|The project is
inspired by the personal stories
of courage and loss which are encountered by
anyone with an interest in the First World War.
A long shadow was cast over the succeeding
generations by the death of so many loved ones
during that conflict. The poignancy of that
shadow can still be felt today despite the
passage of almost a century. Lost grandfathers
and uncles were tangible presences in many homes
and their stories retain their power to move us.
|We have also been
inspired by the hundreds of
memorials which were erected in the immediate
aftermath of the war and which are now part of
our everyday landscape. These lists of names and
the repeated exhortations to remember the fallen
and their sacrifice. They came into being to
in some small way, the deep need of the
survivors that their loved ones should be named
and remembered as individuals and not just as
part of the great host of the dead.
The tone of these exhortations has changed over
"Their Name Liveth For Evermore,"
"At the going down
of the sun and in the morning we will remember
"Let those who come
after see to it that his name be not forgotten."
|Phrases which must once
have rung with confident
assurance may sound to modern ears like
desperate pleas or hollow promises.
|To attempt to
honour these promises seems to us
to be the very least that we can do.
the 1920s a simple list of initials and surnames
was undoubtedly enough to recall to mind
the faces and personalities of the fallen but
this is no longer true. We need to know which J.Johnson or
W.Brown we are being asked to remember; how old
was he, who were his parents, where did he live
and go to school, when and where did he die?
The task we have set ourselves is to discover
these facts and in so doing attempt to create a
faint echo of who the fallen were in life.
|It seems obvious
to say that in order to research the fallen we
first need to know who the fallen are.
It is astonishing that we do not
know just how many Merseyside people died as a
result of the Great War. The names on the
memorials have to be our starting point.
That we are able to list tens of
thousands of names from local memorials on this
website is due almost entirely to the tireless
and painstaking work of a number of people; Mr George Donnison and the late
Major David Evans,
over many years, sought out the memorials and
recorded the names they found on them; Mr Joe
Devereux (www.liverpoolregt.co.uk) and others undertook the daunting task
of entering these names on to a database. They
have all been extraordinarily generous in
allowing their work to appear on the Merseyside
Roll of Honour website.
would also like to thank Kathy Donaldson for allowing us to use her indexes,
which are held at
Liverpool Record Office, in our research
and for donating over 2,000 death notices for
the year 1916. These cover the losses of the
Somme and and to read them is to be confronted
with the scale of the grief felt back home on
Merseyside; they also demonstrate the importance of
transcribing these death notices for the
remainder of the war years.
|Many of the
photographs of the fallen which appear on this
site were originally published in local
newspapers. Permission to reproduce these on our
website has been given by the
Liverpool Daily Post & Echo (Trinity
Mirror Group). Still further records and images have been
used with the permission of
Liverpool Record Office.