“If you think, have a kindly thought, If you speak, speak generously, Of those who as heroes fought And died to keep you free”
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.
Joseph Pearson was born at Old Hill and in 1914 was living in Blackheath with his wife, Ada, at 9 Maltmill Lane. He enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 11th Battalion serving at Salonika in the campaign to defend Greece. This was another hard-fought campaign with most of the fighting around Lake Doiran. After the long winter of 1916-17 the Allies attempted to drive the Bulgarian army out of Greece. The opening battle was at Doiran on the 24th April but it failed to break the stalemate of trench warfare. Private Joseph Pearson was killed on this day. He was 24 years of age and is commemorated on the Doiran, Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials.Search our Biographies