“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:


Worcestershire. 18 September 1916

John Cooper was the son of Edmund Cooper of Illey and attended Halesowen C of E school. He was one of the early volunteers of 1914 and joined the 10th {Service} Battalion of the Worcesters. They were sent to the Western Front in July 1915 and were in the front line for the first day of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. They fought in the successful storming of La Boisselle on the 3rd July and after the long and gruelling struggle to drive the German forces back from Ovillers were transferred to a quieter sector. However, probably as a result of shelling, Corporal John Cooper was seriously wounded. He was sent to a military hospital where, at the age of 23, he died on the 18th September. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (VIII C 1) and commemorated on the Halesowen and Halesowen C of E school Memorials.

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Stourbridge St. Thomas Reading

Stourbridge St. Thomas Reading

Market Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1AQ