Legacy of the Great War on Cannock Chase

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Text © Copyright John M, December 2013
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Rugeley Camp


Rugeley Camp was constructed on either side of Penkridge Bank with a large ammunition store in the 'Tackeroo' campsite. The hut bases are visible in the scrub north of the Tackeroo and west of the White House car park. The camp was served by a railway loop and spurs.

SJ9916 : Base of 1st  World War  Hut by Mick Malpass SK0015 : WW 1 hut base on Cannock Chase by Mick Malpass SK0017 : 1st WW Shower Block by Mick Malpass SK0017 : Concrete Base For WW1 Hut by Mick Malpass SJ9916 : Cannock Chase - Path from White House by John M

Brocton Camp


Brocton Camp was constructed on Brocton Field and Anson's Bank. The two sections of camp were separated by the Oldacre Valley. The camp incorporated the power and water pumping stations together with the water tower to supply both camps. Brocton Camp was on the main line of the Tackeroo Railway. Part of Brocton Camp was used for German POWs.

SJ9818 : Glacial Boulder, Cannock Chase by Neil Theasby SJ9718 : Great War - Water tank foundations by John M SJ9817 : Coal Store remains, Chase Road Corner by Neil Theasby SJ9817 : Coal Store Ruin, Brocton Field by Mick Garratt SJ9618 : Brocton Camp - Site of sewage settling tanks by John M

The barrack huts were arranged in battalion order and assigned letters.

Lines A to D and E to F were converted to a POW camp with Line D used as a hospital for wounded prisoners. The camp was surround by a perimeter fence, barbed wire and watch towers.

SJ9819 : Brocton Camp - Hut Bases in Hut Lines 'B' by John M SJ9819 : Brocton Camp - Hut bases in Hut Lines 'C' by John M SJ9719 : Brocton Camp - POW Camp Flower Bed by John M SJ9719 : Brocton Camp - POW Camp perimeter by John M SJ9719 : Brocton Camp - POW Camp perimeter watchtower base by John M SJ9719 : Brocton Camp - POW Camp perimeter by John M

Lines F and G have been lost to quarrying.

SJ9818 : Great War - Brocton Camp - Hut foundations Hut Line 'I' by John M SJ9718 : Brocton Camp - Hut base in Hut Lines 'J' by John M SJ9718 : Brocton Camp - Hut base in Hut Lines 'K' by John M SJ9718 : Brocton Camp - Hut Lines 'K' by John M SJ9717 : Great War - Hut Line 'P' by John M SJ9717 : Great War - Hut Line 'R' by John M

Officers huts were slightly larger and removed from the rank and file.

SJ9718 : Brocton Camp - Officers hut base 'M Lines' by John M SJ9718 : Brocton Camp - Officers hut base 'N Lines' by John M

Messines Model


Operation 'Kiwi' in 2013 excavated a training model constructed by the 5th (Reserve) Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade of the Messines Ridge in Belgium. The Ridge was captured by NZ troops in July 1917. The model has been scanned in 3D.

The report and links to the 3D scan are on messines excavationExternal link

SJ9718 : Cannock Chase. Information Board on the Messines Model by Mick Malpass SJ9718 : 'Messines Ridge' by John M SJ9718 : Uncovering the 'Messines Ridge' by John M SJ9718 : Uncovering the 'Messines Ridge' by John M
SJ9718 : Uncovering the Messines Ridge by John M SJ9719 : Cannock Chase, Model of Messines Ridge, Belgium by Mick Malpass SJ9718 : Cannock Chase, The Messines Model by Mick Malpass SJ9718 : Covering over the Messines Ridge by John M SJ9718 : Messines Ridge Tribute by John M

See also 1918 photo from NZ archivesExternal link and 1915 photo of MessinesExternal link

Freda's Grave



Freda, a Harlequin Great Dane bitch, was the mascot of the 5th (Reserve) Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade. She died in 1918 and is buried in their hut lines near Coppice Hill. Her collar is in the military museum in Waiourou, New Zealand.

SJ9718 : Freda's Grave by Michael Marsh SJ9718 : Freda's Grave, Cannock Chase by Frank Smith SJ9718 : Freda's Grave on Cannock Chase by Neil Theasby

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