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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.

14 – Life on the Home Front

14 is a series of creative short films by Junction 15 in response to the poems of former Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate Tom Wyre on the theme of life on the Home Front in WWI. The collection of poems and short films is a combination of live action, archive footage and superb animation filmed by Emmy…

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Tunnellers of World War 1

Last week there was an interesting documentary from BBC4 about the story about the men who dug tunnels and set explosives beneath the enemy on the Western Front. Some of these brave men were miners from the Cannock Chase coalfield.

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Ted Hassall : Leek’s Chocolate Soldier

During World War 1 letters were sent by a Leek artillery man to a child he never met after he came upon a disused chocolate wrapper in a frontline trench. He movingly described his thoughts during and immediately after the war. Now ten of the letters can be found in a book by Richard…

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What is the Connection between a Great Dane and a Kiwi ?

I hope you’ve been giving this question some thought. The answer isn’t a flightless, two-legged dog. Instead it is a wonderful story about the New Zealand Army and their time on Cannock Chase during World War One. The reason for this question will become clear later on. For the past six months I have been…

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War Bride in Hednesford

On Sunday 10th September the Arts Council Funded War Bride project visited the Museum of Cannock Chase in Hednesford. A group of young people joined the workshops and performance devised by Imagineer Productions. Read more

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Loos Mural

WHILE conducting research at Walsall Records, Richard Pursehouse of the Chase Project military research group noticed some interesting photographs. One of them was of two paintings that recall the exploits of the South Staffordshire Regiment during the Great War. Jotting down the reference Richard asked members of the Wolverhampton Western Front Association if they knew…

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When Graffiti Becomes Heritage

Article by Dan Boys, Reaching Out Arms (New Zealand Rifle Brigade) project officer for the Friends of Cannock Chase Triumphal Arch Shugborough’s Triumphal (or Hadrian’s) Arch At Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire stands the Grade I Listed Triumphal Arch. It was completed in 1765 and is a copy of the ancient Hadrian’s Arch in Athens. It…

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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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News Archives

  • 14 – Life on the Home Front
  • Tunnellers of World War 1
  • Ted Hassall : Leek’s Chocolate Soldier
  • What is the Connection between a Great Dane and a Kiwi ?
  • War Bride in Hednesford
  • Loos Mural
  • When Graffiti Becomes Heritage
  • Brampton Museum World War 1 Videos
  • Percy Whitelock’s Diary
  • Alsagers Bank War Memorial