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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916


CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916


Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
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Pte Richard Berry Alcock


  • Age: 28
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: 4TH KINGS
  • Died on Thursday 26th April 1917
  • Commemorated at: Bucquoy Rd Cem Ficheux
    Panel Ref: I.C.7
Richard was born in Liverpool in 1888 the son of Samuel Robert Alcock and his wife Sarah Ann (nee Berry) who married at Great Homer Street Chapel on 06/07/1877. He was the 7th of 11 children his known siblings being;  Frederick, Miriam, Bertha (died in infancy) Samuel, William (died in infancy) George, William,  Edith and Charles.

The 1891 Census shows the family living at 48 Danby Street, Everton. His father is shown as a saddler by trade.

By 1901 the family are living at 37 Corney Street, Liverpool and by 1911 they are living at 17 Underley Street, Liverpool. Richard (known as Dick by the family) is now 22 and employed as a Stonemason.

On 31/08/1912 he married  Ethel Augusta Nixon at St Dunstan's Church, Edge Hill, Liverpool. They do not appear to have had children.

He enlisted in Liverpool originally joining the 18th Bn of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 24562 before transferring to 4th Bn of the same regiment, He was killed on 26/04/1917. CWGC shows him as aged 30 but it is probable that he was 28.Richard is buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery. The inscription on his headstone reads:


"THEY NEVER FAIL WHO DIE IN A GREAT CAUSE"

Richard's wife Ethel remarried in 1919 to William R Clark.

Richard's father died in 1916. The Alcock family suffered further grievous loss when Richard's brother George, who prior to the war worked at Lairds served as Private 243384 of the 2/5th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, died of wounds aged 30 on 09/10/1917. Both Richard and George are commemorated on the Memorial at St Dunstan's Church, Edge Hill. 

His brother Charles, Private 14541 Manchester Regiment was captured at Zillebeke on 14/12/1917 and was a POW at Dulmen Camp. He survived the war but died in 1929 aged 31 . 

Another brother, William was a Pal who served with the 19th Battalion as Private 22908. He too was captured, on 22/03/1918 and was interred at Chemnitz camp. He survived the war.

Richard's mother lived until 1934, having suffered the loss of her husband and two sons within 18 months, having lost two children to deaths in infancy as well as further losses of sons Charles, Arthur and Frederick before she passed away. 

Killed On This Day.

(105 Years this day)
Sunday 25th June 1916.
Pte 17742 Henry Wild
30 years old

(104 Years this day)
Monday 25th June 1917.
Cpl 22200 Austin Owens
25 years old

(103 Years this day)
Tuesday 25th June 1918.
Pte 24596 William Andrew Madden
29 years old