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The Sherwood Foresters
(Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
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LG =London Gazette
Indian Mutiny 1857-59
95th Regiment||6th January 1858,|
LG 11th November 1859
Private Bernard M'Quirt
Date of Act of Bravery, 6th January, 1858
For gallant conduct on the 6th of January 1858, at the capture of the
entrenched town of Rowa, when he was severely and dangerously wounded in a
hand to hand fight with three men, of whom he killed one and wounded
another. He received five sabre cuts and a musket shot in this service.
Punjab Frontier 1895-97
2nd Battalion||20th October 1897|
Dargai Heights, Tirah, India
Henry Singleton Pennell
LG 20th May 1898
This Officer, during the attack on the Dargai Heights on
the 20th October, 1897, when Captain W. E. G. Smith, Derbyshire Regiment,
was struck down, ran to his assistance and made two distinct attempts, under
"a perfect hail of bullets," to carry and drag him back to cover, and only
desisted when he found that he was dead.
Anglo-Boer War 1899 - 1902
1st Battalion||30th September
Moedwil, South Africa
LG 17th December 1901
Private Bees was one of the Maxim-gun detachment,
which at Moedwil, on the 30th September, 1901, had six men hit out of nine.
Hearing his wounded comrades asking for water, he went forward, under a
heavy fire, to a spruit held by Boers about 500 yards ahead of the gun, and
brought back a kettle full of water. In going and returning he had to pass
within 100 yards of some rocks also held by Boers, and the kettle which he
was carrying was hit by several bullets.
1st Battalion|| 22nd
Wakkerstroom, South Africa
Harry Churchill Beet
LG 12th February 1901
Corporal H. Beet
At Wakkerstroom, on the 22nd April, 1900, No. 2 Mounted Infantry Company,
1st Battalion Derbyshire Regiment, with two squadrons, Imperial Yeomanry,
had to retire from near a farm, under a ridge held by Boers. Corporal
Burnett, Imperial Yeomanry, was left on the ground wounded, and Corporal
Beet, on seeing him, remained behind and placed him under cover, bound up
his wounds, and by firing prevented the Boers from coming down to the farm
till dark, when Doctor Wilson, Imperial Yeomanry, came to the wounded man's
assistance. The retirement was carried out under a very heavy fire, and
Corporal Beet was exposed to fire during the whole afternoon.
First World War 1914 - 1918
16th Battalion||20th September 1917
southeast of Ypres, Belgium
| Corporal |
Ernest Albert Egerton
LG 26th November 1917
No. 71130 Cpl. Ernest Albert Egerton,. Notts. &
Derby. R. (Loragton).
For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty when,
during attack, owing to fog and smoke, visibility was obscured, and, in
consequence thereof, the two leading waves of the attack passed over certain
hostile dug-outs without clearing them. Enemy rifles, assisted by a
machinegun, were, from these dug-outs, inflicting severe casualties on the
advancing waves. When volunteers were called for to assist in clearing up
the situation, Cpl. Egerton at once jumped up and dashed for the dug-outs
under heavy fire at short range.
He shot in succession a rifleman, a bomber and a gunner, by which
time he was supported and 29 of the enemy surrendered.
The reckless bravery of this N.C.O. relieved in less than
thirty seconds an extremely difficult situation. His gallantry is beyond all
4th October 1917|
Poelcapelle, east of Ypres, Belgium
LG 26th November 1917
No. 23715 Actg. Cpl. Fred Greaves, Notts. & Derby.
For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and leadership, when
his platoon was temporarily held up by machine-gun fire from a concrete
stronghold. Seeing that his platoon commander and serjeant were casualties,
and- realising that unless this post was taken quickly his men would lose
the barrage, Cpl. Greaves, followed by another non-commissioned officer,
rushed forward regardless of his personal safety, reached the rear of the
building and bombed the occupants, killing or capturing the garrison, and
taking four enemy machine-guns.
It was solely due to the personal pluck, dash and initiative
of this non-commissioned officer that the assaulting line at this point was
not held up, and that our troops escaped serious casualties.
Later in the afternoon, at a most critical period of the
battle, when the troops of a flank brigade had given way temporarily under a
heavy counter-attack and when all the officers in his company were
casualties, this gallant non-commissioned officer quickly grasped the
situation. He collected his men, threw out extra posts on the threatened
flank, and opened up rifle and machine-gun fire to enfilade the advance.
The effect of Cpl. Greaves' conduct on his men throughout the
battle cannot be overestimated, and those under his command responded
gallantly to his example.
15th June 1918|
near Asiago, Italy
|Captain (T. Lt-Col.)
