South Staffordshire. 30 November 1917

Edward Malugani lived in Dudley and was later married to Annie of 63 Tividale Road, Tipton. He enlisted in the South Staffords Territotials and was sent to the 2/6th Battalion. After a time in Dublin after the 1916 Irish Rebellion they were sent to the Western Front in February 1917. They were involved in the Third Battle of Ypres and fought in the September battles at Wieltje and Zonnebeke. They were needed again in the Battle of Cambrai which was highly successful in its opening phase from the 20th November. The Staffords moved into Bourlon Wood beside the Hindenburg Line to meet an expected German counter-attack which came on the 30th but suffered huge casualties from a fierce bombardment of mustard gas. Over 400 men were casualties and 64 died. Private Edward Malugani was among those who died. He was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station but died on the same day. He was 35 years of age and is buried in the Rocquigny-Equancourt Road Cemetery at Manancourt (III C 8) and commemorated on the Dudley Memorial.

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Dudley Clock Tower

Dudley Clock Tower

Town Hall, Priory Street, Dudley

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