Church Hill, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West Midlands, England
Brierley Hill was an Urban District with a population numbering 12,263 in the 1911 census. The Memorial was based on a design by Councillor J T Fereday and filled out by Francis Lane, a local preacher and industrialist. The sculpture was carried out by George Brown and Sons of Kidderminster and it was unveiled on the 12th November 1921 in a striking location near St. Michael’s church, overlooking a view to the Clent Hills. It consists of a square column on a stepped base with the names of 203 men on three faces.
The fourth face has the inscription:
IN GRATITUDE & ADMIRATION THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED
BY THEIR FELLOW TOWN FOLK TO THE MEMORY OF BRIERLEY HILL MEN
WHO LOYALLY GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENCE OF COUNTRY AND CIVILISATION AGAINST THE AGGRESSIVE AMBITIONS OF GERMANY AUSTRIA & TURKEY
IN THE GREAT WAR WHICH LASTED FROM
AUGUST 4TH 1914 TO NOVEMBER 11TH 1918.
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
At the top of the four faces are the bold inscriptions:
FOR FREEDOM, FOR HOMELAND, FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR KINDRED
At the bottom of each face are inscribed the main campaigns:
FRANCE, FLANDERS, GALLIPOLI, PALESTINE.
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