Brocton Camp, Cannock Chase

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Date:1917 - 1918 (c.)

Description:The eastern slope of Old Acre Valley with the 30,000 gallon Water Tower to the right. The long roof line in the centre of the image at the back is the Ordnance Store. The layout of Brocton's main stores and ancillary buildings are totally different to Rugeley Camp: due to the undulating terrain it was spread across the ridge of the two valleys.

The Ordnance Store was both a supply and repair facility. In the supply area it had responsibility for weapons, armoured vehicles and other military equipment, ammunition and clothing and certain other minor functions. The railway cutting adjacent to the building allowed the easy loading and unloading of supplies.

The flattened area at the centre of the photograph was possibly an assembly and drill area with an unusual trench type construction in front of that for demonstration purposes. The unusual square block to the left is similar to a sketch seen in the PoW Camp archives and was used as a "Destructor" for burning off unwanted refuse. It is strange that the design is completely different to those on Rugeley Camp.

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Source: Mr Jake Whitehouse

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