“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:


Royal Warwickshire. 24 June 1915

Harry Stevens lived at 'High View', Duncombe Street, Wollaston, and was educated at Wollaston C of E School and Stourbridge Grammar School. He later went on to Saltley Training College and taught at Lawton Street school in Birmingham. He enlisted as a volunteer in the Warwicks Territorials and joined the 1/8th (Aston) Battalion in the 48th (South Midland) Division. They went to France in March 1915 and were sent for front line duty near Armentičres. There were no major battles here at this time but always snipers and shellfire. Lance Corporal Harry Stevens was wounded by rifle fire on the 23rd June and died the next day at an advanced dressing station. He is buried at Rifle House Cemetery (II E 2) and commemorated on the Stourbridge, Wollaston church and King Edward VI College Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Stourbridge St. James Wollaston

Stourbridge St. James Wollaston

Belfry Drive, Dudley, DY8 3SE