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Robert Oliver Foulis

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Robert Oliver Foulis (at some point he may possibly have also used the alias Herbert Leigh).

Gender: Male.

Date and Place of Birth: 1889, Wylam, Northumberland, England.

Date and Place of Death: December 1941, Hampstead, London, England.…

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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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Ellen (Nellie) Heppell

1901 census—Ellen in living with her parents and siblings in Northumberland. Her father, William, is working as a coalminer

1911 census—Ellen is 10 and living with her parents and siblings, attending school.

1939 register—Ellen is living with her husband, William Smith in Longbenton, doing ‘unpaid domestic duties.’

Email from Ellen’s great great granddaughter to Museum in March 2020:
My great great grandmother was called Ellen Heppell but was often recorded as Nellie.…

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Margaret Alice Laidlaw

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Margaret Alice Laidlaw
Gender: Female
Date and place of birth: 29th December 1899, Spittal, Berwick on Tweed, Northumberland
Date and Place of Death: Q4 1956, N Northumberland
Nationality: British
Childhood: One of 11
Parents: Robert and Isabella Mosely nee Wood
Parents occupations: Fisherman
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Munition worker
Place of residence at Gretna: 2 E East
Marital status: Married
Children: 6
Travels: N/k
Awards/recognitions: N/K
Positions held: N/K
Trivia / any other information:  Remanded in custody for stealing form fellow workers a Gretna

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Margaret Alice Laidlaw 1899-1956

Margaret Alice Laidlaw was born at Spittal, Berwick on Tweed on 29th December 1899 to Robert, a fisherman, and Isabella Mosely nee Wood.…

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William Daniel Macrae


Date and place of birth:  22 October 1884 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Date and place of Death:  30 January 1953 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Nationality: British

Biography: William was the eldest, and only son, of 7 children:

Willhellmina Macrae (1887)

Jane Dane Macrae (1889)

Isabella Macrae (1890)

Mary Macrae (1894)

Agnes Macrae (1897)

Elizabeth (1899)

Daniel Macrae and Isabella Burn were married

in 1884 Newington, Scotland
Parents occupation

Daniel Macrae was a Bookbinder
Schools Universities attended and years of attendance – Not known
Place of residence at Gretna:  Newfoundland House, Eastriggs
Marital status

William married Jane Tweddle 1914 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.…

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John Naisby

Date and place of birth:  1869 Lambley near Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
Date and place of Death:  16 August 1934 Benoni, Transvaal, South Africa
Nationality:  English South African

Taken from Danger Officers Group Photograph page 44 Mossband Farewell Magazine
Biography:  John grew up in Lambley Northumberland, where he was born. He came from a very large family:

Brothers were – Matthew Pears (1861), Joseph Pears (1863), Robert Naisby (1874), Reginald Graham Naisby (1881)

Sisters were – Elizabeth (1867), Ellen (1872), Jane (1874), Sarah (1875), Anne (1879), Mary (1884)
Parents: John Naisby married Elizabeth Pears in June 1870 at Haltwhistle District.…

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