“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:

ARNOLD, William

Royal Fusiliers. 05 April 1918

William Arnold lived at 16 Angel Street, Kates Hill, Dudley. He enlisted in 1916 in the West Surreys but was soon transferred to the Royal Fusiliers. He went to the 13trh Battalion in the 37th Division. who fought on the Somme in 1916. Arras in April 1917 and in the Third Battle of Ypres. In March 1918 the Fusiliers were faced by the first German Spring offensive in the Somme region. They came into action when the enemy attacked on the river Ancre on the 5th April. Casualties were severe, although the German forces were held up in the dash for the Channel. Private William Arnold was killed in action on the 5th April and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and on the Dudley and St. John's, Kates Hill, Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Dudley St. John, Kates Hill

Dudley St. John, Kates Hill

Saint John's Road Dudley, West Midlands United Kingdom, DY2 7JT