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Great-Great Uncle George Fearon

George Fearon was my Great-Great uncle, my name is Daran George Fearon I’m John Henrys great grandson I live by Mill Street were the family has lived all this time, if you wish please get in touch as our family know nothing about George’s sisters Winifred & Isabella, can’t get over this maybe we can [...]

Jacob Haines: An Old Contemptible

I can only summise that my grandfather, Jacob Haines, became a full time soldier 2 years before the outbreak of the Great War as a way of escaping the grinding poverty of early 20th century inner city Liverpool, or perhaps it was a sense of adventure that compelled him to take the King’s shilling. Jacob [...]

Killed in Action only 11 weeks after Marriage

Tracing my Ancestry in Retirement. Couldn’t find marriage details of my Granddad Samuel Chapman’s Sister Edith Chapman who I knew was a widowed Mrs Royle. Never dawned on me till recently, that she was already previously a widow in WW1 Just discovered all this information that has to be passed on and remembered. Robert Henry [...]

The Wilkinsons at war

John Joseph Wilkinson, Pte, 49551, 20th (Service) Btn King’s Liverpool Regiment. Killed in Action, Neuville Vitasse, 21st March 1917. He has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial to the Missing. William Gilbert Wilkinson, Pte, 1872, 1/8th (Irish) Btn & 26th Btn King’s Liverpool Regiment. Served from 3rd March 1915 [...]

A boy goes to war

Albert Edward Johnson enlisted into the army in Southend on Sea on 11 March 1915

Myrtle St Hospital

My husband’s great aunt, Lorna Lee, was unmarried. We believe that her fiancé was killed in the Great War along with her brother Norman Lee. We have just found an autograph book, dated 25 December 1914. Its first main page reads: Ward 3 Myrtle St Hospital Liverpool. There are only a few entries: L/Cpl E [...]

John Victor O'Rourke with the Machine Gun Corps

Recruiting Office December 1915 Machine Gun Crops Died 6th October 1916 Somme France

Grandad and World War One

My granddad, John William Knott, known as Jack, enlisted immediately when war was announced on 4th August 1914, he was 15 years old. Granddad joined The Liverpool King’s Regiment, which was the first of the ‘Pals Battalions’. Grandad never spoke of his time in World War One, but one day when I was twelve, he [...]

Bryant and May Matchworks

Bryant and May had two large sites in particular, the largest being in East London at Fairfield Road. Their second site was as a result of their taking over the Diamond match company in 1905, located at Litherland. I live close to the London site, and in a nearby park, there is an old war [...]

Harvey K. Bisset: Perishes in preparation for battle

Harvey K. Bisset was one of four brothers and two sisters who were all involved in and deeply affected by World War I. Their mother, Fanny Bisset, documented their activities during the war in letters she sent to her sister who was living in San Francisco. Twelve of these letters were retained in the family [...]


My grandfather David Kenyon Clarke married my grandmother Gladys Salter in the September Quarter of 1913 in St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Cheshire. David was an officer with the Liverpool-based Elder Dempster Shipping Line which specialized in the West Africa trade. David’s father was an accountant who had settled in Nantwich, Cheshire after accumulating a modest [...]

Leslie A. Bisset treated at St. Dunstan's

Leslie Atherton Bisset was the eldest of four brothers and two daughters of Fanny and James Bisset. James had died in 1893, leaving Fanny to raise their six children. Leslie was probably in the United States at the beginning of WW-I. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in late 1914. He was posted to [...]

Kenneth Bisset survives serious wound

Kenneth Bisset was the youngest boy of the six children of Fanny and James Bisset. James had died in 1893, leaving Fanny to raise the family. Kenneth went to a charity school away from Liverpool. He was in Chile when the war broke out, recovering from an illness. However, he quickly returned to England and [...]

