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Prince Harry meets veterans and pays tribute to bomb disposal experts during service at St Pauls

October 26th, 2015

In a poignant address, Mr Kirkpatrick told the congregation: “It is extremely difficult to put into words what Jamie’s loss has meant to us, his family and his many friends.

Prince Harry arrives at St.Pauls (AP)

“We recall many family celebrations and events that would, under normal circumstances, be a source of happiness, but which are now inevitably a source of sadness too.

“We continue to reflect on all the ongoing events that he is now not around to witness and therefore seem somehow incomplete.”

Cpl Kirkpatrick was born in Edinburgh and lived in Llanelli in South Wales. Harry spoke to his family, including his young daughter Polly, at the end of the service.

Wearing a blue civilian suit with three medals pinned to his chest, Harry also spoke to former servicemen badly injured while serving in the forces.

They included Sappers Clive Smith, 30, from Walsall in the West Midlands, and Jack Cummings, 27, from Didcot in Oxfordshire. Both men lost their legs on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Mr Smith said he chatted with Harry about the Prince’s Invictus Games for injured servicemen, having taken part last year in the handcycling events.

“He is always very approachable and interested in what you have to say,” Mr Smith said.

Harry meets former bomb-disposal personnell at St.Pauls (Getty)

Discussing the service, he said: “It was quite emotional. It brings back memories of events you would rather forget but it was a very good service.”

Serving and retired members of the EOD community will deliver accounts of the conflicts and the part played by EOD units.

Officially formed in October 1940, the original Royal Engineers bomb disposal unit played an important role in the Second World War, dealing with tens of thousands of unexploded bombs in the UK and overseas.

Since then, bomb disposal has expanded from the Royal Engineers to function across the armed forces.

Mr Holland, best known for his long-running BBC Two music programme, has been honorary Colonel of the 101 Engineer Regiment since 2012.

Prince Harry leaves St.Pauls (PA)

He told the congregation that from its origins in the Second World War “this story of human courage is set in such contrast to the evil of indiscriminate destruction; and of the danger of unexploded ordnance, improvised explosive devices, and mines that remain such a threat to life and limb.”

He added: “The story of the men and women who have worked in explosive ordnance disposal is the story of teamwork and bravery, and often of great personal cost and the ultimate sacrifice.”

He also said it was important to remember we had once been “on the other side” and offer remembrance for German civilians who “still live with the legacy of our own weapons dropped in towns and cities that we once targeted for destruction in the battle against tyranny.”

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Children play with live World War Two bomb on Welsh beach

August 20th, 2015

And stunned dad Gareth, 34, tweeted his surprise when he learned of the news and shared photos of Erin, six, and Ellis, four, and their close call online.

Gareth posted: “So the bhoy my kids were jumping on all weekend turns out to be a WW11 bomb. Oops.”

Kelly said: “The tide was up so we discovered what we later learned was the bomb – we just thought it was a bhoy.

“We were more interested in the barnacles on it and the kids were looking at them while Gareth noticed that it had a chain on.

“I even made the joke that it was a big bomb at the time but did not think anything of it.

“It’s only afterwards when the reality has set in that we were actually very lucky.

“We were close to disaster – it’s shocking.”

Despite the close call Gareth and Kelly, who run a waste management firm and also coach the town’s rugby union team, they insist that they would return to the beach.

Kelly said: “I wouldn’t be worried about going back but we will definitely be more cautious when we do.

“I’ve heard of things being washed up on the beach before but nothing like this.

“We’ll definitely think twice before messing with something like that in future and we went down for a look to see it get blown up.”

Cllr Meryl Gravell, executive board member for leisure for Carmarthenshire Council, said: “I would like to reassure the public that we have taken the appropriate action, we apologise for any inconvenience whilst the beach is temporarily closed.”

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Did a Nazi bomb fall near your house?

April 8th, 2015

More than 30,000 bombs fell in London during the blitz, but not all of them exploded.

Last week, 1,200 residents had to leave their homes in Bermondsey, London, after a 1,000lb Nazi bomb was discovered in the area. A few days later, a resident brought an old artillery shell into a police station in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Later that week, a gardener handed in yet another unexploded bomb in Goole.

But given the huge number of bombs the Nazis dropped on Britain, it isn’t surprising that we’re still finding remnants 70 years later. The map above, compiled using data from, shows the locations where bombs fell in London during the blitz. Was your street affected? Scroll through our map and zoom in to get a sense of where the bombs fell during World War Two.

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Giant WWII bomb dug up by builders in London

March 27th, 2015

Second World War bomb blown up in Hackney’s Clissold Park
Dramatic footage of WW2 bomb raid emerges

The Met is warning the disruption could last for a long time yet as experts attempt to safely dispose of the potentially volatile device.

A Met Police spokesman said: “The device is huge – it is a big fuss. Self-evidently from the nature of the operation, it is a big one, it is being dealt with but it could be problematic.

