Derby Evening Telegraph Monday, July 19, 1943
HUNDREDS AT IMPRESSIVE CRICH MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Hundreds of people from Derbyshire and Notts gathered at Crich Memorial yesterday afternoon for the 20th annual pilgrimage to The Sherwood Foresters Regimental Memorial.
The grass slopes leading to the memorial were covered with people and lining the flight of stone steps from the Smith-Dorrien Memorial to the tower were row upon row of men in the county Regiment.
Regular units of the regiment were there, but they were outnumbered by Home Guard and Cadet detachments.
Lieut General Sir Douglas Brownrigg drew attention to this in his address as Colonel of the Regiment.
“We see here today,” he said, “that the men of our regiment are represented by their fathers and by their younger brothers.”
Gen Brownrigg pointed out that two years ago the pilgrimage was attended by many whole time regular service Battalions.
“Now they are nearly all abroad,” he continued. “I can tell you that three battalions took part in the recent North African campaign, and we now know the worth of these ambassadors from the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
“This pilgrimage may have changed in composition, but has not changed one whit in spirit and local sentiment.”
The splash of bright colour which relieved the mass of khaki was provided by two former members of the regiment, Pensioners Beaumont and Thompson who were both in their scarlet uniforms.