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William John Elvin

Date of Birth: June 23, 1893 Date of Death: May 3, 1950


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


Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 23rd June 1893, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire

Date and Place of Death:  3rd May 1950, Satellite Beach, Florida

Nationality: Scottish


Childhood: N/K


Parents: William Francis Elvin and May nee Anderson

Parent’s occupations: Railway surfaceman


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:


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



Awards/recognitions: N/K


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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 Mr Maitland Heriot: Every badge withdrawn, and there should not be a badge in existence and it ought to be inquired into.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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