War grave tributes and soldier silhouettes as Sandwell remembers

Published 8th November 2018

Soldier silhouette at Dartmouth Park

War heroes are being remembered at cemeteries, green spaces and other landmarks as Sandwell commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Sandwell Council’s bereavement services and neighbourhoods teams have worked together to identify more than 450 war graves from the two world wars in council-maintained cemeteries. They are making sure graves that can be identified are marked with a Royal British Legion poppy cross.

Unmarked war grave at Heath Lane Cemetery

Officers have also laid tributes at several unmarked war graves, which were identified from grave registers at Heath Lane Cemetery in West Bromwich and at Uplands Cemetery in Smethwick.

Tomorrow (Friday 9 November), the Friends of Tipton Cemetery, local schoolchildren and the council's bereavement services team will be holding a service of Remembrance at 11am at the war memorial in Tipton Cemetery and then laying tributes on war graves.

Various community groups are carrying out similar activities in churchyards across Sandwell.

Meanwhile, 17 ‘There But Not There’ Great War soldier silhouettes have been installed across the six towns, including near to war memorials and at council cemeteries, Rowley Regis Crematorium and Sandwell Valley Crematorium.

100 Year flower bed in OldburyThe council has also planted flowers and Royal British Legion Remembrance tributes in several flower beds cut out in the shape of the number 100, including one outside Sandwell Council House, Oldbury.

Councillor Syeda Khatun, Sandwell Council's deputy leader, said: “Remembering the sacrifices made by the war generations is very important to people in Sandwell and we have been honouring their lives in a variety of ways this year.

Tipton Cemetery silhouette“These tributes in our cemeteries, crematoria and other locations are a reminder to current generations of those who fought and died for our country a century ago as well as during the Second World War.

“I am also pleased to hear staff have gone to the effort of identifying unmarked graves of war heroes to ensure they too are remembered.”

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission looks after war graves in cemeteries across the country, including Sandwell.

Go to our Sandwell Remembers webpage to find out how Sandwell is commemorating the centenary of the end of the war, including a list of Remembrance services and parades across the six towns.