Eric Bisset awarded Military Cross

Eric Bisset was the third of four sons of Fanny and James Bisset, all of whom entered the military during the course of World War I. Eric was injured early in a battlefield accident, nearly having his eye put out by the armature of a device that lobbed grenades into enemy trenches. He convalesced from [...]

Walter John Edwards on board Battlecruiser Queen Mary

Walter joined the Royal Navy 1892, based in Portsmouth. His Official number is 167388.  By 1911 he had reached the rank of Petty Officer. He was an experienced sailor, serving on board numerous vessels including a repeated engagements on the Victory I and the Vernon. In 1913 Walter joined the Queen Mary in 1913; this was the same year [...]

Underage soldier George Henry Pearce

On 5th April 1915 George decided to enlist when he was just 17 years old. He served with the 7th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, Service number 17890. This Service Battalion had billets in Tidworth for training. On 18th July 1915 they arrived in Boulogne and remained near St Omer. Sadly by the end of 1915 [...]

A Liverpool Officer- John Evans Lloyd

I am still putting this history together and any further facts would be of assistance John Lloyd was born on Merseyside, sent to work in an office after school and worked his way up to become a cotton broker. He joined the territorial army before the war and served at the front for two years. [...]

Brenda Joynson - an adventurous nurse from Warrington

Mary Brenda Joynson was born in 1884. In 1911 she was living with her family at 7 Museum Street in Warrington. Her father, Frederick, was a Chemical Engineer. She trained as a nurse and became what was known as a ‘monthly’ nurse, ie working in private homes as required. When war broke out she joined [...]

Isaac John Davies - POW in Germany

My father was Isaac John Davies, born 15th Dec 1898 He joined the army in 1914 right away as a volunteer in Grange Rd, Birkenhead. But his parents found out and went and got him out, explaining he was only 16 years of age. My father was given a dishonourable discharge because he was only [...]

Policeman Thomas Ashcroft

Thomas Ashcroft was one of nine children, from a farming family in the Merseyside area. He chose not to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined the police, working in Liverpool. Thomas never married. It is not known if Thomas enlisted or was conscripted. The regiment he served with is also unknown. What is known [...]

Suffered from Trench Foot

Henry (known as Harry) was born on 5th August 1890 at 22 Balmoral Road (the birth was registered on Sept. 6th) and went to St. Mary’s school in Liscard. It seems that he started out as a grocer’s employee in Trafalgar Road, humping 200lb bags of sugar. This may have been in 1903 as in [...]

A local celebrity

Fred was born in Rock Ferry (his father was a coach driver) and moved to Bedford Place and later spent some time at 185 Church Road where his father was from the late 1890s to c1904 – the site is now occupied by a block of flats. He had become a boy messenger with the [...]

Letter from the Lever Bros. Port Sunlight to the Territorial Force Records, Preston

The Lever Bros. would often send “Progress” Magazines to their employees whilst they were away at war. George’s was returned to Port Sunlight marked “Wounded”. This is a letter written to Preston as the Lever Bros. had completely lost trace of George.

'Nain' Margaret Williams

Nain found a post working for an ex-patriate Welsh minister’s family in London. So she moved down to London in the first decade of the twentieth century to ‘do’ for this family. One can imagine that she would have been one amongst others there doing the same thing. I remember speaking to her about this [...]

Killed in action

Only one Favager died in the war – Private 45314 William G. of Naples Road, Wallasey; a former tug boat worker, he was in the 2nd Bn Lancs Fusiliers and was killed on 5.4.1918, aged 19. He is buried in the Saint Nicholas Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.

No Memorial Records his Ultimate Sacrifice

George Arthur, a scholar in 1881, was a painter aged 17 in 1891 and living at Rudgrave Square. Still a painter in 1901 he was boarding at 33 Manor Road with John and Ann Owen and various members of their family. In (Dec) 1908 in St. Mary’s, Liscard, he married ‘auntie Millie’, Millicent Goldsmith Stowall [...]

