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Edith Annie JamesMember of the Women’s Police Service
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Edith Annie James
Date and Place of Birth: 23rd April 1883. 6 Park Terrace, Harefield, Middlesex
Date and Place of Death: 10th April 1931 19 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Childhood: Four siblings — Horace, Ernest, Ellen and Maud
Parents: Father – David Rees. Mother – Ellen James; M/S Wright
Parent’s occupations: David, a Butler. Mother, a Housewife.
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:
Occupation: Domestic Servant
Place of residence at Gretna: No 1, Police Barracks, Gretna
Job title at Gretna: Police Constable, later promoted to Sergeant.
Marital status: Single.
Trivia / any other information:
Mentioned in Yarmouth Independent – Saturday 20th December 1924.
Information from a Research Project led by Nigel Compton. Was a WPS at Gretna, and later served in the Great Yarmouth police force:
The 1901 census shows Edith working for Herbert J Brimsmead, Pianoforte Manufacturer as a domestic servant. The 1911 census shows Edith still working for the same family but now as a nurse, her sister Ellen was now employed as the housemaid. In 1919, police both male and female had been made redundant at Gretna but Edith was employed in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk mid-1919 and very shortly afterwards the newspapers reported her undertaking police work.
Her death appears to have been quite sudden but local papers for 1931 were not available, they might however, shed more light on her passing.
Daily Mirror 23 March 1919 – Ran photo and small description of Edith Annie James being appointed to Great Yarmouth