“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:

DAVIES, Charles Alfred Friday

Machine Gun Corps. 12 November 1918

Charles Davies was one of seven children of George and Margaret Davies of 36 Brettell Lane and married Mary Aston in 1917. He had been a chorister at Amblecote church and was employed as a glass-cutter before enlistment. He joined the Lincolnshire Regiment and was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. Probably during the Advance to Victory in 1918 he was deeply affected by gas poisoning and sent to the 30th Military Hospital at Alnwick, Northumberland, where he died of septic pneumonia and influenza on the 6th November. He was 30 years of age and was buried on the 12th November, one day after the armistice, in Amblecote churchyard. He is commemorated on the Amblecote and Amblecote church Memorials. Memorial Notices: Always in the thoughts of his loving wife 1 November 1919 Each hour, each day I miss you more, my darling ‘Ever lovingly remembered by his dear mother, sisters and brothers’ 8 November 1919 What would I give to clasp his hand His dear kind face to see His loving ways, his smiling face Which meant so much to me.

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Commemorated at:

Amblecote War Memorial Arch

Amblecote War Memorial Arch

STOURBRIDGE FOOTBALL AND CRICKET CLUB Amblecote Dudley West Midlands England, DY8 4HN