Many thanks to Ian Davies (Hoylake RNLI) for sending me a press archive from 1906. Ian writes:
“We had a lucky find the other day when we were given the transcript of a Birkenhead News item from 1906.
If you look at the memorial for the Lifeboat disaster of 1810 outside the Lifeboat Station (pictured) you will see mentioned a young man John Isaac Roberts who died in 1906. Attached is the story of his demise. The journalism was so different in those days you could imagine that in those pre television times how descriptive the story teller needed to be. Sadly the last page appears to be missing but I don’t think that there is much more to be said.”
You can read the article in .pdf format.
Note how Queens Road was then called Prussia Road. If you walk up Queens Road from Market Street and look up at houses on the right-hand side about half way down you’ll see a Prussia Villas name plaque.