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Dennis Bros of Guildford test drive lorries manufactured by them for the army SHC ref 1463/PHTALB/3/1

Dennis Bros of Guildford test drive lorries
manufactured by them for the army
SHC ref 1463/PHTALB/3/1

Many of Surrey’s industries were soon engaged in supporting the war economy and the production of munitions and military equipment.  The few Surrey-based specialist munitions firms such as the Chilworth Gunpowder Company increased their output and other firms took on government contracts.   The state’s demands became ever more exacting, especially after the creation of the Ministry of Munitions in May 1915.  Some companies, such as Dennis Brothers, vehicle manufacturers of Guildford, and Drummond Brothers, lathe makers of Guildford, became ‘controlled’ by the Ministry of Munitions: the Ministry took their entire output and regulated prices and profits.  The factory of the famous piano makers, John Broadwood and Sons, situated in London, although the family’s seat was in Capel, continued to turn out pianos, but also produced aircraft fuselages and ammunition boxes.

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