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Mary Adams

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Mary Adams

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 1894 Glasgow 

Date and Place of Death: unknown

Nationality: Scottish

 

Biography

Childhood: spent in Glasgow and Hebburn (44 Ann Street, Hebburn Quay)

Parents: William (born in Stonehaven, Scotland) and Mary (born in Marykirk, Scotland), married in 1884, 9 children (5 living in 1911)

Parent’s occupations: Father was an iron driller in a Shipyard

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: 

Occupational history (previous jobs in their career): domestic servant (at home) (1911 census)

Occupation: munition worker at H M Factory, Gretna 

Head forewoman (1918), after having been rewarded for her brave action in a factory explosion

Place of residence at Gretna: – 

Job title at Gretna: munition worker, head forewoman

Marital status:  unknown

Spouse name (including male name): 

Date of marriage: 

Place/Parish of marriage:

Children: 

Travels: 

Awards/recognitions: Order of the British Empire (medal) for courage in assisting others at great personal risk

Trivia / any other information:
“Miss Adams, who was born in Hebburn and had lived all her life in it, was engaged as a worker in a large munition establishment.…

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Mr John Williams Adye

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : John William (Jack) Adye 

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth:  21st June 1892 Malmesbury Wiltshire 

Date and Place of Death: 14th December 1974.…

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Miss Annabella Gordon Aitchison

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Anabella Gordon Aitchison.

Gender: Female.

Date and Place of Birth: 2nd January 1899, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scotland.

Date and Place of Death: 1970, Carlisle, Cumberland, England.

Nationality: British.…

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George Alexander Alderson

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): George Alexander Alderson

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 30/03/1878 at Carlisle  (2)

Date and Place of Death: 17/04/1956 at Carlisle (1)

Nationality: British

 

Biography

Childhood: George had one half sister, Elsie Johnstone, born in 1889. His father died when he was four years old and his mother  remarried  Hugh Johnstone.…

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Jane Anderson

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Jane Anderson 

Gender: Female 

Date and Place of Birth: 6 November 1892, Carlisle. 

Date and Place of Death: April 1974, Stoke on Trent. 

Nationality: English 

 

Biography 

Childhood: Brought up in Kirkpartrick Fleming Dumfriesshire and Lazonby Cumberland. …

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Herbert Andrews-Vickery

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Herbert Andrews-Vickery (sometimes Andrews and sometimes Vickery 

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 2 Jul 1885 Melton Constable, Norfolk 

Date and Place of Death: 16 Mar 1965 Christchurch Hospital , Hampshire (of 8 pine Ave, Southbourne 

Nationality: British 

 

Biography 

Childhood: One of 10 children (7 of whom were still alive in 1911) 

Parents: David Andrews-Vickery b1854 Wales d 1977 Norfolk and  Matilda Sparkes b 1858, Chudleigh Devon- d 1943 Port Elizabeth South Africa (where one of Brother’s had gone) 

Parent’s occupations: Permanent Way Inspector (1901) Railway Inspector 1911 

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: qualified engineer

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer 

Place of residence at Gretna: 

Job title at Gretna: Workshop Manager 1919 

Marital status: married  Mary Trevor Webster in Mar 1923 in West Bromwich 

Children: Ancestry families suggests a boy but I can’t find records 

Travels: 1933 returning from India? …

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Agnes Burgess Armstrong

AGNESS BURGESS ARMSTRONG

“Mrs. Agnes Gilmour”

Date and place of birth:  28 September 1879 Dumfries, Scotland

Date and place of death:  15 March 1957 Birkenhead, Cheshire

Nationality: British

Biography:  Agnes grew up in Dumfries with her siblings:

Isabella S Armstrong 1879

James H  Armstrong 1881

Catherine  Armstrong 1883

Thomas A  Armstrong 1884

Grace W S  Armstrong 1886

and a half-sister from her father’s second marriage:  Sarah E M  Armstrong 1895

Parents:

Francis Armstrong married Catherine Hyslop 1877 in Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland

Parents occupation:  Francis was an Architect

Schools Universities attended and years of attendance: Not known

Occupation: Not known

Place of residence at Gretna:

15 U East Eastriggs

Job Title at Gretna: Welfare Supervisor

Marital Status:

Married Feb 18th 1916 to Thomas Gilmour in Roath, Cardiff

Children: Nil known
Travels: Nil known
Awards/Recognitions: Nil known
Trivia/any other information: Nil known
References

Ancestry

FindaGrave

FindMyPast

FreeBMD

British Newspaper Archive

Mossband Farewell Newsletter

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Dorothy Askew

DOROTHY ASKEW

“DORA”

Gender: Female
Date and Place of Birth:

1893 Lamesley, Chester-le-Street, Durham
Date and Place of Death:

13 March 1976 Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Nationality: British

Biography
Childhood: Dorothy grew up in County Durham within a large family. She had 11 siblings:

George William (1895-1915)

Matthew (1898-1968)

Annie (1900-1980)

Andrew Wilson (1901 and he died before his first birthday)

Margaret Ellen (1902-?)

Robert Henry (1904-1946) He was killed in WW2

Mary Jane (1906-1992)

Elizabeth Isabella (1908-1992)

Susan Gladys (1910-1996)

Eliza Emily (1912-?)

Allson Monica (1913)

The family lived in the Tanfield and Lanchester area of County Durham.…

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Alfred Lees Aspland

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Alfred Lees Aspland 

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 10/04/1878 at Dukinfield, Cheshire (2) (12) 

Date and Place of Death: 21/01/1947 aged 68 at Wellhouse Hospital, Barnet, Middlesex.…

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Stanley Astall

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : 

 
Stanley Astall 

Gender 
Male  

Date and place of birth 
4th May 1890, Horwich, Lancashire 

Date and Place of Death: 

 
17th March 1974, Romiley, Cheshire 

Nationality: 

 
English 

 
 

Childhood 
Had 3 brothers- lived in Horwich 

Parents 
Joseph Asall and Hannah Elizabeth nee Scott 

Parents occupations 
Boiler maker  

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:  

 
Not known  

Occupation 
Analytical chemist  

Place of residence at Gretna: 

 
22 The Rand , Eastriggs – wife also there  

Marital status 
Married  

Children 
At least one , born in Eastriggs  

Travels 
None known  

Awards/recognitions:  

 
None known 

Positions held 
 

Trivia / any other information:  

 
Yes 

Bibliography 

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Biography 

Stanley Astall 1890-1974 

Stanley was born on 4th May 1890 at Horwich, Lancashire to Joseph Astall , a boiler maker , and Hannah Elizabeth nee Scott.…

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Agnes Ellen Bainbridge

AGNES ELLEN BAINBRIDGE

Gender: Female
Date and Place of Birth:

Agnes was born in the Cockermouth District in 1892
Date and Place of Death:

Agnes died in the Cockermouth District in 1917 aged 25 years
Nationality: British

Biography
Childhood:

Agnes grew up  with her three siblings:

Richard Jackson Bainbridge 1880

Margaret 1882

Mary 1887
Parents:

Agnes’ parents were Miles Bainbridge and Mary Jane Jackson who married in Salford, Lancashire in 1879.…

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Selby Grace Bald

 

    • 1901 census – Selby (aged 2), living with her mother, father and siblings in Sunderland. Her dad (Adam) was a papermaker.
    • In the 1911 census – Selby (aged 12), was living with her parents, siblings and a boarder (David Raey – relative of Selby’s mother?) in Sunderland.
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Albert Henry Baxter

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Albert Henry Baxter 

Do they already have a Wikipedia page? If yes, please paste link :  No 

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 21/12/1877 at Idle, Yorkshire (5) (6) 

Baptised 3/2/1878 (6) 

Date and Place of Death: June 1944 Leeds (7) 

Nationality: British 

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Isabel Gertrude Beattie

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Isabel Gertrude Beattie

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 17/08/1894 Carlisle, Cumberland (1) (2)

Date and Place of Death: 22/06/1966 , Law Hospital, Carluke (2)

