Liverpool Institute Old Boys' Association
History Project

War Dead, 1939 to 1945

The on-going research into the background of those educated at the school who died in the War between 1939 and 1945 is being undertaken by Dr. Iain Taylor (L.I. 1954 - 1961) who is working on a history of the school, 1935 to 1985.

Iain has kindly allowed this site to reproduce his research into the lives and deaths of the men listed on the Liverpool Institute High School Second War Memorial.

The following information is Iain's work and the copyright belongs to him. Wherever he can he has provided the sources for his statements. He invites those who wish to check them or to investigate further to consult these original sources.

Iain's research is still under development and he would welcome any suggestions and comments. Please note however that this is very much still a work in progress and final formatting of the Brief Biography section will be completed later.

Iain C. Taylor, Halifax, NS
Lowden House Farm


  • General
  • Brief biographies in tabulated format

Liverpool Institute War Dead, 1939 to 1945

Index

1  Introduction
2  The Memorial Plaques, Both Wars
3  Creating the Second World War Dead Memorial.
4  Names and biographies of the Second World War Dead. Methodology
5  Brief Biographies of the Second World War Dead.
6  More Detailed Biographies of the Second World War Dead.
7  Abbreviations

1. Introduction by Iain Taylor

As a boy at the Liverpool Institute High School between 1954 to 1961, I would daily pass by the War Memorials next to the school hall without so much as an idle glance. We were growing up (though we did not of course realise it at the time) in an immediate post-war world. It was still all around us in the 1950s - the conversations of parents and elders, comic books, films, games in the yard between Brits, Huns and Japs. All very thrilling and daring-do. It took time and the adolescence of one's own boys for the full meaning and horror of the losses of others' to become more of a reality.

This crystalised for me in 2001 when I was over in Liverpool from Canada to visit friends and relatives and to attend the re-dedication of the lost War Memorials at the school. These sheets of brass crowded with the names of more than 360 Old Boys, had been - not to disguise it - stolen by persons unknown during the chaos of the school's closure in 1985. And they were not the only items of value to go missing at that time - honours boards, statues, paintings, sculptures, school records, etc. all disappeared, rumoured stolen. Very few ever turned up again, but the City Council did - eventually - admit to a failure of its overall trusteeship of these donated objects paid for by Old Boys out of their own pockets many decades previously held on their behalf by the Liverpool Institute Trust under the control of the City Council.

It was only by a coincidence that the absent War Memorials were seen in a dealer's yard. In 'private ownership', they were purchased back by a few dedicated and anonymous Old Boys and returned to the Trust now under the aegis of the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) which was very willing to find a suitable location for their re-installation within the Institute. They were then re-located in a different, rather less conspicuous area (near the old bike sheds!) but with a fitting space around to view them. The re-dedecation ceremony was well attended and presided over by clerics of the three main faiths of boys who attended this non-denominational school: Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish and these faiths are also represented in the names of former pupils commemorated on the Memorial plaques.

Having seen these plaques again after an absence of forty years, I mused about the lives and deaths of those on the school boards and how they remained as names only. It slowly came to me over the next few years when I was doing family and Titanic history research, that it would now be possible to cloak the bare names with some semblance of life. New developments in the Internet and the ever larger amount of past personal information now accessible made this possible. The Old Boys of the school had come together electronically too with the creation first of John Snelson's site and chat group, and later that of Fred Crane and his outstanding work creating a data base from the information contained within the surviving sets of 'Green Books' (internal directories of the school with all names of pupils, staff, and school activities) produced annually and for which I gradually acquired copies between 1926 and 1970 in an broken run.

The process of research is given in the methodology section but I should at this stage give thanks and credit to the work of John Snelson and Fred Crane and the many toilers in the vineyard of family and archival research who have disparately provided sources for the information here contained. I have acted as bloodhound and editor rather than as a true researcher but I bring my historical training and background to the task which was honed on extracting over ten thousand names of Liverpudlians from the 1851 Census for my doctoral thesis at Liverpool University.

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2. The L.I. Memorial Plaques, Both Wars

The War Memorial plaques are one of several projects which were funded by the school's Old Boys in memory of the sacrifices made during the First (Great) War.

A fund was established for the 'War Memorial Tablets' on each side of the main entrance to the School Hall, and in due course they displayed the names of 278 Old Boys and four staff members. About £1,600 was collected by 1919 of which about £700 was spent on the two brass tablets and the remainder was invested as the 'War Memorial Scholarship Fund' of an annual value of £40 tenable at any British university.

The Memorial has four WW1 plaques that are flanked by two WW2 plaques. They are set together with wood panels and have extra space to explain the history of the Memorial. Above the WW1 plaques sit broken flat pediments with laurel wreaths, while the WW2 plaques have laurel wreaths above them. Scroll topped columns of Ionic design form the borders between all plaques.

The WW1 Plaque carries the inscription:

'ON THESE TABLETS ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF MEMBERS OF THIS SCHOOL WHO DIED IN THE WAR 1914-1918'

Underneath the memorial is the inscription:

'THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US HAVE TAUGHT US HOW TO LIVE
AND HOW TO DIE. WE ARE THE HEIRS OF THE AGES, THE AGES THAT HAVE FOUGHT
AGAINST THE ODDS AND THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES FOR US.'

For the names on the First War plaques see the list in Appendix IV, in Herbert J, Tiffen's A History of the Liverpool Institute Schools, 1825 to 1935. The Liverpool Institute Old Boys Association, 1935.

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3. Creating the L.I. Second World War Dead Memorial

There are 29 Liverpool Institute Old Boys' (LIOB) names of War dead listed in the seven issues of the School Magazine between 1940 and 1946. However further information and the opening of Prisoners of War camps at the end of the War revealed a much greater total - 84 in all.

It appears that by about 1947 all the information had been collected for the creation of a new plaque honouring the names of former pupils who had died in the conflict. An appeal was made for financial assistance "to create something tangible and of a material and lasting benefit to the school, a new pavilion or a school camp to replace 'Troutal' [Lake District] for the benefit of present boys and old boys." However the funds did not extend to the purchase of a property but were used to construct a cricket pavilion at the playing fields. Contained in that appeal was "a list of all the Old Boys who are believed to have died". This listed 66 names which was expanded and later used to create the names on the 2WW Memorials plaque placed alongside the earlier one at the school. It is also used for reference in this work and names found in it are listed here having the abbreviation WMA (War Memorial Appeal) added.

The following new plaque explaining the history of the restoration was created in 2001 which now sits to the right of the memorial. It reads:

THESE WAR MEMORIALS COMMEMORATE THE FORMER PUPILS AND STAFF
OF THE LIVERPOOL INSTITUTE FOR BOYS WHO DIED IN ACTION IN THE FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WARS.
THE MEMORIALS WERE REMOVED WHEN THE SCHOOL CLOSED IN 1985
AND WERE SUBSEQUENTLY SEPARATED AND DAMAGED.
A GROUP OF INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS HAS OVERSEEN THEIR RESTORATION
AND REINSTATEMENT IN A PLACE OF HONOUR WITHIN THE LIVERPOOL INSTITUTE
FOR PERFORMING ARTS - JUST A FEW YARDS FROM THEIR ORIGINAL LOCATION.
IN ADDITION TO THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THE RESTORATION OF THE
WAR MEMORIALS THANKS GO TO LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL'S EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,
LIVERPOOL ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN TRUST AND DAVID HALLIWELL OF CADGRANGE LTD.
A RE-DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR THE LIVERPOOL INSTITUTE WAR MEMORIALS
TOOK PLACE ON THE 4TH NOVEMBER 2001.'

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4. Names and biographies of the L.I. Second World War Dead. Methodology.

This section outlines the broad steps taken in producing this historical biographical material.

The principal source of information is of course the names on the memorial plaques themselves which appear to have been based on submissions by LIOB parents, teachers and family members themselves in the years immediately following 1945.

This was then supplemented by checking the reference to these names in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) site. The entry in this data base provides full names, rank and unit, date of death, next of kin, and location of grave or commemoration marker. (However in a very few cases no mention is made in the CWGC list of a name found on the School tablets.)

The School records (so called Green Books - school directories) provide an excellent source of information about the school and more importantly for this exercise, names (surnames and initials), date of birth, date of entry to the school, of all the boys in the school for a substantial run of years prior to 1939 (as well as later). Unfortunately the Green Books commence only in 1926 and there are a few gaps in the coverage to 1938.

While these records combined provide a brief factual overview of the dead, any further information about their military record and manner of their death has to be searched for in many locations on line. The detective work commences with the names, dates of death and 'regiment' or unit/ ship / locale known, to see if there is any documentary evidence on line which might provide clues as to the cause and manner of their passing. It is time consuming work and does not always result in a satisfactory end of story.

No doubt with this information someone interested may wish to take this work further for individual persons, to try to follow up possible family connections or church records, etc. The author is conscious for instance of the lack of photographs of the individuals, although it has sometimes been possible to show maps and images of aircraft types or individual ships in which the serviceman served. We would be grateful of any additional information which might come to light as a result of further research.

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5. Brief Biographies of the L.I. Second World War Dead.

These provide basic detail of the names, military rank, and dates of death and places of commemoration of the Old Boys found to have died during the War. More detailed information on the lives and deaths of these Old Boys is given in Section 6.

Please note that this Section has not yet been fully edited to a consistent format except for those entries provided in the 22 longer biographies.

In the interest of space and brevity much use is made of standard abbreviations which are listed in Section 7.

One of the names below - that of Nathan Max (entered L.I. in 1935) is not listed on the school memorial.

In alphabetical order:


ALDER, F. D. (Frank? No F. D. in CWGC list) Rank: Marine Unit: Marines
Died: 10-Dec-1941, aged 31. Next of kin: son of Sydney Frank and Lilian Gertrude Alder, of Liverpool. Died at sea in HMS Repulse and commem. on Plymouth Naval War Mem.
School entry record: GB 20. 3 School years: 1920-27? School Mag.: WMA.

BASKERVILLE, John Brian. Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr) Unit: RAF-VR. (178 Sqd.) Died: 14-Apr-1944, aged 23. Next of kin: son of Albert and Annie Baskerville, of Garston, Liverpool. Commem: Bari Cem., Italy School entry record: GB 31. 3 School years: 1931-35? School Mag.: PS

BERGER, Gerald (WMA.has J.) Rank: Trooper. Unit: Roy. Armed Corps (11 Hussars) Died: 7-Aug-1944, aged 20. Next of kin: son of Ely and Celia Berger, of Liverpool. Commem: Bayeaux Cem. France. School entry record: GB 34. 3 School years: 1934-39 School Mag.: WMA.
Longer biography...

BLOWER, Frederick Drummond. Rank: Pilot Officer Unit: RAF-VR. (141 Sqdn.) Died: 5-Nov-1943, aged 21 Next of kin: son of Frederick Drummond and Beatrice Blower, of Liverpool; husband of Jean Pierce Blower. Died / buried / commem: Gt Crosby Churchyard, Lancs. School entry record: GB 30. 3 School years: 1930-35? School Mag.: 1943. 12

BOYD, Thomas Alexander. Rank: Supply Asst. Unit: RN 'HMS Royal Oak'. Born 13-Dec-1919, died: 14-Oct-1939, aged 19. Next of kin: - Died at sea, commem: - Plymouth War Mem. School entry record: GB 30. 3 At L.I.: 1930-36? School Mag.: 1940. 04
Longer biography...

