Many thanks to Pery’s great grandson son Granville, who has very kindly sent me copies of family photos and Percy’s diary, we can now fill in Percy’s service with the Sherwood Foresters.
Born in 1882 in Wirksworth, Percy was a painter by trade, and by 1911 was living at 10 Chapel Lane with his new bride Florence.
Service with ‘E’ (Wirksworth) Company, the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment: 1902-1914
Percy enlisted into the 2VB on the 9th of February 1901 aged 19, and served with them until their disbandment on the 31st March 1908, during which time he rose to the rank of Corporal.
Pre-War Service with ‘E’ (Wirksworth) Company, the 6th Battalion of the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment: 1908-1914
Percy enlisted into the 6th Battalion on its formation on 1st April 1908 and was given the early regimental number of 9. He was assigned to No. 3 Section of the Left Half Company Commanded by 2/Lt Francis Edward Wintle. E Company was Commanded by Captain Joseph Albert Wheatcroft.
War Service with ‘E’ (Wirksworth) Company, the 6th Battalion of the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment: 1914
On the outbreak of the War Percy started to keep a diary, which now throws light on those early days of the War and the training undertaken by the North Midland Division in the Harpenden and Luton areas.
Percy’s diary records the training that they undertook, such as route marches, outpost work and Company/Battalion Drill. During this time Percy and the other men of the Division were billeted in private residences and the diary provides the names and addresses of these houses.
War Service with the 2/6th Battalion of the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment: 1914-1916
Overseas Service with the 1/6th Battalion of the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment: 1916-17
In April 1916 Percy would have served for 8 years in the Territorial Force, which meant that he was ‘time expired’. It appears from his Medal Index Card, Medal Roll and Silver War Badge Role that this was the case and he re-enlisted (or was conscripted) into the Sherwood Foresters and was posted to the 1/6th Battalion and given the new regimental number of 5672. He arrived in France on the 12th August 1916 and it appears that he was still with the 1/6th Battalion at time of the Territorial Force renumbering in spring of 1917 (new number of 241979).
At some point, and for some reason (possibly through wounding), Percy was transferred to the 15th Battalion.
Overseas Service with the 15th Battalion of the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment: 1917
In May 1917 Percy was wounded (GW) with VI(I) [gunshot wound of back and spine (simple flesh contusions and wounds)] and IX(I) [gunshot wounds of lower extremities (simple flesh contusions and wounds)]. At the time of his wounding the 15th Battalion were holding the front line and support trenches.
Percy was discharged in January 1918 aged 35 years and was awarded a Silver War Badge and a King’s Certificate of Discharge. He also received a pension.