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Thomas Dingsdale 1st January 1920
Archie Edward Osmond 2nd January 1919
William Henry Bloor 3rd January 1918
Noel Finucane 4th January 1917
Thomas Edmund Kershaw 5th January 1917
John Alexander Sneddon 6th January 1916
Innes Owen Hutchison 7th January 1916
Edward Roland Coar 8th January 1918
Harry Wix 9th January 1915
George Henry Bourne 10th January 1917
Henry Joseph Hooson 11th January 1916
H.M.S. Opal & Narborough 12th January 1918
Francis Howard Bell 13th January 1917
James Arthur Stack 14th January 1918
John Grace 15th January 1916
Henry Gorell Barnes 16th January 1917
James MacKinlay 17th January 1919
Joseph Francis Barry 18th January 1918
Willie Rhodes Bailey 19th January 1918
Battle of Imbros 20th January 1918
Ernest Clayton 21st January 1918
John Hannaford Trinick 22nd January 1916
Francis John Lehan 23rd January 1916
Matthew Flood Jackson 24th January 1915
H.M.S. Laurentic 25th January 1917
William Jeremy Slack 26th January 1915
S.S. Andania 27th January 1918
William Moore 28th January 1915
Nicholas George Turri 29th January 1916
William Henry Lampkin

30th January 1918

Battle of May Island 31st January 1918
You can now search the database of almost 25,000 identified casualties by name and by date of death. In many cases you will be redirected to an external website or directly to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for further information.
Every single day of the year marks the anniversary of a local casualty of the Great War. Each month we will feature a cross-section of soldiers, sailors and airmen from Merseyside who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Some dates have more resonance than others:
  • Globally, the 11th November is still the day on which the dead of both world wars are remembered. To die on Armistice Day is often thought of as the most tragic of ironies.
  • For Australians and New Zealanders the 25th April is Anzac Day, which marks the anniversary of the landing of the first ANZAC forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915.
  • Nationally the first day of the Somme on the 1st July 1916 is remembered as the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army when almost 20,000 lives were lost.
  • Britain declared war on the 4th August 1914, which also happens to be the anniversary of the death of perhaps Liverpool's most famous soldier - Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC & Bar, MC
  • At sea, 6,784 British men died during the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916 .
  • Locally, the sinking of the Lusitania on the 7th May 1915 had a huge impact as almost four hundred of the crew members who were lost were from Merseyside.
Other dates are perhaps less well-known today:
  • The King's Liverpool Regiment's losses during the Battle of the Somme 'peaked' on three days - 30th July 1916 (476 dead), 8th August 1916 (302 dead) and 1st July 1916 (235 dead).
  • The Third Battle of Ypres or 'Passchendaele' saw two particularly bloody days for the King's Liverpool Regiment - 31st July 1917 (486 dead) and 20th September 1917 (320 dead).
  • The St.George's Day (23rd April 1918) raid on Zeebrugge gave the Mersey ferries, the Royal Iris and Royal Daffodil, the royal prefix to their names.
  • On the home front, the Liverpool Pilot Boat the Alfred H Read was sunk in the River Mersey on the 28th December 1917 with the loss of 39 civilian lives.
On a personal level knowing the names and faces of those who died on the same day as our own relatives can be very poignant and also provide a different perspective on the circumstances of each individual's death.




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