Brocton Military Camp,

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Date:1916 - 1918 (c.)

Description:Cannock Chase had been used as a military training ground since the 1870s. During the First World War two military camps were built on the Chase - Brocton Camp, which was located near to Anson's Bank, and Rugeley Camp which extended along Penkridge Bank. The two camps were separated by the Sherbrook Valley.
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In this postcard view of Brocton Camp, the tents suggest the camp had not yet been completed. In the background on the right can be seen the water tower; the four chimneys are part of the power plant.

The men in the foreground are digging practice trenches. They are being supervised by an officer and are surrounded by sand bags and spoil heaps. In the distance can be seen soldiers at drill practice.

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Donor ref:P96.006.0007 (215/586)

Source: Mr Jake Whitehouse

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