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chronology of the war

H.M.S. Calgarian 1st March 1918
H.M. Submarine H 5 2nd March 1918
Columba Desmond Boyland 3rd March 1917
Samuel Victor Partridge 4th March 1917
Albert Lockley 5th March 1921
Thomas Henry Dagger 6th March 1917
William Benjamin Duffy 7th March 1917
William Aspey 8th March 1917
Frederick Arthur Flegg 9th March 1917
Samuel Emery 10th March 1915
H.M.S. Bayano 11th March 1915
Mary Bethia Marshall 12th March 1917
John Selkirk 13th March 1915
Michael Desforges 14th March 1917
Herbert Heatley 15th March 1916
Marmaduke George Bateman 16th March 1917
Aaron Appleton 17th March 1917
Kalyan Kumar Mukerji 18th March 1917
James Shaw 19th March 1915
Herbert Holme 20th March 1917
James Aspinall 21st March 1918
Thomas Burke 22nd March 1918
Homer Nevin Teaz 23rd March 1918
George Septimus Hooper 24th March 1918
George James 25th March 1918
Joseph William Taylor 26th March 1917
Frederick Francis German 27th March 1916
S.S. Falaba 28th March 1915
George William Argue 29th March 1918
Norman James Dalton

30th March 1918

Frank Booth 31st March 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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