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Amy Maud Chick

Police Officer at the Women’s Police Service
Date of Birth: July 16, 1887 Date of Death: April 25, 1981


Information supplied through Research Project led by Nigel Crompton.


Name: Amy Maud Chick
DoB: 16 July 1887
Place of birth: Highgate, North London
Parents: Henry & Annie Susannah (nee Wilson)
Parental Home: 3 Vernon Road, Walthamstow
Siblings: Eleanor May (1887-1971), Beatrice Louisa (1883-1956). Eleanor was Amy’s twin sister
Spouse: Sidney Bartlett
Date of Wedding: 17 September 1921
Children : Amy J (1922), Marie E (1924)
Marital home(s) : 10 Frederica Road, Chingford
Employment: Presser
1911 Census: 66 Blenheim Road, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow
Date of death: 25 April 1981
Location: Saffron Walden, Essex. Living at 1 Mallet Farm Cottages, Thaxted Road, Wimbish, Essex

Gretna details
Name: Amy Maud Chick
Clock No
Date joining
Not known
Date leaving: Not known but at Gretna in late 1918 due to signing petition
Addresses: Not known – name appears on petition to Winston Churchill (MoM)
Rank on start: PC
Promotion: Not known
Newspapers: None located
Career after: Ladies Tailor & Shop Assistant
1921 Census : 45 Priory Avenue, Walthamstow, E17

Addresses after Gretna
1921 – 45 Priory Avenue, Walthamstow, E17

1939 – 10 Frederica Road, Chingford

1981 – 1 Mallet Farm Cottages, Thaxted Road, Wimbish, Essex

Additional information

Amy and her twin sister, Eleanor, were born on 16 July 1887 to Henry and Annie Chick. They already had one daughter, Beatrice. The family lived in Walthamstow, East London where Henry worked in a local factory. His employment was in tin foil.  When Amy joined the WPS or went to Gretna is not known but her signature appears on a petition sent to Winston Churchill, the Minister of Munitions by the female officers stationed at Gretna. Interestingly, the petition mentions that a large number of them were from the London area and transport costs had risen. Amy was not the only member of the family who served during the Great War. Eleanor, Amy’s twin sister,  was a trained nurse, and during war worked at 36th Casualty Clearing Station, Army of the Rhine in Cologne in Germany, later specialized in midwifery.  Amy met and married Sidney Bartlett in 1921. They were blessed with two daughters, living in and around Essex.  At the time of her passing, Amy’s address was given as 1 Mallet Farm Cottage, Thaxted Road, Wimbish, near Saffron Walden.

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