M&S and the War Effort - Staff Stories

M&S Forces Bulletin

By the end of the War, 1500 of the 2000 men employed by M&S were serving in the Armed Forces. The first edition of the Forces Bulletin was published in January 1944, and was intended not only to keep employees informed about the business, but also to provide a very real link with other colleagues at home and abroad. The Personnel Department also wrote to every individual wherever they happened to be stationed, or in many cases, held in prisoner-of-war camps. The Bulletin was distributed to all serving employees, and now reveals a fascinating insight into what life was like for ordinary people during the War.


Have a look at the images opposite - this Christmas edition contains a Christmas message of hope, a description of M&S stores at the time, news of escapes and replies from employees from around the globe.

You can download all three pages below, either as a PDF of the original or a Word document with full text.


See Discussion and Activity Ideas for suggestions on how these resources can be used for homework or one-off activities.


You can also download an M&S Second World War timeline, which sets significant M&S events against key dates in history.




 
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