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Alice May PepperMember of the Women’s Police Service
Information supplied through Research Project led by Nigel Crompton.
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Alice May Pepper
Date and Place of Birth: 2 January 1896, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Date and Place of Death: 1949, Bromley, Kent
Childhood: 2 siblings. 1 brother and 1 sister.
Parents: Walter & Emma Elizabeth (nee Hughes)
Parent’s occupations: N/K
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Domestic servant.
Place of residence at Gretna: Women’s Police Barracks No2, Gretna
Job title at Gretna: Police Constable.
Marital status: Married Sidney Samuel Slatcher in 1922.
Children: 1 daughter.
Trivia / any other information:
Alice was born into the family of Walter and Emma Pepper on 2nd January 1896. They were living on the outskirts of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The Peppers were a large family group and well known in South Bucks and over the River Thames in the area of Cookham, Berkshire. Whilst Alice and her siblings were frequently awarded for full school attendances, their academic achievements did not result in any reports of awards!
By 1911, Alice was employed as a domestic servant, her brother worked in one of the local papermills and her sister was still at school. Northern Woods, Wooburn where they lived is now known as being in Flackwell Heath, Bucks and it is highly likely their house still exists as does the local pub, The Green Dragon.
She appears to have joined the Women Police Service in 1917, serving at Gretna and billeted in Barracks 2. It is not known if she had joined before or after her brother Archibald died. He was Killed in Action on 19 April 1917 in Gaza, Palestine.
In 1919, on the 8th November Alice joined the Met Police as a member of the Women’s Patrol.
By 1921, she was living in the Section House, Ixworth Place, South Kensington.
Alice left the Met on 8th October 1922 and married Sidney Slatcher later that year. The couple lived for many years in Downham, near Bromley in Kent. By 1927, they had welcomed their daughter into their family.
Alice passed away in 1949.
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Photo from book The Men of Wooburn (men who died in Great War living in the village).