As the First World War has recently passed from living memory to history, it is now more important than ever to ensure that the sacrifice made by so many is not forgotten. While many of us may buy a Poppy during November and observe the two minutes silence, others will walk by a memorial without a second thought, but how many of us actually take stock of the lives lost and the stories behind the names?
Here at St. Luke’s, sixteen names are commemorated on the Roll of Honour from the First World War and on the pages you can access from the links below, we have attempted to give you an insight into their sacrifice.
Many of these names appear on the Hoylake & West Kirby War Memorial (pictured left) and some were also commemorated on tablets adjacent to the War Memorial Window at Holy Trinity Church in Hoylake. The church has now been demolished, of course, but some records remain.
Sadly, the vast majority of documents from World War One were destroyed by a fire at the Army Records Office on Arnside Street in Walworth, London, ironically from a German air raid in 1940.
But information has been gleaned from the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, various regimental records and the Grange Hill (Hoylake & West Kirby War memorial) website. Additionally, painstaking research by local historians throughout the UK has pieced together much information on the First World War and our thanks go to Heather Chapman of the Hoylake & West Kirby Local History group and also to Maureen Thomas, wife of our Communion Steward, Derek Thomas, for their advice and contributions.
Gathering the information has been a privilege and has offered a brief glimpse into the past, a time which we must not forget.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left, grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.