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Place: Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) Army Training Camp
Property / Street / Road: -
Date: 1915
Description/Historical Information: Bandsmen, holding their drumsticks and bugles around their ceremonial drums. A sergeant in the middle is holding a baton, so was probably acting as the band leader. Note the soldier in the middle of the back row who has a harness and hook likely to be used for supporting the base drum. He also has big padded drumsticks. Several of the men have drummer's badges on their sleeves.
The Battalion's band was not formed until 20 Nov 1914, when Lieut. Col. J. M. Clayton enlisted the whole of the New Mills Prize Band; they took their own instruments into the Army, according to the regimental diary, and their music was excellent. When they were marching, the band influenced the men and also "stimulated recruiting at Buxton in other branches of the Army" (WO 95/3025/3, Regimental War Diary, 1914 - 1916, TNA: section written Nov 1914). Also see VLA9771.
Further information
elsewhere on this site:
- Matlock & Matlock Bath : The War Memorials
- Matlock Names in the 2/6th Sherwood Foresters
Image Reference: VLA4879
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