They were among the millions who gave their lives for King and Country.
The three men - Thomas Brigden and William Daniels, from Birmingham, and Frank Ernest Lucy, from Worcester - were posthumously honoured for their bravery in the First World War.
The graves of privates Brigden and Daniels are unknown, while Private Lucy was buried near Ypres in Belgium. Their names may have been honoured on various Great War memorials but, like countless others of their ilk, risked being lost in the mists of history.
With less than a week to Remembrance Sunday, however, developers working on shaping part of the heart of Birmingham city centre are hoping to ensure that doesn't happen.
During refurbishment of the Samuel Booth & Co building in Bradford Street, a brass plaque was found. It was dedicated to three members of staff - Messrs Brigden, Daniels and Lucy.
The plaque has been kept and now takes pride of place in a corner of the courtyard area of the apartments which the Samuel Booth building is a part of.
The owners now plan another remembrance, a bench dedicated to the trio, and have appealed to The Birmingham Post for help in tracing members of their families so they can be invited to this memorial.
Private Thomas Brigden, of the King's Royal Rifles, was born in Moseley and enlisted in the Army as a volunteer. A rifleman, he entered the theatre of war in France on July 21, 1915.
Wounded in the battle of Delville Wood, fought between July and September 1916 and part of the Battle of the Somme, he died on 29 August that year.
Pte Brigden has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in the area of the Somme near the town of Albert. The memorial bears the name of 72,000 men who have no known graves.
He was posthumously awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal 1914-18 and the Allied Victory Medal 1914-19. These would have been posted, together with a condolence slip from the King, to his next of kin.
Private William Daniels was born in Aston and enlisted also as a volunteer. A soldier in the 5th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he went into France in March 1915.
He was killed on August 19, 1916, during the Battle of Pozieres (including the fighting for the
stronghold of Mouquet Farm) which was fought between 23 July and 3 September.
Pte Daniels too has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He was posthumously awarded the 1914/15 Star,
the British War Medal 1914-18 and the Allied Victory Medal 1914-1919.
Frank Ernest Lucy was born and lived in Worcester. The son of George William Lucy, of Knight Street, St John's Worcester, he enlisted in the Army in Birmingham. He entered France with the 1st Worcestershire Regiment in 1916, and was killed on 31 October 1917, aged 25, possibly during a trench raid, diversionary action or by sniper or shell fire.
Buried in the Berks Cemetery Extension eight miles south of Ypres, he also was posthumously awarded the British War Medal 1914-18 and the Allied Victory Medal 1914-19.