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Bertha Bradley

Birthplace Lancashire Nelson Place of Death Napier New Zealand Date of Death: November 26, 1971


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :Bertha Bradley nee Thomas
Gender: Female
Date and place of birth: 1884, Nelson Lancashire
Date and Place of Death: 26th November 1971, Hawkes bay, Napier, New Zealand
Nationality: British
Childhood: Youngest of 7. Father died when very young
Parents: James and Sarah
Parents occupations: Worsted Cotton weaver
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Drapers shop assistant
Place of residence at Gretna: West 14 Township, Gretna
Marital status: Married to George Frederick Bradley also in data base
Children: At least 2
Travels: Emigrated to New Zealand
Awards/recognitions: N/k
Positions held: N/K
Trivia / any other information: Fined /imprisoned for stealing potatoes and vegetables whilst at Gretna
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Mini Biography
Bertha Bradley nee Thomas 1884- 1971
Bertha Thomas was born at Nelson Lancashire in 1884 to James , a worsted cotton weaver, and Sarah, the 7th of 7 children.
1891 – at 36 Stanley Street, Nelson, Mother a widow.
1901 – 87 Stanley Street, Bertha a draper’s shop assistant
16th Jan 1904 married George Frederick Bradley at Burnley Parish Church ( George also in data base)
1906- husband tried at Preston Court and imprisoned for 4 months with hard labour for stealing jewellery and clocks worth more than £5
1911- living at 24 Wellington Street, Nelson, Lancashire in 4 rooms. 2 children. A’ carter – builders’
At Gretna 1917 with husband living at West 14 Township Gretna
Dumfries and Galloway Standard – Saturday 02 June 1917
“POTATO STEALERS FINED. George Frederick Bradley, foreman carter, and Bertha Thomas or Bradley, his wife, both residing at West 14, Township, Gretna; and John Irving, carter, Rose Cottage, Gretna Green, were charged with haring stolen ten stones or thereby of potatoes, three stones or thereby of carrots, three lbs. thereby of beetroot, three leeks, and a small straw bag, the property of the Ministry of Munitions, between 3d and 5th May, the vegetable store of the central cooking kitchen at Gretna township. Mr John M. Gaining, solicitor, appeared on behalf of the accused. He stated that the male accused pleaded guilty to taking ten stones of potatoes, but the female accused pleaded not guilty. The Fiscal accepted this plea, and deserted the diet against the female accused. The Fiscal stated that for some time past a good deal of pilfering had been going on at the central cooking kitchen, and it was suspected that the two accused had something to do with it. A watch was kept, and on the day in question the accused were seen coming into the stable after having been at the kitchen. Irving took a bag from the lorry, and it was found that it contained about ten stones of potatoes. The employees in the kitchen had been engaged at breakfast, and the accused had seized the opportunity of taking this bag of potatoes. Bradley was earning £2 per week, and Irving was getting 48s. Mr Raining stated that the accused thought it was carrots, and they took for the purpose of it in the stable. Irving was a married man with a wife and six children. He was a native of Canonbie. and had served with the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. The accused had no intention of taking these potatoes for their own use. The Sheriff said that taking it that the accused had had good character far. they were perfectly well aware that they ought not to help themselves to things without permission. They must each pay a fine with the alternative of fourteen days’ imprisonment.”
26th Oct 1971 died aged 88 at Hawkes Bay, Napier , New Zealand

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