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Frances Helen Spinney 

Member of the Women’s Police Service
Date of Birth: June 30, 1885 Date of Death: June 11, 1986


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Frances Helen Spinney


Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 30th June 1885, Leamington Spa 

Date and Place of Death: 11th June 1986, Cheltenham District

Nationality: British


Childhood: Youngest of 8. Father died in 1888, Lived in orphanage for a while.  


Parents: Frank and Alice Louisa nee Hayes  

Parent’s occupations: Professor of music  

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: University of Edinburgh – awarded an MA 1909


Occupation: Assistant Mistress (Police Constable at Gretna)

Place of residence at Gretna: Women’s Police Barracks No. 1, Gretna

Job title at Gretna: Police Constable.


Marital status: Unmarried.


Children: Not known.

Travels: N/K


Awards/recognitions: MA, Edin, U  


Trivia / any other information:

Frances Helen Spinney was born on 30th June 1885 at Portland Place Leamington to Frank and Alice Louisa nee Hayes. At her baptism her father is a professor of music.  


1891- aged 5 living in an orphanage in Tunbridge Wells with sister Cicely. At 1 Vale Road, Tunbridge Wells. Youngest of 8 children. Father died in 1888, mother still alive in 1891.  


1901- 49 West Street, Warwick, mother widowed living on own means  


1909- awarded an M A from Edinburgh University (Edinburgh Evening News April 1909)  


WW1 – employed at H M Factory Gretna as a Police constable living at Women’s Police Barracks No1, Gretna (electoral register)  


1921 – Frances Helen, Alice Louisa, Eliza and 1 other are on the record in Leamington  


1939- The Mead, Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire. Assistant mistress retried. Also, WVS Civil defense 


1957 – an assenter to Arthur Ingham standing for Newington council.  


11th June 1986 died at Cheltenham registration district aged 100.




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