Soldiers of the Memorial

Complete Index of Names on the Memorial Panels

World War One 1914-1918

Panel 1

Panel 2

Panel 3

Panel 4

* R Terry is likely to be R Perry. There is no R Terry recorded on the CWGC database,
whereas there is a R Perry from Ellesmere Port who was killed in action in 1918 (the link above leads to the latter).

** H Thomas is likely to be A Thomas(the link above leads to the latter).

*** No trace of a J W Williams so far, but there is a T Williams, born Tattenhall, resident in EP not on the memorial.

WW1 Soldiers Added to the Memorial

David Hunt

Added to the new memorial 2007

Albert Lilley

Added to the new memorial 2014

(also see note below)

George Ernest Keates

Added to the new memorial 2015

(also see note below)

Soldiers Not on the Memorial

Research has revealed that there are numerous men who were not recorded on the war memorial. Occasionally, new items appear in the local press drawing attention to the fact that a name has been missed off, and that the local authorities are being contacted with a view to putting the anomaly right. However, this is actually nothing unusual, although of course it is perfectly understandable that descendants wish to see the name of their family member added in due course.

Although the national memorials had been organised by central government, the decision of how to remember those from local communities who had given their lives were largely left to local town and parish councils. There was also the problem of who to include, as there was no central body from which a list could be obtained. Instead, the collation of names for inclusion on the memorial was carried out by the committee responsible for the memorial's erection by a variety of ways, which included door-to-door enquiries, leaflets through letter boxes, church announcements, articles in the local press, or by word of mouth. The committee usually defined the criteria for who could be added. In some cases, there were strict geographic boundaries, whilst others were a little more flexible. Because there was no centralised organisation, much of the information regarding how local committees proceeded no longer exists. Some minutes have been preserved, whilst information can also be gleaned from local newspapers or parochial histories, especially those mentioning unveiling ceremonies.

There was often controversy, ranging from a number of Catholics who objected to the siting of memorials in front of, or within, the bounds of Anglican parish churches, to those who couldn't agree on the what form the memorial should take. Then there was often much discussion on whether certain names should be left off - especially deserters and those shot for cowardice.

The omission of names, therefore, was not uncommon, especially when the onus may have been with the bereaved family to notify the committee to include their soldier's name. Sometimes, families wanted to move on, and life's priorities were elsewhere. Other families moved away from the area to find work. Frequently, for those who were missing on the battlefield, inscribing the name on a memorial was final acceptance by the family that their loved one would not be coming home, and for some who still held out hope, this was more than they could bear. Private Pemberton, pictured, was just such a man, whose family believed he was a prisoner of war, until finally accepting he would not be coming home. He lived at 31 Oldfield Road in the Port, but was not recorded on the memorial.

In Ellesmere Port, numerous men had been living in the swiftly expanding town only a short time, and in many cases their names appeared both on the local memorial, and also the memorial erected in the area where they had come from, especially those from the Black Country villages. Albert Lilley (Soldiers Added, above) was one of those men who was from Bilston, but appeared on neither memorial. Four years or so after his death when the idea of memorials were being mooted, he may have been a man whose memory of ties of home had been forgotten, no sense of real belonging in the town he had moved to and no one to remember him in the town of his birth. Consequently there may have been no one in either place to nominate his name.

Whatever the reason for omission, it is also intended to gradually add such local men to the website. Maybe they too can be added to the actual memorial in the future.


Full list is under 'They also served'.

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