REAL  FORESTERS

This page will feature photos sent to us by current or former members of the Sherwood Foresters, 1WFR, or 2Mercian(Worcesters & Foresters), or by their families. We will change them from time to time, so check back for updates.  This page is our place to recognize and show respect for the real soldiers who served in the regiment. 
If you have photos, documents, or stories that you would like to share with us, and would consider appropriate for inclusion on this page, please contact us at foresters@sherwoodforesters.org.


First World War


  Sgt. George Maltby, a Boer War veteran, in a WorldWar I  portrait. 
Maltby was then serving with the 12th Foresters (Pioneers). 
Photo from grandson Mark Buxton, via "Speedy" Mead, ex-Foresters/1WFR.

Cooks of the 12th Foresters at Shoreham Camp before being sent to France. 
Photo from Mark Buxton, via "Speedy" Mead, ex-Foresters/1WFR.
(The 12th Foresters were attached to the 24th Division, arrived in France August 1915, and served for the rest of the war.) 
See  "Derbyshire Lads at War 1914-1918" on the Links & Contacts page for more information.





R.S.M. Frederick G. Walker 
Was with
H Coy 1/8th Bn at Southwell in 1914. Mobilized with them, trained at Harpenden.
Transferred to 1/17th Battalion The London Regiment and went to France with them in 1915.
Transferred to 1/16th Battalion The Cheshire Regiment as Acting RSM, later confirmed in this appointment
Transferred to Machine Gun Corps in late 1918 (against his wishes)
After war was posted to Sherwood Foresters Depot as RSM (There were two RSM's at Depot at this time)
In 1922 posted to 8th Battalion as RSM taking over from RSM Mountney DCM, and served with them until 1925.

Photo from great grandson Ricki Cliffe.  Biographical info courtesy of Cliff Housley, Regimental Historian, Sherwood Foresters



H Co., 1/8th Battalion, departs Southwell, August 1914.  Soldier indicated by X may be Frederick G. Walker.
Photo courtesy of Ricki Cliffe.



 A group of Sergeants at Harpenden, perhaps from H Co. 1/8th Battalion.  This photo was apparently taken
during training in 1914.  Photo courtesy of Ricki Cliffe.





Between the Wars


Gen. Sir Smith Dorrien presents  Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
 to R.S.M. Frederick G. Walker, 1922. 
Photo courtesy of Ricki Cliffe.





John Thomas "Jack" Jordan, D Co., 2nd Battalion. 
  Portrait made in Sudan, 1936 or 1937.   
Photo courtesy of his son, John W. Jordan.




Foresters from D Co., 2nd Battalion at Multan, India (now Pakistan) 1930.  "Jack" Jordan is at far right, 2nd row.
Photo courtesy of John W. Jordan.



Drums of the 5th Foresters band, Summer 1937.  Photo from ex-WO1 Alan Derbyshire, Foresters/1WFR. 
Alan's father Joe Derbyshire is pictured back row, 3rd from left.


Foresters at Up Park Camp, Kingston, Jamaica.  Christmas 1936. 
Photo from Ronnie Smith, Secretary, Derby Branch, WFRA.


Foresters Parade at Bordon, March 1939.  Photo from Ronnie Smith, Secretary, Derby Branch WFRA.

1940s


Lance Corporal W.D. Small, 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (seated, front row center)
and comrades enjoy a lighter moment, somewhere in North Africa.  On 11 December 1944, LCpl Small
died in Greece, where the 5th Battn. was part of a British force attempting to quell a civil war.
Photo from grandson Gary Small. Some info from Commonwealth War Graves Commission.



Group of 5th Battn. Foresters, possibly from HQ Coy.,  at Salonika, Greece, late 1944.  Harold Whelbourn
is back row, right.  Can anyone identify any of the others?  Photo from Harold's son, James Whelbourn.




