Industrial Strength

Hi folks,

Some while back I found this old photograph of my late maternal grandmother (left of center dressed in white) working in a spark plug factory circa 1920/30’s. Look at the age of the boys especially the boy in the bottom left and how she’s the only woman in the photo.

She was an amazing woman, born just before the turn of the century in 1899, the first woman in the UK to hold a motorcycle driver’s license and she had a very hard working life and lived through two world wars but was always very cheerful a very “strong” and very kind woman. In the middle of the “Blitz” in 1940 her and her husband sold their house in the country and moved back in to London so that she could nurse her sister who was very ill and dying of cancer and she was a second mother to her sister’s children.

Later in life she battled spinal problems caused by lifting heavy cauldrons in a school canteen where she worked and had to wear a heavy boned surgical corset, cancer and a heart condition, any one of which is bad enough, but I never saw her let her health issues get her down, she was a strong woman.

A truly remarkable, caring and courageous woman of whom I shall always be incredibly proud.

Kind regards,


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