National Shell Filling Factory Explosion

Our reference
26873
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Ceremony
  • Rededicated : 30th June 1968
  • Unveiled : 13th March 1919

Current location

Central Ordnance Depot,Chetwynd Rd,Chilwell,Broxtowe,Nottinghamshire,England
OS Grid Ref.: SK 510 350
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Small obelisk on a large pyramid base. Artillery shells and chains form a perimeter fence.

Inscription

(INSCRIBED STONE) ERECTED/ TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE/ MEN AND WOMEN/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BY EXPLOSIONS/ AT THE NATIONAL SHELL FILLING FACTORY/ CHILWELL/ 1916 - 1918/ PRINCIPAL HISTORICAL FACTS/ OF THE FACTORY/ FIRST SOD TURNED 13TH SEPTEMBER 1915/ FIRST SHELL FILLED 8TH JANUARY 1916/ NUMBER OF SHELLS FILLED/ WITHIN ONE YEAR OF/ CUTTING THE FIRST SOD/ 1,260,000/ TOTAL SHELLS FILLED/ 19,359,000/ REPRESENTING 50.8% OF THE TOTAL/ OUTPUT OF HIGH EXPLOSIVE SHELL/ BOTH LYDDITE AND AMATOL 60PD TO 15INCH/ PRODUCED IN GREAT BRITAIN DURING THE WAR/ TOTAL TONNAGE OF EXPLOSIVE USED/ 121,360 TONS/ TOTAL WEIGHT OF FILLED SHELL/ 1,100,000 TONS (PLAQUES) TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND/ IN MEMRY OF THOSE WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN TWO WORLD WARS/ AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN/ AND IN THE MORNING/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM/ THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE UNVEILED ON 30TH OF JUNE 1968 BY MT JAMES BOYDEN MP/ PARLIAMENTARY UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE ARMY/ ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EXPLOSION AT CHILWELL/ THE V.C. FACTORY/ IN RECOGNITION OF THE BRAVERY AND FORTITUDE OF THE EMPLOYEES/ (NAMES)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

First World War - civilians
Total names on memorial: 141
Served and returned: 0
Died: 141
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,forename
Order of information: surname

Component

Memorial
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone - Stancliffe
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 30th June 1968
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 13th March 1919
Attended by: DUKE OF PORTLAND

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Unknown or N/A
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Notes

1990: Central Ordnance Depot, Chilwell, officially closed on 31st March 1982, but is still a security area and not easily accessible. Two grandparents of the Southwell Diocesan Survey who recorded the memorial for WMA were killed in the 1918 explosion.

Reference

Local Publication/Booklet 1982 April The Chilwell Story: VC factory and ordnance depot ; Capt M J Haslam Personal accounts of the explosion.

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