When the men went off to war, the shoe factories were being required to
make more and more army boots under contract for the government.
To cover this work many women were employed in the place of the men.
CWS 'Rough Stuff' staff in 1917
Ernest Bandey took this - of girls at the CWS factory in 1917, working in the
'Rough Stuff' department, as replacements for the men gone to war.