Thursday, October 1, 2015


The school sessions are fully booked up, I am working with children in every year of primary school looking at the memorial project and remembrance,  making some lovely clay and fabric poppies and writing poems and letters about remembrance.

All this work will be displayed in St James' Church on Remembrance Sunday 8th November for the Remembrance service at 4pm. Everyone welcome.

On the research front, the search for a d.o.b. for James Irvine is proving elusive.

I've found that Frank P Lloyd on the memorial was the brother of F.W. Lloyd, a cleric at St James' Church who signed forms for many of the other bereaved families.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Private Herbert Ledger 035836

There was only one herbert Ledger on the CWGC database. 

Herbert Ledger was born in Liverpool on 14th August 1889. His parents were John and Mary Ledger of 27 St James Place, John was a window-blind maker.

Herbert was baptised in St Andrew's Church on 5th December 1889.

The 1891 census shows that the Ledger family (still at 27 St James Place) consisted of John, Mary and their 9 children; of whom Herbert was the youngest.
John was a window-blind maker and an employer, their address was also listed as a window-blind factory; they probably lived over their shop/workshop.

Gore's directory of Liverpool and Birkenhead 1900 trade directory shows that John Ledger, window blind manufacturer had 2 premises, 27 St James Place and 35 Renshaw St. There were two other Ledgers listed as window-blind manufacturers.

The 1901 census shows the family at the same address, John still a window-blind maker and employer. Herbert was 11 years old but several of his siblings were employed and their occupations indicate they had a reasonable education.

By 1911 Herbert's father had died and his mother was head of the household in Annesley Rd, Seacombe with 8 of her children still at home. Herbert was employed as an engineer's apprentice.


Herbert Ledger was in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, his regimental number was 035836
 He was killed at 'home' (in the UK) on 27 October 1918.

UK Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 

Herbert Ledger
Birth Place:
Liverpool, Lancs
Death Date:
27 Oct 1918
Death Location:
Enlistment Location:
Birkenhead, Ches.
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Type of Casualty:
Theatre of War:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Despite the long gap between posts, there has been plenty of work being done on the research and the memorial project. Money from the Heritage Lottery Fund has paid for the war diaries for many of the men (they are not all available) and the entries for the dates of death will be added.

The money from the HLF has also paid for a new website for the project and the entries for all the men are being updated and added to it. The website has its own domain which will eventually also hold a site for related aspects of the research such as the Holy Trinity WW1 memorial which was also taken from St James's Church.

I have been given a response to my application for a grant from the War Memorials Trust, although they seem very positive about the recreation of the memorial I have been advised to delay the application until the church building restoration has secured funding.

I will be taking part in the St James' Church Heritage Open Day in September - more details to come!