Of the Malta Garrison
45th (Nottinghamshire)
1st/Sherwood Foresters

The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire)

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 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).

1898 1st/Sherwood Foresters

Admissions and Deaths during 1898
Average Strength Admissions Hospital Deaths Admissions/1000 Deaths/1000
176 172 2 977 11
Admissions into hospital and deaths during the year with ratio of admissions and deaths per 1000 of strength. The average strength of the troops, exclusive of the Royal Malta Artillery, was 7,390 men.
Sherwood Foresters
The Sherwood Foresters 45th Foot
(Main Guard Valletta)
Harry Webb
Sgt Harry Webb, died 8 Dec 1898 aged 24 years. (Pieta Military Cemetery)

28 Sep 1898 The 1st/Derbyshire Regiment embarked at Southampton from the Curragh Camp in Ireland for Malta. The strength of the battalion on departure from Ireland was 15 officers, 567 NCOs and men, 38 women and 72 children.

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 and Cottonera.

Burials in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1898:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1898:

1899 1st/Sherwood Foresters

Sherwood Foresters
The 1st Sherwood Foresters leaving Valletta for South Africa. (The Transvaal War Album, Hudson and Kearns page 221 published c. 1900.)

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

1 July Strength: 842 men.

20 Nov The 1st Battalion under their commanding officer Lt Col H L Smith Dorien embarked on the transport Dunera for East London, South Africa, where it arrived on 15 Dec 1899. Lt Col H L Smith Dorien was selected to command a brigade in South Africa.

The Derbyshire Regt joined the column under Gen Gatacre and advanced from Sterkstroom to Stormberg and Burghersdorp.

Baptisms in the Garrison Church in 1899:

Burials in Pietà 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

Sherwood Foresters
Reunion of the 1st Battalion and the 2nd/Sherwood Foresters in Lower St Elmo Barracks Valletta. (Navy and Army Illustrated Vol IX No 154 page 455 dated 13 January 1900.)

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.

1900 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire

Dorothy E Freeman
Dorothy Elenor Freeman born 7 June 1900, died 23 Sep 1900.

The second battalion provided volunteers for the mounted infantry companies sent to South Africa but remained in Malta whereas the 1st Battalion left for Natal.

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

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

Baptisms in the Garrison Church in 1900:

Burials at Mtarfa Military Cemetery in 1900:

1901 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire

William Wilks
Pte William Wilks died 20 Apr 1900.

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

Baptisms in the Garrison Church in 1901:

Burials at Mtarfa Military Cemetery in 1901:

1902 2nd/Nottingham and Derbyshire

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.

The 9th/The Sherwood Foresters Regiment

1915 – 9th/Sherwood Foresters

The 9th Bn Sherwood Foresters Regiment landed at Suvla Bay Gallipoli on 6 August 1915.

Burials at Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915: