Remembrance Service at town’s ‘forgotten’ war memorial
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