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Herbert Sharp Greenough

Birthplace Northumberland Newcastle Upon Tyne EnglandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna 100-102 Vancouver Road Eastriggs Place of Death Essex Loughton England Date of Birth: June 23, 1890 Date of Death: December 9, 1979



Date and place of birth:  23 June 1890 Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

Date and place of Death:  9 December 1979 Loughton, Essex

Nationality:  British

Biography:  Herbert was an only child as his father died when he was very young and his mother never remarried.

Parents:  Edwin Greenough married Mary Hannah Sharp in St. Matthews church, Bankfoot, Yorkshire on 7 August 1889.
Parents occupation: Edwin Greenough was a Doctor.

Schools Universities attended and years of attendance:

Graduated Edinburgh University 1884

Place of residence at Gretna: 100-102 Vancouver Road, Eastriggs

Job title at Gretna: Chemist

Marital status:

Herbert married Christine Muriel Meredyth Rennie (1893-1983) at

St. Margaret’s, Horsforth, Yorkshire on 30 June 1920

Richard Edwin Penny Greenough 1922

Errol Mona Mary Greenough 1926

Travels: Nil known

Awards/recognitions: Herbert signed up for duty and was involved in active training for service before he was recruited to work at HM Factory. His enlistment papers were one of only a few that survived a fire at the archives many years ago.

Trivia/any other information:

After his time at HM Factory, Herbert returned to his parents’ home at 13 Stone Hall Road, Eccleshill, Yorkshire which is the forwarding address given in the Dornock Farewell Magazine on page 67.

In 1939 Herbert and his wife are living at 25 High View Road, in London

At the time of his death Herbert was living in Loughton, Essex+

Bibliography: Nil



Dornock Farewell Magazine – Devils Porridge Museum

Electoral Register – Devils Porridge Museum – Eastriggs

British Newspapers Archives

Further Links, notes and comments.

Herbert Sharp(e) Greenhough

Herbert Sharp Greenhough was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He trained as an analytical chemist. During the Great War he volunteered for the

Army and was transferred for munitions work at HM Factory Gretna. After the war, he married, started a family and moved to live in Essex.

Herbert was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on 23rd June 1890, the son of Edwin and Mary Greenhough. Edwin was a doctor. Following Edwin’s

death, the family returned to Bradford, and in 1901 are living in Stone Hall Road, Eccleshill. In 1911, Herbert is an analyst for the City (1).

He enlisted on 13th February 1915 when the 2nd Bradford Pals battalion was raised, officially the 18th (Service) Battalion, Prince of Wales West

Yorkshire Regiment. On the 6th September 1915, Herbert was transferred to the Royal Engineers and was posted to France. Then on

13th September 1916 he was designated as Class “W” Army Reserve. Class “W” was introduced in June 1916 “for all those soldiers whose services

are deemed to be more valuable to the country in civil rather than military employment”. Men in these classes didn’t need to wear uniform and were

not subject to military discipline (2). Herbert came under the Ministry of Munitions and was employed as a chemist at Dornock. He was demobilized

on 27th January 1919. He married Christine Muriel Meredyth Renny at St Margaret’s Church in Horsforth, Leeds in June 1920. They seem to have had two children. In 1939, the family is living in Redbridge, Essex and Herbert is a Works Manager in Accumulator Manufacture. He died in Epping Forest district in Essex on 9th December 1979. He was 89.

1. Nicholson family tree on Ancestry


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