowles and Company, Woodville. He was the son of Francis and Rebecca (nee Moody) Kinsey. William joined the 12th Battalion of the local Sherwood Foresters Regiment in August 1916 and proceeded to France at Christmas 1916. He was wounded by a shell which burst near him on Good Friday 1917 and he was stuck in the thigh. William died of wounds on 26th April 1917 aged 32 years and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery.

William is remembered on the main war memorial in High Street Woodville not far from his home and also on the wall of the local Methodist Church. He was survived by his father Francis, his brother James and his sisters Ada and Rebecca. William and my grandfather were first cousins and grew up together in Woodville.

M. Moody


Lt.Col. Bernard William Vann VC, MC. 8th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)

Bernard Vann was attached 1st/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters when he was killed in action on the 3rd of October 1918 and buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery in France. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France). Son of Alfred George Collins Vann and Hannah Elizabeth Vann, he was the husband of Doris Victoria Vann, of Coates Rectory, Cirencester, Glos.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 31067, dated 14th Dec., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and fine leadership during the attack at Bellenglise and Lehaucourt, on September 29th, 1918. He led his battalion with great skill across the Canal du Nord through a very thick fog and under heavy fire from field and machine guns. On reaching the high ground above Bellenglise the whole attack was held up by fire of all descriptions from the front and right flank. Realising that everything depended on the advance going forward with the barrage, Col. Vann rushed up to the firing line and with the greatest gallantry led the line forward. By his prompt action and absolute contempt for danger the whole situation was changed, the men were encouraged and the line swept forward. Later, he rushed a field-gun single-handed and knocked out three of the detachment. The success of the day was in no small degree due to the splendid gallantry and fine leadership displayed by this officer. Lt. Col. Vann, who had on all occasions set the highest example of valour, was killed near Ramicourt on 3rd October, 1918, when leading his battalion in attack."

s flynn


2nd Lt. Albert Ernest Cooling 14th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment

Albert Ernest Cooling was one of 11 children born 20th June 1891 at Cuckney in Nottinghamshire. He enlisted at Chesterfield in 1915 as a 24 year old. He first entered France with the 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment on the 27th August 1915. By the November he was promoted to 2nd Lt and transferred to the 14th Battalion. Hesaw action on the Western Front for almost a year before being severely wounded in the neck by machine gun fire during the Battle of the Somme autumn of 1916 and was subsequently repatriated to a Military Hospital in South East England for treatment and to convalesce. He relinquished his commission in January 1918 on account of ill-health caused by his wounds. He went on to serve in WW2 as a Captain. He died in 1959 in Suffolk aged 68.

Adrian Procter


Pte. William Henry Mitchell 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (d.18th October 1917)

William Henry Mitchell born 1888 died working as a stretcher bearer tending the wounded at Passchendaele. Lieut Gibson described him as being exceedingly popular with everyone. He was in 11th Battalion, The Notts & Derby Regiment (The Sherwood Foresters) 23rd Division. Died of wounds on the 18th October 1917. Aged 34. Husband of Mrs W.H. Mitchell of 3 Church Avenue, Haywards Heath. Left 3 children. Employed in provisions by Beeneys, Commercial Square, Haywards Heath. Born in Lewisham. Enlisted in Grove Park. Buried Menin Road (South) Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium B.72.

His youngest sister (my grandmother) was deeply moved by his loss. She told me that she remembered that he came home to Haywards Heath, unexpectedly from the Front. He had somehow made his way through Europe and across to England, arriving from the train station. She did not at first recognise him as he was covered in mud, with sunken eyes and in shock. She said the mud on him was so thick that it was clogged in his eyelashes. He was covered in lice. He spoke very little but there was something mentioned about the bullets sounding like angry bees.

He was AWOL and within a few days some MPs turned up to collect him. She recalls they all went to the pub on the way to the station and got him and the MPs drunk before putting them on the train. She claimed his little dog chased the train down the track. She also said that someone standing by said that they would never see William again and sometime later they did receive word he had died.

David Phillips


L/Cpl. George Edward Duke 1st/7th (Robin Hoods) Battalion Sherwood Foresters (d.1st July 1916 )

George Duke was my paternal great grand uncle, killed in action at the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916 aged 20 years old. He is buried in Foncquevillers Cemetary, Pas De Calais Nord.

Lance Corporal Duke was a pre-war Territorial soldier having enlisted in 1913. I also served with the last of the Territorial infantry line of the Robin Hood Foresters between 1974 and 1988 in D. Company 3WFR as had my father before me. I hope to be at Fonquevillers to pay my respects on the Centenary of his death on the 1st July 2016.

Gary Crosby


Pte. William Batchford MC 11th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (d.21st Oct 1918)

I am researching information on WW1 from the St Anns Well Rd area of Nottingham. The honour roll in the local church was destroyed during the 1970s, so I am working on a virtual memorial. I came across William Batchford during this search. He was awarded the Military Cross.

