1911: Coronation Year

1911 year book

Front cover of the ‘Year Book 1911’, printed by Broomhead Bros. of Chesterfield for the 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion Sherwood Foresters Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment

In the Queen Mary Competition at Bisley, established for the first time in 1911, 397 Colour-Sergeant Peter Muir of B Company achieved 13th place among 1136 competitors and won £5. 939 Lance-Corporal James Hamer, also of B Company, was 79th and won £2. However, these the successes did not reflect the general standard of shooting in the rest of the Battalion. Maintaining interest in shooting for a scattered Battalion such as the 6th was a difficult problem for the Officers. Major Hall ran the Battalion Shooting Club on Matlock Range and Captained the teams for the Regimental competitions. Many of the Companies of the Battalion had access to 30 yard ranges in order to practice for the Musketry Course, the test for which was fired at Edale.

P MuirTerritorial Force Efficiency Medal awarded to 397 Colour-Sergeant Peter Muir.1911 Coronation

This picture shows men of the 6th Battalion in Tunic Order seated outside an unidentified house (presumably in Chesterfield).

This is an interesting card from J. H. Waterhouse of 7 Cavendish Street Chesterfield.

close upA close up of the same image showing a few recognisable faces. 

From left: 1251 R.S.M. John Shepherd is wearing the two clasp IGS 1895 and the Army LSGC; C.S.M. Roberts DCM; Farnsworth seen wearing an Imperial Service Badge (Information courtesy of Mel).

A Coy Sergeants“A” Company, 6th BATTN, NOTTS. & DERBY. REGT. Chesterfield 1911 by J.H. Waterhouse, 7, Cavendish St. Chesterfield.

Back row from left: Sergt. J Wilkinson (Cyclists), Sergt. J Harrison, 755 Col.-Sergt.-Inst. James Arthur Sturges, 96 Shoemaker-Sergt. Richard Holmes, 744 Lc.-Sergt. James McMahon.

Middle row from left: Sergt. W. Hopkinson, Lc.-Sergt. H. Holland, Col.-Sergt Elijah John Hall, Sergt. John H. Platt, 146 Sergt.-Bugler William Bramwell (Bugle Band).

Front row from left: 91 Signalling-Sergt. Joseph Hydes (Signallers) and 486 Sergt. James Needham (Machine Gun Section).

advertAdvert placed in the 1911 Year Book by John Henry Waterhouse who lived at 2 New Street in Hadfield Town near Chesterfield.

Coronation Day Parades on June 19th 1911

8th CoronationThe 1911 Coronation Parade of King George V in Netherfield.

This postcard from the “Rhymes Collection” shows men of the Netherfield section of “E” (Carlton) Company of 8th Battalion Notts & Derby Regiment. The men have just walked past the Windsor Castle public house on Carlton Hill Road and are turning into St Pauls Church. Leading them is the Netherfield Railway Silver Band (formerly Carlton Brass). Sergt. Rhymes can be seen at the bottom left of the picture.

Officer cap badgeThe Battalions of the Brigade sent detachments of men to London for the actual parade. The 8th Battalion in particular sent a detachment of 25 men under the Command of Captain Clarke. The Officer leading the parade is wearing a very distinctive Helmet Badge that appears to that of the Royal Engineers (information courtesy of Mel).


Oldknow 1Oldknow 2Post card sent to Corporal WH Oldknow from Captain Morley, Adjutant of the 5th (Derby) Battalion of the Notts & Derby Regiment, informing him that the parade of the Coronation Contingent has been postponed until Monday 19th June.

1911 Chesterfield Coronation ParadeCoronation Day Parade by the 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion of the Notts & Derby Regiment.

This picture is part of the JW Waterhouse Series of 1911 and is looking across Queens’ Park towards the Crooked Spire.

1911 CorranationMen of the Ruskington section of the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment at the Proclamation of King George V in June 1911.

963 BarsleyThe Attestation of 963 Edward Barsley who would have been in attendance on that day.

The 1911 Yearbook

1911 Adverts

frontThe front cover and selected advertisements from the 1911 Year Book

From left:

  • Broomhead and Brothers, “are printers of the Year Book”, Packers’ Row Chesterfield.
  • R HolmesThe Sergt. Shoemaker to the Battalion “has all your measurements”, 30 Hartington Road, Spital, Chesterfield.
  • Chesterfield Brewery, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Chesterfield.
  • Bulls Head, “Territorials, when in Chesterfield call at the BULLS HEAD, Shambles, and see your old friend FLETCHER ROBERTS.
  • Dove and Sons, Military Tailors “Only Practical Men Employed”, Holywell St., Chesterfield.

The 1911 Year Book is a fascinating little volume and contains a wealth of information about the 6th Battalion.

The Annual Camp at Scarborough

Scarborough Camp 1The annual training in camp took place on the Old Racecourse at Scarborough from 30th July to 13th August with the other Battalions of the Notts & Derby Brigade (HP Hansen YMCA series #5).

