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Evelyn Clements

(1899-1973) - Munitionette

Evelyn Clements was sixteen when, in 1915, she worked at J&F Pool munitions factory. While working at the factory she met Horace Dingle, a soldier in the DCLI, who was in Hayle at the training camp. Horace was sent abroad to fight but after the war returned to marry Evelyn in 1920.

Credit: Hayle Heritage Centre and John Bennett

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Evelyn Clements was born in 1899 and was one of eleven children living in Hayle. Evelyn was sixteen when, in 1915, she worked with 350 other men and women at the J&F Pool munitions factory at Hayle.

At that time Hayle was a thriving industrial town of approximately 5,000 people. It had nine churches, five schools, nine hotels and pubs, a brewery, dynamite factory, smelters, foundry, busy harbour and customs office, fire brigade, gasworks and an electric power station.

Hayle’s large range of facilities were utilised in the war effort and the munitions factory at J&F Pool (which had been open as a metal working factory since 1848) was a vital part of that effort.

While working at the factory Evelyn met Horace Dingle, a soldier in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, who was based in Hayle at a training camp on the sand dunes.  Horace was sent abroad to fight but after the war he came back to find Evelyn.  They married at St Elwyn’s Church in 1920 and spent the rest of their lives together.  

Key words: women

Credit: Hayle Heritage Centre and photos found by John Bennett.  Other photos show fellow munitionettes Miss Kendel and Mrs Whear