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Richard Harding died on H.M.S. Laurentic on 25 January, 1917. He is on the West Kirby War Memorial Wirral but I can find no connection with this area at all.

I have downloaded his service papers and he was in the Royal Navy from 1896 and from 1902 he is shown as a LEading seaman until 21 October 1912 when he is shown as Western Hoylake - Btn, can anyone tell me what this means? He remained at "Western Hoylake" until 31 July 1914 when he is again listed as Leading Seaman on Vivid 1 until Nov 1914 when he joined the Laurentic. I'm wondering if Western Hoylake was some sort of shore base in the Hoylake area? As Hoylake is close to West Kirby it may help to explain why he's on the memorial


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