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Stella Parsonage

Member of the Women’s Police Service
Date of Birth: September 22, 1895


Information  supplied through Research Project led by Nigel Crompton.


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Stella Parsonage

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 22 September 1895, Duckinfield, Cheshire

Date and Place of Death:  1944, Brentford, London


Nationality: British


Childhood: She had 4 siblings and 3 half siblings.


Parents: John Bunyan & Annie (nee Giles). This was John’s second marriage, after his previous wife passed away in 1888.


Parent’s occupations: N/K


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


Occupation: Domestic servant


Place of residence at Gretna: Women’s Police Barracks No1, Gretna


Job title at Gretna: Police constable in the Women’s Police Force.


Marital status: Never married.


Children: None known.

Travels: N/K


Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

Stella was the first born to John and Annie Parsonage in 1895. John previous wife, Susannah, had passed away in 1888. This relationship had seen three children before Susannah died.

Stella was born in a village to the south of Ashton under Lyne, Duckinfield in Cheshire. Her brother Geoffrey was also born in Duckinfield, before the family moved to Liverpool, where they lived on Vauxhall Road. When or why the family moved south has not been discovered, but they set up home in Croydon.

Geoffrey started working for Croydon Borough Council whilst Stella was employed in domestic service near to where the family were living.

She has not been traced as working at any other munitions factory only HM Factory, Gretna where she was housed in No1 Women’s Police Barracks.

By the 1921 census, Stella has become a nurse and employed at Keighley and Bingley Isolation Hospital in Yorkshire. During the Great War this hospital saw a great influx of patients from the battlefields, but by 1919 had reverted to its pre-war use.

Stella on the 1939 registration document is listed as living with her brother Geoffrey and mother, Annie. However, the document also indicates Stella was incapacitated but not what the incapacity was.

She died in 1944 in the Brentford, London registration district. Her sister Margaret appears to have emigrated to Canada where she is believed to have died.



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