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Canaries: Exposure to toxic sulphur left many workers with yellowed skin, while others were killed in explosions. One 1917 incident killed 73 and flattened 900 London homes

Incredible photos from WW1 reveal the backbreaking and often dangerous work taken on by British women during the Great War

first world war women, Circa A woman munitions worker operates a machine that makes shell cases in an armaments factory during the First World War(Getty)

THE WAR INDUSTRY IN BRITAIN, 1914-1918 A female worker carries a sack of coke up a flight of stairs at the London gas works during the First World War.

Q A female worker carries a sack of coke on her back up a flight of stairs at the London gas works.

Thousands of British women worked in munitions factories. Their contribution greatly helped the war effort and led to Women's Suffrage ~

Thousands of British women worked in munitions factories during WWI. Their contribution greatly helped the war effort and led to Women's Suffrage.

A portrait of munitions worker Lottie Meade has been added to IWM Centenary’s Faces of the First World War on Flickr.  It is the first photograph of a woman to be added to the collection, which was started in November 2011. The project is part of the IWM First World War Centenary Programme, and will continue until the 2014 centenary.  Each weekday, a new photo is added from IWM Collections.

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, a portrait of munitions worker Lottie Meade has been added to IWM Centenary’s Faces of the First World War on…

The first women police officers served during the First World War.

The first women police officers served during the First World War. British Women during the First World War

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'WWII - US Government recruiting poster for women workers. With increasing numbers of men involved in military duties, women workers had become of strategic importance. Their contribution was vital to final victory.

St.Helens Pilkington Glass? Female workers hold a sheet of glass in position in a Lancashire factory during the First World War. 1914 Photographer Lewis G P

Female workers hold a sheet of glass in position in a Lancashire factory during the First World War. 1914 Photographer Lewis G P

The Royal Air Force was formed on the 1st of April 1918 by combining the Royal Naval Air Service with the Royal Flying Corps. The Women's service the WRAF was formed at the same time. Unlike their sisters in the WAAC and the WRNS, the newly formed WRAF was utilised for home service but no WRAF women were sent abroad.

The Royal Air Force was formed on the of April 1918 by combining the Royal…

World War Two Home Front. A woman delivery boxes full of fish to traders in Billingsgate market, London September 1943

World War Two Home Front. A woman delivery boxes full of fish to traders in Billingsgate market, London September 1943

14 Striking Photos Of Women At Work During The First World War

14 Striking Photos Of Women At Work During The First World War

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Two women workers cover Army tropical helmets for the firm of Messrs E Day in St Albans. A pile of completed helmets can be seen on the bench beside them. 1918.

Female workers covering tropical army helmets in the factory of E. Day Ltd. Albans, Hertfordshire, Photograph by George P. From the Imperial War Museum.

An Inspector and Sergeant of the Women's Police Service during the First World War.

Women police WWI -- An Inspector and a Sergeant in the Women's Police Service.

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