LIST OF LOW MOOR EXPLOSION PHOTOGRAPHS AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION.
1.Fred Stobart. Fred was a trainee chemist at the works at the time of the explosion and part of his job was to test the picric acid, prior to despatch.
2.The obverse of the medal presented to Fred, following the disaster.
3.The inscription on the reverse reads :- Presented to F.Stobart. For Services Rendered in the Great War 1914-18.
4.The " Hayhurst " fire engine. This machine was the first to attend the scene and shortly after it's arrival, was totally wrecked by an enormous explosion. Of the crew, 6 were killed outright and 12 were seriously injured.
5.The wrecked " Hayhurst " .
6.The wrecked " Hayhurst ".
7.Entry from the fire brigade's log book, reads :- 840. Aug.21. Low Moor Munitions Works. Low Moor. 2-33 p.m.
8.Log book entry recording the fire brigade casualties reads as follows :-
Ministry of Munitions. At the fire, the following firemen were killed:- Station Officer C.Sugden. Fireman K.Pridmore Fireman F.Normington. Fireman Eli Buckley. Fireman E.Shaw. Fireman J.E.Binns. All of Bradford City Fire Brigade. Fireman Henry Tonks of the Lancs and Yorks railway.
The following were injured:- Chief Officer Scott. Supt. Forbes. L.Crighton. T.Jowett. H.France. H.Blakey. W.Stelling. H.Massheder. T.Cousens. W.Anslow. H.Greenwood. E. Whitaker.All of Bradford City Fire Brigade.
A footnote records that : Motor fire engine " Hayhurst " was totally destroyed.
9.The obverse of the Bradford City Fire Brigade medal struck for the commemoration of the disaster.
10.The reverse of the medal bears the inscription:- Presented to T.Cousens. In recognition & appreciation of GALLANT SERVICES IN THE LOW MOOR DISASTER. 21st AUG.1916.
11.The obverse of the Bradford City Police medal struck for bravery and awarded to Charles.H.Sheffield, who was on duty, guarding the works.
12.The reverse of the medal bears the following inscription:- European War Explosion At Munitions Works 21st August.1916.Police Constable 170.Charles Sheffield.
( Pictures 1 to 12 .see photo page 1. )
13.P.C.Charles Henry Sheffield The relevant part of the caption reads :- On 21st August 1916 he was on duty at Low Moor Munitions Works when an explosion occured with great loss of life. He stayed on duty for 18 hours and his bravery and devotion to duty, earned him the specially struck Low Moor Medal, here on display. He served for 25 years in the police and drew his pension for the next 40 years.
14.Remains of a railway signal box destroyed by the explosion.
15.Remains of the Low Moor Munitions Works.
16.Remains of the gasholder. Note badly damaged housing in Cleckheaton Road. The properties are still there in 2001.
17.Unveiling of the memorial on the communal grave of the killed firemen, in Scholemoor Cemetary in 1924.
18.The memorial in Scholemoor Cemetary.
19.The memorial's inscription.
20.Fireman Tom Farrar modelling for the memorial.
21.The oak and bronze tablet using the bell and nameplate from the fire engine " Hayhurst ". This was unveiled on the 9th of July 1917 and originally hung in Bradford Central Station and is now at Odsal Station.
22.The " Roll of Honour Plaque " at Fairweather Green Station bearing the names of the killed firemen.
23 to 32. A series of photographs showing the funeral procession leaving Town Hall Square.26 August 1916.
( Pictures 13 - 24. see photo page 2. )
33 New Works School, Miss Briggs' School, was the nearest large building left undamaged and was used as a temporary mortuary for the dead from the explosion. Now a garage.
34. Raw Nook School was closed due to being extensively damaged and re-opened January 9th 1917.
35.The remains of the approach road to the works in 1980. The gasholders were located in the group of buildings in the background.
36.The remains of the cobbled approach road to the works in 1980. The whole site of the works where the explosion occurred is now underneath the council's household waste disposal site in the Dealburn Road area of Low Moor.
( Pictures 25 - 36 . see photo page 3.)