BRIGGS, John Cyril, BSc. Rank: Lt. Unit: Kings Own Royal Died: 4-Apr-1945, aged 23. Next of kin: son of John Samuel and Alice Briggs; husband of Phyllis Gertrude Briggs, of Bangor, Caernarvonshire. Died / buried / commem: Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen School entry record: GB 34. 3 School years: 1935-40 School Mag.: 1945. 04

BROWN, Arthur R. (Arthur Reginald in CWGC list) Rank: Pilot Officer (Flt Engr.) Unit: RAF-VR. (550 Sqdn.) Died: 14-Oct-1944, aged 23? Next of kin: - Died / buried / commem: Venray War Cem., Limburg, Neths. School entry record: GB 33. 3 School years: 1933-39 School Mag.:

BURKE, J. D. (John Douglas?) Rank: Lt (E.) Unit: RN 'HMS Spartan' Died: 29-Jan-1944, aged 29. Next of kin: - Died / buried / commem: at sea - Plymouth Naval War Mem. School entry record: GB 26. 1 School years: 1926-32 School Mag.:

BUXTON, Peter. Rank: Pty. Off. Radio Mechanics Unit: RN HMS Illustrious Died: 12-Mar-1945, aged 20. Next of kin: son of Joseph Daykin Buxton and Dorothy Buxton, of Liverpool. Died at sea & commem: Lee-on-Solent Mem. School entry record: GB 36. 3 School years: 1936-39 School Mag.: 1946. 05

BUZZARD, Ernest Emes. Rank: 2nd Lt. Unit: Queens Own Cameron Hldrs. (5 Bn.) Died: 1-Jul-1944, aged 34. Next of kin: son of Frank William and Alice Elizabeth Buzzard, of Liverpool; husband of Sybil Buzzard, of Hale, Lancashire. Commem: Hermanville, Caen, France. School entry record: GB 22. 1. School years: 1922-28? School Mag.: WMA.

CARTER, A. (Albert?) Rank: 3rd. Engineer Unit: MN, SS Empire Kestrel (London). Died: 16-Aug-1943, aged 21. Next of kin: son of John and Mary Carter, of Liverpool. Died at sea & commem. At Tower Hill Mem. London. School entry record: GB 33. 3 School years: 1933-37 School Mag.: WMA.

CARTER, William Douglas (WMA.has W.) Rank: 2nd. Lt. Unit: Kings Liverpool. Died: 11-May-1941, aged 25. Next of kin: son of Samuel and Jennie Carter, of Liverpool; husband of Muriel Carter, of Liverpool. Commem: Lpool, Anfield Crem. School entry record: GB 27. 3 School years: 1927-31 School Mag.: 1942.07
Longer biography...

CAVE, Francis Neville. Rank: Sergeant (Pilot) Unit: RAF-VR. Born 8-Feb-1922, died: 4-Aug-1941, aged 19. Next of kin: son of Francis Herbert Hayward Cave and Nellie Cave, of Liverpool. Buried & commem: Lpool, Toxteth Park. School entry record: GB 33. 3 School years: 1933-38? School Mag.: WMA.
Longer biography...

CHARNEY, Frederick Richard Howard, DFC. Rank: Sqdn. Ldr. Unit: RAF-VR. (105 Sqdn.) Born 4-Apr-1920, died: 12-Sep-1941, aged 21. Next of kin: son of William Percy and Daisy Veronica Charney, of Mossley Hill, Liverpool. Commem: Malta Mem., Floriana, Valetta. School entry record: GB 32. 1 School years: 1932-36 School Mag.: 1942. 07.
Longer biography...

CHARNOCK, John Frederick. Rank: Sgt. W Op/Obs Unit: RAF-VR. Died: 29-Jan-1942, 29, aged 19. Next of kin: son of George William and Agnes Anne Charnock, of Anfield, Liverpool. Buried & commem: Lpool, (West Derby) Cem.. School entry record: GB 33. 3 School years: 1933-38 School Mag.: 1942. 07.

COLDRICK, Laurence John Stewart. Rank: Bombadier Unit: R.A. (11 Field Reg.) Died: 3-Jul-1942, aged 30. Next of kin: son of Constance Winifred Madelene Coldrick, and stepson of Herbert Nicoll, of Liverpool. Died / buried / commem: El Alamein, Egypt School entry record: GB 23. 2 School years: 1923-28?

COOPER, F. W. (there are 6 with these initials in CWGC, none having Lpool connections) Rank: ?Unit: ? Died: ?, aged ? Next of kin: Died ? School entry record: GB 23. 2 School years: 1923-28? School Mag.:

COOPER, J. O. (CWGC has 2 listed - neither Lpool) Rank: Unit: Died: ?, aged ?. Next of kin:? Commem: School entry record: GB 36. 1 School years: 1936-40 School Mag.: 1946. 05.

COOPER, Victor Louis, MB, ChB . Rank: Lt. Unit: RAMC. Died: 3-Nov-1943, aged 24. Next of kin: son of Michael K. and Adelaide K. Cooper, of Southport, Lancashire. Buried & commem.: Sangro River Valley War Cem., Italy. School entry record: GB 30. 3 School years: 1930-35? School Mag.: WMA.
Longer biography...

CORKILL, W. A. B. Sc. Engineering (Liverpool) Rank: CSM Unit: Straits Settlement Vol. Force Died: 7-Sep-1943, aged 46. Next of kin: son of William Lace Corkill and Bessie Furniss Corkill; husband of Gwendolen Mary Corkill. Commem: Kanchanaburi War Cem., Thailand. School years: 1908? School Mag.: WMA.

COTTLE, William Waterson (Member of Pharmaceutical Society) Rank: Pilot Officer (Nav.) Unit: RAF-VR. (102 Sqdrn) Died: 22-Nov-1943, aged 28. Next of kin: son of William Henry and Emily Cottle, of Liverpool; husband of Beryl Eileen Cottle, of Childwall, Liverpool. Died / buried / commem: Lpool, Childwall All Saints Churchyard School entry record: GB 27. 3 School years: 1927-31? School Mag.:

DAVIES, William Charles (GB 31 has an RWC Davies) Rank: Capt. Unit: RASC Died: 11-Jun-1944, aged 33. Next of kin: son of David and Emily Louisa Davies, of Speke, Liverpool. M. I. M. T. Died / buried / commem: Ranville Cem., Calvados, France School entry record: ? School years: 1922? School Mag.: 1944. 09

DAVIS, Alan Law. Rank: Lt. Unit: W. Yorks. Regt. Died: 6-Jun-1944, aged 24. Next of kin: son of Francis Cummins Davis and Emily Alice Davis; husband of Lilian Eaynor Davis, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Died / buried / commem: Hermanville, Calvados, France School entry record: GB 31. 3 School years: 1931-35? School Mag.: 1944. 09

DAWES, A. E. (Alfred Ernest?) Rank: Lieutenant (S) Unit: RNVR. 'H.M.S. Curacoa' Died: 2-Oct-1942, aged 25. Next of kin: - Died / buried / commem: at sea - Chatham Naval Mem. School entry record: GB 29. 3 School years: 1929-35? School Mag.:

DEADMAN, Kenneth David. Rank: Sgt. Unit: RAF-VR. (218 Sqdn.) Died: 1941. 16. 11, aged 25. Next of kin: son of William Henry and Edith Deadman, of Childwall, Liverpool. Died / buried / commem: Runnymeade Mem., Windsor School entry record: GB 25. 2 School years: 1926-29? School Mag.: WMA.

EDWARDS, W. S. (CWGC has both William Sidney, and a William Stanley. One, aged 20 in 1944, the other age unknown at death in 1944.) Rank: Unit: Died: ?, aged ?. Next of kin: ? Died ? Commem: School entry record: GB 36. 3 School years: 1936-39? School Mag.:

FAIRLEM, Walter HaleRank: Sub-Lieutenant (E) Unit: RNR 'H.M.S..S. Jerantut' Died: 1942,??, aged 29?. Next of kin: son of George Henry and Elizabeth Fairlem, of Liverpool. Died at sea & commem. Liverpool Naval Memorial, Pier Head. School entry record: GB 23. 1 School years: 1923-28?

FAULKNER, T. S. (CWGC has no T. S & no T. who fits) Rank: Unit: Died: ?, aged ? Next of kin: ? Commem: ? School entry record: GB 31. 1 School years: 1931-38 School Mag.: WMA.

FRASER, Noel Houghton. Rank: Private Unit: Gen Serv. Corps. Died: 22-Jan-1946, aged 18. Next of kin: son of Joseph and Gwendoline Marian Fraser, of Grassendale, Liverpool. Buried & commem: Allerton Cem. Liverpool. School entry record: GB 38. 3 School years: 1938-42? School Mag.: 1946. 05.

GREENHALGH, John Henry. Rank: Bombadier Unit: RA. Born 23-Dec-1919. Died: 26-Apr1941, aged 21. Next of kin: son of John and Edith Ellen Greenhalgh, of Liverpool. Commem. On Face 3, Athens Mem., Phaleron War Cemetery. School entry record: GB31.3. School years: 1931?
Longer biography...

GREENWOOD, Arthur Stanley * ('In Mem.' Has H. S. !) Rank: Sgt. Fl-Eng. Unit: RAF Died: 30-Dec-1941, aged 20. Next of kin: son of Arthur Joseph and Emily Greenwood, of Liverpool. Commem: Brest (Kerfautras) Cem., France. School entry record: GB 34. 3 School years: 1934-36? School Mag.: 1942. 07.

HAMMOND, Charles Neville, DFC. Rank: Flt-Lt (pilot) Unit: RAF-VR. (166 Sqdn.) Died: 22-Oct-1943, aged 23. Next of kin: son of Lt. -Col. Thomas Neville Hammond and Doris Hammond, of Llanrug, Caernarvonshire; husband of Mary Hammond, of Odiham, Hampshire. Commem: Hanover War Cem., Germany School entry record: GB 32. 1 School years: 1932-38 School Mag.: 1944. 09.

HARDING, George William Goldson. Rank: Sergeant (Pilot) Unit: RAF-VR. (418 (RCAF) Sqdn.) Died: 20-May-1942, aged 18. Next of kin: son of George William Goldson Harding and Lilian Idah Harding, of Liverpool. Killed during a low level raid over Schipol, Neths. (GL) Commem: Bergen General Cem., Alkmaar, Neths. School entry record: GB 32. 2 School years: 1932-37?

HAYCOCKS, John. Rank: Second Officer Unit: M. N., S. S. Designer (Liverpool) Born c. 1909. Died: 9-Jul-1941, aged 32. Next of kin: Husband of Renee Haycocks, of Huyton, Lancs. School entry record: not in GBs School years: 1920?Died at sea, commem: - London, Tower Hill Mem.
Longer biography...

HEALEY, Peter James Rank: Driver Unit: R. E. (3 Field Sqdn.) Born 7-Feb-1918, died: 14-Apr-1941, aged 23. Next of kin: son of Arthur William Patrick and Hannah Healey. Commem: Face 3, Athens Mem., Phaleron War Cemetery. School entry record: GB 25. 3 School years: 1925-31?
Longer biography...

