REGIMENTAL CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

SCOPE AND PURPOSE

This is an information précis on the Mercian Regiment. It is designed to give the reader an overview of Regimental history where it pertains to current customs and traditions that have been carried forward into the Mercian Regiment. It is not intended to be a definitive Regimental history.

LINEAGE.

The chart below shows the lineage and development of the Regiment. Initially regiments were named after its colonels and distinguished by a facing colour on the uniform. (For example two regiments were formed by a colonel called Howard. One became the Buff Howards (or Buffs) and the other the Green Howards.) In 1751 all battalions were allocated a number and in 1782 were formally associated with individual counties. The Cardwell Reforms of 1881 formally established each regiment with a geographic name and two battalions. At that time all English Line Regiments were required to adopt a universal white facing colour. They reverted to their traditional individual facing colours around 1910. The chart below shows the development of the Regiment

Date

Colonel or Title

Number From 1751 Facing Colour County Association From 1782
1689 Duke of Norfolk’s 22 Foot Buff Cheshire
1694 Colonel Farrington’s 29 Foot Yellow Worcestershire
1701 Viscount Charlemont’s 36 Foot Duck Green Herefordshire
1705 Colonel Lillingston’s 38 Foot Yellow 1st Staffordshire
1741 Colonel Houghton’s 45 Foot Lincoln Green Nottinghamshire
1756 2nd/11th became 64th 1758 64 Foot Black 2nd Staffordshire
1793 80 Foot   Yellow Staffordshire Volunteers
1823 95 Foot   Yellow Derbyshire (from 1825)
1824 98 Foot   White  
1857 2nd/22   Buff Cheshire
1881 Cheshire Regiment

22 and 2/22

White (Buff

restored 1904)

 
1881 Worcestershire Regiment

29 and 36th

White (Green

from1920)

Herefordshire title

disappears

1881

South Staffordshire

Regiment

38th and 80th

White (Yellow

restored 1936)

 
1881 Sherwood Foresters

45th and

95th

White (Green

restored 1913)

 
1881

Prince of Wales’s (North

Staffordshire) Regiment

64 and

98th

White (Black

restored 1937)

1921 title changed to The

North Staffordshire

Regiment (The Prince of

Wales’s)

1959

Staffordshire Regiment

(The Prince of Wales’s)

38, 64, 80,

98th

Yellow  
1970

The Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment

29, 36, 45

and 95th

Lincoln Green  
2007 The Mercian Regiment

22, 29, 36,

38, 45, 64,

80, 95 and

98th

Buff

 
2014 The Mercian Regiment (Cheshires, Worcesters and Foresters and Staffords) 1, 2, 4 Buff 3rd Bn disbanded

 

DEVICES AND BADGES

The Mercian Eagle. The exact origins of the spread double headed Mercian Eagle is unknown. What is certain is that it was adopted by the Mercian Brigade in the 1950s and all regiments within the Brigade (Cheshires, Staffords, Worcesters and from 1963 Sherwood Foresters) wore the eagle as their cap badge until 1970. (Collar badges, buttons etc remained individual to each regiment throughout.) The Eagle continued to be worn by the TA Mercian Volunteers until 1988. There has been much scholarly debate about a possible but unsubstantiated link with the Arms of Earl Leoferic of Mercia, the husband of Lady Godiva, and the Temple family who claim descent from him and have a spread eagle on their Coat of Arms. However, a double headed eagle is normally associated with Central/Eastern Europe as a device symbolising dual temporal and spiritual authority rather than as a Saxon or British symbol. Thus its origins remain obscure.

 

Buff Facing Colour. The Mercian Regiment facing colour is Buff. This originates from The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment, the senior of the antecedent regiments. The facing colour is used on the Regimental Colour, the drums, mascot’s coat, ceremonial sashes and belts as well as the stable belt, Regimental pullover and on the Regimental flags and sign boards. It is also reflected in buff piping on soldiers No 1 Dress uniforms and on officers' Mess Kit cuffs and collar.

Black Backing to Chevrons and Rank Insignia. All Warrant Officers and NCOs in the Mercian Regiment wear a black backing to their chevrons and rank insignia on Numbers 2, 3, 4 and 11 Dress. This comes from the facing colour of the 64th Foot North Staffordshire Regiment.