Charles Edward Hudson
LG 11th July 1918
Capt. (T./Lt.-Col.) Charles Edward Hudson, D.S.O.,
M.C.,.Notts. & Derby. R.
For most conspicuous bravery and devoition to duty when his
battalion was holding the right front sector during an attack on the British
The shelling had been very heavy on the right, the trench
destroyed, and considerable casualties had occurred, and all the officers on
the spot were killed or wounded. This enabled the enemy to penetrate our
The enemy pushed their advance as far as the support line
which was the key to our right flank. The situation demanded immediate
action. Lt.-Col. Hudson, recognising its gravity, at once collected various
headquarter details, such as orderlies, servants, runners, etc., and,
together with some Allies, personally led them up the hill.
Driving the enemy dawn the hill towards our front, line, he
again led a party of about five up the trench, where there were about 200
enemy, in order to attack them from the flank. He then with, two men got out
of the trench and rushed the position, shouting to the enemy to surrender,
some of whom did. He was then severely wounded by a bomb which exploded on
his foot. Although in great pain, he gave directions for the counter-attack
to be continued, and this was done successfully, about 100 prisoners and six
machine-guns being taken.
Without doubt the high courage and determination displayed by
Lt.-Col. Hudson saved a serious situation, and had it not been for his quick
determination in organising the counter-attack a large number of the enemy
would have dribbled through, and counterattack on a larger scale would have
been necessary to restore the situation.
3rd October 1918|
William Henry Johnson
LG 14th December 1918
No. 306122 Sjt. William Henry Johnson, l/5th Bn.,
Notts. & Derby. R. (T.F.) (Worksop).
For most conspicuous bravery at Ramicourt on the 3rd of October,
When his platoon was held up by a nest of enemy machine guns at
very close range, Sjt. Johnson worked his way forward under very heavy fire,
and single-handed charged the post, bayoneting several gunners and capturing
two machine guns. During this attack he was severely wounded by a bomb, but
continued to lead forward his men.
Shortly afterwards the line was once more held up by machine guns.
Again he rushed forward and attacked the post single handed. With wonderful
courage he bombed the garrison, put the guns out of action, and captured the
He showed throughout the most exceptional gallantry and devotion to
12th March 1915|
Neuve Chapelle, France
LG 28th April 1915
No. 6016 Private Jacob Rivers, late 1st Battalion, The
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment.
For most conspicuous bravery at Neuve Chapelle on 12th March,
1915, when he, on his own initiative, crept to within a few yards of a very
large number of the enemy who were massed on the flank of an advanced
company of his battalion, and hurled bombs on them. His action caused the
enemy to retire, and so relieved the situation.
Private Rivers performed a second act of great bravery on the
same day, similar to the first-mentioned, again causing the enemy to retire.
He was killed on this occasion.
9 May 1915|
Rouges Bancs, France
LG 29th June 1915
No. 10082 Corporal James Upton, 1st Battalion, The
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).
For most conspicuous bravery near Rouges Bancs on 9th May,
1915. During the whole of this day Corporal Upton, displayed the greatest
courage in rescuing the wounded whilst exposed to very heavy rifle and
artillery fire, going close to the enemy's parapet regardless of his own
personal safety. One wounded man was killed by a shell whilst this
Non-commissioned Officer was carrying him.
When Corporal Upton was not actually carrying in the wounded
he was engaged in bandaging and dressing the serious cases in front of our
parapet, exposed to the enemy's fire.
1/8th, attached to 1/6th Battalion
29 September 1918 |
Bellenglise and Lehaucourt, France
Captain (A./Lt.-Col )
Bernard William Vann
LG 14th December 1918
Capt. (A./Lt.-Col ) Bernard William Vann, M.C., late
1/8th Bn., attd. 1/6th Bn., Notts. & Derby. R. (T.F.).
For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and fine
leadership during the attack at Bellenglise and Lehaucourt on September
He led his battalion with great skill across the Canal Du Nord
through a very thick fog and under heavy fire from field and machine guns.
On reaching the high ground above Bellenglise the whole
attack was held up by fire of all descriptions from the front and right
Realising that everything depended on the advance going
forward with the barrage, Col. Vann rushed up to the firing line and with
the greatest gallantry led the line forward. By his prompt action and
absolute contempt for danger the whole situation was changed, the men were
encouraged and the line swept forward.
Later, he rushed a field-gun single-handed and knocked out three of
the detachment. The success of the day was in no small degree due to the
splendid gallantry and fine leadership displayed by this officer.
