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Ellen Marshall was born in Chester. For a short time the family lived in Wrexham and then moved to Shrewsbury where Ellen’s mother ran a commercial hotel, ‘Marshall’s Temperance Hotel’. Ellen worked in the hotel with her mother, her sister, Carrie, and later her step-sister, Beatrice.
Photograph of Ellen Cowley (nee Marshall, right) and sister Carrie Marshall (left)
Born in Brighton, Charles divorced his first wife after she had an affair on her return from South Africa. He worked as a commercial traveller for Mazawattee Tea. He served in the Natal Field Artillery during the 1906 Natal rebellion and served in the Royal Artillery during WW1.
Charles Leonard Cowley
Photo of Charles and second wife, Ellen, in 1912. Click on image to enlarge.