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Workers Poem’s

By February 19th, 2021No Comments
A Clive House, Gretna poem, which reads: "Chums, sisters, and friends together here dwell Labouring their "bit" to do, and do well Inspiring each other with words of good cheer, Varied with talks 'bout those they hold dear, Each day going forth to join with the crowd Hard working lasses of whom we are proud, O'er ocean and land their goods are sent far, Uniting with Tommies to win us the war, Such "grit", strength and courage in women are found Enhancing their value the whole world round Girls, sisters, and mothers of Tom, Dick and Jack Reliable, true, till their boys all come back, Expectation their Tommies to come safely home, Then never more parted, bor from them to roam, Ne'er getting downhearted, nor harbouring a fear, And they'll welcome with smiles those they hold dear." A.E

Lots of wonderful poems were written by munitions workers at HM Factory Gretna such as this one about one of the hostels. Each hostel was named after someone famous (such as Mary Queen of Scots, Walter Scott or in this case, Clive of India).


This photo shows some of the workers in the dining room of one of the hostels.


Many workers wrote poems to share their experiences of working in the factory and what living in the hostels was like. If you would like to see the many poems written by people who worked at the factory then you may be intersted in our Munitions Workers Poems booklet which is for sale in the Museums online shop and is linked below.


Munition Workers’ Poems – Devils Porridge Museum

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