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William Dransfield Spedding

Date of Birth: November 25, 1874 Date of Death: December 13, 1953


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

William Dransfield Spedding



Gender: Male


Date and Place of Birth: 25th November 1874, Liverpool, Lancashire


Date and Place of Death: 13th December 1953, Scaffold Hill Hospital, Wallsend, Tyneside

Nationality: British


Childhood: William was born in Liverpool, where his childhood was spent living in different areas of Lancashire.


Parents: James & Elizabeth Ann (nee Gravell) Spedding

Parent’s occupations: Father Railway Contractor, then Joiner & Builder.


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


Occupation: Joiner, builder and clerk of Building works

Place of residence at Gretna: 7 S West

Job title at Gretna: Clerk

Marital status: Married Gertrude nee Robinson

Children: At least 5 children.

Travels: Awards/recognitions: N/K

Trivia / any other information:

William was born in Liverpool, where his childhood was spent living in different areas of Lancashire (1881, Oldham, Manchester at 6 years old & 1891 Heaton Norris, Stockport, 16 years). This may be partly to do with his father’s occupation at the time of Railway Contractor.


1901 – They moved to Morecambe where William and his father worked as a Joiner & Builders.


1911 – William was a Clerk of Building works for the council, living in Heywood, Lancashire.


1907 – Married Gertrude nee Robinson in Bury, Manchester


William continued working as a clerk, and in 1921 was working as a clerk for a tobacco company.


1939 – working back for Building & Public Works as a clerk.

William, his wife Gertrude (1887 – 1958), his son James (1918 – 1937) and granddaughter Patricia (1932 – 1938) are all in Preston & Tynemouth Cemetery, North Shields, North Tyneside.


William died in Scaffold Hill Hospital (Isolation), this hospital (1914 – 1986) was known locally as the fever hospital, and his newspaper death entry states that he was in there after a long illness.




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