Broughton Moor RNAD (Royal Naval Armaments Depot) Explosion 18 January 1944

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Reference WMO/292112


War Memorial Gardens

Netherhall Corner


CA15 6LL


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Metal Iron
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Metal interpretation board which is on a wrought iron pedestal. It is towards the west end of the north wall of the war memorial gardens behind the main WW1/WW2 memorial (WMO/118633). It was installed in late 2021 or early 2022.
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Broughton Moor RNAD/Explosion Memorial/On 18 January 1944, a huge explosion occurred at the Royal Naval Armaments Depot/at Broughton Moor, resulting in the tragic death of eleven people & injury to another/seventy. It was believed that the most likely cause of the explosion was a sensitive/fuse in a naval mortar bomb, leading to the detonation of 72lbs of high explosives in/the laboratory & 1,296 pounds of high explosive in a nearby railway truck./The laboratory with its six foot thick concrete walls was severely damaged. Wartime/restrictions on reporting meant that the detail of the tragedy was not made public at /the time, but the Depot employed many people with local connections.// This memorial is to those people from Flimby & Maryport who were impacted by this/tragic event in our local history.// Maryport Town Council


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