The photo below shows a group of 43 women who worked in the Defence Industries Limited munitions factory in Verdun. It was found by the Montreal Gazette’s theatre critic Pat Donnelly among her late uncle’s possessions. Her uncle, Fr. Francis Malone, C.S.S.R., had been a priest at St. Ann’s in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood in the early 1940s.
The caption written on the back of the photo reads: “DIL Verdun, Quality Control Department,” followed by a coy “can you find me?” plus the date, 1944, and a helpful hint: “1st in 1st row.”
In Canada, the cultural icon representing women who worked in defence weapon factories during WWII was Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl, borrowed from the name of the real woman, Veronica Foster, who posed for the posters. In the United States, she was dubbed Rosie the Riveter.
View a slighter clearer image of the photo and read the entire article here: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Help+identify+women+from+Verdun+factory/9564005/story.html
If you spot a relative in the photo, please send an email to Ms. Donnelly at pdonnel@montrealgazettecom.