“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:

BENNETT, William Henry

Worcestershire. 23 October 1916

William Bennett lived at 57 Hill Street., Netherton, and volunteered for the Worcesters. He joined the 4th (Service) Battalion and went out to Gallipoli. The 4th Battalion left the area and returned to the Western Front in January 1916. However, the 9th Battalion remained for the Tigris campaign and continued to fight the Turks. Private Bennett's grave is in Baghdad and it is possible that he changed battalions and did not return to Britain or the Western Front. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery (XXI T 6) and is commemorated on the Dudley and Netherton Memorials

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Commemorated at:

Netherton St. Andrew's Church

Netherton St. Andrew's Church

St. Andrew's Church, Highbridge Road, DY2 0HN