YMCA seriesNote the “YMCA Series Symbol” on the bottom right corner of the card, which is very useful for determining the year it was taken.Racecourse 1911

Ashworth 1911Two picture of the Racecourse Camp taken by local Photographer “J. Ashworth & Son” from Scarborough

Colonel William H.E. Murray Commanded the Brigade, with Major E.M. Morris, Devonshire Regiment, as Brigade Major. Work in the Camp was very elementary and primarily restricted to section and Company training. During the Camp the weather was ideal with very little rain and the men enjoyed the pleasures of Scarborough during the evening, in particular the spa and beaches. The Officers of the Brigade were fortunate to secure the use of the Grand Stand for their mess, with the Brigade Office adjoining it. The Old Racecourse Camping ground was situated on a plateau to the west of the town and was roomy enough for the entire Brigade. Reveille was sounded at 5 o’clock and there were drills before and after breakfast and marching-order parades in the afternoon.

Scarborough MapThe racecourse was situated 2 miles to the east of Scarborough and was known as “Seamer Racecourse”.

racecourse 2010The racecourse has long since disappeared and the grand pavilion demolished. Most of the land has since been returned to agriculture with the exception of the large GCHQ complex which is built on the site of the pavilion.

Scarborough Camp 2The Notts and Derby Brigade Camp on the Racecourse at Scarborough in August 1911 (unknown publisher #312).

The men’s sleeping quarters, Company mess tents and camp kitchens can be seen laid out for inspection. Smoke can be seen rising from the camp kitchens as the cooks prepare a meal for the men. The 6th Battalion were the only unit in the camp to continue the system of messing by tents and this was commented upon favourably by the inspecting Officers.


This card is from an unknown publisher but is numbered #312 and has a distinctive blemish in the bottom right corner which helps with identification. Note the smoke coming from the cooking fires in the top right hand corner of the card.

camp kitchenA picture showing a close up of the Camp Kitchen that can be seen in the above photograph (unknown publisher Y.M.C.A. 1911 #608)

This picture shows the Sergeant and cooks that were normally responsible for providing meals to the men during the Annual Camps. The Sergeant in charge is bent over what appears to be a camp kettle, whilst the rest of the men pose for this photo in a combination of slouch hats and white uniforms. To the right of the group appears to be young soldier who is possibly a drummer boy.

YMCA 1911This post card carries a typical “YMCA 1911” identifier.

8th kitchen 1

Kitchen 2The Camp Kitchen (HP Hansen Y.C.M.A. Scarboro Camp #805 and #806)

YMCA S Camp logThese consecutive postcards, which are part of the Hans Peter Hansen “Y.M.C.A. Series Scarboro Camp” collection show a typical Battalion cooking area.BarrelOn the water barrel in the top photograph the words ‘4th Notts V’ are clearly distinguishable suggesting this was the kitchen of the 8th (Nottinghamshire) Battalion, Notts & Derby Regiment.

The 4th (Notts) VB became the 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) under the Territorial Force Act of 1907. Indeed, the Officer present in the photograph is Major Sarll, who was Honorary Major and Quartermaster of the 8th Battalion at this time.

OfficerWilliam Nearle Sarll was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire in 1865. He was a newspaper manager by trade and was made Quartermaster of the 4th (Nottinghamshire) Volunteer Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) in the 26th January 1904. He was granted the rank of Honorary Captain on 17th December 1907 and Honorary Major in October 1910. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1912.

Qmr. & Hon. Major Searll resigned his Commission on account of ill-health on the 29th October 1914. However, he was later made Temporary Captain on 11th November 1916. He died in Nottingham in 1928 aged 72.

In the bottom picture we see that an inspection is being undertaken by Major Sarll and two ladies wearing elaborate hats. Wood for the stoves can be clearly seen stored under the shelter.


Parades and Church Services

The 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion



618aA consecutive series of photographs showing the 6th Battalion on Parade. The top two are from an unknown publisher (#616 & 617) whilst the bottom is part of the Y.M.C.A. Series.

#616 & #617: In these two postcards we see Duke II and the Band of the 6th Battalion gathering for a service. One of the boys holding the reigns of Duke II is a young bugler, whilst directly behind him is Sergt.-Bugle William Bramwell. During the service the men are accompanied in singing by the band. Officers present in #617 below include Major John Clayton and Brigadier Murray.

Officer 1#618: Shows Officers and men in tunic order. The Officers present in #618 below include from the left: unknown, CJ Wheatcroft, Valentine Langford, Victor Robinson, Graham Earwalker, Basil Derbyshire, unknown, John Clayton and 1251 R.S.M John Shepherd at the far end of the line.

Officers 2

6th officersThe same line of Officers but from a different angle. 

DrumsClose up view of the Drum Head.

RamClose up view of Sergt.-Bugler William Bramwell (left) and Duke II accompanied by two young bandsmen.

Time out in Scarborough1911 5th or 6th Studio

Two men of the 5th or 6th Battalion enjoying a day out in Scarborough. This super photograph was taken by a local photographer in Scarborough.

The 8th (Nottinghamshire) Battalion



820The 8th (Nottinghamshire) Battalion Notts & Derby Regiment receiving the King’s Colours (HP Hansen Y.M.C.A Series #818, #819 & #820).

