Harold Marsden


This post was written by Victoria Doran.

Harold Marsden is another of the names not on the war memorial, though he is commemorated on the Roll of Honour for Hoylake, formerly in Holy Trinity Church and now to be found in St Hildeburgh Church.

He was from an upwardly mobile middle class family who lived in Hoylake for some years in the Edwardian era. He enlisted relatively late, then served in the King’s Liverpool Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant.

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Harold Marsden

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Thomas Emmerson


This post was written by Victoria Doran.

Thomas Emmerson was a Mancunian and a former member of the Army Special Reserve who only moved to Hoylake to work in the Munitions Factory at the end of 1916, before re-enlisting shortly afterwards. He is the only man with a local connection known to have died in a German Prisoner of War camp other than from wounds received at the time of capture.

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Herbert Clarke


This post was rewritten by Victoria Doran as more information about him has been found.

Herbert Clarke was an older man who came from a background of poverty in Worcestershire and was serving in a Labour Battalion in France when he was killed.

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Ernest Banks


This post was written by Victoria Doran

Ernest Banks is another man who did not actually die. He was the brother of Arthur Banks and was taken prisoner during the Battle of Cambrai on 30 November 1917.

He had earlier won the Military Medal and was an acting Sergeant in 304 Brigade of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He spent time in camps at Le Quesmoy, Dalmen and finally Silmerdemuhl. He was born on 9 January 1893 at Shaw’s Drive, Meols and almost certainly died in Wirral in 1953.

He is mistakenly included on Hoylake War Memorial (now in St Hildeburgh) and was also mistakenly included on the additional list of names published in the Deeside Advertiser when the Grange Hill War Memorial was unveiled in 1922.


Ritson Miller


This post was written by Victoria Doran.

Ritson Miller was a Liverpool ‘Pal’ who only came to the attention of this project as his brother John, who was his next of kin, was living in Hoylake when the Grange Hill War Memorial was dedicated.

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