“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:

ROBINS, Charles

Canadian Infantry. 22 April 1915

Charles Robins was born in 1883 and was living with his parents at 55 High Street, Wollaston, in 1901. He attended Wollaston C of E School from 1892 to 1898 and left to become an iron pipe moulder. He emigrated to Canada some time before 1914 and was among the early volunteers to serve in the Great War. He joined the 10th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) and was probably in the original Expeditionary Force. He was certainly present at Second Ypres in their first main action in April 1915. They faced the full force of the German attack on the north of the Ypres salient and casualties were heavy. They included Private Charles Robins who was killed in action. He was 32 years of age and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Canadian National, Stourbridge and Wollaston church Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Stourbridge St. James Wollaston

Stourbridge St. James Wollaston

Belfry Drive, Dudley, DY8 3SE