THE GREAT WAR CENTENARY
Events, exhibitions and talks to mark the Great War Centenary.
From 2014 to 2018, across this local area of the Peak District and Staffordshire, communities and attractions are staging events, exhibitions and talks to commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War and the Second World War.
Visit the Peak District area and join in this global commemoration.
For further events details:-
Staffordshire's Great War commemorations will help bring the momentous events of this period to life through the county's principal Great War landmarks, together with associated events, exhibitions and activities to illustrate just how important a role the county played in the conflict.
100 years on from this major turning point in history, Staffordshire's own involvement in the conflict of 1914-1918 is being commemorated through the Staffordshire Great War Trail, created to help bring the events of the period to life through the county's principal Great War landmarks.
The Staffordshire Great War Trail will centre on:-
On the Trail you will have access to:-
You will discover just how great a role the county played during the 1914 to 1918 conflict.
The National Memorial Arboretum - a major venue in Staffordshire.
You can discover the details and follow the story of the North and South Staffordshire Regiments and how they played a pivotal role in many of the major actions of the war at battles such as:-
You can also see the museum's famous World War 1 replica trench
Over 500,000 British and Dominion troops were trained for service in the war at two huge camps on Cannock Chase, the archaeological remains of which are still there as part of the Trail.
The Cannock Chase German and Commonwealth War Cemeteries - Although military cemeteries are common on the continent, Cannock Chase War Cemetery is one of the few dedicated military cemeteries in the United Kingdom.
The German War Cemetary:-
On 16 October 1959, the governments of the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany made an agreement about the future care of the remains of German military personnel and German civilian internees of both World Wars, which at the time were interred in scattered cemeteries not already maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). It was agreed that the remains would be transferred to a single central cemetery established on Cannock Chase for this purpose.
The cemetery is maintained under the inter-government agreement by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It contains nearly 5,000 German and Austrian graves. There is a small separate section for the crews of the four airships (SL 11, L32, L31, L48) shot down over British soil during the Great War.
The Commonwealth War Cemetary:-
Built and cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the cemetery was established during the First World War, when a large military training camp at Cannock Chase became the base for the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. There was also a prisoner-of-war hospital with 1,000 beds, and both camp and hospital used the burial ground.
The cemetery, which is open all year round, contains 97 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, most of them New Zealanders, and 286 German burials. There are also three burials of the Second World War.
We will remember and pay our respects to over 10,000 Staffordshire soldiers who lost their lives one hundred years ago.
The Nicholson War Memorial - Leek
Leek and the Great War - Guided History Walks - A guided walking tour of the town that examines the war's impact at the fighting and domestic front. A war that claimed the lives of over 400 men.
Available every Saturday throughout 2014. See website www.leek1914.org for further details.
5 July - 23 Dec 2014 - Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery, Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire.
Open 22 Nov 2014 - 11 Nov 2018 FREE ENTRY
The Trench will be open daily (weather permitting) 11am - 3pm
For this and further details of other events examining different themes including the role of women, scientific and medical advances and entertainment see the website for Stoke on Trent Museums
WW1 Wartime at Chatsworth House - 4 April to 23 Dec 2014
Ceramic Poppies at the Tower of London
So proud .... in local Staffordshire's part played to create this amazing display that touched so many people.
Further details from the press:-
8 August 2014 - The Royals plant ceramic poppies
20 October 2014 - Ceramic Poppies created from Stoke on Trent Clay raise £15 million
4 November 2014 - Normandy Veterans visit Johnson Tile Factory
11 November 2014 - Tilemakers and flower pot men help save Tower Poppies
11 November 2014 - Final delivery of Ceramic Poppies made in Stoke on Trent
Raising £15 MILLION for Armed Forces Charities - the money will now be shared between:-
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