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Edith Margaret West

Women’s Police Constable
Birthplace Midlothian Edinburgh Scotland Date of Birth: July 25, 2022 Date of Death: December 28, 1968


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Edith Margaret/Marie West later Edith Marie Blackhall after marriage. 

Gender: Female. 

Date and Place of Birth: 

25th July, 19 India Place, Edinburgh. 


Date and Place of Death: 28/12/1968, Longmore Hospital, Edinburgh. 

Nationality: Scottish. 




Childhood: Grew up in Edinburgh.  

Parents: Father: Hugh Kennedy West and Mother: Amelia West nee Watson. 

Parent’s occupations:  Father – Listed as Law Student on Edith’s birth registration. Hugh West married Amelia Watson by the 1891 census but not on the 1881 census where she is listed living alone with Edith and another daughter Agnes. No occupation listed for Amelia’s mother on birth registration. Both parents listed as ‘living on private means’ in 1891 census. In 1901 census Hugh West is listed as a ‘(?) Law Clerk’ and is possibly dead by the 1911 census as the head of the house is Mrs. Amelia West.  

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:  Unsure. 

Occupation: Typist. 

Place of residence at Gretna: Unsure.  

Job title at Gretna: Women’s Police Constable. 

Marital status: Married Henry Blackwall in Edinburgh on 24th December 1919. Henry Blackwall is listed as being a ‘Tailor’ on the marriage reigstration. 

Children: Unsure. 

Travels: N/A.  


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