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James SleightholmeMotor Driver
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): James Sleightholme
Date and Place of Birth: 16th July 1882. Great Ayton, Yorkshire
Date and Place of Death: 23rd July 1953. 14 Wigton Road, Carlisle, Cumberland
Born in Great Ayton, Yorkshire in 1882. The family moved to Cumbeerland between 1881 and 1891. Apart from coming to Gretna he appears to have remained in Cumberland all his life.
James had five siblings of which he was the second eldest. His younger sister Nellie M Harrison also worked at H.M Factory Gretna and is mentioned in the Dornock Farewell magazine.
Father – Thomas Sleightholme; Born: 19th June 1853 at Hawthorn Hill, Goatland, Yorkshire.
Mother – Mary Jane Sleightholme M/s Hopper born in Exelby, Yorkshire in 1861. They married in 1880.
Parent’s occupations: Thomas was a Quarryman.
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: Brigham, Primary. (near Cockermouth) Till 1892 then went to Keswick school till 16th December 1893.
Place of residence at Gretna: 4 West, Gretna
Job title at Gretna: Motor Driver.
Marital status: James married Sarah Jane Jordon on 25th July 1953 at Threkeld
Children: Ena Sleightholme. Born: in April Quarter 1910. She went to Gretna Township School and married William Nicholson in 1936. She died on 3rd June 1969 at 14 Wigton Road, Carlisle. Other children not found.
Trivia / any other information: His younger sister Nellie M Harrison also worked at H.M Factory Gretna and is mentioned in the Dornock Farewell magazine.
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