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Richmond grenade factory features in BBC World War One stories
A World War One hand grenade factory in Richmond features in a series of stories being broadcast this year.
World War One at Home, a UK-wide project, will tell more than 1,000 powerful stories linked to specific places across the country - in a way never told before.
The project will uncover stories about neighbourhoods where wounded were treated, front line supplies were made, scientific developments happened, prisoners of war were held and where heroes are buried.
The wartime accounts will be brought to life by the Imperial War Museum and the BBC in a partnership that will span the World War One centenary.
Audiences will discover stories including what happened to hundreds of thousands of Belgian refugees who fled their homeland in 1914 following Germany’s invasion and escaped to Britain.
As more British men were sent to fight at the front the British Government was keen to allow the Belgian refugees to contribute to the war effort at home by working in the arms factories.
More than 60,000 Belgians answered the call and about 500 Belgian companies were established, the largest of which was the Pelabon Works, a hand grenade factory, in Richmond.
Michael Macfarlane, head of BBC London, said: “In researching World War One on the home front in London, we found the most remarkable stories of endurance and courage - a hundred stories about real Londoners which we bring to life on radio, TV and online."
In the capital, BBC London 94.9 will broadcast a story at 8.15am each weekday morning, and at various times throughout the day from Monday, February 24, to Friday, February 28.
BBC London will also broadcast a World War One at Home story each weekday during the same week at 6.30pm on BBC One.
For more information, visit bbc.co.uk/ww1.
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