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uncle Charlie Cosker

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Wendy Report 25 Aug 2013 14:10

Can anyone help, my dad always talked of a brother "Charlie" who he hadnt seen since he was very young. I have found a birth so I know he existed, "Charles F Cosker June 1920" (source BMD) but cant find a marriage or a death! any help would be greatly appreciated. Mothers maiden name was White.


patchem Report 25 Aug 2013 14:43

Welcome, Wendy.

What sort of age was very young?
Any chance family circumstances resulted in an adoption?

He is in someone's tree on here - have you contacted them, or know of them?


Wendy Report 25 Aug 2013 15:31

He was one of eleven children altogether although two died in infancy, im really not sure how young, sorry i cant be any more helpfull. Dad didnt like to talk about his childhood, he and a sister got sent to a residentual school in brentwood, possibly poorhouse. Maybe he went there aswell?


patchem Report 25 Aug 2013 16:17

Maybe he was sent there, and maybe he was adopted and his name was changed.

Do you know dorothy earridge graham who also has him in her tree on here?


Wendy Report 25 Aug 2013 19:16

i have had previous contact, she was a cousin, i have tried to contact her again to see if she has any info but no reply, i dont think they were a close family


Flip Report 26 Aug 2013 14:14

Hi Wendy,

Which of the siblings was your father - just to get an idea of when he last knew of Charles? Also, have you tried to check the admission for the residential school your father was sent to?


Wendy Report 26 Aug 2013 22:02

my father was william john cosker born 1924, dont really know how to check for school records etc, is there a website?


Flip Report 26 Aug 2013 22:16

I don't think school records past around 1911 are on line (but someone may correct me here). I think your only option would be to try to check at the national archives. The family were living Mile End, then the youngest children born Stepney - so you may need to look for poor law union records in these areas.