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 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”