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John Staveley

Place of Residence at HM Factory Gretna 11 Roper Street


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

Gender: Male. 

Date and Place of Birth: Possibly 1890. (I am unsure about this as one articles said he died aged 43 in 1933, while the other says that he graduated from Leeds University in 1908). 

Date and Place of Death: Possibly 1933. 

Nationality: British. 


Childhood: N/A. 

Parents: When his father died, he was cared for by his aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Staveley. 

Parent’s occupations: He was the son of a signalman on the North Eastern Railway at Driffield. 

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: He obtained a scholarship from Bridlington School and then went to Leeds University, graduating as a Bachelor of Science. 

Occupation: Chemist/Munitions worker. He obtained a position as an analytical chemist at Whitehaven, and, after serving in the war, he settled in London. 

Place of residence at Gretna: 11, Roper Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland. 

Job title at Gretna: N/A. 

Marital status: N/A. 

Children: N/A. 

Travels: N/A. 

Awards/recognitions: B.Sc. (Leeds). 

Trivia / any other information: Was in the Naval, Military or Air Service. 

When his body was found at Potter’s Bar it was decapitated. 


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