On Wednesday the 2nd August the was an impressive ceremonial when the Duke of Portland presented the Colours to the 8th Battalion of the Notts and Derby Regiment. The 7th Battalion (Robin Hoods) provided a guard of honour under the Command of Captain L.A. Hind,  to meet the Duke of Portland at Scarborough. He was accompanied to the Camp ground by the Honorary Colonel of the Battalion, Earl Manvers and Colonel William Murray.

Murray and Officers

At 11 a.m. the Battalion formed up on the parade ground in three sides of a square. The two Senior Colour-Sergeants, 601 William Marshall of “G” Company and 301 Herbert Allsopp of “D” Company (both not shown) placed the Colours on the Drums. The Service of Consecration was performed by Reverend C. B. Collinson, who was the Vicar at Laxton, which was part of Earl Manver’s Estate. After the prayers had been said Colonel Mellish took the King’s Colours from the drums and handed it to the Duke of Portland, who then presented it to Lieutenant White. The Regimental Colour was then handed to the Duke by Major Huskinson, who presented it to Lieutenant Pegler.

8th KirkThe Service of Consecration performed by Reverend C. B. Collinson the Vicar at Laxton (G. Kirk Photo. Nottingham #13).

This card is part of the “Rhymes Collection” and he can be seen standing on the far side of the square. With Rev. Collinson are Colonel Mellish and Lieutenants White and Peglar. Amongst the Officers and Dignitaries standing on the right are Earl Manvers, Duke of Portland, Major Huskinson and Brigadier Murray.

8th MarchingMen of the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters marching through the Brigade Camp (HP Hansen Y.M.C.A. Scarboro Camp #701).


This particular post card was sent to Broomhill in Sheffield by a member of “G” Company.

8th Battalion 1911 scarborough

8th (Nottinghamshire) BattalionE Company“E” Coy. 8th S.F. Scarborough 1911 (G. Kirk Photo. un-numbered).

D Coy 8th 1911“D” (Mansfield) Coy. 8th Notts & Derby Territorial Force Scarborough 1911 (unknown). Photograph courtesy of the Clewes Family and Mel.

8th marching 2Untitled picture from G. Kirk Photo. #24.

The two ‘Kirk cards’ are from the “Rhymes Collection” and in the top pictures he is seated on the third row with Officers and N.C.O.s, whilst in the bottom he can be seen marching on the right just behind the Company Sergeant Major.



blemish 2YMCA 1911 2These final two cards show the 8th Battalion being led from a Parade by the Band. Although they are numbered #828 and #829 (or #839) its not clear if they belong to the same series. Both have no publisher written in the back and they have different distinguishing marks. The second picture shows a Company of men in Tunic Order marching from Church Parade. The priest is walking at the back on the column (he can also be seen in #828 stood on the little knoll as the band marches past) and many of the man are carrying what may be the Soldiers Prayer Book.

The man four rows back on the right is wearing a Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, whilst the Senior NCO at the rear of the Column is wearing a number of medals suggesting that he may be an ex-regular soldier who was attached as a Sergt.-Instructor. Due to the poor quality of the photograph it is difficult to assign a Battalion, however, close examination would suggest that the men are wearing ‘3-tier’ shoulder badges suggesting that they may be from the 8th Battalion, as opposed to the Robin Hood Rifles (who wore a slightly different cap badge; see left).

7th (Nottingham) Battalion; The Robin Hood’s

Robin Hood Bugle band 1911Picture of the Robin Hood’s Bugle Band taken in 1911 (unknown publisher #92)

7th marchingMen marching (HP Hansen Y.M.C.A. Scarboro Camp #709 & #709). Believed to be men of the 7th Battalion Robin Hoods these are pictures from a HP Hansen Series.

5th (Derby) Battalion5th scarborough 19115th in Camp 1911

Two photographs from the HP Hansen “YMCA Series” showing men of the 5th (Derby) Battalion. In the bottom photograph we see men under the Command of Captain William Henry Christy-Clay. William Clay was born in London in 1879 and was a Surveyor & Land Agent living at “The Redthorns’ on Avenue Road in Duffield.

pc back

In the postcard sent to Bernard we learn that Percy is attached to the Machine Gun Section, but  ‘tell Dad I have got a photo card for him’.

It seems likely that this card was sent from Percy Edge Allman to his brother Bernard. In 1911 the family were living at Cromwell Cottage in Duffield, where Percy was a surgical bandage maker and Bernard (aged 8) was at School. Their father William was a lithographer printer. Percy later served in France with the Machine Gun Corps.

Camp Activities and Training

Scarborough 1911521



720A series of photographs showing men of the Sherwood Foresters Brigade undergoing field exercises (HP Hansen Y.M.C.A. Series #521, #620, #621 & #720)

#512: The man closest to the front appears to be wearing a ‘5-tier’ Notts and Derby shoulder badge suggesting that they are men form either the 5th (Derby) or 6th (Derbyshire) Battalions.

#620 & #621: No distinguishing details, but they do not wear the cap badge of the 7th (Nottingham) Battalion; the Robin Hoods.

