2190 Pte Walter Edward Lamb from Chapel-en-le-Frith

A pre-War Territorial who originally served with ‘H’ (Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Hayfield) Company and arrived in France in February 1915 with ‘B’ (Whaley and Chapel) Company. Wounded by a shell explosion in Ypres on 4th July 1915. Discharged due to wounds in May 1916.

The casualties numbered thirty-two; nine men were killed or died of their wounds and another 23 were wounded. 

On 4th July a routine fatigue party 200 strong and under the command of Captain Edgar Heathcote marched to the front line, but came under heavy shellfire on the return journey:-

“On the Saturday night we went up to the lines on fatigue, and travelled up a long way in motor lorries; it was quite an exciting journey for us after we left the lorries to march through Ypres, especially as for many of us it was the first experience of the war. Fritz was sending over a few gas shells and we were all sneezing and rubbing our eyes. We drew spades and set off after a short rest, landed at the work, finished off fairly quickly and started for home – home consisting of bivvies made from water-proof sheets, and some of us hadn’t even got those. We had a pretty rough journey coming through Ypres, had just downed tools and started the march towards the houses, when Fritz began shelling; of course he managed to get a lucky shot right in the middle of us, killing and wounding about half the party, many of whom had not yet even seen the trenches”.

[Battalion History]

See here https://derbyshireterritorials.uk/the-great-war-1914-1918/1915-2/ypres/

1719/265172 Pte Fred Pilgrim from Nottingham

A Pre-War Territorial who enlisted in February 1913. Arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915. Transferred to the 1/6th Battalion – probably in January 1917. Disembodied in March 1919.

Fred’s WW1 Medal entitlement including his Masonic Medal

Medal Index Card summarising his War experience

Fred was admitted with influenza to No2 General Hospital at Havre on the 25th June 1916 (?) suggesting that he missed the debacle that was the ‘1st day of the Somme’.

Medal Roll

Fred was still serving with the 1/7th Battalion at the time of the Territorial Force renumbering and was issued with the Regimental number 265172, which was with the block assigned to the 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (265001-305000).

It is highly likely that Fred was to the 1/6th Battalion when the 1/7th Battalion was disbanded in January 1917.

“It is artic up here………”

Posted from Scarborough Camp in 1909 by Will who was in “D” Company, the Robin Hood Rifles.

“Duke”; Mascot of the 1/6th Battalion taken in 1909

Mon July 26/09

D Co RHR

Scarboro

“Hope you had a good day to day. I would sooner have been at home. It is artic up here. No catch at all. Will”

The post card was posted to:-

F R Gibbs Esq, Castledene, Alexandra Park, Nottingham


Frederick Richard Gibbs was a well know Nottingham clock and watch maker – see here. By 1911 the Gibbs Family had moved to ‘Castledene’. He and his wife a son called Frederick William, who was born in 1909, so he is not the ‘Will’ that sent the postcard.

4471/241528 Frederick George Hall

Enlisted in August 1915 and served with the 1/6th and 1st Battalions

Victory Medal
Medal Index Card
Medal Roll

Frederick enlisted into the 3/6th (or 2/6th) Battalion in August 1915 and was subsequently posted to the 1/6th Battalion. He was not awarded a 14-15 Star so probably arrived in France in 1916. He was still serving with the 1/6th Battalion at the time of the Territorial Force renumbering in spring 1917. At some time (and for reasons unknown) he was transferred to the 1st Battalion. He survived the War.

Transfer of men from the 2/6th Battalion to the 22nd Battalion, The London Regiment

The 68**** and 69**** number series

After the 2/6th Battalion had been reduced to Cadre on 7th May 1918, 16 Officers and 665 other ranks were transferred to “K” Infantry Base Depot (IBD) at Calais. At the same time 15 Officers and 560 other ranks of the 2/5th Battalion were also posted to the IBD at Calais following the disbanding of that Battalion.