HESLOP, William Edgar, BA (Oxon) Rank: Gunner Unit: Royal Horse Artillery Died: 20-Sep-1944, aged 23. Next of kin: son of William Edgar and Margaret May Heslop, of Liverpool. Commem: Coriano Ridge Cem., Riccione, Italy School entry record: GB 32. 3 School years: 1932-39 School Mag.: 1945. 04

HIGGIN, L. D. (Lawrenec Daniel?) Rank: Sgt. Unit: R.A. (5 Field Reg.) Died: 26-Jul-1945, aged 32. Next of kin: - Died / buried / commem: Labuan War Cem., Malaya School entry record: GB 24. 1 School years: 1924-28? School Mag.:

HILL, Thomas Herbert Archibald Rank: Flying Officer (Air Gnr.) Unit: RAF-VR. (156 Sqdn.) Died: 13-Aug-1944, aged 23. Next of kin: son of John S. A. & Mary Hill, of Fairfield, Liverpool. Commem: Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen. School entry record: GB 34. 1 School years: 1934-39? School Mag.: 1946. 05.

HOLMES, R. W. (Ronald William?) Rank: Sgt. Unit: RAF-VR. (166 Sqdn.) Died: 28-Aug-1943, aged 21. Next of kin: son of William and Catherine Holmes, of Wallasey, Cheshire. Commem: ? School entry record: GB 35. 1 School years: 1935-39?

HUGHES, John Bethell. Rank: Sgt. Pilot Unit: RAF-VR. (109 Sqdn.) Died: 22-Nov-1941, aged approx. 21. No next of kin recorded. Commem: Knightsbridge Cem. Acroma, Tobruk, Libya .School entry record: School years: 1931-34 School Mag.: 1942. 07.
Longer biography...

HUGHES, K. (Kenneth Edward; Kenneth Mitchell?) Rank: Unit: Died: ?, aged ?. Next of kin: ? Commem: ? School entry record: GB 31. 3 School years: 1931-38.

HUGHES, Ronald George. Rank: Schoolboy. Unit: civilian. Died: 9-Jan-1941, aged 12. Next of kin: son of Albert George and Elsie Mary Hughes. Died at home in air-raid at 13 Chillingham Street, Dingle. School entry record: School years: 1939-41? School Mag.: WMA.
Longer biography...

HUTCHISON, Robert Edward George, DFC & bar. Rank: Flt. Lt. (air-gunner) Unit: RAF-VR. (617 Sqdn.) Died: 16-Sep-1943, aged 25. Next of kin: son of Robert George and Ada Louisa Hutchison, of Liverpool. Commem: Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen. School entry record: GB 30. 3 School years: 1930-34? School Mag.: WMA.

JACKSON, J. R. John Reginald. Rank: Sgt. Unit: RAF-VR. Born 20-Mar-1919, died: 27-Oct-1941, aged 22. Next of kin: son of Alfred and Maude Mary Jackson, of Liverpool. Buried & commem: Allerton Cem. Liverpool. School entry record: GB 26. 1 School Years: 1926-32.
Longer biography...

JONES, A. S. (Arthur Sidney?) Rank: Sgt. Unit: RAF-VR. Died: 22-Jun-1944, aged ? Next of kin: son of John Elias Jones, and of Elizabeth Alice Jones, of Liverpool Buried & commem: Lpool, Allerton Cem. School entry record: not in GBs School years: ?

KELLY, F. (Frank?) Rank: Trooper Unit: Ry. Armoured Corps (267 Forward Delivery Sqn. Nottinghamshire Yeomanry) Died: 14-Jul-1945, aged 19. Next of kin: son of Michael and Florence Kelly, of Liverpool. Commem: Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen. School entry record: GB 37. 3? School years: 1937- 41? School Mag.: 1946. 05.

KERRUISH, Robert William Ronald. Rank: Sgt. (rear gnr.) Unit: RAF-VR. (115 Sqdn.) Died: 7-Jul-1941, aged 19. Next of kin: son of William Thomas Kerruish and Gertrude Kerruish, of Tarleton. Buried & commem: Tarleton Holy Trinity Churchyard, nr. Preston, Lancs. School entry record: GB 33. 3. School years: 1933-38? School Mag.: WMA.
Longer biography...

KILLHAM, Edgar John Jex. Rank: Sergeant (W. Op. /Air Gnr.) Unit: RAF-VR. (408 (R. C. A. F.) Sqdn.) Died: 9-May-1942, aged 19. Next of kin: son of George Edward and Amy Lilian Killham, of Liverpool. Commem: Berlin War Cem (1939-45) School entry record: GB 36. 2. School years: 1936-39?

LEVY, Edward Lazarus. Rank: L/Bmr. Unit: Roy. Horse Arty. (5 Regt.) . Died: 15-Jan-1943, aged 26. Next of kin: son of Simon and Esther Levy, of Liverpool; husband of Rebecca Levy, of Southport, Lancashire. Buried in Tripoli War Cem. (Panel 7. G. 4) School entry record: GB 25. 1. School years: 1925-32 School Mag.: WMA.
Longer biography...

LEWIS, S. E. (none listed in CWGC) Rank: Unit: Died: ?, aged. Next of kin: ? Commem: School entry record: not in GBs School years: ?

MAX, Nathan Rank: Sgt. 178 Squadron RAF-VR. Born 27-Jun-1924 in Liverpool, the youngest son of Alter Max and Rachel (née Sheinberg), Died: 19-Mar-1944. Memorial: Floriana,Valletta Malta on Panel 15, Col. 1,. He was 19 years old. NOT ON SCHOOL MEMORIAL.
Longer biography...

McCALLUM, M. (Malcolm?) Rank: Lt. Unit: R.A. (6H. A. A. Regt.) Died: 12-Nov-1942, aged 41. Next of kin: son of Alfred and Jane McCallum, of Little Sutton, Cheshire. Died in POW camp? Commem: Yokohama Cremation Mem. School entry record: not in GBs School years: 1912 - ?

McDOWELL, Walter Harry. Rank: Fl. Off. (Nav.) Unit: RAF-VR. (61 Sqdn.) Died: 22-Oct-1943, aged 27. Next of kin: son of Walter Jamieson McDowell, and Mary Melville McDowell, of Aigburth, Liverpool. Commem: Hanover War Cem., Germany. School entry record: GB 28. 3 School years: 1928-35? School Mag.: 1946. 05.

McKENZIE, Gordon Andrew Rank: Sgt. Unit: RAF-VR. Born 30-Nov-1917, died: 7-Apr-1941, aged 23. Next of kin: son of William and Beatrice Martha McKenzie, of Woolton, Liverpool. Buried at St. Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool & commem: Panel 47 Runnymeade Mem., Windsor School entry record: GB 29. 3 School years: 1929-31? School Mag.: WMA.
Longer biography...

MELLORS, Frederick Arthur, DFC. Rank: Flying Officer Unit: RAF-VR. (111 Sqdn.) Died: 1-Nov-1943, aged 21. Next of kin: son of Arthur Baden Mellors and Hilda Mellors, of Anfield, Liverpool. Died / buried / commem: Naples War Cem., Miano, Naples, Italy. School entry record: GB 34. 3 School years: 1934-38? School Mag.: 1943. 12

MOLYNEUX, C. P. B. (no-one of these initials or similar in CWGS list) Rank: Unit: Died: ?, aged ? Next of kin: Died ? School entry record: GB 33. 2 School years: 1933-39? School Mag.: 1946. 05.

MUIR, Alexander Greenlees Rank: Lt. Unit: RN-Res. HMS Registan. Died: 27-May-1941 at sea, aged 37. Next of kin: ? Commem: Chatham Naval Mem. School entry record: not in GBs School years: ?
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MURRAY, H. H. (no H. H. in CWGC list - 40 x H.) Rank: ?Unit: ? Died: ?, aged. Next of kin: Died ? School entry record: GB 23. 3 School years: 1923-27 School Mag.: WMA.

MURRAY, William Douglas. Rank: L/Sgt. Unit: Irish Guards Died: 30-Mar-1943, aged 26. Next of kin: son of George and Mary Elizabeth Murray; husband of Edna Murray, of Liverpool. Commem: Medjez-el-Bab Mem. (Tunisia) School entry record: GB 28. 3 School years: 1928-34? School Mag.: 1946. 05.

OWEN, Edward Tudor, M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S. (Edin.). Rank: Sqd-Ldr. Unit: RAF-VR. Died: 17-Feb-1944, aged 34. Next of kin: son of Edward Owen and of Agnes Owen (nee Tudor), of Irby, Cheshire. Commem: Chittagong War Cem., Dampara, Bangladesh. School entry record: GB 23. 1 School years: 1923-28 School Mag.: 1944. 09.

PAGE, Lawrence Higgin. Rank: Flying Officer Unit: RAF. Died: 1943. 13. 04, aged 24 .Next of kin: ? Commem: Lpool, Wavertree Holy Trinity Churchyard. School entry record: GB 30. 3 School years: 1930-35? School Mag.: 1943. 05.

PARRY, Richard Denis Waltho *(GB has D. R. W.) Rank: Engineer Officer (Sixth) Unit: MN, S.S. Yorkshire (Liverpool). Born 1-Apr-1915, died: 17-Oct-1939, aged 24. Next of kin: son of Frederick John and Dorothy Gaunt Parry, of Bebington, Cheshire. Died at sea, commem: Tower Hill Mem. London. School entry record: GB 23. 1 School years: 1923-28? School Mag.: 1946. 05.
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PRENDERGAST, Leslie. Rank: Pilot Officer. Unit: RAF-VR. (44 Sqdn.) Died: 18-Aug-1943, aged 22. Next of kin: son of Harold and Margaret Prendergast, of Liverpool. Commem: Runnymeade Mem., Windsor. School entry record: GB 33. 2 School years: 1933-39? School Mag.: 1943. 12.

PRESTON, Robert Stoddart. Rank: Lt. Unit: Kings Lpool, attchd 2nd (Airborne) Bn. Died: 24-Mar-1945, aged 23. Next of kin: ? Commem: Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen. School entry record: GB 33. 3 School years: 1933-34 School Mag.: 1945. 04.

PUXLEY, W. R. (William Raymond) Rank: Second Officer. Unit: M. N. SS Oport (Lpool) Died: 13-Mar-1943, aged 29. Next of kin: son of William Henry and Annie Mary Maud Puxley; husband of Kathren Beatrice Puxley, of Oxford. Died at sea & commem. at London, Tower Hill Mem. School entry record: GB 25. 1 School years: 1925-28?

REED, George Ramsay. Rank: 3rd Engineer Unit: MN S.S. Avoceta. Died: 1941. 24. 09, aged 24. Next of kin: son of George Hoy Reed and Sarah Reed, of Liverpool. Died / buried / commem: at sea - Tower Hill Mem. London. School entry record: GB 24. 1 School years: 1924-29? School Mag.: WMA.

ROBSON, George Allen (in CWGC) Allan (in WMA) Rank: Sgt. W/Op. Unit: RAF-VR. (102 Sqdn.) Died: 3-Dec-1942, aged 27. Next of kin: son of George and Margaret Robson; husband of Barbara Robson. Died / buried / commem: Florennes Community Cem., Namur, Belgium School entry record: GB 28. 3 School years: 1928-33? School Mag.: 1943. 12.

SABIN, Kenneth Wyndham. Rank: Second Officer Unit: M. N. SS Makalla (Lpool)' Died: 9-Feb-1946, aged 30. Next of kin: son of George Henry and Mary Elizabeth Sabin, of Mossley Hill, Liverpool; husband of Mary Grace Sabin, of Mossley Hill. Commem: Lpool, Allerton Cem. School entry record: GB 25. 1 School years: 1925-32?

