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Miss Margaret HandleyLaboratory Assistant
Date and place of birth: 20 January 1897 Kendal District
Date and place of Death: 1950 Liverpool District
Biography: Margaret grew up in Kendal with her siblings:
Eleanor Handley 1888
Holmes Henry Hadley 1891-1891
Adam Handley 1894-1894
Richard Handley 1900
Marie Handley 1906
Parents: Richard Handley married Margaret Hayes in 1887 Kendal District
Richard was a clog maker
Schools Universities attended and years of attendance: Kendal High School
Place of residence at Gretna:
67 Pretoria Road, Eastriggs
Marital status: Single
Job title at Gretna: Laboratory assistant
Travels: Nil Known
Awards/recognitions: Nil known
Trivia/any other information: Once leaving HM Factory Margaret became a teacher:
From the 1939 register Margaret is living with her sister-in-law Kathleen in a house on the complex of the David Lewis Colony. Kathleen’s husband was Richard Handley, Margaret’s brother, who was the Medical Director of the David Lewis Colony.
The full name was David Lewis Manchester Epileptic Colony, but patients came from all over the world. The Colony aimed to provide treatment, education, and occupation for ‘sane epileptics’ and to promote the welfare of epileptics. A charge made for colonists which varied depending on the type of accommodation, varying from dormitories to suites.
David Lewis Epileptic Colony - Hospitals and related …
The organization is still active today: Here is their website link:
It is not certain, but it is possible that Margaret was a teacher at the hospital as they had children living there as well as adults with epilepsy.
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Electoral registers for Gretna and Eastriggs, held by Devil’s Porridge Museum
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