Re­mem­brance Ser­vice at town’s ‘for­got­ten’ war me­mo­rial

Black Country Bugle - - GAIL MIDDLETON -

A Ser­vice of Re­mem­brance will be held at Heath Lane Ceme­tery in West Bromwich on Novem­ber 12, at 11am.

It will take place at the ‘for­got­ten’ me­mo­rial, which can be found near the Wal­sall Road en­trance. This me­mo­rial was the first erected in the town, and was paid for by re­turn­ing ser­vice­men and their friends. It orig­i­nally stood in Up­per High Street, four years be­fore the coun­cil-funded me­mo­rial was erected, and was sub­se­quently moved to the Tan­tany Es­tate.

For many years its where­abouts was a mys­tery, un­til it was re­dis­cov­ered, moss-cov­ered and over­grown, in the ceme­tery. It was fully re­stored and reded­i­cated fif­teen years ago, and a ser­vice has been held next to it ev­ery year since.

The event has been or­gan­ised as al­ways by Tony Ward, and will be presided over by the vicar of All Saints Church.

The event will take place one day later than most such ser­vices to al­low chil­dren from lo­cal schools to at­tend. Also in at­ten­dance will be mem­bers of the lo­cal Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and RAF As­so­ci­a­tion.

Visi­tors are asked to ar­rive from 10.30am with the ser­vice be­gin­ning at 11, and ev­ery­one is wel­come

Ge­orge Boswell’s Great War medals

The town’s first World War One me­mo­rial, un­veiled in Up­per High Street in 1919, is now in Heath Lane Ceme­tery

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