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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.


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