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Mary Ellen CollingMember of the Women’s Police Service
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Mary Ellen Colling
Date and Place of Birth: 21st January 1887, Bowes, Yorkshire
Date and Place of Death: 1954, Onslow Gardens, London SW
Childhood: 3rd of at least 7 children
Parents: William and Mary Jane nee Hodgson
Parent’s occupations: Platelayer NER
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Maid / dressmaker and designer.
Place of residence at Gretna: Women’s police barracks No 2, Gretna.
Job title at Gretna: Police Constable
Marital status: Unmarried.
Children: A son and daughter.
Travels: Sailed to New York as a maid with her employer
Trivia / any other information:
Mary Ellen Colling was born at Bowes, Yorkshire on 21st January 1887 to William and Mary Jane nee Hodgson.
1891- address is Cottage, Bowes. Living with maternal grandparents. Grandfather a platelayer.
1901- 7 Back Lane, Gainford, Durham 3rd of 7 children. Father a platelayer for NER
1907- son Laurence born. No spouse documented. Daughter Ruby also documented later.
1908 – living at 84 Godalming Avenue, Beddington and Walington, Surrey
WW1 – employed as a Police woman at H M Factory Gretna living at Women’s Police Barracks No. 2. (Electoral Register)
1921 – Mary Ellen, Elsie and Laurence are on the record in Kensongton.
1926- sailed to New York from Southampton. Occupation listed as maid of 8 Crosby Square, London W, travelling with her employer.
1929- living ion Kensington
1939- dressmaker and designer 84 Godalming Avenue. Single
June 1954- died at Onslow Gardens, London SW (Surrey)
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