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11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters


Anthony Bagshaw

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Am trying to research the 11th battalion Notts and Derby Regiment. My Great Grandfather served as 6816 CSM G T Stokes.

Any information on the Battalion or soldiers would be a great help as it is proving quite a difficult task. There doesn't seem to be much written about them anywhere!

Cheers

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There's a battalion history by Percy Fryer called 'The Men from the Greenwood' (published 1920) that you might be able to get through inter-library loan (one of life's great under-used time-savers).

Our own 'Greenwoodsman' may also have some info as I believe that his name's a clue to (one of) his interests!

See also http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mike.briggs76/11th%20Btn.htm

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Hi Anthony

My grandfather served with the 11th Notts & Derby (Sherwood Foresters) from Sept 16 to the end of the war. Had a very quick check of my database of names for the battalion, and there was only one Stokes mentioned, a private with a five-figure number. I have the war diary, the Men from the Greenwood, 23rd and 25th Divisional histories, A copy of Tomlinson's diary, all of Vera Brittain's books which mention her brother (who was OC 'D' Coy, killed at the Battle of the San Sisto Ridge in Italy). How can I help?

Just a health warning - I'm climbing on an aircraft tomorrow morning at 0830, and won't be back for a week. E-mail me then, and I'll try to sort out what you need, and whether its available.

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Hi,

Greenwoodman is the man to help you with this one because he's got a special interest in the 11th Battalion. In the meantime however, the book referred to by Bryn is online at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~d...od%20Foresters/

Do check the mother site as well at: http://www.1914-1918.net/notts.htm

Andrew

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  • 5 years later...

hi can anyone help trying to find more info about my grandad,cpl robert william hawkins,11th battalion sherwood foresters,regimental no 235128,he joined on the 02.03.1916 to 24.02.1918.he passed awayon the 15.04 1998 aged 102 years,

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Andrew Hesketh

Mike, I would recommend that you start a new thread in the soldiers section including regiment and battalion in the title. There are several Forester experts on the forum, a number of which may well be able to help.

Can I ask why you think he was 11th battalion? It's just that his number would suggest a territorial battalion.

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hi can anyone help trying to find more info about my grandad,cpl robert william hawkins,11th battalion sherwood foresters,regimental no 235128,he joined on the 02.03.1916 to 24.02.1918.he passed awayon the 15.04 1998 aged 102 years,

There are several differences with dates :unsure: but the records I have state that 235128 Corporal Robert William Hawkins was born on the 15th January 1896 at Wisbech and enlisted for the Great War at Bury St Edmunds.

He enlisted into the 4th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment on the 14th January 1917 and was wounded by a shell whilst on the Menin-Ypres Railway. Being wounded he was sent to the base hospital and when recovered he was eventually transferred to the 11th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters. He served with the Foresters in Italy (and France) taking part in the battle for Asiago Plateau and Mount Grappa. Robert was discharged in June 1919. BRONNO.

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Mike, I would recommend that you start a new thread in the soldiers section including regiment and battalion in the title. There are several Forester experts on the forum, a number of which may well be able to help.

Can I ask why you think he was 11th battalion? It's just that his number would suggest a territorial battalion.

hi andrew,every piece of millatry paperwork i hold for my grandad has that number 235128,i have just looked at a copy of his certificate of employment during the war,army form Z.18.that has 11th (s) battalion the sherwood foresters stamped on it .

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There are several differences with dates :unsure: but the records I have state that 235128 Corporal Robert William Hawkins was born on the 15th January 1896 at Wisbech and enlisted for the Great War at Bury St Edmunds.

He enlisted into the 4th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment on the 14th January 1917 and was wounded by a shell whilst on the Menin-Ypres Railway. Being wounded he was sent to the base hospital and when recovered he was eventually transferred to the 11th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters. He served with the Foresters in Italy (and France) taking part in the battle for Asiago Plateau and Mount Grappa. Robert was discharged in June 1919. BRONNO.

thank you very much, just one more thing i need to know if its not to much trouble,who was the goc in italy 1918, as ihave a watch that he won in a rifle meeting which is as you would expect still working, again thank you for your help

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Hi, I am trying to find out if 15985 L/Cpl Henry james Broughton of the 11th Bn was wounded on 1st July, his papers state wounded, but with no date. However he is shown as returning to the UK on 6th july 1916 being discharged later due to wounds. Is there a list anywhere that can confirm this? He was from Estkirkby, Nottingham, discharged nov 1917 and awarded SWB number 298869. Any help appreicated,

Cheers, Rick

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Hi,

If anybody can help, I am still looking for any information on HJ Broughton..

Cheers,

Rick

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Had to be 1st or 2nd as the battalion was taken out of the line on 2nd. Probably taken out during the night of 1/2 July but war diary does not give time.

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