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Winifred Maud McLintie

Police Officer at the Women’s Police Service
Birthplace Valetta MaltaPlace of Death Solihull Date of Birth: February 16, 1891 Date of Death: December 16, 1981


Research conducted by Nigel Crompton.


Name: Winifred Maud McLintie/ McLintic
DoB: 16 February 1891
Place of birth: Valetta, Malta
Parents: Francis James & Catherine (nee Reardon)
Parental Home: Valetta, Malta – British Army married quarters
Siblings: Francis Thomas (1887-1963)
Spouse: George Ernest Crook
Date of Wedding: 24 January 1931
Children : Ernest Frank (1931-2016), Winifred Alison (1933-)
Marital home(s) : 294 Sutton Road, Walsall
Employment: Housemaid/ Table maid – employed by the three Ford sisters
1911 Census: 1911 Scottish census – 30 Colinton Road, Morningside, Edinburgh
Date of death: 16 December 1981
Location: 27 Lugtrout Lane, Solihull

Gretna details
Name: Winifred Maud McLintie/ McLintic
Clock No
Date joining: 1st June 1918
Date leaving: 27th September 1919
Addresses: Not known
Rank on start: PC
Promotion: Not known
Career after: Walsall Borough Police
1921 Census : Not located on English 1921 census

Addresses after Gretna
1939 – 294 Sutton Road, Walsall
1981 – 27 Lugtrout Lane, Solihull

Additional information

Unfortunately very little has been discovered of Winifred’s early life, living with her parents and brother in Valetta, Malta. Although yet to be confirmed it is highly likely her early years were spent within British Army accommodation on Malta. Her father was a NCO in the Royal Garrison Artillery. By 1903 part of the family must have been living in or near Beauly, nr Inverness where Winifred’s mother Catherine was buried in 1903. The first tangible evidence for Winifred being in Great Britain is the Scottish 1911 census where she is shown as living at 30 Colinton Road, Morningside, Edinburgh, employed by the Ford sisters as a housemaid and waiting at table. No address for Winifred’s service at Gretna has been found also her name does not immediately appear on the petition sent in by police officers during late 1918 to the Ministry of Munitions requesting both a pay rise and changes to working conditions. West Midlands Police records show Winifred joined Walsall Borough Police in 1921. She appears to have attended a large number of diverse cases thanks to newspaper reports. In December 1930 she resigned giving one months notice but on 24 January 1931 Winifred married George Ernest Crook, a fellow Walsall police officer who rose to the rank of inspector. The couple had two children, one of which still survives. Interestingly the Walsall borough magistrates in 1935 heard a case of theft during which evidence was given by a Policewoman McLintic. Winifred’s police
record does not show her re-joining. George & Winifred moved to 27 Lugtrout Lane in Solihull, a bungalow where she passed away on 16 December 1981.





Sources Consulted

Item consulted
Ancestry UK
English/ Welsh Census 1891, 1901,
1911, 1921, 1939 registration
Census, electoral registers
Births, Marriages, Deaths, Burial/ Cemetery records
Immigration and travel
British Newspaper Archive
Local, National & Scottish Newspapers
National Archives Kew
Ministry of Munitions & Women Police Service
National Archives Edinburgh
Gretna Police Area records
Devils Porridge Museum Archives
Valuation Roll for Gretna
Electoral Register 1918-1919
Dumfries Archives
Police & Court records
Births, Marriages, Deaths
Valuation Roll for Gretna
Court, prison and legal records
Bow Street Court and Holloway Prison
West Midlands Police Museum
Police records – Walsall Borough Police
Malta genealogy.

Malta Family History
Index of Baptisms by Army Chaplains

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