Our Great War Story

Staffordshire’s involvement in The Great War is one that had a profound and lasting effect, not only on the people of Staffordshire, but on the lives of many thousands more

Retold through the Staffordshire’s Great War Trail, the story links together events and landmarks to create an authentic picture of the period. It tells of how two enormous camps, constructed on Cannock Chase, became home from home for up to 40,000 men at one time and may well have trained as many as 500,000 altogether.

It’s also the story of The North and South Staffordshire Regiments, who between them saw distinguished active service on The Western Front In France and Flanders, Gallipoli, The Middle East, India and Mesopotamia, and were awarded eleven Victoria Crosses for their bravery. The story includes a chapter detailing the many ways that life here at home was transformed by recruitment drives, refugees, rationing, and even a visit from the occasional Zeppelin.

Explore Staffordshire’s role in one of the greatest chapters of world history.

Stories from Cannock Chase

Brindley Heath

Brocton and the New Zealanders

Trentham War Memorial Project





Staffordshire Regiments

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Cannock Camps

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Home Front

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