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Thomas Barrow's FatherEdit

Thomas Barrow's Father was mentioned by Thomas as being seriously ill in 1924. He was previously mentioned as being a clockmaker.

Appearances
Mentions
Baxter: "Your dad was always kind to me."
Barrow: "Was he? Because he was never very kind to me."
Episode 5.03
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Gwen Dawson's FatherEdit

Gwen Dawson's Father and husband of Gwen's mother was mentioned by Gwen as thinking she would be a fool to leave such a place to become a secretary.

Appearances
Anna: "Have you told anyone? What did your parents say?"
Gwen: "Well, I can't tell them till I've got a job. Dad will think I'm a fool to leave a good place and Mum will say I'm getting above myself, but...but I don't believe that."
Episode 1.03
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Gwen Dawson's MotherEdit

Gwen Dawson's Mother and wife of Gwen's father was mentioned by Gwen as thinking she was getting above herself to become a secretary.

Appearances
Anna: "Have you told anyone? What did your parents say?"
Gwen: "Well, I can't tell them till I've got a job. Dad will think I'm a fool to leave a good place and Mum will say I'm getting above myself, but...but I don't believe that."
Episode 1.03
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Becky Hughes Edit

Becky Hughes is the disabled younger sister of Elsie Hughes.

Becky lives in Lytham St Annes. Mrs Hughes has described Becky as being "not right in the head." She requires a caretaker, thus Mrs Hughes has spent most of her earnings providing for Becky's care, leaving her with no savings.

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William Mason's UncleEdit

William Mason's Uncle was said by William that he "went just like that", comparing him to Kemal Pamuk.

Appearances
William: "I had an uncle who went like that. Finished his cocoa, closed his book and fell back dead on the pillow."
Thomas: "I don't think Mr Pamuk bothered with cocoa much, or books. He had other interests."
Episode 1.03
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Freddie MoorsumEdit

Freddie Moorsum (b.1905) is the son of Jane Moorsum. He was 12 years old in 1917 when his father died in the Battle of the Somme. His mother then came to Downton Abbey looking for work in order to support him, and was in service until 1919. She was easily hired and her mother took care of Freddie if he should need it while she is working.

A keen mathematics student, Freddie got a scholarship to Ripon Grammar School with help from Robert Crawley. His mother and Robert shared a mutual attraction and kisses, but Robert felt guilty and chose not to pursue her further. Knowing it was for the best, Jane handed in her notice and left.

It is unknown how Freddie reacted to Robert's assistance in getting his scholarship, if he ever knew at all.

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Beryl Patmore's NieceEdit

Beryl Patmore's Niece is the daughter of Mrs Patmore's sister and likely sister to Archie Philpotts who will be running Mrs Patmore's bed and breakfast.

Appearances
Mrs Hughes: "And who will run it day to day?"
Mrs Patmore: "My niece, my sister's girl. She's agreed, so I am all set."
Episode 6.06
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Beryl Patmore's sisterEdit

Beryl Patmore's sister was mentioned by Beryl Patmore to Daisy Mason following the deaths of James and Patrick Crawley. She died sometime before 1912.

Appearances

Mentions
Daisy: "Seems like a lot of food when you think they're all in mourning."
Mrs Patmore: "Nothing makes you hungrier or more tired than grief. When my sister died, God rest her soul, I ate my way through four platefuls of sandwiches at one sitting and slept 'round the clock."
Daisy and Mrs Patmore after the deaths of James and Patrick Crawley.[src]
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Archibald “Archie” PhilpottsEdit

Archibald “Archie” Philpotts (b. between 18th February 1897 and 17th February 1898[1] - d. 5 February, 1917) was Beryl Patmore's nephew and Kate Philpotts' son.

He served as Private Philpotts during the Great War, but was declared "missing presumed dead" sometime before the end of the war. Beryl did not get her hopes up, and certainly thought him dead, but she asked Robert Crawley if he could ask about him at the War Office. The Earl found out that the boy had been shot for cowardice at the front.

Mrs Patmore later learned from her sister that their town was constructing their own memorial but Archie's name would not be included - because he deserted and was shot for cowardice, he was found unworthy by the committee.

Appearances

Mention

Beryl Patmore: "I lost my nephew, my sister's boy. H — he was shot… for cowardice. That's what they said. But I knew him, and he'd never have done such a thing if he hadn't've been half out of his mind with fear."
Henry Lang: "Don't blame him. It was him, but it could've been me. It could have been any of us."
Beryl Patmore and Henry Lang talk about the War.[src]
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Kate PhilpottsEdit

Kate Philpotts (née Patmore) was Beryl Patmore's sister.

Kate's son Archie was shot for cowardice in 1917, during the Great War. The War Office sent a telegram saying he was "missing presumed dead" to the family, but Robert Crawley found out what had happened to him and told the truth to Beryl. He urged her not to tell all the details to her sister, as he saw it best not to judge Private Philpotts during war time.

Appearances

Mention

Robert: "I do have some news of your nephew. I telephoned the war office and they've just come back to me, but I'm afraid it's not good news."
Mrs Patmore: "I — I knew he was dead all along. I — I said so to my sister. I said, "Kate", I said, "He's gone and you'll have to face — ""
— The Earl of Grantham reveals her nephew's fate to Mrs Patmore.[src]
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Anna Bates' motherEdit

Anna's mother is cited by Anna as the source of several pieces of pithy wisdom. It is revealed in 1924 that Anna's father died while she was still quite young and her mother remarried.

"“Fight fire with fire,” that’s what my mum says."
—Anna Smith Episode 1.05
"Well, just remember what my mother used to say: never make an enemy by accident."
—Anna Bates in Episode 3.01

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Anna Bates' father Edit

Anna's father (d. 1892) was killed in an accident at work when she was still quite young. Her mother remarried, but was molested by her step father.

Appearances
Anna: "I should have told you, and I feel badly about it now. You know my father was a labourer."
Bates: "And he was killed in an accident at work."
Anna: "Yes, when I was about six, and me and my sister and mother were left destitute."
2014 Christmas Special
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Anna Bates' step father Edit

Anna's step father married her mother after her father had been killed in an accident at work. He would molest Anna, and one night after he had been drinking, came after her. Anna then cut him with a kitchen knife.

Appearances
Bates: "Are you saying you killed him?"
Anna: "No, of course not. I threatened him. And when he wouldn't stop, I struck him with the blade. But I only cut him."
Bates: "You mean nothing happened?"
2014 Christmas Special
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Anna Bates' sister Edit

Anna's sister was her younger sister who was left destitute with Anna and her mother following the death of her father in a work accident.

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Spratt's NieceEdit

Spratt's Niece got married in Liverpool at the same time Mary and Tony Gillingham were there for their little tryst. Spratt observes them leaving the Liverpool Grand Hotel.

Appearances
Isobel: "By the way, how is Spratt?"
Violet: "Well I think, why do you ask?"
Isobel: "He wasn't there to open the door, I wondered if he might be ill."
Violet: "Oh no, no. He's not ill, he is in Liverpool. His niece got married yesterday and Spratt had to take her down the aisle."
Episode 5.03
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Wally Stern Edit

Wally Stern is a nephew of Violet's butler, Mr Spratt. He escapes from York prison in 1925.

Appearances
Sgt Willis: "Mr Spratt, do you know a mister Wally Stern?"
Spratt: "Yes, he's my sister's son"
Episode 6.03
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References
  1. The memorial says that Archie was "19" at death. 20 years before his death on 5th February 1917 is 1897, so he is born after that date - the earliest date being 18th February - but 19 years before 17th February 1917 is 1898, making that the latest date he could have been born.

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