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Mary Ann (Annie) Bell (1899-1917)

Munitions Worker from Pelton Fell

Originally from Pelton Fell, Annie moved to Morecambe to work at the White Lund Filling Factory. She started at the munitions factory in February 1917 and by 2 May she was dead. The inquest found that she had died of TNT poisoning. Her medical report shows that she was taken to Morecambe Cottage Hospital on 20 April due to “toxic jaundice” but by then it was too late.

She is commemorated on the Pelton Fell war memorial at Battle Green along with the young men who died.


North East War Memorials Project Website

Inquest Report, Lancashire Archives Service, DDHD/CR/1917

Civil Parish: Chester le Street

Birth date: 1899

Death date: 1917-May-2

Armed force/civilian: Civilian

Residence: 4 Stella Cottages, Pelton Fell (1901 and 1911 censuses)

Employment: Munitions worker

Family: Parents: Robert H Bell, Annie B Bell
Siblings: Jane Bell, Robert Bell, Thomas Bell, John Bell (1901 and 1911 censuses)

Memorial(s): Battle Green, Pelton Fell
Five Sisters Memorial and Window, York Minster

Gender: Female

Contributed by Durham County Record Office

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