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chronology of the war

Jens Martin Jensen alias Maginn 1st August 1917
Clyde Robertson Gerard 2nd August 1917
John Henry Halligan 3rd August 1917
Noel Godfrey Chavasse 4th August 1917
Edward Molyneux Cohan 5th August 1914
S.S. Highland Harris 6th August 1918
Leonard Stoddart 7th August 1915
Rhys Webb 8th August 1915
Hubert Octavius Spink 9th August 1916
Louis Morrice 10th August 1914
Frank Harold Gainham 11th August 1916
John Robert Blohm 12th August 1918
Frederick Mole 13th August 1915
Lilian Thomas 14th August 1918
William Bolton 15th August 1916
Arthur Clifford Cook 16th August 1916
Adolphe Anthony Goossens 17th August 1916
Thomas Williams Leaver 18th August 1916
S.S. Arabic 19th August 1915
Joseph Louis Emil Purgold 20th August 1917
H.M.S. Virginian 21st August 1917
Joseph Anthony Regan 22nd August 1919
Albert Ernest Firkins 23rd August 1917
Charles Tyerman Taylor 24th August 1914
Thomas Clayton Lindsay 25th August 1917
Peter Sharrock 26th August 1918
Thomas Devereux 27th August 1918
John Henry Bodmer 28th August 1915
Jules Fry alias Frieberg 29th August 1916
Francis Robert Stark 30th August 1917
Mark Aitchison Tarn 31st August 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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