October 31 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The contribution made by an East Anglian community to the First World War effort is being marked in a new exhibition in the town.
During the war, three Lowestoft shipbuilders – Richards, Chambers and JW Brooke – were asked by the government to make artillery shells for use by the British armed forces to help win the war.
And as the workers switched their engineering skills to making munitions, the companies also used their maritime prowess to bolster the nation’s war fleet and help outwit the German navy by making the decoy vessels known as Q-ships that sank unsuspecting U-boats.
While the shipbuilding yards were churning out artillery shells and making and improving vessels, including minesweepers, two other local firms – C&E Morton and Maconochie Brothers and their female workforce – also took up arms on the nation’s behalf by supplying rations for the troops.
The combined efforts of these five firms in keeping Britain’s forces well equipped and fed during the war is now being celebrated in a new exhibition at Lowestoft Maritime Museum.
• The museum can be found in Sparrow’s Nest gardens. It is open daily from 10am and 5pm until November 2, with last admission at 4pm.
• For more in depth stories from the First World War, click here.