On a warm Wednesday morning in June a group of 19 met on the car park of the Staffs Regiment Museum, just outside of Lichfield, for an organised group tour.
We were met by Phil Holmes, an interesting and informative guide who gave us the background history of the Regiment before moving on to the display of medals. Here he told us a great deal of the bravery of individual soldiers, who, over the years, had won various medals, including several Victoria Crosses.
The group then moved outside to the World War 1 replica trenches, where dug outs, first aid post, brief film and sound effects gave us an insight into what life would have been like.
After the visit we went onwards to a local pub, where everyone enjoyed a good lunch, the odd beer, glass of wine and lots of conversation.