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ROF Kirkby - Munitions Factory
« on: Wednesday 20 August 14 12:29 BST (UK) »
My Great-Grandparents worked in the Munitions Factory in Kirkby, according to my grandmother who was left home alone at night while they worked.

That's as much as I know about their service though, can anyone point me to records/information? I haven't been able to find much.

Thanks

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Re: ROF Kirkby - Munitions Factory
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 20 August 14 19:34 BST (UK) »
Hi becster,
The records are at Knowsley Archives according to this:

http://apps.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/searches/subjectView.asp?ID=O142256

Hope you find the info you are looking for.
Best wishes,
Joney

Liverpool - Ireland 
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 McGuirk - Baltray, Co. Louth, Phillips - Mayo
Isle of Man - Harrison, Andreas and Morrison, Maughold,  Durham - Brown and Kennedy,
Northumberland - Clough, Longbenton

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Re: ROF Kirkby - Munitions Factory
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 07 December 17 07:47 GMT (UK) »
My father ran group 1 (detonator filling by 2000 girls) at Kirby.
I have a 14 page manuscript describing the start up and his time there.
This was extremely dangerous work and he describes several incidents including unfortunately some fatalities.The girls were very brave and unsung heroes.
I am wondering whether I should publish his account and where.

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Re: ROF Kirkby - Munitions Factory
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 16 December 17 21:40 GMT (UK) »
Hi John Bul and welcome to Rootschat,
I've no experience of publishing at all, but clearly a personal account of day to day events in a factory during WW2 will be interesting to the families of people who worked there, to local historians  and to anyone interested in life in England during this period.

If I were you, I would contact Knowsley Archives and tell them about the manuscript you have.  Their leaflet gives an email address: infoheritage@knowsley .gov.uk
I believe they have been working towards getting images of original manuscripts available on their website. I think it would be worth talking to them about making the account you have publicly available,

Sorry you have waited so long for an answer.
Best wishes,
Joney
Liverpool - Ireland 
 Thornton - Skerries, Traynor - Wicklow,
 McGuirk - Baltray, Co. Louth, Phillips - Mayo
Isle of Man - Harrison, Andreas and Morrison, Maughold,  Durham - Brown and Kennedy,
Northumberland - Clough, Longbenton