A Full Military Funeral in Wallasey

He went to join up in late May 1915 (the date given in his obituary and was given a medical examination for the Territorial Force in Liverpool on the 3rd June (the form was signed in Blackpool on the 14th). Another document gives him enlisting on 3rd July 1915 aged 17 (altered from 19?) but [...]

L/Corporal 15097 Leslie Tom West, my Great Uncle - What a Story

My dad told me that he thought we had a relation that had something to do with WW1 and, that in his flat, there is a cigarette case that might have something to do with this person. With research we established that this was my Great Uncle, L/C Leslie Tom West, 15097 17th Battalion Kings [...]

Captain Arthur Amery Collinson

Arthur was born in the third quarter of 1884. He is the youngest son of Thomas Antwis Collinson and Margaret Alice. His siblings are: James W., William L., Nellie, Frederick B., and youngest Alice M. On the 1901 census the family are living at 4 College Road, Great Crosby. Thomas is a Bootmaker, with a [...]

Poggi Family

George Artingstall and wife Lillian Mary (nee Pearce) had three children: Eva Mary, Mary Lloyd and Arthur Rupert. On the 1901 census the family lived at 2 Alexander Road, Waterloo with two domestic servants. By the time the 1911 census was taken the family were living at ‘Audlem’, 36 Eshe Road North in Blundellsands. George [...]


Walter Williams

Walter was the youngest son of Sarah Williams, a widow. Her late husband was William Williams, a postman. Walter’s siblings were Mary Elizabeth, William George and Cecilia. The family lived in Wallasey Village. Walter was a apprentice with a painter, later becoming a painter and paper hanger. In July 1912 Walter married Margaret McHugh at [...]

Arthur Twentyman

Arthur was the youngest son of John George, a Cotton Broker and Emily Jane. He had an older brother George, who later went on to become a Clergyman in Hoxton, London. Arthur was educated at Liverpool College and went on to follow in his late father’s footsteps working as a Cotton Broker Salesman with F.D. [...]

Clifford Hembrough

Clifford was one of five children; older brother Frederick William, older sister Milly and younger sisters Ivy Alice and Lucy. Their parents were John William, a bread salesman and Alice Maud. In 1911 the family lived at 2 Milly Street, Urmston and later moved to 18 Bentley Road, Oxton, Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Gordon Whittingham Allan

Gordon had an older sister Elsie. Their parents were Thomas Henry, an Assistant Freight Manager with the White Star Line and Jane. In the 1911 census the family were living at 6 Moss Grove, Birkenhead. At this time Gordon was working as a Clerk with a live stock shipping firm.

John Woods

John was the eldest son of Robert, a carter and Jane (nee Middleton). He came from a large family with eight siblings: Robert, Rachel, Joseph, Ellen, Thomas, Jane, Elizabeth and James. The family lived at Pecker’s Hill in Sutton, St Helens. In the 1901 census John (aged 22 years old) was working as a Mechanical [...]

Cecil Richard Molyneux

Hon. Cecil Richard Molyneux was the son of Osbert Cecil Molyneux, 6th Earl of Sefton and Lady Helena Mary (nee Bridgeman) Cecil had an older brother Hugh William Osbert, who went on to become the 7th and last Earl of Sefton and a younger sister Evelyn, who died aged 14 years.

Gertrude Molyneux

Lady Gertrude Eleanor Molyneux’s family were the Earls of Sefton. Her father, William Philip Molyneux was the 4th Earl, her mother was Cecily Emily (nee Jolliffe) Gertrude had four siblings: older brother Charles William Hylton, who went on to become the 5th Earl; younger sister Rose Mary; younger brothers Osbert Cecil (6th Earl) and Richard [...]

Joseph Ernest Orrell

Joseph was one of six sons; Arthur Cecil, Henry Lea, John Greenton, Walter Gregory and Stanley Broughton. Their parents were Joseph, an Estate Agent and Mary. In 1901 the family lived in Higher Lane, Walton, Liverpool. At some point the family moved across to Wirral. In the 1911 census the family were living at 6 [...]

