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chronology of the war

John Grogan 1st April 1917
Eric Paton Beaumont 2nd April 1918
George McClellan 3rd April 1918
Joseph Vincent Quinn 4th April 1917
S.S. Zent 5th April 1916
Christopher Ridler Hale 6th April 1918
James Laurence Harper 7th April 1918
Vincent John Belledonne 8th April 1917
Francis Le Breton 9th April 1917
H.M.H.S. Salta 10th April 1917
Thomas Arthur Breakell 11th April 1920
Private Arthur Hartland 12th April 1918
Charles Wildgoose 13th April 1915
Adrien Desire Tissot-Rosset 14th April 1917
Enoch Holt 15th April 1918
Stephen Arthur Frith 16th April 1918
H.M.H.S. Lanfranc 17th April 1917
Edward Felix Baxter, V.C. 18th April 1916
William Harold Fyles 19th April 1921
Wallace Andrew McMaster 20th April 1917
Arthur Henry Beer 21st April 1918
James Lamb 22nd April 1916
Zeebrugge Raid 23rd April 1918
Albert E Pearson 24th April 1915
Alfred Frederick Cyril Eccles 25th April 1915
Peter Paul McArdle 26th April 1918
Thomas William Halpin 27th April 1915
Archie Bryant Waterhouse 28th April 1915
Frederick Winstanley Woodburn 29th April 1918
Frederick David Roberts

30th April 1915

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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