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”


Arthur, Samuel and Septimus Harold Barlow

Arthur and Samuel Barlow were sons of Thomas Edward (1862-1947) and Elizabeth (née Davies, 1861 – 1914). The Barlows were a long-established Hoylake and Meols family, many of whom were fishermen. Due to his vast experience and qualification as a skipper of fishing smacks (gained in March 1901), Thomas Edward was known as “Captain Barlow”. On census night in 1901 his family were residing at 23 Shaw Street, Hoylake whilst he was on board the Felicity in Pwllheli Harbour on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales. Ten years later, he was on board the Pansy in Douglas Harbour on the Isle of Man. Along with his brothers Thomas and Frank, Samuel was also on board, working as the cook, at the age of 14. On that occasion Arthur was aged 11 and living in the family’s seven-roomed house at 10 Ferndale Road, Hoylake with his mother, two sisters, grandfather Thomas senior (aged 75) and uncle Joseph (aged 70). Both of the latter were retired fishermen. Continue reading “Arthur, Samuel and Septimus Harold Barlow”