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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 

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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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John Henry Atkinson

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : John Henry Atkinson
Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: Baptism date – 18th September 1859 Silloth, Cumberland
Date and Place of Death: 11th December 1932 , 121, Sudellside Street, Darwen, Lancashire
Nationality:English ( Scottish mother)

Childhood: Third of 6 children
Parents: John and Gracie nee Henderson
Parents occupations: Agricultural labourer and dairymaid
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Police constable
Place of residence at Gretna:Kirkandrews Nether, Longtown with wife and daughter.…

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Carl Edgar Ludvic Silgfield Royle Beard

CARL EDGAR LUDVIC SILGFIELD ROYLE BEARD

‘Edgar Beard’

Date and place of birth: 1885, Chorlton Lancashire, England

 

Date and place of death: 1965 Worcester, Worcestershire

 

Nationality: British

Biography: Edgar was an only child. He grew up in Scotland with his father, and over the years his mother and then two step-mothers.

In 1891 Census Edgar is with his biological parents John and Henriette Beard

By 1901 Census Edgar is with his father and first stepmother:

By 1911 Census Edgar is with his father and 2nd stepmother:

 

Parents: John Edgar Beard married 3 times:
Henriette Sester (died 1891 aged 47)
Helen Roachmann (died 1907 aged 43)
Florence Sedgeley (died 1947 aged 81)

Edgar’s father John Beard died in 1924

 

Parents occupation:
John Beard was a University Lecturer in Zoology.…

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Gladys Mary Beausire

Name: Gladys Mary Beausire
DoB: 30 March 1885
Place of birth: Great Crosby, Lancashire
Parents: James & Isabella (nee Tyrer)
Parental Home: 18 Brooke Road, Crosby and 10 College Avenue, Crosby, Lancashire
Siblings: Herbert (1878), Isabel (1884), Robert (1886), Alice (1887),  Percy (1889)
Spouse: Never married
Date of Wedding: Not applicable
Children : None identified
Marital home(s): Not applicable
Employment: None identified prior to Great War
1911 Census: Not located on 1911 census – see notes
Date of death: 13 August 1985
Location: Hawthorne House, Lower Terrace, Hampstead, NW3

Gretna details
Name: Gladys Mary Beausire
Clock No: N/A
Date joining: Not confirmed – but officer in 1916
Date leaving: Not confirmed
Addresses: 109 Central Avenue, Gretna
Rank on start: Was a Sergeant in 1916, prior to moving to Gretna
Promotion: Shown as inspector in 1918
Newspapers: Sunday Pictorial, The Globe etc.…

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Catherine Burgess

Email from relative June 2021: I don’t know anything about the people in the photograph apart from that one was my grandmother. Miriam was born on 20th August 1894 and lived in Tyldesley Lancashire (now greater Manchester). She died in Carlisle on 10 July 1982 at the age of 89. She was married in 1920 and was still in Lancashire in 1910.…

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Miriam Burgess

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

Gender: Female  

Date and Place of Birth: 20 August 1894, Tyldesley, Lancashire, England. Source: 1901 England Census, 1911 England Census and 1939 England and Wales Register 

Date and Place of Death:10 July 1982, Carlisle, Cumberland, England.…

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Reginald George Burn

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

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 14 Jun 1893, Bradford

Date and Place of Death: 29 May 1961 Clyde Villa, Bolton–le-Sands, Lancashire

Nationality: British 

 

Biography

Childhood: 1901 Potter Newton

Siblings Florence 1891-1908, Ernest Francis 1898-1984

Parents: George Francis Burn, b 27 August 1861 in Malta (British subject  his father was a Foreman sail maker in Naval Dockyards) d 8 Jan 1940 in Chapel Allerton, Yorks and Katharine Amelia Usher b 21 Sep 1864  Birkenhead, d 15 Feb 1856 Leeds

Parent’s occupations: Mechanical  Engineer and Engineering Teacher, Head of department in Leeds Engineering School

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: 

Occupation: Chemist, later Farm Manager on Marriage in 1922 and a Sanitary Inspector on probate in 1961 and in Hull in 1939

