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The Great War Centenary - World War One

We will remember them ..........

500,000 Troops trained on Cannock Chase


11 Victoria Crosses Awarded to Staffordshire Regiments

2143 War Graves in the German Cemetary on Cannock Chase

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:-

See here ....    and here....



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:-

  • revealing records,
  • evocative photographs,
  • and be given the opportunity to read about the personal experiences of people whose lives were reshaped by this cataclysmic event.

You will discover just how great a role the county played during the 1914 to 1918 conflict. 

Places to visit include:-

The National Memorial Arboretum - a major venue in Staffordshire. 

  • Sited in the heart of the National Forest, with 50,000 maturing trees.
  • The Arboretum's 150 acres of wooded parkland are a beautiful and living tribute to acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and civil services of this country.
  • It is a spiritually uplifting place to honour those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways.  
  • Here, amongst over 300 dedicated memorials, you can see the Shot at Dawn Memorial, erected in memory of the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed after courts-martial for cowardice and desertion during World War I. 

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum

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:-

  • The Somme, 
  • Ypres, 
  • Amiens, 
  • Mons, 
  • Loos
  • and many of the battles on the Western Front.

You can also see the museum's famous World War 1 replica trench


Cannock Chase's Military Training Camps 

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

  • The local historic market town of Leek has one of the largest war memorials in the country - at 90 feet high and with four clock faces
  • Free guided tours of the war memorial take place on the third Saturday of the month from February to November 2014 from 10.0am to 12.30pm, which last around forty minutes.
  • There is no need to book, just turn up on the day and speak to a volunteer guide.
  • For further reading about the fallen of Leek and the history of the Nicholson War Memorial see website



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 for further details.

Leek and Staffordshire Moorlands Great War Centenary Exhibition

5 July - 23 Dec 2014 - Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery, Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire.

  • A community exhibition based around the local history, urban context, social history and the discovery of events, life and people, before during and after the Great War in Leek and the Staffordshire Moorlands


WW1 Replica Trench System at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

  • Created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914.
  • It will offer visitors an atmospheric, thought-provoking understanding of some of the conditions experienced by soldiers on the front line.
  • Engagement days are planned for both school-age young learners and adults, which will combine activities and displays with science demonstrations.
  • Visitors will be able to learn about life in the trenches, artillery shells, how poison gas was made and even try their hand at making periscopes, which were used to spy on enemy positions. 

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

  • An exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.
  • Objects, archives, photographs and stories will reveal life on Chatsworth estate during both wars. Estate workers and Cavendish family and relations fought on the front line from the Somme to Gallipoli.
  • Life on the home front during the First World War; the impact of the war effort on the estate and the contribution made by women will be shown.
  • A timeline of major international events is contrasted with personal stories from Chatsworth between 1914 and 1950.

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.


  • 888,246 poppies, one for every fallen hero from the First World War
  • Which were  have been on display as part of an evolving exhibition called 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
  • To mark 100 years since the start of the First World War at the Tower of London.
  • Created from 160 tonnes of clay supplied by Potclays, in Etruria, Stoke on Trent
  • With skilled workers at Johnson Tiles, Tunstall, Stoke on Trent, assisting with making the poppies to ensure that each one is finished and in place before Remembrance Day on 11 November2014.

 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:-

Staffordshire ..... will remember them .......

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Springbank Wood


Blackshaw Moor

Leek ST13 8TJ


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