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Jane Anderson

Munitions Worker
Birthplace Cumberland Caldewgate Carlisle EnglandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna Tilbury Road Carlisle Date of Birth: September 6, 1892 Date of Death: May 11, 1974


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Jane Anderson 

Gender: Female 

Date and Place of Birth: 6 November 1892, Carlisle. 

Date and Place of Death: April 1974, Stoke on Trent. 

Nationality: English 



Childhood: Brought up in Kirkpartrick Fleming Dumfriesshire and Lazonby Cumberland.  


Parents: Thomas Anderson, Mary Baty 


Parent’s occupations: Land Labourer. 


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: No record of school or college attendance. 


Occupation: Land Worker.  


Place of residence at Gretna:  

Job title at Gretna: Marital status: Married 

Children: N/A 

Travels: Dumfriesshire, Carlisle, Stoke-on-Trent. 


Trivia / any other information:  

Jane Anderson was a farm servant in the years before the war and entered the Gretna Factory in 1916. It is not clear which section she worked in but it may well have been at Mossband, as younger sister Mary Annie Anderson seems to have worked there. She met Harry Mills, a ceramist from Longton in Stoke-on-Trent, while working at Gretna. They married in Carlisle in 1917 and after the war the couple moved to Harry Mills at Rothesay Road Longton, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. On 14 April 1920, they gave birth to their first child Joyce Margaret Mills. On 8 August 1921 second child Ronald Harry Mills was born, neither child made adulthood however. A third child was born later in the decade but the entry is marked ‘private’ on Ancestry family tree listing. The couple were listed in the 1939 Register as living at 70 Rothesay Road, Longton, with Jane as a Corsetire while Harry returned to Pottery working as a Kiln man. They continued to live in Stoke-on Trent until the 1970s. Jane Mills died on 11 May 1974 at Bucknall Hospital Staffordshire. Harry Mills a year later on 30 October 1975 at 70 Rothesay Road.  



  • Brader, Chris, “Timbertown Girls”, Bookcase, 2004. 



England & Wales, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, (1892), digital image, s.v. “Jane Anderson”,  

1901 England & Wales Census, Lazonby Cumberland, digital image, s.v. “Jane Anderson”, 

England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005, (1917), digital image, s.v. “Jane Anderson”,  

1939 England & Wales Census, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, digital image, s.v. “Jane Mills”, 

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007, (1974) digital image, s.v. “Jane Mills”, 

1911 England & Wales Census, Chelsea, London, digital image, s.v. “Mabel Cotterell,” 

“Bazaar at Gretna,” Dumfries Standard, December 5, 1917, 4  

“Supplement to the London Gazette,” June 7, 1918, 6698 

“Gretna Factory Show,” Dumfries Standard, September 4, 1918, 3  

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