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William Thomas LeighFitter
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :William Thomas Leigh
Date and place of birth : 11th December 1890, Crewe.
Date and Place of Death: 17th October 1958
Childhood: One of 3 but sister died in infancy
Parents: Herbert Leigh and Mary Hannah nee Street
Parents occupations: Steam engine maker fitter
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: None known
Place of residence at Gretna: Probably 17 Cobden St, Carlisle
Marital status: Married
Children: At least 2, one “incapacitated” on 1939 register
Travels: To New York twice as a “fitter”
Awards/recognitions: None known
Positions held: None known
William Thomas Leigh 1890 – 1958
William Thomas Leigh was born on 11th December 1890 at Crewe, Cheshire to Herbert Leigh and Mary Hannah nee Street.
1891- lived at 15 Cobden Street Crewe. Father a steam engine maker fitter.
1901- 15 Cobden Street, Crewe. First of three children boy/boy/girl. His sister born in 1901 died in 1904.
1911- 15 Cobden Street, Crewe, an apprentice fitter. Dwelling with 3 rooms. Father now a brass turner and brother also an apprentice fitter. Mother died.
Quarter 3 1913 – married Louisa Jane Gibson in Carlisle.
Gretna- could have been there for the duration of the Factory.
November 1919- Employed by London and Northwestern Railway.
1921 – William Thomas, Louisa Jane, Herbert William ( son ) and two others on the record. William is listed as an ex or retired Gretna worker. Electoral register lists at 17 Sybil St. Carlisle
6th January 1923 – sailed Liverpool to New York as a fitter. Address given 17 Sybil St, Carlisle
1927 sailed to Washington from Liverpool via Ellis Island singly. 5ft4” tall. Brown hair and blue eyes. Father’s Crewe address given. Returned in June – machinist. Address given 17 Sybil St, Carlisle
1939 ash freighter driver living at 17 Sybil Street, Carlisle. Son born November 1914, a biscuit baker. Daughter born September 1920, incapicated.
17th October 1958 – died in Carlisle.