Regiments of the Malta Garrison 45th (Nottinghamshire) 1st/Sherwood Foresters
The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire)
The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment) was formed on 1 July 1881 from the merger of the rifle volunteer and militia units of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire of the 45th (1st Nottinghamshire–Sherwood Foresters) Regiment with the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment.
The 45th became The 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment); the 95th the 2nd Battalion.
The Maltese Cross, oak wreath, and stag are derived from the badge of the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment. The Royal Stags formed the Supporters to the Arms of the City of Nottingham. The oak wreath derives from the old Nottinghamshire Militia which had an oak wreath in its badge in allusion to Sherwood Forest.
In 1902, the county name of Nottinghamshire was added to the title. In Feb 1970, the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby) merged with the Worcestershire Regiment to form the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th).
The 1st/Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire)
1 July 1881 The 45th Regiment became the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment).
25 Oct 1899 The 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment arrived in Malta from Aden and went into quarantine. At the lazaretto the disinfection of the 2nd/Derby Regiment was carried in batches of 50 men at a time. Twenty three women and 53 children were in their turn subjected to the same treatment with the assistance of the female attendant.
The duty of the female attendant was to tell the women to wash themselves with the disinfecting solution prepared for the purpose, and to see that the operation was actually performed. The Lazaretto did not provide clothing as temporary covering for persons undergoing disinfection and the women had to take with them a change of dress or sufficient garments to put on whilst theirs were being disinfected.
The 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment was located at Mtarfa Barracks.
21 May 1902 The 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment consisting of HQ Coy and 8 companies, 19 officers, 3 officers wives and 2 children, 1 female officer's servant, 2 warrant officers, 39 sergeants, 10 buglers, 477 rank and file, 20 soldier's wives and 33 children, embarked for Southampton on board the Carthage. The men disembarked on 29 May and moved to Parkhurst Barracks, Isle of Wight.
Farmer, J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
TNA:WO 156/116. Burial Register No 17 Mtarfa Cemetery from 1 June 1899.
TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.
TNA:WO 156/598. Baptism Register No 16; Malta from 20 February 1898 to 17 July 1916.
TNA:CO 158/332. Disinfection of 2nd Derbyshire Regiment.