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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

mike.briggs1910@gmail.com

 

AND finally……..

“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]

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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.

21 thoughts on “About

  1. Shane Harper

    Great work. I must say that I am as happy as a pig in muck on this site. As a local lad with a great interest in Chesterfield men during WW1 this site is right up my street. It’s already great to see a couple of men from the villages where I grew up too. I look forward to watching the site grow as more info is added. The photos/postcards are fantastic to look through.

    Excellent.

    Shane Harper

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  2. Richard Sandall

    Hi This is, without doubt, a magnificent site. The information that has been collected is fantastic. I have been researching a soldier Private 1514 George Thompson from, Darley Dale, 1st/6th ‘E’ Company for the family and found a photograph with a paragraph from a letter to his family. They will be chuffed to bits to see and read. I have his Service Record and Medal card, is this something that you would appreciate?

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    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Richard, thanks and glad you like the site. I’m certainly having great fun finally being able to put all this content together. I have his service record but many thanks for the offer. I have uploaded a newspaper clipping of George (from High Peak news I think) and also a .pdf version of the full letter. A family member of George’s sent it to me >10 years ago. Cheers Mike. I can email better quality images and also picture of his grave.

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      1. Richard Sandall

        Hi Mike

        I know the family very well and I am sure they would find it most interesting to find out who sent you a copy of the letter. Can you help?

      2. mikebriggs1910 Post author

        Hello Richard
        Sorry, but Iv’e checked back and I now no longer have the e-mail correspondence. It must have been 10 years (and several PCs) ago and I only have records back to 2009. Mike.

  3. Richard Sandall

    Hi Mike No problem, it was just a thought. The family were very pleased to see a photograph of George Thompson on your site as an original has not lasted the paths of time. Many Thanks from the remaining descendants. Best Regards Richard S

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  4. David Wilkins

    Hello, I have recently come into possession of a large archive of material relating to C Company, 6th Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment in the Great War. I’m happy to share some of that with you if you would care to contact me. I’m sure it will be of interest to you and it looks like it has the potential to fill in one or two gaps on your excellent and well researched blog. With regards, David

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  5. Dave Bennett

    Hello Mike,
    Thank you so much for all your on-going hard work with the Notts & Derby information & photos .
    Through this sit I’ve just found my grandad was A H Bennett 1836 was part of “H” company & not “B” as we had assumed all these years.
    Thanks & regards
    Dave Bennett

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    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Hi Dave. He would have originally been in “H” (Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Hayfield) Company from when he enlisted in March 1913 until January 1915, when “H” Company became part of an enlarged “B” (Chapel and Whaley) Company under the Command of Captain Saxby, when the Battalion changed from the 8 to 4 Company structure in line with the Regular Battalion. Cheers Mike

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      1. Dave Bennett

        Arrrrh , that’s interesting they merged with “B” company during 1915 , then became 240292 later on.
        Great stuff
        Regards
        Dave

  6. John Duffell

    I have spent some time researching the history of my home town of Epping in Essex during WWI. In a local newspaper from 1915 I found a report saying that the 6th Notts & Derby spent a few days at Epping camp in early February. The report also says that they were accompanied by the New Mills Silver Band. I have recently come across two pictures of soldiers in Epping High Street on 9th Feb 1915. With the use of a magnifying glass I’m 99% sure that they are Notts & Derby. It looks as though they stayed in Epping until they moved on to Luton.
    If you let me have an email address, I’ll send the pictures to you.

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  7. Stephen Sharp

    Hi mike.
    Fantastic site. Just wondered if you had any detailed information on my great uncle Corporal Harold Rycroft 266180 who served in D Coy 1/6th battallion. I have never been able to find a photo of him or seen his service records although i have visited his war grave in fouquieres which was very moving and immaculately maintained. Any information you have would be very much appreciated.

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  8. Ian Chadwick

    Hi Mike
    I came across your site whilst researching a 1/5 man who was KIA on the 1/7/1916 and found a reference to him in an account of a survivor who reached the enemy trenches, which was great.
    I went to school in Ashbourne so I have found the information and photo’s within your site fascinating so just wanted to thank you for all your hard work.
    Ian

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    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Hi Ian, many thanks for your very nice comments and glad you like the site. I have to say that one of the reasons for doing it was to make as many Notts Derbys photos available as I could. When I first got interested in this period I got so frustrated that nothing was available and started collecting! Happy to make it all available to enjoy, cheers Mike

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  9. Ian Shaw

    Hi Mike, Brilliant site, very useful for researching my Great Uncle Pt 1853 Charles Gordon Shaw 1/6th Battalion Notts & Derby Regt. When over in Flanders and the Somme last week on looking around the Sanctuary Wood CWGC Cemetery we found a headstone of Pt 1853 T Cook of the 1/7th Battalion Notts & Derby Regt. Would you know why two Privates in the same regiment would have the same service number? It is definitely true as we checked on the CWGC website and sure enough the numbers are the same.

    Cheers

    Ian Shaw

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  10. Simon Stubbs

    Mike just came across this site. What an amazing job you have done. You helped me find information about my Great Grandad some 10 years ago, for which I am eternally grateful.

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