The Somme Remembered
The Battle of the Somme raged from July to November 1916. The start was marked by huge explosions under the German lines in the early morning of July 1st. At 7:30am British troops left their trenches to be met by a barrage of machine gun fire. By the end of the day 19,240 British soldiers were dead and a further 38,230 were injured.
Engagements lasted for 141 days until November 18th by which time more than a million British troops had been wounded or killed. The brutal trench warfare had advanced the Allies some five miles. The cost to attackers and defenders had bordered on the unimaginable.
Across the Black Country families grieved for lost sons. Every family history finds links to the River Somme battlefields. One Sedgley born trooper, Thomas William Underhill, died in August 1916, aged 19. His family can be traced back to Sedgley Manor villages as early as 1700.
Follow the Somme 100 Commemorations across the UK and in France.
Explore the Somme Centenary and Remembrance Trail.
2016 Spring Teaser - Answer
Derelict factories are often linked to iconic household names. We asked you to name the company who once operated here.
Cannon Industries in Coseley was spread over more than 20 acres when this section was built in 1929. Nearby the original works (1826) together with a massive expansion in 1906 allowed manufacture to progress from cast iron hollowware to gas fires and cookers. ‘The Cannon’ closed in 1994.
The SLHS 2015 / 2016 Programme
A full programme for 15/16 is announced with (as normal) meetings scheduled for Sept/Oct/Nov 2015 and Jan/Feb/Mar/May/Jun 2016.
2016 Summer Teaser
In September 2011 an unusual job was underway. What is happening and where?
Send an email if you can recognise the location.
Sedgley Local History Society [SLHS]
Sedgley Local History Society [SLHS] is a Black Country group based in the village of Sedgley, which is situated at the northern tip of Dudley Metropolitan Borough and just 3 miles south of the centre of Wolverhampton.
Here, the heritage of the Manor of Sedgley, in south Staffordshire, is focused through its nine villages - Sedgley, Gospel End, Cotwall End, Upper Gornal, Lower Gornal, Woodsetton, Coseley, Ettingshall and Brierley. A history of people, places and events.
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Please note that genealogy isn't a prime interest of SLHS - it's a huge specialist area in its own right. We provide a list of useful sites on our genealogy links page that will help you to begin your research, however if you have a specific query drop us a line!