rmtruby Posted 7 February , 2005 Share Posted 7 February , 2005 A recent article in the Black Country Bugle (27th January, 2005) dealt with men from the village of Brewood, just north of Wolverhampton. There is a red-brick wall in Newport Street in the village which is covered with inscriptions (or graffiti) carved by men leaving for the trenches. The earliest inscription is that of “J.M.” carved in 1915. “B.B.” and “G.W.” appear to have joined up together in 1916. “F.H.” and “H.D.” appear to have joined up in 1917. They have a Staffordshire Knot carved under heir initials, suggesting that they may have joined the South Staffs or the Staffordshire Yeomanry. Other initials include: A.E., W.G., D.M.M., J.R., P.B., W.G., J.W.P. and W.F. Among the fuller names are: D. Ward, James Bradley and William Bradley. A war memorial was erected in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin and St Chad. Among the thirty four names inscribed around the column are: W.H. Ward P. Bradley P. Bentley G. Newman (awarded the MM) W. H. Green two with the surname Lewis two with the surname Moorhouse Many of the names on the memorial correspond with surnames and initialscarved on the wall just a few streets away. Some Brewood lads returned and lived to carve their initials once more into the red brick. Among them were “G.W.” who first made his mark in 1917 and returned in 1922, and “F.H.” who joined joined a local regiment with a pal, and added the date 1921 to his original carving. It would be great if anyone could help find out more about some of these men. If anyone is passing through Brewood, I would really appreciate photos of the memorial and the graffiti. Also, this grafitti has got me thinking: are there any other examples elsewhere of graffiti left by soldiers? On a related issue: what is the status of this graffiti in terms of our heritage? Should this graffiti be preserved? Is it possible to interpret this graffiti as constituting a less formal type of war memorial? Thanks Ray Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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