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1/6 South Staffords in the trenches, France

On the outbreak of war in August 1914, the 1/6th South Staffords, the T.A. Battalion for the Wolverhampton area, was mobilised and moved with the rest of the 46th (North Midland) Division to Luton. In ...

Audley's Cross, Blore Heath

Dating from the Wars of the Roses, this medieval stone cross was erected in memory of Lord Audley the Lancastrian leader, killed at the Battle of Blore Heath in 1459. It was repaired in 1765 and provided ...

Brocton Camp, Cannock Chase

"K", "L" and "M" Lines on the eastern slope of Old Acre Valley. There are a number of tents erected so it may have been early on in the development of Brocton Camp. Most of these postcards tended to have ...

D-Day Landing Flag

This flag is from one of the landing crafts used in the D-Day Landings on Tuesday 6th June 1944. It was given to the youngest member of the crew Eric Heath from Sandyford. The flag was blackened ...

Drayton-in-Hales - 'Audley Cross on Blore Heath' : engraved account

Engraved account of the Battle of Blore Heath, in 1429, and a small illustration of the fight. [Taken from an early 17th century map margin.]Anonymous.

Drayton-in-Hales - 'Audley Cross on Blore Heath' : engraving

Showing the broken top of the cross at that date.'W. Hamper, del., Jan. 14, 1801.'

Drayton-in-Hales - 'Audley Cross on Blore Heath' : sepia drawing

'Audley Cross on Blore Heath,' showing a battered cross on a square inscribed base (standing in an open field with sheep.) It commemorates the Battle, 1459. It was repaired in 1765 by the Lord of the ...

Drayton-in-Hales - 'Audley Cross on Blore Heath' : woodcut engraving

Showing a cross on a square inscribed base. It commemorates the Battle of Blore Heath, 1459. It was repaired in 1765 by the Lord of the Manor, Charles Boothby Skrymsher. Inscribed 'On this spot/was ...

Drayton-in-Hales - 'Audley Cross on Blore Heath': copper-plate engraving

Showing a cross on a square inscribed base. It commemorates the Battle, 1459. It was repaired in 1765 by the Lord of the Manor, Charles Boothby Skrymsher.Inscribed 'On this spot/was fought the Battle ...

Lord Audley's Cross, Blore Heath

Stone cross in memory of Lord Audley the Lancastrian leader, killed at the Battle of Blore Heath, 1459. It was repaired in 1765 by the Lord of the Manor, Charles Boothby Skrymsher.

Men of 'C' company in No 8 trench, Messines Hill 60, Flanders

This picture, and others like it, help to document life on the Western Front for the 1/6th South Staffords in the early days of the War. By the end of 1915, censorship had been introduced so that photographic ...

Sand and gravel pit, Chase Road, Cannock Chase

This is a view of the former sand and gravel pit at the top of Chase Road as you come out of Brocton. It was probably taken from what is now Chase Vista car park. Before the extraction of the aggregates ...

Stafford - Hopton Heath: engraving

'The Battle of Hopton-Heath,' illustrating an attack on the Earl of Northampton, who is standing on foot in armour. 'I. Smith sculp.,' [engraved].

The Messines Ridge Model, Brocton Camp, Cannock Chase

A view of the scaled terrain model of the Battle of Messines at Brocton Camp. When the New Zealand Rifle Brigade left Brocton Camp in 1919 they presented the Messines Ridge Model to the local town of ...

The Standard Bearer

Pen and wash drawing by Great Haywood born artist, Thomas Peploe Wood (1817-1845). This a sketch for one of Thomas's larger oil paintings, possibly 'Cromwell after the Battle of Worcester', painted for ...

Video presentation of the Messines Terrain Model, Cannock Chase

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It has long been known that there was a Great War terrain model on Cannock Chase, indeed there are documents, photographic records, and oral histories to prove it existed. However, it was not until a ...

View from Messines Ridge, Belgium

Painting, oil on board by Robert Perry RBSA (1944-). A view of countryside, the site of the Battle of Messines Ridge in June 1917. This painting was commissioned for 'The Fields of Battle 1914-18; ...

World War 1 'Vases'

These brass vases are in fact made of used shell cases. Spent shell cases were often bought back as souvenirs by soldiers and made into useful items such as vases or ashtrays.

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