Love and Loss at an Armaments Factory
Fiancés William Darby and Ada Bawden
William and Ada worked together at Drigg Ordnance Factory, Cumbria
Both died as a result of an explosion at the Ordnance Factory (5 June 1943)
Photograph: Courtesy of Mrs Colette Hodgkinson (niece of William Darby)
Following an explosion on 5 June 1943 at the Drigg Ordnance Factory, Cumberland the lives of fiancés William Bernard Darby and Ada Bawden were lost. Although this young couple lost their lives while doing 'Essential War Work' as civilian war casualties who were not killed as the result of enemy action they are not officially listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as war casualties.
Because of wartime reporting restrictions the story of the love and loss of William Darby and Ada Bawden has never been fully told until now. This is their story.
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