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The Global Positioning System Plots The War Graves

Accurate plotting using the Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate graves and memorials in the

village of Cradley has been taking place as part of the Cradley Memorials Heritage Trail project, funded by a Heritage Lottery grant. The photograph shows Andy Evans of Weird Systems in St Peter’s churchyard checking the coordinates for the grave of John Cox.

John was enlisted into the army and served as a signaller with the South Staffs Regiment during the Great War, 1914 – 1918. He took part in the Gallipoli campaign and later, whilst fighting in France against the Germans, was gassed and suffered shell shock. John’s eyesight was permanently damaged but as a skilled engineer he continued to work after the war at Charles Willetts, Overend Road, Cradley.

John died in 1962 and MFAA are grateful to his granddaughter Valerie for pointing the project towards his final resting place.

Following his visit to the churchyard, Andy (pictured right) joined MFAA group members in nearby Homer Hill Park to plot the GPS coordinates for the site of the former Band Stand identified on an earlier visit by elderly Cradley residents, Jim Round, Ruby Homer and Tony Carter.

Jim Round, Ruby Homer and Tony Carter.

Midland Film and Art


Midland Film and Art is a membership club where people can enjoy screenings of films or view artwork and crafts that would otherwise not be shown in mainstream cinemas or exhibitions, or be available locally. These shows usually have an educational aim, introducing new audiences to different audiovisual works through screening and display, encouraging participation in arts and crafts. A common feature that may characterize a Midland Film and Art meeting is that they either begin with an introduction to the audience and/or end with the promotion of a discussion about the film/art, where assistants, organizers and sometimes the filmmakers/artists themselves, exchange their views.

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