Josiah Arthur Webbe

Josiah was the son of Charles and Sarah Webbe. Little is known about the family, whether Josiah had any siblings or if his parents remained in the West Indies. In 1897 Josiah married Elizabeth Harriet Evans, who was born in Wales. The couple married in London, but later moved to 38 Briardale Road, Liverpool. Josiah [...]

Reginald Gunther

Reginald had an older sister May. Their parents were Mary, a midwife and Theodore a general labourer. Theodore was born in Germany, in the 1911 census his place of birth is listed as Prussia. The family lived at 66 St. Paul’s Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral. At some point Reginald’s uncle, Ernest Smith lived with the [...]

Thomas Tierney

Thomas was the eldest son of Michael, a Stoker at a Gas Works and Esther (Essie). He had a sister Anne Jane and three younger brothers Patrick, Feliex and Edward. In 1911 the family lived in 13 Eldon Street, Birkenhead. According to the census a nurse (Bridget O’Neil) and a lodger (Peter Murphy) were also [...]

William James Frederick Green

William James Frederick was the second of five children, older sister Sarah, younger siblings Emma, Abraham and John. Their parents were Abraham Green, a Holloware Trimmer born in Coseley, Staffordshire and Clara, born in Liverpool. In the 1881 census the family were living in West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Ten years later Clara was listed in the [...]

Abraham Green

Abraham was the middle son of William James Frederick, a Warehouseman and Mary. His older siblings were: William James born in 1894; Clara Rose Hannah born in 1898; Mary Elizabeth born in 1904; Ellen born in 1907; Richard born in 1909 and Sarah born in 1910. The family lived at Lamport Street, near Park Road, [...]

Francis Nicholas Blundell

Francis Nicholas was born into the wealthy Blundell family, who have a long history of living in Crosby going back to the 13th Century. Father, also named Francis Nicholas, known as Tansy and mother Mary (nee Sweetman) met in Brussels, where both families were living at the time. They married in 1879 and set up [...]

David Murray

Little is known about David’s family or his life before the war. Granddaughter Edna May has an album of memorabilia relating to David and her uncle John Murray

Andrew Carlyle Fraser Tait

Andrew Carlyle Fraser Tait was Curator of the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight. He lived in 7 College Drive, Woodhey, Rock Ferry. Andrew had one younger sister Gunrith May Fraser Tait. On 9th December 1915 Andrew travelled to Bebington to enlist with the King’s Liverpool Regiment. After a medical at Chester Castle he [...]

Harold Van Schaick

Harry was the son of John and Ellen van Schaick. He had 5 siblings, older brothers Cornelius, Leonard, William and younger sisters Agatha and Ellen. The family lived at 60 Westfield Street, St Helens In 1908 Harry would have seen his older brothers enlist as Territorials and serve in France for two years. This may [...]

William Van Schaick

William was the son of John and Ellen van Schaick. He had 5 siblings, older brothers Leonard and Cornelius, younger brother and Harry and younger sisters Agatha and Ellen. Like his brothers William enlisted in 1908, he joined the 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment. William served for 2 years in France. In the 1911 census [...]

Christopher McDermott

Christopher was the youngest of four children, with two brothers and one sister. He lived with his mother, Elizabeth. The family lived at 18 Hamilton Road, Liverpool. Christopher was around 17 or 18 when he enlisted shortly after war broke out.

Cornelius Van Schaick

Cornelius was the son of John and Ellen van Schaick. He had 5 siblings, older brother Leonard, younger brothers William and Harry and younger sisters Agatha and Ellen. The family lived at 60 Westfield Street, St Helens. In the 1911 census Cornelius was 19 years old and employed as a Cooper at a Chemical Works. [...]

