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Miss Margaret Handley

Laboratory Assistant
Birthplace Westmorland Kendal EnglandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna 67 Pretoria Road Dumfriesshire Eastriggs Date of Birth: January 20, 1897 Date of Death: January 1, 1950



Gender:  Female

Date and place of birth:  20 January 1897 Kendal District

Date and place of Death:  1950 Liverpool District

Nationality:  British

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

Parents occupation

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.

Bibliography:  Nil



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