Richard Waters


This post was written by Victoria Doran.

Richard Waters was an Old Caldeian and Liverpool Pal killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme who came from a typical middle class background, but whose home circumstances were far from ideal.

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Clement Robert Carmichael Wallworth


This post was written by Victoria Doran.

Clement Wallworth was the only son in a family that had been prosperous rather than wealthy for many generations. With a promising future ahead of him he joined the Royal Naval Air Service on leaving boarding school at the age of 18.

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St Bees School, Cumberland War Memorial from here.

The names of the 45 men who died are recorded in the nearby school chapel

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Nicholas Albert Roy van Gruisen


This post was written by Victoria Doran.

Nicholas Albert Roy van Gruisen was the third generation of his family to run a piano making business in Liverpool and was an officer in the 9th (Territorial) Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment for many years before the war.

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Nicholas Albert Roy van Gruisen in 1918 by Frank Thomas Copnall – Museum of Liverpool

As the artist only died in 1949 this may be under copyright. Please accept my apology if anyone is upset by this use of the image.

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Robert Harold Williams


This post was written by Victoria Doran

Robert came from a family of mainly Welsh ancestry. He was probably brought up to family myths of some grandeur, which are not entirely accurate. He was almost certainly conscripted into the army when he reached the age of 18 in 1916.

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