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Welcome to our blog. Here you’ll find contributions from local historians and experts on the subject of Staffordshire’s involvement in the Great War, and on the commemorative events taking place throughout the County.

Wimblebury Bench

A new bench has been dedicated at the Wimblebury War Memorial. Read the article from the Bugle here Bugle Wimblebury Bench

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Commemorative Weave

Leek and Cheddleton Weavers are creating two new installation pieces commemorating World War 1 through the agriculture and traditional skills of the area. Fleeces from North Staffordshire are being used for the artwork and the skills of local dyers, weavers and spinners. The installation is being added to by the community at events, festivals and…

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Bethesda Our Boys exhibition

When we started this project we knew very little of Bethesda Our Boys. We knew we had four beautiful Rolls of Honour dedicated to the young men associated with Bethesda Chapel who left the safety of their families and their homes to fight in both the First and Second World Wars. With a small grant…

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Flag Ceremony in Stafford

On 10th May 1919 Stafford Borough Council presented the New Zealand regiment with a flag in the Town Square in Stafford. Richard Pursehouse and Lee Dent of the Chase Project have researched the background to the ceremony and written an article for the Newsletter. Newsletter Flag 1 page 2 Newsletter Flag 1 page 3 Newsletter…

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Anzac Day on Cannock Chase

ANZAC Day on Cannock Chase Richard Pursehouse The New Zealand Rifle Brigade moved its Reserve Depot to Brocton Camp at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, England, at the end of September 1917 and the following April the New Zealanders held their first ANZAC Ceremony on Cannock Chase. The event was very different to what takes place…

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Gitana Street, Stoke: Home of Entertainer Gertie Gitana

Described by some as the “Vera Lynn” of World War One; Gertie Gitana was born in Stoke-on-Trent and became a music-hall star, entertaining people at the home front and injured soldiers in hospital. She did a lot of fundraising for the war effort, including selling studio photographs of herself and holding signings. Gertie also recorded…

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Centenary of the first Anzac ceremony on Cannock Chase

In the gloomy dawn of April 25th 1915 Allied troops waded ashore at Gallipoli on the Turkish coast. The landings were supposed to knock Turkey, an ally of Germany, out of the war but rapidly deteriorated into a squalid slogging-match and ended in an ignominious evacuation from the Gallipoli peninsula in January 1916. The French,…

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News Archives

  • Wimblebury Bench
  • Tolkien in Staffordshire Touring Exhibition – Whys and Wherefores
  • Commemorative Weave
  • Bethesda Our Boys exhibition
  • Flag Ceremony in Stafford
  • Anzac Day on Cannock Chase
  • CHRIST CHURCH – The Sandon War Horse: The story of a ‘Frontliner’ of The Great War
  • Presentation of Good Service Ribbons to Land Army Girls in Stafford
  • Gitana Street, Stoke: Home of Entertainer Gertie Gitana
  • Centenary of the first Anzac ceremony on Cannock Chase