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Friday, 28 February 2014

WW 1 project at Greenwich Heritage Centre


To highlight the important part Woolwich and area played in the Great War of 1914 to 1920.

Un identified posed uniformed group.

 Greenwich Times
Titled: DANGEROUS DUTY: woman female munitions who packed shells with high explosive in the 'Danger Buildings'.

2014-02-25  Greenwich Times
The Greenwich Heritage Centre (Lottery Funded) on March 13th 6pm to 9pm to find out more.

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War Memoral Hospital


Woolwich and District Hospital Association

War Memorial Hospital.

Shooters Hill,
Opened in 1925, to replace the much smaller Woolwich, Plumstead and District Cottage Hospital. Following an appeal. On land owned by Major CES PHILLIPS(1871-1945).

The hall of remembrance contains two books of local dead from both World Wars including the Arsenal.

Greenwich Times

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PRINCE, Nathan()


Example of a Munitions worker identity card.

Description: Printed card wih blue fabric cover made out for N Prince with a number of validation stamps

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SEWELL, LouiseMary nee COX()


Mrs Louise Mary Sewell (née Cox) worked at Woolwich Arsenal during the First World War.
The dress was amongst three boxes of clothing presented to Gunnersbury Park Museum in 1993 by Mrs Sewell's two daughters.
The dress, of which there were two examples, was passed to this museum in 1993 at the suggestion of the Museum of London.;

Example of a workers (female) uniform

© IWM (UNI 5193)

Description: dress beige heavy-duty cotton, long-sleeved dress -

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

OXLEY, Henry()


Henry OXLEY aged 12 (assumed 1899jun Shoreditch 1c 103)  at 17 Cools Road, Peckham, SE

Series of eight IWM sound recordings done in 1975.
Being interviewed when then an old man. As a young man before being "called up" in April 1917.

one      lasts about 16minutes
two      lasts about 16minutes
three    to eight   army service.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014


The main problem in identifying photographs from the war period is that the Woolwich system (buildings; dress; machinery layout ;) was copied all over the Empire. Also for security signs were removed.

This from Sheffield Museum could easily be in the Arsenal.


Templeborough, West Riding, Yorkshire, England.




Monday, 24 February 2014

HOGG family


Found amongst their family archives - was this picture taken at Royal Arsenal circa 1916
Any one name the building and type of work?

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Workers homes

A street being constructed for "Woolwich arsenal workers "

Do we know where and when ?

possibly Eltham or Welling or Abbey Wood

The War Illustrated magazine vol 3  {Old photos of London and the East End


Friday, 14 February 2014

1903 explosion (2)

Greenwich Industrial History


updated web site

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Arsenal Railway


Train ready for a visit of King George V.

Mercury special edition "Connection" 1986

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Crossness Engines

“Pompey” class 0-4-0ST (Kerr Stewart of Stoke on Trent )


SEWELL, WilliamThomas(1858-1920)


SEWELL,  William aged 61years buried Plumstead Cemetery.
1920mar Woolwich 1D 1476

Three generations of my Sewell family have worked at the RA. My Grandfather, Thomas Edward Sewell (1885-1954) worked at the RA for over 50 years retiring in 1952. He was first a machinist, then an overlooker in the laboratory and finally worked in the storeroom. The house that my grandparents lived in at Eltham was one of many built to RA specifications before the First World War. It included a bathroom, range, scullery and garden with a green in the centre of the road between the houses for the children to play.

His father William Thomas Sewell (1858-1920) according to the census of 1871 at the age of 14 tears was a Cartridge Maker alongside his two elder brothers. John (Daniel John b.1850) age 20 was a labourer, while Alfred (William Alfred Jones b.1856) at 15 years was a Bullet Maker. William Thomas continued working at the RA as a labourer in the Laboratory until his death in 1920 at the age of 61 years. Their father, Jonathon William (1824-1881) had moved from Suffolk, where he was born, to the East End working as shipbuilder and engineering labourer. When the family moved south to Plumstead in the early 1860's he worked as a labourer at the RA.

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Jolly Boys

The Jolly Boys Concert Party - Royal Arsenal 1914-18