Another Granade story ,,
in 1940 4 of the village home guards were in the local woods doing live hand granade practise ,
unbeknown watching in the trees was my old man and his 5 mates 12/14 year olds , on the second throw an accident occoured which resulted in 2 of the guards getting badly injured,one with permanant eye loss
in the resulting chaos the guards set off all wounded in some way back into the village ,
my old man and his mates thought it best to move on out of the way and regroup later on the canal bank later on that day ,
on regrouping one lad then produced a live granade ,in the ensuing excitement and grasps of hands about what to do with it ,was short lived when the safety pin was removed and the,, Run and get down ,,,came into play,
lucky the granade was thrown into the Leeds liverpool canal which resulted in a dull thud a 10 foot plume of water a 3 ft wave running each direction down the canal and hundreds of stunned or dead fish floating about .