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45th (Derbyshire) 1st/Sherwood Foresters

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The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire) (45th/95th)

The Sherwood Foresters
A Maltese Cross surmounted by a crown, in the centre a wreath of oak, and within the wreath a stag lodged; on the left arm of the cross and across the left branch of the wreath is a straight scroll inscribed Sherwood, on the right side a straight scroll is inscribed Foresters. Below the cross is a scroll inscribed Notts and Derby.

The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire) was formed on 1 July 1881 from the merger of the rifle volunteer and militia units of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with the 45th (1st Nottinghamshire–Sherwood Foresters) Regiment and the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment.

The 45th became the 1st Battalion, the 95th became 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 Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire) (45th)

1898 1st/Sherwood Foresters

Sherwood Foresters
The Sherwood Foresters 45th Foot
(Main Guard Valletta)
TNA:WO 379/11 Movements of 45th Regt. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)
Harry Webb
Sgt Harry Webb, died 8 Dec 1898 aged 24 years. (Pieta Military Cemetery)

The 1st/Derbyshire Regiment arrived from Curragh via Southampton on 28 Sept 1898.

It had an average strength of 176 men with 172 admissions (977.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 2 deaths (11.36/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 7.40 (42.05/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.35 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 15.70 days.

The 1st/Derbyshire Regimental HQ was at Pembroke Camp. Its main body was at Lower St Elmo Barracks for 3 months with detachments at Polverista, Cottonera.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1898:

  1. 27 Oct Albert Leeman aged 7 months, died at Cottonera.
  2. 17 Dec William Murphy aged 5 days, son of CSgt Murphy died at Cottonera.

1899 1st/Sherwood Foresters

Malta 1 Jan 1899 Strength: 819 men. The battalion was at Lower St Elmo Barracks.

Malta 1 July Strength: 842 men.

Malta 20 Nov 1899 The 1st Battalion embarked for East London in South Africa.

The following was baptized in Malta in 1899:

  1. 14 Oct Gertrude Sarah Read born on 23 September 1899, daughter of Pioneer Sgt Albert Read and Sarah, resident at Valletta.

The following was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1899:

  1. 19 Aug Pte John Hayes aged 37 years 4 months, died at Cottonera.

The 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire) (95th Foot)

1899 2nd/Derbyshire

TNA:WO 379/11 Movements of 95th Regt. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

25 Oct 1899 The 2nd Battalion arrived 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.

1900 2nd/Derbyshire

Dorothy E Freeman
Dorothy Elenor Freeman daughter of Sgt William and Loiusa Freeman born Mtarfa Barracks 7 June 1900, died 23 Sept 1900.
William Wilks
Pte William Wilks F Coy 2nd Derby died 20 Apr 1900 aged 22 years. (Mtarfa Military Cemetery)

The second battalion provided volunteers for the mounted infantry companies sent to South Africa.

Malta 1 Jan 1900 Strength: 879 men. The battalion occupied the barracks at Fort Manoel.

Malta 1 July Strength: 884 men. The battalion occupied Mtarfa Barracks.

The following burials took place at Mtarfa Military Cemetery in 1900 (P=Plot, R=R0w, G=Grave):

  • 22 Apr Pte William Wilkes aged 21 yrs (P4R2G1).
  • 28 July Pte William Hall aged 31 yrs (P4R1G2).
  • 22 Aug Pte Alfred Smedley aged 18 yrs 9 mths (P4R1G3).
  • 24 Sept Dorothy Eleanor Freeman aged 4 mths daughter of Sgt (P1R1G4).
  • 5 Oct Pte Reynold Sholto Douglas Greaves aged 19 yrs (P4R1G4).
  • 9 Oct Pte John Henry Beardsmore aged 20 yrs (P4R1G5).

1901 2nd/Derbyshire

2nd Derby
TNA:WO 379/15 Troop Movements 1900-1920. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

Malta 1901 Strength: 868 men. The battalion was located at Mtarfa Barracks.

Malta 31 Mar Burial of Sgt Henry White aged 36 yrs 6 mths at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 1, Grave 8).

Malta 11 Dec 1901 Burial of Pte Thomas Barton aged 29 yrs at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 1, Grave 11).

1902 2nd/Derbyshire

The battalion was located at Mtarfa Barracks.

Malta 21 May 1902 The 2nd Battalion embarked for Southampton on board the Carthage and arrived at Parkhurst Barracks Isle of Wight on 29 May 1902.


  1. Farmer, J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
  2. Edwards, T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  3. TNA:WO 379/11. Stations of Regiments 1859–1900.
  4. TNA:CO 158/332. Disinfection of 2nd Derbyshire Regiment.
  5. TNA:WO 156/116. Burial Register No 17 Mtarfa Cemetery from 1 June 1899.
  6. TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.
  7. TNA:WO 156/598. Baptism Register No 16; Malta from 20 February 1898 to 17 July 1916.