Officer’s Bronze Rank Insignia and Buttons. This is worn with officer’s service dress and stems from use of dull bronze insignia during the First World War by all battalions. The colour is also reflected in the slides worn with combat dress.

The Firm Motto. This commemorates the action of the 36th Regiment (later Herefordshire and then 2nd Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment) at the battle of Lauffeld during the War of the Austrian succession in 1747. The Battalion particularly distinguished itself and was awarded the motto “FIRM”. It is unclear whether this was because of their steadfastness or because it was the family motto of the British commander at the battle. This motto, recently changed to “Stand Firm and Strike Hard” to give it both defensive and offensive significance, is carried forward into the Mercian Regiment and the word “Firm” is also shown on the collar badge and on the Regimental Colour and drums.

The Holland Patch. The 38th Regiment (later 1st Bn the South Staffordshire Regiment) served in the West Indies for 57 years without relief from 1707 until 1764. Due to the harsh climate and poor supplies their red coats were often lined with ‘holland’, a coarse cloth used for sugar sacks. In commemoration the South Staffordshire Regiment was granted, in 1934, the dress distinction of wearing a buff sacking “Holland patch” behind its cap badge. This tradition is continued in the backing cloth on the special arm badge worn by the Regiment.

The Naval Crown Superscribed “1st June 1794”.   In 1794 the 29th Regiment (Worcestershire) were serving at sea. They took part in Admiral Howe’s famous victory at the Battle of Ushant on the Glorious First of June. They were awarded the naval crown in commemoration of their service. This is carried forward into the Mercian Regiment on the Colours and drums.

The Sphinx, Superscribed “Egypt”. This commemorated the action of the 80th Foot (later 2nd
Bn South Staffordshire Regiment) for service against the French forces in Egypt in 1801. The device is shown on the Mercian Regimental Colour and drums.

The Dragon, Superscribed “China”. This commemorates the 98th Foot’s (later 2nd Bn the North Staffordshire Regiment) actions during the First China War (also called The Opium War) of 1842. The device is shown on the Mercian Regimental Colour and drums.

Inkerman Dicing. At the Battle of Inkerman (or possibly Alma) in the Crimea in 1854 the 95th Foot (Derbyshire) Regiment later 2nd Bn The Sherwood Foresters captured some Russian drums. These had a distinctive “black and white sharks tooth dicing” on the drum hoops. This was then replicated on the Battalion’s drums. This tradition is continued into the Mercian Regiment where all battalion drums carry the “Inkerman Dicing” on the hoops.

Lincoln Green Patch. The Lincoln Green patch behind the cap badge is worn on the beret. It may also be worn on slouch hats, bush hats or on the side of helmets at CO’s discretion. The tradition originates from the First World War when several Sherwood Forester battalions served in the same brigade. In total some 16 Forester battalions wore a Lincoln Green patch of various shapes to distinguish between battalions. This was later standardised as a square patch behind the cap badge. The tradition has been carried forward into the Mercian Regiment with a 60x50mm patch on the beret. The patch is also reflected on the Regimental flags and sign boards.

Special Arm Badge. This Special Arm Badge combines, the glider, the Stafford Knot and the Holland Patch. The glider commemorates the South Staffordshire Regiment’s actions as part of 1st Airborne Division in the 1943 Sicily landings. It was formally awarded to the South Staffordshire Regiment by King George VI in 1951 The Stafford Knot is common to both antecedent Staffordshire Regiments and appeared on their cap badges. It is a mediaeval symbol of the Earl of Stafford and it is reputed that the Knot originates from an offer by the Earl’s hangman to hang three felons at a time using the three nooses formed by the knot! It should never be called the Staffordshire Knot. The yellow backing commemorates the Holland Patch explained above.
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TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS

In some cases traditions or customs have been adopted by the Mercian Regiment and are therefore mandatory to observe. In other cases they apply chiefly to specific battalions within the Regiment and observance within these battalions is mandatory but not in the Regiment as a whole. However this does not preclude commanding officers directing that traditions and customs pertaining to other Mercian battalions be observed within their own battalion.

