Cannock Soldiers’ Club Visitors’ book and certificate
This visitors’ book was brought in during summer 2021. It previously belonged to former Cannock teacher Kathleen Cross who may have acquired it through her connection to the local Methodist Church. The soldiers’ club was hosted at the Wesleyan Methodist school where tea and cakes were supplied during the First World War. The book contains probably about 2700 names, with army number and regiment, rank, and whether based at Rugeley Camp or Brocton Camp. The soldiers came from all over the country, a few also from overseas such as New Zealand. Some were from workplace units such as City of London Sanitary Company, the Post Office Rifles, the Civil Service Rifles, even the Artist Rifles O.T.C. There are occasional appreciative comments about the tea, and a couple of references to men being wounded more than once and going back to the Front. This is a super resource for finding relatives who served in the war and who passed through the Staffordshire army camps or the hospital on Cannock Chase.