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Female worker servicing a Thorncroft lorry at Slough Road Motor Department, 1944

Female worker servicing a Thorncroft lorry at Slough Road Motor Department, 1944


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Filename: W6 045 Female mechanic WWII.jpg

Size: 2215 x 3000 (1.2MB)

Date: 28th February 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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Female worker servicing a Thorncroft lorry at Slough Road Motor Department, 1944

During the Second World War women were given jobs normally assigned to men. At the GWR Road Motor Depot at Slough this involved car and lorry maintenance and repair

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 14547086

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Berkshire Lorry Second World War Women Slough Thornycroft


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In this print from 1944, we are transported back to the Second World War at the GWR Road Motor Depot in Slough, Berkshire. The image showcases a remarkable moment of gender equality as a female worker fearlessly takes charge of servicing a Thorncroft lorry. During these tumultuous times, women were entrusted with jobs traditionally reserved for men, and this photograph beautifully captures their resilience and determination. With sleeves rolled up and tools in hand, she epitomizes the spirit of wartime Britain. The scene unfolds against the backdrop of an industrial setting; rows of vehicles stand tall like silent sentinels awaiting repair. This brave woman's expertise shines through as she meticulously tends to every detail, ensuring that these essential machines remain operational during such critical times. This snapshot serves as a poignant reminder that war knows no boundaries when it comes to gender roles. Women stepped forward bravely to fill vital positions on the home front while their male counterparts fought on distant battlefields. Preserved within the STEAM Museum of the GWR collection, this print encapsulates not only an era but also pays tribute to those unsung heroes who defied societal norms and contributed significantly towards victory. It is a testament to their strength and dedication amidst adversity—a powerful symbol of empowerment for generations yet to come.

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