#720: The men appear to be wearing the cap badge of the 7th (Nottingham) Battalion; the Robin Hoods.cap badge

MoorOn Wednesday 9th August the Brigade undertook five hours of field operations in very hot weather on Ireton Moor, which was just to the North of Seamer Racecourse.

The visit to the Camp of General Sir Laurence James Oliphant, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command, and Major-General Ion Wetherill Hamilton*, the General Officer Commanding the North Midland Division, was the primary reason for this tactical exercise.

The 6th (Derbyshire) and 8th (Nottinghamshire) represented a small force that had landed at Scarborough and was covering disembarkation of other troops. In order to do this they occupied all the high ground, including the racecourse, to the West of Scarborough.observerNote the presence of an apparent ‘observer’ in several of the photographs, cunningly disguised as the ‘man from delmonte’.

men lee metford

In the picture immediately above you will see several of the men relaxing with their Long Lee Enfield Rifles a.k.a. the .303 calibre, Rifle, Magazine, Lee-Enfield or more commonly Magazine Lee-Enfield, or MLE (sometimes spoken as “emily” instead of M.L.E).


812Consecutive pictures of men from the Sherwood Foresters resting. Both of these are HP Hansen Y.M.C.A Series Scarboro’ Camp (#811 & #812).

It is very difficult to determine the identity of the specific Battalion and Company, however, the key is in the identity of the young 2nd Lieutenant below (answers on a postcard please).

Unknown Officer

6th Battalion Officers

colonel jacksonIn 1911 Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffry Jackson had conferred upon him the King’s Coronation Medal and the Territorial Decoration. Major Edward Hall, Lieutenant & Quartermaster William Broomhead, Orderly Room Sergeant 991 William Roberts (late Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion) and 564 Private Robert Smith of Matlock also received the Coronation Medal that year.

Old Brigade“Remnants of the Old Brigade 1911” shows Senior Officers of the 6th Battalion gathered in front of the Grand Pavilion on Scarborough Racecourse. Back row from left; Major Edward Hall and Major John Goodall. Front row from left; Major John Clayton, Lieut.-Colonel Geoffrey Jackson and Major Godfrey Goodman.

  • Edward Hall was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 2VB, the Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regt) on the 11th May 1892. On 9th May 1900 he was promoted to Captain (Instructor of Musketry). In 1912 he was awarded the Territorial Decoration.
  • John Kenaz Goodall was born in 1858 in Nottingham and studied Medicine at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant into the 2VB, the Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regt) on 8th April 1893 and at that time he was a Physician surgeon and living on Chesterfield Road. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 4th January 1896, Captain on 22nd September 1897 and Honorary Major on 31st March 1908. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1913. He died in Chesterfield in 1915.
  • Godfrey Davenport Goodman had transferred as a Lieutenant to the 2VB, the Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regt) from the 1st VB, the Prince of Wales (North Staffs Regt) on 11th April 1891. On 25th July 1892 he was awarded the Volunteer Officers’ Decoration. He was promoted to Major on June 25th 1910 and was Officer Commanding the Contingent of Derbyshire Volunteers that fought in the South African War in 1901.

6th (Derbyshire) Battalion Machine Gun Section

Machine gun 1Maxim in trench, Scarboro’ (Unknown YMCA #27)

Demonstration of the ‘home-made’ Maxim Tripod. During the Divisional Camp in 1910 the High Peak News recorded the following event:-

“Quite one of the interesting features in connection with D Company of the 6th Notts and Derby is a gun of the maxim kind, which has been invented by Lieut. A.C.B. Taylor and mounted by Mr Bennett Needham of Bakewell, It can be carried anywhere on two pole and fixed up on any ground, no matter how rough, in an instant. It’s carriage is a tripod, which enables it to be turned on any point with the ease of a turn of the head.”

tripodA close up view of the ‘home made’ tripod.

MG section

Needham RyeAt the time this picture was taken the Machine Gun section consisted of Lieut. A.C.Brooke-Taylor, Sergt Henry Rye, Lc.-Sergt. James Needham, a Corporal, two Drivers, a Batman and 12 Privates trained in the maintenance, transport, loading and firing of the Vickers heavy machine gun. The Machine Gun Section was attached to “A” (Chesterfield) and “D” (Bakewell) Companies.

On the embarkation of the 6th Battalion to France in February 1915, 206 Sergeant James Woods was in charge of one machine gun section, which also included Privates 251 Daniel Holland, 764 William Staten, 1346 Harold Harthill and 2231 Alec Purdy. Sergeant Woods was from Hope Street in Brampton and had been trained as a maxim gunner at Sheffield and Bisley.

