Finally, home, de-escalated and no big bangs, waited for ages for the police to arrive, then had to wait for the EOD, police said there was only him and one other covering a huge area, and dealing with more urgent incidents, almost tempted to start playing a violin or our-tunes the way it was relayed to me
I did explain they would need a 4X4, police arrived in an estate car with no ground clearance, EOD had a lorry with little ground clearance when they went flying past, stopped 30 metres past where we flagged them down, said they had trouble getting reverse, so had to travel a mile to go and find somewhere to turn round.
So, after explaining and reviewing the picture I sent them they all jumped aboard my car and set off, get on site and said have you got a spade……………….ahhhhh…..yes, so went to one spot and handed him the spade, he digs it out completely and had a good look, proceeded to bang the end and said, yep, a smoke mortar due to the three protrusions on the business end, it had done what it was intended and was dead
The other four were just the same, he went on to explain that even if live the damp would have made it almost inert and would not have gone off, the fin found on its own he said may have been a live exploding mortar as that’s all there was of it looking at how the fin was damaged.
He explained how the mortars fired, looking at the site and the line he thought they were all fired from the same position, they were all British and likely used to practice as it was an ideal area. He went on to say there are possibly lots more due to the high number of bullets also found, showed me some pictures of different mortars and what to look out for but don’t move anything, call us we will deal with it even if they are like these found, and were no danger. Showed me the aftermath of a detonated mortar that hey had blew up and the crater was quite large
He said they get called quite a lot to stuff found metal detecting, on a couple of occasions he asked where they were, to be told they are in the hedge and said that’s not what should be done with them, leave them where found
That’s all I have found in this field apart from a Victoria penny 1892, so I don’t think I will be doing any more in this field, had enough excitement and dug bullets and sheep poo from this field.
Here is a picture of one he dug out; the fin would have screwed on the left-hand side of the mortar on the bit protruding
And one in the ground