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John Page Lorains

Birthplace Whitby Yorkshire  England Date of Birth: January 28, 1894 Date of Death: February 26, 1970



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


Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 28th January 1894, Whitby, Yorkshire  

Date and Place of Death:  26th February, 1970, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands.  

Nationality: British


Childhood: 2nd of at least 4 children 


Parents: John and Fanny nee Speedy 

Parent’s occupations: Master mariner  


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:

1907-1909- Preparatory shool, Whitby  

1909-? North Eatsren County School, Barnard Castle 

Graduated Durham University 1914 (pure science) 


Occupation: Chemist (Royal Engineers) 

Place of residence at Gretna: B4 Eastriggs  


Job title at Gretna: Chemist.


Marital status: Married Harriet Irene Coy.


Children: N/K

Travels: Died in Jersey, Channel Islands  

Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:


John Page Lorains was born on 28th January 1894 in Whitby, Yorkshire to master mariner John and Fanny nee Speedy. 


1911-living at 14 Abbey Terrace, Whitby. 12 rooms. Father not listed.  John is the 2nd of 4 children.  


1907-1909 – attended preparatory school in Whitby followed by N Eastern County School, Barnard Castle (Mechanical engineer record)  


1914 – graduated from Durham University in Pure Science 


May 1917- February 1919 – employed at H M Factory Gretna as a Lieutenant in eth Royal Engineers living at B4 Eastriggs. Possibly employed as a chemist.  


Q3 1919 – Married Harriet Irene Coy in Newcastle. Harriet could possibly have also been employed at Gretna.  


1924 – empoyed at Paisley, Scotland 


1927- resigned as a member of the British Association of Chemists  


1929 – chemical engineer and departmental manager  


26th February 1970- died at St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands aged 76.  




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