Hoping this is okay to post, as it’s not entirely an ammunition related post, however, has some sort of relation! I’m hoping someone might help to clarify for me…
I’m a local and military historian, and I was having a discussion with a fellow local historian about the Second World War production in my town of Exmouth, Devon (UK). In Exmouth, was an engineering factory called ‘Pankhurst Auto Works’, which made car and tractor engine parts. It was a very small factory, with only 11 staff employed at the firm in WW2.
In a local histories book, it has only four lines about the WW2 production of the factory. It has me scratching my head, as the ‘gun parts’ and ‘munitions’ parts of it seems very loose and vague! I also can’t find anything about Pankhurst Engineering on any bit of ordnance or documentation anywhere, other than these four lines! (see attached).
I don’t have access to the wealth of documentation that a lot of members here have access to. Can anyone help me to pinpoint any existence of Pankhurst Engineering (or ‘Pankhurst Auto Works’) in war production lists?