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Margaret Bridilia ‘Minnie‘ Turnbull

Munition worker
Birthplace Earsdon Northumberland England


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Margaret Bridilia ‘Minnie’ Turnbull


Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 1899 Earsdon, Northumberland

Date and Place of Death: 1928, Tynemnouth

Nationality: British


Childhood: One of 10, 9 surviving.


Parents: John Robert and Mary Anne nee Christopher


Parent’s occupations: Tug boat man, mother a charwoman


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K


Occupation:  Munition worker


Place of residence at Gretna: N/K


Job title at Gretna: Munition worker


Marital status: N/K


Children: N/K

Travels: N/K


Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

Minnie Bridilia Turnbull was born in 1899 at Earsdon, Northumberland to John Robert and Mary Anne nee Christopher


1901- living at 16 Bedford Street, N Shields with 3 families. Mother occupied ‘charring’, listed a married but husband not present


1911- Minnie is one of 10 children, 9 surviving. Mother has died. Father widowed – a tug boat man. Living in 3 rooms at 76 Little Bedford Street, N Shileds


1917 employed at Gretna and charged with theft from the chip shop as reported in Dumfries and Galloway Standard – Wednesday 21 February 1917


“THEFTS BY GRETNA GIRLS At Dumfries yesterday: —before Sheriff Campion-Lily Brown (20), Ellen Doran (19), Christina Lanagan (19)., Minnie Turnbull (18), and Isabella Kennedy (19), munition workers at Gretna, pleaded guilty to stealing nine cheese plates, two cans of corned beef, six boxes honey, and three bottles of Worcester sauce from the shop Springfield, Gretna, occupied by Baldi Toni between 5th January and 15th February. James Kissock, depute fiscal, stated that a large number of the factory girls were regular visitors at the fried fish, shop, especially on Sunday evenings. One Sunday evening about five or six weeks ago the shop was full of girls, and someone blew out the lamp, with the result that the shop was in darkness for some time. On the following morning when Toni examined his. stock found that the articles mentioned in the complaint were missing. The accused were charged with the theft, and they all admitted it. Mr I. F. Edgar, solicitor, made a statement on behalf of the accused, and the Sheriff deferred sentence until May.”


1921- Minnie, Francis, Jane Ann and 5 others are on this record in Auckland, County Durham


1928 – died in Tynemouth aged 29




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