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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Copeman, John George

40, Helmsley Street, West Hartlepool

John George Copeman was baptised at Holy Trinity, Throston on 12th January 1890 son of David and Elizabeth Copeman. John was a Fireman on the SS Wega and killed when the Wega was hit by a mine on the 14th June 1917. From the Deaths at Sea records J. Copeman, Fireman died on the Wega 14th June 1917. His address is shown as c/o W. Bell , 35 Denham Street , Hartlepoool (probably Durham Street ). His parents David Copeman and Elizabeth Coates married in 1888 in Hartlepool .

 In 1891 the Copeman family lived at 2 St. Helens Place , Hartlepool . David Copeman was a labourer in the shipyard and was born in 1868 in Hartlepool . His wife Elizabeth was born in 1867 in Hartlepool . John George Copeman was then aged 1 and born in Hartlepool .

 In 1901 the Copeman family are living at 6 Wood Street , Hartlepool . David is missing. His wife Elizabeth is shown as married and there are children John G. 11, Mary 9, Louisa 7, Alfred 4, Susan 2 and Nelson 7 months. All were born in Hartlepool .

 In 1911 the Copeman family have moved again, this time to 113 High Street Hartlepool . David is at home aged 43 and is a Marine Stoker, Elizabeth is 44 and states she has been married 22 years. John G. is 21 and a Shipyard Upholsterer, Alfred 14 is a Milk Boy, Susan 12 and Nelson 10.

 Elizabeth Copeman died in 1918 and was buried at the North Cemetery on 8th April 1918, age 53, address Helmsley Street . She died on the 5th April 1918. David Copeman died at Howbeck Hospital on the 3rd June 1931.

 Seamen's records have John with a wife Catherine, nee Elland. After much searching, no evidence of a marriage can currently be found.