Surnames registered by John Coshall
OXSIL User No.: 5955
OFHS Membership No. 6972

COLSELL 1740-1840 Crowell
COLSHILL 1740-1849 Crowell
COLSIL 1740-1840 Crowell
COSHALL 1740-1943 Crowell, Oxford

Notes: My family surname has been through a variety of forms, including Colsil, Colshill, Coleshill, Colsell. The earliest names of Colsil and Colshill are associated with family origins in Crowell, Oxon. The spelling Coshall only became consistently used after my great grandfather (Henry) joined the 43rd Light Infantry in 1870. For over 100 years prior to that date, the family had lived in poverty, sometimes in the workhouse (Thame and Staines (Midd)) and at times had resorted to crime. However, Henry changed the fortunes of the family. After serving many years in India, he returned to England and became a major in the Oxford University Officer Training Corps at the start of the last century and during WW1. My grandfather lived and married in Oxford. My father was born and lived in Oxford before following the car industry to Birmingham. My uncle studied at St Catherine's College, Oxford before WW2, but was shot down and killed in May 1943 when attacking a power station in Amsterdam.

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