DURING this centenary year commemorating the start of the First World War, there are many events happening across the length and breadth of the Black Country, and the Bugle is happy to be a purveyor of information, whether it is specific to a local community, town, or a more general overview of the Great War that started for Britain and the Empire on August 4, 1914.
Roy Peacock from The Black Country Society has been in touch with details of a travelling exhibition that starts this coming Saturday, June 28: "Bugle readers are most welcome to visit our first exhibition at St Thomas's Church hall, Market Street, Stourbridge, between 10.30am and 12.30pm this Saturday, which coincidentally marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of 51-year-old Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo which sparked Europe and then the rest of the world to go to war.
"The exhibition is entitled 'Men of Dudley' and represents those men named on memorials in Dudley Borough or those who lived within its boundaries. It reflects The Black Country Society's approach to the centenary, which is to honour the memory of the individual men who died in the conflict. A display will feature local town, church, school and society war memorials and folders will contain biographies of the men on the memorials.
"Special features will include tunnelling (the army harnessed the skills of Black Country miners to tunnel underneath the battlefields), prisoners-of-war, and battle field memorials. Our research is work in progress and we would appreciate the opportunity to take a look at family papers, photographs and any other First World War memorabilia that visitors to our travelling exhibition might care to bring along."
If there are any forthcoming events commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War which you would like to publish in the Bugle, send details to the firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone Bugle House on 01384 567678.