Munitions Workers, Honley

Honley is a village to the south of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. In the First World War when this photograph was taken, there were hundreds of munitions factories producing weapons and ammunition for our troops on the front line. Some were huge, some tiny, all top secret. There were some very serious explosions and fires, one of the worst being at Chilwell (my childhood home) near Nottingham, with many casualties but such incidents were often not reported at the time. This small group of workers seem to be very close-knit, they are holding hands and the couple on the right, front row, are doing so with affection.

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