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
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
- 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
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).
Third Battle of Ypres or 'Passchendaele'
saw two particularly bloody days for the
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.
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.