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Women at War

The women played a vital part in WW2 at war and on the home front.

Women worked on the home front to support the soldiers in factories building ammunition and on the farms digging for victory.

Local Production

Kenrick- Prior to the war Kenrick would have supplied this shop with some of its cast iron hollow ware like kettles, pots and pans. During the war Kenrick produced hand grenades (see laminated pictures), trench mortar bombs, mincers and tornado nose cones. They also produced hollowware demanded by the armed forces.

Here we have a couple of images supplied by Kenrick of women working in the Kenrick factory making grenades.


GKN-  Prior to the war GKN manufactured screws, this continued alongside the production of mortar bombs.

Joseph Sankey & Son (Wolverhampton) made hollowware like the beetle trap. During the war they made helmets (any helmets stamped JSS is one made by Sankey.) They also manufactured pressings for the DH98 Mosquito aeroplane (pictured right) and helped to develop jet engines.

Avery (Smethwick) before the war they made scales. They switched to making munitions, scales to weigh shells, parts for sea planes and gun carriages. The factory was damaged by incendiary bombs, but production continued as they used underground tunnels.

Here are a couple of example recruitment posters that women in the 40s would have seen to encourage them to get involved on the home front.

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Go back to 1940s activity and information pages

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Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 July

includes Saturday evening




Did you know?

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Birmingham based Mamod's Traction Engine model TE1a won ‘Boys toy of the year’ award in 1972.

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