Other notable events:-

Atkinson 1On September 1st Captain EW Atkinson (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) vacated the appointment of Adjutant which he had held since 1906. His successor was Captain S MacILomer of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

  • Captain and Hon Major William Bradbury Robinson resigned his Commission but retained his rank after 20 years service. He Commanded a Volunteer Cyclist Battalion in South Africa and was awarded the Queens Medal with 5 Clasps.
  • Lieutenant GP Earwaker resigned his Commission after over 4 years Service.
The Composite Cyclist Corps comprised Captain W B Robinson, Lieutenants T Carus-Wilson, W Wilson, E D Dickson and 75 men

Following Officers qualified during 1911 for their present or higher rank:-

  • Major GD Goodman
  • Captain and Hon. Major E Hall
  • Captain JE Blackwall
  • Captain G Nicholson
  • Captain H Welch
  • 2nd Lieutenant JHM Humble
  • 2nd Lieutenant VO Robinson
  • 2nd Lieutenant CJ Wheatcroft
  • 2nd Lieutenant EA Tollemache
  • 2nd Lieutenant CVHC Blackwell
  • 2nd Lieutenant WEV Tomkins promoted to Lieutenant
  • WBM Jackson gazetted 2nd Lieutenant
  • EM Brooke-Taylor gazetted 2nd Lieutenant
  • FB Robinson gazetted 2nd Lieutenant
  • Captain RH Bond gazetted back to Battalion as a Captain in the TF Reserve

The following Officers and men received the Coronation Medal:-

  • Lieut.-Col GM Jackson
  • Major E Hall
  • Quartermaster WN Broomhead
  • Orderly Room Sergeant W Roberts (late Sergt.-Major 1st Battalion)
  • Pte. Robert Smith (Matlock)

The following men received the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal:-

  • 100 L/Sergt WD Jamieson (A Company)
  • 398 Sergt. H Naden (B Company)
  • 388 Cpl. JA Fletcher (B Company)
  • 654 Cpl. F Lain (C Company)
  • 166 Col.-Sergt W Barker (D Company)
  • 85 Segt. JR Hill (D Company)
  • 343 L/Cpl JJ Hogg (D Company)
  • 75 Pte J Elliott (D Company)
  • 87 Pte. AH Hill (D Company)
  • 88 Pte. J Sellors (D Company)
  • 560 Sergt E Marriott (E Company)
  • 180 Cpl H Lenton (E Company)
  • 1226 Pte. HA Smith (G Company)
  • 307 Cpl. T Darley (H Company)
  • 315 Pte. F Oulton (H Company)

 Permanent Staff:-

  • 755 Colour-Sergeant JA Sturges discharged to Pension
  • Colour-Sergeant Instructor W Seaton transferred to A Company
  • 6953 Sergeant E Brown posted from 1st Battn to H Company
  • 36 Colour-Sergeant W Harrison of E Company retired
  • Colour-Sergeant LG Dickenson to E Company
  • Sergeant WA Lytle of D Company retired
  • 166 Sergeant Baker becomes Col.-Sergt of D Coy
  • 316 Col.-Sergt W Hidworth of H Coy discharged from TF Reserve

A Company (Chesterfield): 140 NCOs and men

  • Captain AJ Hopkins (Gluman Gate, Chesterfield)
  • 2/Lieut. VO Robinson (Field House, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield)
  • Col.-Sergt.-Inst. JA Sturges
  • Col.-Sergt. EJ Hall

B Company (Chapel-en-le-Frith): 113 NCOs and men

  • Captain H Welch (Whitehall, Chinley)
  • Lieut. BH Winder (Hathersage)
  • 2/Lieut. GP Earwalker (43 George Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester)
  • Col.-Sergt.-Inst. WL Jackson (Chapel-en-le-Frith)
  • Col.-Sergt. P Muir (Chapel-en-le-Frith)

C Company (Ashbourne): 125 NCOs and men

  • Captain VHE Langford (Hauteville, Robertson Road, Buxton)
  • 2/Lieut. CB Johnson (Nithen, Buxton)
  • Col.-Sergt.-Inst. GW Wain (Buxton)
  • Col.-Sergt. F Brindley (2 Grange Road, Buxton)

D Company (Bakewell): 113 NCOs and men

  • Captain JE Blackwell (Great Shelford, Cambridge)
  • Lieut. ACB Taylor (Heath Cote, Knutsford)
  • Lieut. HCB Taylor (The Hall, Bakewell)
  • Col.-Sergt.-Inst. E Pullen (Bakewell)
  • Col.-Sergt.W Barker (Bakewell)

E Company (Wirksworth): 119 NCOs and men

  • 2/Lieut. WEV Tomkins (Bank House, Wirksworth)
  • 2/Lieut. JC Wheatcroft (Waltham House, Wirksworth)
  • 2/Lieut. CVHC Blackwell (Blackwall, Kirk Ireton)
  • Sergt.-Inst. J Turner (Wirksworth)
  • Col.-Sergt. S Bradley (26 Brook Street, Derby)

F Company (Staveley): 122 NCOs and men

  • Captain and Hon. Major JK Goodall (Sutton Lodge, Brimington)
  • 2/Lieut. JHM Humble (2 Highfield Road, Chesterfield)
  • Col.-Sergt.-Inst. WJ Keery (Staveley)
  • Col.-Sergt. B Taylor (Eckington)

G Company (Clay Cross): 139 NCOs and men

  • Captain G Nicholson (High House, Heath, Chesterfield)
  • Lieut. EB Johnson (The Bourne, Ashover)
  • Lieut. R Hills (Hallgate House, Clay Cross)
  • 2/Lieut. EA Tollemache (Brassington Street, Clay Cross)
  • Sergt.-Major J Shepherd (Bestwood House, Clay Cross)
  • Col.-Sergt. J Hoult (Stollard Street, Clay Cross)

