Margaret Florence Trout was born in 1899 to Herbert and Florence Trout. She lived on Upper Oxford Street with her parents. Her father Herbert worked as a coal miner and later a railway labourer. Herbert died on June 17, 1905 at the age of 31 – Margaret was only 5 years old at the time. Margaret’s mother Florence remarried in 1907 to Robert Butterfield and had three more children.
Margaret later became a munitions worker. ‘Munitionettes’ like Margaret ‘played a crucial role in the First World War. They supplied the troops at the front with the armaments and equipment they needed to fight. They also freed up men from the workforce to join the armed forces’. However, ‘the ‘munitionettes’ worked long hours in often hazardous conditions.’ (Imperial War Museum)
Alongside her job as a munitions worker, Margaret volunteered as a committee member for the GNR Plant Tender Shop Munitions Workers charity. The 1916 War Charities Register states that the objective of this charity was to ‘aid the wounded soldiers at Arnold’s Auxiliary Hospital Doncaster’.
On the 22nd of February 1918, Margaret got married to Reginald Walter Morgan at St James Church, Doncaster. Reginald had served under the British Expeditionary Force in France. ‘Between 1914 and 1918 the British Expeditionary Force grew from a small professional striking force into a mass army, which was not only bigger than any in Britain’s history, but was also capable of fighting and winning a modern, industrialised war on a continental scale.’ (International Encyclopaedia of the First World War)