The Sherwood Forester mustering in Newark Square. 'Territorials to war.'
A limited edition giclee print of 495. 21.5 x 14 inches approximately
The painting shows the Sherwood Foresters departing from Newark Town Square for the 1st World War. They marched to a railway station some twenty miles away to embark. The officers and soldiers were all local men who joined the Territorial battalion. Their first aid cart was a conscripted baker's wagon and the other supply wagon in the picture was a brewer's dray.
My brother, Richard, was a regular Army Officer who commanded the 3rd Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. Its Headquarters was in Newark where the 8th battalion of the Sherwood Foresters had been based at the start of the 1st World War.
The Town Square at Newark has changed little from that time, and indeed those who fought in the English Civil War would readily recognise its fine buildings. During the Civil War the town was bombarded from a local hill and the narrow house to the left of the Town Hall was hit. I knew this square some while later as I was based at nearby RAF Syerston learning to fly Jet Provosts. My future wife, Gina, was a trainee teacher and she and I used to frequent the White Hart Inn in the corner of the square.
The original painting was presented by Richard to the Battalion when he handed over command. It then hung in the entrance to the Officer's Mess. The battalion was disbanded and the painting can now be seen hanging in Newark Town Hall for the commemorations of the Great War.