The Regimental Memorial Crich is a Mercian Regiment War Memorial dedicated to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Mercian Regiment and its antecedents; the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and the Sherwood Foresters.
This unique lanterne des mortes memorial, in the form of a lighthouse, stands on a hill above the village of Crich close to the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border. From it you can see seven counties. The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 11,409 Sherwood Foresters who fell in the Great War; the 1,520 who fell in the Second World War; those who gave their lives for their country between 1945 - 1970; those of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment who have fallen since 1970 until 2007, and those of The Mercian Regiment since 2007.
A new memorial stone, on site, recording the names of those who have fallen since 1945 is located at the memorial. The Memorial has been continued by the Mercian Regiment, and is now known as The Mercian Regimental Memorial. It has a full time warden who lives with his family in a cottage on site, maintains the Memorial, and runs a visitors’ tea shop. There is an annual pilgrimage to the site on the first Sunday in July, to commemorate the opening of the battle of the Somme in 1916.
Each year on the first Sunday in July, a Pilgrimage and Service is held at the Crich Memorial site.
Members of the Mercian Regiment, both old and new, gather here on the day to pay their respects and meet up with comrades.
On the Saturday evening preceding the Pilgrimage an Association Dinner is held.