H Company (Whaley Bridge): 115 NCOs and men

  • Captain and Hon. Major E Hall (The Dingle, Whaley Bridge)
  • Lieut. R Saxby (The George Hotel, Buxton)
  • Lieut. CH Heathcote (The Woodlands, Whaley Bridge)
  • 2/Lieut. B Darbyshire (Disley)
  • Col.-Sergt.-Inst. W Seaton (Whaley Bridge)
  • Col.-Sergt. E Parsons (Disley)

Machine Gun Section (attached to A and D Companies)

  • Lieut. ACB Taylor
  • 479 Sergt. HD Rye (Matlock Street, Bakewell)
  • 468 Lc.-Sergt. J Needham (Chesterfield)

Transport Section (attached to G Company)

  • 111 Sergt. WH Cherry (High Street, Clay Cross)

Signallers (attached to A Company)

  • Signalling Sergeant 91 Sergt. J Hydes (Eyre Street, Chesterfield)

Assistant Instructors

  • 276 Corpl. A Walker (Chesterfield)
  • Act. Corpl. EA Lowe (Chinley)

Cyclist Section (attached to A Company)

  • 246 Sergt. J Wilkinson (Free Trade Inn, Chesterfield)

The Band (attached to F and G Companies)

  • Band-Master TH Worrall (Barnfield Terrace, Staveley)

Bugle Band (attached to G Company)

  • 146 Sergt.-Bugler W Bramwell (6 Lockford Lane, Stonegravels)

Other Battalion Staff:-

  • Acting Sergeant Major 1251 J Shepherd (Bestwood House, Clay Cross)
  • Quartermaster-Sergeant J Farnsworth (Red House, Clay Cross)
  • Sergeant Shoemaker 96 R Holmes (39 Hartington Road, Spital)
  • Sergeant Cook 116 G Hoult (Clay Cross)
  • Pioneer Sergeant 306 J Beard (Whaley Bridge)
  • Battalion Accountant Sergt.-Major WJ Roberts (10 Corporation Street, Chesterfield)
  • Battalion Storekeeper Quartermaster-Sergt. F Drake (Drill Hall, Chesterfield)

