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Titanic cellist to get a new memorial in the Black Country

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Media captionJohn Wesley Woodward grew up in West Bromwich

A new memorial is to be erected in the Black Country to commemorate one of the musicians who played as the Titanic sank.

The body of cellist John Woodward was never found, but he is commemorated on the family gravestone at Heath Lane cemetery, West Bromwich.

The sandstone gravestone is crumbling away and a fundraising campaign for a new memorial has been launched.

The marble memorial will feature the engraving from the original gravestone.

Lorna Jenkins, one of the fundraisers, said: "All over the country there are statues to footballers and film stars, but here is a man who was a real hero and has nothing."

The eight musicians in the Titanic's band carried on playing as the liner sank on 15 April 1912 and none survived the disaster.

Mr Woodward's family later moved to Oxford where he is commemorated on a brass plaque in All Saints church, Headington.

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