Regimental Bands

The Band and Bugle Bands of the Territorial Battalions

In chronological order

Clay Cross Volunteer Band

Clay Cross“Clay Cross Volunteer Band & Regimental Pet” (unknown publisher) circa 1905.

The Clay Cross Volunteer Band was also known variously as:-

  • 17th Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers (Clay Cross) or 17th D.V.R. (Clay Cross).
  • Clay Cross (3rd Rifles) or Clay Cross Rifle Corps.

RamClose up view of the Regimental Pet and two young bandsmen. The presence of Duke I on this photographs confirms that it was taken prior to 1906.

Colonel JacksonLieut.-Colonel Geoffrey Meinertzhagen Jackson is also present in Civilian Clothes. Colonel Jackson had been gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 2VB the Sherwood Foresters on 11th April 1891 and had been allowed an extended term of Command. Indeed, Jackson had taken over Command of the Battalion in May 1904 from Colonel Herbert Brooke-Taylor and he was instrumental in the smooth transfer from the 2nd Volunteer Battalion to the 6th Battalion Notts and Derby Regiment under the “Territorial and Reserve Forces Act of 1907”.Tuba manInteresting picture of Tuba and Ephorium players. The Tuba Corporal has a pre-1902 coloured worsted  ‘Bandsman’ Badge on his right sleeve. The Ephorium player wears the crossed rifles of a marksman.

comet and trumpetCornet (left) and Trumpet (players)

1903 and 1905 – Castleton Camp1905 Castleton

Another picture of the Clay Cross Volunteer Band taken during the Summer Camp at Castleton in either 1903 or 1905.

146 Bramwell 1905

146 Sergeant Drummer William Bramwell with the large Base Drum of the “ClayCross Volunteer Band”.Trombone Players


The 2nd Volunteer Battalion Derbyshire Band at Castleton Camp in 1905.1905_Badge

2vb drum

Large bass drum formerly belonging to the band of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, The Derbyshire Regiment, which was recently sold at auction (2014).

1907 Toywn

1908 and formation of the Territorial Force

 1909 Scarborough

5th bandThe 5th (Derby) Battalion Band at Scarborough Camp in 1909.5th bugle

1910 Buxton

6ht unk

backBelieved to be the Band of the The 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion in Buxton during the Annual Camp of 1910.Bandsmenegypt medalPossibly a former regular soldier attached to the 6th Battalion or he re-enlisted into the Territorial Force.

He is wearing The Egypt Medal (1882-1889) with 3 Bars and The Khedive Star (1882 issue) which was awarded for the military actions involving the British Army during the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War.

However, he did not serve in the Egyptian Wars with the 2nd Battalion Derbyshire Regiment because they were not entitled to any clasps as they were on duty only around Alexandria, some men did get the odd clasp who were attached to other regiments as signallers etc. Information kindly provided by Mel.

The same Sergeant is present with the Band at Clumber Park in 1913.

RH Bugle band

The 7th (Nottingham) Battalion, the Robin Hood Bugle Band at Hindlow Camp in 1910.

1911 Scarborough

Robin Hood Bugle band 1911The 7th (Nottingham) Battalion, the Robin Hoods Bugle Band at Scarborough Camp in 1911.

616The 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion Band at Scarborough Camp in 1911.

1912 Abermaide

UntitledThe 8th (Nottinghamshire) Battalion Band at Abermaid Camp in 1912.Clewes 1912orksop Companydrum

Band of the Worksop Rifle Volunteers perhaps?

bugle bandThe 7th (Nottingham) Battalion, the Robin Hoods Bugle Band at Abermaid Camp in 1912.Robin Hoods unknown



The 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion Band at Abermaid Camp in 1912 (J.H. Waterhouse, Chesterfield)6th Battalion drum

1913 Summer CampsBand 1913

The 6th (Derbyshire) Band at Clumber Park.

5ht Band 1913The 5th (Derby) Battalion Band at Sparken Hill Camp.

6th Band 1913The 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion Band at Clumber Camp in 1913.

7th 1913


The 7th (Nottingham) Battalion, the Robin Hoods Bugle Band at Welbeck Park Camp.

8th 1913The 8th (Nottinghamshire) Battalion at Thornby Park Camp

146 Drummer Sergeant William Bramwell146 Bramwell

William Bramwell was born Somercoates near Alfreton in December 1870 and was a fishmonger by trade.

146 Bramwell VolunteerWilliam enlisted into the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, the Derbyshire Regiment in January 1887 and was issued with the Regimental Number 2265. He was promoted to Corporal (May 1891), Lance Sergeant (June 1891) and Sergeant Bugler (December 1891). William re-enlisted into the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters as a Sergeant Drummer on the 1st April 1908.

146 Bramwell Territorial CampsWilliam attended all of the Annual Camps between 1908 and 1912, but appeared to have missed the 1913 Camp at Clumber Park.

Bramwell 1911 CensusIn the 1911 Census William was living with his family at 19 Lockoford Lane in Stonegravels with his new wife Adelaide and their respective families.

146 Bramwell overseasWilliam arrived in France with the 1st Reserve Reinforcement in June 1915 and was transferred back to England in September 1915. He was posted to the 3/6th Battalion in October 1915 and then later to the 5th Reserve Battalion before being discharged in January 1918.

various pictures with unknown dates and/or locations

6th unknownThe 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion Band date unknown but believed to be prior to 1913.



Men of either the 5th (Derby) or 6th (Derbyshire) Battalion Band date and place unknown.

5th unknown5th (Derby) Battalion Band date and place unknown.

band membersBand members but date and place unknown.

UntitledmanBandsman but date and place unknown.

4 thoughts on “Regimental Bands

  1. Mel

    Hi Mike, I have been trying to identify the old Bandsman wearing the Egypt Pair of medals. I believe him to be a James Cuthbert but I can’t find any service papers at the moment to a man with this name who served with a regiment in the Egypt Campaign of 1882. Hope you can do better than me from here on. Mel.


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