Lt.-Col. Vann, who had on all occasions set the highest
example: of valour, was killed near Ramicourt on 3rd October, 1918, when
leading his battalion in attack.
14th October 1915 |
Hohenzollern Redoubt, France
Lieutenant (temporary Captain)
Charles Geoffrey Vickers
LG 18th November 1915
Second Lieutenant (temporary Captain) Charles
Geoffrey Vickers, 1st/7th (Robin Hood) Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters
(Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), Territorial Force.
For- most conspicuous bravery on 14th October, 1915, in the
When nearly all his men had been killed or wounded, and with
only two men available to hand him bombs, Captain Vickers held a barrier for
some hours against heavy German bomb attacks from front and flank.
Regardless of the fact that his own retreat would be cut off, he had ordered
a second barrier to be built behind him in order to ensure the safety of the
trench. Finally he was severely wounded, but not before his magnificent
courage and determination had enabled the second barrier to be completed. A
critical situation was thus saved.
7th Battalion and RFC
25th April - 6th May|
near Douai France
LG 8th June 1917
Lt. (temp. Capt.) Albert Ball, D.S.O., M.C., late Notts.
and Derby. R., and R.F.C.
For most conspicuous and consistent bravery from the 25th of
April to the 6th of May, 1917, during which period Capt. Ball took part in
twenty-six combats in the air and destroyed eleven hostile aeroplanes, drove
down two out of control, and forced several others to land. In these combats
Capt. Ball, flying alone, on one occasion fought six hostile machines, twice
he fought five and once four. When leading two other British aeroplanes he
attacked an enemy formation of eight. On each of these occasions he brought
down at least one enemy.
Several times his aeroplane was badly damaged, once so
seriously that but for the most delicate handling his machine would have
collapsed, as nearly all the control wires had been shot away. On returning
with a damaged machine he had always to be restrained from immediately going
out on another.
In all, Capt. Ball has destroyed forty-three German
aeroplanes and one balloon, and has always displayed most exceptional
courage, determination and skill.
Second World War 1939-45
N/A (Attached to the 6th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment.).
9th December, 1944|
John Henry Cound Brunt, M.C.
LG 8th February 1945
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the
posthumous award of the VICTORIA CROSS to:—
Lieutenant (temporary Captain) John Henry Cound Brunt, M.C. (258297), The
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) (Paddock Wood,
In Italy, on the 9th December, 1944, the Platoon commanded by
Captain Brunt was holding a vital sector of the line.
At dawn the German 90 Panzer Grenadier Division
counter-attacked the Battalion's forward positions in great strength with
three Mark IV tanks and infantry. The house, around which the Platoon was
dug in, was destroyed and the whole area was subjected to intense mortar
fire. The situation then became critical, as the anti-tank defences had been
destroyed and two Sherman tanks knocked out. Captain Brunt, however, rallied
his remaining men, and, moving to an alternative position, continued to hold
the enemy infantry, although outnumbered by at least three to one.
Personally firing a Bren gun, Captain Brunt killed about fourteen of the
enemy. His wireless set was destroyed by shell-fire, but on receiving a
message by runner to withdraw to a Company locality some 200 yards to his
left and rear, he remained behind to give covering fire. When his Bren
ammunition was exhausted, he fired a Piat and 2 in. Mortar, left by
casualties, before he himself clashed over the open ground to the new
position. This aggressive defence caused the enemy to pause, so Captain
Brunt took a party back to his previous position, and although fiercely
engaged by small arms fire, carried away the wounded who had been left
Later in the day, a further counter-attack was put in by the
enemy on two axes. Captain Brunt immediately seized a spare Bren gun and,
going round his forward positions, rallied his men. Then, leaping on a
Sherman tank supporting the Company, he ordered the tank commander to drive
from one fire position to another, whilst he sat, or stood, on the turret,
directing Besa fire at the advancing enemy, regardless of the hail of small
arms fire. Then, seeing small parties of the enemy, armed with bazookas,
trying to approach round the left flank, he jumped off the tank and, taking
a Bren gun, stalked these parties well in front of the Company positions,
killing more and causing the enemy finally to withdraw in great haste
leaving their dead behind them.
Wherever the fighting was heaviest, Captain Brunt was always
to be found, moving from one post to another, encouraging the men and firing
any weapon he found at any target he could see. The magnificent action
fought by this Officer, his coolness, bravery, devotion to duty and complete
disregard of his own personal safety under the most intense and concentrated
fire was beyond praise. His personal example and individual action were
responsible to a very great extent for the successful repulse of these
fierce enemy counter-attacks. The next day Captain Brant was killed by
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