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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.

Percy Whitelock’s Diary

The Staffordshire Newsletter has been publishing installments of soldier Percy Whitelock’s First World War diaries. In this the Staffordian recalls encounters with the enemy in the air and on the ground. The day after we came out of the trenches we moved further back to a place about three kilos behind the place that we moved…

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Alsagers Bank War Memorial

Town or City: Alsagers Bank County: Staffordshire Country: England WMT Reference Number: WM6995 Value of grant: £2450.00 Type of memorial: Freestanding Type of work: Conservation and repair Grant scheme: WMT Grant Scheme Year: 2016 Alsagers Bank war memorial is located near to St John’s Church, Main Road, Alsagers Bank, Staffordshire. This memorial is a square obelisk of Hollington and Stancliffe sandstone on a…

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William George Whitfield

The Staffordshire Great War project officer has received a request for information about William Whitfield. I’m living in Belgium and occupied as an hobby, with the heritage of the Great War and remembering fallen soldiers into the Great War.  Your mailaccount was sent me with the mention you could probably help me further on with…

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Women’s Land Army in Staffordshire

The Board of Agriculture organised the Land Army during the Great War, starting activities in 1915. Towards the end of 1917 there were over 250,001 – 260,000 women working as farm labourers, with 23,000 in the Land Army itself, doing chores such as milking cows and picking fruit. 3 million men away to fight in…

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Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel Great War Reports

Following the end of the Great War, reports, celebrations, and local War Memorials were planned, instigated, dedicated, and unveiled in North Staffordshire and district, and were reported in the Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel of the period. Ken Ray and Ken Badderley have searched through all the Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel’s from late November 1918 to Spring 1923…

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Florence Colliery Miner Won VC at Passchendaele

Ernest Albert Egerton VC Born 10th Nov. 1897 Died 14th Feb. 1966 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient, born in Longton, Staffordshire, he was educated in local grade schools and began working in a colliery at the age of 16 as a haulage hand. He enlisted in the 3rd North Staffordshire Regiment on his 18th…

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1917 Butter Dish

Amongst the collections of the Imperial War Museum sits a butter dish created by Staffordshire women on the Home Front.

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Staffordshire Soldiers and Passchendaele

Amongst the infantry taking part in the bloody battle of Passchendaele in the First World War were the South Staffs and the North Staffs Regiments. November 8th marks the anniversary of the end of the battle. Paul Morris tells the story… November 8th 2017 marks the 90th anniversary of the conclusion to the battle of…

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News Archives

  • Percy Whitelock’s Diary
  • Alsagers Bank War Memorial
  • William George Whitfield
  • Women’s Land Army in Staffordshire
  • Anzac Day Ceremony 2017
  • History group in search for First World War soldier’s family as headstone is reinstalled
  • Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel Great War Reports
  • Florence Colliery Miner Won VC at Passchendaele
  • 1917 Butter Dish
  • Staffordshire Soldiers and Passchendaele