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Place: Buxton
Property / Street / Road: The Empire Hotel
Date: 2 Nov 1914 - 3 Feb 1915
Description/Historical Information: Group of soldiers on the steps. There is a sergeant in the middle of the front row. To his left is an officer, a major in riding breeches, and on his left is a second lieutenant. Soldiers front left appear to be holding semaphore flags which were widely used for signalling in the early part of the war in spite of providing easy targets for enemy snipers. The 2/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) was based at the Empire Hotel Buxton between November 1914 and January 1915.
This photo was published in The High Peak News on 16th January 1915, and the headline read "With the 6th Notts and Derbyshire Signallers at the Empire Hotel" and below the photo it said that "Above Is a photo of the signallers who are now stationed at this hotel", confirming what the remaining text indicated.
Further information
elsewhere on this site:
- Matlock & Matlock Bath : The War Memorials
- Matlock Names in the 2/6th Sherwood Foresters
- Buxton, The Empire Hotel
Image Reference: VLA4887
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