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Explosives Loading Co

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of Uplees, Faversham, Kent

After the introduction of high explosives, such as cordite and TNT, two huge new factories were built in Faversham beside The Swale, one for the Explosives Loading Company.

1916 Sunday, 2 April. 116 men and boys were killed by an explosion at the Explosives Loading Company's factory at Uplees, near Faversham. Fifteen tons of TNT and 150 tons of ammonium nitrate blew up when some empty sacks caught fire.

A beautifully-written account of the explosion, placed in the broader context of the industry in WW1, has been written by Brian Dillon[1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'The Great Explosion - Gunpowder, the Great War, and a disaster on the Kent marshes' by Brian Dillon, Penguin, 2015/6
  • Explosives in Faversham [1]