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Robert Percy Brousson

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

Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: 9th November 1871, Sutton, Surrey
Date and Place of Death: 1st July 1945 Chipperfield, Hertfordshire
Nationality: British

Childhood: Privileged with a Prussian  born father and an Australian born mother
Parents: Louis (Antoine) Jacques Maurice Brousson and Clara Emily nee Habgood
Parents occupations: Editor/author/journalist ( Father)
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:  Finsbury Institute
Occupation: Electrical engineer
Place of residence at Gretna: Not known
Marital status: Married
Children: One son
Travels: Travelled extensively to North and South America
Awards/recognitions: OBE after 1919
Positions held: Chief engineer at Gretna
Trivia / any other information: Yes

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Russell Aubrey Fowler

Information from booklet produced for The Devil’s Porridge Museum to commemorate the centenary of the arrival of Russell Aubrey Fowler, an Australian Chemist, who volunteered to come to work at Gretna in summer 1917, kindly supplied by Russell’s daughter:



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Frank Reginald Ward James

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


Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: Born Hornsey, Middlesex 1873 (4) (5) (6) 

                                             Baptised Wolverhampton 21/03/1873 (1) 

Date and Place of Death: 19/03/1962 at Shenley Hospital, Hertfordshire (8) 

Nationality: British 





Two sisters, Alice Gertrude and Florence Maria, both baptised 20/08/1869.…

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Harry Marchanton Lowe

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

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 5 Nov 1890 68 Pollard St, Manchester, England

Baptism: 14 Nov 1890 All Souls, Ancoats, Manchester, England source: Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

Date and Place of Death: 19th February 1979, St Albans

NB No siblings.…

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Dorothy Gladys Watson

Dorothy Gladys Watson (Kirk)1896-1976

Dorothy Gladys Watson was born on 5th March 1896 at South Street, Bishop’s Stortford to James Henry Watson, Master Grocer born in Kent and Maria Jane nee Burrs , formerly Webb, born Marten, Warwickshire.

Dorothy had a long career in the Women’s Police Force and was the seventh to join Colchester Borough Police and probably the second to hold the rank of Sergeant.…