Place of residence at Gretna:17-19 The Ridge Gretna

Job title at Gretna: Shift Chemist

Marital status: Married in 1922 to Florence Emily Collett (1899-1992)

Children: None found Wife was living with Parents in 1939

Travels: 

Awards/recognitions: 

Trivia / any other information: Non conformist church wedding and Quaker Burial

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Ellen Catherine Bury

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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Leonard Clement

LEONARD CLEMENT

Date and place of birth :   22 July 1884 at Nelson, Lancashire

Date and place of Death :  14 May 1944 in Chester, Lancashire

Nationality: British

Biography

Leonard grew up part of a large family in Nelson, Lancashire. His siblings were –

Margaret Jane Clement 1863

James Massey Clement 1864

Mary Evelyn Clement 1865

Amy Lenora Clement 1867

Leonard Percy Clement 1869

Agnes Gertrude Clement 1871

Edith Marion Clement 1873

Frederick Ernest Clement 1873

Constance Ruth Clement 1875

Frank Bertram Clement 1878

Leonard Clement 1884

Parents:

Leonard Clement and Agnes Jane Massey

were married in Habergham-Eaves, Lancashire in 1861

.…

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Norman Taylor Fox

NORMAN TAYLOR FOX

Date and place of birth :  23 October 1888 in Longsight, Lancashire

Date and place of Death :  24 May 1954 in Worsley, Lancashire

Nationality: British

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Biography:  Norman had one brother named Edward Bowker Fox who was born in Lisburn, Ireland in 1893.  Unfortunately Edward died in Dunmurry, Ireland in 1901 aged just 7 years. …

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Elizabeth Ellen Hacking

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Elizabeth Ellen Hacking
Gender: Female
Date and place of birth: 12th July 1890, Accrington, Lancashire
Date and Place of Death: 9th February 1972 died at 54 Ribble Avenue, Crossens ,Formby, Southport
Nationality: British
Childhood: Youngest of 3
Parents: James and Lilly nee Sharples
Parents occupations: Labourer in print works
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Not known
Place of residence at Gretna: Not known but husband lived at West Hill Police Barracks , Gretna ( electoral register)
Marital status: Married
Children: At least 3
Travels: N/K
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: N/K
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Elizabeth Ellen Hacking 1890- 1972
Elizabeth Ellen Hacking was born on 12th July 1890 at Accrington , Lancashire, to James and Lilly nee Sharples.…

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Geoffrey Isherwood Higson

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

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 04/03/1893 at Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire(1) (5)

Date and Place of Death: 19/09/1985 at St. Clements, Jersey (4)

Nationality: British

Biography

Childhood: 

Geoffrey was the eldest of three children born in Lancashire.…

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Thomas Horner

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Thomas Horner
Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: 6th July 1890, Settle, N Yorkshire
Date and Place of Death: Q1 1957, Southport, Lancashire
Nationality: British
Disability : Left army due to varicose eczema
Childhood: Eldest of 4 to survive, an older sibling died Male
Parents: William and Sarah Ann nee Milner
Parents occupations: Painter and paperhanger
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Police Constable, formerly a painter and decorater
Place of residence at Gretna: West Hill Police Barracks, Gretna
Marital status: Married – wife also at Gretna
Children: At least 3
Travels: N/K
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: N/K
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Thomas Horner 1890-1957
Thomas Horner was born in Settle, North Yorkshire, on 6th July 1890 to William and Sarah Ann nee Milner
1891- Church Street, Settle.…

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Ann Hutcheson

Email from relative, June 2021: Miriam was born on 20th August 1894 and lived in Tyldesley Lancashire (now greater Manchester). She died in Carlisle on 10 July 1982 at the age of 89. She was married in 1920 and was still in Lancashire in 1910. The story goes that she moved to Carlisle and was joined by her sisters, Catherine (Kitty) born 1897 to 1992 and Ann(Annie) born 1899 to 1987.…

John Thomas Margerison

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : John Thomas Margerison
Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: 19th April 1891, Haslingden, Lancashire
Date and Place of Death: 26th September 1967, Haslingden
Nationality: English

