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Female workers at Rip Bits factory, Sheffield during Second World War, 1941

Female workers at Rip Bits factory, Sheffield during Second World War, 1941


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Female workers at Rip Bits factory, Sheffield during Second World War, 1941

Rip Bits were based at Hill Street and made drill bits.Includes Ethel May (Rose) Fletcher

Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library has an unrivalled collection of images of Sheffield, England

Media ID 14033464

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Costume Highfield Hill Manufacturers Street Women World Drill


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This print from the Sheffield City Archives takes us back to a significant moment in history - the Second World War. In 1941, amidst the chaos and challenges of war, we witness a group of resilient female workers at Rip Bits factory in Sheffield. These remarkable women played an integral role in supporting their country's efforts during this tumultuous time. The image showcases a diverse group of women dressed in their work attire, proudly standing outside the factory located on Hill Street. Their determined expressions reflect their dedication and commitment to manufacturing drill bits - an essential component for various industries during wartime. Among these admirable workers is Ethel May (Rose) Fletcher, whose presence adds a personal touch to this historical snapshot. As one can imagine, these courageous women faced numerous obstacles as they navigated through male-dominated industries and contributed significantly towards maintaining production levels despite labor shortages. This photograph not only captures the spirit of resilience exhibited by these extraordinary women but also serves as a reminder of their invaluable contributions during times of adversity. It stands as a testament to their strength and determination that helped shape our world today. As we gaze upon this powerful image, let us remember and honor all those who selflessly served their nations on the home front during World War II – particularly these inspiring female workers at Rip Bits factory in Sheffield's Highfield area.

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