SAMUELS, Stuart. Rank: L/Bombardier Unit: RA 56 Med. Regt. Died: 26-Apr-1943, aged 22. Next of kin: son of Leon and Kitty Samuels, of Liverpool. Commem: Lpool Broadgreen Jewish Cem. School entry record: GB 30. 3 School years: 1930-38 School Mag.: WMA.

SLOBOM, Herbert Laurence (Laurie) Rank: Cpl. Unit: Essex Regt. 8th Batt. Born 13-Oct-1914, died: 1-Mar-1941, aged 26. Next of kin: son of Albert Victor and Annie Slobom, of Liverpool; husband of Irene Dorothy Slobom, of Liverpool. Buried & commem: Lpool, Toxteth Park Cem. School entry record: GB 28. 3 School years: 1928-30? School Mag.: WMA.
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STAFFIERE, Anthony Greg. Rank: Flt. Lt. Unit: RAF-VR. (204 Sqdn.) Died: 13-Jul-1944, aged 28. Next of kin: son of Francis Greig and Mabel Emily Staffiere, of Gayton, Merseyside. Died / buried / commem: Fajara War Cem., Gambia School entry record: GB 24. 2 School years: 1924-30?

THISTLETHWAITE, John Harry. Rank: trooper Unit: Royal Armoured Corps (2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry) Died: 31-Jul-1944, aged 20. Next of kin: son of George and Frances Thistlethwaite, of Huyton, Lancashire. Commem: Banneville-la-Campagne War Cem., nr. Caen, Normandy, France School entry record: GB 35. 3 School years: 1935-39?

THOMAS, K. G. (No full names in CWGC) Rank: Flying Officer Unit: RAF-VR. (225 Sqdn.) Died: 10-Feb-1944, aged 25. Next of kin: son of William Henry and Doris Thomas, of Liverpool; husband of Beatrice Worthington Thomas, of Broadgreen, Liverpool. Commem: Minturno War Cem., Italy. School entry record: GB 30. 3 School years: 1930- ?

THOMAS, Kenneth Leftwich. Rank: Sgt. (w/Op. Air Gnr.) Unit: RAF-VR. Died: 5-Apr-1942, aged 23. Next of kin: son of Thomas Richard and Frances Haworth Thomas, of Liverpool. Commem: Malta, Capuccini Naval Cem. School entry record: GB 30. 3 School years: 1930-35? School Mag.: WMA.

THORNLEY, Frederick Arthur. Rank: Lt. Unit: Durham Lt. Inf . (C Coy. 1st Bn.) Died: 15-12-1944, aged 25. Next of kin: son of Nathan and Frances Annie Thornley, of Liverpool. Commem: Forli War Cem., Italy School entry record: GB 31. 3 School years: 1931-37? School Mag.: WMA.

TUNNINGTON, Eric. Rank: Pilot Off. (Obs) Unit: RAF-VR. (12 Sqdn.) Died: 26-Feb-1942, aged 31. Next of kin: son of Arthur and Margaret Helen Tunnington, of Liverpool; husband of Mary Millicent Tunnington, of Liverpool. Bank official; amateur international football player. Commem: Kiel War Cem., Germany. School entry record: GB 22. 1 School years: 1922-28? School Mag.: WMA.

TUSON, John Victor William. Rank: Midshipman (A) Unit: RN HMS Saker II Died: 25-Jun-1942, aged 19. Next of kin: son of James A. V. and Laura Ellenor Tuson, of Bebington, Cheshire, England. Commem: Miami, Woodlawn Pk. Cem., Florida USA. School entry record: GB 33. 1 School years: 1933-40? School Mag.: WMA.

VAREY, Miles Philip Rank: Lt. Unit: RA, 7th anti-tank Reg. Died: 3-Jul-1944, aged 22. Next of kin: ? Commem: St. Manvieu War Cem., Cheux, Caen, France. School entry record: GB 33. 3 School years: 1933-40 School Mag.: 1944. 09.

WATSON, M. (Murray? CWG age correct) Rank: Fl. Off. (Nav.) Unit: RAF-VR. (161 Sqdn.) Died: 18-May-1945, aged 21. Next of kin: son of Walter Murray Watson and Ida Gladys Watson, of Liverpool; husband of Florence Watson. Commem: Brussels Town Cem., Belgium. School entry record: GB 35. 3 School years: 1935-39? School Mag.: WMA.

WATSON, R. F. (CWGC has 3 of this name but age & place do not fit) Rank: ? Unit: ?Died: ?, aged ? Next of kin: ? Commem: ? School entry record: GB 30. 3 School years: 1931- ? School Mag.: WMA.

WEIGHTMAN, George, Dip. Ed. (Durham). Rank: 2nd. Lt. Unit: Glos. Regt. Died: 29-May-1940, aged 27. Next of kin: son of James and Anne Weightman, of Mossley Hill, Liverpool. Cassel Community Cem. Extension, Dept. du Nord, France. School entry record: GB 23. 1 School years: 1923-28? School Mag.: WMA.
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WILLIAMSON, Edgar Stanley, B. E. (Lpool) Rank: Gunner, Unit: RA (Hants. Yeomanry Bty. 72 AA Regt.) Born 27-Jul-1916, died: 5-Feb-1940, aged 23. Next of kin: son of John Stanley and Flora Beatrice Williamson, of Liverpool. Buried & commem: Netley Military Cem., Hampshire. School entry record: GB 28. 3 School years: 1928-35? School Mag.: WMA.
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WILSHAW, N. H. (Neville Hulatt?) Rank: Corp. Unit: RAF-VR. Died: 2-Mar-1945, aged 23. Next of kin: son of Frank Philip Wilshaw and of Alice Ada Wilshaw (nee Hulatt), of Lewisham, Kent. Commem: Bergen-op-Zoom War Cem., Neths. School entry record: GB 34. 1 School years: 1934-39?

WOOTTON, Eric. Rank: Civilian Unit: Civilian firewatcher. Died: 4-May-1941, aged 18. Next of kin: Adopted son of Alice Wootton, of 4 Streatham Avenue, Sefton Park. Killed in air-raid while on duty, at Langdale Rd. & Smithdown Rd., Lpool. School entry record: GB 33. 2. School years: 1933-40? School Mag.: WMA
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6. More Detailed Biographies of the L.I. Second World War Dead

This includes some brief narrative of the important events happening in the course of the War which affected those listed. This Section is under development and there are 23 names included here to date (June 2011) of the 85 deaths traced so far.

The format is as follows:

»  # for army and airforce service numbers;
»  military rank;
»  forenames and family name in CAPS;
»  Birth date; death date; age,
»  Next of kin,
»  School information showing year and term of arrival as listed in the Green Book (e.g GB 30.3 means as recorded for 1930 3rd term (Sept.);
»  at school years (often incomplete due to lack of GBs for the period);
»  service record showing Unit served and circumstance of death;
»  place of death or burial of a body or commemoration on a memorial and its detailed location.
»  Web addresses of significant source of information are provided within the text, quotes from these sources are given in italics and within quotation marks.

The first to die and be recorded was:


Thomas Alexander BOYD , Supply Assistant , RN. Born 13-Dec-1919, died: 14-Oct-1939, aged 19. Next of kin: ?

School entry record: GB 30. 3. At L.I.: 1930-36? (School entry 1930. 3) a "supply assistant" on board the battleship, Royal Oak which went down only a month into the war and was Britain's first major naval disaster (14 Oct. 1939) . The 'Royal Oak', a Jutland survivor, was sunk while anchored in the 'protected anchorage' at Scapa Flow, Orkneys by torpedoes from U-47 which had managed to penetrate the defences in a daring raid. The ship keeled over in 13 minutes and most (833) of the 1200+ crew were drowned.

H.M.S. Royal Oak

The Sinking of the Royal Oak (I've removed the link as the page is suspected of having a virus. Fred)

No next of kin shown. Died at sea, commem. Plymouth War Mem .
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Denis Richard Waltho PARRY, 6th Engineering Officer, M.N.. School entry1923. 1) the second LIOB to die.

Born 1-Apr-1915, died: 17-Oct-1939, aged 24. School entry record: GB 23. 1. School years: 1923-28? School Mag.: 1946. 05.

On 17 Oct. 1939, Parry was in the Atlantic with the SS Yorkshire. The ship was in the Bibby fleet and sailed between Liverpool, Colombo & Rangoon and had been in convoy HG-3 returning from the Far East carrying passengers many of whom were servicemen who had been wounded when it was attacked between Gibraltar & Liverpool.

Of 278 passengers and crew, 58 were missing after the German U-37 submarine attack. Survivors were rescued by the 'City of Mandalay' which halted to assist and in turn was sunk by the same U-boat. The 'USS Independence Hall' a neutral ship rescued both sets of survivors but not Parry.

Loss of the Yorkshire

Died at sea. Commem. at Tower Hill Mem. London. Son of Frederick John and Dorothy Gaunt Parry, of Bebington, Cheshire.
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#1431145. Gunner Edgar Stanley WILLIAMSON, born 27 July 1916, attended L.I. 1928-35?

He had a B. Ed., Liverpool University, so was possibly a teacher until he enlisted. He was a gunner with the Royal Artillery, (Hants. Yeomanry Bty. 72 (Heavy) Anti-aircraft Regiment (T. A.) active in Southampton.

Died 2 May 1940. He is buried in Grave 2194, Netley Military Cemetery, Hants. This cemetery was associated with the large Royal Victoria Military Hospital (since demolished) which specialised in psychiatric care.

It is not known therefore whether Williamson died accidentally, or from wounds received elsewhere, or as a result of local enemy action. He was buried during the invasion of Norway, a week before Churchill assumed power.

The brief land war of 1940 saw the German army punch through Belgium to the Pas de Calais towards Dunkirk. Caught in the retreat, attempting to defend the bridgehead were the Gloucester Regiment "the Glorious Glosters" whose 2nd Bn. suffered badly.

"Around 100 men of the 2nd Glosters made it home [from Dunkirk]. 5 officers and 132 men were dead. 472 taken prisoner."

World War 2 Talk
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#103360. 2nd. Lt. George WEIGHTMAN, who had attended Durham University and attained a Diploma of Education after attending the LI, 1923 - 28, presumably a teacher by the time of War's outbreak. His home was Mossley Hill and his parents James & Anne Weightman. He was killed on 29 May, 1940, aged 27, while commanding No. 10 Platoon, B Company (2 Bn?) in an isolated farm just outside Cassel, Dept du Nord, France.

"my father told me ... that B company No.10 Platoon was commanded by 2nd Lt. Weightman holding a forward position at a farm in Cassel was under heavy mortar attack, when 2Lt. Weightman took the full blast of a mortar shell killing him out right, my father was badly wounded by shrapnel from the shell..." Ralph Vokes:

World War 2 Talk

By Lieut.-Colonel E. M. B. Gilmore, D.S.O. From 'The Black Badge'

"On Wednesday, 29th May, a heavy and sustained attack broke out again, preceded by a concentrated and accurate mortar bombardment. This was directed against the entire Battalion position. ..."B" Company came in for the brunt of the day's onslaught. No. 10 Platoon in the farm forward of the company area, under the command of 2/Lieut. Weightman was exceptionally heavily bombarded. In the course of this attack, 2/Lieut. Weightman was killed by a direct hit; his loss was one that could be ill-afforded, for he had acted throughout most gallantly and had led his platoon most ably in all the fighting."

