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Woodside group marks Great War centenary

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

  • The Woodside History and Memory Group's exhibition

  • The commemorative service held in St Augustine's churchyard

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THE centenary of the outbreak of the First World War was commemorated earlier this month with a weekend of special events at St Augustine's Church, Holly Hall, Dudley.

On Saturday, August 9, the Woodside History and Memory Group helped to curate an exhibition on the local men who fought in the war, with many artefacts and photographs on display.

Among them were the medals, uniform and campaign chest of Lieutenant Joseph Greenaway, who was awarded the Military Medal and the Italian Medaglia d'Argento al Valore Militare.

He returned home to become headmaster of Holly Hall Secondary School.

You can read more about his remarkable story in our August 7 edition or on our website, www.black countrybugle.co.uk.

Then on Sunday, August 10, a commemorative service was held at the war memorial in St Augustine's churchyard.

At the service Len Hughes read out all 73 names of the local men recorded on the memorial and Philip Male laid a wreath on behalf of the Woodside community. The tail end of Hurricane Bertha meant that the weather was poor. But that did not deter the faithful and the Dudley branch of the Royal British Legion from attending to honour the dead and to sound the last post.

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