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Steelworks recruitment after the First World War

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My father who worked at Firth Browns as a metallurgist in the late 1918s / 1920s once told a tale about a recruitment drive in Bahrain to encourage some of their young men to work in the Sheffield steelworks. He actually said he'd been over there. That I fear may be a bit of fiction as in those days travel was so limiting. However, I can't entirely dismiss it out of hand. Anyone had any similar tales from their fathers or grandfathers?

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Post War Britain was interested in finding jobs for the large demobilised Army and as a result women, who had been doing war work, were quickly encouraged to return to "domesticity". I have never read of any recruitment drive and would have thought it unnecessary especially with the hundreds of thousands of Indian  and other Empire troops who had served on the Western Front.

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I lived in Bahrain during the 70s. It is a tiny place, same size as the Isle of Wight, and the local population were mainly fishermen or traders, certainly no steel workers.

Britain had a long relationship with Bahrain during the 20th century because of its strategic location, - we had both naval and air-force bases there. So British servicemen would have visited regularly.

Some nationals may have found their way over here and ended up in the steelworks, but can't imagine that it was part of an active recruitment process.

 

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Bahrein was a British Protectorate with a population in 1918 of far less than 1 million...hardly fertile ground for recruitment. However, post WW2 Sheffield did have a number of steelworkers from Aden and the Yemen.

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