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Old 22-01-14, 11:50 AM
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Default ROYAL ORDNANCE FACTORIES

I have just brought a lapel badge for the ROYAL ORDNANCE FACTORY No 14 (number on rear 765) which I have googled and come up with ROF No 14 Ruddington in Nottinghamshire. On a dealers site, Sa*** Bos*** badges she shows it as ROF No 14 ROTHERHAM in Yorkshire.
Could any forum member confirm which is correct for me please??
The seller could not id the factory and it is a button hole type.
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Twenty World War II Filling Factories were planned, but only 16 were built:
ROF Chorley, (Filling Factory No. 1);
ROF Bridgend, (Filling Factory No. 2).
ROF Glascoed, (Filling Factory No. 3).
ROF Hereford, (Filling Factory No. 4) (This was the re-opened World War I National Filling Factory).
ROF Swynnerton (Filling Factory No. 5).
ROF Risley, (Filling Factory No. 6).
ROF Kirkby, (Filling Factory No. 7).
ROF Aycliffe, (Filling Factory No. 8).
ROF Thorpe Arch (Filling Factory No. 9).
ROF Queniborough, (Filling Factory No. 10).
ROF Brackla, (Filling Factory No. 11).
ROF Swindon (Wootton Bassett), (Factory No. 12). *
ROF Macclesfield, (Factory No. 13). *
ROF Ruddington, (Filling Factory No. 14).
ROF Walsall, (Filling Factory No. 15).
ROF Elstow, (Filling Factory No. 16).
ROF Featherstone, (Filling Factory No. 17).
ROF Burghfield, (Filling Factory No. 18) (later part of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)).
ROF Tutbury, (Factory No. 19) *
ROF Northampton, (Factory No. 20) *

(Asterisked factories Nos. 12, 13, 19 and 20 were planned, numbers assigned, but not built.)
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Mike, thanks for this, I already have this list. Ruddington is shown as ROF No 14 but Sa*** Bos*** on her badge dealer site shows it as ROTHERHAM.
I have contacted the Ruddington parish council and they have sent me a link to ROF No 14 Ruddington so I am happy to name my badge as so.
Here is the link if anyone is interested:-
http://www.ruddington-history.org.uk...ry/default.htm

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Twenty World War II Filling Factories were planned, but only 16 were built:
ROF Chorley, (Filling Factory No. 1);
ROF Bridgend, (Filling Factory No. 2).
ROF Glascoed, (Filling Factory No. 3).
ROF Hereford, (Filling Factory No. 4) (This was the re-opened World War I National Filling Factory).
ROF Swynnerton (Filling Factory No. 5).
ROF Risley, (Filling Factory No. 6).
ROF Kirkby, (Filling Factory No. 7).
ROF Aycliffe, (Filling Factory No. 8).
ROF Thorpe Arch (Filling Factory No. 9).
ROF Queniborough, (Filling Factory No. 10).
ROF Brackla, (Filling Factory No. 11).
ROF Swindon (Wootton Bassett), (Factory No. 12). *
ROF Macclesfield, (Factory No. 13). *
ROF Ruddington, (Filling Factory No. 14).
ROF Walsall, (Filling Factory No. 15).
ROF Elstow, (Filling Factory No. 16).
ROF Featherstone, (Filling Factory No. 17).
ROF Burghfield, (Filling Factory No. 18) (later part of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)).
ROF Tutbury, (Factory No. 19) *
ROF Northampton, (Factory No. 20) *

(Asterisked factories Nos. 12, 13, 19 and 20 were planned, numbers assigned, but not built.)
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Old 22-01-14, 01:07 PM
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Twenty World War II Filling Factories were planned, but only 16 were built:
ROF Chorley, (Filling Factory No. 1);
ROF Bridgend, (Filling Factory No. 2).
ROF Glascoed, (Filling Factory No. 3).
ROF Hereford, (Filling Factory No. 4) (This was the re-opened World War I National Filling Factory).
ROF Swynnerton (Filling Factory No. 5).
ROF Risley, (Filling Factory No. 6).
ROF Kirkby, (Filling Factory No. 7).
ROF Aycliffe, (Filling Factory No. 8).
ROF Thorpe Arch (Filling Factory No. 9).
ROF Queniborough, (Filling Factory No. 10).
ROF Brackla, (Filling Factory No. 11).
ROF Swindon (Wootton Bassett), (Factory No. 12). *
ROF Macclesfield, (Factory No. 13). *
ROF Ruddington, (Filling Factory No. 14).
ROF Walsall, (Filling Factory No. 15).
ROF Elstow, (Filling Factory No. 16).
ROF Featherstone, (Filling Factory No. 17).
ROF Burghfield, (Filling Factory No. 18) (later part of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)).
ROF Tutbury, (Factory No. 19) *
ROF Northampton, (Factory No. 20) *

(Asterisked factories Nos. 12, 13, 19 and 20 were planned, numbers assigned, but not built.)
Mike, I am not sure how correct the list is as I have badges for the following:-
ROF No 13 Radway Green Cheshire(button hole), ROF No 19 Poole, Dorset (pin back) and seen ROF No 20 Blackpole, Worcestershire.