The fate of the survivors who managed to evade the encircled Germans and walk the dangerous twenty miles from Cassel to Dunkirk just to catch a late boat home, mirrors closely that depicted in the novel and film, Atonement. Only 57 Gloucesters were to make it - the rest dead or entering five years of captivity.

Weightman is buried in the village he was defending, Cassel, at the Communal Cemetery Extension, Row C. Grave 6.
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Ronald George HUGHES was in his second year at school aged 12. He died at his home, 13 Chillingham St., Dingle, Liverpool on 9 Jan. 1941 during an enemy air raid. He died with his parents, Albert Hughes (aged 45), mother Elsie (aged 43) and sisters, Audrey (17) & Irene (20). It is not known where the family was buried, possibly Anfield Cem.

School children from cities like Liverpool had been evacuated in Sept. 1940 but many had returned by the time the blitz began in August 1940. However the 'Christmas Blitz' of 1940 saw the authorities attempt a second evacuation. The Dingle was the port area containing extensive oil storage facilities & docks and therefore a target of strategic significance to German bombers. For memories of this time in the Dingle see:

World War 2 Memories - written by the public, gathered by the BBC.

1941- The War is 18 months old and Britain has had a string of losses; it is the darkest hour as invasion is expected daily; the Blitz pounds airfields and seaports. Overseas, the retreat continues and evacuation from Greece completes German domination of continental Europe. LI Old boys - even school boys - lose their lives across Britain and Europe.
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#6013727. Cpl. Herbert Lawrence (Laurie) SLOBOM, 8th Bn Essex Regiment, born 13 Oct. 1914

He attended L.I. 1928-30? (Last form 5w).

Died 1 March 1941 and is buried at Sec. 6. Cons. Grave 420, Toxteth Cemetery, Liverpool.

He was 26 years old and son of Albert Victor and Annie Slobom, of Liverpool; husband of Irene Dorothy Slobom, of Liverpool

It is believed the Battalion was on Home Defence at this time but their disposition is not yet known, nor is his place of death..
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#905025. Sgt. Gordon Andrew McKENZIE, RAF-VR, born 30 Nov. 1917,.

He attended L.I. 1929-31? (form 4p) and was the son of William and Beatrice Martha McKenzie, of Woolton, Liverpool.

He died 7 April 1941, aged 23, is buried at St. Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool and is commemorated on Panel 47, Runnymede Memorial., Windsor.

There is a report 23 March, 1941 of a "taxying accident to Master N7778 at Usworth 905025 Sg.t McKenzie, G.A. uninjured." He appears to have been with 55 O T U (Operational Training Unit) at Usworth, near Sunderland, Durham, probably flying a Hurricane Mark 1.

"All Sister knows is that he took off and was never seen again."

As his body was returned for burial it was likely a training rather than operational accident.

The Aviation Forum
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#2070609. Driver Peter James HEALEY, born 7 Feb. 1918. Attended L.I. 1925 until 1931? (Last form 2I)

Driver, R. E. (3 Field Sqdn.)

During the battle for Greece, the invading German forces pushed south past Thessaloniki and on 13 April Genl. Wilson, decided to withdraw all British forces to the Haliacmon river, and then to the narrow pass at Thermopylae. On 14 April, the 9th Panzerdivision established a bridgehead across the Haliacmon river, but an attempt to advance beyond this point was stopped by intense Allied fire. Much of this fighting was undertaken by the 4th New Zealand Brigade, 5th New Zealand Brigade, and the 16th Australian Brigade. For the next three days, the advance of the 9th Panzer Division was stalled in front of these resolutely held positions. It is possible that Healey's artillery unit was attached to one of these Allied Brigades.

"The day will always be remembered by those who were there for the many devastating attacks delivered by the Luftwaffe. Near Grevena three raids took place within an hour and a half: 'The road was littered with vehicles ... three English boys killed at the same AA gun (155 Lt AA Battery) no sooner was one gunner killed than another rushed to take his place ...."

Healey died on 14 April 1941. 04, aged 23. and is commemorated on Face 4, Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery. He was the son of Arthur William Patrick and Hannah Healey.
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#882556. John Henry GREENHALGH, born 23 Dec. 1919, attended L.I. in 1931 (Form Bc) and was the son of John and Edith Ellen Greenhalgh, of Liverpool.

He was a bombardier in the Royal Artillery and he died 26 April 1941, aged 21, commemorated on Face 3, Athens Memorial, Phaleron, Greece with its nearly 3000 names.

Above the north entrance to the memorial in English and above the south entrance in Ancient Greek, are these words attributed to the ancient Greek poet, Simonedes: WE, WHO TO CLOTHE HELL AS IN FREEDOM FOUGHT, LIE HERE AT REST IN PRAISE THAT FADETH NOT.

The Italians invaded Greece in Oct. 1940 but were defeated by the Greeks. The German army then attacked Greece again on 6 April 1941:

"The combined Greek and British Commonwealth forces fought back with great tenacity, but were vastly outnumbered and out-gunned, and finally collapsed. Athens fell on 27 April, however the British managed to evacuate about 50,000 troops. The Greek campaign ended in a quick and complete German victory with the fall of Kalamata in the Peloponnese; it was over within 24 days. The conquest of Greece was completed through the capture of Crete a month later. Greece remained under occupation by the Axis powers until October 1944."

The British and Commonwealth forces sent to Greece in April under General Wilson were soon in retreat. The Greeks surrendered April 20. April 26 (date of Greenhalgh's death) was the day the Germans attacked the Corinth Canal. The final withdrawal of British, Australian & New Zealand troops from Greece took place two days later on 28 April 1941.

"Some historians regard the German campaign in Greece as decisive in determining the course of World War II, maintaining that it fatally delayed the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union. Others hold that the campaign had no influence on the launching of Operation Barbarossa as monsoon conditions in the Ukraine would have postponed Axis operations regardless. Others believed British intervention in Greece as a hopeless undertaking, a "political and sentimental decision" or even a "definite strategic blunder." It has also been suggested the British strategy was to create a barrier in Greece, to protect Turkey, the only (neutral) country standing between an Axis block in the Balkans and the oil-rich Middle East."

Battle of Greece

The 'May Blitz', 1st to 7th May, 1941 was the worst week of the war for civilians in Liverpool. A force of 681 bombers dropped 870 tonnes of high explosive and 112,000 incendiary bombs. 1700 people in Liverpool & Bootle were killed and more injured, most were in houses close to the river but also in suburbs some miles away.
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Eric WOOTTON was an 18 year old fire-watcher, having left the Institute just a year before.

"The duty of a Fire Guard was to take turns watching for the fall of fire bombs; to warn the neighbourhood when they fell in the area for which he is responsible; to help promptly to control them and thus to prevent small fires from becoming big fires."

He died on 4 May 1941 at the corner of Langdale Rd. & Smithdown Rd. presumably on the roof of the bank building where he was stationed. A bomb (possibly an incendiary) fell on the building but the ground floor was saved.

He was the adopted son of Alice Wootton, of 4 Streatham Ave., Greenbank Park just a few streets away from where he died.

A death notice was placed in the Liverpool Daily Post 7 May 1941, "by enemy action, doing his duty, Eric, dearly loved son of Alice. Resting where no shadows fall. Sadly missed by his sorrowing mother and aunt. Interred in Allerton Cemetery May 9"

This site describes a typical war time day in Liverpool during the Blitz and the views the mornings after.

The King's Liverpool Regiment which had been so active in the First War was expanded again after 1939 with 10 new battalions.
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#148863. 2nd. Lt. William Douglas CARTER, Kings Regiment (Liverpool) (possibly related to Home Defence) when he died in 11 May 1941.

Attended L.I. 1927-31, 31 School Mag.: 1942. 07 .

As there were no air raids on 11 May, it is possible he died of wounds from a raid a few days before - it was the week of the May Blitz. Kings Regiment was assisting home defence in Liverpool that week.

He is buried in Liverpool, Anfield Crematorium, Panel 1.

He was the son of Samuel and Jennie Carter, of Liverpool; husband of Muriel Carter, of Liverpool.
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Lt. Alexander Greenlees MUIR, RN-Res.

No school record, not in GBs.

'The Registan' was a merchant vessel of 6008 tons, built in 1930 in South Shields and owned by F.C Strick & Co. It was taken under command of the R.N. in Sept. 1940 and converted into an Ocean Boarding Vessel as H.M.S Registan. OBVs were intended for the purpose of enforcing wartime blockades by intercepting and boarding foreign vessels.

On 27 May 1941 the vessel was bombed by German aircraft off Cape Cornwall near Lands End, England. It was carrying 1319 tons of general cargo. The ship caught fire and 63 crew members were lost (presumably Muir with them).

Ships hit by U-boats

"Two Royal Navy Boards of Enquiry were held after the enemy aircraft attack on HMS Registan. The first was held on the 2nd of June 1941 and the second on the 21st of June 1941.

The first Board of Enquiry was held to investigate why HMS Registan had not obeyed certain signals from Naval command to alter course during the day of Tuesday the 27th of May 1941. She was en route from Glasgow to Southampton and for reasons established during the enquiry she received the signals to alter course for Milford Haven too late. The order to alter course was then countermanded and she continued on a heading which took her around Lands End to head up the English Channel towards Southampton. It was later that night, while 8 miles off the Cornish coast, that she was attacked by enemy bombers.

The second Board of Enquiry was called as a result of a letter written by a member of the crew (who had been rescued) which stated in simple terms that at the time of abandoning ship there had been instances of cowardice and that certain uninjured crew members were getting themselves safely off the ship and into a lifeboat or onto floats before all the injured members of the crew had been attended to. The Board of Enquiry found no evidence to support his claim and put the content of his letter down to the fact that this crew member had been injured in the head and was still heavily dosed up with morphine.

The previous night, HMS Registan had moored outside the harbour at Falmouth in the county of Cornwall, England, awaiting first light to make her final approaches.

Many of the crew would still have been asleep and on that fateful night - Tuesday the 27th of May 1941. The story goes that the bomb dropped from the enemy plane went straight down the funnel of the doomed vessel; whether it was well-aimed or good luck (on the part of the pilot) is not documented but one thing is certain, HMS Registan seemed beyond help."

The survivors were rescued by three navy ships and landed at Milford Haven. The badly damaged ship was towed to Falmouth by the British tug Goliath, where she was rebuilt to a merchant and was returned to the owner in November 1941. Later on 29 Sep, 1942, the unescorted Registan (Master Charles Spencer Bartlett) was torpedoed and sunk by U-332 (Johannes Liebe) about 140 miles east of Barbados.

An undated photo exists of some of the crew.

There are 27 graves of unidentified sailors from the bombing of the ship in five communal graves in the cemetery in Falmouth (Muir's body might have been among them.)

There are records in the National Archives of a Board of Inquiry called into the bombing of HMS Registran in June 1941.

