“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:

COOK, George Edgar David

Worcestershire. 18 October 1918

George Cook was the son of John and Agnes Cook of 48 The Dock and attended Valley Road School, Lye . He enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 3rd Battalion. He had been recently called up and was probably part of the reinforcement after the huge casualties of the 1918 German Spring offensives. The 3rd Battalion had lost heavily in April and May but came back to the front line for the Advance to Victory. In September the Hindenburg Line was broken and the Worcesters pushed forward to the River Selle, the next obstacle. German resistance was strong and fighting patrols were sent out on the 18th October to ascertain enemy strength. In the course of such a patrol Private George Cook was killed in action. He is buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension (III B 18) near Solesmes and is commemorated on the Lye and Wollescote, Lye church and Valley Road school Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Lye - Valley Road School

Lye - Valley Road School

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