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.
Latest casualty posts
List of casualty posts to date
|27/02/2021 09:22 AM||Eric Sucksmith - Killed in Action 1916||France||Eric Sucksmith served with the 1st battalion of the Queens Royal Regiment (West Surrey Regiment). Eric was killed in action at Cambrai on 6 May 1916, aged just 19. He was the son of Thomas and Hannah Sucksmith, of 46, Promenade, Southport. He is buried in the Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France.||publish|
|03/03/2021 05:15 PM||Gerald Pearson - Accidentally killed in action 1917||France||Gerald Pearson served with the 45th squadron of the Royal Flying Corp, enlisting on the 2 March 1916. He was accidently Killed whilst flying on 29 October 1917, aged just 19. He was the son of Arthur and Lucy Ada Pearson, of "Ashleigh," Nantwich Rd., Crewe. He is buried in HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France.||publish|
|18/03/2021 11:54 AM||James Marshall - Killed in action 1918||France||James Marshall served with the 1st/5th battalion of the King's (Liverpool Regiment). James enlisted in November 1916 and was drafted to France in May 1917. He was seriously gassed in October 1917, and returned to his unit once recovered. He has been back at the front for approx. 1 month when he was sent as a runner with an important message for the advanced positions; he was killed by a shell explosion on 16 October 1918. He was the son of Walter and Agnes Ann Marshall, of 263 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire.||publish|
|13/04/2021 12:17 PM||Vernon Horsfall - Killed in Action 1916||France||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, on 3 September 1916, aged 23. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Clay Horsfall, Kingston Dene, Flopwood lane, Halifax. He is buried at SERRE ROAD CEMETERY NO.2, Somme, France||publish|
|15/05/2021 11:12 AM||John Whiteside - Killed in Action 1916||France||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 1916. John was aged 21 and the son of Mr and Mrs James Whiteside of Shaws Rd, Birkdale. Southport, Lancashire.||publish|
|22/05/2021 09:44 AM||Herbert Howarth - Killed in Action 1917||France||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 men of his battalion were reported as missing. Herbert was aged 20 and the son of of Robert and Sarah Howarth, of 32, Bengarth Road, Southport, Lancashire.||publish|
|26/06/2021 09:52 AM||Richard Hartley Sagar Wilkinson - Killed in Action 1917||France||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 with 3rd Battalion (Prince of Wales Own) West Yorkshire Regiment in the 2nd Boer War and was subsequently invalided out of the army. When the First World War broke out he rejoined the 9th Battalion of his old regiment, on 4 January 1915 as a temporary Lieutenant and fought in Gallipoli were he was injured and relinquished his commission as a captain in 1916. Richard was aged 40 and the husband of Violet Glaister Wilkinson, of Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire.||publish|
|08/03/2021 02:51 PM||Horace Inman - killed in action 1917||Belgium||Horace Inman served with the second battalion of the Coldstream Guards. He attested for service on 29 October 1915. Horace was killed in the third battle of Ypres on 24 September 1917. He was the husband of Hilda Victoria Sinclair Inman, father of Elvina Doreen Inman of Deans House Hotel, Prescot, Liverpool.||publish|
|12/03/2021 02:06 PM||Sidney James Allanson - killed in action 1916||Belgium||Sidney James Allanson served with the second battalion of the Coldstream Guards. He attested for service in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 3 June 1915. He transferred to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the field on 10 June 1916. Sidney was killed in the battle of Mount Sorrel, Ypres on 18 July 1916. He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Allanson, of 18, Sandringham Drive, New Brighton, Wallasey, Cheshire||publish|
|07/04/2021 04:42 PM||Donald Court Halsall - Killed in Action 1917||Belgium||Donald Court Halsall served with the 1st/2nd battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He attached to the 3rd/5th battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers on the 29 September 1917, from the 3rd battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers (Reserve). He attended Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire from 1910 to 1916 where he was a School Monitor and a Corporal in the OTC. In December 1916 Halsall joined the Inns of Court OTC and obtained his commission in he Lancashire Fusiliers of 31 July 1917 on 1st August 1917. Before enlisting, he was engaged at the head office of the Royal Insurance Company in Liverpool. Donald was killed in action at Cambrai on 9th October 1917, aged just 19. Son of Thomas and Amy Halsall, 55 Liverpool Rd., Birkdale, Southport. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, having no known grave.||publish|
|03/05/2021 11:24 AM||James William Sawyer - Killed in Action 1917||Belgium||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, Southport, Lancashire. At the time of his death his two brothers were also on active service.||publish|
|08/05/2021 12:02 PM||William Marshall - Killed in Action 1917||Belgium||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 and Ellen Marshall of 14, Segars Lane Ainsdale. Southport, Lancashire. At the time of his death two of his brothers, Joseph and Edward, were also on active service in France and another in England.||publish|