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Photo of Ellen (Nellie) Heppell

Ellen (Nellie) Heppell

Birthplace Northumberland Westmoor England Date of Birth: July 14, 1900


1901 census—Ellen in living with her parents and siblings in Northumberland. Her father, William, is working as a coalminer

1911 census—Ellen is 10 and living with her parents and siblings, attending school.

1939 register—Ellen is living with her husband, William Smith in Longbenton, doing ‘unpaid domestic duties.’

Email from Ellen’s great great granddaughter to Museum in March 2020:

My great great grandmother was called Ellen Heppell but was often recorded as Nellie. She was born on the 14th July 1900 to William Heppell and Ellen at Westmoor, Northumberland. We know she went into domestic service but lost her position during the first world war and went home. The family home was overcrowded and she soon left for work at HMS Factory Gretna. She was there until the end if the war then went back home where she married in 1921.”

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