Eric Francis and Herbert Whiteley Sellars

The following biographies were written by Carol Hunter.

Sellars from Liverpool to Hoylake 

Eric and Herbert were born in Liverpool and appear to have been the only children of Frank Jonathan Campbell Whiteley Sellars and Elizabeth Whiteley, who were first cousins. Their father Frank was born in 1859 in Greasbrough, Yorkshire and was the only child of Benjamin Sellars (mineral surveyor and later a colliery proprietor) and Elizabeth Whiteley b1821. Their mother Elizabeth was born in 1857 in Liverpool, one of 5 children of William Whiteley b1825 (grocer) and Ellen Peddar Baylis. Continue reading


Alfred Ernest and Arthur Skelhorne Lally

The following biographies were written by Carol Hunter and Stephen Roberts.

I was very keen to write about these two men as one of their sisters married my great grandmother’s brother and I therefore feel a certain, albeit distant, connection to them.

Introduction to the Lally Family

Patrick Christopher Lally was born in about 1851 in Galway, Ireland and we first find him at the time of his marriage to Ellen Skelhorne on 4th November 1875 at St James’ in Latchford, Cheshire, where Ellen was born. Patrick’s father John was described as a shepherd and Ellen’s father John as a basket maker. In 1881 Patrick, employed as a signalman on the railway, and Ellen are living at 7 Woodger St, Garston with their three children: Ada Beatrice b1877, James born in 1879 and Margaret Ellen born in 1880.  Continue reading

Maurice Edgar Moss

The following biography was written by Heather Chapman and Stephen Roberts. Maurice was a brave and competent young officer, who died in the act of saving the life of one of his men. Interestingly, he replaced Ernest Herschell as commanding officer of “B” Company of the Liverpool Rifles in September 1916 following Ernest’s death.


Maurice Edgar Moss was born on 16th March 1895 in West Kirby. He was the second son of Arthur and Catherine Moss (nee Hassall). Catherine was Arthur’s second wife. (Arthur was formerly married to Elizabeth Edith Robbins. Elizabeth died in 1882 without issue). Maurice’s father and grandparents, Thomas and Sarah, were born at Chester. When Arthur became Headmaster at West Kirby in 1875 he was followed to the district by his sister, Annie, and brother, George Percival. Annie Moss became the sewing mistress at the Parish School. She then set up a Nursing Home at Fremont, Caldy Road, West Kirby, and later at Brookfield, West Kirby. George Percival Moss married Emily Hughes, a Hoylake girl, and lived in Hoylake with his wife and children. The family later moved to Wallasey. Continue reading

Lewis Alexander McAfee

The following biography was written by Linda Trim. Lewis was another middle class officer; he came from a well known and revered West Kirby medical family with Scottish and Irish roots.


Lewis Alexander McAfee

Lewis Alexander McAfee

Lewis was born the third of five children to William McAfee MD GP, and Elizabeth Ellen Grant. William was from Balleymoney, County Antrim, Ireland while Elizabeth was Scottish. They married in the Kensington area of London in late 1883 and must have moved to Wirral shortly thereafter, as their first son,Williamwas born in early 1885 in West Kirby. They lived at “Cooleen” 1, Riversdale Road, West Kirby.

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Tom Dodimead

This biography was written by Victoria Doran.

Tom Dodimead

Dodimead Family Grave in St. Bridget's Church Yard, West Kirby

Dodimead Family Grave in St. Bridget’s Church Yard, West Kirby

The name Dodimead is one of the more unusual ones to appear on the Grange Hill Memorial. According to the online surname Profiler It is currently very rare indeed throughout the country and in 1881 was found only in Somerset. Hertfordshire and South East London. It is believed to be the name of a lost settlement, which is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words duda, meaning “round or rotund “and mead, meaning “meadow”. The duda element is also the root of the surname Dodd. Continue reading

James Dangerfield

The following biography was written by Victoria Doran.

James Dangerfield

James Dangerfield as he appeared in the "Deeside Advertiser"

James Dangerfield as he appeared in the “Birkenhead News” in 1915.

James Dangerfield was born on 20 Jan 1892 in Date Street, Liverpool the son of Daniel Dangerfield (1859-1922) and Jane Butterworth (1861-1896). The family were working class, his father being a plasterer by trade, and were beset by repeated tragedies, so James had an unsettled childhood. Continue reading