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Ethel PlaceMunitions Worker in Cordite Shed
Date and place of birth: 2 December 1900, Southwick, Sunderland, Durham
Date and place of death: 1977 Sunderland registration district.
Do we have photos of this person? No
Biography: Ethel’s mother died when she was 5 years old. When Ethel turned 9 years of age, her father remarried. Ethel’s new step-mother was also her Aunt Jane, her late mother’s sister so Ethel’s cousins then became her step-siblings! Ethel also had a step brother born to her father and aunt. This resulted in a very large family:
Ethel’s full siblings were:
Sabrah Jane Place 1892
Sarah Place 1895
William Place 1986
John Place 1898
Norman Dawson Place 1904
Ethel’s Cousins/Step-siblings were:
William Mustard 1891
John Mustard 1894
James Mustard 1899
Florence Mustard 1902
Henry Mustard 1904
Frederick Mustard 1907
Ethel’s Half-brother was:
Samuel Place 1910
Parents: William Place married Margaret Charlton 1891 Sunderland, Durham. (1871-1905)
William then married his first wife’s sister Jane Mustard nee Charlton 1909 Sunderland, Durham. Jane lost her first husband in 1907.
Parents occupation: William Place was an iron ship wright
Schools Universities attended and years of attendance: Not known
Occupation: Jane worked in a cake shop before the war.
Place of residence at Gretna: Kitchener’s House at first but later she was in private rental in Langholm.
Job Title at Gretna: Munitions worker in cordite shed
Marital Status: Ethel married John William Cook Burnett 19 August 1898 Sunderland, Durham
Children: John and Ethel had three sons:
James Dawson Burnett 1924
John William Cook Burnett 1926
William Place Burnett 1929
Travels: Nil Known
Awards/Recognitions: Nil known
Trivia/any other information:
Transcript pf interview given by Ethel Burnett, held by the Liddle Collection at the University of Leeds
Mrs E Burnett
British Newspaper Archive