Joseph and Robert Hallows


This biography was written by Victoria Doran.

Joseph and Robert Hallows were brothers who both died in late 1918 having served from the beginning of the war.

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The sad end of Brickfield Cottage from the Hoylake News & Advertiser of 9 January 1959 following a fire

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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 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”

Ernest, Frederick, George Trevor, Richard Henry and Thomas Hazelhurst Bird


Bird is a very well known Hoylake surname. Ernest’s lineage can be traced back to his five greats grandfather, Nehemiah, who was born in Wallasey in 1685. His parents were Henry (1849-1942) and Hannah Jane (née McDougal, 1860-1933). Henry was the brother of George Bird (born in 1856), the next casualty’s father. Ernest and Frederick Bird were, therefore, first cousins. Ernest was the eldest of Henry and Hannah’s three surviving children. Hannah was from Workington in Cumberland. She was Henry’s third wife. Therefore, Ernest had four surviving half siblings from his father’s previous marriages. These children were not in the family home in 1901 or 1911. Henry was a Gentleman’s Domestic servant in 1901 and a gardener by 1911, when Ernest was a school pupil living in the ten-roomed family home at number 11 Darmond’s Green, West Kirby. Early on in the war, Ernest joined the Liverpool Pals and was eventually posted to France on 7th November 1915. The Book of Remembrance claimed that he served in Gallipoli. Given that he was in the 18th Liverpools, this would have been impossible. There is no record of his having served in any other unit, so it must be a mistake. Suffice it to say that Ernest survived the war but died prematurely at home from illness which resulted from his military service. Continue reading “Ernest, Frederick, George Trevor, Richard Henry and Thomas Hazelhurst Bird”

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”