Oak Leaves In The Presence Of Royalty. This tradition is believed to come from the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 during the War of the Austrian Succession. This was the last battle in which the British monarch commanded his forces in battle, in this case King George II. Tradition has it that the King became isolated and was in danger of capture. It is claimed that a detachment of the predecessors of The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment (the remainder of the battalion were certainly not present) formed a square around an oak tree and protected the King. To commemorate the event he is reputed to have plucked a twig of oak from the tree and desired that it become the Regiment’s badge, from which derives the tradition of wearing an oak leaf in the head dress in the presence of Royalty. The tradition is also carried forward into the Mercian Regiment on the collar badge and on the Regimental Colour and drums.

Ever Sworded 29th. This originates from Canada in 1743. The predecessors of the Worcestershire Regiment (29th Foot) were warned that their encampment was about to be attacked by supposedly friendly Red Indians. The officers therefore wore their swords at mess and were able to beat off the attack. Until 1850 all officers of the regiment always wore their swords at mess in commemoration. From 1850 only the orderly officer and field officer/captain of
the week were required to do so. This tradition is carried forward into the Mercian Regiment in 2 MERCIAN only. However, the associated tradition that all officers and WO1s wear their Sam Browne belt with the sword frog permanently fitted is applicable to the entire Mercian Regiment.

Scarlet Coatee Jacket From The Flag Pole On Badajoz Day. On 6 April 1812 the 45th Foot (later 1st Bn the Sherwood Foresters) took part in the storming of the citadel of Badajoz in Spain. Lieutenant Macpherson led the attack on the central tower and on seizing it realised he had no British Flag to fly to signify it had fallen. He therefore removed his scarlet coatee and hoisted that in lieu. This tradition is carried forward into the Mercian Regiment by 2 MERCIAN who raise a scarlet coatee from their Regimental flagpole on Badajoz Day as does Nottingham Castle.

Cousins. The 10th (Lincolnshire) and 29th (Worcestershire) Regiments of Foot fought alongside each other at the battle of Sobraon in 1846 against the Sikhs. As a result members of the two regiments (now 1 Royal Anglian and 2 MERCIAN) are honorary members of each others messes and the adjutants refer to each other as “My Dear Cousin” in correspondence. This tradition is continued in 2 MERCIAN only.

Colours To The Sergeants Mess. See Ferozeshah below.
Colours Carried By A Private Soldier. See Alma below.

REGIMENTAL DAYS


General. The Mercian Regiment has its own Regimental Day, 1 September  2007, which has been selected because it marks the formation of the Regiment.  In addition, each Regular battalion has two regimental days of its own for each, post Cardwell Reforms (1881), antecedent regiment. Details are contained throughout the document.

Glorious First of June 1794.Celebrated by 2 MERCIAN in commemoration of the 29th Foot (Worcestershire) Regiment’s action whilst serving at sea as marines. (See above).

Badajoz. 6 April 1812. Celebrated by 2 MERCIAN to commemorate the capture of the citadel by the 45th Foot (later 1st Bn The Sherwood Foresters). See above. The 38th Foot (later 1st Bn the South Staffordshire Regiment) also distinguished themselves at the battle but 3 MERCIAN do not celebrate it as a regimental day.

Meeanee 17 Feb 1843. Celebrated by 1 MERCIAN in commemoration of the action of the 22nd Foot, later the Cheshire Regiment, against the combined armies of the Baluchi Ameers of Scinde and the Sikhs of the Punjab, in India (now Pakistan). On this day 1 MERCIAN wear Oak Leaves.

Ferozeshah. 21 December 1845. Celebrated by 3 MERCIAN to commemorate the action by the 80th Foot (later 2nd Bn South Staffordshire Regiment) in this battle against the Sikhs of the Punjab in the First Sikh War. C/Sgt Kirkland of the 80th captured the Sikh “Black Standard” and this can be seen today in the Staffordshire Regiment Memorial Chapel in Lichfield Cathedral. In commemoration of this event the battalion colours are entrusted to the Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess on Ferozeshah Day. (Note the 29th Foot were also present at the battle but 2 MERCIAN do not formally celebrate the day.)

