Names added to World War One Roll of Honour at Liverpool Town Hall

SERVICEMEN will be honoured next week (9 October), when their names are added to the Roll of Honour at Liverpool Town Hall.

A total of 26 men who lost their lives in World War One will be added to the plaque in the Hall of Remembrance, with the inscription reading: “Their name liveth evermore”.

Special civic receptions for the families of those being added to the plaques will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Anna Rothery.    

Town Hall officials are still searching for the family of three of the servicemen so that they can attend:

  • Private James John Finnigan, a pupil at St Anne’s Refuge and Industrial School for Catholic Boys on St Anne’s Street, who later moved to Heckmondwike and worked at Leeds and Liversidge Colliery. He served with 12 Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and died in the Battle of the Somme on the first day – 1 July 1916, aged 25. He was nominated after his name was discovered by Spen Valley Historical Society, who found him remembered on the War Memorial of Our Lady and All Saints Church in West Yorkshire.
  • Private Thomas Winstanley, of The King’s Liverpool Regiment (13th Battalion) who died on 21 August 1918. He is the son of John and Elizabeth Winstanley of 5 Sand Street, Great Howard Street, Liverpool.
  • Private Edward Sanderson of The Loyal North Lancashire regiment (1st Battalion), who died on 29 March 1917

The families of the servicemen are being asked to email town.hall@liverpool.gov.uk if they would like to attend.

The full list of the personnel being added is:

  • Private RJ Ainscough – MANCHESTER REGIMENT (12TH BATT)
  • Private H Billington – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (7TH BATT)
  • Private JC Burgess – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (7TH BATT)
  • Private J Cawley – AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY A.I.F. (25TH BATT)
  • Rifleman MA Comer – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (1ST/5TH BATT)
  • Driver W Crierie – MECHANICAL TRANSPORT, ARMY SERVICE CORPS
  • Private RJ Davies – EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT (11TH BATT)
  • Private M Dunn – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (2ND/8TH BATT)
  • Private JJ Finnigan – KING’S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY (12TH BATT)
  • Corporal F Foster – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (1ST BATT)
  • Fourth Baker J Johnston – S.S. “SOUTHLAND” (LIVERPOOL), MERCANTILE MARINE
  • Private T Leonard – CONNAUGHT RANGERS (5TH BATT)
  • Lance Corporal J McCarty – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (13TH BATT)
  • Private F O’Halloran – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (4TH BATT)
  • Private J Roberts – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (9TH BATT)
  • Private E Sanderson – THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT (1ST BATT)
  • Lance Corporal R Sanderson – THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT (7TH BATT)
  • Lance Corporal P Seymour – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (1ST/10TH BATT)
  • Private W Sinnott – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (18TH BATT)
  • Private D Spechtmeier – LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS (1ST BATT)
  • Private M – LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS (11TH BATT)
  • Engineer Commander CL Stewart – H.M.S. “PATIA” ROYAL NAVY RESERVE
  • Private J Tweed – LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS (1ST/7TH BATT)
  • Corporal AE Williams – SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT (7TH BATT)
  • Lance Corporal C Williams – SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT (8TH BATT)
  • Private T Winstanley – THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) (13TH BATT)

The Roll of Honour was unveiled by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, on 2 July 1921. The list of war dead began to be compiled during World War One  when names of the fallen were posted in a window overlooking Exchange Flags and relatives queued to add names.

The list of names was made available via the Town Hall’s website in 2008, and now the team receives requests for relatives’ names to go on the additions board, and there are now more than 13,500 included.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Anna Rothery said: “It is a great honour to be able to add these names to the Roll of Honour, so that the sacrifices of these men are honoured at Liverpool Town Hall.

“Every year, new names are put forward and we will continue to add them for as long as we continue to receive them, to make sure that they are remembered, alongside their fellow servicemen.

“It is always a privilege to hear about those who lost their lives from their families, and build a picture of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.”

The list includes Private William Sinnott, who was one of the famous Liverpool PALS, recruited by Lord Derby. Bill Sergeant from the Liverpool PALS memorial fund said: “It amazes but delights me that we are still identifying local men who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War more than 100 years later. “It is important that they are all acknowledged and remembered and I know that many of those attending the ceremony will share my pride that I can be present when they are at last given the recognition they so richly deserve.”