My list shows some differences:-
ROF 1 CHORLEY
ROF 2 BRIDGEND
ROF 3 GLASCOED
ROF 4 BLACKBURN Lancashire#
ROF 5 SWYNNERTON
ROF 6 RISLEY
ROF 7 KIRKBY
ROF 8 FAZAKERLEY, Liverpool
ROF 9 LEEDS
ROF 10 QUENIBOROUGH
ROF 11 BRACKLA
ROF 12
ROF 13 RADWAY GREEN Cheshire#
ROF 14 RUDDINGTON
ROF 15
ROF 16 ELSTOW Bedford
ROF 17 FEATHERSTONE
ROF 18 BURGHFIELD
ROF 19 POOLE Dorset pin back#
ROF 20 BLACKPOLE Worcestershire gm
ROYAL ARSENAL Woolwich pin back #
ROYAL ARSENAL Woolwich button hole#
ROYAL ARSENAL Woolwich bze
ROYAL ARSENAL Woolwich (brooched)
ROYAL SMALL ARMS FACTORY Enfield
COVENTRY ORDNANCE WORKS#
COVENTRY ORDNANCE WORKS(var)

Jerry.
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ROF No 19 Poole, Dorset
Hi Jerry

Just out of curiousity was the 'Poole' ROF located at Holton Heath, near Wareham? In the 70's my dad worked at an EMI factory on the former Admiralty ordnance site there.

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Hi Jerry

Just out of curiousity was the 'Poole' ROF located at Holton Heath, near Wareham? In the 70's my dad worked at an EMI factory on the former Admiralty ordnance site there.

Graham
The only infomation I have on this ROF is Poole Dorset and it was an engineering factory.
Sorry.
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As a matter of interest Radway Green ( No.13 ) is at Alsager which is considerably nearer Crewe than it is to Macclesfield.

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And here is my ROF list.

01 Woolwich, London. Engineering & Filling
02 Enfield, Middlesex. Engineering
03 Birtley, County Durham. Engineering
04 Blackburn Lancashire. Engineering
05 Cardiff Glam. Engineering
06 Cardonald Glasgow. Engineering
07 Dalmuir Dumbartonshire. Engineering
08 Fazakerley Liverpool. Engineering
09 Leeds Yorkshire. Engineering
10 Hooton Cheshire. Engineering
11 Newport Monmouthshire. Engineering
12 Radcliffe Lancs. Engineering
13 Radway Green Cheshire. Small Arms Ammunition
14 Maltby Rotherham. Engineering
15 Wigan Cheshire. Engineering
16 Patricroft Manchester. Engineering
17 Ellesmere Port Cheshire. Engineering
18 Hayes Middlesex. Engineering
19 Poole Dorset. Engineering
20 Blackpole Worcestershire. Small Arms Ammunition
21 Spennymoor County Durham. Small Arms Ammunition
22 Steeton Yorkshire. Small Arms Ammunition
23 Nottingham Notts. Engineering
24 Theale Berkshire. Engineering
25 Hirwaun Glamorgan. Engineering
31 1 Waltham Abbey Essex. Explosive
32 Bishopton Renfrewshire. Explosive
33 Irvine Ayrshire. Explosive
34 Pembrey Camarthenshire. Explosive
35 Wrexham Denbighshire. Explosive
36 Drigg Cumberland. Explosive
37 Bridgwater Somerset. Explosive
38 Ranskill Notts. Explosive
51 Hereford Herefordshire. Filling
52 Chorley Lancs. Filling
53 Bridgend Glamorgan. Filling
54 Glascoed Usk, Monmouth. Filling
55 Swynnerton, Staffordshire. Filling
56 Risley Lancs. Filling
57 Kirkby Liverpool. Filling
58 Thorp Arch Yorkshire. Filling
59 Aycliffe County Durham. Filling
60 Rearsby Leicester. Filling
61 Burghfield Reading. Filling
62 Healey Hall Rochdale. Filling
63 Ruddington Notts. Filling
64 Walsall Staffs. Filling
65 Elstow Bedford. Filling
66 Featherstone Wolverhampton. Filling
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ROF 5 SWYNNERTON Nr Stone Staffs badge

if any one has one ROF number 5 Badge I am looking for one My Grandmother and Gt Aunt both worked there but I have no badge an image would be great also.

hopefully

Stephen

Collecting to Stone Staffordshire and surrounding Towns and Villages. In particular the whereabouts of my Great Uncles medals

14 Star Trio 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment to 9605 Pte H Taylor known to be serving with A Coy 1915

also his brother location of his British War and Victory to 12125 Pte W.J Taylor serving with 5th Batt R.F. 1915. I have his 14/15 Star.

