ABOUT THE PROJECT
 
 
 
Tens of thousands of Merseyside people died during the First World War. With the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War rapidly approaching the Merseyside Roll of Honour project has been created with the aim that by 2014 each and every one of Merseyside's fallen will have a digital memorial.
The project is inspired by the personal stories of courage and loss which are encountered by anyone with an interest in the First World War. A long shadow was cast over the succeeding generations by the death of so many loved ones during that conflict. The poignancy of that shadow can still be felt today despite the passage of almost a century. Lost grandfathers and uncles were tangible presences in many homes and their stories retain their power to move us.
We have also been inspired by the hundreds of memorials which were erected in the immediate aftermath of the war and which are now part of our everyday landscape. These lists of names and the repeated exhortations to remember the fallen and their sacrifice. They came into being to satisfy, in some small way, the deep need of the survivors that their loved ones should be named and remembered as individuals and not just as part of the great host of the dead.
The tone of these exhortations has changed over the years;
"Their Name Liveth For Evermore,"
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them,"
"Let those who come after see to it that his name be not forgotten."
Phrases which must once have rung with confident assurance may sound to modern ears like desperate pleas or hollow promises.
To attempt to honour these promises seems to us to be the very least that we can do.
In the 1920s a simple list of initials and surnames was  undoubtedly enough to recall to mind the faces and personalities of the fallen but this is no longer true. We need to know which J.Johnson or W.Brown we are being asked to remember; how old was he, who were his parents, where did he live and go to school, when and where did he die?
The task we have set ourselves is to discover these facts and in so doing attempt to create a faint echo of who the fallen were in life.
 
It seems obvious to say that in order to research the fallen we first need to know who the fallen are. It is astonishing that we do not know just how many Merseyside people died as a result of the Great War. The names on the memorials have to be our starting point. That we are able to list tens of thousands of names from local memorials on this website is due almost entirely to the tireless and painstaking work of a number of people; Mr George Donnison and the late Major David Evans, over many years, sought out the memorials and recorded the names they found on them; Mr Joe Devereux (www.liverpoolregt.co.uk) and others undertook the daunting task of entering these names on to a database. They have all been extraordinarily generous in allowing their work to appear on the Merseyside Roll of Honour website. 
 
We would also like to thank Kathy Donaldson for allowing us to use her indexes, which are held at Liverpool Record Office, in our research and for donating over 2,000 death notices for the year 1916. These cover the losses of the Somme and and to read them is to be confronted with the scale of the grief felt back home on Merseyside; they also demonstrate the importance of transcribing these death notices for the remainder of the war years.
 
Many of the photographs of the fallen which appear on this site were originally published in local newspapers. Permission to reproduce these on our website has been given by the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo (Trinity Mirror Group). Still further records and images have been used with the permission of Liverpool Record Office.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

mroh 2010