Alfred Bayley Chase

Alfred was born in Liverpool on 11th July 1882 and baptised in St. Saviour’s Church in Everton. His parents, James George Chase (1857 – 1884) and Violet Ross Dunn (born in Aberdeen in about 1856), were living at 171 Granton Road. They had married in the September quarter of 1881 in West Derby. Alfred was an only child and soon became familiar with death – his father died at the age of 27 on 1st May 1884 and his mother’s second husband, William Pughe (born in about 1853) died in 1899, leaving £651 9s to his widow. In 1901, the widowed Violet and her son, Alfred, were running a boarding house at 32 Eaton Road in West Kirby. They had four boarders. Alfred, by this time, was a railway worker. In 1911, they were at the same address and Alfred was now called a railway clerk. On 2nd November 1914, Alfred married Gladys Annie Smith at St. Hildeburgh’s Church in Hoylake. The couple went to live on Valentia Road in Hoylake. Continue reading “Alfred Bayley Chase”


Arthur Crosfield Brattan


Brattan is a rare name, which might be a variation of the place-name, Bratton, which is found in Wiltshire. In 1881, most bearers of the name lived in and around Hull and Doncaster. Arthur Brattan was (according to the 1901 census) the eldest of the three children of Arthur Thomas Brattan (born in Sheffield in about 1866) and his wife Eliza Crosfield (born in Liverpool in about 1869). Arthur senior was described as a collector in 1884 and a colliery owner’s agent in 1901. Continue reading “Arthur Crosfield Brattan”