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Annie Isabella Rutherford

Member of the Women’s Police Service
Date of Birth: May 25, 1864 Date of Death: August 6, 1950


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): Annie Isabella Rutherford

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 25th May 1864, Sunderland, County Durham

Date and Place of Death:  6 August 1950, Sunderland

Nationality: British


Childhood: She had 3 siblings, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Parents: John & Ann Sally (nee Selby)

Parent’s occupations: John was a mariner.


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K


Occupation: Sister in National Children’s Home and Orphanage


Place of residence at Gretna: Women’s Police Barracks, Eastriggs

Job title at Gretna: Member of the Women’s Police Force.


Marital status: Never married.

Children: None known.

Travels: N/K

Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

Annie was one of four known children born to John and Ann Rutherford, a family from Sunderland. John was a mariner spending time away at sea. The first recorded address for Annie is Dock Street East in Monkwearmouth on the north side of the River Wear.

By 1901, Annie had moved to Eden Vale, south of the river.

When she moved to London is not known but on the 1911, Annie is a sister in the National Children’s Home and Orphanage, Bonner Road in Bethnal Green, East London.

She joined the Women Police Service in 1916 and is included in the first group of officers at Gretna. Annie was billeted in the barracks and a house used by the WPS in Eastriggs during her time at the factory. Her name does not appear on any paperwork for the period late 1918 or 1919.

Since birth she had been a member of the Methodist church and 1921’s census shows her employed as Matron of the United Methodist College, Victoria Park, Manchester.

Annie retired in the mid-1930s and moved back to Sunderland where for many years she was an active member of the church on Dock Street.

In later life she moved to 15 Thornhill Gardens, where she was living when she passed away. Annie died on 6 August 1950 in the Royal Infirmary, Sunderland.



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