Mavis Paskulich


Pte. Ernest Thompson 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Btn. Sherwood Foresters

Ernest Thompson was wounded by gun shot to his left arm on 25th of March 1918. The medical records I have says `on the Amiens front'. He had four operations to save it but was amputated on the 5th at the South African No.1 Hospital. I have no photo of my brave great uncle, but I am so pleased to have all his army records and his hospital records as well. He was taken back to England on the Cambria were he was fitted with an artificial limb at Roehampton. Unfortunately I never met him.



2nd Lt. Ernest Warburton 5th Btn. Sherwood Foresters

Ernest Warburton was captured at Arras. He was imprisoned in Karlsruhe and Schwarmstedt POW Camps.


John Thomas Harris 9th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (d.9th Jun 1917)

John Harris joined up on the 18th of September 1915 as a volunteer. He had been born in 1877 and worked as a miner.

Tony MacDonald


Pte. George Thomas Whitaker 11th Btn. Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment

George T Whitaker is back row, right side. Taken either on Anglesey or Whalley where he recovering from being shot in the right arm in France.

Dad, George Whitaker was born 14th Jan 1897, he was the son of George Thomas sen. & Ann Whitaker, youngest of 5 children. He married Gertrude Skeats at Burton-in-Lonsdale chapel 5th Jan 1928 & had 5 children.

He enlisted at Lancaster in the Kings Own Royal (Lancaster) Regiment and was later with the 11th Sherwood Forresters & was discharged on the 6th Apr 1920. He was wounded in his right arm, with a bullet wound from elbow to shoulder, which disabled him for the rest of his life, he was sent to a military hospital at Anglesey, later convalescing at Whalley. We wondered where he served in France

Miss Whitaker

Want to know more about Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)?

There are:34650 pages and articles tagged Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) available in our Library
  These include information on officers, regimental histories, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

Recomended Reading.

Available at discounted prices.

Beneath Hill 60 [DVD]

BENEATH HILL 60 tells the extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward, the legendary Australian metal scientist. In 1916, Woodward faced the most difficult decision, ultimately having to separate from his new young love for the deadly carnage of the Western Front. On treacherous territory, behind the German enemy lines, Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers face a suicidal battle to defend a leaking, tunnel system. A tunnel packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War.
More information on:

Beneath Hill 60 [DVD]

Hill 60: Ypres (Battleground Europe)

Nigel Cave

The shell-ravaged landscape of Hill 60, some three miles south east of Ypres, conceals a labyrinth of tu nnels and underground workings. This book offers a guide to the memorials, cemeteries and museums at the site '
Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]

Will Davies

'Ten seconds, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one - fire! Down goes the firing switch. At first, nothing. Then from deep down there comes a low rumble, and it as if the world is spliting apart...' On 7th June 1917, nineteen massive mines exploded beneath Messines Ridge near Ypres. The largest man-made explosion in history up until that point shattered the landscape and smashed open the German lines. Ten thousand German soldiers died. Two of the mines - at Hill 60 and the Caterpillar - were fired by men of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, comprising miners and engineers rather than parade-ground soldiers. Drawing on the diaries of one of the key combatants, "Benealth Hill 60" tells the little-known, devastatingly brutal true story of this subterranean war waged beneath the Western Front - a stygian battle-ground where men drowned in viscous chalk, suffocated in the blue gray clay, choked on poisonous air or died in the darkness, caught up up in vicious hand-to-han
More information on:

Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]


Colin Pengelly

Albert Ball's individuality and his insistence on fighting alone set him apart from other fighter pilots during World War One. His invincible courage and utter determination made him a legend not only in Britain but also amongst his enemies, to whom the sight of his lone Nieuport Scout brought fear. In 1914 he enlisted in the British army with the 2/7th Battalion (Robin Hoods), of the Sherwood Foresters, Notts and Derby Regiment. By the October of 1914 he had reached the rank of Sergeant and then in the same month was made a Second-Lieutenant to his own battalion. In June 1915 he paid for private tuition and trained as a pilot at Hendon. In October 1915 he obtained Royal Aero Club Certificate and requested transfer to the Royal Flying Corps. The transfer granted, he further trained at Norwich and Upavon, being awarded the pilot's brevet on 22 January 1916. On 16 May 1916 - flying Bristol Scout 5512 - he opened his score, shooting down an Albatros C-type over Beaumont. On 29 May 1916 he


    Suggest a link

    The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers.

    This website is paid for out of our own pockets, library subscriptions and from donations made by visitors. The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources.

    If you are enjoying the site, please consider making a donation, however small to help with the costs of keeping the site running.

    Hosted by:

    The Wartime Memories Project Website

    is archived for preservation by the British Library

    Website Copyright MCMXCIX - MMXVII
    - All Rights Reserved