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Derbyshire Yeomanry

Territorial Force:

  • 1/1st Battalion, Derbyshire Yeomanry
  • 2/1st Battalion, Derbyshire Yeomanry
  • 3/1st Battalion, Derbyshire Yeomanry

       The Derbyshire Yeomanry were a unit of the Territorial Force, part o fthe Notts and Derby Mounted Brigade. Their HQ was at 91 Siddall's Road, Derby. A Squadron was drawn from Chesterfield, Riply, Belper, Beauchief and Ekington, B Squadron from Bakewell, Buxton, Tideswell, Matlock, Youlgreave and Hartington, C Squadron from Derby, Ormaston Manor, Duffield and Wirksworth, D Squadron from Derby, Ilkeston, Church Gresley and Repton.

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    Those known to have served with

    Derbyshire Yeomanry

    during the Great War 1914-1918.

    • Burdett George. Pte. (d.23rd Aug1915)
    • Fentem Frederick Samuel. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.19th Jun 1919)
    • Town William. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.30th Apr 1917)

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    Pte. George Burdett Derbyshire Yeomanry (d.23rd Aug1915)

    Trooper 1961 George Burdett of the Derbyshire Yeomanry died of wounds on Monday 23rd August 1915 in Gallipoli. Hill 10 is a low remote hillock to the north of a salt lake. It was taken by the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers and the 11th Manchesters on the early morning of 7th August 1915.

    Extract from the Derbyshire Yeomanry History 1914-19.

    "I remember no more gallant case than that of Private Burdett as told by the Doctor in charge of the Brigade dressing Station on August 21st. Private Burdett came to the dressing station (a mud hut through which bullets were passing fairly plentifully), having suffered a severe face wound - the wound was sufficiently bad to attract the Doctor's attention, but on being told to come and have it dressed he refused to do so until several others had been attended to first. After waiting half an hour he allowed himself to be attended to, and was just departing, the dressing having been completed, when the Doctor asked whether he had been hit anywhere else? "No" he said "only a little one here" pointing to his stomach. In spite of his assurance that it was nothing much the Doctor insisted on further investigation and to his amazement discovered that poor Burdett had been cut clean open. Nothing could be done and he died three days later without a murmur or complaint".

    He is buried in the Hill 10 Cemetery, Turkey. The cemetery was made after the Armistice by the absorption of graves from nearby sites and from the 88th Dressing Station, 89th Dressing Station, Kangaroo Beach, B Beach, 26th CCS and Park Lane cemeteries.

    George was born in Belper and enlisted in Belper in October 1914. He was resident in Belper. He was the son of Mr and Mrs George Burdett of Dale View, Derby Road, Belper. Before joining up he was employed at James Beresford Butchers shop on Bridge Street, Belper.

    Harry Pitt


    L/Cpl. Frederick Samuel Fentem 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbyshire) Regiment (d.19th Jun 1919)

    I came across Fredrick Fentem, a Great Uncle, when tracing my family tree. I always knew he had died in the First Wold War, as my grandmother (Nanny) named my dad after him so I heard his name quite often.

    I hadn't realised he was a professional soldier having enlisted in 1907 at the age of 18 years, and at his death was a Lance Coporal. Frederick died in Flanders, France in 1915. I think Nanny grieved the loss of a favourite younger brother.

    Jane Blofield


    Pte. William Town 1/6th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (d.30th Apr 1917)

    William Town was my grandfather. He joined the 1st Derbyshire Yeomanry in 1914 and served in the Mediterranean and was invalided home. During his time convalescing he married my grandmother on 17th November 1916.

    He was sent to Ireland and in December 1916 drafted into the Sherwood Foresters 1/6th Battalion, C Company and sent to France on 4th January 1917. He was seriously wounded in the legs, arms and jaw on the 23rd April 1917 at Fosse 3 de Leivin and died on the 30th April 1917. My father was born 6 weeks later on the 6th June 1917.

    William is buried in a war grave at Wimereux Communal Cemetery France just outside Calais. I visited William's grave some years ago. It is one of the only war graves cemetery where the headstones lay flat due to the sandy soil. I found it a very emotional visit and was glad to see how well the graves were kept.

    My grandmother was re-married within the year her second husband served in the Northumberland Fusiliers and after he to was injured served in the Labour Corp. My father did not know his birth name until he was 14 years of age when both his mother and step-father died of TB within days of each other, having been brought up with his step-fathers name. All the above information has been gathered on and off over the last 15 years but I still yearn for more.

    Pamela Thornton

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