“We are on the case along with partner agencies but this could take a very long time. We will be issuing a further statement shortly.”

A member of the Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal team at the scene (Jamie Lorriman)

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade, which has crews at the scene assisting bomb disposal units and the police, said the operation was likely to be a protracted one.

He said: “A large number of people have been evacuated from that area including homes and businesses as a precaution.

“We are assisting at the incident and it is likely to be a protracted one that could go on for some time.

“Whether that is due to the nature of the device or some other difficulty we’re not sure. We are on the scene to ensure it is as safe as possible.”

Police and Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal Unit securing the area (LNP)

A Scotland Yard spokesman added: “At this early stage, the unexploded bomb is thought to be approximately 5ft long and 1000lbs in weight.

“A cordon and a wider exclusion zone of 400 meters has been put in place as a precaution, whilst we deal with the incident.

“We are working with colleagues from the London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and Southwark Council who are also on scene.

“There a number of road closures and traffic diversions in the area.”

A wartime digaram show different German bomb sizes

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Army experts safely destroy WWII Bermondsey bomb

March 25th, 2015

Army experts safely explode the bomb at a quarry in Kent. Credit: Ministry of Defence

SAT Lester, of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Royal Logistic Corps, said: “This bomb was a live munition in a dangerous condition. It had been disturbed by some pretty heavy building machinery, which is never a good thing. Bombs don’t like being bashed around.

“But once we’d uncovered it, we knew what we were dealing with and it was just a question of solving the puzzle quickly so we could get it away and the good residents of Bermondsey back in their homes.

“We knew we had to get it away to dispose of it safely because trying to deal onsite with a bomb that size, even under a controlled explosion, would cause significant damage to buildings, (and) property, and the risk of major loss of life in such a highly populated part of the city was very high.”

Buildings around The Grange were evacuated as British Army bomb disposal experts and engineers built a protective “igloo” around the 5ft (1.5m) device to protect the surrounding buildings in case of accidental detonation.

Bomb disposal teams from Shorncliffe Troop 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Royal Logistic Corps and Sappers from 33 Engineer Regiment Explosive Ordnance Disposal were involved in excavating the device (MoD)

The igloo was created from Hesco blast walls, like those used to build Camp Bastion and other military bases in Afghanistan during the conflict there.

The bomb was excavated last night by teams who had previously worked on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. It was then transported to a site in Kent owned by Brett Aggregates for the detonation, allowing people in Bermondsey to return to their homes last night.

On Wednesday night, Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, tweeted: “Thank u 2 members of the Armed Forces & all involved in moving the £UXB 2 Kent today & grateful 2 local £Bermondsey residents 4 patience.”

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Massive Nazi bomb threatens to destroy London homes

March 24th, 2015

Army experts are therefore having to dig around the bomb in order to gain access and defuse it.

They have surrounded it with an ‘igloo’ of special sandbags in order to absorb some of the impact should it accidentally go off.

But locals were left in no doubt as to the seriousness of the situation with police them they could be killed if they attempted to remain in their homes.

A police officer explains the situation to a local (National)

In a leaflet the Metropolitan Police said: “The Army bomb disposal team have advised that, if the bomb explodes, buildings in the 200-metre zone will be significantly damaged and those close to the bomb will be destroyed. Remaining in your home is placing your life at significant risk.”

Local Southwark councillor Lucas Green denied claims that the police were causing unnecessary panic insisting: “This area lived through the Blitz once and it still remembers how to handle itself in a similar situation.

“There’s the danger that people may think everything is OK. But the serious work begins now.”

Southwark council re-homed around 100 people on Monday night, while the Red Cross helped to provide food and other supplies to vulnerable people who had been affected.

Second World War bomb blown up in Hackney’s Clissold Park
Dramatic footage of WW2 bomb raid emerges
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Map of Nazi bombs dropped on London

While it is unclear how long the operation to make the device safe will take, it is understood the plan is to load it on to an army truck and take it away where it can be safely detonated.

The bomb was found on the old site of the Southwark Irish Pensioners Centre.

Mr Green tweeted: “Seems our OAPs are hard as nails, drinking tea on top of a 1,000lb bomb for 70 years.”

The bomb was discovered in Bermondsey (Sgt Rupert Frere RLC/Crown Copyright)

A member of the Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal team at the scene (Jamie Lorriman)

Local resident, Mary Chrisfield, 84, who was just eight years old when The Blitz began, said she could never have imagined she would be directly affected by the bombings 80 years after the war ended.

She said: “I remember my uncles reading about The Blitz to me from the newspaper. There was still damage visible when I moved to Bermondsey in 1950. I remember the front of St Joseph’s Cathedral was in ruins.

“I’ve lived through the time of the Blitz and people telling me about it in the years after. I never thought reading about it in the newspapers all those years ago that I would be affected by it directly.

“It is strange to think that the bombs are still here but even stranger to think they are impacting on London all this time later.”

