War Graves

War graves of those remembered in Birkdale Cemetery

Birkdale Cemetery, apart from being a municipal cemetery, is also a Commonwealth War Graves cemetery. It has 41 casualties of the first and second world war buried here.

Since most casualties are buried in overseas graves, a number of families have chosen to have their names added to the headstones on their own graves.

Here we have tried to identify all such people who gave their lives for us and are remembered here. In each post, we have combined information from a number of sources to give a more complete picture.

ARRAS MEMORIAL , Pas de Calais , France

Latest casualty posts

Richard Hartley Sagar Wilkinson

Richard Hartley Sagar Wilkinson – Killed in Action 1917

Richard Hartley Sagar Wilkinson enlisted as a Private in 13th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) serving on the Western Front from 19 November 1916. Richard was killed in action on 11 April 1917 during the Battle of Arras. Previously Richard was a 2nd Lieutenant serving …
Cambrai Memorial

Herbert Howarth – Killed in Action 1917

Herbert Howarth enlisted with the 1/5 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and went to the front in February 1915. Herbert was killed in action at Cambrai, on 30th November 1917, when his battalion became the main target of a large counter attack by the German army, where over 400 …

John Whiteside – Killed in Action 1916

John Whiteside enlisted with the 1/9th battalion of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) in June 1914 and went to the front the following February, and was wounded in May 1915. He returned to the Front just before Christmas 1915. William was killed in action, at the Somme, on 25th September …

William Marshall – Killed in Action 1917

William Marshall enlisted with the 20th battalion of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) in early 1916 and went to the front in July that year. William was killed in action, at the battle of Pilckem Ridge (Ypres), on 1st August 1917. William was aged 29 and the fourth son of Paul …

James William Sawyer – Killed in Action 1917

James William Sawyer served with the 12th battalion of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment). James was reported missing in action, at the battle of Lancmarke, on 15th August, later presumed killed in action. James was aged 21 and the son of Alfred and Jane Sawyer of 329 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale, …
Vernon Horsfall

Vernon Horsfall – Killed in Action 1916

Vernon Horsfall was commissioned in the 1st/4th battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) in July 1915 . Prior to service he was with his father in the worsted business of Messrs. Clay & Horsfall, Sowerby Bridge. Vernon Adams was killed in action at Schwaben Redoubt, Somme, …

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