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Violet Lindsey

Member of the Women’s Police Service


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): Violet Lindsey

Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 16th November 1892 Grays, Orsett, Essex

Date and Place of Death: 6th September 1972 Hitchen, Hertfordshire

Nationality: British


Childhood: 1 brother and 1 sister. Henry John Perrett Lindsey (1884-1961) and Edith Christina May Lindsey (1886-1938).


Parents: Henry & Mary Jane (nee Perrett)


Parent’s occupations: Her father was a police officer. Later he became a corn and seed merchant.


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


Occupation: Before her time at Gretna she was a kitchen maid. After she was a housekeeper.


Place of residence at Gretna: N/K


Job title at Gretna: Police Constable.


Marital status: Married George James Warein on 12 November 1927.


Children: 2 daughters.


Travels: N/K


Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

Violet was born into the family of Henry and Mary Jane Lindsey on 16th November 1892. Her parental home was in the village of Goldhanger, in Orsett. She had two older siblings, her brother Henry John and sister Edith. Violet’s father was a police officer in Essex Police 1901 but by the 1911 he was now a corn and seed merchant, whilst Violet aged 21, is employed as a house maid in Pinner, Middlesex.

Her service at Gretna is largely unknown apart from her signature on the 1918 petition to Winston Churchill, the Minster of Munitions.

After the war, Violet became ‘house keeper’ to Richard M Shelton, a successful timber merchant who lived with his family in Springfield House, Codsall, near Wolverhampton.

In November 1927, Violet married George James Warein and they were blessed with two children. George was a career soldier, serving in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps attaining the rank of Lieutenant (Quarter Master). For many years the couple lived in Army accommodation mostly at Tidworth Barracks in Hampshire.

The 1939 registration shows Violet in Tidworth, but George serving elsewhere. George died in May 1967, in Derbyshire. Violet moved to Stevenage in Hertfordshire where she passed away on 6 September 1972 living at 58 Mildmay Road.



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