Through this site I would like to provide a history of the 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion, the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment, from its formation in April 1908 to the final days of WW1 and the storming of the Hindenburg Line in October 1918.
From having a long standing interesting in the 6th Battalion, due in part to being brought up in Chesterfield (like my father and grandfather before me) and after collecting numerous pictures, postcards and other documents over the years it was always my intention (and desire) to write and hopefully publish a “Pictorial History of the 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters”.
But let’s face it, work gets in the way of all fun things! So I’ve decided to go ahead and ‘publish’ on line. It was never my intention to profit from my interest; so here it is…………….
I plan to do ‘my history’ through a series of “on this day…” posts by highlighting events that happened to men of the Battalion on any particular day of the war, be it 1914, 1915, 1916 etc.
My focus will always be on the individual men and not necessarily on the fighting or the tactics of WW1, there are many people more expert than me for that.
I have also created ‘themed pages‘ that I will populate over time with interesting photographs and information. Apologies up front if some of this gets too ‘anoraky’.
Finally, over the years many people have sent me pictures and information and when I can remember I will be sure that I acknowledge appropriately. If you think that I have failed to so this then please contact me.
If you have any thoughts, comments, corrections etc. please contact me on
“From these towns and neighbouring villages came the officers and men who formed the Battalion; the peace-time friendships and associations between these groups of men gave this civilian-military unit a kind of family character. In spite of the enormous casualties suffered in the First World War – and the consequent reinforcements which amounted to twice the total strength of the Battalion – by far the majority of the officers and men serving with the unit, during the 14/18 war came from the North and North-East Derbyshire area. To the end, the “sixth” never lost its Territorial character”
[Extract from “The 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in the 1914-18 War”, by Captain W.D. Jamieson]
The 6th Battalion comprised men from all walks of life:-
The shopkeepers, coal miners and foundry men from Chesterfield, Staveley and Clay Cross.
Limestone quarrymen and stone masons from Wirksworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Bakewell.
Printers and dyers from Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Hadfield.