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The 11th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) was raised at Derby in September 1914 as part of K3 and became part of 70th Brigade in 23rd Division. They udertook training in Derby the moved to Stanhope Lines at Aldershot in December 1914, then to Shorncliffe in February 1915 and in May they moved to Bordon.

They proceeded to France landing at Boulogne on the 27th of August 1915.

They saw action at the Battle of Messines Ridge in June 1917 in the area of Hill 60.

Those who served with The 11th Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

at The Battle of Messines.

  • Adams
  • Leonard Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
  • Clarson  
  • Alfred Pte. d.9th Jun 1917
  • Gamble  
  • Charles Henry Pte. d.7th June 1917
  • Gimson  
  • John "Gimmo" Pte. d.11th Jun 1917
  • Hamlett  
  • John James Pte. d.8th June 1917
  • Hazell  
  • William Francis Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
  • Hodgkiss  
  • Richard Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
  • Hudson  
  • Charles Capt.
  • Jones  
  • Charles Frederick L/Cpl. d.15th Jun 1918
  • Moore  
  • Harry Pte. d.7th June 1917
  • Rockley  
  • George Pte. d.6th Jun 1917
  • Whitlock  MM & bar.
  • George Charles Pte. d.23rd Nov 1917

    Beneath Hill 60 [DVD]

    BENEATH HILL 60 tells the extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward, the legendary Australian metal scientist. In 1916, Woodward faced the most difficult decision, ultimately having to separate from his new young love for the deadly carnage of the Western Front. On treacherous territory, behind the German enemy lines, Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers face a suicidal battle to defend a leaking, tunnel system. A tunnel packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War.
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    Beneath Hill 60 [DVD]

    Hill 60: Ypres (Battleground Europe)

    Nigel Cave

    The shell-ravaged landscape of Hill 60, some three miles south east of Ypres, conceals a labyrinth of tu nnels and underground workings. This book offers a guide to the memorials, cemeteries and museums at the site '

    Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]

    Will Davies

    'Ten seconds, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one - fire! Down goes the firing switch. At first, nothing. Then from deep down there comes a low rumble, and it as if the world is spliting apart...' On 7th June 1917, nineteen massive mines exploded beneath Messines Ridge near Ypres. The largest man-made explosion in history up until that point shattered the landscape and smashed open the German lines. Ten thousand German soldiers died. Two of the mines - at Hill 60 and the Caterpillar - were fired by men of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, comprising miners and engineers rather than parade-ground soldiers. Drawing on the diaries of one of the key combatants, "Benealth Hill 60" tells the little-known, devastatingly brutal true story of this subterranean war waged beneath the Western Front - a stygian battle-ground where men drowned in viscous chalk, suffocated in the blue gray clay, choked on poisonous air or died in the darkness, caught up up in vicious hand-to-han
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    Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]

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