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Hannah Rebecca Dunn

Munitions Worker
Birthplace County Durham England Date of Birth: January 19, 1899 Date of Death: January 19, 1980


  • Email from granddaughter: My grandmother’s name was Hannah Rebecca Dunn and she was born in 1899 making her 15 years old in 1914. So would have been at Gretna towards the end of the War.   She came from the Ryhope/Seaham area of Co. Durham. I have recently discovered that my grandmother may have been one of the munitions girls during  WW1.  She never mentioned her time there but often  spoke about “Gretna”.  After her death a badge was  found that suggests she  was one of the munitions workers. 
  • Email from grandaughter, 2021:  Unfortunately I know very little about her time at Gretna. She never spoke about it directly, just that she had been at Gretna and enjoyed her time there. She never mentioned she had worked in munitions. The only thing we do know is that she had a full set of dentures from a very early age ? 20s/30s as she said her teeth had gone black (we assume this is from the cordite). Hannah was born in October 1899 in Ryhope, Durham and would have been about 17 when she went to Gretna. She had seven brothers and sisters. Her father, grandfathers and brothers were all miners. She married my grandfather in 1923 and they went on to have three sons, sadly the youngest died at just one week old. My Uncle and father are both in their late 80s/90s. She was widowed in 1950 and lived alone for the rest of her life, living in Seaham, Co. Durham. My uncle and his family still lived in Ryhope and saw her regularly. Unfortunately my father’s job meant we moved around the country frequently and only saw her a couple of times a year. She died in January 1980 at the age of 80.

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