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ALL SAINTS, SPEKE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © All Saints Church, Speke 2009

The Memorial Cross is to be found in All Saints Church Graveyard, All Saints Road, Speke and was erected after the First World War to commemorate the Speke residents who gave their lives. The memorial takes the form of a Greek, sandstone, cross with Celtic knotwork mounted on a shaft and plinth. There are nine names for World War 1 included on the Cross of which one, Richard Hall Watt, is thought to be a relative of Miss Adelaide Watt, of Speke Hall, and not necessarily a Speke Resident.

Each Remembrance Day the church congregation moves outside after their morning service to be joined by the local British Legion, other uniformed organisations such as the Sea Cadets and anyone who wants to pay their respects around the Cross. They are few in number now, but still gather to remember and are happy for others to join them.

Within the church is a framed Roll of Honour with a ahdn-written inscription in black lettering. It lists 78 men who served and returned from World War 1 and four who died.

Photograph copyright © All Saints Church, Speke 2009

I914 - 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

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

CLAY

Richard

Private 9392, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Died in India on Thursday 21st October 1915. Born Eccleshall, enlisted Stafford, resident Bridgford. No known grave. Commemorated on KARACHI 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL, Pakistan.

GANDY

Thomas

Private 38889, 13th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action on Thursday 28th March 1918. Born Speke, Liverpool, enlisted and resident Liverpool. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

HALL-WATT

Richard

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 13th October 1917. Buried in ARTILLERY WOOD CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 3.

MERCER

John

Private 401402, 16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action on Thursday 21st March 1918. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Liverpool, resident Speke. Son of Thomas and Mary Mercer, of 55, Oglet Lane, Speke, Liverpool. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67.

NICOLLS

Charles

Private 16078, "B" Company, 5th Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Killed in action on Saturday 25th September 1915. Aged 18. Born Four Crosses, Mont., enlisted Oswestry, resident Chirk. Son of Charles and Sarah Jane Nicholls, of 4, Boundary Cottages, Speke, Liverpool. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Addenda Panel 58.

PROBYN

Harry

Sapper 43815, 427th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action on Thursday 6th September 1917. Aged 26. Born and resident liverpool, enlisted Manchester. Son of Hugh and Emma Probyn, of Hale Cliff, Hale, Liverpool. Buried in POTIJZE CHATEAU GROUNDS CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row G. Grave 23.

RAPER

Thomas

Lance Corporal 23203, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action on Thursday 11th April 1918. Born Speke, enlisted Liverpool. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 4.

WYKE

[Thomas] Frederick aka Fred

Corporal S/10469, 7th Battalion, Seathforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany's). Killed in action 16th November 1915. Aged 22. Born and enlisted Liverpool. Son of Thomas and Ellen Wyke, of 10, Speke Town Rd., Speke, Liverpool. Formerly 8579, 5th Reserve Cavalry Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38.

WYKE

William Edward

Private 17487, 2/4th Battalion (Territorial), Hampshire Regiment. Died of wounds on Thursday 3rd October 1918. Born Speke, enlisted Liverpool, resident Garston. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XV. Row E. Grave 12.

Last updated 19 July, 2009

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