“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:


4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards. 24 May 1915

Claude Hammond was born in Cardiff, but his father, a mechanical engineer, had been born and bred in Wollaston. In 1914 his family was living at Leamington Spa. He enlisted in the 4th Dragoon Guards in the 1st Cavalry Division and went to the front line in December 1914. They were very actively involved in the Second Battle of Ypres from April to June 1915. As the German threat to Ypres developed along the Menin Road, a counter attack was ordered on the Bellewaerde Ridge for the 24th May. The German attack was halted, but at great cost. One of those killed in action was Private Claude Hammond. He was 19 years of age and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Stourbridge and Wollaston Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Stourbridge St. James Wollaston

Stourbridge St. James Wollaston

Belfry Drive, Dudley, DY8 3SE