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Friday, 25 January 2013

DAVIE, AlfredWalter(1874-1913)


Barnfield Road, Plumstead
?????????????      Labourer

Fenwick Street, Woolwich  head of family.
Electric Crane Driver

Plumstead Cemetery 

Any information welcomed.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Railway (narrow)


Post Card ...

H0692 NMM
Maker: Kingsway Real Photograph Series
Date: Unknown

The engine called "Woolwich"
under re construction at Crossness
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 not seen this book advertised on

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Master General

The Master General of the Ordnance (4th Military Member of the Army Council)

The title revived on 1st February 1904




Master General Sir JamesWolfe MURRAY KCB {Kane 3451

born: 1853.03.13

Lieutenant in 1872 with Royal Artillery

died: 1919

Master General Sir CharlesFrederick HADDEN KCB {Kane 3514

born: 1854.06.02

Lieutenant in 1873 with Royal Field Artillery

died: 1924

Colonel (Temp Major General in 1913) StanleyBrenton von DONOP {Kane 3927

born: 1860.02.22

Lieutenant in 1880 with Royal Garrison Artillery

died: 1941

Major General WilliamThomas FURSE KCB KCMG DSO {Kane 4283

born: 1865.04.21

Lieutenant in 1884 with Royal Field Artillery

died: 1953

1920 to 1923
General JohnPhilip Du CANE GCB {Kane 4272

born: 1865.05.05

Lieutenant in 1884 with Royal Field Artillery

died: 1947

followed by General Sir JamesFrederickNoel BIRCH KCB KCMG (1865 – 1939)

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Kane's List of Officers in the Royal Regiment of Artillery Volume 2 1862-1914
at RA- Archives in the Woolwich Arsenal

Superintendent's Fund

badges/ medals

 Lillie was very public spirited and a member of the Salvation Army.

Her husband was a police constable in Plumstead, PC Harry Manwaring; they lived in Manor Road, Erith; before that he was in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, based at Woolwich.'

Spike (Hubert Manwaring-Spencer)

group of workers(2)


Munitions Workers at the Arsenal . Photo taken before 1920.
Indicated ...
'A' Frances Mary Card 
'B' Jessie Goodrich,

Frances's cousin.

1913 visit


1913.04.09 The King and Queen.
where taken ?

Motored from Buckingham Palace

King Edward; Queen; Duke of Connaught; Princess Mary; General Sir John FRENCH; Lady Ampthill;

11.00 Military Review on Woolwich Common

Brigadier General J PHIPPS-HORNBY VC;

Left Royal Military Academy via Woolwich Town Hall
Middle Turnery

Boring Mill (south)

Shell Forging Shop (1,200ton vertical press)

Bullet Factory

Royal Laboratory (manufacture of fuses)

Central Office

4.30 left for Buckingham Palace


1913.04.10   Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser


Thursday, 10 January 2013

WW 1- New Case,


 IWM Q27847
Photo by: LEWIS, GP
Two female workers unnamed. 

IWM Q27849
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Cartridge Factory 5


A female war workers operate an annealing machine.

Notes: Unnamed ?

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WW1- benevolent fund


Catalogue number Art.IWM PST 13169

Pathe News



Writing on the lorry. Is it Woolwich Arsenal?



At the beginning of the war Woolwich employed 10 women, by the end of the war there were an additional 24,030 women. Lilian Baker, who has become a legend, had been in the forefront of women's involvement form the early days of the war

For King and CountryIWM                      EdwardFrederick Skinner, For King and Country (painted c1918)

Was this painted at the Woolwich Arsenal? 

"On Her Their Lives Depend" War Effort Poster

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Sunday, 6 January 2013

WW 1- On War Service 1916 brooch

Badges/ Medals

Introduced in 1916.05
Triangular pinned badge/ brooch was issued to female workers "engaged in the manufacture of war or other urgent work" aged 16years and older and worked more then 2months. (1914/5 were lapel stud) No form of certificate was issued (unlike the male badges)

Pinned OWS

Miniature OWS 

Manufactured by:
JR Gaunt & Son Ltd. London and Birmingham

GREAT WAR MEDAL COLLECTORS COMP by Howard Williamson (2011)


Saturday, 5 January 2013

Royal Arsenal Reference Library

3B Plumstead Road,

WilliamDavy HOLT librarian

Telephone Directory  1914

was this the Arsenal or the Co-op or other ?

Wednesday, 2 January 2013




At a curve in the riverbank is the Gridiron which was built as a roll-on dock for 100 ton guns to be loaded onto special 'Gog or Magog' barges After manufacture in the Arsenal the gun would be put on a railway wagon, taken to the dock, and rolled (wagon and all) directly onto one of the barges for transport to Shoeburyness or wherever. Although this dock is now overgrown it is in reasonable condition and it is hoped to restore it.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Office Workers

Group of twenty
Left --> Right
Back row standing elevated
 ---; ---; ---; ---; ---;
Middle row standing
---; ---; ---; ---; ---; ---; ---;
Front row seated
 ---; ---; ---; ---; ---; ---;
In front
---; ---;

FL 2012.12

BOGG, FlorenceE

Group of six  
Left --> Right
back standing

---; ---;
middle sitting
FlorenceE BOGG; ---; ---; 

in front
Overlooker in charge of 100 female workers in the Cartridge Packing shop until April 1917.

FL 2012.12

SMITH, Alfred(1861-1932)

Employed as: engine driver
Awarded The Victoria Cross in 1885 (Gazetted 12 May 1885). For action after the "square" was broken during a native attack. Now kept in the Royal Artillery Regimental Museum, at Woolwich. 
The back was wrongly engraved as Gunner Albert SMITH.
Buried on the 12th January 1932. The grave was left unmarked until 1986 when a memorial was raised by his 176(Abu Klea) Battery.   
Plumstead Cemetery Greenwich. dc
Grave Number: N885
Artyvics The Victoria Cross and The Royal Regiment of Artillery 
by Marc J SHERRIFF (2006)
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Progress Estate.

Originally named Well Hall Estate. To house senior and skilled Woolwich Arsenal workers. Well Hall Road, SE9. Linked Woolwich to the north and Eltham in the South. As part of the LCC tram way system.

The Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society (RACS) bought the 1250-home Royal Arsenal workers estate at Well Hall  from the Government, which it then renamed the Progress Estate. 

Became a conservation area, granted because of its unique architectural character.

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