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John Joseph Torpy

Date of Birth: August 19, 1890 Date of Death: March 5, 1951


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

Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 19th August 1890 Chicago USA

Date and Place of Death: 05th March 1951 Chicago

Nationality: American

Childhood: N/K

Parents: Richard J and Mary E Torpy

Parent’s occupations: Labourer (father)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K

Occupation: Steam Fitter

Place of residence at Gretna: 59 Dalston Road, Carlisle

Job title at Gretna: A member of the operating staff at Mossband.


Marital status: Ethel E Andrews

Children: Two children.

Travels: Europe in WW1

Awards/recognitions: N/K

Trivia / any other information:


John was born and brought up in Chicago, living at 6600 Evans Avenue.


He was drafted into the American infantry in June 1917. He was shipped to Europe and somehow came to work at HM Factory Gretna, presumably because of his skills as a steam fitter.


He is remembered on the Mossband Farewell as a member of the operating staff at Mossband.


In his obituary in Chicago’s Southtown Economist 11th March 1951, her served for more than two years in France and Germany.


John returned home and married Ethel Andrews and they had two children. He worked as a steam fitter for the sanitary department in Chicago.



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