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Mr John Williams Adye

Birthplace Malmesbury Malmesbury Wiltshire EnglandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna B4 Staff Quarters Eastriggs Dumfriesshire ScotlandPlace of Death 22 Canford Cliffs Avenue Parkstone Poole Dorset Date of Birth: June 21, 1892 Date of Death: December 14, 1974


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : John William (Jack) Adye 

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth:  21st June 1892 Malmesbury Wiltshire 

Date and Place of Death: 14th December 1974. 22 Canford Cliffs avenue, Parkstone, Poole. 

Nationality: British 



Childhood: Born into a middle class family. His father was a grocer and provision merchant. I traced the family back to 1749 in  Malmesbury. His Grandfather  ( William) was born in Kent but of a Malmesbury family. William married 1834 at Malmesbury.  The fact that William was born in Kent raises the possibility of a connection to the well known Military Adye Family. (I thought this beyond by remit). John went to Westport  (C.E.)  Elementary  School  and the County Secondary School, Malmesbury. Where he matriculated University from the University of London in 1909.  

The 1841 census shows 31 Adye’s living in Wiltshire all but one having been born in the town. 

Parents: Albert Adye was born in the 1st Quarter 1854. His father was a Braizer.  He had seven siblings.  He married Ruth Hudson in 1880 and died  in Malmesbury  on 4th May 1932. Ruth died on 27th April 1937. 

Parent’s occupations: In 1871 Albert at 17yrs was a Grocer on the High Street, Malmesbury.  He became Mayor of the Town in 1906 & 1914-1915. Also an Alderman.   

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: Wiltshire Council granted him a Scholarship in September 1908 to the University Of Bristol where he  studied Science. He graduated with  BSc in July 1912.  He seems to have been the first of his family to go to University 

Occupational history (previous jobs in their career): After the war he  became a Civil Engineer, Mostly for British Petroleum , in various places and countries. In 1939 he was a Assistant Process Manager in Swansea, Glamorganshire. 


Occupation: Chemist 

Place of residence at Gretna: 

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Marital status:  married  at Lewisham, London. 

Spouse name (including male name):  

Date of marriage: 1919.  

Place/Parish of marriage.  Lewisham, London 

Children: 1. John Brian Adye. 1924 in Portardawe  Glamorganshire 2. Alan Michael Adye. 1927 also in Portardawe, Glamorganshire. 

Travels:  Apparently widely mainly in the employ of British Petroleum. 

Awards/recognitions: Not Known 

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