“If you think, have a kindly thought, If you speak, speak generously, Of those who as heroes fought And died to keep you free”

Thomas Hardy
Men & Memorials of Dudley

Welcome to Men & Memorials of Dudley by The Black Country Society

Set up by the Black Country Society. Our aim is to highlight local men who died in the Great War and how they have been commemorated on war memorials. Its scope covers the whole of the present Dudley Municipal Borough and therefore includes the places which have come within its bounds since 1914.

There are over fifty memorials and the number of names exceeds three thousand. Research on the names has been extensive but inevitably errors and omissions occur. We would like to hear about them concentrated on life and work before 1914, involvement in military campaigns and where each man is buried or commemorated.

A Biography from our archives:

GOODE, Absolom

Royal Warwickshire. 19 July 1916

Absolom Goode came from Blackheath and volunteered for the Warwickshire Territorials. He joined the 2/7th Battalion which landed in France in May 1916 and went to the trenches around Neuve Chapelle, scene of the severe fighting in the previous Spring. To provide some diversion to help the troops fighting to the south on the Somme an attack was arranged for the 19th July. There was no breach of the enemy lines and the attack was a failure. Among the killed in action on this day was Corporal Absolom Goode. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial and also on the Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Halesowen St. John

Halesowen St. John

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, High St, Halesowen, Dudley, West Midlands, England, B63 3BB