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ROF 5 SWYNNERTON Nr Stone Staffs badge

if any one has one i am looking for one My Grandmother and Gt Aunt both worked there but I have no badge an image would be great also.

hopefully

Stephen

Collecting to Stone Staffordshire and surrounding Towns and Villages. In particular the whereabouts of my Great Uncles medals

14 Star Trio 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment to 9605 Pte H Taylor known to be serving with A Coy 1915

also his brother location of his British War and Victory to 12125 Pte W.J Taylor serving with 5th Batt R.F. 1915. I have his 14/15 Star.
All the badge's are the same with ROYAL ORDNANCE FACTORY around edge and just the number changed. ROYAL ARSENAL WOOLWICH badge's had this title around edge and ROYAL SMALL ARMS FACTORY had a different badge as did COVENTRY ORDNANCE WORKS. There may have been other types of badge.
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Just out of curiousity was the 'Poole' ROF located at Holton Heath, near Wareham? In the 70's my dad worked at an EMI factory on the former Admiralty ordnance site there.

Graham
'Poole' ROF was located in Sopers Lane, Poole. It later became 'Plessey' and is now 'Siemens'. Some of the site has now been sold off. Holten Heath was a WW1 Cordite Factory.

I have only just joined this group so apologies if you already know all this.
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The Radway Green factory is till in production as part of BAe although it's much smaller than it was.
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'Poole' ROF was located in Sopers Lane, Poole. It later became 'Plessey' and is now 'Siemens'.
Thank you, much appreciated - I grew up in Upton so I know where you're talking about: Fleetsbridge/Waterloo.

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I have only just joined this group so apologies if you already know all this.
Not at all, I wasn't aware of that and appreciate you taking the time to make the note.


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And here is my ROF list.

01 Woolwich, London. Engineering & Filling
02 Enfield, Middlesex. Engineering
03 Birtley, County Durham. Engineering
04 Blackburn Lancashire. Engineering
05 Cardiff Glam. Engineering
06 Cardonald Glasgow. Engineering
07 Dalmuir Dumbartonshire. Engineering
08 Fazakerley Liverpool. Engineering
09 Leeds Yorkshire. Engineering
10 Hooton Cheshire. Engineering
11 Newport Monmouthshire. Engineering
12 Radcliffe Lancs. Engineering
13 Radway Green Cheshire. Small Arms Ammunition
14 Maltby Rotherham. Engineering
15 Wigan Cheshire. Engineering
16 Patricroft Manchester. Engineering
17 Ellesmere Port Cheshire. Engineering
18 Hayes Middlesex. Engineering
19 Poole Dorset. Engineering
20 Blackpole Worcestershire. Small Arms Ammunition
21 Spennymoor County Durham. Small Arms Ammunition
22 Steeton Yorkshire. Small Arms Ammunition
23 Nottingham Notts. Engineering
24 Theale Berkshire. Engineering
25 Hirwaun Glamorgan. Engineering
31 1 Waltham Abbey Essex. Explosive
32 Bishopton Renfrewshire. Explosive
33 Irvine Ayrshire. Explosive
34 Pembrey Camarthenshire. Explosive
35 Wrexham Denbighshire. Explosive
36 Drigg Cumberland. Explosive
37 Bridgwater Somerset. Explosive
38 Ranskill Notts. Explosive
51 Hereford Herefordshire. Filling
52 Chorley Lancs. Filling
53 Bridgend Glamorgan. Filling
54 Glascoed Usk, Monmouth. Filling
55 Swynnerton, Staffordshire. Filling
56 Risley Lancs. Filling
57 Kirkby Liverpool. Filling
58 Thorp Arch Yorkshire. Filling
59 Aycliffe County Durham. Filling
60 Rearsby Leicester. Filling
61 Burghfield Reading. Filling
62 Healey Hall Rochdale. Filling
63 Ruddington Notts. Filling
64 Walsall Staffs. Filling
65 Elstow Bedford. Filling
66 Featherstone Wolverhampton. Filling
My great uncle Dr Egbert Percy Booth managed Royal Ordnance Factory No 10, Hooton during WW2, so this confirms your No 10 above. Today I found a cigar box of his with an engraved plate inside which reads:
Presented To
Dr Egbert P Booth DSc, PhD, MI Mech E
By the staff of the
Royal Ordnance Factory
Ellesmere Port
As a token of
Affection and esteem
May 1943
This caused me some confusion, but it seems Ellesmere Port and Hooton are one place, is that correct?
He only married my mother's mother's sister in 1946, but Aunt Ann had been his HR officer at the factory during the war.
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I have just received the badge which must have belonged to my great uncle Dr Egbert Percy Booth who was in charge of Roften, or Royal Ordnance Factory 10

Stamped on the back is the number 720. The badge was made by the firm T.L.M. Ltd Birmingham.

Along with it came a silver plate which refers to Roften being in Hooton, whereas the plate in the cigar box refers to Ellesmere Port, but I presume from the comments that that is the same thing.

Another badge came with it, his Birmingham Special Constabulary Reserve badge, serial number 1000

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