This post will look at regimental numbering in the 8th (Territorial Force) Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) between 1908 and 1914. The 7th and the 8th Battalions of this regiment were administered by the Nottinghamshire County Association whereas the 5th and 6th Battalions were administered by the Derbyshire County Association.
Until the 1st April 1908, the 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters had been the 4th Nottinghamshire. By August 1914 it was headquartered at Newark, its eight companies drawing men from the following areas:
A Company: Retford, with a drill station at Ollerton
B Company: Newark
C Company: Sutton-in-Ashfield
D Company: Mansfield
E Company: Carlton, with drill stations at Burton Joyce and Bingham
F Company: Arnold, with drill stations at Basford, Eastwood, Daybrook and Hucknall
G Company: Worksop, with a drill station at Shireoaks
H Company: Southwell with drill stations at Calverton and Farnsfield
By August 1914 the battalion formed part of the Notts & Derby Infantry Brigade in the North Midland Division.
Here are some sample regimental numbers and joining dates for the the 8th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters.
301 joined on the 1st April 1908
952 joined on the 22nd August 1910
1091 joined on the 25th March 1911
1417 joined on the 19th March 1912
1822 joined on the 19th May 1913
1970 joined on the 17th March 1914
2088 joined on the 9th August 1914
A reserve or ‘second-line’ battalion was formed at Newark on the 11th September 1914, the original 8th Battalion now becoming the 1/8th Battalion and the new reserve battalion becoming the 2/8th Battalion. A 3/8th Battalion would be formed at Newark on the 26th February 1915. The 2/8th Battalion would serve overseas from February 1917 but the 3/8th never did so, becoming the 8th Reserve Battalion in April 1916 and ultimately being absorbed by the 7th Reserve Battalion.
Use the regimental numbers above to estimate when a man would have joined this battalion between 1908 and August 1914. For example, if your man had the number 1500 and lived in Mansfield, he would have joined in 1912 and probably served with D Company which was the Mansfield company.
The photo I have used on this post shows officers of the 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters and was published in The Tatler on the 13th January 1915.
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