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Memorial details

Memorial type
Serviceman / Servicewoman
District
Sandwell
Town
Smethwick
County
West Midlands
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 26th June 1924
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
17499
Current location

North eastern side of the company's sports ground
Thimblemill Recreation and Entertainment Centre
Thimblemill Road
Smethwick
Sandwell
West Midlands
B67 6LS
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 01326 87180
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A three-stepped base surmounted by a pedestal and bronze figure of a serviceman standing with arms reversed, head bowed and his hat behind him at his feet. Inscription plaques on the side of the pedestal. The wreath in the relief on each side of the base of the pedestal.
Inscription
6 o'clock face: TO THE/ EVERLASTING/ MEMORY OF/ THE MEN/ FROM THE MIDLAND WORKS/ OF GUEST KEEN &/ NETTLEFOLDS/ WHO LAID DOWN/ THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR/ KING & COUNTRY/ 1914 - 1919 3, 9 and 12 o'clock faces: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Allen, T E
Anderton, W
Aston, J H
Atkinson, H
Bagnall, E
Barnes, A
Barnes, H
Bates, J C
Beck, J E
Blewitt, A E
See details for all 112 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 112
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 112
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname, additional.
    Order of information: Surname.
Components
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • Guest Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN) War Memorial
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
The memorial has been vandalised in recent years - the soldier’s rifle and the small florets on the pedestal were stolen and attempts were made to saw off the soldier’s leg.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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