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Hubert Richard Neech

Chemist, Manager of Acids Department
Birthplace Bradford EnglandPlace of Death Hampstead England Date of Birth: March 21, 1879 Date of Death: July 9, 1960



Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Hubert /Herbert Richard Neech

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 21/03/1879 at Bradford (1) (2). Baptised 13/05/1879 at St. Andrews Church, Bradford. (7)

Date and Place of Death: 09/07/1960 at New End Hospital, Hampstead (5)

Buried 13/07/1960 at St. John the Baptist, Harrow (7)

Nationality: British



Childhood: He was the second of three boys. His brothers were John William Neech, born 1878 in Hammersmith, and Frank Henry Neech, born 1883 in Bradford. In 1881 when he was two years old, he was living with his family at 63, Princeville Street, Bradford. By 1891 they had moved to Lincoln. (2) (3)

Parents: Father: James Neech born 1850 in Lincolnshire (2)

                Mother: Rebecca Wilson born 1846 in Lincolnshire (2) (6) (12)

Parent’s occupations: Father was an Evangelist in a city mission (2) (3) (4)

                                        Mothers occupation is described as “Society London” (3)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: Lincolnshire Municipal Technical School (9)

 Occupation: Analytical chemist (4)

Place of residence at Gretna: Hetland Cottage, Ruthwell

Job title at Gretna: Chemist, manager of acids department (9)

Marital status: Married

Spouse name (including male name): Jane Redfern (6)

Date of marriage: 1912 (6)

Place/Parish of marriage: Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (6)


Children:    Frank Donald Neech born 04/11/1913 at Harrow, Middlesex. (3)                

Travels: He spent 18 months  as Technical Manager with a branch of Rio Tinto Co. in Spain, to 1905 (9)

 On 03/06/1933 Herbert sailed on the “Transylvania” from Glasgow to New York arriving on the 12/06/1933. He returned on the “Tuscania “ 06/08/1933 .(8)

Awards/recognitions: Member of the Associate Institute of Chemistry. (9)

Admitted to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers on 08/09/1919 (9)


Trivia / any other information:  He was a member of the Freemasons at St. Hugh Lodge, Lincoln. (10)

He applied for a patent on 03/08/1906 for “ A new or improved Discharging Apparatus for Superphosphate Pits (11)”



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Further links, notes, and comments:

  1. 1939 Register
  2. Find my past 1881 census
  3. Find my past 1891 census
  4. Find my past 1911 census
  5. Probate calendars
  6. Find my past BMD
  7. Ancestry BMD
  8. Ancestry passenger lists
  9. Ancestry UK Mechanical engineer records
  10. Ancestry Freemason records
  11. Ancestry International patents




Name and address mentioned in the Dornock Farewell, held in The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s archive collection.

Appeared in Institute of Chemistry 1919 part 4

Neech, Hubert Richard, Hetland Cottage, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. [Lincoln Mun. Tech. School ; Twenty years’ experience ; M.]

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