Men know to have enlisted in 1911:-

  • 1306 Charles Gettliffe (aged 21 and a labourer from Ashbourne)
  • 1307 John Henry Robinson (aged 17 and a labourer from Ashbourne)
  • 1308 Harold Sellors (aged 20 and a baker from Ashbourne)
  • 1310 William Hudson
  • 1311 Ralph Kettle (aged 18 and a scavenger in spinning room from Ashbourne)
  • 1312 Frederick Millward (aged 18 and a cop piercer in spinning room from Ashbourne)
  • 1313 Albert Coleman (aged 22 and a miner from Barlborough)
  • 1317 William Haywood (aged 18 and a miner from Bolsover)
  • 1318 William Wragg
  • 1319 Arthur Taylor (aged 18 and a mine from Bolsover)
  • 1321 Percy Heather (aged 17 and a packer from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1322 Samuel Turner (aged 18 and a mill labourer from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1326 Samuel Eyre (aged 31 and fireman boiler from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1327 Walter Holmes
  • 1328 Harry Wilfred Bagshaw (aged 18 and a bookbinder from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1332 Walter Douglas Bowler
  • 1336 Ernest Arthur Edinboro (aged 19 and a labourer from, Brimington near Chesterfield)
  • 1337 Jack Fenton (aged 18 and an assistant in bleaching from Whaley Bridge)
  • 1338 Clarence Johnson (aged 17 and a farm labourer from Whaley Bridge)
  • 1339 Samuel Hibbert (aged 17 and steam room labourer from Whaley Bridge)
  • 1340 Charles Coverley (aged 19 and a print works labourer from New Mills)
  • 1342 John Andrews (aged 21 and a general labourer from Bakewell)
  • 1344 John Newborough (aged 18 and a pony driver and miner from Alfreton)
  • 1345 Albert Etherington (aged 24 and a bicycle fitter from Ashbourne)
  • 1346 Harold James Hartill (aged 17 and from Mayfield, Ashbourne)
  • 1348 Arthur Waywell (aged 20 and a cotton spinner from Wirksworth)
  • 1349 Alec Ford (aged 19 and a chemists warehouseman from Ashbourne)
  • 1352 John Boothby (aged 18 and an engineer machinist from Chesterfield)
  • 1353 Frederick Wain (aged 17 and a printer from Buxton)
  • 1357 Ernest Hill
  • 1359 William Smith
  • 1360 John William Robinson (aged 18 and a mill hand from Ashbourne)
  • 1362 Joseph Fearn (aged 15 and a baker from Wirksworth)
  • 1363 George Needham (aged 17 and a porter from Fairfield, Buxton)
  • 1364 George Ollerenshaw allias (aged 18 and a porter from Buxton)
  • 1365 Benjamin James Savage (aged 18 and a warehouseman from Bakewell)
  • 1368 Morris Chadwick (aged 20 and a labourer from Hayfield)
  • 1369 Fred Schofield (aged 17 and a plumber from Hayfield)
  • 1370 Sydney Lunt (aged 17 and shop assistant & porter from Buxton)
  • 1373 Ernest Jordan (aged 34 and a merchant from Derby)
  • 1378 John William Haywood (aged 18 and a miner from Bolsover)
  • 1379 Arthur Wood (aged 20 and a miner from Mosborough)
  • 1380 Harry Jackson (aged 18 and a labourer from New Mills)
  • 1381 Wilfred Taylor
  • 1382 Alfred Weatherley (aged 17 and a labourer from Hayfield)
  • 1384 Frederick Amis Barker (aged 17 and a shoemaker from Stoney Middleton)
  • 1385 John William Hampson (aged 19 and a labourer from Birchover)
  • 1386 Charles Thomas Turner (aged 18 and a bleach works labourer from New Mills)
  • 1387 Leonard Hall (aged 17 and a mill hand from Tideswall)
  • 1388 John Harold Willis (aged aged 18 and a cotton gasser from Buxton)
  • 13?? John Fielding Parsons (aged 14 and a labourer and calico printer from Disley)
  • 1398 William Glover (aged 18 and a miner from Clay Cross)
  • 1399 William Birch (aged 17 and a mill hand from Ashbourne)
  • 1400 George Bailey (aged 17 and from Ashbourne)
  • 1402 Tom Marshland (aged 17 and an architect from Disely)
  • 1403 Jarvis Smith (aged 16 and a cotton doubler from Buxton)
  • 1404 John Davenport (aged 17 and a pony driver from Bolsolver)
  • 1405 George F P Nadin (aged 19 and from Dove Holes)
  • 1406 Frank Neale (aged 28 and a labourer from Brimington)
  • 1408 George Smith (aged 22 and a miner from Wingerworth)
  • 1409 George Smart (aged 18 and a miner from Clay Cross)
  • 1410 Peter White (aged 18 and a miner from Clay Cross)
  • 1411 John Thomas Bright (aged 17 and a billiard marker from Bakewell)
  • 1412 Edwin Fretwell (aged 18 and a pipe moulder from Brimington)
  • 1413 Samuel Wagstaffe (aged 16 and a pony driver from Brimington)
  • 1414 Samuel Spencer (aged 17 and a quarryman stone getter from Dove Holes)
  • 1415 Alfred Afford (aged 18 and a miner from North Wingfield)
  • 1418 Charles Vernon Lee (aged 16 and unemployed from Chesterfield)
  • 1422 William Bradshaw (aged 28 and a miner from Pilsely)
  • 1425 Ernest Swift (aged 17 and a pipe moulder from Brimington)
  • 1427 George William Carline (aged 19 and a labourer from Ashover)
  • 1428 Samuel Kirk (aged 20 and a dyer from Tansley near Matlock)
  • 1429 Percy Williams (aged 17 and a wool and cotton puller from Matlock)
  • 1431 Arthur Timmons (aged 16 and a pony driver from North Wingfield)
  • 1432 Harry Whittington
  • 1433 William Davis
  • 1434 Fred Chell (aged 18 and a corset worker from Ashbourne)
  • 1436 James H Gallimore (aged 19 and a fishing tackle assistant from Ashbourne)
  • 1437 Alfred Hollingshead (aged 17 and a gardener from Ashbourne)
  • 1438 Charles Needham (aged 17 from Ashbourne)
  • 1439 William Spencer
  • 1440 Ernest Turner (aged 17 and a cotton doffer from Wardlow)
  • 1441 Charles Simms
  • 1442 Frank Hallam (aged 20 and a limestone quarryman from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1443 Tom Allcock (aged 18 and a lime worker from Buxton)
  • 1444 Ernest Pass (aged 33 and a labourer from Bugsworth)
  • 1445 George Silkstone Hopkinson (aged 15 and a colliery office clerk from Clay Cross)
  • 1446 Samuel Beresford
  • 1448 William Albert Wibberley (aged 19 and a plumbers apprentice form Ashbourne)
  • 1449 Frank Allen 9aged 18 and a quarryman from Matlock)
  • 1450 Charles William Woolley (aged 17 and a farm labourer from Matlock)
  • 1451 Arthur Martin (aged 17 and a machine stretcher in dye works from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1453 William Marchington (aged 20 and a farm worker from Dove Holes)
  • 1454 James Herbert Naden (aged 14 and an apprentice moulder from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1456 John Aubrey Cyril Kersey
  • 1457 Frederick Bull (aged 18 and a photographer’s assistant from Ashbourne)
  • 1458 Frank Naylor (aged 20 and a pork butcher from Chesterfield)
  • 1460 Stanley Brightman
  • 1461 Arthur Allcock (aged 19 and a general labourer from Harpur Hill, Buxton)
  • 1462 James Ford (aged 17 and a bleacher dyer and finisher clerk from Chapel-en-le-frith) 1463 Arthur Marchington (aged 15 and a clerk from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1464 Wilfred Longson (aged 17 and a shop assistant from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1465 Francis Hallam (aged 17 and a waggoner of a farm from Chapel-en-le-frith)
  • 1466 George Lindsay Clay (aged 19 and a gas worker’s helper from Matlock)
  • 1469 John Charles Shirt (aged 23 and a labourer from Edale)
  • 1478 Allen Redfern (aged 17 and a printer from Buxton)
  • 1479 Charles Brown (aged 19 and a labourer from Brimington)
  • 1480 Frederick Brown (aged 17 and a labourer from Brimington)
  • 1481 Benjamin Rowley (aged 20 and a railway labourer from Staveley)
  • 1483 George Brown
  • 1485 Benjamin Eyre (aged 17 and a spinner from Buxton)
  • 1487 George Edward Pratt (aged 21 and Great Central Porter from Brimington)
  • 1488 William Henry Slinn (aged 27 and a colliery labourer from Ashover)
  • 1489 Horace Allen (aged 17 and from Barlboro)
  • 1490 Jeramiah Thompson (aged 17 and a miner from Barlboro)
  • 1491 Fred S Thorpe
  • 1493 Joseph Bennett
  • 1496 John Thomas Needham (aged 20 and a carrier from Chesterfield)
  • 1499 Charles Potter (aged 18 and a moulder from Clay Cross)
  • 1502 W Heathcote
  • 1503 Joseph Smith
  • 1504 Thomas William Spencer (aged 20 and from Matlock)
  • 1505 Walter Smith (aged 18 and a tape weaver from Matlock)
  • 1506 Arthur W Green
  • 1507 Joseph William Marsden (aged 17 and a grocers assistant from Bakewell)
  • 1508 William Watson Hopkinson (aged 16 and a turner from Hasland)
  • 1510 George Tagg (aged 19 and a turner from Spital)
  • 1512 Frank Smithurst (aged 17 and a quarryman from Bakewell)
  • 1513 Hugo Wheatcroft (aged 16 and a labourer from Matlock)
  • 1514 George Thompson (aged 19 and a baker from Darley Dale)
  • 1516 Harry Hanson (aged 17 from Ashbourne)
  • 1518 Charles William Wood (aged 18 and a clerk from Ashbourne)
  • 1519 Thomas W Lloyd (aged 19 and a porter from Chapel-en-le-Frith)
  • 1521 William Norman Marriott (aged 17 and a groom from Matlock)

