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Battle of Coronel 1st November 1914
William Cooper 2nd November 1918
William John Beats 3rd November 1918
Herbert Edwin Leonard Pugh 4th November 1918
George Alexander Russell 5th November 1918
Thomas Suarez 6th November 1917
Thomas William Virr 7th November 1917
Michael Walsh 8th November 1914
S.S. Umgeni 9th November 1917
H.M.T. Benton Castle 10th November 1916
John Bortick alias Bridson 11th November 1918
John Henry Ball 12th November 1917
James Martyn Strickland Sykes 13th November 1916
Matthew Honan 14th November 1916
John Robert Edwards 15th November 1918
Francis Gilman 16th November 1915
Joseph Hamlyn Evans 17th November 1915
Robert Cunningham 18th November 1917
Frank Jacob Schenkel 19th November 1917
Robert Elcum Horsfall 20th November 1917
H.M.H.S. Britannic 21st November 1916
John Henry Edward Walker 22nd November 1915
John McKeon 23rd November 1918
George Sephton 24th November 1918
William Percy Slater 25th November 1916
H.M.S. Bulwark 26th November 1914
George Ashbrooke Brewer 27th November 1917
S.S. Apapa 28th November 1917
Thomas Prescott 29th November 1917
John King

30th November 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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