Edith Maud Bell, aged 15; Mrs Elizabeth Dale, aged 24; Dorothy Powell, aged 19; and Mrs Rose Green, aged 21; all perished
in an accident at the Mill in October 1941. Constance Mary Calvert, aged 16, survived the explosion with injuries to her legs and hands.
The young women worked in the low building seen in the photograph preparing artificial hand grenades with gunpowder for use by the Home Guard when,
as a result of friction during the process a large explosion occurred blowing one side of the building out killing and injuring the above named women.
The wall was subsequently rebuilt but several years later on the 31st December 1948, the Mill was destroyed by a massive fire.
The site was later utilised by the Yorkshire Electricity Board and is now the Aldersyde housing estate.
A note from our AHS researcher - 'A blue plaque for the four women would be an idea'.