Legacy of the Great War on Cannock Chase

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Text © Copyright John M, December 2013
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Rifle Ranges


Rifle ranges were constructed to the north of Rugeley Camp. There are known to be at least five full bore ranges in 1916 with ranges up to 600 yards but evidence suggests further free firing ranges were used. The 'E' Range continued in use until the late 1980s.

The four larger ranges and firing points were built by the 12th Yorkshire (Service) Battalion, Teeside Pioneers, in August/September 1915. These could provide firing points for 200 soldiers.

Lettered from North to South

Ranges 'A', 'B', and 'C' are hidden by forestry.

SJ9918 : Great War Rifle Range by John M SJ9918 : Great War Rifle Range by John M SJ9918 : Great War Rifle Range C by John M

Range 'D' was the largest of the ranges with 90 targets.

SJ9918 : Great War Rifle Range D by John M SJ9918 : Sandy manmade embankment on Cannock Chase by Neil Theasby SJ9918 : Shooting Butts, Cannock Chase by Mick Malpass SJ9918 : Top of Embankment by Mick Garratt SJ9918 : Old Shooting Butt by Dave Smith

Range 'E' was another large range and remained in use into the 1980s.

SK0018 : View up the rifle range by John M SK0018 : Great War Rifle Range E by John M SJ9917 : View to the Butts by Gordon Griffiths SK0018 : Gravel Mound, Cannock Chase by Geoff Pick SK0018 : Retaining Wall, Disused Rifle Range by Mick Garratt SK0018 : Disused Rifle Range by Mick Garratt

Range 'F' was fairly small with only 12 targets set into a small valley.

SK0017 : Great War Rifle Butts - Range F by John M SK0017 : Great War Rifle Range F by John M SK0017 : Great War Rifle Range F by John M

Ranges 'G' and 'H' are shorter ranges in the valley leading to Seven Springs. These were the first ranges constructed soon after the opening of the Penkridge Bank (Rugeley) camp.

SK0017 : Great War Rifle Range G by John M SK0017 : Great War Rifle Range H by John M

Other ranges may have been available.

SK0017 : Great War Rifle Butts by John M

Practice Trenches


Practice trenches are scattered around the Chase. Trenches are of the Greek Key and Chevron patterns.

SJ9718 : Great War - Practice trenches by John M SK0016 : Great War practice trenches by John M SJ9817 : Great War Practice Trenches - above the Sher Brook valley by John M SJ9917 : Great War Practice Trenches - Sher Brook valley by John M SJ9817 : Great War Training Trenches - Sher Brook valley by John M SJ9718 : Brocton Camp - Training trenches in Oldacre Valley by John M

Brindley Heath Military Hospital


The hospital was used for injured and convalescing troops. The site is notable for non-native flora and rhododendrons.

SJ9915 : Peg 9 on the Blue Route Walk on Cannock Chase by Mick Malpass SJ9915 : 1st W.W. Filter Beds on Cannock Chase by Mick Malpass SJ9915 : A Cannock Chase road near Brindley Bottom by Mick Malpass SJ9915 : Flagpole Base For The W.W. Hospital. Cannock Chase. by Mick Malpass SJ9914 : Remains Of  WW1 Hospital Building Footings. by Mick Malpass SJ9914 : Brindley Heath Hospital - Nursing Sisters' Quarters by John M
SJ9914 : Proud To Have Been Part Of Brindley Village. by Mick Malpass

Commonwealth Cemetery


The cemetery is the last resting place for New Zealanders and other Commonwealth troops together with German POWs that succumbed to the Spanish flu in 1918.

SJ9815 : Commonwealth Cemetery. Cannock Chase. by Mick Malpass SJ9815 : Cross, Cannock Chase War Cemetery by Colin Smith SJ9815 : Broadhurst Green, war graves by Mike Faherty SJ9815 : Cannock Chase, Commonwealth Cemetery by Colin Smith SJ9815 : Commonwealth War Cemetery by Gordon Griffiths SJ9815 : Commonwealth War Cemetery, Cannock Chase by A Holmes

German Cemetery


The cemetery was opened in June 1967, following an agreement of 1959 between the British and Federal German Governments. This brought together the graves of German citizens who had died during the First and Second World Wars 2143 from WW1 and 2797 from WW2. Civilian internees, many of whom died in the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918 are also buried here.

SJ9815 : The German Cemetery, Cannock Chase by Mick Malpass SJ9815 : German War Cemetery by Mick Garratt SJ9815 : Rest in Peace by Gordon Griffiths SJ9815 : German Grave by Gordon Griffiths SJ9815 : The Fallen Warrior by Colin Smith SJ9815 : An Unknown German Solder by Colin Smith

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