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Photo of Mabel Helen Farrer

Mabel Helen Farrer

Policewoman, Woman’s Police Service
Birthplace Cumberland Braithwaite EnglandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna Women’s Police Barracks No 2 Date of Birth: January 19, 1887 Date of Death: May 24, 1968



Childhood: 3rd Child 

Parents: Frederick Philip Farrer (1863-1/1/1935) and Annie Hall (1857-4/7/1906) 

Parent’s occupations: Pencil Maker (1891 census), Assistant overseer (on wife Annie’s Probate in 1908). Assistant Overseer of the Poor (1911 census) 

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:  

Occupation: Women’s Police  

Place of residence at Gretna: 

Job title at Gretna: Special Constable for Dumfriesshire 

Mabel Farrer pictured in her WPS uniform at Gretna.

Marital status:  


Travels: Worked in Northamptonshire in 1918 


Trivia / any other information: Mother died when she was 19, No occupation given in 1911 census but she appears to be looking after other children. Her father remarries in 1912 and has a second family. 


Mabel pictured alongside her fellow officers.


See The Devil’s Porridge Museum blog on women police, which mentions Mabel here.

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