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Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : John Irving
Date and Place of Birth: Canonbie, Dumfriesshire
Date and Place of Death: N/K
Parent’s occupations: N/K
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Place of residence at Gretna: Rose Cottage, Gretna Green
Job title at Gretna: Carter
Marital status: Married.
Children: 6 children
Trivia / any other information: John Irving was born at Canonbie, Dumfriesshire
Served with Lanarkshire Yeomanry.
Employed as a carter at H M Factory, Gretna during WW1. Living at Rose Cottage, Gretna Green in 1017, married with 6 children.
Dumfries and Galloway Standard – Saturday 02 June 1917
“POTATO STEALERS FINED. George Frederick Bradley, foreman carter, and Bertha Thomas or Bradley, his wife, both residing at West 14, Township, Gretna; and John Irving, carter, Rose Cottage, Gretna Green, were charged with having stolen ten stones or thereby of potatoes, three stones or thereby of carrots, three lbs. thereby of beetroot, three leeks, and a small straw bag, the property of the Ministry of Munitions, between 3d and 10th May, the vegetable store of the central cooking kitchen at Gretna township. Mr. John M. Gaining, solicitor, appeared behalf of the accused. He stated that the male accused pleaded guilty to taking ten stones of potatoes, but the female accused pleaded not guilty. The Fiscal accepted tin’s plea, arul deserted the diet against the female accused. The Fiscal stated that for some time past good deal of pilfering had been going; on at the central cooking kitchen, and it was suspected that the two accused had something to do with it. A watch was kept, and on the day in question the accused were seen coming into the stable after having been at the kitchen. Irving took bag from the lorry, and it was found that it contained about ten stones of potatoes. The employees in the kitchen had been engaged with breakfast, and the accused had seized the opportunity of taking this bag of potatoes. Bradley was earning £2 per week, and Irving was getting 48s. Mr Raining stated that the accused thought it was carrots, and they took for the purpose of it in the stable. Irving was a married man with a wife and six children. He was a native of Canonbie. and had served with the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. The accused had no intention of taking these potatoes for their own use. The Sheriff said that taking it that the accused had had good character far. they were perfectly well aware that they ought not to help themselves to things without permission. They must each pay a fine with the alternative of fourteen days’ imprisonment.”
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