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chronology of the war

George Laylee 1st February 1917
George Henry Bradley 2nd February 1917
Samuel Alderwood 3rd February 1917
William Frederick Whitehead 4th February 1916
Robert Woodside 5th February 1916
Percy Septimus Miles 6th February 1916
Herbert Henry Hind 7th February 1921
Louis Joseph Weld-Blundell 8th February 1919
Charles Stenson 9th February 1916
Henry Moody 10th February 1916
Eric Brownlee Brodie 11th February 1919
Joseph Louis Lasley 12th February 1916
Andrew Melville Paterson 13th February 1919
William Alfred Littledale Fletcher 14th February 1919
Loss of the Dover Patrol 15th February 1918
Frederick James Kitts 16th February 1918
Albert Edwards 17th February 1919
William Peet 18th February 1919
S.S. Barrowmore 19th February 1918
S.S. Huntsmoor 20th February 1915
R.M.S. Mendi 21st February 1917
William Henry Caffrey 22nd February 1919
Peter Roughley 23rd February 1917
H.M. Yacht Verona 24th February 1917
Joseph Henry Miller 25th February 1915
George Forrester 26th February 1919
James William Mather 27th February 1917
John Sabala 28th February 1918
H.M.S. Alcantara 29th February 1916
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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