THE heroic efforts of men and women who lived through the Great War will be remembered at Dudley Archives.

As part of local history day on Saturday (October 6), historian Roy Peacock will give a talk about the life of Second Lieutenant Edward Felix Baxter, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallant actions on the battlefield during World War One.

Born in Oldswinford, Baxter was first enlisted at the outbreak of war in the Royal Engineers.

He died on April 18, 1916 at the age of 30 and was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

During Roy’s talk, which runs from 1.45pm to 2.15pm, people can find out more about why the brave soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of his country’s freedom was awarded the highest military honour.

In addition to the talk, the Tipton Road centre is also be hosting the ‘Their Today for our Tomorrow’ exhibition, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War One by exploring the contributions of local people to the war effort.

It will look at the lives of individuals who had a connection to Dudley borough and either served in the armed forces or were nurses at the time. The free exhibition runs until December 22.

Councillor Cathy Bayton, Dudley's cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "As this poignant anniversary draws nearer, it’s important we take time to remember and give thanks to all the men and women who supported the war effort to protect our country’s freedom for future generations.

"The archives and local history centre holds a wealth of information from this period and I’m really pleased that local people have the opportunity to come along and see for themselves.”

People can visit the exhibition on Tuesdays 9.30am to 5pm, Wednesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4.30pm.