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45th Foot raised in 1741 became the Nottinghamshire Regiment in 1782 and then the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in 1881.

It was the Sherwood Foresters which acquired the title of Sherwood Foresters in 1866, the stag and oak leaves of the cap badge relate to the forest.

Nottingham Castle has several of the old colours.

1881.07.01 The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment)
organised as the county regiment of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, encompassing its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
1st Battalion, redesignation of 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot
2nd Battalion, redesignation of 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot

1902 The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
1970.02.28 amalgamated with The Worcestershire Regiment, to form The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot)

Battle Honours WW1
[combined battle honours of 45th Regiment and 95th Regiment, plus:]
Louisburg1, South Africa, 1846-71, Egypt 1882, Tirah, South Africa 1899-1902

Great War [30 battalions]: Aisne 1914 '18, Armentières 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Hooge 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 ‘18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Ginchy, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Thiepval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917 '18, Messines 1917 '18, Ypres 1917 '18, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosières, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Amiens, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Piave, Italy 1917-18, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1916

Second World War: Norway 1940, St. Omer-La Bassée, Ypres-Comines Canal, Dunkirk 1940 , North-West Europe 1940, Gazala, El Alamein, Djebel Guerba, Tamera, Medjez Plain, Tunis, North Africa 1942-43, Salerno, Volturno Crossing, Monte Camino, Anzio, Campoleone, Advance to Tiber, Gothic Line, Coriano, Cosina Canal Crossing, Monte Ceco, Italy 1943-45, Singapore Island, Malaya 1942

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Battalions: South Africa 1900-02

1. awarded 1882 for service of 45th Regiment.

VCs in the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.

Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum, Nottingham (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)

Sherwood Foresters VC's

Brunt, John Henry Cound

Egerton, Ernest Albert

Greaves, Fred

Hudson, Charles Edward

Johnson, William Henry

Rivers Jacob

Upton, James

Vann, Bernard William

Vickers, Charles Geoffrey

Deployment
1st Battalion

1881.07.01 1st Battalion, The Derbyshire Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)
1881 England: Chatham
1882 Ireland: Athlone
1885 Kilkenny
1888 Limerick
1889 England: Colchester
1894 Ireland: Curragh
1898 Malta
1899.12 South Africa
1902 1st Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
1902 Hong Kong
1904 Singapore
1906 India: Bangalore
1909 Secunderabad
1912 Bombay
1914.11 France and Flanders 8 Div
1917.11 Italy 70 Bde, 23 Div
1918.09.18 France and Flanders 74 Bde, 25 Div
1919 Blackdown
1920 Ireland: Skibbareen
1922 Blackdown 6 Bde
1925 Ireland: Ballykinlar
1928 England: Shorncliffe
1932 Lichfield
1935 West Indies
1939 Palestine
1940 Middle East ME Corps Troops
1942.01 North Africa 70 Inf Div
1942.02 North Africa 1 Armd Bde
1942.06 captured by the Germans at Tobruk
1943.01 re-formed in UK by redesignation of 16th Battalion
1943.01 UK
1944.04 UK 61 Inf Div
1945 Germany
1948.08.15 amalgamated with 2nd Battalion without change of title
1948 Germany: Goslar
1952 England
1952 Egypt
1953 Libya: Derna
1955 England
1955.06 Germany: Bad Lippsringe 33 Armd Bde
1956.04 Bad Lippsringe 11 Bde
1958.06 Malaya
1960.12 England: Colchester
1963 Northern Ireland
1966 Germany: Osnabrück 12 Bde?
1970 England: Warminster
1970.02.28 amalgamated with 1st Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment, to form 1st Bn, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot)

2nd Battalion

1881.07.01 2nd Battalion, The Derbyshire Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)
1881 England: Aldershot
1882.01 Gibraltar
1882.07 Egypt
1882.10 India: Lucknow
1888 Sikkim
1888 India: Lucknow
<1892> India: Umballa
<1894> Solon
<1897> Sitapore
1897 Tirah Campaign
1898 Aden
1899 Malta
1902 2nd Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
1902 England: Parkhurst
1904 England: Aldershot
1907 Ireland: Kinsale
1909 Fermoy
1910 England: Plymouth
1913 Sheffield
1914.09 France and Flanders 6 Div
1919 UK
1922 Egypt
1922 Turkey Army of Occupation
1922 India
1922 NW Frontier: Gharial
1927 Karachi
1930 Multan
1933 Bombay
1934 Sudan & Cyprus
1936 Guernsey
1939 England: Aldershot 3 Bde
1939.09 France & Belgium 1 Inf Div, BEF
1940.06 UK
1943.03 North Africa : Tunisia 3 Bde, 1 Inf Div
1943.12 Italy
1945.02 Palestine
1947 Germany
1948.08.15 amalgamated with 1st Battalion
1952.01.31 re-formed at Colchester
1952.01 England: Colchester
1952.01 Germany BAOR
1955? England: Derby
1955.12.31 disbanded (PSA) at Derby

 


 


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