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From L-R, Top to Bottom - Rawding Medal Group; Eddie Edwards receiving the medals from Mr and Mrs B Cloves; Eddie Edwards receiving the Gardner group of medals from Mr and Mrs Lyon; The Gardner Group; RSM Sephton


Clement Alfred Stevens who was Killed in Action whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion in WW I. Shortly before Christmas, Mr Tony Rawding, of Newark, donated the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to his grandfather, 305007 CSM John Francis Rawding. In Spring 2009, Mrs A Lyon of Doveridge, Derbyshire, kindly presented the Military Medal Group belonging to her favourite uncle, 16710 Joseph F Gardner. All of these medals will be displayed in the galleries over the next twelve months.


We were also pleased to accept into the Collection an original letter written to his sweetheart by Pte John J H Clark whilst serving in Gallipoli: he was killed in action in August 1915. Also, we received a letter sent from a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp by LCpl 4970081 William Hole to his parents shortly after transferring to the RASC in 1941 from a family in Belper, Derbyshire, and a beautifully embroidered Sherwood Foresters cap badge on white cloth from a lady in Scotland. Copies of letters were given to the Collection by a lady whose mother (then a young girl living in Nottingham) had written to the famous pilot, Albert Ball VC DSO MC, about a velvet black cat she had given to him in 1917; sadly, we have no trace of the cat in our collection and Albert Ball’s luck ran out on 7 May 1917.


Finally, if you served in The Sherwood Foresters or The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and have not filled in one of our Record of Service forms, please get in touch with RHQ Nottingham (a similar scheme operates in RHQ Worcester) for further information. We wish to put your details in our archives and record them on our database.


The Soldiers' Story


The Derby Museum's redeveloped Military Gallery tells the story of the County's three Regiments - 9th/12th Royal Lancers, The Sherwood Foresters and The Derbyshire Yeomanry. The striking redevelopment of the Soldiers' Story Gallery in the Derby City Museum results from a very successful joint project between the regiments concerned and Derby City Council. The new gallery, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with contributions from the three regiments, houses the regimental collections of 9th/12th Royal Lancers, The Derbyshire Yeomanry and a representative collection from The Sherwood Foresters whose principal collection is in the regimental museum in Nottingham Castle. The displays aim to show in a simple and attractive manner how the life of a soldier has changed since 1815. Good use of space has enabled the museum to display more than 200 items not previously seen by visitors and colour coded graphics follow the history of the individual regiments from the 18th Century to present day operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interactive screens provide detailed archive material on individual soldiers and show film clips to illustrate particular events in the regimental histories. The positive review in The Museums Journal concluded: "The task of curating military collections is a real juggling act as curators have to balance the need to honour the rôle played by soldiers with telling the story of wars they played a part in, some of which may seem more difficult to justify today. The Soldiers' Story succeeds on both counts and local people can be justly proud of the men and women who have served as soldiers and of the exhibitions which mark their contributions." The gallery was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire on 11th December 2008.


The Mercian Eagle


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