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New memorial to remember New Zealand soldiers on Cannock Chase

Rifleman Samuel Frickleton was one of only 11 New Zealand soldiers awarded the VC during the Great War when he attacked two machine gun posts at the Battle of Messines. An action that no doubt saved lives and earned him the Victoria Cross. The 26-year-old visited Brocton camp on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire during the Great War where hundreds of ...

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New funding bid for history centre to be submitted

People will be able to get up-close with Staffordshire’s extensive archives collections in a single, modern centre, if a revised bid for funding submitted to The National Lottery Heritage Fund is successful. Revised plans for the Staffordshire History Centre project would see a new extension to Staffordshire Record Office on Eastgate Street in Stafford bringing together three separate collections and ...

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Unique collection of photos paints picture of Staffordshire’s role in WWI

Gill & Chris

People interested in Staffordshire’s role during the First World War can now view a unique collection of photos and images brought together online for the first time. The Jake Whitehouse Collection at http://www.jakewhitehouse.org.uk features over 1,600 postcards, photographs and objects relating to the county’s role in the war. The training camps on Cannock Chase and the stories of the thousands of ...

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History of Cannock Chase revealed in new exhibition

Display at Cannock Chase

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s history including its role during the Great War can now do so in an exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological ...

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‘Staffordshire Remembers’ – Poppy display to commemorate the Armistice

Poppy Display at Staffs Library

A display of over 1,000 hand-made poppies is on display at Staffordshire Place as part of the county’s plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. People from across Staffordshire have been using personal artefacts, archive material, photos, letters and objects to make poppies in remembrance of soldiers that have fought and died as well ...

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Bravest of the brave remembered

Lance Corporal Bill Coltman

Created in 1856 by Queen Victoria and reputed to be cast from bronze cannon captured in the Crimea, the Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest recognition for bravery in the face of the enemy. During the Great War, Staffordshire men and those representing Staffordshire Regiments were in the thick of the fighting and their nation recognised their conspicuous courage. Here are ...

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How Cannock Chase shaped the soldiers of the Great War

Cannock Chase under construction

They may not have recreated the horrors experienced by men in the trenches of the Western Front, but the WWI training camps on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire helped prepare the soldiers who would eventually win the war. Amongst the most impressive and extensive remains are the two training camps of Brocton and Rugeley, where more than 500,000 men from the ...

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Staffordshire commemorates Battle of the Somme

battlefield

Staffordshire will be commemorating the historic Battle of the Somme with a free screening of the film made in its honour. The Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford will be showing ‘The Battle of the Somme’ to mark the day of one of the Great War’s most decisive and bloody battles. The film was seen by 20 million people in Britain ...

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