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James Bruton

Gretna Fire Brigade 1915 – 1925
Professional fire brigade members
 

Service and Personal details

Research Project led by Nigel Crompton

Name: James Bruton
DoB: 10 April 1896

Place of birth: Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland

Parents: Michael and Catherine

Parental Home: Brownstown, Kildare, Ireland

Siblings: William 1878, Simon 1822, John 1885, Kate 1886, Michael 1887, Anne 1890, Charles 1892, Bridget 1892, Teresa 1896, Margaret 1897

Spouse: Hilda James age 22, Munitions Worker, O West 3 Gretna Township

Date of Wedding: 17 April 1918

Location: The Roman Catholic Church, Gretna Township.…

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Jane Butler

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

Gender: Female  

Date and Place of Birth: 1890, Belfast 

Date and Place of Death: N/A 

Nationality:  Irish 

 

Biography 

Childhood: N/A 

Parents: N/A  

Parent’s occupations: N/A 

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

Occupation: N/A 

Place of residence at Gretna: N/A 

Job title at Gretna: N/A 

Marital status: Married twice, convicted of bigamy  

Children: Jane had two children with her first husband, William John Butler.…

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Hector McIver Crozier

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

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 4TH June 1896. Newry, Armagh, Ireland 

Date and Place of Death: 1990.…

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Michael Doyle

MICHAEL DOYLE

Date and place of birth :

1865 Wexford, Ireland.  Michael was baptised in the Roman Catholic church of Wexford on 29th April, 1865

Date and place of Death :

22 April 1916 on the train between Dornock and Carlisle. Death registered in Carlisle.
Nationality: Irish

Biography:  No known siblings
Parents:

James Doyle married Eliza Carroll, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland in 1864
Parents occupation :  Not known
Schools Universities attended and years of attendance –  Not known
Place of residence at Gretna:  Not known
Marital status:
Children:  1911 census shows Michael and Anne with their children.…

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Fawcett Gray

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

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 03/03/1853, at Geashill, Kings County, Ireland (4) 

Date and Place of Death: 1933 aged 80  at Edmonton, Essex (1) 

Nationality: Irish 

 

Biography 

Childhood 

Born in Ireland, unable to find out any  information about siblings.…

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Griselda Jane Gribbon

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :Griselda Jane Gribbon
Gender: Female
Date and place of birth: December 1887, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Date and Place of Death: Possibly 1989
Nationality: Irish ( mother Scottish, father Irish )
Childhood: At least 2 brothers. Very privileged upbringing
Parents: Henry Albert Gribbon and Mary Maria nee Bowser
Parents occupations: Linen merchant and magistrate
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: Chatton House Boarding school, St Andrew’s and St Leonard’s , Fife , Scotland ( 1901 census aged 13 )
Occupation: Red Cross VAD.- assistant matron Girls Hostel
Place of residence at Gretna:Possibly Wallace House Eastriggs where she was assistant matron
Marital status: Not known
Children: None known
Travels: N/K
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: Superintendent – Girls Club.…

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Henry Harvey

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

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 1877 Cork 

Date and Place of Death: N/K

Nationality: Irish 

 

Biography 

Childhood: 2 brothers Frederick b1878, Edwin b 1879  

(Family trees suggest another  Arthur Allen b 1886 but not found) 

1901 Clerk in Cork living with Grandmother and one of her other grandchildren  at Cahergal, St Mary’s Cork   

1911 living with Parents and brother Edwin at Knockrea rerrace, Cork.…

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James Charles Meldon

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

Gender: Male.

Date and Place of Birth: 1 March 1873, 25 Rutland Square Dublin Ireland.

Date and Place of Death:  7 August 1945, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland.

Nationality: Irish.…

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Denis O’Connor

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

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 14/11/1867 Currans, County Kerry 

Date and Place of Death: 26/11/1918 Gretna Hospital 

Nationality: Irish 

 

 

Biography 

Childhood: 

Parents: Jeremiah and Mary (nee Riordan) O’Connor 

Parent’s occupations: 

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

Occupational history (previous jobs in their career): Asylum Attendant 

Occupation: Police Officer 

Place of residence at Gretna: East Riggs Police Barracks 

Job title at Gretna: Police Constable PC2121 

Marital status: Married 

Spouse name (including male name): Jane O’Connor (nee English) 

Date of marriage: 18/02/1909 

Place/Parish of marriage: Dublin 

Children: Eileen b.1903 and Mary “May” Alexandra b.1904 

Travels: Ireland and GB 

Awards/recognitions: N/K 

Trivia / any other information: Died from Spanish Influenza 

 

Bibliography 

  • Books published (Title, year of publication, publisher): None 
  • Books written about the individual or mentioning the individual (Title, year of publication, publisher): None 

References 

  • Blogs about the individual: N/K 
  • Websites about the individual: O’Connor family tree on Ancestry 
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Further links, notes, and comments: 

 

 

Denis O’Connor 

Denis O’Connor was born in Ireland and served with the police force at HM Gretna.…

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Bridget Sweeney

This is the birth certificate of Margaret, Bridget’s daughter, who was born in 1919. As you can see, Bridget was working as a cook in Newfoundland House, Eastriggs. This was one of the hostels for munitions workers at H. M. Factory Gretna. You can find out more about Bridget and Margaret’s birth here.…