Ashton Munitions Explosion
(1917)

thing and explosion

Died aged 0

Commemorated on 2 plaques

Photo of Ashton Munitions Explosion brushed metal plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr
Photo of Ashton Munitions Explosion brushed metal plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr

This sculpture was designed with considerable help from children at St.Peter's Primary School, Ashton to remember The Ashton Munitions Explosion. At 4.22pm on Wednesday 13 June 1917, 5 tons of TNT exploded at the Hooley Hill Rubber and Chemical Factory on William Street, near to Oxford Street, in Ashton. A plaque is near to the site of the disaster on William Street to commemorate where 46 people were killed and more than 400 were injured with hundreds more made homeless. Many of the killed were children on the way home from school on that fine June afternoon.

Stamford Street West, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom where it was

Ashton Munitions Explosion Nearby was the site of the Hooley Hill Rubber and Chemical Company where on June 13 1917, 5 tons of TNT due to go to the manufacture of shells for the 1st World War exploded destroying the factory and much of the surrounding area. 46 people lost their lives. The sculpture in St Petersfield commemorates the tragic event and loss of life

Oxford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom where it was