Childhood: One of 8 children , mainly boys
Parents: John Margerison and Annis nee Barnes
Parents occupations: Cotton mill overlooker
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: 1898 admitted to Knuzden St Oswald’s C E school, Oswaldtwistle
Occupation: Engineer
Place of residence at Gretna:Not known
Marital status: Single – no evidence of a marriage
Children: N/K
Travels: N/K
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: N/K

 

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John Thomas ( Tom ) Margerison 1891-1967
John Thomas known as Tom was born in Haslingden , Lancashire on 19th April 1891 to John and Annis nee Barnes.…

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William Herbert Peak, OBE

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): William Herbert Peak O.B.E. (2) (5) (9)

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 27/10/1879 at Chorlton, Lancashire. (6) (4)

Date and Place of Death: 19/10/1945 at Kingston – on  -Thames (5)

Nationality: British

Biography

Childhood:

He was the fourth of six children , his siblings were:

 Samuel Henry born 1871,

 Florence Mabel born 1873,

Amy Gertrude born 1875

Alfred Ernest born 1881

Frederick Norman born 1888

All born in Chorlton, Lancashire (4)

He was educated in Manchester.…

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Arthur Aquila Peasgood

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Arthur Aquila Peasgood
Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: 1st September 1881, Langtoft, Lincolnshire
Date and Place of Death: Q3 1962, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Nationality: British
Childhood: One of 2 children
Parents: John and Elizabeth nee Dalby
Parents occupations: Grocer
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Joiner
Place of residence at Gretna:Not known
Marital status: Married
Children: At least 1
Travels: N/K
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: N/K
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Arthur Aquila Peasgood 1881-1962
Arthur Aquila Peasgood was born at Langtoft, Lincolnshire on 1st September 1881 to John and Elizabeth nee Dalby
1891- Father a grocer, living at Langtoft.…

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James Dugdale Rothwell

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

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 28/5/1893 Prestwich, Lancashire (2) (4) (5)

Baptised 25/6/1893 at Holy Trinity, Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire (2)

 

Date and Place of Death: 29/9/1942 aged 49 at Southport, Lancashire (5) (10) (6)

Buried at Ramsbottom Cemetery, Bury, Lancashire (10)

 

Nationality: British

 

Biography

Childhood

6 siblings, one died in childhood- (1) (9) (3) Elizabeth Ann born 1892

                                                              Katie born 1895

                                                               Ellen born 1899

                                                                Richard born 1897

                                                                Edith born 1906 

Parents: Father: James Brook Rothwell born 1866 in Salford (1)

                Mother: Ellen Dugdale born 1866 in Preston , Lancashire (1)             

Parent’s occupations: Father was a dyers engineer (1)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: 

 Occupation: Chemist (11)

Place of residence at Gretna: 2, Dunedin Road, Eastriggs (12)

Job title at Gretna: Chemist (11)

Marital status: Married

Spouse name (including male name): 1st wife Sarah Ethel Wright born 1890, Wrexham, Denbighshire (2) Died 31/8/1927 (9)(10)

2nd wife Myfanwy Wright born 29/12/1891, Wrexham, Denbighshire (4)(5) Died 21/2/1971 (5)(6)

Date of marriage: 1st 16/12/1916 (11)

Place/Parish of marriage: Dr.…

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Tom Stephenson

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Tom Stephenson
Gender: Male
Date and place of birth: 25th January 1892, Carnforth, Lancashire
Date and Place of Death:October 1958, Carlisle
Nationality: British
Childhood: 2nd of 3 children
Parents: William and Mary Ann nee Mercer
Parents occupations: Commercial traveller
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Commercial traveller
Place of residence at Gretna:Not known
Marital status: Married – possible link to John Mungall (another Gretna worker) by marriage
Children: Not known
Travels; N/K
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: N/K
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Tom Stephenson 1892-1958
Tom Stephenson was born on 25th January 1892 at Carnforth, Lancashire to William Stephenson, Commercial Traveller and Mary Ann nee Mercer
1901- 10 Causfield Gardens, Carlisle.…

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Edwin Taberner

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

Gender: Male. 

Date and Place of Birth: 1894, Pemberton, Wigan, Lancashire, England. 

Date and Place of Death: (possibly) Woodrising, Windsor Road, Somerset West South Africa, Company Director.…