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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.

Penkridge Poppies

To mark the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day, a community arts project has been launched called ‘Penkridge Poppies’. It is hoped that community groups as well as individuals might want to get involved by making poppies which will be used to create Penkridge’s own version of the Tower of London display, ‘Fields of Blood’…

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North Staffords Memorial Tapestry On Display at Potteries Museum

Read  the story of how Levison Wood rediscovered the canvas memorial, which lists the names of every man of the 5th Staffords who fell during World War 1.  https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/intricate-tapestry-celebrating-lives-965-2022854 The tapestry is on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery until 17th November 2018.  

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The Great War was neither futile nor glorious but a grim necessity

We must remember that the majority of Britons thought the First World War was worth fighting August 8, 1918 marked the beginning of the end of the First World War. At 4.20am Australian, British, Canadian and French infantry, supported by artillery of awesome power, and by tanks, aircraft and cavalry, attacked German defences near the…

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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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News Archives

  • Penkridge Poppies
  • North Staffords Memorial Tapestry On Display at Potteries Museum
  • The Great War was neither futile nor glorious but a grim necessity
  • 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