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The Great War Centenary - 1917

From Front Line to White Lund

Lancaster & District's Industrial Contribution to the War Effort

Peace Celebrations, July 1919

From the Local Press, July 1919.

Industrial tableaux depicting some of the work Lancaster accomplished during the war were full of interest.

The National Projectile Factory was represented by two gaily decorated cars, the first bearing a lathe, at which a number of girls were busily employed turning 6 inch shells, of which the factory turned out some millions during the war. The second car displayed some of the varied products of the factory. There were shells of various sizes, bombs of many kinds, grenades, and other death-dealing materials for the manufacture of which the factory was established five years ago.

From the National Filing Factory came another display of bombs and shells. There were “flying ‘pigs,” a 12 inch trench mortar projectile weighing 8 cwt, and many kinds of aircraft bombs, one of the latter, for dropping from aeroplanes, weighing 5 cwt, standing 5ft high and measuring 48 inches in circumference. These bombs are fitted with fins for steadying purposes.

The Lune Valley Engineering Co. were represented by a chastely-draped car, bearing one of the military field cookers, of which they have made 400 for the various Governments during the war. The cooker, exhibited in full work, can cook sufficient food for 350 men at one time, and the food may be stewed, boiled, baked or fried. It is interesting to know that these cookers have been used in Gallipoli, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and France.

Waring and Gillow Ltd
…..and decoration of several of the cars in the procession, were represented by two cars, the first illustrating aircraft work. The exhibits include wings, aelrons, propellers, struts and cross pieces, the whole being surmounted by a scale model, measuring 12ft, of a fighting ‘plane. In this department the firm, it is interesting to note, have been responsible for the output of 9,036 aeroplane wings, 79,937 propellers, centres, aelrons, tails, struts, engine beddings, and fusilage, 430,787 tables, ammunition boxes, bedsteads, forms, poles, tables, instrument cases, etc. The second car was equipped with four power sewing machine, the roof being constructed of aeroplane spars, and the framework of cross pieces. This car depicted other branches of their war work, including the manufacture of mule ammunition carriers, nosebags, machine gun cartridge belts, water buckets, pom-pom cartridge belts, Lewis gun ammunition carriers, kit bags, valises, 9 in and 15 in gun breechcovers, waterproof gun cotton bags, bolsters, rifle slings, mosquito head covers and tents, serge tunics and knickers for Indian troops, ordinary tents, instrument cases, gas mask haversacks, rifle bolt covers, one-man tents, munition workers’ caps, horse water buckets, operating cloaks, beds, haversacks, packs, jacket shell carriers, ammunition cuirasses, horse rugs, marquees, and housewifes. Of this varied assortment of articles the firm were responsible for a total output of 338,755.

On the car of Messrs. William Goodacre and Sons Ltd., Albion Mills, was a mat-weaving loom and samples of warship deck, gunlayer, shrapnel splinter, field gun protector, hospital ship, filling factory, screening, camouflage work, horse transport, and Red Cross mats, which have been turned out from this manufactory. A “DORA” tableau which imported a little comedy to the show, represented a women, clothed in black and closely veiled, surrounded by commodities which have been “controlled” during the last few years.

The general assembly for the finale in the Giant Axe Field was somewhat delayed by the shell car from the National Filling Factory breaking through the gravelled surface at the entrance and getting stuck just inside the gates. This necessitated a long detour to another entrance for a number of cars, but eventually the processionists and vehicles were massed in front of the grandstand with the “Britannia” and “Lancastria” cars in the centre. There were several thousand people present, and the scene was an imposing and inspiring one. “Rule Britannia” four verses of the hymn “O God our help in ages past,” and the National Anthem were sung with fervour and enthusiasm, and cheers were given for the King and Queen, the Mayor and Mayoress and the discharged soldiers.


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