Lady Tram Drivers

Doncaster Chronicle July 1915

Lady Tram Drivers – Doncaster Chronicle July 1915 Doncaster Local Studies Library

This picture appeared in the Doncaster Chronicle¬†in July 1915 with the headline ‘The Gentle Sex Collecting Fares.’ When men left the town to join the military they left gaps in the workforce at home that were filled by women. As well as becoming tram drivers, women also worked in munitions, the postal service and in industry.

By July 1915, four women were in training to work on Doncaster trams. Two of these women were young widows who lost their husbands when the HMS Good Hope was sunk in 1914. These women were working on the Avenue Road to Hexthorpe and Racecourse to Hyde Park tram routes. Their uniforms were blue with red piping around shoulder and collar, and they wore blue and red caps red with Corporation badge on the front.

As well as becoming tram drivers, women also worked in munitions, the postal service and in industry.