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Margaret Mary GoffMember of the Women’s Police Service
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Margaret Mary Goff
Date and Place of Birth: January 1899, Dartford, Kent
Date and Place of Death: 5th December 1918, Factory Hospital, Dornock
Childhood: One of 5, only 2 survived to adulthood. Hugh (1890-1988), Millicent (1891-1893), Miriam (1893-1893), Joyce (1894-1901).
Parents: Walter Edward and Kate Mary nee Tuckey
Parent’s occupations: Pharmaceutical chemist (employer) and wine and spirit merchant
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Art pupil teacher to 1911. Employed by Kent Education Committee.
Place of residence at Gretna: Women’s Police Barracks No 1, Gretna
Job title at Gretna: A Police constable at H.M. Factory Gretna.
Marital status: Unmarried.
Children: None Known.
Trivia / any other information:
Margaret was born into the family of Walter & Kate Goff in Dartford, Kent in early 1889. Her father was a chemist with premises on the High Street. The family suffered a number of deaths in infancy with only Margaret and her brother Hugh making it to adulthood.
1891 – living at 34 and 36 High Street, Dartford. Father a pharmaceutical chemist. An assistant chemist, a domestic servant and a nursemaid also residing.
1901- same address. Father an employer.
1911 – Margaret was employed by Kent Educational Authority as a teacher. She had qualifications in art and music. Father was now listed as Pharmaceutical chemist, wine and spirit merchant. Her Brother, Hugh, was a solicitor.
WW1 – employed as a Police Constable at H.M. Factory Gretna.
Why or when Margaret joined the Women Police Service has not been discovered or when she started at Gretna but we know she lived in No 1 Barracks and also signed the 1918 petition to Winston Churchill, the Minister of Munitions.
In early December 1918, she was admitted to a special hospital at Gretna for those suffering influenza and pneumonia. The staff at A West 5 Hospital were supplied from the main Works Hospital in Gretna Township.
Margaret died on 5 December 1918, with an additional cause of death shown as heart failure. She was 29.
Her death entry is counter signed by Millicent F Badcock, who was Margaret’s auntie and was also working at Gretna but not as a police officer.
Margaret’s body was returned to her family in Kent and she was buried in East Hill Cemetery in Dartford.
Her headstone indicates she was a member of the Women Police Service (WPS) at Gretna.
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