2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters

Discussion in '1940' started by graeme, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. graeme

    graeme Senior Member

    Morning,

    Researching a casualty who died/KiA on

    [FONT=&quot]Saturday 1 June 1940[/FONT]

    serving in the

    [FONT=&quot]2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters

    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Could someone (presumably Andy) please post the War Diary around this time.

    Many thanks,

    Graeme[/FONT]
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Where is he buried etc. The Battalion arrived back in the UK at 1600hrs on the 31st May. They were at Tidworth on the 1st June.
     
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    There are 9 for that day Andy.
    All but one (he's at LEUBRINGHEN) on the Dunkirk Memorial.

    001 BUXTON W 4910368 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
    002 CLARK W 4972967 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
    003 DON WK 4974205 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
    004 HARGREAVES M 4975566 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
    005 JONES S 4976185 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
    006 SEARSON C 4975258 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
    007 SIMCOX JT 4971833 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
    008 TEMPLE NS 8625 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
    009 VICKERSTAFF F 4970453 2ND BN 01/06/1940 SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS AND DERBY REGIMENT)
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Wonder if they were on a ship that sunk?

    Leubringhen is miles from Dunkirk-between Boulogne and Calais.
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    From The Story of the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters 1939-1945 by Capt Masters

    Events at this stage were terribly confused. No one knew the complete whereabouts of the enemy, who was infiltrating and by-passing the flanks. A company was detached from the Battalion and formed by Brigade into 'Templeforce', under command of Major N S Temple, MC (Foresters). This band of men subsequently guarded a sector of the Dunkirk perimeter during the evacuation of the Division, and the gallant Major Temple was killed.

    I'll do some more digging for you.
     
  6. graeme

    graeme Senior Member

    Morning,

    The man is Private 4970453 Vickerstaff, as in Owen's reply above.

    He is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial on Column 95.

    Although from Leek, Staffordshire, he married and settled in Walsall.

    Many thanks for the replies, hopefully the answer is out there,

    many thanks, Drew,

    Graeme
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I think there is a possibility that the dates of death maybe wrong. Some of them may have died on the 31st May IMO. That said I'm quite confident with the info I have (which isn't a lot) that your man was part of 'Templeforce' under Major Temple MC. The rest of the Bn was sent to 5 Div a few days earlier and didn't return to 1 Div until they were back in the UK. I suspect the casualty buried at LEUBRINGHEN was with the main Bn when they were attached to 5 Div.

    I thought I had some info on Templeforce in a couple of books but all I can find so far is a couple of mentions to the unit in 3 Bde's war diary posted below. I'm still looking....

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  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  9. graeme

    graeme Senior Member

    Hi Andy

    many thanks for your time and trouble,

    As always, fantastic information,

    Cheers,

    Graeme
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Some more info in this war diary about Templeforce:
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  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  15. graeme

    graeme Senior Member

    Hi Andy,

    I can only echo what I put before,

    Many thanks indeed,

    Graeme
     
  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Thats about all I have, I think. If I ever find a copy of the Sherwood Foresters History I'll post what's in that too
     
  17. Ben Masters

    Ben Masters Member

    If you see this I can forward you it’s original notes, illustrations and extras
     
  18. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    He'll see it, Ben, don't worry...
     
  19. Ben Masters

    Ben Masters Member

    Actually if you like I have a framed map of the 2nd battalions campaigns
     
  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Ben - That's a kind offer. I'm only interested in the 1940 France and Flanders part if you have more than what is in the book.
     

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