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Mary Adams

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

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 1894 Glasgow 

Date and Place of Death: unknown

Nationality: Scottish

 

Biography

Childhood: spent in Glasgow and Hebburn (44 Ann Street, Hebburn Quay)

Parents: William (born in Stonehaven, Scotland) and Mary (born in Marykirk, Scotland), married in 1884, 9 children (5 living in 1911)

Parent’s occupations: Father was an iron driller in a Shipyard

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Occupational history (previous jobs in their career): domestic servant (at home) (1911 census)

Occupation: munition worker at H M Factory, Gretna 

Head forewoman (1918), after having been rewarded for her brave action in a factory explosion

Place of residence at Gretna: – 

Job title at Gretna: munition worker, head forewoman

Marital status:  unknown

Spouse name (including male name): 

Date of marriage: 

Place/Parish of marriage:

Children: 

Travels: 

Awards/recognitions: Order of the British Empire (medal) for courage in assisting others at great personal risk

Trivia / any other information:
“Miss Adams, who was born in Hebburn and had lived all her life in it, was engaged as a worker in a large munition establishment.…

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Selby Grace Bald

 

    • 1901 census – Selby (aged 2), living with her mother, father and siblings in Sunderland. Her dad (Adam) was a papermaker.
    • In the 1911 census – Selby (aged 12), was living with her parents, siblings and a boarder (David Raey – relative of Selby’s mother?) in Sunderland.
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Eliza Blenkinsop

Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :Eliza Blenkinsop (Elizabeth Mitchell)

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: October 1899, Sunderland, Durham

Date and Place of Death: 8 March 1966, 6 Belmont Avenue, Eaglesfield, (Middlebie), Dumfries-shire (Scotland’s people)

Nationality: English

Biography

Childhood: 1911 census at 22 South Railway St, Seaham with 4 sisters

Parents: Death certificate almost impossible to read from Scotland’s people Thought to be John William Blenkinsop b Apr 1871 and Ellen b1872 d July 1925 Sunderland Durham who married in about 1894 (1911 census at 22 South Railway St, Seaham. …

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Ethel Burnett

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Nina Cooper

  • Liddle archive, transcript of interview with Nina Cooper, Uni of Leeds
  • Timbertown Girls, PhD Thesis by Chris Brader. Access here: http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/36426/,
    • ‘Nina Cooper, a Sunderland girl who worked at Gretna and who was interviewed in the 1970s, remembered going to many dances and socialising with local boys.
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Rose Corcoran

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

Gender: Female 

Date and Place of Birth: 29th October 1898 in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. 

Date and Place of Death: 14th April 1974 in Crawcrook, Tyne and Wear

Nationality: British 

 

 

Biography

Childhood: Rose was the eldest child.…

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William Mackenzie

Information supplied by family: Born 27/03/1887 Sunderland. He was in the army as a Sergt. Instructor with the 13th. Glosters Regt., his No. 18533, when he came to Gretna but he was also an electrician. I have a letter sent by him on the 28th.…

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William Roseby Twaddle

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

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 1879, Cullercoats, Tynemouth (2) (3) (5)

Date and Place of Death: 17/08/1929, North Shields (4) (11)

Nationality: British

 

Biography

Childhood: Born in Tynemouth , one of five children, two died young.…