Sport online exhibition
John (Jack) P Scott, seated second from the right, played in the factory football team of ROF Kirkby whilst employed as a carpenter at the site throughout the Second World War.
ROF Kirkby had an active sports and social club, and as a keen amateur sportsman John was also a regular in the factory's cricket team.
After the war ended he worked on the building of the headquarters of the UK Construction and Engineering Company in Hammond Road, Kirkby and continued to be involved in the ROF Sports Club
Badge donated by Mr B Scott. Photograph courtesy of Mr B Scott. Accession number MMM.2004.124.
During the Second World War the Government set up a munitions factory at Kirkby to produce detonators and to fill shells. It employed over 10,000 people, 8,000 of whom were women.
Filling shells was a hazardous job with a high risk of explosions. A number of workers were killed and others lost their fingers, hands or eyesight.
In dealing with the accidents and the fires that resulted, workers at Kirkby received 37 awards for acts of bravery.
The factory was built outside Liverpool city centre in Kirkby to minimise the danger from explosions.
You can read more about how the Second World War affected Liverpool in two online features on this website: