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Barnbow Munitions Factory, group photograph of workers

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Barnbow Munitions Factory, group photograph of workers
Undated. View of a group of workers taken at the Barnbow Munitions Factory during the First World War. The National Shell Filling Factory was built on 313 acres of land belonging to the Gascoigne Estate and many of the workers there were women. It was dangerous work and 35 women were tragically killed in an explosion on 5th December, 1916. Another two young women lost their lives on 31st March 1917 and three men died in another accident just one year later, on 31st March 1918. In the centre, the young girl who is not wearing a cap can be identified as Marcella Elizabeth Smith, later Holmes. She was born in 1898 and was in her late teens at the time this photograph was taken. She lived in Back Craven Street in Woodhouse. On the back two rows the majority are older men, most wearing flat caps and some are in aprons. On the front row five children sit cross-legged.

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Les Billingham

To travel from Back Craven St, Woodhouse to Barnbow factory in 1914-18 would have been a long, tiring journey for young Marcella (17/18 yrs old girl) - maybe an hour each way, before and after she'd probably worked on shifts !


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Yorkshire Reporter newspaper is covering this story in the November issue anyone who would like to contribute any thing or have a family connection to the munitions factory please contact us before the 25/10/13




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