The records relating to the munitions factory workers only were retained beyond the normal retention period of 100 years from date of birth. The record set is not complete as some records were destroyed during bombing and other accidents that occurred at the Factories, but they have approximately 170,000 record sheets of staff employed at the various Royal Ordnance Factories, including the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. All available records are currently held by DBS in their archives.
Only a basic record sheet is held, but family members, or those carrying out genealogical research, do find the limited information to be of interest.
For all enquiries that they are able to assist in their contact details are:
Email: PeopleServices@dbs.mod.uk quoting 'Information & Records Management request'
Tel: 0800 345 7047 (STD)
+44 1225 747750 (Overseas)
The earliest date of birth that they have noticed is 1862 and the records tend to be service records from the late 1920s-1930s onwards to the 1980s (prior to the ROFs being privatised). The majority of record sheets they hold cover the period of employment between 1930-1950. The pre-1929 records are stored in strict Alphabetical order so it only takes a few minutes to look up a record sheet if you have the full name and also date of birth (approximate year is a help). The post-1929 records are stored by year of birth and then alphabetical so they would need the year of birth to locate the individual's record sheet.
Also greenwich heritage centre now has a data base of munitionettes names, addresses and other information ..... all collected in 2016