In May 1916 the City of Liverpool and the Borough of Bootle held a week of fundraising events in order to raise funds for the widows and orphans of the men who had already fallen in the war. This was to be the country's first Roll of Honour Week, an idea that was later taken up by other towns and cities.

The week 'kicked off' with a football match between Liverpool and Everton on Saturday 6th May. The emotional highpoint of the week was the unveiling ceremony of the second 'Roll of Honour' of Liverpool's fallen sons. This contained the name of over 600 men who had given their lives 

With the emphasis on raising as much money as possible a varied programme of shopping opportunities, religious services, recruitment drives and musical, sporting and theatrical events were devised. The week reached a climax on the following Saturday 13th May when a Naval, Military and Civic Demonstration was held at St George's Hall. Saturday was also chosen as the official Flag Day - the flag itself represented a bunch of forget-me-not flowers on a blue ground - when 2,000 volunteers sold over half a million flags throughout the area. 
In taking the blue forget-me-not as its own symbol the Merseyside Roll of Honour wishes to pay tribute to the generation of Merseyside people who lived through the Great War years. We wish to acknowledge our debt those who fell and also to those who first understood how important it is to Never Forget.



mroh 2010