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William John Elvin
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : William John Elvin
Date and Place of Birth: 23rd June 1893, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire
Date and Place of Death: 3rd May 1950, Satellite Beach, Florida
Parents: William Francis Elvin and May nee Anderson
Parent’s occupations: Railway surfaceman
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Occupation: Fitter at Gretna, chemical engineer in 1950
Place of residence at Gretna: N/K
Job title at Gretna: Fitter.
Marital status: Married Annie Watt Davidson, while working at H.M. Factory Gretna.
Children: At least 4
Travels: Emigrated to US
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William John Elvin was born on 23rd June 1893 at Durisdeer, Dumfries to William Frances Elvin, a railway surfaceman and May nee Anderson.
WW1 – employed at H M Factory Gretna in charge of a pipe fitting shop at Dornock.
12th October 1917 married Annie Watt Davidson, munition worker, of Howard House, Eastriggs. William described as a fitter of H16 Eastriggs. They subsequently had 4 children.
Dumfries and Galloway Standard – Wednesday 27 June 1917
“A QUESTION OF BADGE. William J. Elvin. fitter, 24 Friars’ Vennel, Dumfries; whose case was continued from last sitting, stated that he was the sole support of two sisters—one whom was a cripple—and brother. He was in charge of a pipe fitting shop for the Ministry of Munitions at Dornock, and he produced certificate authorising him to wear a war service badge. Mr Maitland Heriot: Every badge withdrawn, and there should not be a badge in existence and it ought to be inquired into. Temporary exemption was granted till 1st January.”
1921 William John, Annie Watt, Catherine Davidson and 2 others are recorded in Spondon, Derbyshire.
1924 – crossed the Atlantic to New York – occupation – foreman. Address given was 7 Canal Street, Aberdeen. (His wife’s home)
14th June 1926 Canadian Border crossing with 4 children including a baby. Listed as an artificial silk manufacturer, employer.
1940 – US census lists William as naturalised. Research engineer in textile factory of 4 Beall Street, Frostburg, Maryland.
1950 US census still at 4 Beall Street. A chemical engineer in a rayon factory
3rd May 1950 – died at Satellite Beach, Florida
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