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They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

We will remember them.


Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori.


The memorial monument is a stone cross mounted on a stepped, circular pedestal, on an octagonal base, located on sloping ground in a garden to the east of the main door of St. Peter's Parish Church. The cross overlooks Colley Lane (formerly High Street) by its junction with Butchers Lane.


The unveiling and dedication of this War Memorial and also declaring open the Band Stand in the nearby Recreation Ground were commemorated in ceremonies held on Saturday January 28th 1928, conducted by the Viscount Lord Cobham (Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire). Both memorials were committed to the care of the Halesowen Urban District Council, and were accepted by J. B. Downing, Esq. C.C. (Chairman of the U.D.C.). The War Memorial ceremony included the Last Post Reveille by Bugler Slater and the Band Stand ceremony was accompanied by a musical selection played by the Cradley X.L.C.R. Band.


The war dead of Cradley were also commemorated by the planting of 60 trees in the Avenue of Remembrance, in the New Churchyard of the Parish Church, on Saturday December 16th 1922.


Near the top of the Memorial cross is inscribed:


"REMEMBRANCE"

on one side and


"1914-1918"


on the other. Lower down the cross are inscribed the words of John 15:13 :


"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS"


below which are four stone plaques with the Roll of Honour. Below two of these are two more plaques of names for the 1939-1945 War, both of which also include added names relating to the 1914-1918 War.


A second Memorial is a wooden plaque on a wall in the assembly hall of the Church of England Primary School nearby (Ordnance Survey reference: SO 942 850).


At the top of the plaque is inscribed:


"CRADLEY C. OF E. SCHOOL

1914 FORMER SCHOLARS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1918".



Below the list of names is inscribed:


"AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN

THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM".



Many of the persons named on the School plaque are also on the War Memorial monument and are included in both lists below.


Original spellings have been used throughout.



