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Ethel Mary Tinkler

Munition Worker
Birthplace Cumberland Penrith Place of Death Durham England


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :Ethel Mary Tinkler  ( Dobinson )
Gender: Female
Date and place of birth: 25th September 1895 Penrith, Cumberland
Date and Place of Death: 25th May 1975, Witton Gilbert, Durham
Nationality: British
Childhood: One of 6
Parents: Thomas Kendal Tinkler and Isabella nee Alderson
Parents occupations: Joiner
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:  Penrith Infant School from 1899
Occupation: Munition worker

Ethel Mary Tinkler in her HM Factory Gretna uniform. Photo sourced from public Ancestry trees.

Place of residence at Gretna: Not known but sister lived at 41 Johnstone Street Annan at the same time
Marital status: Married a fellow worker

Ethel’s husband, Frederick Charles Dobinson. All photos sourced from public Ancestry trees.

Children: 2 sons and a daughter
Travels: N/K
Awards/recognitions: Was presented to the Queen on her visit to the factory
Positions held: N/k
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  • Ethel’s sister, Florence also worked at the factory.Mini Biography

    Ethel Mary Tinkler 1895-1975

    Ethel Mary Tinkler was born on 25th September 1895 at Penrith, Cumberland to Thomas Kendal Tinkler and Isabella nee Alderson. She was on of 6 surviving children

    1899 – admission to Penrith Infant School

    1901- living at 23 William Street, Penrith. Father a joiner.

    1911-still at 23 William Street, Penrith,  6 rooms. Esther a  nursemaid, domestic, aged 15. Father a joiner.

    1916 – a brother was killed in action in France.

    WW1- working at Gretna. Sister Florence living at 41 Johnstone Street, Annan so it is possible Ethel also resided there. Both were munition workers.

    May 1917 – presented to the Queen during their Majesties northern tour.

Ethel and Frederick’s wedding. Photo taken from public Ancestry trees.

1st August 1917 – married Frederick Charles Dobinson – reported in the local newspaper as below.

“A PENRITH WAR WORKER’S WEDDING. The marriage took place at St. Andrew’s Church,, Penrith, on Wednesday of Private Frederick Charles Dobinson Durham Light Infantry, son of Mr. J. C. Dobinson, West House  , Sacriston, Durham,  and Miss Ethel Mary Tinkler, daughter of Mr. T. Tlnkler, Williams Street, Penrith. The bride has for a considerable time been employed at the Gretna factory, and a few months ago had the honour of being presented to the Queen during their Majesties northern tour. The bridegroom has seen service in France , and is now munitions factory. Miss Edith C. Dobinson and Miss F. Tinkler were the bridesmaids. and Mr. B. Blanche, Carlisle, was best man. Among the many presents was a silver tea service from the girls at the factory, bearing the inscription : ‘ Presented to Miss Tinkier by fellow workers and staff on the occasion of her marriage, August Ist, 1917.’”

Penrith Observer – Tuesday 07 August 1917

1939- 47 ,Hillside, Durham Rd, Durham. Husband an electrician. 3 children , one born in 1918.

25th May 1975 died at Witton Gilbert, Durham aged 80

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