Fi­nal dis­play by me­mo­rial group

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS -

THE 100th an­niver­sary of the World War I armistice on 11th Novem­ber, 2018, will be a fit­ting date to have the fi­nal dis­play of the work car­ried out by the Wall Heath and Kingswin­ford War Memo­ri­als Re­search Group.

Set up in early 2012, the group have re­searched all the men com­mem­o­rated on both vil­lage memo­ri­als. The 108 men all have metic­u­lously re­searched and com­piled bi­ogra­phies in the groups pub­lished work The Lost Sons of Wall Heath and Kingswin­ford, which we are very proud of find­ing many pho­to­graphs of the men which are in­cluded and fur­ther pic­tures from around the world of their fi­nal rest­ing places.

Just as to­day, fam­i­lies moved around the coun­try for many rea­sons. In the case of the men com­mem­o­rated on the memo­ri­als this was usu­ally work re­lated. So it is not sur­pris­ing to find con­nec­tions in Stour­bridge or Dudley, Birm­ing­ham or Kid­der­min­ster and even fur­ther afield. Some got their ed­u­ca­tion in the lo­cal school, oth­ers at King Ed­ward’s Gram­mar or Oldswin­ford Hospi­tal School. Each story is in­di­vid­ual, as were they.

The fi­nal dis­play will be held at the Church of the As­cen­sion, Church Hall, Wall Heath, from 10am on the 11th Novem­ber. It is planned to fin­ish at 2pm, how­ever if there is greater in­ter­est, and as it is the last event, we hope to keep it open for as long as pos­si­ble if peo­ple wish to view it.

There will also be re­fresh­ments, in­clud­ing cakes and bis­cuits made from orig­i­nal pe­riod recipes avail­able for a do­na­tion.

The dis­play will fea­ture all our reg­u­lar items as well as ad­di­tions added since our last event. We have sev­eral de­scen­dants of the fallen who have very kindly agreed to lend us trea­sured items passed on through their fam­i­lies which will also be on dis­play. If any­one else has any me­men­tos or mem­o­ra­bilia of the fallen of the vil­lages and would be in­ter­ested in dis­play­ing them it would be won­der­ful to have you bring them along. So we can ar­range a dis­play area in ad­vance it would be great to hear from you. Please ring 07739 572121. As we work full time and can’t al­ways an­swer a call im­me­di­ately leave us a mes­sage with a number and we will get back to you, or you can email us on wall­heathk­ford@hot­mail.co.uk Guy Mar­shall wall­heathk­ford@hot­mail.co.uk

Dis­play by the Wall Heath and Kingswin­ford War Me­mo­rial Group

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