The call to arms heard loud and clear in Derbyshire

Derbyshire magazine, nottingham war,

In July a century ago, an appalling global conflict was only weeks away. Scott Lomax reports on how Derbyshire responded to the first call to arms.

ON JULY 25, 1914, less than two weeks before Britain became immersed in what was first described as the ‘European War’, the volunteer forces of the 6th Territorial Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) were, along with other regiments across the country, on their annual camp. All along the Yorkshire coast were territorials in training. Little would they have known how soon, or to what degree, their training would soon be required…