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Walter Philip Joshua

Chemist in Charge, Sulphuric Acid Laboratory
Birthplace Greater London London EnglandPlace of Residence at HM Factory Gretna B.2, Staff Bungalow Date of Birth: March 1, 1881 Date of Death: May 1, 1964


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

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 1 Mar 1881 London 

Date and Place of Death: 1 May 1964 

Nationality: British 



Childhood: 1891 Pupil living at Arthur House, Clifton College, Margate, Kent in household of Jas.D. Holt 

1891 Four sisters ( Lucy Henrietta b 1876, Nelly b 1877,Joan  b 1886, Phyllis  b 1888) living at home 45 Belize Drive, Hampstead with parents and3 servants and nurse 

Parents: Philip Joshua b Adelaide Australia 8 Jul 1848 d 1 Jul 1923 Middlesex and Marie Sophie Sichel b 1853 Manchester d 23 Sept 1903 Hampstead.   

Father later remarried and had another daughter Joan Olive Joshua.(1912-1993) who became first women vet in 1939 and  first fellow of RC VS in 1950 ( Women in Science) 

Parent’s occupations: Stock Broker 

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: 1891 at school Clifton College Margate 

PhD Zurich 

Occupation: research Chemist, Chemical Engineer 

Place of residence at Gretna: B2 Staff Bungalow Eastriggs, Dumfriesshire 

Job title at Gretna: Chemist in charge of Sulphuric Acid Factory at HM Factory 

Marital status: He married Ethel Mary Vasey  (1893- 1973) who was from Carlisle in 1918 

Children: I only found Walter Philip Joshua b 1920 in 1939 census. He changes his name by deed poll on 9th April 1942 to Jeans and appears as his father’s executor 

Travels: 1913 London to Gibraltar 

1933 Arrival New York 

1938 New York to Southampton 


Trivia / any other information: Although his mother was born in Manchester her family appear to be French. Her father was b in Frankfurt but was a British subject. In 1901 a Marie Lentis b in France, who is described as a school governess is living with his parents and sisters as well as Marie Bigaud, the cook who was a French Subject. 


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I don’t know why his son changed his name in 1942. There is another instance of this. His sister Nellie marries a Bernard Hawke whose family name has been changed from Horkheimer or Hoskheimer. His family were merchants from Hamburg and have some German staff. The impression is of wealthy families who spoken foreign languages which would fit with studies abroad. In the 1939 register his son is described as a student travelling. 

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