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45th (Nottinghamshire) 1st/Sherwood Foresters

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The 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment

Introduction

The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire)

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/Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire)

1 July 1881 The 45th Regiment became the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment).

1898 1st/Sherwood Foresters

21 Sep 1898 The 1st/Derbyshire Regiment embarked at Southampton from the Curragh for Malta.

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 in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1898:

1899 1st/Sherwood Foresters

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

1 July Strength: 842 men.

20 Nov 1899 The 1st Battalion embarked on the transport Dunera for East London, South Africa, where it arrived on 15 Dec 1899.

The following was baptised in Malta in 1899:

The following was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1899:

The 2nd/Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire)

1 July 1881 The 95th Regiment became the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment).

1899 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire

25 Oct 1899 The 2nd Battalion 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.

1900 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire

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

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

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):

1901 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire

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

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

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

1902 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire

The battalion was located at Mtarfa Barracks.

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

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