Muir died 27 May 1941, at sea, aged 37. - Commem. Chatham Naval Memorial, 49.3. This monument bears the names of over 10,000 sailors. It is inscribed:

'IN HONOUR OF THE NAVY AND TO THE ABIDING MEMORY OF THOSE RANKS AND RATINGS OF THIS PORT WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE DEFENCE OF THE EMPIRE AND HAVE NO OTHER GRAVE THAN THE SEA'

The summer of 1941 saw the beginnings of aggressive action by the RAF against enemy targets in Germany & occupied Europe and the fierce tank battles raging in Libya with consequent loss of life among its crews. Some died in air crashes on land, at sea or later through wounds while in an aircraft which managed to return home. Among them were four former LI schoolboys, two aged 19, two 21 years old.
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#966033. Robert William Ronald KERRUISH (at the L. I. from 1933 to 1938, last class 6Ac - classics), joined the RAF-VR, with 115 Sqdn. RAF stationed at RAF Marham in Norfolk. The station flew Wellington bombers, and in 1941 started the first service trials of one of the earliest new secret radar aircraft navigational aids (code-named 'Gee') .

On 22 April 1941 the aircraft in which Kerruish was flying (Wellington 1C T2560 KO-E) which had been on ops. to Brest in France, crashed (due to an altimeter problem) into Liddington Hill, near Chiseldon, Swindon, Wiltshire, killing Sgt. Francis Shaw (co-pilot) . However Kerruish, the rear gunner on the aircraft, survived the crash but was killed three months later on 7th July 1941 on a mission to Munster, Germany while defending his Wellington of 115 Squadron (X9672 KO-U) against a German Junkers 88C night fighter of NJG2. L. G. Heinrich Barth of 3 Group, Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 shot down a Blenheim, 30 km East of Great Yarmouth at 00.24 hrs on the 7th July 1941. The aircraft he was flying was a Ju 88c. This would have put him in the right place at the right time to have had a go at Kerruish's Wellington. If you draw a line from Marham to Munster in Germany, it virtually goes over the area where the Blenheim aircraft would have gone down.

The Wellington was sufficiently badly damaged that the captain ditched its bombs and returned to base at Marham.

According to a letter sent by the crew to his parents (9 July) later published in Tarleton rector's parish newsletter.

Kerruish was fatally wounded but had "successfully silenced the guns of the enemy aircraft and so forced him to give up the fight", and thereby ensured his crew's escape. His was the only fatality on board the damaged aircraft.

The death is noted in the personal diary of Cyril Palmer, a colleague who states on July 8th"got some bad news from 'Kerry's' people to say that he had been killed in action. They were engaged by a fighter and in the fight Kerry got a bullet through the heart. " (courtesy of J. Hobbs.)

He was 19 years old and the son of William Thomas & Gertrude Kerruish, of Tarleton, nr. Preston. This entry concerning his father in the Tarleton Parish Newsletter two years later (25 March 1943) is poignant:

"Mr. William Thomas Kerruish [the father], who with his wife came to live in Tarleton three years ago, died on Tuesday very suddenly while listening to the wireless. He was 61 years of age. He was buried at Holy Trinity, Tarleton on Friday in the same grave as his only son, and child, Rear Gunner Sergeant Ronald Kerruish, who was killed while on a Bombing expedition over Germany. Mr. Kerruish [father] was a Captain in a Liverpool Regiment in the last war and won the M.C. for conspicuous bravery."
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Second Officer John HAYCOCKS, born c. 1920? Not mentioned in L. I. school records.

Husband of Renee Haycocks, of Huyton, Lancs.

Died 9 July 1941 at sea - aged 32. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Merchant Navy. M.S. Designer (T & J Harrison, Liverpool) 5945 tons built in Sept. 1928; sunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae), crew of 78 (67 dead and 11 survivors) in Convoy OB-341, Ellesmere Port to Capetown with military stores and 200 bags of mail. Hit in the foreship by one of two torpedoes from U-98 and sank after six minutes north-northwest of the Azores. The master and 66 crew members were lost. On 10 July, ten crew members (lascars) and one gunner in one lifeboat were picked up by the Portuguese sailing ship Souta Princesca and landed at Leixoes, Portugal.

Ships hit by U-boats
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#1067025. Sgt. (Pilot) Francis Neville CAVE, born 8 Feb. 1922, at L. I. between 1933 & 1938 to Sixth Form Modern (6Am). Died on 4 Aug. 1941, aged 19, probably in an aircraft training or engine failure accident. He was registered at Tadcaster, Yorks.

"54OTU ORB records Sgt F. N. Cave killed in a flying accident whilst flying an Oxford ... The aircraft collided with a tree while Sgt Cave was approaching for a single engine landing, and was burnt out." Oxford I - V3986 - 54 OTU - crashed in forced landing 1 mile SE of Church Fenton. "On death list in The Times, 16 Sept. 1941". (RAFcommands. com/forum)

The Airspeed Oxford was a two engined trainer plane used to train aircrew in navigation, radio-operating, bombing and gunnery.

He is buried in Liverpool, Toxteth Park Cem. Sec. 8. Cons. Grave 659.

Cave was the son of Francis Herbert Hayward and Nellie Cave of Liverpool.
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#101503. Sqdn. Leader Frederick Richard Howard CHARNEY, D.F.C.,

Born 4 April 1920, at school 1932 to 1936. Joined RAF-VR. was stationed in Luqa, Malta with 105 Sqdn. (under command of Australian Sir Hughie Idwal Edwards VC, DSO, DSC.)

On 12 Sept. 1941. "At daybreak eight Blenheim bombers from 105 Squadron led by Squadron Leader Smithers attacked the 6476-ton freighter, Caffaro [built in Italy in 1924 and operated by Lloyd Triestino, whose home port was Trieste. She was part of an Italian convoy from Naples on the 10th bound for Tripoli] which consisted of TEMBIEN, CAFFARO, NIRVO, BAINSIZZA, NICOLO ODERO, and GIULA, escorted by destroyers ORIANI and FULMINE and torpedo boats PROCIONE, PEGASO, ORSA, and CIRCE from Trapani, and OERSEO which joined at 0600/13th] between Pantelleria and Lampedusa 105° about a hundred miles northwest of Tripoli in 34-14N, 11-54E when attacked."

"On the previous night the convoy had been attacked by 830 Squadron Swordfishes and the Caffaro had been hit. In the morning the ship was still afloat but the British low-level attack had left her ablaze. Italian escort aircraft (three MC200s and three CR. 42s of 23o Gruppo) then appeared, promptly shooting down three of the Blenheims (Z7357, Z7423 and Z7504) . One of them was seen falling in flames and cartwheeled into the sea, while another ditched some twelve miles from the convoy, the crew luckily being picked up by a submarine, but on the return to Luqa the crews of Squadron Leader F. R. Charney; his Observer, Sergeant Porteou;s & Wireless Op. /Air Gunner, Sergeant D. R. Harris; Sergeant F. B. Brandwood and Sergeant Q. E. Mortimer were posted missing."

Gloster Gladiators and Fiat CR.42s over Malta 1940-42

Losses during this period were heavy, averaging one air crew per day, Scott, Stuart R., Battle-Axe Blenheims: No. 105 Squadron R.A.F. At War 1940 To 1941, 1997.

He was 21 years old and the son of William Percy (motor engineer and car dealer, Seel St. Liverpool) & Daisy Veronika Charney of Storresdale Rd, Allerton, Liverpool. His body was not recovered and he is commemorated in the Malta Memorial, Floriana, Valetta It stands outside the King's Gate, the main entrance to Valletta. The Memorial takes the form of a 15m. column of travertine marble from Tivoli in the Sabine Hills near Rome, surmounted by an eagle and is inscribed: PROPOSITI INSULA TENAX TENACES VIROS COMMEMORAT (AN ISLAND RESOLUTE OF PURPOSE REMEMBERS RESOLUTE MEN.)

His father on hearing of the loss of his son, William Percy immediately downed tools and joined the RAF but he was too old to see any frontline service but he 'did his bit' by serving as a flight instructor whereupon he attained the rank of Squadron leader - the same as his son. After the war his father, continued his passion for flying by training young air cadets well into the 50's and gaining a Cadet Medal to add to his WWI pair for his trouble. He died in 1988 at the ripe old age of 97.
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#950597. Sgt. John Reginald JACKSON RAF-VR. Born 20 March 1919. In school 1926-32?

Died 27 Oct. 1941, aged 22. Circumstances unknown, possibly an accident but in the UK as the body was returned for burial.

Buried Lpool, Allerton Cem. (Sec. 6. C. of E. Grave 192.)

son of Alfred and Maude Mary Jackson, of Liverpool.
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#1266724. Sgt. Pilot John Bethell HUGHES, born 4 Sept. 1920, in school 1931 to 1934?

Joined the RAF-VR. and was attached to 109 Sqdn.

Died 27 Oct. 1941, and is buried at Knightsbridge War Cem., Acroma, Tobruk, Coll. grave 1. D. 17.

No next of kin are recorded in CWGC, nor his age (approx. 21?).

In North Africa the 'Crusader' offensive commenced on 21 Nov. 1941 in which the 8th Army attempted successfully after fierce and prolonged tank battles of many weeks to relieve the siege of Tobruk in Libya . A small detachment of 109 Squadron had been formed hastily with six Wellingtons for the special task of attempting to jam the radios of the German tanks. The aircraft were fitted with a three-inch diameter tubes, seven feet long lowered beneath the fuselage in flight. The squadron had been ready by the end of October, and flew their first mission on 20 November.

A surviving diary records the squadron's activities: "Our squadron got into action [that] day. When we arrived at the advanced base yesterday morning the boys who had been up the previous afternoon - said it was easy, nothing to it. During the day P/O Hughes (Niagara Falls NY) [not the same Hughes] was shot down, [with?] two other Canucks in the crew, second pilot Wolf and rear gunner Lowther. F/L Willis was jumped by three fighters, wireless op. wounded, lucky to get away with it. No fighter escort, we go up alone and stooge around the same area for two hours asking for trouble, just a suicide squadron. . ." 21 Nov. 1941. The Luftwaffe claimed two Wellingtons and on the following day, 22 November 1941 "in a fight in the Bir el Gobi - Gazala area, a German fighter II/JG 27 downed a Wellington, and another aircraft [was brought down] over the El Adem area, and [another] damaged; nine enemy fighters being reported to have attacked. The damaged aircraft evaded the fighters and continued its patrol." Chris Shores, Fighters over the Desert. 66). John Hughes was likely killed in one of these downed planes on 22 Nov. 1941.

There is also mention of a 'Johnny Hughes', second pilot, trained at Moose Jaw [Saskatchewan] but he went down in an aircraft on Nov. 26 according to this diary. It is possible that the diary date might be incorrect and that he was J. B. Hughes. The tank radio jamming system they were attempting to employ was not effective.
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Levy  

#987724. L/Bmr. Edward Lazarus LEVY, born 18 March 1916 the son of Simon Levy and Esther (née Myers), whose families were long-established members of the Liverpool Jewish community (although they had moved to Hoylake by the time of Edward's death) . Edward Levy entered the L. I. in 1925 and attended until at least 1930.

His father had run what is thought to have been the first all-night pharmacy in Liverpool. Edward married Rebecca (née Abrahams) at Princes Road Synagogue on 4 November 1941 and they lived in Southport, where her family had settled. His business is believed to have been in buttons and trimmings, with premises in - Button Street! He was secretary of the Orthodox Hebrew Congregation cheder (school) for several years, although his full-time career pre-war is not known.

He served with the 5th Regiment of Royal Horse Artillery as a gunner (one of the 'Desert Rats') in Libya which took part in the capture of Tripoli (23 January 1943).

"January 15th the attack on the Buerat - Bungem line east of Tripoli was launched."

