John Bernard Coggins

Information received from Mike Coggins 03/03/2021 My father, John Bernard Coggins b 5 June 1899 in Blackburn, 6 Bn South Wales Borderers (Pioneers) attended an Instructors Anti-Gas course at Prees Heath between 12 Sep 1918 to the 20 September 1918. …




Your Voice Sings Not So Soft

Your Voice Sings Not So Soft
Young people use creative and digital media to retell first hand accounts from WW1 to a contemporary audience

As part of MediaActive’s response to the WW1 Commemorations Shropshire Remembers, a team of twelve young people, working with filmmaking mentors, produced this animation based on the history of Prees Heath Common.

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Women Police Officers

Photograph of Staffordshire policewomen in the early 1900s, courtesy of West Midlands Police Museum

Patrolling the streets of Whitchurch, Shropshire during the Great War, Emily Stephings and Isabella Hardy were amongst the first police women in the country. They say there’s something about a man in uniform. The uniformed men certainly acted as a …


Postcard to Walter Fowkes

This postcard was sent to Walter Fowkes who was the landlord at the Talbot Inn at Gretton, Northamptonshire from a soldier stationed at Prees Heath Camp. Images reproduced with permission of Roger Fowkes …


Building work

This postcard is an example of what the first soldiers at the camp could send to their friends and relatives.