Centenary of a working class tragedy

Powerful blog post Tom, of a story I hadn’t heard of too.
Thank you for the history lesson, one we must all learn from.

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By Tom Wood

Today marks the centenary of an explosion that occurred at Dudley Port, Tipton that claimed the lives of 19 young girls aged between 13 and 15. To put this into a present-day context, these girls would have died before having sat their GCSE exams.

This tragic piece of history began in 1916, when John Knowles started a small business on Groveland Road, just off Dudley Port. He decided to name it the Dudley Port, Phosphor Bronze Co. In 1922 Knowle’s company purchased 160 tons of cartridges left over from the Great War. The company’s intent was to recover the lead from the cartridges in a process where the lead bullet was separated from its copper casing.

The work was carried out by a score of hard-working young girls who were in their early teens. One can only speculate that one of the reasons children were employed for…

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