“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.
Thomas Millward was the eldest son of Mr James Millward of 56 Worcester Street, Stourbridge. He volunteered for the Worcester Territorials and joined the 2/7th Battalion. He probably crossed with them to France in May 1916 and from that time he did not return home for any leave. He went through the late fighting on the Somme from October 1916 and then in the advance to the Hindenburg Line in March. The battalion was involved in the Third Battle of Ypres from the 17th August and by this time Thomas Millward was attached to the Battalion HQ as a runner. There were major attacks in heavy mud across the Steenbeek near Langemarck in late August. After a short relief the Worcesters came back to the front line near the canal at Wieltje only to suffer heavy shelling, including gas. Three men died in a four day period, but one of those was Private Thomas Millward on the 10th September. In a letter to his father an officer wrote, the 'he was a good soldier, and always performed his duties faithfully and cheerfully'. He was 19 years of age and is buried in Wieltje Cemetery (C 3) and commemorated on the Stourbridge and St. Thomas's church Memorials.Search our Biographies