Alma. Celebrated by 2 MERCIAN in commemoration of the action by the 95th Foot (Derbyshire Regiment) later 2nd Bn the Sherwood Foresters at the Alma in the Crimea. When both colour ensigns were struck down the Regimental Colour was seized by Pte Keenan and carried to and planted on the Great Redoubt. In commemoration the colour is entrusted to a private soldier to troop through the ranks of the battalion on Alma Day.

Mons. 24 August 1914. Celebrated by 1 MERCIAN to commemorate the action by 1st Bn The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment at Audregnies near Mons in Belgium, where the battalion suffered over 750 casualties but saved the British Expeditionary Force by halting two German Corps. A march is normally conducted through Chester on a Sunday close to this date by 1 MERCIAN, associated TA companies and the Cheshire Regimental Association.

Gheluvelt. 31 October 1914. Celebrated by 2 MERCIAN in commemoration of the counter attack by 2nd Bn The Worcestershire Regiment near Ypres, that restored the British line and blocked the German advance to the channel ports. Field Marshal Sir John French later wrote “that the Worcesters have saved the Empire”.

Ypres. 31 Jul 1917. Celebrated by 3 MERCIAN to commemorate the action of the 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment during the Third Battle of Ypres.

Anzio. 22 Jan 1944. Celebrated by 3 MERCIAN to commemorate the actions of the 2nd Bn North Staffordshire Regiment in the Anzio beachhead in Italy. Both the Cheshire Regiment and the
Sherwood Foresters were also involved in the battle but 1 and 3 MERCIAN do not celebrate it as a Regimental Day.

Arnhem. 17 Sep 1944. Celebrated by 3 MERCIAN to commemorate the action by 2nd Bn South Staffordshire Regiment at Arnhem as part of the glider borne 1st Air Landing Brigade of 1st Airborne Division. The battalion won two VCs during the action.

OTHER REGIMENTAL INCIDENTS OF NOTE

The Boston Massacre. In 1770 the 29th Foot were stationed in Boston. The port was a particular centre of discord and on several occasions there were fights between the townsfolk and members of the Regiment. On 5th March 1770 the 29th provided a guard for the Customs House, where a certain amount of cash was kept. A mob of rioters tried to rush the post and the sentry called out the guard. The guard fixed bayonets and kept the crowd at bay. However, verbal abuse led to blows and Captain Preston and Private Montgomery were struck down by one of the mob leaders. On regaining his feet
Montgomery heard someone shout "Why don't you fire?" and thinking that this was an
order to fire, he did so. Others followed him; three of the rioters were killed and several
wounded. In memory of this incident, which the Bostonians called the "Boston Massacre" the 29th, being the first regiment to shed the blood of the Colonists, was given the nickname 'The Blood Suckers' or 'The Vein Openers'. The incident led to the trial of
Captain Preston, Private Montgomery and others of the Guard on murder charges,
however, with the aid of John Adams (later to become the second President of the United States) as counsel for Captain Preston, they were totally exonerated by the judge. Paul Revere, the American revolutionary patriot, produced a famous but inaccurate engraving of the incident.

MASCOTS AND REGIMENTAL PETS

Pte Derby. Pte Derby, a pedigree Swaledale ram, is the Regimental Mascot of the Mercian Regiment. It leads the Regiment on Parade. The tradition originates from 1858 when the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment was serving in India. They discovered the ram outside a temple and adopted it as a mascot. It marched over 3000 miles with the Regiment and fought 33 battles undefeated against other rams. (Ram fighting competitions were a custom in certain parts of India.) The Sherwood Foresters have had a ram mascot ever since. It has frequently since 1881 and continually since 1936 been presented to the Regiment by His Grace the Duke of Devonshire from his Chatsworth flock in North Derbyshire The current ram is DerbyX XX. It is one of only a small number of official mascots (5) paid for by the Crown and has a Ram Major and Ram Orderly, designated from the Drums Platoon, to look after it. In the past the ram resided with its parent battalion but currently lives with the Regimental Support Team at Lichfield in
Staffordshire to make it more readily available for use.

Watchman. Watchman was the Regimental pet of the Staffordshire Regiment and is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. At the Royal Tournament in 1949, in recognition of them being consistently the best recruited battalion in the Territorial Army, the 6th Battalion North Staffords were presented with a bull terrier, which they named Watchman. The tradition was resurrected in 1988 in the 3rd (V) Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment. Watchman is a battalion pet and as such not formally recognised by the MOD and his upkeep is therefore paid for by the unit not the crown. The current dog is linked to 4 MERCIAN but lives at the home of his handler.

