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Alice Maud TrentMember 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 Maud Trent
Date and Place of Birth: 9 July 1887, Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset
Date and Place of Death: 14 March 1937, Pearse Hospital, Brigham City, Utah
Childhood: She had 9 siblings.
Parents: William & Arabella (nee Baker)
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 George Heinson Galbraith on 19 May 1924 in Farmington City, Utah.
Children: 2 children, both sons.
Travels: Travelled to Australia and then the USA.
Trivia / any other information:
Alice was born on 9 July 1887 into the family of William & Arabella who lived in the small Dorset village of Winfrith Newburgh. She had nine known siblings.
At the age of 14, she was employed as a domestic servant at Silverdale on Gilbert Road, Swanage. Silverdale Boarding House was situated close to Swanage Railway Station and within easy reach of the sea front and beach.
Unfortunately, Alice cannot be located on the 1911 census.
With the outbreak of war, she lost one of her brothers who died on 22 February 1916. Arthur William was in the isolation hospital, Weymouth when he passed away. He was serving with 7th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.
It is thought Alice joined the WPS during 1917, and arriving at Gretna she lived in both Barracks 1 and 2 during her service.
By 1921, she was a member of Walsall Borough Police, living in the town. However, by October 1921, she had left Walsall and was living in Barking, London.
When she set sail from London Docks, she was described as ‘policewoman’. Although her destination was Sydney, Australia, the next we hear of Alice is in 1924 when she marries George Galbraith in Farmington City, Utah, USA.
They were blessed with a son in 1925, but sadly William died later in 1925.
They lived for many years in Brigham City, welcomed another son, who was born in 1927.
Aged just 49, Alice died on 14 March 1937 in Pearse Hospital. According to the Ogden Standard & Examiner, she had been admitted 14 days previously. Also the paper noted that Alice had arrived in Utah during 1923. A large number of photographs of Alice remain.
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