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Ewart BirnieOfficer of customs
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Ewart Birnie
Date and Place of Birth: 30th January 1889, Gretna, Dumfriesshire
Date and Place of Death: 5th August 1959, registered Carlisle
Childhood: Only child
Parents: Margaret J Birnie. No father registered.
Parent’s occupations: Housekeeper.
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Officer of customs
Place of residence at Gretna: 100-102 Vancouver Road
Job title at Gretna: Officer of customs
Marital status: Married Clara Mabel Wigston.
Children: At least 3.
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Ewart Birnie was born on 30th January 1889 at Gretna, Scotland to Margaret [Maggie] J Birnie. No father is listed on the birth registration. Margaret was a housekeeper at the time.
1891 – living at 4 Harries Court, Workington, Cumberland, he, and his mother are staying with his mother’s brother.
1901 – 7 Market Place, Egremont, staying with his uncle Thomas Ewart, a fishmonger, own account wife Ann and their 2 daughters who are both school teachers.
WW1- employed at H M Factory Gretna as an Officer of customs and living at 100-102 Vancouver Road, Eastriggs (Electoral Register)
January 1922 married Clara Mabel Wigston, 9 years his junior, at Carlisle. It is possible that Clara was also employed at Gretna.
1939- living at Clarecroft, Skinburness Road, Silloth, Cumberland. Marine RG Office of Customs and Excise superintendent
5th August 1959 died aged 70. Registered Carlisle
Clara died in 1979 in Miami.
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