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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Woolwich Arsenal 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mrs Martha Ralph ( nee Darby) writes about this photograph: ‘The girls behind the boys in Khaki, 1916.' This group shows six of the eight members of an all-girl tug-of-war team of munitions workers at Woolwich Arsenal in the First World War. One of those identified, the third girl from the left, is Martha Darby, who lived at 42 Newcastle Street (now Glengarnock Avenue). She was the anchor girl of the team and has provided this photograph. On her left is Nell King, the only other member we can put a name to, also an Islander from Manchester Road. The male supervisor on the left is Mr Wheeler. The last trophy of the girls, who were apparently a formidable bevy of Amazons at competitions, is on the table. by Mrs M. Darby