DUDLEY women who made a contribution to the First World War will be commemorated in a nationwide Wave of Gratitude.

Storage King is looking for local women whose stories may have been lost to history.

The most inspiring will be celebrated on an enormous banner hung from the company's prominent self storage facility in Birmingham New Road as part of The Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The campaign, which starts next month, will last for 100 days, concluding on Armistice Day.

Rachel Cornaby, manager of Dudley Storage King, said: “World War One altered women’s status in Britain forever. "Women like Lilian Hodgkiss, who worked in the local munitions factory here in Dudley, fearlessly assumed roles previously reserved for men throughout the hostilities.

"Each and every one of them helped win a war with their courage, hard work and resolve.

"They have changed the future for all generations of women and should never be forgotten. We are proud to be a part of this national campaign to bring these amazing women into the spotlight.”

Catherine Davies, head of remembrance at The Royal British Legion, added: “One of our key ambitions this year is to highlight the contribution of the whole First World War generation.

"Women played an utterly essential role in the war effort, seizing the opportunity to prove their worth and take another step towards getting the vote. Each and every one of them deserves our thanks.”

All nominations should be sent to womenwethank@ssauk.com