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Margaret Jane Duncan
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Margaret Jane Duncan
Date and place of birth: 25th September 1899, Sunderland, Durham
Date and Place of Death: Q3 1976, Sunderland
Childhood: Youngest of 4 surviving ( 5 in total )
Parents: Joseph and Mary Ann nee Dryden
Parents occupations: Coal miner shifter
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Munition worker
Place of residence at Gretna:N/K
Marital status: Married
Children: At least 3
Positions held: N/K
Trivia / any other information: Charged with stealing from a fellow worker in 1918
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Margaret Jane Duncan 1899- 1976
Margaret Jane Duncan was born on 25th September 1899 in Sunderland, Durham to Joseph and Mary Ann nee Dryden.
1901 – living at 29 Brody Street, Sunderland. Father a general cartman. Margaret the youngest of 4.
1911- 11 Hayward Avenue, Seaton Delavel , Northumberland Father a coal miner shifter. One of 5 , 4 surviving. Living in 5 rooms
Summer 1917 – employment began as munitions worker at Gretna – source Dumfries and Galloway Standard Saturday 14th December 1918
“WORKER’S THEFT At Dumfries Tuesday-—before Honorary Sheriff-Substltute Primrose —Margaret Jane Duncan (19) native of Sunderand, employed in the gun cotton canteen. Gretna, was charged with having, on 4th December, stolen from the canteen work- : shop cage of the gun cotton change-room ; leather parse containing 17s belonging to another canteen worker- i Accused pled not guilty, and was de; fended by John Dickie, solicitor, Dumfries. Evidence was led to the effect that another canteen worker not going to work at half-past seven in the morning left her coat, one of the pockets of which contained her purse, hanging the cage-room, the purse containing a 10s note, five single shillings, a half-crown and three pennies, new half-penny, and doctor’s prescription. ‘When she came off work at a quarter to four she missed her purse, and later in the day informed the police. Accused’s coat was hanging next to. hers. A sergeant of the women s police Stated that she went to search the workers and her attention was called to accused’s trembling. She searched the accused and discovered the money in a handkerchief which she had concealed at her bock between her corsets and her dress. The sergeant charged accused next day when she denied stealing the money and said it belonged to her. v Accused, in the witness-box, stated she went to Gretna on 11th November and started work the following day She entered into an elaborate statement of various transactions she had had with the money in her possession, between sister and herself, and in withdrawals from war loan, which ultimately left her with 17s-91/2d made in the same way as the money stolen. She stated that she had six new half-pennies which she got o armistice day and was keeping as mementoes, but five of these were at the time in her sister’s possession. She accounted for the money being in her handkerchief by saying that she had previously had her pocket picked in the works and was keeping it there for .safety. The Sheriff found accused guilty, imposed fine of £l, with alternative of ten days’ imprisonment. She had a month to pay.”
It is not known whether she paid the fine or went to prison.
1921 – Margaret Jane, Joseph, Mary Ann and 1 other are on this record in Sunderland
Q2 1923 married Isaac Clark at Sunderland.
1939 – 4 Norman Street, Sunderland. Isaac a motor driver at gas works. At least 3 children.
Q3 1976 died in Sunderland aged 77.