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Information from Clive Wood, 2008
Corporal Herbert Sherwood

3/10890 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr Thomas Fisher and Mrs Jane Sherwood

Aged 20 years

Died 17 February 1917

Commemorated at Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt (Nord of Albert)
gravestone Grave IV. F.20
And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave C.301

Born at Rushden, enlisted at Kettering.
The Rushden Echo Friday 2 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier Killed - Corp B Sherwood Succumbs to Injuries

News has been received from unofficial quarters this week to the effect that Corpl B Sherwood, third son of Mr and Mrs F Sherwood, of Albion-place, Rushden, has been killed in action. This news is contained in a letter from a Wymington soldier to his parents, and in a letter from a Rushden soldier to Mrs Sherwood, dated February 21st and in a letter from another Rushden soldier, the latter giving the information that he was with Corpl Sherwood when the latter was killed, and helped to bind his wound. None of these communications say how and when Corpl Sherwood was wounded, and Mr and Mrs Sherwood wait anxiously for further information.

Corpl Sherwood enlisted on September 1st, 1914, in the 6th Northants Regt., and went out to the front in July, 1915, returning for a short leave in April, 1916. Up to the present he had come through all the fiercest battles unscathed, and it is with the greatest regret that his friends hear of his fall. The deceased soldier was only 20 years old and formerly worked at Rushden for Mr Fred Corby.

This is the second son Mr and Mrs Sherwood have lost in the war, the first son W L Sherwood, being killed on November 11th, 1915. Another son Pte J Sherwood was wounded in both arms on July 8th, in the Big Push, and is now in a convalescent hospital at Shoreham. The youngest son, Stoker F Sherwood, aged 19, has been in the Navy about 12 months, and a brother-in-law of these patriotic sons, Leading-Stoker E G Letts, is still serving in the Navy after eight years' service.

The Wellingborough News Friday 9 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Second Son of Rushden Family Reported Killed

We are sorry to learn unofficially that Corpl B Sherwood, third son of Mr and Mrs F Sherwood, of Albion-place, Rushden, has made the great sacrifice. This is the second son the family have lost in the war, and the mother is terribly distressed. Another son, Pte J Sherwood, was wounded in both arms on July 8th, who is now convalescent. We hope the sad news will not be confirmed.

The Rushden Echo Friday 16 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

A Rushden Soldier's Death - Lieut Smythem's Fine Tribute - To the Late Corpl H Sherwood

A fortnight ago we reported that Corpl Herbert Sherwood (Northants Regt.) third son of Mr and Mrs F Sherwood, of Albion-place, Rushden, had been killed in action. The sad news is now definitely confirmed by the receipt of the customary intimation from the Infantry Record Office, Warley, which states that the soldier was killed in action on February 17th.

Mrs Sherwood has received letters from comrades of her son, expressing sympathy with her in her bereavement Lance-Corpl W H Walker, writing under date February, 21st says: "It is with deep regret that I am writing to say that Bert was fatally wounded during an attack on the 17th inst. He suffered very little pain, and is buried in a ravine which he helped capture that day. Assuring you my deepest sympathy."

Mr and Mrs Sherwood have also received the following letter from Lieut G F Smythem formerly assistant-master at the National Schools, Rushden: "It is with great regret that I learn from the Rushden Echo (a copy of which reaches me every week) of the death in action of your son, Corporal H Sherwood. Please accept my sincere sympathy. As you will remember 'Bert' was in my class for his last two years at school. He was also a valued member of our school football team, and his loss will be regretted by all old scholars I am sure. I well remember the day he enlisted, as I enlisted on that very day. In fact, your son and I travelled up to Northampton for that purpose on the same train. I did not hear of the death of your other son until a long time after it occurred, so that I did not care to write then. Personally I'm lucky to have escaped safe and sound up to the present. It is a horrible business, and I am sure we all pray for a speedy and victorious conclusion. I am afraid more words are a poor consolation. Yet perhaps the thought that the teacher of your boys carries with him the memories of bright, obedient, industrious and loveable lads may be some small consolation to you in your hour of trouble. I trust that He will give you strength to bear with your terrible loss."

These two photos are believed to be the Sherwood Boys.
If you can identify them, please contact us.
Photos c
ourtesy of Clive Wood.

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