Stepping into Wartime

Tuesday 11 August 2015



On Tuesday 11 August I went to Cannock Chase and Hednesford Park to take part into an event called "Stepping into Wartime" - a part of Staffordshire's Great War Commemorations.

The event involved over a hundred young people following in the steps of soldiers of the First World War.   Starting from the site where the training camp once stood, close to the Marquis Drive Visitor Centre, the young people followed the path of the road into Hednesford - known at the time as "Kitbag Hill", passing close to the site of the former RAF Hednesford.  Placed at intervals along the route were a number of re-enactors and educators able to describe the life and times they were portraying, and answer questions from the walkers.

The trail ended at Hednesford Park, adjacent to the Town Centre, where there were a number of displays and activities staged by the organisations present.  I was responsible for staging displays of uniform and kit used by the soldiers, and discussing with members of the public how soldiers lived a hundred years ago, and the training they underwent at the camps (Brocton Camp and Rugeley Camp) on the chase.