2/6th Battalion War Diary May 1918 (National Archives WO/95/3025)

Transfer to the Queens (1/22nd and 1/24th Battalions) in August 1918

London Regiment cap badge
Compulsory transfer to the 24/London Regiment

Following the disbandment of the 2/5th and 2/6th Battalions some of the men were compulsory transferred to the Royal West Surrey (Queen’s) Regiment and posted to either the 1/22nd or 1/24th (County of London) Battalions (The Queen’s) in August 1918 and allotted new regimental numbers.

A very interesting picture showing a mixed group of Sherwood Foresters and the County of London (The Queen’s) Regiment. It is interesting to speculate that this picture might represent the transfers of August 1918.

The two Officers and three NCOs are badges to the County of London (The Queen’s) Regiment
In addition forty other ranks are badged to the Notts & Derby Regiment; possible representing a platoon

Transfer to the 1/22nd Battalion London Regiment 25th-26th August 1918

The names of 80 men who transferred from the 2/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters to the 1/22nd Battalion, London Regiment can be identified.

Of these:

12 (15%) were men from the original deployment of the 2/6th Battalion in February 1917.

The remaining 68 (85%) had been posted to the 2/6th Battalion after January 1918; the majority of these in March and April 1918 to make up for losses on the 21st March and the later Battle at Kemmel Hill.

These 80 men were issued numbers between 686195 and 693555.

241805 Pte Lancelot Harry Shillitoe from Bury St Edmunds

Enlisted into the 2/6th Battalion, transfered to the 10th Battalion and missing in action in April 1918.

Lancelot Shillitoe

Lancelot enlisted in Chesterfield into the 3/6th Sherwood Foresters in February 1916 and was one of several men from Bury St Edmunds that enlisted into the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters; Lancelot’s mother was from Chesterfield, which may explain his choice of Regiment.

Medal Index Card
Medal Role

Lancelot most likely arrived in France with the 2/6th Battalion in February 1917, but at some point transferred to the 10th Battalion. This would have been at an Infantry Base Depot and Lancelot might have been wounded or sick (and recovering).

Soldier’s Effects

He was posted missing (and death presumed) on 21st April 1918 whilst serving with 9 Platoon in ‘C’ Company. Lancelot appears on several British Red Cross Enquiry Lists including those issued on 2nd August and 20th November 1918.

At the time of his death the 10th Battalion were occupying front line trenches close to Aveluy Wood on the old Somme Battlefield the trenches were very shallow causing numerous casualties; ‘C’ company were occupying the OUTPOST LINE. On the 21st April the Germans began shelling the front line.

“From 9am to 6pm there was no news from Captain FB Joyce MC, who was in Command of two Platoons of ‘C’ Company holding the positions on the railway. During the afternoon the shelling increased in intensity; and at 6pm two runners arrived from ‘C’ Company saying that when they left at 5.15pm the Company had already suffered heavy casualties”

[10th Battalion History by Lieut. WN Hoyte]

It now seems certain that Lancelot. H. Shillitoe (Sherwood Foresters), nephew of Mrs J. G. Shea, Eastwood House, Chesterfield, who has been reported missing since April 21st 1918, was killed on that date. Information has been received through Red Cross sources that Cpl Shillitoe’s Company was held up by an enemy counter attack on the date stated, and a comrade states that he saw the young soldier laid low by gunshot. The occupation of the area by the enemy rendered it impossible to recover the body, but the soldier of whom inquiries have been made has no doubt whatsoever that Cpl. Shillitoe was killed. Cpl Shillitoe, who was 20 years old, was the third of four soldier sons of Mr Thomas Shillitoe, Upper Norwood, a London Contractor and Builder. His maternal grandmother was the late Mrs Stilwell, Glenholme, Chatsworth Road, Brampton. In civil life he was at the engineering works of Bryan Donkin Company, Derby Road. Joining up on February 8th 1916, when he was under military age, he went with the 2/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters to Ireland in connection with the rebellion. His brother, who enlisted at the same time, is still serving. 

[Derbyshire Courier, 21st September 1918]

10th Battalion casualties.
Poziers Memorial
Pension Record

Lancelot body was not recovered after the War and he is Commemorated on the Poziers Memorial. His mother Sarah was awarded a pension after the war.