I first heard of this via the Basildon Memories Group on Facebook. Looking on the map, it became apparent that this was the back garden of the former home of some old friends of ours. My younger brother used to spend a lot of time there during the sixties and seventies with their son, a school friend of his.
The owners have both since passed away, their son sold the bungalow a few years ago and the plot was in the process of being redeveloped. This morning a digger unearthed the unexploded devise, the area was cordoned off so that investigations could take place. When we arrived, the Police and Bomb Disposal people were still there. The devise had been placed in the back of their vehicle and we were allowed to take a photo. It had proved to be a British WW2 mortar shell, which begs the question, how it got there!! They told us it would be taken to a farm somewhere to the north where it would be exploded.
I felt quite chilled to think how long the unexploded devise had laid buried at that address – 90 Manor View, Railway Approach. I am about to contact the son and my brother in case they haven’t heard about it. I expect it will be quite a shock to them both.