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Annie Elizabeth TaylorMember of the Women’s Police Service
Information supplied by Research Project led by Nigel Crompton
Annie Elizabeth is shown in the school admissions as living with son Hector in the ‘Fireman’s Cottages’, Gretna in 1918. However, no marriage for Hector senior to Annie has been located. Plus Hector senior passed away in October 1915. He was over sixty when he died. Probate does not indicate where funds left went to apart from a solicitor. The 1921 Census shows that both Annie and Hector were living at 35 Titchbourne Street, W2, and Annie was employed by The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. She was attached t to D Division, which was based at Marylebone Police Station but according to the census worked the Paddington Green area so might have been at Paddington Police Station, located on Harrow Road. Annie was one of the first members of the Metropolitan Police Patrol. Her service record indicates she was in the WPS, so given the dates coincide with the school entry meant she was a member of the WPS at HM Factory, Gretna. As the living quarters being mostly barracks and designed for single officers, a young widow with a five-year-old child might have struggled. Whilst pure supposition, an empty fireman’s cottage would have been ideal. Annie will have an entry as a police officer for more details of her life.