“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:

BARNSLEY, Albert Henry

Royal Engineers. 12 May 1918

Albert Barnsley attended Cradley C of E School and later lived at 38 Ladysmith Road, Cradley, with his wife. He was by trade a cycle and motor car repairer and enlisted in March 1916 in the Royal Engineers. He was posted to the Signalling Section of the Yeomanry Cavalry Division, later the 4th Cavalry Division, who served in Palestine. After the serious losses resulting from the German Spring offensives of March and April 1918 they arrived on the Western Front in May 1918. Corporal Albert Barnsley was seriously wounded almost immediately and died of wounds in a military hospital near Le Havre on the 12th May. He was 34 years of age and is buried in the Etretat Communal Cemetery (II D 8). He is commemorated on the Cradley, Halesowen and Cradley C of E School Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Halesowen St. John

Halesowen St. John

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, High St, Halesowen, Dudley, West Midlands, England, B63 3BB