“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:

JONES, Rowland J

Worcestershire. 21 August 1916

Rowland Jones was born in Stourbridge and was the son of Mr and Mrs John Jones of 'Foxdale', Witton Street, Stourbridge. He enlisted in the Worcesters at the end of 1915 and joined the 2nd Battalion on the Western Front. They were heavily involved in the second phase of the 1916 battle of the Somme which opened on the 14th July. They advanced towards High Wood, but in the failure to capture the wood they lost over 150 men killed. In August they moved to Delville Wood. In the attack of the 21st August some ground was gained but the cost was again severe. Among those killed in action was Private Rowland Jones. He was 29 years of age and is commemorated on the Thiepval, Stourbridge and St. Thomas's church Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Stourbridge St. Thomas Memorial

Stourbridge St. Thomas Memorial

Market Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1AQ