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William Percival Luck



Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): William Percival Luck – also known as Percy Luck (Source – 1891 Census, 1911 Census) 


Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 9th July 1882 Eastbourne, East Sussex (Source – National Birth Index) 

Date and Place of Death:  November 1968, 33 Balgowan Road, Bromley, Kent, England (Source – National Probate Calendar) 

Nationality: British


Childhood: William was born in Eastbourne, where he spent his whole childhood. The Luck family lived at 4 St John’s Road, Eastbourne. William was the seventh of nine children and had six sisters and two brothers.  (Source: 1891 Census, 1901 Census) 


Parents: Samuel Luck and Hannah Knight

Parent’s occupations: In 1891 Samuel Luck was a lodgehouse keeper, and Hannah Knight was a cook. By 1901 Samuel Luck had retired, having previously worked as a builder. Hannah Knight was no longer working by this stage. (Source – 1891 Census & 1901 Census) 


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K

Occupation: Photographer


Place of residence at Gretna: 215 Greystone Road, Carlisle. This property is listed as being a privately rented self-contained house. It had five rooms, and is described as having a fixed bath and a living room not used for sleeping. The rent for this property was 8s6d per week. (Source – 1917 Carlisle Housing Census) 

Job title at Gretna: Photographer. (This is listed as William Luck’s occupation on the 1917 Carlisle Housing Census, by which time he would have been working at HM Factory Gretna)


Marital status: Married Alice Maud Dean at Christ Church, Carlisle in April 1913 (Source – Marriage Register 1913).

Children: William and Alice had three children.

Travels: N/K

Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

In 1921 William Luck was living at 26 The Ridge, Dornock, Eastriggs, and continuing to work as a photographer. By 1939 he was living at 33 Balgowan Road, Bromley, Kent, where he worked as a tobacconist and confectioner. This was also the address he was living at the time of his death (Source – 1921 Census & 1939 National Register & Probate Register).



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