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Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Ernest Thompson
Date and place of birth: 7th October 1886, Skelton , Penrith, Cumberland
Date and Place of Death: 2nd October 1963, Belmont, Durham
Childhood: 6th son of 7 children
Parents: John and Mary nee Glendinning
Parents occupations: Grocer and cab owner the Innkeeper of George and Dragon pub, Carlisle. Mary was assistant in grocer’s shop
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Chief Prison officer
Place of residence at Gretna: Not known
Marital status: Married
Children: At least 2
Travels: N/K served in France
Awards/recognitions: Civil Defence Award for gallantry , 1941, “for devotion to duty at Liverpool prison”
Positions held: Chief Warder , Pentonville and Liverpool prisons
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Ernest Thomspon 1886-1963
Ernest Thompson was born at Skelton near Penrith, Cumberland. on 7th October 1886 to John and Mary nee Glendinning.
1891- living at Stanwix Bank, Carlisle . father a grocer and cab proprietor. Mother an assistant in the shop. Ernest the 4th of 6 sons at the time B/B/B/B/B/B. Employed 2 servants – one a ‘van’ man
1901- father an innkeeper-pub living at the George and Dragon Inn, Carlisle . Ernest a seedsman . There are now 7 children, a younger sister.
25th December 1907 – married Ellen McGarr in Carlisle .
1901 – son born in Lancaster.
1911 -51 Flower Street, Carlisle. An insurance collector. 3 rooms for 5 people including his son , his brother and his siter in law.
1912 – joined prison service – 29 years service stated in an award document in 1941.
10th December 1915 – short term attestation to Scot’s Guards having already served in 3 years in Border regiment at an earlier date. Occupation on entry in 1915- prison warder. Living at 10 Boyd Street, Durham. Served in France prior to being employed at Gretna.
1921- living in Carlisle with Ellen and 2 others. Listed as an ex Gretna worker.
1939 -living at Chief Officers House, Pentonville Prison. Prison service, chief officer. One son Alfred listed
1941- Chief officer Liverpool prison Living at 60 Hornby Road, Liverpool 9.
Civil defence Award for gallantry for “ devotion to duty at Liverpool prison”. Recommendation by the Governor.
2nd October 1963- died at Belmont, Durham aged almost 77.