We will remember them

100 years on from this major turning point in history, Staffordshire’s own involvement in the conflict of 1914-1918 is being commemorated through the Staffordshire Great War Trail, created to help bring the events of the period to life through the county’s principal Great War landmarks.

The Trail will centre on Cannock Chase’s military training camps and the German and Commonwealth War Cemeteries, the National Memorial Arboretum and The Staffordshire Regiment Museum at Whittington. You’ll discover just how great a role the county played during the 1914 to 1918 conflict. At the Staffordshire Regiment Museum you can follow the story of the Regiments and see the museum’s famous World War 1 replica trench. On the Trail you’ll have access to revealing records, evocative photographs, and be given the opportunity to read about the personal experiences of people whose lives were reshaped by this cataclysmic event.

Also planned for the Centenary commemoration are a series of family-friendly events and exhibitions, shows, school research and discovery projects, and many other activities.

We will remember and pay our respects to over 10,000 Staffordshire soldiers who lost their lives one hundred years ago.

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For more research information on all aspects of the Great War in Staffordshire view the Staffordshire County Council Archives and Museum Service.

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As part of the Friends of Cannock Chase’s Heritage Lottery Funded Reaching Out Arms project, groups of people have been able to visit the World War 1 sites as part of guided....

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