United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

National Shell Filling Factory Explosion

Our Ref: 26873

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Address

Central Ordnance Depot
Chetwynd Rd
Chilwell
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
England
 
Type:Obelisk
Other Location Details:

Inside the C.O.D. site

OS Map Ref:SK 510 350

Inscription

(INSCRIBED STONE) ERECTED/ TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE/ MEN AND WOMEN/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BY EXPLOSIONS/ AT THE NATIONAL SHELL FILLING FACTORY/ CHILWELL/ 1916 - 1918/ PRINCIPAL HISTORICAL FACTS/ OF THE FACTORY/ FIRST SOD TURNED 13TH SEPTEMBER 1915/ FIRST SHELL FILLED 8TH JANUARY 1916/ NUMBER OF SHELLS FILLED/ WITHIN ONE YEAR OF/ CUTTING THE FIRST SOD/ 1,260,000/ TOTAL SHELLS FILLED/ 19,359,000/ REPRESENTING 50.8% OF THE TOTAL/ OUTPUT OF HIGH EXPLOSIVE SHELL/ BOTH LYDDITE AND AMATOL 60PD TO 15INCH/ PRODUCED IN GREAT BRITAIN DURING THE WAR/ TOTAL TONNAGE OF EXPLOSIVE USED/ 121,360 TONS/ TOTAL WEIGHT OF FILLED SHELL/ 1,100,000 TONS

(PLAQUES) TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND/ IN MEMRY OF THOSE WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN TWO WORLD WARS/ AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN/ AND IN THE MORNING/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM/ THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE
UNVEILED ON 30TH OF JUNE 1968 BY MT JAMES BOYDEN MP/ PARLIAMENTARY UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE ARMY/ ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EXPLOSION AT CHILWELL/ THE V.C. FACTORY/ IN RECOGNITION OF THE BRAVERY AND FORTITUDE OF THE EMPLOYEES/ (NAMES)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
MEMORIALSTONE - STANCLIFFE   Good

Physical Description

Small obelisk on a large pyramid base. Artillery shells and chains form a perimeter fence.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War Civilians
Total names on memorial:141
Served & Returned0
Died141
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, forename
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?Yes

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Date:30th June 1968
RolePerformed By
Rededicated Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Date:13th MArch 1919
RolePerformed By
UnveiledDUKE OF PORTLAND

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

Not known

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

1990: Central Ordnance Depot, Chilwell, officially closed on 31st March 1982, but is still a security area and not easily accessible.
Two grandparents of the Southwell Diocesan Survey who recorded the memorial for WMA were killed in the 1918 explosion.

Comments: 
Photographs:13
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:Yes
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
Local Publication/Booklet  1982 AprilThe Chilwell Story: VC factory and ordnance depot ; Capt M J Haslam Personal accounts of the explosion.