1st Jun 1917: Stokes Mortar accident – 20 casualties

During 6th Brigade mortar training the premature bursting of a Stokes bomb caused 20 casualties – 4 killed and 16 wounded. The accident was probably caused by a faulty shell which burst about three feet from the nozzle of the gun. Amongst those killed by the accident was 19 year-old 5058 Pte W.Mills.

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