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chronology of the war

Eric Norman Frankland Bell, V.C. 1st July 1916
Reginald Simister 2nd July 1916
William Frederick Hoffman 3rd July 1916
Arthur Dickenson 4th July 1915
Thomas Dugdale 5th July 1916
Casper Charles Nathan 6th July 1917
Frank Steer 7th July 1916
Frederick Reuben Downes 8th July 1919
H.M.S. Vanguard 9th July 1917
Alfred Taylor 10th July 1916
Edward Traverse 11th July 1917
Robert Joseph Cowman 12th July 1916
James Bernard Maguire 13th July 1915
John James Cheetham Stanley 14th July 1916
Robert Shaw 15th July 1917
S.S. Henry R. James 16th July 1917
James Henry Davies 17th July 1916
Robert Francis Eyres 18th July 1918
Herbert Luther Eminson 19th July 1917
Walter Short 20th July 1918
S.S. Mongolian 21st July 1918
Arthur Frederick Beedham 22nd July 1916
John Henry Spencer 23rd July 1917
Nutts Rimmer 24th July 1920
Robert Hogg 25th July 1916
William Thomas Parry 26th July 1917
Reginald Woodward 27th July 1916
Robin Henderson 28th July 1915
S.S. Brecknockshire 29th July 1917
Ernest Charles Orford

30th July 1916

John William Gill 31st July 1917
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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