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Photo of Ann Collins

Ann Collins

Munitions Worker

Biography

Information and photos kindly shared by family:

Anne Smith was born on 21 December 1898 in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. Her mother died in 1909 and she went to live with her father’s parents in Buckie. She met William Collins in Gretna where she was working at the munitions factory. She married William Henry Collins on 7 July 1917. They had four children during their marriage, moving from Colchester to Beeston where she lived until she died on 4 January 1997 at the age of 98.

This photograph shows William and Anne Collins at around the time of their marriage in 1916 (she was a munitions worker at HM Factory Gretna and he was stationed there with the Royal Engineers).

The photograph below shows the same couple in 1973.

This photograph shows Anne when she worked at HM Factory Gretna, she was about 16 years old at the time.

The photograph below shows Anne in 1989 aged 91.

This photograph shows William in World War One.  He joined the Royal Engineers in 1914.

The photograph below shows William in 1973.  He worked at Wilford Power Station and died in 1981 aged 87 years.

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