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Dudley Great War panels missing

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

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I WRITE in response to Margaret Shaw's letter in The Bugle (May 1 edition) about her dad and uncle who were in the First World War and whose names were on a roll of honour in a church in Brockmoor and she wondered what happened to the memorial.

Regrettably, I am unable to provide her with an answer.

However, I have been trying to track down 1914-18 war memorials in the greater Dudley area, and had occasion to visit St John's Church last year.

There is a lych gate, pictured above, here which contains a Roll of Honour to the lads of Brockmoor who fell in the 1939-45 war.

Significantly, there was evidence that other panels had been present (presumably naming the lads who died in the Great War).

But they had been removed at some time in the past.

Contacting the vicar to see where the missing panels were and if they were going to be replaced in time for the Centenary, I was told that they had been taken down many years ago as they were in poor condition, and that no-one knew where they were! St John's is the only church I have come across that has a memorial to WW2, but not the Great War.

The lads of Brockmoor who went away to war in 1914 seem to have been forgotten.

John B E Hale.



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