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chronology of the war

Arthur Hyslop Liversage 1st December 1917
James Barcroft alias Bancroft 2nd December 1916
George Thomas Orme 3rd December 1918
William Alfred Pukit 4th December 1917
John Hugh Baxter 5th December 1917
S.S.Curaca (Halifax Explosion) 6th December 1917
Herbert Atherton 7th December 1915
Leo Francis Murphy 8th December 1918
David Henry Collinge 9th December 1916
Samuel Acton 10th December 1914
Sidney Smith Owen 11th December 1918
H.M.S. Partridge 12th December 1917
H.M.S. Stephen Furness 13th December 1917
Patrick Carroll 14th December 1918
Alfred Henry Keiffer 15th December 1917
Percy Dickinson 16th December 1915
Herbert Collis Fincham 17th December 1920
Wallace James Cook 18th December 1914
Walter Duncan 19th December 1918
Robert Arthur H MacMahon 20th December 1915
Arthur Cecil James Edmunds 21st December 1917
John William Parsons 22nd December 1917
10th Destroyer Flotilla 23rd December 1917
S.S. Canova 24th December 1917
Michael McKenna 25th December 1915
George Henry Gilbertson 26th December 1916
John Spencer 27th December 1914
No.1 Pilot Boat Alfred H. Read 28th December 1917
Harry Lovelady 29th December 1918
James Basil Williams

30th December 1917

Ernest Cleminson 31st December 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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