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Ernest James Firmin

Date of Birth: October 18, 1881


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Ernest James Firmin


Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 18th October 1881. Stratford, Essex

Date and Place of Death:  48 Vicarage Road, Hornchurch, Essex. 22nd February 1951

Nationality: British


Childhood: He grew up in a settled family. The family continued to live in Ilford, Essex throughout his childhood. He was the second child of his father’s first marriage.  There were six siblings. 


Parents: Edward Firman and Sarah Firman M/S Adams


Parent’s occupations: His Father was a Carpenter. 


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


Occupation: He was a Plumber


Place of residence at Gretna: E 14 Eastriggs


Job title at Gretna: Engineer. Joined 29th November 1916 from Army.


Marital status: Married to Amy Charlotte Colpus.


Children: 6 children.

Travels: N/K

Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

World War One Service: 


War Service. WW1.

Ernest James Firman. 5ft 7inches tall.  

Sunflower on pot on Right Forearm. Butterfly, Acorn & Flag on Left Foreman 


Territorial Force. Volunteers enlisted or enrolled before 1st April 1908, Attestaton.  

No: 249 then 200019. 133 St Marys Road, Ilford, Stratford, Essex. 26yrs 6mths. . Plumber.  

Married. Amy Charlotte Firmin. 

Belonged to the Army. Yeoman Volunteer? 1st Volunteer Battalion Essex Regiment,  

Dated: 3rd August 1908. 

Home service From: 5/5/1908 to 10/3/19 8yrs 309days. 


Service History. 

Service towards engagement: 1st April 1908. Joined Ilford 5th May 1908. 

Former service in yeomanry or Volunteer Force: Private. 14th June 1904 to 31st March 1908. 


Annual Training: Essex Regiment, 4th Battalion. Private. 

21st August 1908 to 9th August 1908 

1st August 1909 to 8th August 1909 

31st July 1910 to 7th August 1910 

6th August 1911 to 13th August 1911 

4th August 1912 to 11th August 1911 


Embodied Service:  

Essex Regiment, 4th Battalion. Home 

Employed by Messers Dean & Beal under conditions of W.O. Contracts 1268 (F.2.) df 22nd May 1915 to 15th January 1916. Returned to 4th Essex 15th January 1916. Returned from Civil Employment – 26th February 1916 

69th Division, Posted – Major Lowe & Sons. Gretna. 7th April 1916 Admin Centre. Private. 

Transferred for employment Explosives Dept. H.M. Factory, Gretna.  29th November 1916 

Total Service in the Territorial Force: 8yrs 309 days. 

Discharged ‘Termination of Engagement’ 


NOTE:  The four Second Line Territorial Force battalions. Constituted the 206th (2/1 Essex) Brigade in 65th (2nd East Anglian) Division which remained on Home Defence throughout the war  

He is also mentioned in the Eastriggs and Gretna electoral role.


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