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Edith Locke

Munitions Worker, Mechanic
Birthplace Buenos Aires Buenos Aires ArgentinaPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna R East 16 Date of Death: July 21, 1931


Quote from Edith’s relative via email: I would be happy to share all family history research concerning Edith, including details of her wikitree URL etc. for the Museum’s purposes. I currently have only a quite pixelated / grainy image of Edith Addis (nee Locke) taken from the Locke Family History booklet, “The Family of William and Mary-Jane Locke,” written by a relative Red Potts (since deceased). Red’s son is going to talk to his widowed mother and look through his father’s research for more source material – hopefully we can turn up the original photograph of Edith in her wedding dress.  Edith’s Locke family group is really interesting – she and some of her siblings were born in South America, as the railway system was expanding there. They also lived in South Africa until shortly before Edith’s father’s death of tuberculosis. I have attached a summary of some other relatives for context – I imagine Edith would have been raised to live an adventurous life and emigrating to New Zealand after the war would not have phased her.

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Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 20 July 1894 Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.

Date and Place of Death:  21st July 1931 Pukekahe, Aukland, New Zealand.


Childhood: 5 siblings. 4 brothers and 1 sister.


Parents: William Henry Locke and Mary Jane McClelland

Parent’s occupations: N/K


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K


Occupation: Munitions worker, Mechanic.


Place of residence at Gretna: R East 16 Township, Gretna.


Job title at Gretna: Munitions worker, Mechanic.


Marital status: Married James Leonard Addis.


Children: 6 children.

Travels: South America to Scotland.

Edith and her husband migrated to New Zealand on the RMS Remuera. This left on 14th March 1918 from Plymouth, England, arriving on 9th May 1918 in  Auckland, New Zealand.

Awards/recognitions:  N/K


Trivia / any other information:

1896 – Edith was born in Argentina, as her father, William Henry Locke was working there.

1912 – Her father William died of tuberculosis in South Africa in 1912.


1913 – Edith’s mother, Mary Jane died in 1913. This left Edith and her siblings as orphans. Despite the siblings trying to remain together with the help of their community, this did continue to be the case and the family were split up with Edith going ‘out to service.’

WW1 – Edith worked as Munition Worker Mechanic for HM Factory Eastriggs. Her address was R East 16, Gretna.

1918 – Edith married James Leonard Addis 18th January 1918 at Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Following this the pair migrated aboard the RMS Remuera. This left on 14th March 1918 from Plymouth, England, arriving on 9th May 1918 in Auckland, New Zealand.

1931 – Following an illness Edith passed away. She was aged 34.





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