Hereford munitions workers honoured after 75 years – BBC News

Image caption The 31 women and a single man were honoured at the Herefordshire County Fair

More than 30 employees who risked their lives developing munitions during World War 2 have been honoured.

Thirty-one women and one man who proved helpful at factories in Herefordshire obtained commemorative badges at a presentation.

A campaign to honor munitions workers, many of whom had been women and known as “Canary Girls” since the chemicals turned their skin plus hair yellow, is ongoing.

A military historian mentioned the workers’ role was “very important”.

Harmful explosives

Andy Taylor swift, from the Herefordshire Light Infantry Art gallery said: “We finally saw the Can certainly Land Army recognised recently and the munitions workers’ work was as important, if not more therefore.

“They had to generate the arms and ammunition that was taken to the frontline to actually participate in combat. ”

The majority of the recipients, who are aged between 94 and 104, worked at the Regal Ordnance Factory at Rotherwas, that was bombed in 1942.

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Image caption Women in munitions factories had been tasked with filling shells along with explosives

There were also sites at Barronia Works, Haywood and Credenhill.

The workers worked with harmful explosives and chemicals, faced the particular threat of being bombed and experienced long lasting health problems due to exposure to chemical substances, such as jaundice, loss of teeth plus loss of fertility.

The badges, provided by BAE Techniques, were presented at a ceremony from Herefordshire Country Fair.

MP Bill Wiggin has taken BBC Hereford & Worcester’s campaign for your munitions workers to be formally honored to Parliament and discussed this with the prime minister.