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Valentine Duffy

Apprentice electrician
Date of Birth: January 24, 1900


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


Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 24th January 1900, Dublin, Ireland

Date and Place of Death:  January 1987 Liverpool

Nationality: Irish


Childhood: One of at least 5 children.


Parents: Valentine James Charles Duffy and Catherine nee Core.


Parent’s occupations: Electrical engineer


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


Occupation: Apprentice electrician


Place of residence at Gretna: Eastriggs


Job title at Gretna: Apprentice electrician


Marital status: Married Mary Ellen Turner in Dublin


Children: N/K

Travels: N/K


Awards/recognitions: N/K


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Valentine Duffy was born on 24th January 1900 in Dublin, Ireland to Valentine James Charles Duffy and Catherine nee Core. He was one of 5 children.


1901 – living at Emerald’s Terrace, Merchant Quay, Dublin. Father an electrical engineer


1911 – at 5 Millmount Cottage, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin. Father an electrician.



WW1 employed as an apprentice electrician at H M Factory Gretna being too young for active service until 1918.


Wednesday 20 June 1917, Dumfries and Galloway Standard


“THEFT GRETNA. Valentine. Duffy, apprentice electrician, Eastriggs, Dornock, pleaded guilty to stealing pair of boots at Gretna factory on 18th June. Fergusson stated that the boots had not been supplied to accused at the factory, and they must have been taken from the store. Mr I. F. Edgar, solicitor, explained on behalf of accused that he had been employed at Gretna for some time. Boots were served out to the workers where the acid destroyed their own boots accused got a pair and as he had had a pair of his own boots destroyed, he thought he was entitled to walk out with the boots belonging to the factory. The Sheriff remarked that smarter supervision should be kept at the store. Certainly, people ought not to able to into a store and pick things like that. He dismissed accused with an admonition.”


1921- Valentine James. William, Mary and 1 other are on the record in Tredeagar, Monmouthshire.


January 1934 married Mary Ellen Turner in Dublin


1939 – 19 Middleton Square, Finsbury, London. An electrician – wiring.


Died 1987 – Liverpool




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