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Thomas Irwen Cairns
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Thomas Irwen [Tewen]Cairns
Date and place of birth: 13th May 1881, Stapleton, Longtown
Date and Place of Death:13th August 1975, Longtown
Childhood: Eldest of 5
Parents: James and Saah nee Forster
Parents occupations: Ploughman
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Railway surfaceman
Place of residence at Gretna:Longtown
Marital status: Married
Children: At least 3 born , 2 survived
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Thomas Irwin Cairns 1881-1975
Thomas Irwen Cairns was born at Stapleton, Longtown, near Carlisle on 13 May 1881 to James and Sarah nee Forster.
1891 living in West Linton Village near Longtown. Father a farm servant. Thomas eldest of 3 children B/G/G
1901- Esk St, Longtown. Father and Thomas are ploughmen on farm. Now eldest of 5 children. B /G/G/B/B
28th February 1905 married Jessie Hope Barclay at Arthuret ( Longtown’s Parish)
1911 -24 English Street, Longtown. Surfaceman for North British Railway Ltd., 2 rooms had 3 children, 2 living also brother in law in house.
WW1 employed at H M Factory Gretna possibly is his usual occupation of surfaceman for the railways onsite.
1921 – living at Arthuret,( Longtown). Thomas Irwen [Tewen], Jessie, Elizabeth H and 2 others are on the record. Listed as ex Gretna worker
1939 – living at 4 Telephone Exchange. An “Aux postman, caretaker, operative Border Urban district” Longtown
13th August 1975 , died at Longtown aged 94.
13 Aug 1975 Longtown 94