Diary of a VAD cook at a munitions factory canteen

Extracts from the diary of Miss G M West for 21-22 and 30 March and 22 July 1916.

Miss West worked as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) cook at the Woolwich Arsenal, one of the biggest centres of munitions production in Britain during the First World War. In these extracts from her diary, she makes various observations about her working environment. These include reflections on the character of the female munitions workers at the Arsenal ('very rough, regular cockneys') and her impressions of Woolwich itself ('one huge slum'). West also describes, with the help of diagrams, what she learned about making munitions on a tour of the factory.
IWM 77/156/1

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