“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.
George Yardley lived in Stourbridge and enlisted in the Worcesters. He was posted to the 4th Battalion which had gone out to the Mediterranean and landed on Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915. They suffered seriously in the three battles for Krithia and it is possible that George Yardley joined them in August at the time of the second wave of landings at Suvla Bay. However, the Turkish defences remained strong and after the frost and storms of November the decision was taken to evacuate the whole force from the peninsula. The Worcesters left from Suvla Bay without a single casualty in December and moved to Cape Helles. The final evacuation took place on the 9th January 1916, but not before Turkish shelling had been aimed at the Worcesters' trenches. There were few casualties but on the 3rd January Private George Yardley was killed in action. He is commemorated on the Helles,Stourbridge and St. Thomas's church Memorials.Search our Biographies