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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.:
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William Dobree Bridgman

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : William Dobree Bridgman
Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: June 1863, Little Easton, Essex
Date and Place of Death: 11th April 1938 at St Mary’s Hospital, Eastbourne
Nationality: British
Childhood: 2nd of 3 children
Parents: William Bridgman and Ann nee Dobree
Parents occupations: Park keeper
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Police Officer
Place of residence at Gretna:Not known
Marital status: Married
Children: Had 5 children, 4 survived
Travels: N/K
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: N/K
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Mini Biography
William Dobree Bridgman 1863-1938
William Dobree [Dobie] Bridgman was born at Little Easton, Essex in June 1863 to William Bridgman and Ann nee Dobree.…

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Ellen Catherine Bury

Information supplied through Research Project led by Nigel Crompton.


Name: Ellen Catherine Bury (Mrs) Nee Hodgson
DoB: 12 April 1868
Place of birth: Cartmel, Lancashire (South Lake District)
Parents: Thomas Graham & Mary Jane Hodgson (nee Sanderson)
Parental Home: 7 Johnson Street, Brightside, Sheffield
Siblings: Arthur Salisbury (1872-1934), Alfred Graham (1874-1945) Harold Sanderson (1876-1951), May (1879-1973) John (1880-1940) Audley Webley (1882-1941) Ernest (1884-1965)
Spouse: Edward Joseph Bury
Date of Wedding: 27 July 1899 – St Lukes, Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush
Children : Edith Elizabeth (1901-), Marjorie May (1907-19) Myrtle Joyce (1906-1985)
Marital home(s) : 350 King Street, Hammersmith
Employment: Assistant Teacher, London County Council
1911 Census: Thom leigh, 57 High Street, Chiswick
Date of death: 16 January 1922
Location: Rochford Infirmary, Essex

Gretna details
Name: Ellen Catherine Bury (Mrs)
Clock No
Date joining: 1917
Date leaving: Not known
Addresses: Women’s Police Barracks No1, Gretna (see notes)
Rank on start: PC
Promotion: No promotion
Career after: Housekeeper (the address was an inn)
1921 Census : Living at Shoulderstick, Barling, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Addresses after Gretna
1921 – The Shoulderstick, Barling Road, Barling, Essex

Additional information
Both Thomas and Mary, Ellen’s parents, were school teachers.…

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Herbert Sharp Greenough


Date and place of birth:  23 June 1890 Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

Date and place of Death:  9 December 1979 Loughton, Essex

Nationality:  British

Biography:  Herbert was an only child as his father died when he was very young and his mother never remarried.

Parents:  Edwin Greenough married Mary Hannah Sharp in St.…

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Elizabeth Grace Gertrude Saunders

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Name: Elizabeth Grace Gertrude Saunders
DoB: 20 June 1878
Place of birth: Walton on the Naze, Essex
Parents: Thomas & Mary Emily Anne (nee Lee)
Parental Home: Kirby Broad, Walton le Soken (better known as Walton on the Naze), Essex
Siblings: Lucy Sophia Mary (1874-1942) Thomas George (1875-1944), Philip Nathaniel (1877-1944) Charles William (1880-1950) Sophia Thomasine Ellen (1882-1958), Deborah Sarah Lloyd (1883-1974), Henry Arthur (1886-1944), Walter James (1887-1956), Caroline Anna (1890-1956) John Ebenezer (1896-1970)
Spouse: Never married
Date of Wedding: Not applicable
Children : Not applicable
Marital home(s): Not applicable
Employment: Sewing room matron
1911 Census: Magdalene Home, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date of death: October 1955
Location: Crawley, Sussex

Gretna details
Name: Elizabeth Grace Gertrude Saunders
Clock No:
Date joining: January 1917 but might have been with older sister Lucy (see notes)
Date leaving: December 1917
Addresses: Not known
Rank on start: Could have been a Sergeant when first at Gretna
Promotion: Yes, reached rank of Sub Inspector
Career after: Oxford City Police (see notes)
1921 Census : 31 Iffley Road, Oxford (see copy)
Addresses after Gretna
1939 – The Willows, Springfield Road, Horsham, Sussex

Additional information
Elizabeth was born into the family of Thomas and Mary, having 10 siblings.…

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Ernest Henry Sealey

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Ernest Henry Sealey
Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: 6th January 1871, Dovercourt, Essex
Date and Place of Death: 24th April 1949, 4 Meriden Street, Coventry
Nationality: British
Childhood: 6th of 7 children
Parents: George and Eliza nee Paddle
Parents occupations: Builder employer
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: General foreman at Gretna.…

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Ernest Taylor

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

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: December 4th 1868, Chelmsford 

Date and Place of Death: June 19th 1928, Chelmsford 

Nationality: English


Childhood: 115 High Street, Chelmsford.…

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