12 thoughts on “1911: Coronation Year

  1. Mel Siddons

    Re, (the Officer leading the parade is wearing a very distinctive Helmet Badge that has yet to be identified). Looks to be an officer wearing the helmet plate of the Royal Engineers. Mel.

  2. Debs McAndrew

    Edward Barsley (Ruskington) was my great great uncle. He was killed in Baghdad in 1918 in an accident. My grandma always referred to him as Uncle Ted with the black curly hair. I was thrilled to see him crop up on here.

  3. Lars Latten

    Hello Mike, I have another comment for you regarding the officer leading the 1911 Coronation Parade in Netherfield. He is wearing the complete full dress uniform of a Royal Engineers officer, with the typical RE officer’s pattern shoulder boards and bullion grenade collar bage. His cross belt with the wave pattern is also typical for RE officers. So it’s not only his helmet plate. It also seems to me that his shoulder boards sport two rank stars on each side, which means his rank is lieutenant, as the rank insignia for a captain changed from two to three stars in 1902. Not sure whether this officer belonged to the Notts & Derby at all, as in that case he certainly would be wearing the wrong uniform.

    Best regards,

  4. Darren

    Hi. May I congratulate you on a first class website on a fine regiment.
    I note a number of pictures you have posted concerning battalion regimental colours.
    I Am currently researching the subject of British infantry colours 1881-1970 and wonder how I could possibly seek permission to acquire copies of them
    Hop you don’t mind me asking

    Kind regards Darren

    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Hi Darren, many thanks a glad you like the site. I am very happy to send you high res (300dpi ok?) .tiff images if you let me know which pictures that you want, cheers Mike

  5. Mary Nightingale

    What a fascinating website. I am from Scarborough, but my great uncle was in one of the regiments featured. My fathers side all came from Ashover area……My gt uncle Sidney Wood was a private, he was killed in action aged 23, so to find photos of my home town, and the outside chance that he may be one some of them is exciting 🙂

  6. John hopkinson

    Have you any information about my grandad sergeant William Hopkinson notts and derbys no. 7407( I think) killed 31st July 1916

  7. Caroline Atterton

    1491 Fred S Thorpe is my great granddad
    His full name is Fredrick Spencer Thorpe, originally from Derwent but moved to Spinkhill.
    I also have 2 other service numbers for him, 119290 and 240133.
    Just wondering if you have any other info of him?
    Many thanks

    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Morning Caroline, many thanks for letting me know his full name.
      He enlisted in October 1911 and would have served with F Company. He arrived in France with the 1/6th Battalion on 25th Feb 1915 and was still serving with them in February 1917 when the Territorial Force was renumbered (that’s his 240133 number). At sometime later he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corp (119290). He was also awarded the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in October 1923 (for 22 years service). Do you happen to have a photograph of him at all?, many thanks Mike


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