"After a stiff fight the enemy withdrew, pursued by the 8th Armoured Brigade with the Staffordshire Yeomanry in the lead. A German rear-guard position was encountered at Wadi Zem Zem where anti-tank guns and tanks were dug in on the reverse slope. The crossing was forced, not without heavy casualties, and the advance continued in face of a series of rearguard positions." It seems likely that this is where Levy's tank was hit and where he died.

"Edward's rank required him to serve in a tank and, on 15 January 1943 when his tank was being driven by someone other than its regular driver, it either caught fire or was blown up, and Edward was killed" (Saul Marks, possibly from family?) and he is buried in the Tripoli War Cemetery (Panel 7. G. 4) He was 26 years old.

(Courtesy of Saul Marks September 2007)
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Cooper  

#254631. Lt. Victor Louis COOPER was born on 22 January 1919, the third of four children of Michael Cooper (née Mendel Kupinsky) and Adelaide (née Ada Gorfunkle), who lived in Southport at the time of Victor's death. Michael was born in the Ukraine and qualified as an electrical engineer at the University of Vienna, before moving to Liverpool, Southport and then Leeds. Victor's mother died when he was a toddler and his father remarried.

Victor was a highly intelligent boy, winning the Waterworth Scholarship to L.I.in 1930 which he attended until 1935. He then won an exhibition scholarship to read medicine at Liverpool University (M.B., ChB). He was called up for service in the RAMC immediately following graduation. He accompanied the Allied force that started in Sicily and fought its way up the Adriatic coast in the autumn of 1943, as far as the German winter defensive position known as the "Gustav Line", which stretched across central Italy. He was killed on 3 November, 1943 the only casualty of a surprise German air raid on the eve of the Allied forces' attack on the eastern positions of the Gustav Line, and he is buried at the Sangro River War Cemetery, IX. A. 39, a few miles from the north-eastern Adriatic coast of Italy. He was 24 years old.

He was also mentioned in the wartime school old boys' publication Liobiter Dicta from E.K.C. Bisson (FAU - First Aid Unit?) who stated that the only LIOBs had seen in years were his father and Victor Cooper ("who was killed in the R.A.M.C.") Obiter Dicta No.8, Oct. 1944.

(Courtesy of Saul Marks September 2007)
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Max  

#1399578. Sgt. Nathan MAX was born in 27 June 1924 in Liverpool, the youngest son of Alter Max and Rachel (née Sheinberg), although Rachel died when Nathan was four years old. He entered the L.I. In 1935 and was at school for several years before leaving (possibly in 1942?).

His father remarried and was living at 173 Duke Street at the time of Nathan's death. Nathan served with 178 Squadron (Central Mediterranean Force) in the RAF-VR, which was formed in January 1943 Motto: Irae emissarii ("Emissaries of wrath") . From March, the squadron was based in Libya, flying Liberators and Halifaxes against targets in North Africa, Italy and the Balkans, as well as dropping supplies to partisans in Northern Italy and Poland.

Sgt. Max was killed on 19 March 1944, when his B-24 Liberator went down somewhere over the Balkans, but it is not known whether this was before or after the squadron's move to Italy, which occurred in the same month. He was listed as missing from then until February 1945, when he was presumed dead and named on the Malta Memorial at Floriana, Valletta on Panel 15, Col. 1, which commemorates nearly 2300 airmen who flew missions from Southern Europe and North Africa who have no known grave. He was 19 years old.

(Courtesy of Saul Marks September 2007)
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#14322863. Trooper Gerald BERGER was born 4 May 1924, the only child of Ely Berger and Celia (née Freidman), who lived at 9 Newstead Road, off Smithdown Road, at the time of his death. He died on 7 Aug. 1944, aged 20.

Gerald attended the Morrison School and L.I., from which he joined the 11th Hussars, part of the Royal Armoured Corps. The regiment consisted largely of armoured car crews and was trained primarily in desert warfare, often supplying armoured vehicles for reconnaissance. It served in the Middle East from 1940-43, before returning home briefly at the end of that year. Gerald was an Operator / Gunner on one of the three armoured cars in 5 Troop, C Squadron, 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) "Cherrypickers". His unit landed in France 8 June at Conseulles, Normandy, having embarked from Millwall Docks, London on 6 June. On 11 June his troop was in Bayeux; 13 June towards Villers Bocage where Tiger tanks ambushed Allied armour; 14 June in Ectot and Anctoville; awaited the break-through to August; 5 Aug. Aunay sur Odon, Mt. Pincon; 7 Aug. La Valle.

The circumstances of Berger's death are as follows; "In the early evening of the 7th August 1944, C Squadron was working around the Mont Pincon, Basses-Normandie. The leading car of 5 Troop ran into the forward enemy defences in thick woods. At 17.44 hours the leading car received a direct hit from a 75-mm gun, which destroyed the car and killed both the driver, Trooper H. Johnson and Trooper G. Berger. The Commander, Sgt. Thompson escaped with his clothes on fire and was rescued by the Troop leader Lt. Creaton in spite of machine gun fire .Thompson was evacuated in the White scout car while Lt. Creaton got in touch with the OP and gave him the pinpoint ref. of the A/Tk gun. An accurate concentration was brought down upon the area and soon after the Infantry were able to advance to find the gun had received a direct hit killing 3 of the crew, the fourth was captured."

Berger died on 7 August 1944, aged 20 and is buried at Bayeux War Cemetery, XXIV. C. 20.

The announcement of Berger's death was published in the Liverpool Echo, 19th August 1944; "Killed in action, aged 20. Trooper Gerald Berger (R.A.C.) only child of Mr. and Mrs. E. Berger. ("Left us with a broken heart forever.") 9 Newstead Road, Liverpool 8."

(Courtesy of Saul Marks September 2007)
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7. Abbreviations

A/Tk = Anti-tank
ChB = Bachelor of Surgery
Bn = Battalion
Cpl = Corporal
CWGC = Commonwealth War Graves Commission
D.F.C. = Distinguished Flying Cross
GB = Green Book
Gnr. = Gunner
L.I. = Liverpool Institute
L/Bmr = Lance Bombadier
LIOB = Liverpool Institute Old Boy
Lpool. = Liverpool
Lt. = Second Lieutenant
M.B. = Bachelor of Medicine
M.C. = Military Cross
M.S. = Merchant Ship
Mem = Memorial
MN = Merchant Navy
OP = Observation Post
RAC = Royal Armoured Corps
RAF-VR = Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
RAMC = Royal Army Medical Corps
R.E. Royla Engineers
RN = Royal Navy
Sgt. = Sergeant
Sqdn. = Squadron
SS = Steamship
T.A.. = Territorial Army
WMA.= War Memorial Appeal
WW1 = First World War
WW2 = Second World War

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Iain Taylor (for the Liverpool Institute for Boys School History)
11-Jul-2011

