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Walter Philip JoshuaChemist in Charge, Sulphuric Acid Laboratory
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :Walter Philip Joshua
Date and Place of Birth: 1 Mar 1881 London
Date and Place of Death: 1 May 1964
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
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.