August 4 1914
In response to a German invasion of Belgium the United Kingdom declared war on Germany.
Men from Newark and the surrounding villages flocked to enlist in the new Eighth Battalion of The Sherwood Foresters Regiment.
August 10 1914
A rally was held in Newark Market Place by the new Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment.
They were marched that day to Radcliffe-on-Trent. After an overnight stay they marched on to Derby on the next leg of their journey that would take them through training camp and eventually to the trenches in France.
STATISTICSInternationally more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the bloodiest wars in history. More than 9 million combatants were killed, largely because of great technological advances in firepower without corresponding advances in mobility.
It was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history
MISSING & POW 191,652
Over 700 men went to war from Newark and the surrounding villages and while some were taken prisoner, some returned early with injuries and many were still involved in operations somewhere or were injured and still being cared for, when the official homecoming train pulled into Newark North Gate Station
ONLY FIVE MEN STEPPED OFF THE TRAIN!
One of those who returned was
Part of the parade in Newark Market Place,
on the morning of the 10th August 1914
Thomas Anderson's children and grandchildren were to spend many hours studying this photograph trying to identify Thomas among the men on parade. The family were justly proud of him and spent a lot of time in the DC museum on Appleton gate looking at the display of the work of Thomas' Regiment, The Sherwood Foresters.
THE GREAT MARCH
One hundred years later, on 10th August 2014 it is planned to re-enact that march, in honour of those that went and fought and the many who never returned.
They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning .,
.We will remember them,