Albert Oliver Williams

ALBERT OLIVER WILLIAMS

This post was written by Victoria Doran

A founder member of the Wirral Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment who died of wounds received near Arras whilst serving in the trenches.

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Book of Remembrance entry

Note that his actual date of death was 14 May 1916 Continue reading “Albert Oliver Williams”

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Matthew O’Neill

MATTHEW O’NEILL

This post was written by Victoria Doran

A member of the Wirral Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment who died when nearly the whole battalion ‘went over the top’ on the first day of the Battle of Ancre Heights.

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Birkenhead News 19 June 1915 Continue reading “Matthew O’Neill”

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 “Charles Barlow Cooper and Edgar Cooper”