National Shell Factory – Dundee

The Bow Bridge Works, Dundee. Located between the V-shaped junctions of Mains Road (left) and Main Street (right) – Approximate Buildings Occupied by the Dundee N.S.F. are outlined in green. Image taken in 1927 

Facility Type & Function:

National Shell Factory (N.F.F.) – The manufacture of 18-pdr. and 2.75″shells plus forgings and burster containers.

Brief History:

The Dundee National Shell Factory was established in September 1915. It was located in a building that had previously been part of J. & A.D. Crimond Limited’s Bow Bridge Jute Mill. The new N.S.F occupied buildings No.s. 51 to 63 Mains Road, Dundee. Once established the factory was run by a local committee.

Comparatively speaking it was not a large works. In 1918 it employed 102 men and 320 women.

A map of 1920 showing the approximate location of the N.S.F. within the greater area occupied by the Bow Bridge Work 

While some small parts of the once extensive Bow Bridge Works still exist there appears to be nothing of it left in the area previously occupied by the N.S.F.

Location Details:

51 to 63, Mains Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland – National Factory Area No.8

Associated Token, Check & Pass Issues:

Type I

Function: Canteen Token

Material: Brass

Design: Bi-facial with a plain edge

Shape & Size: Octagonal,  25.4 mm by  25.5 mm

Obverse: Raised legend in two arced lines in centre of field reads D.N.S.F. / CANTEEN

Reverse:  The denomination 3D    in raised numbers and letters in the centre field within outer raised and beaded borders.

Date: 1915 to 1918

Maker: Unknown

Published References:  Unknown


Type II

Function: Canteen Token

Material: Brass

Design: Bi-facial with a plain edge

Shape & Size: Circular,  31.7 mm

Obverse: Raised legend in two arced lines in centre of field reads D.N.S.F. / CANTEEN

Reverse:  The denomination 1D    in raised numbers and letters in the centre field within outer raised and beaded borders.

Date: 1915 to 1918

Maker: Unknown

Published References:  Unknown


Type III

Function: Canteen Token

Material: Bronze (?)

Design: Bi-facial with a plain edge

Shape & Size: Circular,  26.2 mm

Obverse: Raised legend in two arced lines in centre of field reads D.N.S.F. / CANTEEN

Reverse:  The denomination ½D    in raised numbers and letters in the centre field within a laurel wreath located which in an inner beaded border and outer beaded plus raised borders.

Date: 1915 to 1918

Maker: Unknown

Published References:  Yarwood, J. – Military Tokens of the British Commonwealth. Page 95 – MMT026. Private Publication. 2006.


 

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