The Health of the Munition Worker



Thousands of people worked in the munitions factories of southwest Scotland throughout the global conflicts of the 20th century. Many of these workers were disabled, yet their stories have seldom been told.

Some arrived in the area already disabled and declared unfit for war service, seeking to ‘do their bit’ for King and Country through munitions work. Others were left with lifelong disabilities and chronic illnesses because of their wartime work—limb loss, breathing difficulties and burns were amongst common the conditions.

All risked life and limb to aid the war effort. Their contribution has not been adequately recognised by historians and museums—this book hopes to go some way in changing this through detailed case studies and archival research.

Funded by MGS as part of The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Disability: Past and Present project.