The Corps of Drums, 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (TA), performs the Beating of Retreat at Scarborough, Yorkshire, 1947. 
Photo from ex-WO2 Drum Major Roy Theobald, Foresters/Derbyshire Army Cadets (in photo - drummer, front rank, far right)



The Corps of Drums, 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Burneston Barracks, Scarborough, Yorkshire, 1947. 
Photo from ex-WO2 Drum Major Roy Theobald, Foresters/Derbyshire Army Cadets (in photo - drummer, front rank, left )




Drum Major Jim Doherty, 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, in 1947. 
Photo from ex-WO2 Drum Major Roy Theobald, Foresters/Derbyshire Army Cadets 



1950s 


Members of the 5th Battalion Motorcycle Team, Normanton Barracks, Derby, 1951.
Photo from ex-WO2 Drum Major Roy Theobald, Foresters/Derbyshire Army Cadets
 (in photo - Pte. 2nd from left.  Roy's father is Sgt., left).





Cpl. Cliff Housley at Ipoh, northern Malaya, 1958.  Sherwood Forester identifying insignia
(large yellow "X" on the jungle hat) clearly visible in photo.  Photo from ex-Sgt. Cliff Housley,
Regimental Historian, Sherwood Foresters.



Sherwood Foresters landing on Borneo, 1959.  U.S. Navy & Marine Corps personnel are from
U.S.S. Lenawee.  Forester identifyng "X" visible on soldiers' jungle hats. 
Photo from Cliff Housley, Regimental Historian, Sherwood Foresters.


 

1960s


Members of the Derby Depot shooting team, after winning their fourth annual competition, ca. 1960. 
Photo from ex-WO1 Alan Derbyshire, Foresters/1WFR   (Lance Corporal, seated, far right)
Additional members of the team include:  (back row) Pte. Richard Knowles - 3rd from left;
L/Cpl Dick Marshall - 4th from left.   (front row) Cpl. Cliff Housley - 2nd from left;
Sgt. Vic Winchester - 3rd from left; WO1 Fred Collins (RSM) - center;
Sgt. Les Parkinson - 3rd from right; Cpl Stan Rankin - 2nd from right.
Thanks to ex-Sgt. Cliff Housley, Regimental Historian, Sherwood Foresters, for the additional names.

    
Cpls. Derbyshire & Gray relax in camp.  Libya, early 1960s.
 Photo from ex-WO1 Alan Derbyshire, Foresters/1WFR   


"Young" Bartram & Ricky Burgess.  Cyprus, 1964.  Note the U.N. headgear.
Photo from ex-WO1 Alan Derbyshire, Foresters/1WFR 


  
Cpl. Alan Derbyshire pauses during a patrol in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1964. 
1Foresters were part of the U.N. peacekeeping contingent. 
Photo from ex-WO1 Alan Derbyshire, Foresters/1WFR   




Photo from ex-WO2 Drum Major Roy Theobald, Foresters/Derbyshire Army Cadets


1Foresters Recce Platoon. Minden, Germany, 1969.  Photo from ex-Cpl "Tanky" Harrison, Foresters/1WFR (kneeling, 2nd from left)

1970s


1WFR Honor Guard.  Berlin, Germany, 1972.  Photo from ex-Cpl "Tanky" Harrison, Foresters/1WFR.

2000 - Present


Members of the Derby Branch, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association,
raise the red jacket in Derby on Badajoz Day, commemorating the storming of Badajoz
by the 45th Regiment on April 6, 1812.  See the links page for related information.

 


   May 17, 2009  Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire.   Members of the Regimental Association attend the dedication of a
memorial to soldiers of the 9th Foresters who lost their lives during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
Members left to right: John Allcock, Dave Licence, Alan Derbyshire, Mick Mills, Don Topliss
Photo from ex-WO1 Alan Derbyshire, Foresters/1WFR




Crich Memorial, Derbyshire.  This is the Sherwood Foresters war memorial, and site of an annual
   pilgrimage the first Sunday in July. Photo by ex-WO1 Alan Derbyshire, Foresters/1WFR,  May 2009. 
See the Links & Contacts page for more information on the Memorial.

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