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Charles Edward Armstrong
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Charles Edward Armstrong
Date and Place of Birth: 22nd May 1896, Gateshead
Date and Place of Death: April 1987, Carlisle
Childhood: A twin with 4 other siblings born, 4 surviving .
Parents: Charles and Mary Ann nee Barras
Parent’s occupations: Insurance agent
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: General labourer at Glycerin refiner in 1939
Place of residence at Gretna: 18 Brewery Row, Carlisle
Job title at Gretna: N/K
Marital status: Married.
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Charles Edward Armstrong was born on 22nd May 1896 at Gateshead, Durham to Charles and Mary Ann nee Barras.
1901- living at 9 Villa Place, Gateshead. A twin boy plus another brother. Father an insurance agent.
1911- at Bay Horse Lane, Carlisle. 2 rooms. A stationer’s errand boy. Father a commission agent. 6 children born, 4 surviving
December 1915 – attested to Border Regiment. Address 18 Brewery Row, Carlisle. Transferred to Machine Gun Corps.
1st October 1917 – service record indicates he was charged with “not complying with having mosquito net properly closed. Caught malaria and sent home.”
1917 onwards employed at H M Factory Gretna.
1919 – address was still Brewery Row.
1921 – in Carlisle. Charles Edward, Charles, Mary Ann and 2 others are on the record. Charles listed as an ex-Gretna worker.
1939 – living in Bristol. Documented as married but no wife listed. A Glycerin Refiners general labourer
April 1987 – died in Carlisle aged 90.
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