NORTH Tyneside MP Mary Glindon is backing a cross- party campaign to have the contributions of munitions workers during the Second World War recognised.
Mrs Glindon’s late mother worked in arms factories in Birmingham and Bristol, and the MP has joined a drive spearheaded by the all-party parliamentary group on munitions workers.
She said: “Many thousands of people, particularly young single women, were conscripted to work in Royal Ordnance factories, manufacturing shells and armaments.
“The work of the munitioneer was highly dangerous, with injuries and illness through handling explosives and toxic chemicals.
“Some died when shells exploded accidentally or factories were bombed, yet their vital contribution is often overlooked, although the front line required many people working long hours behind the lines.”
“This cross-party group is launching an e-petition on the No 10 website to highlight this hidden contribution to our victory against fascism.
“We will also launch a fundraising campaign to create a monument in the national memorial arboretum in Staffordshire.
“The Imperial War Museum will collate historical archive material so that the work of those in Royal Ordnance factories is never forgotten.”
Mrs Glindon said that her mother told her that she had wanted to join the forces but was wrongly informed told she would get better pay making munitions – a supposed opportunity she seized as she had to look after her own widowed mother and her younger siblings.
The former North Tyneside councillor, pictured, added: “She later found out that the same pay applied in the armed forces, but she still managed to help the war effort, as did so many others who deserve recognition.”