WAR MEMORIAL: 1914-1918


    Lawson ATTWOOD

    George BAGLEY

    Albert Henry BARNSLEY

    Arthur BILLINGHAM

    Joseph BILLINGHAM

    Bert Woodhouse BILLS

    Caleb BILLS

    Edwin BLOOMER

    Joseph BOXLEY

    John Thomas BRIDGEWATER

    George BROOKES

    Henry BROOKES

    Bert BURGESS

    Thomas BURGESS

    Alfred James BUTTERWORTH

    William BYNG

    William CARRADINE

    Solomon CARTWRIGHT

    Horace CASE

    Ernest CLARKE

    James Henry CLARKE

    Percy COLE

    Henry COOK

    George Edward CORFIELD

    Frederick Clifford COOPER

    Joseph CRAMPTON

    Joseph DAVIES

    William Alfred DAVIES

    Frederick DUKES

    Harry DUNN

    Thomas EDEN

    Alfred EDMONDS

    Bert FERRABY

    Benjamin FOWKES

    Charles William FOWKES

    William Henry FOWKES

    James Ernest FOXALL

    Edwin GRAZIER

    Charles Dennis GREEN

    Tom GREEN

    Joseph HARRISON

    William HAY

    John HEAD

    Alfred HEATH

    Daniel HEATH

    William HEATH

    Frederick HILL

    Bert HOMER

    John HOMER

    William HOMER

    John HUGHES

    Alfred JACKSON

    James Sidney JONES

    Walter JONES

    Albert KIRTON

    Joseph KIRTON

    John KNOWLES

    William Edwin KNOWLES

    Joseph MANTLE

    Harry MORTON

    Albert Phillips OLIVER

    Ernest PAGE

    Sidney PARRY

    Joseph Josiah PARSONS

    Reuben PARSONS

    Tidal PARSONS

    William PEARSHOUSE

    Joseph PLANT

    Ishmael RAWLINS

    Thomas RAYBOULD

    Walter REECE

    David REYNOLDS

    Walter ROBINSON

    Harry RUSSELL

    Joseph Henry SAVAGE

    William Henry SAVAGE

    Isaac SCOTT

    George SIDAWAY

    Stafford SIDAWAY

    William Ernest SMITH

    James SOUTHALL

    Joseph STANLEY

    James STEVENS

    Fred TATE

    Harry TAYLOR

    John Edward TAYLOR

    John William TAYLOR

    Joseph TAYLOR

    Andrew Albert THOMAS

    Frederick Charles TIMBRELL

    Joseph TRANTER

    Charles TRISTRAM

    Benjamin TROMANS

    George TROMANS

    John Henry TROMANS

    John Joseph TYLER

    Benjamin UNITT

    Herbert WALLACE

    Herbert Percy WALLINS

    Benjamin WEAVER

    Harry WEAVER

    John WHITE

    William WHITFIELD

    Alfred WILLETTS

    George WILLETTS

    Henry WOODHOUSE




ADDED NAMES: 1914-1918


    Walter James BELCHER

    Arthur BILLINGHAM

    Vernon HARRIS

    William HARRIS

    Philip HEATH

    Walter Henry HOMER

    Percy LEONARD

    Joseph PEARCE

    George Frederick ROPER

    Horace Edward ROPER

    Wilfred TROMANS




WAR MEMORIAL: 1939-1945


    BILLS, J.C.

    BRADNEY, W.H.

    BRIDGEWATER, T.

    BUTLER, J.

    CARPENTER, V.A.C.

    CARTWRIGHT, J.

    COOKE, H.

    COX, S.

    COX, C.

    COX, D.

    DAVIES, W.H.

    GILLIAM, H.

    GRAINGER, C.T.

    GRAZIER, W.

    HEATH, W.

    HOARES, A.

    KIRTON,S.

    MILLWARD, C.

    MOORE, A.

    MORETON, A.F.

    NORTH, H.

    NEALE, T.H.

    NORTH, W.

    OAKLEY, B.J.

    OWEN, F.

    POWELL, H.

    PRIEST, A.

    RAYBOULD, B.

    RAYBOULD, C.

    REECE, T.

    ROBINSON, R.

    RUDGE, T.

    SIDAWAY, L.

    SOUTHWICK, D.

    STEVENS, B.

    TAYLOR, A.

    TAYLOR, V.

    TROMANS, J. H.

    TURLEY, S.G.

    WATTERS, F.E.

    WEAVER, H.

    WILLETTS, J.

    LITTLEWOOD, J.S.J.




CRADLEY C. OF E. SCHOOL: 1914-1918


    Albert Henry BARNSLEY

    Bert W. BILLS

    Caleb BILLS

    Edward BLOOMER

    John Henry BRIDGWATER

    Bert BURGESS

    William BYNG

    Ernest CLARKE

    James CLARKE

    Harry DAVIS

    Joseph DAVIS

    Frederick DUKES

    Harry DUNN

    Alfred EDMONDS

    Benjamin FOWKES

    Edward FOWKES

    C. Dennis GREEN

    George GREEN

    Joseph HARRISON

    William HAY

    John HEAD

    Frederick HILL

    William HILL

    Bert HOMER

    John HOMER

    William HOMER D.C.M.

    Joseph KIRTON

    George JONES

    Albert P. OLIVER

    Thomas PALMER

    Tidal PARSONS

    Joseph PEARCE

    William PEARSHOUSE

    Ishmael RAWLINS

    George REECE

    Harold REECE

    Walter REECE

    Horace ROPER

    Joseph STANLEY

    James STEVENS

    Frederick TATE

    Andrew THOMAS

    Benjamin TROMANS

    John Henry TROMANS

    Charles TRISTRAM

    Joseph Henry TYLER

    Benjamin UNITT

    H. Percy WALLENS

    Benjamin WEAVER

    Alfred WILLETTS

    Harry WOODHOUSE

    John WHITE

    Norman WILLIAMS




The words in the heading of this article are from For the Fallen, written on the 21st of September, 1914 by Laurence Binyon (1869-1943).


The full text is:


With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.


Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.

There is a music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncountered:

They fell with their faces to the foe.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables at home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England's foam.


But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night;


As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;

As the stars are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end they remain.




The Latin quotation ‘dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori’ is from Horace, Odes, iii ii 13 and means ‘it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country’. It is also the title of a famous poem by Wilfred Owens describing the death of a young soldier by gas in the first world war.

War memorial

War Memorial Inscriptions

War Memorial Inscriptions

The Cradley War Memorial monument, with St. Peter's in the background  

War Memorial Inscriptions

War Memorial Inscriptions

Plaque in the assembly hall of the Church of England Primary School, Cradley.  

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