Women of Ulster

Mackies on the Springfield Road, Belfast employed 4,000 women in making
shells, ammunition and bomb components.  In the textile factories, women manufactured thousands of uniforms for the armed services, including 90% of all shirts. Others made parachutes and camouflage nets.

The Civil Defence Service employed women in the operations rooms, servicing the Air Raid Wardens at the air raid shelters and lookout posts.  Many thousands served in the Red Cross, St John Ambulance Brigade and Civil Defence Nursing Reserve.

Women joined the WRAC, WRAF and WRNS and served with the armed forces in war theatres overseas and at home.  Members of the WRAF helped to staff the RAF operations room at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.  Members of the WRNS ran a shore-to-ship signal station at Belfast Castle.

The Women’s Voluntary Service helped families who were the victims of the Blitz. They distributed clothing and Red Cross parcels.  Women from churches and community groups ran canteens, organised dances and sent comfort parcels to soldiers.

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