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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:


    on one side and


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


    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:



    Below the list of names is inscribed:



    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.
       BUTLER, J.
       CARPENTER, V.A.C.
       COOKE, H.
       COX, S.
       COX, C.
       COX, D.
       DAVIES, W.H.
       GILLIAM, H.
       GRAINGER, C.T.
       GRAZIER, W.
       HEATH, W.
       HOARES, A.
       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.

    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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