New book re­mem­bers bor­ough’s war he­roes

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By DAN SHAW

COPIES of the Black Coun­try So­ci­ety’s lat­est book, Re­mem­brance 2018 – Never Good Bye are be­ing pre­sented to ev­ery se­nior school in Dud­ley to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of the Great War.

The book by Roy Pea­cock fol­lows the se­quence of the war and is based on 50 short ac­counts of ser­vice­men who, for the most part, served in lo­cal reg­i­ments.

Roy said, “War memo­ri­als fea­ture strongly and in­clude both out­door and those in churches, chapels, clubs and fac­to­ries. The range of ma­te­ri­als and de­sign makes each unique. Com­mon­wealth war graves com­mem­o­ra­tions are also in­cluded, as these were of­ten the sole con­tri­bu­tions of the griev­ing fam­i­lies of 1918. Many, of course, could not re­ally cel­e­brate the end of the war when fa­thers had been lost and chil­dren had be­come or­phans. ‘Never Good Bye’ is on the grave of Lieu­tenant Roland Leighton, the epit­ome of Great War loss. He served with the Worces­ter­shire Ter­ri­to­ri­als and the three words are still ap­pro­pri­ate af­ter a cen­tury.”

The book se­lects just a few of the thou­sands of men from to­day’s Dud­ley bor­ough that gave their lives and their sto­ries paint a pic­ture of the whole war. Some of the names are well known, such as Thomas Bar­ratt VC, but most were or­di­nary men of the Black Coun­try who played their part in the great con­flict and did not re­turn home.

The book fea­tures 100 pho­tos, many in colour, mak­ing it a strik­ing sou­venir of lo­cal re­mem­brance. Priced at £12.50, it is avail­able at Mary Stevens Hos­pice shops. For fur­ther de­tails log on at coun­tryso­ci­

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