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The Boocock surname study aims to research all occurrences of the name Boocock and the ancestry of people who were born with the name Boocock. Analysis of the 1841 census shows users of the name were mainly clustered in the West Riding of Yorkshire with small pockets in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Outside these areas there are individual family groups in other parts of England. My ambition is to extend this to a world-wide study but at the moment my research is focused on Great Britain. My proposition is; the vast majority of people with the name Boocock will have some ancestral connection with the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The portrait is of Mary Carpenter Underhill Boocock the wife of Samuel Ward Boocock who was born in New York in 1837. His father John Alexander Boocock was baptised in London in 1787, a connection to the West Riding of Yorkshire is yet to be established.

The boys are James and Albert Boocock who enlisted into the 9 Battalion, The Manchester Regiment on 4 August 1914 aged 14 and 15. The entered World War One in the Balkans on 19 May 1915. Their father, Quartermaster-Sergeant George Boocock, 9 Battalion, The Manchester Regiment also entered World War One in the Balkans on 19 May 1915. George’s father, James was born in Ossett, West Riding of Yorkshire.

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