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Remembering Manx servicemen who fought and fell with the Liverpool Scottish during World War One 16 April 2007

Manx National Heritage has received a facsimile copy of the Roll of Honour prepared by the Liverpool Scottish to commemorate the sacrifice of its men who died between 1914 and 1919. Chairman of the Liverpool Scottish Museum Trust, Professor Donald Ritchie, presented the document during a recent visit to the Manx Museum, Douglas.

Professor Ritchie was greeted by Manx National Heritage archivist Wendy Thirkettle who accepted the item with grateful thanks.

Wendy Thirkettle, an archivist at the Manx National Heritage Library commented:

Professor Donald Ritchie, Wendy Thirkettle, Roger Christian‘This Roll of Honour brings together in a dignified way the names of the men who fought and died with the Liverpool Scottish. Turning the pages of our copy, the Manx surnames leap out. The original is on vellum and bound in red leather and is a very fine document displayed in Liverpool: our copy however is a much appreciated addition to our manuscript collection and complements our existing resources such as the personal papers of First World War veterans and photographs’.

Also present at the handover was Roger Christian who, in the early 1990s, recorded memorials on the Isle of Man to Manx servicemen and women and passed his finding both to the Imperial War Museum in London and the Manx National Heritage Library. Roger was instrumental in facilitating the deposit of this facsimile copy of the Liverpool Scottish Roll of Honour. In recent months he has been updating his original survey of memorials in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the information currently available.

Another initiative underway on the Island is an attempt to establish an accurate list of servicemen and women who have died for their country since 1945. Anyone with information in this matter is welcome to contact Wendy Thirkettle at the Manx Museum, Douglas. Manx National Heritage is always eager to hear about archives that document the lives of Manx people and residents.

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