“If you think, have a kindly thought, If you speak, speak generously, Of those who as heroes fought And died to keep you free”
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.
Harry Kny was the son of Frederick Kny, the renowned glass engraver at Thomas Webb and Sons, who was responsible for the Elgin Vase. By 1914 they were living at ‘Pendower’ in High Street, Amblecote. Harry Kny was sent to the Army Cyclist Squadron and attached to the 43rd Remount Squadron at Salonica in the campaign against Bulgaria. It was a difficult campaign in every way and disease was as severe a problem as shell-fire and snipers. He died of infection on the 19th November 1917. Private Harry Kny was 30 years of age and is buried at Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, near the army base at Salonica and commemorated on the Amblecote Memorial.Search our Biographies