World War One

World War One
Staffordshire is truly unique in the variety and importance of its sites that remind us of those times a hundred years ago when millions were engaged in the worst conflict the world had ever seen to that date, World War One.

Nowhere else in the British Isles has such a rich heritage and so many unique locations for you to visit as part of the national commemoration taking place over the next few years. For example, there is the principal German Military Cemetery in the country, with only a few very small ones elsewhere.

Close by it lie the remains of two great camps where over 500,000 men trained, including many Commonwealth troops, especially those from New Zealand.

There are replica trench systems to explore at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum near Lichfield and the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, a few miles north of that city.

The county’s central location is well served by road, rail and air and these will be key sites for thousands of visitors. Discovery Trails is producing a special guide to help you make the most of such a visit. Please check this site regularly for availability.

One surprising result of the camps was J.R.R. Tolkien writing “The Hobbit”. He spent eleven months training then was invalided back to the area with trench fever. Many of the locations in the book echo his time in the area, while nearby Birmingham hosts the settings for some “Lord of the Rings” sites.



Trail: LEEK

”We had a lovely afternoon in Leek. We had been before but we saw so much more of the town.”

SARAH, Crewe


”Good fun,educated me about Lichfield. KEPT THE KIDS OCCUPIED!!!”

FELIX, Burton on Trent

Trail: NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME (Regicides and Ringmasters)

”We really enjoyed doing the trail and would do another!”

ANNETTE, Wolstanton

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