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Producing munitions, 1915-18
Producing munitions, 1915-18
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Brief Description: Munitions workers at Huntley & Palmers Engineering Department produced 60,000 shell cases between 1915-1918
Subject Date: First World War
Full Description: In 1914 the Engineering Department that maintained the factory's plant employed almost a thousand men under the charge of Alfred Palmer. In September 1915, following the 'shell scandal' over the shortage of munitions and the appointment of Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions, Alfred agreed to make shell cases as subcontractors of the Pulsometer Co. in Reading. He also arranged for the company's railway system to be used as a marshalling yard for munitions made in the town, to provide easy despatch to the Ordnance depot at Bristol. As more men went to fight, women were transferred from packing to make shells. The Ministry of War was very impressed by their quality. One tester reported "Every Huntley & Palmers' shell is like a piece of jewellery".
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Place: Huntley and Palmer Factory, Reading, Berkshire
Dimensions: Height: 39.2cm, Width: 50.7cm
Subject: social history, trade, war, arms and armour <ammunition>, interior, industry, workshop, munitions, shell, ammunition, machinery, engineering
Content Type: photograph
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1996.197.3
Unique ID: rm-rm-1996_197_3~1_734-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
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