George Woods

The following biography was written by Stephen Roberts with help from Derek Longman and Carol Hunter, who are both related to him.

George belonged to a working class Hoylake family whose maternal roots can be traced back to the parish of Woodchurch during the 17th century. He was a Cheshire Bantam who died during the third week of the Battle of the Somme.

GEORGE WOODS

Cheshire Regiment Cap Badge

Cheshire Regiment Cap Badge

George’s birth was registered in the January quarter of 1896 in Wirral. His parents were Charles Philip Woods (1868-1943) and Harriet Jane Sherlock (1870-1947). As many readers will be aware, Sherlock is a quintessential Wirral surname. According to the Henrician Lay Subsidy Roll of 1545, it was actually the joint ninth most common name in Wirral along with Coke/Cook and Forshaw. Public members’ family trees on the Ancestry.co.uk website inform us that George’s earliest known Sherlock ancestor was Richard (1674-1737) who married a bearer of another well known Wirral surname, Jane Silcock (1675-1737) of Woodchurch. Other surnames appearing in George’s Sherlock lineage include Jones, Linekar and Jessett. Continue reading

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Harry Davies and James Collingwood Evans

Today is the 100th anniversary of James’s Death at the Battle of Hooge.

An Imperishable Record

The following biographies were written by Victoria Doran, who is working her way through all the casualties from West Kirby. Harry and Jimmy are grouped together simply because of their proximity to each other on the Grange Hill Memorial. They were not related.

HARRY DAVIES

Harry Davies Harry Davies

Although having a surname that is common in the area, Harry Davies was not related to any of the other Davies families in Wirral. Very little is known with any accuracy about him;  even his name and birth year are not known for certain. He is likely to have been born between 1876 and 1879, making him amongst the oldest of the soldiers who died from the area. He was born in Whitchurch, Shropshire and seems to have been called Harry, though at the 1911 census and at his marriage he is recorded as Henry. He was a house painter by occupation, and…

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Bryden McKinnell

Today is the 100th anniversary of Bryden’s Death.

An Imperishable Record

Bryden McKinnell

Bryden McKinnell Bryden McKinnell

Bryden McKinnell was reperesentative of a very specific type of local Great War casualty – an Anglo-Scot from a privileged upper middle class family, who had acquired its wealth through business both in Scotland and on Merseyside, and a proud, brave and committed Territorial Soldier who died leading his men on the Western Front.

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