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Mary Ellen Colling

Member 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


Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 21st January 1887, Bowes, Yorkshire  

Date and Place of Death: 1954, Onslow Gardens, London SW

Nationality: British


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


Awards/recognitions: N/K


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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