Recent Additions
   & Updates
Search the site


Site Information
Resources

Newsclips

from the Chester Chronicle 27 June 2003

WW1 grenade find goes down a bomb


THE bomb squad was called to a quiet cul-de-sac when a Chester man took home a World War One hand grenade discovered next to a city centre gym.

Peter Carline said his 20-year-old son found the rusty 90-year-old grenade next to the millennium cycleway as he cycled home from Total Fitness in Liverpool Road.

It has been established the grenade was a number 23 type from World War One.

Mr Carline, of Woodlands Avenue, off Parkgate Road, examined the find in his garage late at night using his car headlights and, not taking any chances, locked it in there overnight.

After work the next day he had a better look in daylight and decided to call in police who alerted 521 Squadron, based at the Dale Camp.

Mr Carline, a postman, said his son took the grenade home thinking it might be valuable but was now embarrassed about all the fuss it had caused.

He said: 'The bomb expert told me that possibly it could have gone off under extreme heat or with a bad knock. I found it hard to believe it could have gone off. It was a really really old rusting thing from the First World War. How it got there I will never know. I asked the bomb disposal man and he said they find them all over the place.'

Mr Carline recalled being nervous during the first examination even though at that point he was unsure what his son had found.

'There's no power in the garage and I put the headlights on the car. I told everyone to stay away. The next day I got home from work and in the light I could see it was a hand grenade and rang the police and they called the bomb squad. They came in a big disposal van.

'The neighbours must have thought I was in the IRA or something. The police and the bomb squad have been here about 10 times.'

Mr Carline said the bomb disposal officer looked suspiciously at the object at first, then picked it up and said he would have to take it away to be destroyed. Mr Carline was shocked to discover the grenade's pin was still in place.

'It could have been worse. We could have used it as a door-stop for three weeks before we found out it was a grenade!' he joked.

Captain Hannah Winton, troop commander of 521 Squadron within the Royal Logistic Corps, stressed that anyone finding an object that looked like ammunition should leave it alone and contact the police. She confirmed the grenade found beside the gym was a number 23 type from World War One

.


Aftermath - when the boys came home

Thursday 10 February 2005

Member of the History Channel
visit aftermath books
In association with Amazon