MEMORIALS AND CHAPELS

The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
 Regimental Chapel and Memorial Garden, Chester Cathedral On October lst, 1913, St. George’s Chapel was dedicated in the South Transept of Chester Cathedral to The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment. It is a memorial to all ranks of The Regiment who have laid down
their lives for their sovereign and country. It contains among other things, the Roll of Honour Book, and Anderson and Second World War Cenotaphs and some but not all of the Regiment’s old laid up Colours. On the main entrance to the Cathedral carved into the stone gate supports are the Regimental Cap badge and the Regimental Cypher. The Memorial Garden is situated on the South East side of the Cathedral and contains the Cenotaph for those members of The Regiment who fell in the Second World War It was dedicated and opened by the Colonel of the Regiment in 1952. To commemorate the Tercentenary in 1989, the County Boroughs each presented a bench seat and the Regiment commissioned new gates for the Garden.

RHQ Mercian Outstation, Chester Castle The small Chapel of St. Mary de Castro, for many years the Chapel for The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment Depot, is located near the old RHQ Cheshire site within Chester Castle. The chapel is on the central floor of the Agricola Tower in the Castle’s medieval Inner Bailey and continues today as a Regimental Chapel used principally for baptisms.

1st Bn The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment Regimental Chapel, Malta From 1 April 1941 until spring
1943, B Company was quartered and stationed in the Naval dockyards around Grand Harbour,
Malta. The work was dangerous and continuous, with regular bombing raids on the island. In
recognition of its efforts during the siege B Company was presented with a ship’s bell, “As a token of friendship and admiration for the part they played in the 2nd Siege of Malta and for the defence of HM Dockyard from 15 April1941 to 23 Jan 1943”. The bell remains with the B Company 1 MERCIAN to this day. In 2002 B Company 1st Battalion The 22nd Cheshire Regiment adopted the eight pointed Maltese Cross as its emblem.

The Sherwood Foresters/WFR Crich Memorial. This unique lanterne des mortes memorial, in the form a lighthouse, stands on a hill above the village of Crich close to the
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border. From it you can see 7 counties. The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 11,409 Sherwood Foresters who fell in the Great War; the 1,520 who fell in the Second World War; those who gave their lives for their country between 1945 – 1970 and those of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment who have fallen since
1970. The Roll of Honour books for the First and Second World Wars are held in Nottingham and Derby cathedrals. A new memorial stone, on site, recording the names of those who have fallen since 1945 is currently under construction. The Memorial has been adopted by the Mercian Regiment but is not currently the Mercian Regimental Memorial. It has a full time warden who lives with his family in a cottage on site and maintains the memorial and runs a visitors tea shop. The land and cottage are owned by the Regiment. There is an annual pilgrimage to the site on the first Sunday in July to commemorate the opening of the battle of the Somme in 1916, attended by all the county mayors and dignitaries.

Staffordshire Regimental Chapel, Lichfield Cathedral. This contains memorials, tablets and old colours including those used in the Crimean War, Second Sikh War, Second Burmese War, Persian War, Indian Mutiny and Zulu War.

Garrison Church, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield. Whittington Barracks was the Depot of both Staffordshire Regiments from 1881, the Mercian Brigade from 1958 and the Prince of Wales’s Division from 1970. It contains many memorials to individuals and groups as well as a number of old colours. There are also two tall pillars, one surmounted by a bronze sphinx and the other by a bronze dragon, in memory of both Staffordshire Regiments, within the barracks.

Regimental Collect

The Mercian Regimental Collect is shown below. It was produced by the
Chaplain General for the Formation Parade on 1 Sep 07 and encompasses extracts from all the
antecedent Regimental collects. It should be used at all Regimental events where there is a
Christian religious element.

