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Armstrong C? - shell factory circa 1914
« on: Tuesday 04 September 18 21:02 BST (UK) »
Hoping someone can identify this company/factory that existed circa 1914.

I'm researching a WW1 soldier who said he was employed as a 'shell inspector' for Armstrong C??.  He lived at the time in West Bridgford.
Wright (West Ham, Stratford, Cripplegate)
Widenstrom (Chicago and Minnesota)
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Re: Armstrong C? - shell factory circa 1914
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 05 September 18 00:38 BST (UK) »
There was the Armstrong Whitworth company in the Tynside area making munitions at this time. They merged with Vickers around 1927. However, it's a long way from West Bridgford.  :-\

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Re: Armstrong C? - shell factory circa 1914
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 05 September 18 02:39 BST (UK) »
I found two possible factories in the Nottingham area:

Royal Ordnance Factory (renamed National Ordnance Factory) - built 1915 in the Nottingham Area by Cammell Laird which produced shells.

National Shell Factory, Spring Close Works, Old Lenton - a former textile mill taken over by the Nottingham Munitions Committee

(no connection that I know of with Armstrong)

http://britainfromabove.org.uk/sites/default/files/06%20The%20National%20Factory%20Scheme%20List.pdf

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AREA, Nottinghamshire. Lincolnshire. Staffordshire. Leicestershire, Morayshire.
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Re: Armstrong C? - shell factory circa 1914
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 05 September 18 15:32 BST (UK) »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Shell_Filling_Factory,_Chilwell

Nice find.

No 6 NFF Chilwell, Long Eaton - the page I linked doesn't show the operator but wiki says the boss was Viscount Chetwynd.

It's looking as though Armstrong C?? was not the owner or company, but maybe was a site manager.
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Re: Armstrong C? - shell factory circa 1914
« Reply #5 on: Friday 07 September 18 19:35 BST (UK) »
Thank you everyone for the info and links - fascinating.   :)
Wright (West Ham, Stratford, Cripplegate)
Widenstrom (Chicago and Minnesota)
Swain (Cripplegate, St Lukes)
Wolfe (St Giles in the Fields)
Willis (Gt. Leighs; Brentford)
Bryant (Bristol, Glos)
Searle
Keyworth (Yorkshire)
Biggs (Middx)
Collins (Middx and Wiltshire)
Langston (Middx)