Surname First name(s) Year of entry Years at School School Mag date Rank Service / Regiment Age at Death Date of Death Died / buried / commem. Next of kin
ALDER F.D. ( Frank  ?   No F.D. in CWGC list) GB 20.3 1920-27  ?   WMA Marine Marines 31 10-Dec-1941 at sea 'HMS Repulse' Plymouth Naval War Mem. Son of Sydney Frank and Lilian Gertrude Alder, of Liverpool.
BERGER Gerald (WMA has J.) GB 34.3 1934-39 WMA Trooper Roy. Armed Corps (11 Hussars) 20 7-Aug-1944 Bayeaux Cem. France Son of Ely and Celia Berger, of Liverpool.
BLOWER Frederick Drummond GB 30.3 1930-35  ?   1943.12 Pilot Officer RAFVR (141 Sqdn.) 21 5-Nov-1943 Gt Crosby Churchyard, Lancs. Son of Frederick Drummond and Beatrice Blower, of Liverpool; husband of Jean Pierce Blower.
BOYD Thomas Alexander GB 30.3 1930-36  ?   1940.04 Supply Asst. RN 'HMS Royal Oak' 19 14-Oct-1939 at sea - Plymouth War Mem.  
BRIGGS John Cyril, BSc. GB 34.3 1935-40 1945.04 Lt. Kings Own Royal 23 4-Apr-1945 Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen Son of John Samuel and Alice Briggs; husband of Phyllis Gertrude Briggs, of Bangor, Caernarvonshire.
BROWN Arthur R. (Arthur Reginald in CWGC list) GB 33.3 1933-39   Pilot Officer (Flt Engr.) RAFVR (550 Sqdn.) 23  ?   14-Oct-1944 Venray War Cem., Limburg, Neths.  
BURKE J.D. (John Douglas  ?   ) GB 26.1 1926-32   Lt (E.) RN 'HMS Spartan' 29 29-Jan-1944 at sea - Plymouth Naval War Mem.  
BUXTON Peter GB 36.3 1936-39 1946.05 Pty. Off. Radio Mechanics RN HMS Illustrious 20 12-Mar-1945 at sea - Lee on Solent Mem. Son of Joseph Daykin Bxton and Dorothy Buxton, of Liverpool.
BUZZARD Ernest Emes GB 22.1 1922-28  ?   WMA 2nd Lt. Queens Own Cameron Hldrs.(5 Bn.) 34 1-Jul-1944 Hermanville, Caen, France Son of Frank William and Alice Elizabeth Buzzard, of Liverpool; husband of Sybil Buzzard, of Hale, Lancashire.
CARTER A. (Albert  ?   ) GB 33.3 1933-37 WMA 3rd. Engineer MN, 'SS Empire Kestrel' (lLondon) 21 16-Aug-1943 at sea - Tower Hill Mem. London. Son of John and Mary Carter, of Liverpool.
CARTER William Douglas (WMA has W.) GB 27.3 1927-31 1942.07 Sec. Lt. Kings Lpool 25 11-May-1941 Lpool, Anfield Crem. Son of Samuel and Jennie Carter, of Liverpool; husband of Muriel Carter, of Liverpool.
CAVE Francis Neville GB 33.3 1933-38  ?   WMA Sergeant (Pilot) RAFVR 19 4-Aug-1941 Lpool, Toxteth Park Son of Francis Herbert Hayward Cave and Nellie Cave, of Liverpool.
CHARNEY Frederick Richard Howard, DFC. GB 32.1 1932-36 1942.07 Sqdn. Ldr. RAFVR (105 Sqdn.) 21 12-Sep-1941 Malta Mem., Floriana, Valetta Son of William Percy and Daisy Veronica Charney, of Mossley Hill, Liverpool.
CHARNOCK John Frederick GB 33.3 1933-38 1942.07 Sgt. W Op/Obs RAFVR 19 29-Jan-1942 Lpool, (W. Derby) Cem. Son of George William and Agnes Anne Charnock, of Anfield, Liverpool.
COOPER J.O. *(CWGC has 2 listed - neither Lpool) GB 36.1 x  ?     1936-40          
COOPER Victor Louis, MB, ChB GB 30.3 1930-35  ?   WMA Lt. RAMC 24 3-Nov-1943 Sango River Valley War Cem., Italy Son of Michael K. and Adelaide K. Cooper, of Southport, Lancashire. M.B., Ch.B.
CORKILL W.A. B.Sc. Engineering (Liverpool.). x 1908  ?   WMA CSM Straits S'ment Vol. Force 46 7-Sep-1943 Kanchanaburi War Cem. Son of William Lace Corkill and Bessie Furniss Corkill; husband of Gwendolen Mary Corkill.
DAVIES A.E. (CWGC has 2 A.E. Davies MN & RN from Merseyside)   ?     x  ?            
DAVIES William Charles (GB 31 has an RWC Davies) x 1922  ?   1944.09 Capt. RASC 33 11-Jun-1944 Ranville Cem., Calvados, France Son of David and Emily Louisa Davies, of Speke, Liverpool. M.I.M.T.
DAVIS Alan Law GB 31.3 1931-35  ?   1944.09 Lt. W. Yorks. Regt. 24 6-Jun-1944 Hermanville, Calvados, France Son of Francis Cummins Davis and Emily Alice Davis; husband of Lilian Eaynor Davis, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
DEADMAN Kenneth David GB 25.2 1926-29  ?   WMA Sgt. RAFVR (218 Sqdn.) 25 11-Jun-1941 Runnymeade Mem., Windsor Son of William Henry and Edith Deadman, of Childwall, Liverpool.
FAULKNER T.S. (CWGC has no T.S & no T. who fits) GB 31.1 x  ?   1931-38 WMA        
FRASER Noel Houghton GB 38.3 1938-42  ?   1946.05 Private Gen Serv. Corps 18 22-Jan-1946 Allerton Cem. Lp. Son of Joseph and Gwendoline Marian Fraser, of Grassendale, Liverpool.
GREENHALGH John Henry x 1931  ?     Bombadier RA 21 26-Apr-1941 Athens Mem., Phaleron War Cemetery. Son of John and Edith Ellen Greenhalgh, of Liverpool.
GREENWOOD Arthur Stanley *('In Mem.' Has H.S.!) GB 34.3 1934-36  ?   1942.07 Sgt. Fl-Eng. RAF 20 30-Dec-1941 Brest (Kerfautras) Cem., France Son of Arthur Joseph and Emily Greenwood, of Liverpool.
HAMMOND Charles Neville, DFC GB 32.1 1932-38 1944.09 Flt-Lt (pilot) RAFVR (166 Sqdn.) 23 22-Oct-1943 Hanover War Cem., Germany Son of Lt.-Col. Thomas Neville Hammond and Doris Hammond, of Llanrug, Caernarvonshire; husband of Mary Hammond, of Odiham, Hampshire.
HARDING George William Goldson GB 32.2 1932-37  ?     Sergeant (Pilot) RAFVR (418 (RCAF) Sqdn.) 18 20-May-1942 Bergen General Cem., Alkmaar, Neths. Son of George William Goldson Harding and Lilian Idah Harding, of Liverpool.
HESLOP William Edgar, BA (Oxon) GB 32.3 1932-39 1945.04 Gunner Royal Horse Artillery 23 20-Sep-1944 Coriano Ridge Cem., Riccione, Italy Son of William Edgar and Margaret May Heslop, of Liverpool.
HILL T.W.A. (error in WMA  ?   see Hill, T.H.A.) x   x  ?            
HILL Thomas Herbert Archibald GB 34.1 1934-39  ?   1946.05 Flying Officer (Air Gnr.) RAFVR (156 Sqdn.) 23 13-Aug-1944 Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen Son of John S. A. and Mary Hill, of Fairfield, Liverpool.
HUGHES John Bethell x 1931-34   Sgt. Pilot RAFVR (109 Sqdn.) unknown 22-Nov-1941 Knightsbridge Cem. Acroma, Tobruk, Libya  
HUGHES Ronald George x 1939-41  ?   WMA schoolboy civilian 12 9-Jan-1941 died at home in air-raid 13 Chillingham Street, Dingle. Son of Albert George and Elsie Mary Hughes.
HUTCHISON Robert Edward George, DFC & bar GB 30.3 1930-34  ?   WMA Flt. Lt. (air-gunner) RAFVR (617 Sqdn.) 25 16-Sep-1943 Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen Son of Robert George and Ada Louisa Hutchison, of Liverpool.
KELLY F. (Frank  ?   ) GB 37.3  ?   1937- 41  ?   1946.05 trooper Ry. Armoured Corps (267 Forward Delivery Sqn. Nottinghamshire Yeomanry) 19 14-Jul-1945 Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen Son of Michael and Florence Kelly, of Liverpool
KERRUISH Robert William Ronald GB 33.3 1933-38  ?   WMA Sgt. (rear gnr.) RAFVR (115 Sqdn.) 19 7-Jul-1941 Tarleton Holy Trinity Churchyard, nr. Preston, Lancs. Son of William Thomas Kerruish and Gertrude Kerruish, of Tarleton.
LEVY Edward Lazarus GB 25.1 1925-32 WMA Gunner Roy. Horse Arty. (5 Regt.) 26 15-Jan-1943 Tripoli War Cem. Son of Simon and Esther Levy, of Liverpool; husband of Rebecca Levy, of Southport, Lancashire.
McDOWELL Walter Harry GB 28.3 1928-35  ?   1946.05 Fl. Off. (Nav.) RAFVR (61 Sqdn.) 27 22-Oct-1943 Hanover War Cem., Germany Son of Walter Jamieson McDowell, and Mary Melville McDowell, of Aigburth, Liverpool.
McKENZIE Gordon Andrew GB 29.3 1929-31  ?   WMA Sgt. RAFVR 23 7-Apr-1941 Runnymeade Mem., Windsor Son of William and Beatrice Martha McKenzie, of Woolton, Liverpool.
MELLORS Frederick Arthur, DFC GB 34.3 1934-38  ?   1943.12 Flying Officer RAFVR (111 Sqdn.) 21 1-Nov-1943 Naples War Cem., Miano, Naples, Italy. Son of Arthur Baden Mellors and Hilda Mellors, of Anfield, Liverpool.
MOLYNEUX C.P.B. (no-one of these or similar in CWGS list) GB 33.2 x  ?     1933-39  ?            
MURRAY H.H. (no H.H. in CWGC list - 40 x H.) GB 23.3 x  ?     1923-27 WMA        
MURRAY William Douglas GB 28.3 1928-34  ?   1946.05 L/Sjt. Irish Guards 26 30-Mar-1943 Medjez-el-Bab Mem. (Tunisia) Son of George and Mary Elizabeth Murray; husband of Edna Murray, of Liverpool.
OWEN Edward Tudor, M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S.(Edin.). GB 23.1 1923-28 1944.09 Sqd-Ldr. RAFVR 34 17-Feb-1944 Chittagong War Cem., Dampara, Bangladesh Son of Edward Owen and of Agnes Owen (nee Tudor), of Irby, Cheshire.
PAGE Lawrence Higgin GB 30.3 1930-35  ?   1943.05 Flying Officer RAF 24 4-Mar-1943 Lpool, Wavertree Holy Trinity Churchyard  
PARRY Richard Denis Waltho *(GB has D.R.W.) GB 23.1 1923-28  ?   1946.05 Engineer Officer (Sixth) MN 'S.S. Yorkshire' (Liverpool) 24 17-Oct-1939 at sea - Tower Hill Mem. London. Son of Frederick John and Dorothy Gaunt Parry, of Bebington, Cheshire
PRENDERGAST Leslie GB 33.2 1933-39  ?   1943.12 Pilot Officer RAFVR (44 Sqdn.) 22 18-Aug-1943 Runnymeade Mem., Windsor Son of Harold and Margaret Prendergast, of Liverpool.
PRESTON Robert Stoddart GB 33.3 1933-34 1945.04 Lt. Kings Lpool, attchd 2nd (Airborne) Bn. 23 24-Mar-1945 Reichswald Forest War Cem., Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen  
REED George Ramsay GB 24.1 1924-29  ?   WMA 3rd Engineer MN 'S.S. Avoceta' 24 9-Apr-1941 at sea - Tower Hill Mem. London. Son of George Hoy Reed and Sarah Reed, of Liverpool.
ROBSON George Allen (in CWGC) Allan (in WMA) GB 28.3 1928-33  ?   1943.12 Sgt. W/Op. RAFVR (102 Sqdn.) 27 3-Dec-1942 Florennes Community Cem., Namur, Belgium Son of George and Margaret Robson; husband of Barbara Robson.
SAMUELS Stuart GB 30.3 1930-38 WMA L/Bombardier RA 56 Med. Regt. 22 26-Apr-1943 Lpool Broadgreen Jewish Cem. Son of Leon and Kitty Samuels, of Liverpool.
SLOBOM Herbert Laurence (Laurie) GB 28.3 1928-30  ?   WMA Cpl. Essex Regt. 8th Batt. 26 1-Mar-1941 Lpool, Toxteth Park Cem. Son of Albert Victor and Annie Slobom, of Liverpool; husband of Irene Dorothy Slobom, of Liverpool.
THOMAS Kenneth Leftwich GB 30.3 1930-35  ?   WMA Sgt. (w/Op. Air Gnr.) RAFVR 23 5-Apr-1942 Malta, Capuccini Naval Cem. Son of Thomas Richard and Frances Haworth Thomas, of Liverpool.
THORNELY Frederick Arthur GB 31.3 1931-37  ?   WMA Lt. Durham Lt. Inf (C Coy. 1st Bn.) 25 15-Dec-1944 Forli War Cem., Italy Son of Nathan and Frances Annie Thornley, of Liverpool.
TUNNINGTON Eric GB 22.1 1922-28  ?     Pilot Off. (Obs) RAFVR (12 Sqdn.) 31 26-Feb-1942 Kiel War Cem., Germany Son of Arthur and Margaret Helen Tunnington, of Liverpool; husband of Mary Millicent Tunnington, of Liverpool. Bank official; amateur international football player.
TUSON John Victor William GB 33.1 1933-40  ?   WMA Midshipman (A) RN 'HMS Saker II' 19 25-Jun-1942 Miami, Woodlawn Pk. Cem., Florida USA Son of James A. V. and Laura Ellenor Tuson, of Bebington, Cheshire, England.
VAREY Miles Philip GB 33.3 1933-40 1944.09 Lt. RA, 7th anti-tank Reg. 22 3-Jul-1944 St. Manvieu War Cem., Cheux, Caen, France  
WATSON M. (Murray  ?   CWG age correct) GB 35.3 1935-39  ?   WMA Fl. Off. (Nav.) RAFVR (161 Sqdn.) 21 18-May-1945 Brussels Town Cem., Belgium Son of Walter Murray Watson md Ida Gladys Watson, of Liverpool; husband of Florence Watson.
WATSON R. (GB has R.F. but age & place do not fit in 120 records in CWGC) GB 30.3 x  ?     1931-   ?            
WEIGHTMAN George, Dip. Ed (Durham) GB 23.1 1923-28  ?   WMA 2nd. Lt. Glos. Regt. 27 29-May-1940 Cassel Community Cem. Extension, Dept. du Nord, Son of James and Anne Weightman, of Mossley Hill, Liverpool.
WILLIAMSON Edgar Stanley, B.E.(Lpool) GB 28.3 1928-35  ?   WMA Gunner RA (Hants. Yeomanry Bty.72 AA Regt.) 23 5-Feb-1940 Netley Military Cem., Hampshire Son of John Stanley and Flora Beatrice Williamson, of Liverpool
WOOTTON Eric GB 33.2 1933-40  ?   WMA civilian civilian firewatcher 18 4-May-1941 killed in air-raid while on duty, at Langdale Rd. & Smithdown Rd., Lpool. Adopted son of Alice Wootton, of 4 Streatham Avenue, Sefton Park.

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