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Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Fred Raby [Faby]
Date and place of birth: 3rd November 1872, Ryther, Tadcaster, Yorkshire
Date and Place of Death: Quarter 2 1941, Lower Agbrigg, Wakefield, Yorkshire
Parents: Edwin and Mary nee Mason
Parents occupations: Farm Bailiff
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Police constable 1894- 1905, colliery banksman, commissionaire
Place of residence at Gretna: Possibly Kirkandrews Nether ( 1921 address)
Marital status: Married
Children: 4, 3 survived
Positions held: Secretary of Mold Green Wesleyan Band of Hope
Trivia / any other information: Yes
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Fred Raby 1872-1941
Fred Raby was born on 3rd November 1872 at Ryther, near Tadcaster, Yorkshire to Edwin Raby and Mary nee Mason. His parents married in November 1871.
1881- father a farmer. Living at Rawthorpe Lane , Dalton, Mold Green, Huddersfield. Fred is the eldest of 4 children.
1891 – father a farm bailiff, Fred described as a farmer’s son. Now 7 children at the same address as 1881
12th January 1894- joined West Riding Constabulary at Tadcaster. Deployed to Rotherham. Described as 5ft 11” with “ nose has been broken”
1894 – described in Huddersfield Chronicle as “ energetic secretary “ of the Mold Green Wesleyan Band of Hope.
17th January 1895 married Amy Ann Whitaker at Kirkheaton, near Huddersfield. Fred a “ Policeman for West Riding Constabulary” , living at Rawmarsh, Rotherham
1898- police record shows he “ injured head by being assaulted by 2 men in Swinton” near Rotherham.
1901 – policeman . He, his wife and 2 children are living at Whiston, Rotherham.
1st January 1905 – resigned from the police force through ill health.
1911-living at Cowmes Lane End , Lepton, Huddersfield. Head colliery Banksman ( collected brass tallies from the miners ) They had 4 children, 3 surviving. Living in 3 rooms
WW1- too old for military service. Employed at Gretna possibly as a Police man.
1921 – living at Kirkandrews Nether, Longtown with wife Amy Ann and son Edwin. Listed as an ex Gretna worker.
1938 – wife died
1939- working as a commissionaire, widowed and living alone at 17 Charles Street, Horbury, near Wakefield.
1941 Quarter 2 , died at Lower Agbrigg, Wakefield aged 69.