Freda’s grave – Cannock Chase, Staffordshire – Join us for a ceremony on 11th November at 2pm
Freda, a Dalmatian, was the mascot of the New Zealand Rifles, stationed on Cannock Chase during the WWI. Freda died in 1918 and was buried nearby. Solders erected a headstone to make sure she wasn’t forgotten and the grave is tended to this day.
Freda has also become the figurehead for a project to help local dog walkers be more involved in how rangers manage access to this very special place.
Whilst the Chase is a peaceful oasis amongst the conurbations of the West Midlands, at one time it was a hive of military activity, evidence of which survives today; more information from the Cannock Chase visitor centre or www.cannock-chase.co.uk
Freda’s Grave is off Chase Road, 1km (0.6 mile) south east of Brocton Village, near Stafford. Grid reference SJ978188. Marked as “Meml” on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 244 – Cannock Chase
On the 11th November at 2pm the AONB will be having a small ceremony to remember animals like Freda at Fredas Grave, Chase Road.
Maybe you’d like to remember hero dogs? If so, the AONB would like to invite all service dogs i.e. gun dogs, police dogs, PAT dogs etc to this small ceremony and bring your owners along.
For more information call the AONB on 01889 882613.
The Milford Common Trails pass the grave: leaflet available from the nearby Cannock Chase Visitor Centre Tel 01543 876741 Sat nav WS12 4PW
For a shorter walk, park at the Glacial Boulder car park on Chase Road and go north towards Milford along the waymarked Heart of England Way. After 0.8 km (0.5 mile) you pass a finger post. Carry on and take the path on your left 80 metres further on, signposted Freda’s Grave, which is just off the path to your right.
Dogs welcome? Yes – please observe any temporary on-lead restrictions for livestock or wildlife.