Hi Sam, yes I also looked at the 1911 census and noticed the first child was no longer living. Mum never mentioned this fact which I am quite surprised about because she used to tell us loads of stuff a
bout when she was young. Am quite sure the other children never knew about the child not surviving....I know it sounds harsh but in those days there was little sentiment about baby deaths...it was a very common thing that happened.
One of my friends at work told me that we are related to the bowler hat makers, so that made me smile. thanks for your post. maureen x