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James Wilkie Matthew

Birthplace Forfarshire Arbroath ScotlandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna 58 The Rand Date of Birth: October 5, 1880 Date of Death: February 10, 1948


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): James Wilkie Matthew (1)

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth:  05/10/1880 at Arbroath, Forfarshire (3) (4)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Date and Place of Death: 10/02/1948 at Ealing, London (2) (9) (6)

Nationality: British




James was the fourth of seven children. (4) (5) (8)

                                                                       Siblings :- Stephen born 1876

                                                                                             Mary E. born 1878

                                                                                              Agnes born 1880

                                                                                             Jane born 1883

                                                                                              Ann born 1891

                                                                                              David born 1894

In 1881 when he was five months old he was living with his family at 18 Howard Street, St. Vigeans, Arbroath. (4) (5)


Parents: Father: David Stiven Matthew, born 1851 in Arbroath, died 28/03/1923(4)  (9)

                Mother:  Ann Clark born 1852 at Dunnichen, Forfarshire, died 30/04/1918  (4) (5) (10)               

Parent’s occupations: Father was an engine fitter (4) (5)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K

 Occupation: Mechanical engineer (3) (8)

Place of residence at Gretna: 58 The Rand, Eastriggs (9) and mentioned in the Dornock Farewell

Job title at Gretna: ? Engineer

Marital status: Married

Spouse name (including male name): Jessie Dunbar (1) (3)

Date of marriage: 16/11/1917 (1)

Place/Parish of marriage: Cummertrees Hall, Cummertrees (1)

Children: James Clark Mattew born 25/07/1921 at Dornock  (5) (12)

                  Elaine Carlyle Matthew born 26/02/1927 (5) (12)

                  Isabella Dunbar Matthew born 20 06 1928 (5) (12)                   



Trivia / any other information: James and Jessie were married in Cummertrees where Jessie lived. James had been employed at H.M. Factory , Dornock , for two years, both on the construction and the operation of the factory. (1)  James and Jessie are buried together in the Old Brentford Cemetery, Ealing, London (6)




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