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Frances Ann Cardin

Police Officer at the Women’s Police Service
Birthplace Matlock Place of Death Derby Date of Birth: October 5, 1886 Date of Death: September 18, 1969


Information supplied through Research Project led by Nigel Crompton.
Name: Frances Ann CARDIN
DoB: 5 October 1886
Place of birth: Matlock, Derbyshire
Parents: Job Hall & Frances (nee Nicol)
Parental Home: Common Wood, Dale Road, Matlock
Siblings: Grace Hall (1891-1970)
Spouse: Never married
Date of Wedding: Not applicable
Children : None found
Marital home(s) : Not applicable
Employment: Elementary School Teacher – Matlock School
1911 Census: Glena Cottage, Matlock
Date of death: 18 September 1969
Location: Pastures Hospital, Mickleover, DerbyGretna details

Name: Frances Ann Cardin
Clock No
Date joining: Not known
Date leaving: Not known
Addresses: Women’s Police Barracks No2, Gretna
Rank on start: PC
Promotion: Not known
Career after: Teaching at Cromford School
1921 Census: Glena Villa, Matlock Bath
Addresses after Gretna:
1921 – The Dale, Dale Road, Matlock
1939 – 6 Cromford Hill, Cromford, MatlockAdditional information

Job Hall Cardin and Frances Nicol were married in Scotland on 22 July 1865 but settled back in Job’s home area around Matlock in Derbyshire soon after. Frances, their first child was born in October 1886. Job was a skilled tradesman and followed in his father’s profession of specialist wood turning.  Frances aged 19 in 1905 was appointed to be a teacher in Matlock by the local council and on the 1911 census, one Frances’s teaching colleagues was living with the family. Why she joined the ranks of the WPS will now probably not be found but she appears on the Valuation Roll, living in Women’s Police Barracks 2 in Gretna. Returning to Matlock, she resumed her teaching career.  By 1939, with her father dead, her sister married and moved away, Frances and her mother had moved to a smaller property, 6 Cromford Hill, Cromford, which would have been much closer to where she was working at the local council school. At the time of her death in the Pastures Hospital, Mickleover, Frances may have been suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s as this medical facility was known for mental health issues.

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Ancestry UK
English/ Welsh Census 1891, 1901,

1911, 1921, 1939 registration

Census, electoral registers

Births, Marriages, Deaths, Burial/ Cemetery records

Immigration and travel
British Newspaper Archive
Local, National & Scottish Newspapers
National Archives Kew
Ministry of Munitions & Women Police Service
National Archives Edinburgh
Gretna Police Area records
Devils Porridge Museum Archives
Valuation Roll for Gretna

Electoral Register 1918-1919
Dumfries Archives
Police & Court records
Births, Marriages, Deaths

Valuation Roll for Gretna
Court, prison and legal records
Bow Street Court and Holloway Prison
Metropolitan Police Heritage Centre
Early members of Metropolitan Police Patrol

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