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Captain William Henry Templeman

Date of Birth: July 18, 1883 Date of Death: March 11, 1919


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

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Gender: male

Date and Place of Birth: 18th July 1883, Hull, Yorkshire East Riding 

Date and Place of Death: 11th march 1919, Tonbridge, Kent, England

Nationality: British




Parents: William Henry Templeman and Margaret Anne Fairweather

Parent’s occupations: his father was a grocers manager and at time of birth. 

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: Hymer’s college, Hill, and received his technical training at university college London, and st john’s college, Cambridge and Heriot-Watt college, Edinburgh


Occupational history (previous jobs in their career): department of explosives supply, ministry of munitions at Waltham abbey royal gun powder mills in HM Factory, Queensferry and later on at HM Factory, Gretna, royal army ordnance corps. 


Occupation: joined Tonbridge school as an instructor in chemistry and biology.

Place of residence at Gretna: 

Job title at Gretna: subsection manager of the cordite section

Marital status: married

Spouse name (including male name): Elsie Sargeant

Date of marriage: July 1914

Place/Parish of marriage: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

Children: Geoffrey Hugh Templeman


Travels:  26 January 1916, wellington; Hobart; Melbourne; Adelaide; Fremantle; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Singapore; Penang; Colombo; Bombay; Aden; Port Said; Marseilles; Gibraltar.  – William and Arthur Templeman’s travel from Hobart to London.




Trivia / any other information: two younger brothers, Arthur Templeman and Thomas Stanley Templeton. He died of pneumonic influenza. His rank of acting captain was relinquished on 8th February 1919.  the family lived at 59 spring street, Myton, Kingston upon Hull.



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Obituary in The Institute of Chemistry 1921, part 3: Captain William Henry Templeman died on March 11th 1919, in his 36th year. Born on July 18th 1883, he was educated at Hymer’s College, Hill, and received his technical training at University College London, and St John’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with First Class Honours in Natural Science Tripos, and also as LL.M. He proceeded to Australia, where he was called to the Bar. Soon after the outbreak of war he returned to work under the Department of Explosives Supply, Ministry of Munitions and was engaged at Waltham Abbey, Queensferry and Gretna. In 1917, however, he proceeded to the Ordnance College, Woolwich, qualified as Inspecting Ordnance Officer, and was appointed Assistant to the I.O.O. Scottish Command. While occupying that position he attended course at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh. At the time of the armistice he was engaged at the R. N. Ordance Depot, at Crombie. He was elected an Associate of the Institute in 1918.


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