Leonard Van Schaick

Leonard was the son of John and Ellen van Schaick. He had five siblings, younger brothers Cornelius, William and Harry and younger sisters Agatha and Ellen. The family later lived at 60 Westfield Street, St Helens. Leonard enlisted with the 3rd West Lancashire Field Arms in 1908. In 1912 Leonard married Ethel Hughes.

James Hayes

James was the son of Richard and Jane Hayes, he was one of 6 siblings. In the 1911 census the family were living at 41 Columbia Road, Prescot. James was 16 years old and worked as an Apprentice Tin Smith. James volunteered to enlist with the West Lancashire Division of the Royal Engineers in May [...]

John Holford Watson

John Holford Watson was born at 1 Wood Street in Port Sunlight on 29th January 1894, and grew up in the village, attending the Port Sunlight Schools. John’s father (also called John Holford Watson), was a member of the Port Sunlight Fire Brigade. The Watson family later moved to 79 Greendale Road, and John started [...]

Grace Eliza Gotts

Grace Eliza married Ernest Alfred Gotts in Liverpool in 1904. In 1911 the census showed the couple lived and worked together as Matron and Master of the West Derby Union Workhouse in Mill Road. There were around 70 other people living and working there, many of whom were Sick Nurses. This was a large insitution [...]

Florence Esther Benoy

Florence was the daughter of Isaac Frank Benoy and late mother Esther. She had two younger brothers, John Pattinson and Stanley Dodgson. At some point the family moved from London up to Liverpool. In 1911 they lived in 50 Thorneycroft Road, Liverpool. According to the census Isaac’s occupation was Trained Male Nurse. It would seem [...]

Maude Millicent Wilson

Maude was the oldest daughter of French born father Alexander, a Solicitor and mother Edith. Maude had two younger brothers Colin and Keith. At some point the family moved across to Wirral as according to the 1911 census they resided at 16 Ashville Road, Birkenhead. (This is the road that cuts through the middle of [...]

Robert Morris

Little is known about Robert’s family or his life before the war. Robert was a Messenger Boy at Bon Marche department store. Although Robert was two months under age when he volunteered to serve with the 9th Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment, Robert’s son, Mr E B Morris, remembers being told by his father [...]

John Owens

John was the son of Ellen and late father James, the family lived in Brasenose Road, Bootle. John lived at 145 Burlington Street, Liverpool (off Scotland Road) with his wife Sarah Ann, son Austin and daughter Ellen. Sarah Ann gave birth to three other children who sadly died at birth or in infancy. John was [...]

Louis Morice

Louis lived with his mother and step father at 34 Upper Hill Street, Toxteth, Liverpool. Louis worked as a Labourer at the British and American Tobacco works in Commercial Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool. Little is known about Louis’ life, but he did join the Lancashire Brigade of the Royal Garrison Artillery in August 1914.

John Hogan

John was born in Dublin and the family later moved to England, living at 14 St George Terrace, Comus Street, Liverpool (off Scotland Road). John left behind his wife Mary, sons John, Bernard and Thomas, and unborn daughter Winifred. John worked as a Pressman on the docks.


Ellesmere Port

Industrial town near the Manchester Ship Canal.

1 Gambier Terrace, Liverpool

This was the Headquarters of the Women’s War Service Bureau. Formed on 7th August 1914 by Dr. Mary Birrell Davies with Lady Mayoress Mrs Rathbone as the Patron. The Bureau started at the Town Hall and later Gambier Terrace became the Headquarters after Mrs Wallace offered it for use to Dr Davies. By September it soon [...]

Birkenhead, Cheshire

Large town on the west of the River Mersey, opposite Liverpool

Adanac Military Cemetery

In the Somme Region of France. The Cemetery name is Canada backwards, in respect to the large number of Canadians who are buried there. It has a large Canadian Maple Leaf on the entrance gate.


Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy” to members of the armed forces of Britain and the Commonwealth. The VC takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals. It may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service and to [...]