The Oakdale War Memorial
This site is dedicated to the memory of the men of Oakdale who gave their lives during World War One, the majority of whom are commemorated on the Village War Memorial. On browsing the pages of this site you will find a short biography of each man from information we have found through our research, and a photograph, where we have managed to source one.

To the best of our knowledge the information is correct, every effort has been made to verify the information. However we do accept that errors may have been made where information has not been readily available; we have pointed out possible inaccuracies. Consequently if you have further information about any of the men, please do get in touch, via our contact page.

About the Memorial

The current memorial replaces a stone cross which previously stood in the same place; in a central position on the village square until the mid 1990s. At the same time the plaques displaying the names of the men that died in both wars were transferred from their original home on the gates posts of the Oakdale Recreation Ground and mounted on the new memorial. The plaques list the names of the men that fell during WWI, WWII and all the conflicts since. Presently, this site remembers the men who fell in WWI.

About Oakdale

The village of Oakdale was built between 1909 and 1924 to house workers of Oakdale Colliery, which opened in 1910. Oakdale was built as a garden village, part of the Edwardian Garden City movement in Britain. Oakdale is set out in a horseshoe shape; the original concept was for the village to contain six hundred and sixty houses.The majority of the houses were built by 1913, all having front and back gardens, hot and cold running water, electric lights and bathrooms; quite unlike many other valley towns and villages of the time.