World War One

Zeppelin Raids

In 1916, the Black Country witnessed, and suffered directly from the affects of war when two German Zeppelins carried out raids.

Read about the 1916 Zeppelin air raids over the Black Country.   Read about the airship onslaught which rocked Midland towns
The War Memorial

Wednesbury War Memorial.

The middle part of the memorial.

Wednesbury War Memorial in Walsall Street, on the corner of Hollies Drive was officially unveiled on the 4th November 1926.

A large number of people attended the ceremony including members of the general public, boy scouts, girl guides, council officials, local magistrates, subscribers to the memorial, and ex-servicemen, along with a guard of honour.

Unfortunately many names were missing from the original plaques and so several years ago the Wednesbury War Memorial Campaign Group set up a committee to carry out research, and produce a new, more comprehensive list of the fallen, which eventually included the names of 1047 people.

A total of 424 names were added to the original list of those who had died in the two World Wars, and new plinths and plaques were produced by W. E. Jones, Monumental Masons.

Around £57,000 pounds had been raised for the project thanks to Sandwell Council and a number of subscribers.

The new plaques were unveiled on the afternoon of Sunday 5th May, 2013. The event, which included a fly-past by an RAF Dakota began with a parade starting at the Town Hall. A large number of people watched the parade and attended the ceremony.

A new book of remembrance was opened at the event because the old book, kept at St. Bart's Church had excluded Catholics. The researchers were greatly helped by the records of the War Graves Commission.

The New Plaques

Plaque one, World War One.
Plaque two, World War One.
Plaque three, World War One.
Plaque four, World War One.
Plaque five, World War One.
Plaque six, World War One.
Plaque seven, World War Two.
Plaque eight, World War Two.

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