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INSCRIPTIONS


Front

1914 – 1918

IN HONOUR OF THOSE

WHOSE VALOUR

IN THE GREAT WAR

WON THE VICTORY

AND IN LASTING REMEMBRANCE

OF THE MEN OF SPEKE

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

FOR KING AND COUNTRY


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SONS

OF THIS PLACE

TAKE HEED

THAT

YOU WHO LIVE

ARE WORTHY

OF THESE

OUR DEAD

OUR SIDE BY THE HELP OF GOD

WON THE VICTORY

SO THAT BEING OVERCOME

THE ENEMY BESOUGHT PEACE




Through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, I have managed to trace some of the names on the Memorial Cross.


I am fairly sure that the following entries relate to these former Speke residents named above who gave their lives and were buried or commemorated in another country.


Some have no grave and are recorded on memorials. Other give a specific cemetery and grave number.


As you read down them, you will notice some of the records mention their parent's names and addresses.


While researching these, I was struck by how young these men were and how unfamiliar the place names they died in must have been. These brave young men from the tiny village of Speke were  leaving their homes to fight for their country in foreign lands, never to return.


More information on each location and its history is available at the CWGC website.


PRIVATE CHARLES NICHOLLS 16078 B Coy 5th Bn., King's Shropshire Light Infantry
who died on Saturday, 5th September 1915, aged 18
Additional Information:   Son of Charles and Sarah Jane Nicholls of 4 Boundary Cottages, Speke, Liverpool
Memorial:  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium in Addenda Panel 58



PRIVATE R CLAY 9392 2nd Bn., North Staffordshire Regiment who died on Thursday, 21st October 1915
Memorial:  Karachi 1914 -1918 War Memorial, Pakistan
This memorial commemorates those who served and died in Pakistan in the 1914 -18 war and are buried in various cemeteries that have been impossible to look after.



LANCE CORPORAL THOMAS RAPER 23203 1st Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers who died on Thursday, 11th April 1918
Memorial:  Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium in Panel 4. This memorial commemorates those whose final resting place isn't known but who fought in this area



PRIVATE JOHN MERCER 401042 16th Bn., Manchester Regiment who died on Thursday, 21st March 1918, aged 19
Additional Information:  Son of Thomas and Mary Mercer, of 55 Oglet Lane, Speke, Liverpool
Memorial:  Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France in Panel 64 to 67. This memorial commemorates those whose final resting place isn't known but who fought in the Somme area of France.



SAPPER H PROBYN 438195 427th Field Coy., Royal Engineers who died on Thursday, 6th September 1917, aged 26
Additional Information:  Son of Hugh and Emma Probyn, of Hale Cliff, Hale, Liverpool
Cemetery:  Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium in Grave No. II.G.23.



PRIVATE WE WYKE 17487 2nd/4th Bn., Hampshire Regiment
who died on Thursday, 3rd October 1918
Cemetery:  Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France in Grave No. XV.E.12



PRIVATE THOMAS GANDY 38889 13th Bn., The King's (Liverpool Regiment) who died on Thursday, 28th March 1918
Memorial:  Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France in Grave No. Bay 3. This memorial commemorates 35,000 casualties from the British, New Zealand and South African armies whose whose final resting place isn't known.


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FRED WYKE

SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS




CHARLES NICHOLLS

KINGS SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY




RICHARD CLAY

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT




THOMAS RAPER

LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS




JOHN MERCER

MANCHESTER REGIMENT




HARRY PROBYN

ROYAL ENGINEERS




RICHARD HALL WATT

GRENADIER GUARDS




WILLIAM EDWARD WYKE

HANTS REGIMENT




THOMAS GANDY

KINGS LIVERPOOL