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.