Reference HO 192/1202
Title Cadbury Bros Ltd: special investigation at factory following raid on 3 Dec 1940
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/23
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Manufacturing and materials, Damage to property, Labour supply and relations, Casualties and injuries
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham, Bournville


A file of documents relating to the impact of air raids on Cadbury's. Subjects discussed in the file include damage to factories, including the structures, machinery, plants, and stocks; the repair of industrial and residential buildings; an analysis of production losses, including the loss of working time, the turnover of labour, the time lost in shelters, the refusal of night work, and the lowering of working efficiency; and factors affecting the workers, including casualties, housing damage, lateness, absenteeism, and fatigue. Other subjects discussed include the distribution of the homes of Cadbury's employees; war-related production by Cadbury's, including gas masks; non-war-related production, including chocolate food products; industrial accidents, including surgery cases; the sickness benefit scheme for workers; the situation of air-raid refugees, including homeless workers and the wives of night-workers and firemen; and the distribution of Cadbury's products.


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