“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:


Durham Light Infantry.

E Nicholls was the son of Mrs E Nicholls of 1 1l Mount Pleasant, Kingswinford. He enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry and was sent to the 6th Battalion in the 50th Division. They fought in the 1916 Battle of the Somme at Morval and the Ancre and in 1917 were again in the front line for the Battle of Arras when they led a section of the attack on the 14th April along the Cojeul to Wancourt. Their objectives were reached but they were forced to fall back in a vigorous counter-attack. It was possibly at this point that Private Nicholls was seriously injured. He was eventually sent back to England where he died on the 6th August. He was 32 years of age and is buried in Wordsley churchyard (9:22) and commemorated on the Wordsley Memorial,

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Commemorated at:

Wordsley Holy Trinity

Wordsley Holy Trinity

High Street, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5RU