London Fire Brigade said that between 2009 and 2014 it was called to seven unexploded Second World War bombs and five unexploded hand grenades.

Police and Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal Unit securing the area (LNP)

Meanwhile an alert was sparked close to Gatwick Airport after workmen discovered another unexploded shell.

The 70-year-old ordnance was discovered underneath a tree by workmen digging up a stretch of land between the North and South terminals at the West Sussex airport.

A cordon was thrown around the area and the Perimeter Road North was closed to traffic while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team carried out a controlled explosion.

A police spokesman said: “At 9.30am a Second World War munition, possibly an unexploded shell, was discovered close to the police dog training ground at Gatwick Airport.

“A tree appeared to have grown around the device, suggesting it had been there for a considerable time.”

Inspector Andy Richardson, from Sussex Police, said: “The passenger shuttle between the north and south terminals was temporarily disrupted for a while but flights were not affected.

A wartime digaram show different German bomb sizes

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Dambusters’ bouncing bomb sight and marbles to be auctioned

January 10th, 2015

The sight was designed by Wing Cdr C L Dann and was used by bomb aimer Pilot Officer John Fort on board the AJ-J, the fifth aircraft to attack the dam, piloted by Flt Lt David Maltby.

It was the “bouncing bomb” guided by this sight which breached the Mohne dam and flooded the western Ruhr region.

It was passed to David Maltby’s father, Ettrick, after the raid and placed in the museum of prep school Hydneye House, East Sussex, which he owned and ran.

When the school was sold in the mid-1950s it was passed on to the new headmaster and eventually to the current owner, a former pupil.

Humberts is also offering the map light and parallelogram used by Sgt Vivian Nicholson, Matlby’s navigator on the same aircraft, as well as four of the marbles used by Sir Barnes Wallis to design the bouncing bomb.

A leather collar box which belonged to Wing Cdr Guy Gibson, the commanding officer for the mission, is the fifth item on offer.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said the items were the “most spine-tingling and historical” he has offered for sale.

He said they were “synonymous with heroism of the highest order”.

The International Militaria Auction will take place on 20 January.

The raid came at a tragically high price – eight of the 19 Lancasters were shot down or damaged, and of the 133 air crew, 53 were killed and three were captured.

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Second World War bomb blown up in Hackney’s Clissold Park

January 6th, 2015

Footage of the moment the 70-year-old weapon was blown up in Clissold Park, Hackney, has been released.

A Metropolitan Police sergeant took to Twitter to explain the move, in a bid to prevent shrapnel flying.

Residents also used the social network after a flurry of speculation about the cause of the explosion.

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British Second World War bomb forces evacuation in Germany

September 9th, 2014

Germany is still littered with unexploded ordnance from the Second World War. The Allies dropped 2.7m tons of bombs on Germany between 1940 and 1944.

Estimates vary on how many failed to go off, but unexploded bombs are found almost weekly in Germany, and on average 2,000 tons of unexploded ordnance are found each year.

In January, a construction worker was killed when his mechanical digger accidentally triggered a bomb buried beneath a building site in western Germany.

Three bomb disposal workers were killed in 2010 when a bomb went off before they could defuse it, and in 2006 an autobahn construction worker was killed when his bulldozer hit an unexploded bomb.

In Germany’s largest ever peacetime evacuation, more than 45,000 people had to be cleared from Koblenz in 2011 after falling water levels on the Rhine revealed two massive unexploded RAF bombs.

In 2012, a 500-pound American bomb discovered in Munich was deemed too unsafe to move, and had to be detonated in situ.

The resulting explosion shattered windows over a wide area and caused structural damage to several homes.

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Second World War bomb kills seven in Bangkok

April 2nd, 2014

At least seven people died and 19 others were injured Wednesday when a massive Second World War bomb exploded at a scrap metal warehouse in Bangkok as workers tried to cut it open, officials said.

The 500-pound shell was found at a construction site by builders who then sold it to a suburban scrap metal merchant believing the bomb had been defused.

“The workers at the warehouse thought the bomb was no longer active so they used a metal cutter to cut into it causing the explosion,” said local police commander Virasak Foythong, adding the ordnance was probably left over from the war era.

“Seven are now confirmed dead and 19 injured,” the city’s Erawan emergency centre said, updating the toll. It reported that five people were killed at the scene.

Confirming the number of deaths, a police explosives expert said the blast created a large crater and damaged homes within a 1,600-feet radius.

“It was (a) 500 pound bomb dropped from the air during the Second World War,” Colonel Kamthorn Ouicharoen, of the police bomb disposal unit, told AFP after visiting the scene.

Television footage showed debris and twisted metal at the destroyed workshop as thick smoke choked the sky, while local reports said dozens of nearby homes were also damaged by the blast.

The allies conducted bombing raids on the Thai capital in retaliation for the kingdom joining the Japanese war effort in south-east Asia.

Edited by Barney Henderson

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