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Martha Hannah BeechCordite Operative
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Martha Hannah Beech nee Pigg
Date and place of birth
14th May 1899 Chester le Street, Durham
Date and Place of Death: 25th May 1917, Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle as a result of burns received in an explosion at H M Factory Gretna
Eldest of 10 , 7 survived in 1911 , 15 eventually see trivia
William Charles and Margaret Jane nee Walker
Parents occupations: Steel moulder then deputy overman underground
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Cordite operative
Place of residence at Gretna: Eden House
Marital status: Married – husband also at Gretna George Henry Beech soldier
Children: One son died aged 1
Awards/recognitions: Name on Seaham war memorial and in Seaham Church
Positions held: N/K
Trivia / any other information: Yes – twin brother born and died 1898, Martha born 1899,died 1917 brother born 1904 died of influenza 1919, Brother Francis aged 16 mining accident day before. Sister Margaret b 1912 died 1931 cerebral tumour. Josephine – TB aged 14, Isabel born a =1918 died 1919 convulsions
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Martha Hannah Beech nee Pigg 1899-1917
Martha Hannah Pigg was born on 14th May 1899 in Washington Co. Durham to William Charles and Margaret Jane nee Walker.
1901 – living at 13 High Street, Washington. Father is a steel moulder. Martha is the first child.
1911 – living at 32 Stavordale St, Dawdon, Seaham Harbour. Father is a deputy overman underground. 5 rooms. Martha the eldest of 10 children, 7 surviving.
WW1 father is in the Durham Light Infantry. Martha is employed at Gretna as a cordite operative.
July 1915 married George Henry Beech at Easington Durham.
December 1915 – son born
December 1916- son died
Martha and George both worked at Gretna. She a cordite operative and he a soldier living at Eden Hostel.
25th May 1917 – died at Cumberland Infirmary as a result of burns from an explosion at H M Factory Gretna. Aged 18
“military/WW1 /munition FMP) 25 May 1917 Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. Wife of George Beech a Soldier of Eden Hostel. Accidently killed by burns the result of an explosion in a Munition Factory. Certificate received from I S Strong Coroner for the City of Carlisle. Inquest held 26 May 1917”
There is a memorial to her in Seaham Church and she appears on the Seaham War memorial.