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Winifred Nellie Croft

Member of the Women’s Police Service
Date of Birth: November 16, 1893


Information supplied through Research Project led by Nigel Crompton.

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


Gender: Female

Date and Place of Birth: 16th November 1893, Caister, Lincolnshire

Date and Place of Death:  1963 (1st quarter), Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Nationality: British


Childhood: She had 6 siblings.


Parents: Alfred & Ellen (nee Lynn)


Parent’s occupations: N/K


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


Occupation: Women’s Police Service.


Place of residence at Gretna: Women’s Police Barracks No1, Gretna


Job title at Gretna: Member of the women’s police service at Gretna.


Marital status: Married Harold Edwin Croft


Children: 2 children.

Travels: In March 1928, Winifred travelled to Canada onboard SS Minnedosa.


Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

Alfred and Ellen Templeton had 7 children although their first child, George Alfred died within the first year of life.

Winifred was born on 16 November 1893 and lived with the family at 32 Oxford Street, Grimsby possibly until being married to Harold Edwin Croft in 1915.

By 1916, Winifred was in the Women Police Service and had attained the rank of Sergeant by the time she was posted to Gretna living in No1 Women’s Police Barracks. Winifred was promoted to Sub Inspector during her service at Gretna. She remained at Gretna until 1919.

On the 1921 census, she has just given birth to her daughter June who is recorded as being a month old but her occupation is ‘lady detective’ and employed by ‘Lancashire County Constabulary’.

In March 1928, Winifred travels to Canada onboard SS Minnedosa, arriving at Saint John, New Brunswick on 18th March. Her documents list her as wanting to continue to be a ‘police woman’ and living with a friend Mr. Whyte in Toronto.

During February 1931, Winifred returned to England with Joseph Whyte, and a one year old daughter named Pearl. Winifred had taken the name of Whyte, and their future address was given as Brereton Avenue in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire where Winifred’s family were living. By the 1939 registration document, Winifred was listed as ‘policewoman’ and an address of 16, Heneage Road, Grimsby.

She died during the 1st quarter of 1963 in the Aylesbury area of Buckinghamshire.



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