Sunday, 17 November 2013

Cornwall In The First World War

Here's an image from 1916, courtesy of John Bennett.  Women munitions workers toil in the Hayle works of J and F Pool; they're making Stokes 3-inch mortar bombs and fuses. 

As well as the strain inherent in their tasks, the women endured frequent sickness and cumulative skin discolouration caused by chemicals in the explosives they handled. What would today's health and safety edicts make of the factory's exposed machines and flapping belt-drives?

My new book, 'Cornwall In The First World War', is published by Truran. With 112 pages and 100 images, you'll find it in bookshops across the Duchy. It's also available through Amazon:

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