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chronology of the war

Roger Ackerley 1st May 1915
David Menzies 2nd May 1915
H.M.S. Bombala 3rd May 1918
H.M.T. Transylvania 4th May 1917
William Watts 5th May 1916
Harold Bennett Beardwood 6th May 1917
R.M.S. Lusitania 7th May 1915
Randall Maddocks 8th May 1918
Thomas Henry Bishop 9th May 1915
Herbert Bassage Horridge 10th May 1917
William Henry Pearce 11th May 1917
Amyas Leigh Radford 12th May 1915
H.M.S. Goliath 13th May 1915
William George Hoskins 14th May 1915
Francis Wright Atherton 15th May 1918
William Henry Linge 16th May 1915
Samuel Tomley 17th May 1917
Herbert Diamond 18th May 1915
Albert White, V.C. 19th May 1917
Wilfred Derbyshire 20th May 1919
Joseph Lavender 21st May 1916
Ernest Glendywr Abrahams 22nd May 1916
Joseph Ernest Aloysius Teebay 23rd May 1918
John Lee 24th May 1915
Albert Norris Chambers 25th May 1915
George Skilandis alias Smith 26th May 1915
Bernard Sibbitt 27th May 1918
Peter Iredale 28th May 1915
Alexander Wylie Hunter 29th May 1915
S.S. Ausonia

30th May 1918

Battle of Jutland 31st May 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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