Donald Reginald Cooper and Frederick Hylton Cooper

Despite sharing the same surname, the following two casualties were not related. Donald came from Shropshire and lived in Hoylake and Frederick came from West Kirby.

Donald George Reginald Cooper 

Donald Cooper

Donald Cooper

Don Cooper came from Shropshire. In 1911, he was living in a seven-roomed shop and house at 18 Market Street, Hoylake where he was employed by his second cousin, William Henry Davies as an apprentice tailor. William had been born in Whitchurch, Shropshire in about 1880 and was married to May, who was born in Llanrwst in about 1878. The couple had been married for eight years. Other members of the household were William’s seven year-old daughter, Annie Olwen, who had been born in Hoylake and Mary Davies, William’s niece, who had been born in Deganwy in about 1890. Continue reading


Charles Barlow Cooper and Edgar Cooper

The following two casualties shared the same surname and were first cousins once removed three times over, via their Cooper, Barlow and Pugh ancestors. I would like to thank Gail Brumfitt and Patricia Wilcock for their help in understanding the relevant family trees

Charles Barlow Cooper

Charles belonged to a well-known Hoylake fishing family, who resided in the centre of the old township of Hoose along with many other working class families, many of whom earned their livings by fishing. His parents were Joseph Cooper (1841-1892) and Jane Pugh (1841-1923). Charles’s middle name was inherited from his paternal grandmother, Ellen Barlow, who lived locally between 1809 and 1886. Continue reading

George Frederick Cooke and William Arthur George Cooke

The following two casualties shared the same surname but were not related. George was based in the Frankby and Newton area of the old parish of West Kirby and William in West Kirby itself, although neither man was born in the area.

George Frederick Cooke 

George Frederick Cooke's Entry in the Book of Remembrance

George Frederick Cooke’s Entry in the Book of Remembrance

George is buried in Thurstaston Church Yard and commemorated in St. Peter’s Church, Heswall, as well as at Grange Hill. This is due to the fact that he had lived in Newton and Frankby as well as in Heswall. He originated from Thurgoland, a small town close to Sheffield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. George’s parents were William Cooke (born in about 1843 in Newmarket, Suffolk) and Hannah (born in about 1845 in Eye in Suffolk). In 1881 and 1901, William was employed as a domestic butler and Hannah as a dressmaker. George, who was described as being a student at that time, had the following siblings: William (born in about 1871 in London), Ellen (born in about 1873 in Thurgoland), Blanche (born in about 1880 in Thurgoland) and Arthur (born in about 1886 in Thurgoland). In 1901, the family was still living at Hill Top in Thurgoland. By that time, Ellen was still single, aged 28 and working as a dress-maker on her own account, while Arthur was employed as a railway worker. Continue reading