Kings Regiment sources at the Maritime Archives and Library

A hockey party in Limerick about 1904 (LIVKR1998.4.8.4)

The following sources are available without appointment at the Maritime Archives and Library in the Merseyside Maritime Museum during regular opening hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm. Admission is free. Remember that most published books will also be available via the inter-library loan service from your local public library.

1. General books

  • S Fowler et al, Army Service Records of the First World War, 2nd Ed., (Public Record Office, London 1998). Very useful guide to the records available at the Public Record Office, where the bulk of surviving soldiers service records are preserved.

2. Published histories

  • [R Cannon], Historical Records of the Kings Liverpool Regiment, (1904). History of the Regiment from 1685 to 1903. Contains biographies of officers with dates of commissions and promotions.
  • TR Threlfall, The Story of the Kings (Liverpool Regiment), (1916). Contains some useful information on the formation of units in 1914-15 but not a good history of the earlier period.
  • E Wyrall, The History of the Kings Regiment (Liverpool) 1914-19, (3 Vols. 1935). Covers all battalions in quite good detail for specific attacks. Contains maps of the principal operations.
  • JJ Burke-Gaffney, The Story of the Kings Regiment (Liverpool) 1914-48, (1954). Less useful for the First World War but with more detailed accounts of the Second World War and with a roll of soldiers killed in the Second World War, with maps.
  • JO Coop, History of the 55th Division 1916-19, (1919). A history of the West Lancashire Division which included the first line Kings Regiment Territorials, 1/5th - 1/10th Battalion.
  • E Wurzburg, History of the 2/6th (Rifle) Battalion The Kings (Liverpool Regiment), (1920). Detailed history including roll of all ranks, with maps.
  • EHG Roberts, The Story of the 9th Kings in France, (1922). History of 1/9th and 2/9th Battalions.
  • M McGilchrist, The Liverpool Scottish 1900-1919, (1930). Detailed history of 1/10th & 2/10th Battalions, including roll of all ranks, with maps.
  • FC Stanley, History of the 89th Brigade 1914-18, (1919). A history of the Liverpool Pals Brigade (17th - 20th Battalions) by the commanding officer.
  • G Maddocks, The Liverpool Pals, (1991). Detailed history of the 17th - 20th Battalions with roll and places of burial for soldiers who died, with maps.
  • P Mileham, 'Difficulties Be Damned' The King's Regiment 8th 63rd 96th, A History of the City Regiment of Manchester and Liverpool, (2000). Well illustrated single volume history of the Regiments which amalgamated in 1958. Good for background information and the only source for post-1945 conflicts.
  • H Giblin (with David Evans and Dennis Reeves), Bravest of Hearts, The Biography of a Battalion, The Liverpool Scottish in the Great War, (2000). Successor to McGilchrist's history with a great deal of information on individual soldiers including medal citations, biographies and hundreds of portraits of individual soldiers.

3. Unit archive records

These typed copies contain a daily record of the activities of each Battalion. Officers will be frequently mentioned, other ranks less so. The originals of all War Diaries are held at the Public Record Office, Kew.

  • First World War Battalion War Diaries

  • Second World War Battalion War Diaries
    2nd Battalion
    5th Battalion January - December 1944
    5th Battalion January - December 1945
    13th Battalion [Battalion HQ only] January - June 1943

4. Published rolls

  • The South African War Casualty Roll, The South African Field Force 11th Oct. 1899 - June 1902, (1982). Reprint of official list of Boer War casualties for all units, including wounded.
  • The Cross of Sacrifice, Officers who died in the service of British, Indian and East African Regiments and Corps 1914-19, SD and DB Jarvis, (1993). Lists officers with Battalion and grave locations.
  • Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 part 13. The Kings (Liverpool Regiment), (1920). Official publication listing other ranks by battalion with name, place of birth, enlistment & residence, number, rank, with nature, date & theatre of death.
  • The Distinguished Conduct Medal 1914-20 Citations. Includes battalion and citation and date published in London Gazette.

5. Archive rolls

  • The Monthly Army List, (December 1914, July 1915, August 1916, April 1917, November 1918). Listing all officers in the Army by battalion with dates of commissioning and promotion.
  • 1st Battalion The Kings Regiment Register of Prisoners of War Lost since August 22nd, 1914. First World War PoWs. Copy of manuscript roll book in the Kings Regiment Collection with date of capture, camps, next of kin and details of parcels sent (photocopy of original).
  • 1/6th Battalion (Liverpool Rifles) Casualty Books. Three volumes containing service details (not personal details) of all ranks who served with the Battalion in France 1915-18. Refer first to the photocopied indexes to the three volumes in a red ring binder in the searchroom.
  • Next of Kin Rolls of the Liverpool Pals (17th - 20th Battalions), c1915, 4 vols (photocopy of original).
  • Cunard Clerical Staff By Land and Sea, 1st Edition. Roll of staff serving with the forces, c1916 (photocopy of original).
  • Bootle Roll of Honour. Photographs of Bootle Men Killed in the Great European War. (The Bootle Times, Bootle, 1916). A list produced in August 1916, the completed list is at Bootle Town Hall (photocopy of original).
  • Recipients of the Military Medal in the Kings (Liverpool Regiment) during the First World War. Includes some battalions and date published in the London Gazette but not citations, which have rarely survived.