Almighty God, who delivers us from the bonds of sin
and enables us to fight the good fight of Faith;
knot together your servants of the Mercian Regiment,
that calling to mind the valour of their forbears,
they may stand firm as a forest of oak
and strike hard against all dangers and adversities;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

NICKNAMES

The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

The Two and Twos. (Regimental numbers)
The Red Knights (Regimental uniform 18C)
The Peep o’Day Boys (Ireland 19C after a Protestant vigilante group)
The Lightning Conductors. (After a lightning strike on 2nd Battalion in1899.)
The Young Buffs. (The Regimental Colour).

The Worcestershire Regiment

The Guards of the line (29th raised by a Coldstream Guards officer. Peculiarities of dress!)
The Star of the Line (Elongated star cap badge)
The Brummagem Guards (Recruiting area)
The Ever Sworded 29th (See above)
The Vein Openers (29th at the Boston massacre 1770)
The Saucy Greens (36th duck green facing colour)

The Staffordshire Regiment

The Staffordshire Knots (County symbol)
The Black Knots (64th facings)
The Pump and Tortoise (Unknown origin)

The Sherwood Foresters

The Old Stubborns (45th Battle of Talavera 1809)
The Nottingham Hosiers (45th recruiting area of Nottingham))
The Nails (95th Crimea 1855)

REGIMENTAL MARCHES AND MUSIC

The Mercian Regiment
Quick March: The Quick March of the Mercian Regiment (Under The Eagle)
Slow March: The Slow March of the Mercian Regiment (Stand Firm Strike Hard)

The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Quick March: Wha Wadna Fect for Charlie
Slow March: The 22nd Regiment Slow March 1772

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment
Quick March: Arrangement of “Young May Moon” and Royal Windsor”
Slow March: Duchess of Kent
Additional: I’m Ninety Five
The Derby Ram

The Staffordshire Regiment
Quick March: Arrangement of “Come Lassies and Lads” and “The Days we went a-Gypsying”
Slow March: God Bless the Prince of Wales.

BUGLE CALLS

2 MERCIAN Officers Mess Call - ‘The Spanish’


‘The Spanish Call’ played before formal Mess Nights to notify officers to assemble was started as a tradition by the 45th Regiment of Foot, carried on by the Sherwood Foresters and then into the
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and the Mercian Regiment. During the Peninsular Campaign in the Napoleonic War the 45th Foot (later the 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters) was quartered near a convent. At certain set times each day the sound of an instrumental call or flourish, sounded from within the convent walls, was plainly audible to the troops. It was discovered that this call was played to summon the Sisters to meals. When the 45th moved on, the Mother Superior of the convent presented the Regiment with the music for their call, as a token of appreciation for the exemplary and correct behaviour of the troops during their stay.

FREEDOMS

The Freedom of a town or city allows the Regiment to march through with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed. A number of towns and cities are in the process of transferring their grant of freedom from antecedent regiments to the Mercian Regiment. Those that have already done so and the Regiment has exercised its Freedom are shown in bold with the date.

Bassetlaw District (12 Mar 08)
Burton on Trent (19 Feb 09)
Chesterfield Borough (10 Mar 08)
City and County of Chester (19 Jul 08)
City of Lichfield
City of Stoke on Trent (21 Feb 09)
Congleton (25 Mar 09)
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Crewe and Nantwich (29 Nov 08)
Derby City (05 Dec 07)
Dudley (14 Mar 08)
Dudley Met Borough
Ellesmere Port and Neston (26 Sep 09)
Erewash District (10 Mar 08)
Halton
High Peak District (12 Mar 08)
Kidderminster Town (15 Mar 08)
Macclesfield (19 Mar 09)
Mansfield District (11 Mar 08)
Metropolitan Borough of Stockport
Newark District (11 Mar 08)
Newcastle under Lyme (16 Feb 09)
Nottingham City (04 Dec 07)
Sandwell Met Borough (18 Feb 09)
Stafford
Tamworth (13 Feb 09)
Vale Royal
Walsall (17 Feb 09)
West Bromwich
Wolverhampton
Worcester City (06 Dec 07)

ALLIANCES AND ASSOCIATIONS

Australia
8th/7th Bn The Royal Victoria Regiment

Canada
2nd Bn The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton)
The Grey and Simcoe Foresters
4e Bn Royal 22eRegiment (Chateauguay)

