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William Smullen

Date of Birth: May 13, 1888 Date of Death: May 13, 1968


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


Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 13th May 1888, Dublin, Ireland  

Date and Place of Death: 13th May 1968 , Dumfries Hospital of Annan, Dumfriesshire.  

Nationality: Irish.


Childhood: 1 of at least 7.


Parents: Bernard [Byron] nad Annie [Anna] nee Brady  

Parent’s occupations: General labourer 


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


Occupation: Painter.

Place of residence at Gretna: Old Graitney Hut, Gretna  

Job title at Gretna: Labourer


Marital status: Married Isabella Ridley.

Children: At least 8  

Travels: None known except emigrated from Ireland to Scotland


Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:


William Smullen was born on 13th May 1888 in Dublin, Ireland, to Bernard {Byron}and Annie (Anna) nee Brady.  


1901- living at 18, Finglas East, Dublin. 1 of 7 children at this stage.  


1910 – admitted to workhouse aged 22 a painter by trade, on the recommendation of Dr Mahoney.  


2nd January 1911- discharged from workhouse.  


1911- 23 Finglas East, Dublin. Listed as a general labourer. Father was a general labourer also.  


1917 – imprisoned in Dumfries Prison, Maxwelltown. (Prison Records) Not clear for how long or for what. Address given as Gretna.  


WW1- employed at H M Factory, Gretna as a labourer living at Old Graitney Hut, Gretna. (Electoral register)  


Married Isabella Ridley around this time. First child born in 1919 in Newcastle on Tyne. Second one in Sunderland. Subsequently had 8 children. Isabella was possibly also employed at Gretna.  


1921 – William, Dora, Isabella and 1 other are on the record in Sunderland.  


1939- 47, Carrfield Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham. Wife Isabella plus 2 offspring. Listed as a Painter.  


13th May 1968 died at Royal Infirmary, Dumfries of 10 St John’s Road, Annan, Dumfriesshire. The cause of death cardiac failure post operative. Death registration lists him as ‘Master Painter (retired)’ aged 80.   




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