“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:

DAVIES, Joseph

Worcestershire. 20 August 1916

Joseph Davies was born in Dudley and lived at 7 Stokes Terrace, Salop Street.He volunteered for the Worcesters and was sent to the 2nd Battalion. In 1915 they were in Artois and involved in the battles of Festubert in the Spring and Loos in the Autumn. In 1916 they moved to the Somme for the second phase of the battle, fighting at Bazentin on the 14th July and High Wood. They returned to the trenches at Delville Wood and were part of a minor attack on the 21st August in the confused remains of the woodland. Eleven men were killed while they were in the front line, including Private Joseph Farmer. He is commemorated on the Thiepval, Dudley and St James church, Dudley, Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Dudley Clock Tower

Dudley Clock Tower

Town Hall, Priory Street, Dudley