Jamaica
Jamaica Defence Force

Leeward Isles
The Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force

Pakistan
13th Bn The Punjab Regiment
7th Bn The Baloch Regiment

Royal Navy
HMS Albion
HMS Nottingham

Livery Company

The Worshipful Company of Bowyers. The Worshipful Company and Mistery (sic) of Bowyers are an ancient Livery company in the City of London originating from bow makers in medieval times. The Sherwood Foresters had a close linkage with bow makers going back to the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 where a company of Nottingham archers fought under the name of “Sherwood Foresters”. The link has been extended to the Mercian Regiment. The Master and Clerk of The Company are honorary members of the Regimental Officers' Mess and are invited to attend at least one Regimental function annually as guests of The Regiment. The Colonel of Regiment and Regimental Secretary are honorary Freemen of The Company and are invited to attend at least one Livery function annually as guests of The Company. All officers of The Regiment are eligible to apply to become Freemen by redemption and after acceptance, enjoy the privileges of a Freeman.

VICTORIA CROSSES

DATE CAMPAIGN RANK NAME

REGIMENT

 

1857 India Drummer Thomas Flynn 64th
1859 India Pte Bernard McQuirt 95th
1879 Zulu War CSgt Anthony Booth 80th
1879 Zulu War Pte Samuel Wassall 80th
1898 India Lt Henry Singleton Pennell 2nd Sherwood Foresters
1900 Boer War Cpl Harry Beet 1st Sherwood Foresters
1901 Boer War Pte William Bees 1st Sherwood Foresters
1914 Ypres, Belgium Capt John Vallentin 1st South Staffords
1915

Neuve Chapelle

France

Pte Jacob Rivers 1st Sherwood Foresters
1915

Rouges Bancs,

France

Cpl James Upton 1st Sherwood Foresters
1915 Gallipoli Lt Herbert James 4th Worcesters
1915

Hohenzollen

Redoubt

Capt Charles Vickers 1/7th Sherwood Foresters
1915 Loos, France Capt Arthur Kilby 2nd South Staffords
1916 Mesopotamia Lt Edgar Myles 9th Worcesters
1916

Gommecourt

France

Capt John Green (RAMC) RMO Att 1/5th Sherwood Foresters
1916 Somme, France Pte Thomas Turrall 10th Worcesters
1916 Airborne UK Lt William Robinson Worcesters (att RFC)
1916 Somme, France Lt Eugene Bennett 2nd Worcesters
1916 Somme, France Pte Thomas Jones 1st Bn The 22nd (Cheshire)
1917 France Capt Albert Ball

Sherwood Foresters (Att

RFC)

1917

Bulgar Wood

France

Cpl Ernest Egerton

16th Sherwood Foresters

(Chatsworth Rifles)

1917 Ypres, Belgium Cpl Fred Greaves 9th Sherwood Foresters
1917 Ypres, Belgium Pte Frederick Dancocks 4th Worcesters
1917 Ypres, Belgium 2/Lt Hugh Colvin 9th Bn The 22nd (Cheshire)
1917 Ypres, Belgium Pte Thomas Barratt 7th South Staffords
1917 Ypres. Belgium Sgt John Carmichael 9th North Staffords
1917 Mesopotamia Lt Col Edward Henderson

North Staffords (att 9th Royal

Warwicks)

1917 Cambrai, France Sgt John Thomas 2/5th North Staffords
1918 France Sgt William Johnson 1/5th Sherwood Foresters
1918 Somme, France Maj Frank Roberts 1st Worcesters
1918

Neuve Eglise

France

Capt John Crowe 2nd Worcesters
1918 Aisne, France Col George St George Grogan

1st Worcesters

 

1918 Asiago, Italy Lt Col Charles Hudson

11th Sherwood Foresters

 

1918

Canal du Nord

France

Lt Col Bernard Vann 1/8th Sherwood Foresters
1918

Hindenburg

Line, France

L/Cpl William Coltman 1/6th North Staffords
1944 Italy Capt John Brunt

Sherwood Foresters (Att 1/6th

Lincolns)

1944 Arnhem, NL LSgt John Baskeyfield 2nd South Staffords
1944 Arnhem, NL Maj Robert Cain RNF Att 2nd South Staffords
1944 Burma Lt George Cairns SLI Att 1st South Staffords