Useful Links

Trentside Parish Churches

All Saints Church, Burton and St. Saviours, Branston

The web pages of our project Anglican church buildings, services, support and events. Discover our community of faith here

The Diocese of Lichfield

Every diocese has a Cathedral as its mother church and the home to the Cathedra, meaning the ‘seat of the Bishop’. Ours, Lichfield Cathedral, is the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK. See more here

The Treaty of Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles (FrenchTraité de Versailles) was the most important of the peace treaties that brought World War I to an end. The Treaty ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June 1919 in Versailles, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which had directly led to the war.  Read more here

The forgotten soldiers of World War One

Created by the historian, David Olusoga this short film from the BBC, highlights how global and unsuspected the World War in 1914 was to become. See here

The first shot in the conflict was fired in Africa and Professor Olusoga has made a number of contributions to explain this complex history with such devastating effects for so many. Read more about his work here

14-18 NOW: Africa and War – an arts project to create new understanding

The British Library resources for World War One

Supported by over 500 historical sources from across Europe, this resource examines key themes in the history of World War One. Explore a wealth of original source material, over 50 newly-commissioned articles written by historians, teachers’ notes and more to discover how war affected people on different sides of the conflict. See more here

Collection items featured on this site have been contributed by Europeana 1914-1918 institutions.

This booklet, produced by the Open University, provides a close-up look at some of the experiences of the First World War and its commemoration.

A booklet from the Open University…

It highlights how the war affected soldiers and civilians while it was being fought and once the guns had fallen silent.

You can view, print or download a copy here…(.pdf).

The National Army Museum – The South Staffordshire Regiment

The South Staffordshire Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army, active between 1881 and 1959. It served in several campaigns, including the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars. The unit’s traditions are carried on today by The Mercian Regiment.

See not often viewed images of British Tommies in the WW1 period. Read more here…

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum – Still Making History

‘No frills, but plenty of guts’ – an apt description of the bravery, tenacity and heroism of the men who have served with the Staffordshire Regiment over the last 300 years. The Staffordshire Regiment Museum tells the story of this famous county Regiment and all of its antecedents. See more here

Why are British soldiers called ‘Tommies’

Tommy Atkins or Thomas Atkins has been used as a generic name for a common British soldier for many years. The origin of the term is a subject of debate, but it is known to have been used as early as 1743. A letter sent from Jamaica about a mutiny amongst the troops says “except for those from N. America ye Marines and Tommy Atkins behaved splendidlyRead more on Wikipedia here

Source: Wikipedia – Creative Commons

“Tommies” from the Royal Irish Rifles in the Battle of the Somme‘s trenches during the First World War.