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Daisy Alice AttreeMember of the Women’s Police Service
Information will be supplied through Research Project led by Nigel Crompton. Further information to follow.
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Daisy Alice Attree (nee Hockley).
Date and Place of Birth: 2 December 1892, Epping, Essex
Date and Place of Death: 3 February 1984, Halton, Hastings
Childhood: 8 siblings.
Parents: Thomas & Julia Annie (nee Dawkins)
Parent’s occupations: Thomas Hockley was a baker
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Her first job was as domestic servant.
Place of residence at Gretna: Women’s Police Barracks, Eastriggs
Job title at Gretna: Police Constable.
Marital status: Married Leslie Gregory Attree in 1916.
Children: 2 children.
Trivia / any other information:
Thomas Hockley was a baker in the small Essex village of Theydon Bois near Epping Forest. He had married Julia Annie Dawkins in 1880 and steadily their family grew with Daisy Alice being born in 1892.
By 1911, Daisy was employed by a local family called Read as a domestic servant.
At some point, she met Leslie Gregory Attree who was obviously home on leave. Leslie was a Sergeant in the Army Service Corps. He served overseas, with his military records indicating he started in Egypt on 22 March 1915. Leslie was a widower, his first wife, Kate, passing away in 1913.
Daisy and Leslie married in 1916, and obviously Leslie returned to the ‘colours’ whilst Daisy joined the Women Police Service. According to the book ‘The Pioneer Policewoman’, Daisy was posted to Gretna. She lived in the women’s police barracks in Eastriggs. On one set of records they list her as Miss whilst on another its Mrs.
Leslie was an engineer, mostly electrical and on the 1921 census the couple were living in Stevenage where he was working in a local garage. Their first child, had been born in 1920, and soon after the census had been taken their daughter arrived.
The family moved and finally lived in East Sussex in and around Hastings where Leslie was proprietor of a company providing electrically operated machines selling cigarettes.
He died in 1951. Daisy stayed in the Hastings area but passed away on the 3rd February 1984.
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