“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 Artillery. 19 October 1917

Charles Kimberley was the second son of John Kimberley of 53 Enville Street, Stourbridge. He worked as a baker and confectioner for Ernest Cook of Worcester Street. He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery as a driver and was sent to B Battery of 150th Brigade. They were attached to the 30th Division which came into the front line for the Third Battle of Ypres. Driver Charles Kimberley was wounded, probably near Poelcapelle, and taken to a Casualty Clearing Station. He died of wounds on the 19th October and was buried at Canada Farm Cemetery (III D 45). He was 28 years of age and commemorated on the 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