Women's war work
The women and girls of Wolverton used their knitting and sewing skills to help the war effort. The Wolverton Wesleyan Work Party, registered number 1905, for supplying garments for the wounded, was formed on June 24th 1915, following an urgent appeal from the St. John Ambulance Association for garments for wounded soldiers and sailors. It was recommended that a Red Cross Work Party be formed. They decided to order 50 yards of flannelette from London according to the pattern sent by the Association, also to order from Mr. Sharp 2 dozen yards of red flannel, 6 reels of cotton, 9 reels of silks, pins and. needles, 1 lb. of wool and ¼ lb. of knitting cotton. On September 21st the first parcel was sent off containing 12 pillowcases, 8 bed-jackets, 6 flannel nightshirts, 7 flannel day shirts, 2 suits of pyjamas, 5 pairs of day socks, 4 pairs of bed socks and 5 calico nightshirts - a total of 45 articles.