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- Small obelisk on a large pyramid base. A dedicatory plaque and tablet surmounted on the pyramid base. carved inscription on tablet and raised lettering on plaque. Artillery shells and chains form a perimeter fence.
- (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?
- Names on memorial
- Ablard, Willie J
Aitken, Robert J
Austin, Percy G
Aylward, James S
Barker, Arthur G
Barratt, Frederick W
Bartlett, Abraham E
See details for all 141 names
- First World War - civilians
Total names on memorial: 141
Served and returned: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,forename
Order of information: surname
- First World War - civilians
Materials: Stone - Stancliffe
- Listing information
- National Shell Filling Factory Explosion
- WMO ID: 251123
- Condition: Good [last updated on 13-07-2018]
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Comments: Two men were killed in a small explosion on 5th October 1917, the other 139 in a huge explosion on 1st July 1918 when 25 women and 114 men died. Most were killed instantly, but a few of those listed were injured and survived for a short time.
- Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
- 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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