Arthur Haskins 1886 – 1918

This Biography was written by Stephen Roberts and appears by Permission of Julie Hazler for whom it was originally written.

Arthur Haskins belonged to a well-known Hoylake business family who originated in the south of England. He served in a London regiment and was killed at the relatively advanced age of 32 during the first day of the Battle of the Aisne on 27 May 1918. Arthur’s service records have not survived, so this biography has been constructed using a variety of other primary and secondary sources which will be explained as we come across them.


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William Denys Samuelson



This post was written by Stephen Roberts

William Denys Samuelson was a middle-class young man residing in Hoylake at the time of the Great War, who, as the descendant of a prosperous Liverpool business family, is typical of many of the people recorded on the Grange Hill War Memorial. As far as I am aware, however, he is our first soldier with known Jewish heritage – a fact which is further evidence of the diversity of Merseyside’s population at that time. 

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Albert Edward Victor William Probert and Frederick George Probert


This post was written by Victoria Doran.

Two brothers brought up in Hoylake and West Kirby, whose family had moved to Liverpool after 1911, but who were still remembered locally, died in the war.

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Market Street, Hoylake as Albert and George would have known it – courtesy of Sue Jackson Continue reading “Albert Edward Victor William Probert and Frederick George Probert”

Colin Albert Harragin and Katherine Harragin


A husband and wife who died in especially tragic circumstances when the SS Apapa was sunk off Anglesey by torpedoes, and who are commemorated in Holy Trinity churchyard in Hoylake. They had nearly reached Liverpool from West Africa.

SS Apapa from

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