Links & Books

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Links to files referenced in the body of this website can be found on the Links & Files page.

Project Links

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. It is a non-profit-making organisation that was founded by Sir Fabian Ware.

Sgt. Charles William Bull, 1914-1944

This website is dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Charles William Bull of Tutbury, Staffordshire, who was killed defending the bridge at Gavere, Belgium in 1944.  

Sgt. Bull was buried in Gavere and the bridge was subsequently named after him.  The citizens of Gavere have an annual commemoration for him; a delegation from Gavere visits Tutbury every other year and people from Tutbury go to Gavere on the alternate years to honour his memory.

This story of his war years was written by Sgt. Bull’s nephew, David Charles Bull, in 2012.

Western Front Association

The Western Front Association (WFA) was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during The Great War.

Established in 1980 by noted military historian John Giles, the WFA has grown over the years to some 6,000 members worldwide. The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of The Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.

The War Graves Photographic Project

The original aim of The War Graves Photographic Project was to photograph every war grave, individual memorial, Ministry of Defence grave, and family memorial of serving military personnel from WWI to the present day. However, due to its popularity we have now extended our remit to cover all nationalities and military conflicts and make these available within a searchable database.

War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK. We provide advice and information to anyone as well as running grant schemes for the repair and conservation of war memorials. The website provides a range of resources to help you discover more about war memorials and their preservation.

UK National Inventory of War Memorials

The UK National Inventory of War Memorials is based at the Imperial War Museum and is working to compile a record of all war memorials in the UK and to promote their appreciation, use and preservation.

Clean 2018

Clean 2018 believes that the problem of war memorial deterioration is so widespread that it demands the attention of Central Government.  Its primary aim is therefore to press for the creation of "A National War memorial Restoration Fund" to finance a renovation programme for war memorials to take place prior to November 2018.

Roll of Honour - Staffordshire

Throughout Staffordshire there are various memorials and rolls of honour dedicated to those men and women who fell in various wars. These memorials and rolls cover many centuries in some cases, mostly though it is World War One and Two.

First World War Centenary

2014 will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. will highlight centenary events and resources from across the globe - this is an Imperial War Museum website

Last Post Association - Ieper (Ypres)

The Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen, is played by the buglers in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War. It is the intention of the Last Post Association to maintain this daily act of homage in perpetuity.

The Great War Forum

Forum for exchanging information about the Great War

The Long, Long Trail

The British Army in the Great War

We had done all that was expected of us

Andrew Thornton's articles on "Staffordshire's Territorials and the Assault on the Hohenzollern Redoubt  13th October 1915" - the battle where "2375 Private Ernest Plumb, Tutbury" was killed.  During the course of the battle the North and South Staffords lost 68 officers (39%) and 1,478 other ranks (34%).

Tommy at Gommecourt

Tommy at Gommecourt is the diary of my Grandfather, Tommy Higgins, who served in the 1st/5th North Stafford Regiment during the First World War.

Tommy describes the life and battles of WWI with vivid detail. These include going over the top at Gommecourt on that fatal day of  1st July 1916, the battle of Bucquoy in March 1917, a desperate bayonet fight at the battle of Lens on the 1st July 1917, and a harrowing 16 months as a prisoner of war." Alan Higgins, Tommy's Grandson

Gommecourt - 1st July 1916

Remembering the men of London, the North Midlands and Monmouthshire who fought and died at Gommecourt, 1st July 1916.  A comprehensive, in depth, analysis of the battle at Gommecourt.

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Tutbury Village Links

Tutbury Village Website

News, Events and Local Information for Tutbury - East Staffordshire

Tutbury Parish Council

Tutbury Parish Council website

Tutbury Local History

Excellent website detailing Tutbury’s history

Tutbury Museum

Tutbury Museum's expanding website

GENUKI entry for Tutbury

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.

Tutbury Castle

Occupied since the Stone Age, the castle is first recorded in 1071, as one of the new castles built to stamp the authority of the Norman conquerors across the Midlands. The castle is best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots, who was held here on four occasions. It was here that she became involved in the plot that ultimately led to her bloody execution at Fotheringhay

Burton-on-Trent local history

This websites covers the local history of Burton upon Trent





August 1914

Barbara W. Tuchman


This famous book analysing the outbreak of the First World War received widespread acclaim on publication and has remained in print for fifty years.

A Tommy's Sketchbook

Lance Corporal Henry Buckle


Lance Corporal Henry Buckle's writings and drawings are a window on to the Western Front as seen by one man

Because You Died

Vera Brittain


This collection of Vera Brittain's poetry and prose, some of it never published before, commemorates the men she loved – fiancé, brother and two close friends – who served and died in the First World War.

British and Commonwealth War Cemeteries

Julie Summers


The story of the founding and the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Famous – 1914-19

Richard Van Emden & Victor Piuk


The stories of 21 men in WWI who would later become famous, from AA Milne to JRR Tolkien, Arnold Ridley to Henry Moore, Montgomery to Churchill.

Elsie & Mairi Go To War

Diane Atkinson


"A compelling story of famous but forgotten heroines: tow exceptional Edwardian ladies in the front-line mud and mayhem of World War I" – Kate Adie

The Great Illusion

Norman Angell


This book was very popular throughout Europe – it proved that due to the interdependence of European countries in the early 20th century, war was almost impossible; millions of people and politicians were convinced by it – until 1914.  A lesson for the modern world?

It can be read online at the Internet Archive

Not Forgotten

Neil Oliver


"There are over 36,000 Great War memorials in Britain, which stand as landmarks to a defining period in British history – and yet one which is slipping away from popular memory"

Shots from the Front

Richard Holmes


Illustrating the wide range of experiences of the British Soldier in the First World War. 

Six Weeks – The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War

John Lewis-Stempell


The extraordinary story of the British Junior officers in the First World War, who led their men out of the trenches and faced a life expectancy of six weeks.

Staffords in the Great War 1914-1918, A Brief History by Jim Tanner

Jim Tanner


Available from or

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum,

Defence Medical Services, Whittington, Lichfield

Staffordshire, WS14 9PY

Tommy at Gommecourt

Thomas James Higgins, compiled by Alan Higgins


The diary of Tommy Higgins, 1/5 North Staffords, during WWWI – "The Diary is one of the finest pieces of testimony from the front lines of the Western Front that I have seen" – Dan Snow, historian.  Available from Churnett Valley Books or Alan Higgins.

World War I Witness Accounts

Janice Anderson


Witness accounts from those who went to war and those who were at home

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