The Sherwood Foresters was formed in 1881 during the Childers Reforms of the British Army. The rifle volunteer and militia units of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire were merged with two regular regiments, the 45th (Nottinghamshire) (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment of Foot and the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot. The regular regiments became the new unit’s 1st and 2nd Battalions.

Used during the interwar period as occupation and garrison troops, both battalions were back in action in Norway, France and North Africa in the early years of the Second World War (1939-45).

1st Battalion was captured at Tobruk in June 1942 and 16th Battalion was renamed to replace it. This served at home and in Germany. 2nd Battalion moved to Italy after its North African service.

The regiment also raised 10 Territorial and hostilities-only battalions, these went on to serve at home, in France, North Africa, Italy, and Singapore and Malaya.

Members of the 1/5th Battalion were captured at Singapore in 1942 and forced by the Japanese to labour on the notorious Thai-Burma ‘death’ railway.

https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/sherwood-foresters-nottinghamshire-and-derbyshire-regiment

Found 689 POWs

Last name
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First name Rank Unit Service number Camp POW number
Abbotts Edwin W J 14660089 171948
Ackland Frederick E 5683135 262180
Adams Frederick 4978701 3708
Adkin Joseph F 4975294 252944
Adlam George 3963738 5096
Ainsworth Ernest 4975835 21161
Airey Jack 4974676 5620
Albans William 4977132 14547
Aldridge Sydney
    Aldridge Sydney 4741380 13820
    Alexander George 4976403 29606
    Allan Dennis 4970392 267
    Allan Douglas 4974084 12251
    Allard Thomas George 5230636
      32626
      Allen Ernald 4746625 225460
      Allen John 4373
      Allen Thomas 7344103 226239
      Allen Frederick J
        4741115 19223
        Allin Amos
          4977350 280
          Allsop James W 4969788 4981
          Allsop George 4975113 138697
          Alvey Thomas R 4980193 154176
          Anderson Ernest 4973228 124542
          Andrews William E 4973131 7462
          Andrews Andrew 4975715 12303
          Ansell Thomas 4974345 28371
          Anthony George Henry 4978371 354
          Armstrong Charles 462164 87064
          Ashby Richard Edmund Leslie 4976040
            17448
            Ashby Alfred Ernest
              4976349 5095
              Asher William 5892055 131222
              Aspray George 4971121 3974
              Athorpe Marmaduke Carver Middleton 36342 219
              Atkin Frank 4976535 4918
              Atkinson Leonard 4974528
                30391
                Atkinson Francis W 4980244 139620
                Attenborough Arthur 4974753 332
                Bacon George 4977239 5167
                Baggaley Frederick 4978461 221537
                Bailey Arthur E 4979786 228658
                Baker Albert 4907188 32212
                Baker Ronald 4985614 153634
                Baker William 49872717 95579
                Bakewell Frank 4976782 5010
                Bale William Herbert 5678612 50009
                Barber Albert 4743500 6575
                Barcello Herbert-Ambrose 3963741 4738
                Barker Thomas 4396931 140205
                Barlow Leslie 4980429 262984
                Barlow Arthur William 4978662 261629