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A Hundred Years On: The Great War and Other Events on Cannock Chase (Paperback)
A Hundred Years On: The Great War and Other Events on Cannock Chase by Christoper John
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Christopher John

Cannock Chase is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty nestled in the Staffordshire countryside. At first glance it seems like many other areas of rural England, peaceful, calm and tranquil. Yet lying just beneath the surface is the evidence of the vital role this area played during the First World War. For between 1914 and 1918, two large camps served as the training base for tens of thousands of soldiers, preparing them for the inferno of the Western Front. It was a place that became particularly associated with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and today it is home to the hidden legacy of their finest hour, The Battle of Messines in 1917.

This book uncovers the legacy of Cannock Chase, exploring how the archaeological remains, cemeteries and memorials found there narrate the story of life, death and the development of the British Army during the Great War. Contemporary photographs and a guide for visitors ensure that this book is a must for those interested in a history of the First World War that goes beyond the Western Front.

About the author
Christopher John is a member of the Birmingham Branch of the Western Front Association and a Badged Guide belonging to the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He was one of the Guild members to accompany the first Help for Heroes Battlefield Bike Ride in 2009, raising their first million pounds towards the charity’s target. He now spends his time organising battlefield visits for the local Birmingham branch of the WFA and private tours.

Pub date: 01 June 2013
ISBN: 978-1-908336-59-0
Format: 152x229mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 100pp
Price: £8.99
Publisher: Tommies Guides
Imprint: Reveille Press

BIC Classifications:
Local History (WQH)
Staffordshire (1DBKEMS)
First World War (HBWN)
First World War, 1914-1918 (3JJF)
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