It is thought that over 300 Brimington men joined the Sherwood Foresters during the
First World War
On the Brimington memorial are the names of 40 Brimington Sherwoods who died . But we have uncovered many more from the village who served and died but are not remembered on our memorial. As well as a large number of Brimington Sherwoods who came home.
For a number of years before the start of the Great War many of Brimington’s young men were already part of the Derbyshire Volunteer army reserves. They trained at weekends or in the evenings and went away to a summer camp at Clumber Park and Scarborough and others.
In 1908 a new Territorial Force (TF) replaced the volunteer
reserves as a purely home defence force and the Derbyshire Volunteers transformed into the 6th Bn Sherwood Foresters.
In 1910/1911 the Government polled the TF units to see if members were willing to serve overseas in time of crisis. And many of Brimington’s young men accepted that commitment and signed up.
When war was declared they became part of the 46th Division which was a Territorial Division based on the counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire and had been the first complete Territorial division to land in France.
The Division first saw combat early on. Around Ypres when they were engaged at Hooge in July 1915 - Private Norman Woolley and Private Fred Brown were killed during this engagement in August 1915.
A few of Brimingtons Territorials
These are just some of Brimington’s Sherwoods, photographed (By H P Hansen, Ashbourne)
weeks before the outbreak of war. It is almost certain that many of these young men would be killed.
We are in the process of trying to identify the men.
Not all Brimington’s Sherwoods served with the Territorial Force. Many village men joined as volunteers throughout the first months of the war and following conscription in1916 the Sherwood Foresters was the regiment of choice for many men from Brimington .
Private John Keeling from Cotterhill Lane in the village joined the 10th Bn Sherwoods in 1915. He was killed in action in August 1916, on the Somme.
Photograph - Private Keeling is kneeling at the front - 2nd from the left.
Private John W Bradley, Private Roland Goodwin, Private Edward Simms also served and died with the 10th Bn.
Private Harry F Aust, Private Thomas Bradshaw &
Private Alfred W Herbert
All 2nd Bn Sherwoods and part of the BEF.
They the first men to be killed from Brimington in October 1914
Part of the terrible Gallipoli campaign in 915. At the Somme in 1916 and at Passchendaele in 1917. Brimington soldiers of the 9th Bn - Private Walter Barlow & L/Corp Henry Rodgers killed in action and
Throughout the years of the Great War Brimington’s Sherwoods served not just on the Western Front but in Gallipoli , Middle East and in Dublin in 1916 during the Easter Rising. And they fought in some of the most notorious bloody battles of the war- on the Ypres Salient, at the Somme, the battles for Arras and Vimy Ridge.
In all - 11,409 Sherwood Foresters died in the Great War.
Not Forgotten Brimington Not Forgotten Brimington