“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:


Worcestershire. 13 July 1916

Walter Nightingale was the elder son of Mrs Nightingale of 61 High Street, Wollaston. He had been a steam hammer driver at Messrs. Samuel Taylor of Brettell Lane before the Great War and a member of the Stourbridge Volunteers at the age of 16. He enlisted as a Territorial in the Worcesters in 1914 and then transferred to the Regular Army in May 1915. He was posted to the 9th Battalion on 26th April 1916. He joined them in Mesopotamia but within 6 weeks was in a military hospital at Amara. He died of an illness on the 13th July. He was 31 years of age and is buried in Amara Cemetery (II B 11) and commemorated on the Stourbridge, Wollaston church and Roman Catholic church Memorials.

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Commemorated at:

Stourbridge St. James Wollaston

Stourbridge St. James Wollaston

Belfry Drive, Dudley, DY8 3SE