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Memorials in Warley

At the time of WW1 and into the 1920s when memorials were being raised, Warley was part of the parish of Quinton, with Christ Church, Quinton, as its parish church. Part of the parish was designated as a conventional district, which mainly included the newly-cut streets between Wigorn Road and Barclay Road. This area was small but densely populated, whereas the remainder of Warley was sparsely peopled. Therefore, most of the 'Warley' soldiers are commemorated on the St Hilda's board, but a few from the remainder of the Warley area are on the Quinton board.


St Hilda's Memorial Board

Funds were raised for a suitable memorial for the men of St Hilda's conventional district, starting in 1920. The plan was to install a stained-glass 'Peace' window in the church, which stood at the corner of Rathbone Road and Abbey Road. Sufficient was collected to install both the window and a memorial board bearing the names of forty-four fallen men.

The board is a folding wooden triptych, with the names on the outer panels, and a wooden crucifix on the centre panel. The used of a crucifix, rather than a plain cross, was intended to echo the calvaryies that dotted the French countryside, many of which remained intact throughout the war. To the left of the crucifix is the inscription, "To the glory of God and in honoured memoery of the men of this parish who fell in the Great War", and to the right, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".

The board was moved to the current church of St Hilda, Warley Woods, and is now situated in the entrance vestibule.


st hilda board

The 'Peace' window was also installed in the Rathbone Road building, although no picture or description has been traced. Its fate is uncertain, but it is believed to have been left in the old building: this became the church hall when the new church was built, and was finally sold to another fellowship. The building has now been demolished, and the window was probably destroyed.




Quinton Parish Memorial Board


quinton board

The memorial plaque for the dead of Quinton Parish in on the wall of the nave in Christ Church, Quinton. It comprises three engraved brass plates, two with names of thirty-seven men each, surmounted by one with the inscription, "To the glory of God and in honoured memory of the following men from this parish who gave their lives in the Great War".

Twenty-seven of the names on the memorial are of men from the Warley area of the parish.











Abbey Road School Roll of Honour

abbey road roll

The Abbey Road School Roll of Honour lists over a hundred of its old boys and staff who served in the war.

Eight of the men are marked as 'killed in action', three appear on the St Hilda's Board (Albert Docker, Reginald Elton and Frank Hughes) and three on the Quinton Board (Harry Dutton, Leonard Lees and Leonard Weaver).

The Roll of Honour is still at the school.

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