Nationality: British

Biography

Childhood: In 1901 she lived at 40, King Street, Carlisle, with her family.…

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Madeline Ida Bedford

Madeline Ida Bedford

 

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 10th September 1884 at Woolwich, London

Date and Place of Death: 

Name:
Madeline Ida Bolton Morris

Death Date:
4 Feb 1956

Death Place:
London, England

Probate Date:
2 May 1956

Probate Registry:
London, England

Nationality: British

 

Biography

Childhood: Madeline grew up with her brother and sisters in London

Ellen b 1878 in India

Alice Mildred b 1882 Woolwich

Grace Doris b 1891 Woolwich but died before her first birthday

Edward Terence Berlyn b 1896 Dartford died in WW1

Parents: 

Parent’s occupations: Edward was a Civil Engineer

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: Not known

Occupation: Not Known

Place of residence at Gretna: Not Known

Job title at Gretna: Not known

Marital status: Madeline married Ernest Bolton Morris

in London 24 June 1919

Children:

Ernest and Madeline had one daughter – Madeline Bolton Morris born 1922 in Greenwich, London.…

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Sarah Jane Bell

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : 

 
Sarah Jane Bell 

Gender 
Feale  

Date and place of birth 
21st July 1895 Kirklinton, Longtown, Cumberland 

Date and Place of Death: 

 
Quarter 3 1972, Northumberland, South 

Nationality: 

 
English 

 
 

Childhood 
11 siblings, early life on  a farm just N of Carlisle then family moved to Northumberland to mine when Sarah was about 6 or 7.…

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Ralph Moulton Bilton

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Ralph Moulton Bilton

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: Yeadon, Yorks. 25/10/1894

Date and Place of Death: 1985 aged 91 Buried in Otley

Nationality: British

 

Biography

Childhood:

Parents: Thomas Arthur and Marian Cooper Bilton

Parent’s occupations: House Painter (Father), School Teacher (Mother)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K

Occupation: Chemist

Place of residence at Gretna: N/K

Job title at Gretna: Member of Operating Staff, Cordite section, Mossband

Marital status: Single

Children: None

Travels: N/K

Awards/recognitions: N/K

Trivia / any other information: 

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Frederick Arthur Bird

  • In the 1881 census, Frederick is 5 years old and living in Harwich, Essex with his father Ebenezer, a widower and draper, and his siblings.
  • Frederick married Ellen Alice Rayson.
  • Newspaper Article ‘Dumfries & Galloway’, July 27 1918, p. 6.:
  • ‘FACTORY FATALITY AT DORNOCK.
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John Campbell Birkett

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : John Campbell Birkett

Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: 13th September 1861, Kirklinton/Rockcliffe, Carlisle
Date and Place of Death: July- August, 1940
Nationality: British

Childhood

Parents : John Campbell Birkett and Jane ?
Parents occupations: Farmer
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:  Not known
Occupation: Police Constable the Poulterer and fishmonger
Place of residence at Gretna: Police Camp, Eastriggs
Marital status: Married
Children : 6 , 4 sons and 2 daughters
Travels : None known
Awards/recognitions:  None known
Positions held: Police Constable
Trivia / any other information:  Yes
Bibliography

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Hatton Garden – Liverpool City Police

 

 

 

Biography 

 

John Campbell Birkett 1861-1940 

 

John Campbell Birkett was born on 13th September 1861 at KIrklinton, Carlisle to John Campbell Birkett Snr , Farmer , and Jane .…

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Eliza Blenkinsop

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :Eliza Blenkinsop (Elizabeth Mitchell)

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: October 1899, Sunderland, Durham

Date and Place of Death: 8 March 1966, 6 Belmont Avenue, Eaglesfield, (Middlebie), Dumfries-shire (Scotland’s people)

Nationality: English

Biography

Childhood: 1911 census at 22 South Railway St, Seaham with 4 sisters

Parents: Death certificate almost impossible to read from Scotland’s people Thought to be John William Blenkinsop b Apr 1871 and Ellen b1872 d July 1925 Sunderland Durham who married in about 1894 (1911 census at 22 South Railway St, Seaham. …