Because of those Mills bombs
he never returned from France.
We know that soldiers learnt about explosives and ballistics and how to use the Mills Bombs, especially for trench clearance, and how to operate the new attachments for firing the grenades from rifles.
BIRMINGHAM industrialist William Mills was the inventor of the refined grenade which was known as the Mills Bomb and transformed trench warfare in the First World War.
D Company were attempting to consolidate before advancing north up Cupid trench using hand-thrown Mills bombs
Finally, before going out we all slip two Mills Bombs
, with pins already straightened, in the bottom pockets of our tunics.
Part of our 100-acre farm was requisitioned for an assault course in which the troops practised throwing live Mills bombs
Led by the OCR (Officer Commanding Raid) the raiders consisted of two squads of 11 men, each loaded down with Mills bombs
to hurl into dugouts as they swept through the German trenches.
These crates contained Mills Bombs
and the last thing Thomas saw before flinging himself into the nearest ditch, was the Chinese chap holding one of the bombs to his ear saying, "It goes zzzzzzz".
Somehow Harris struggled to them, one after another, and slipped Mills bombs
into their gun ports.
Single handed, he attacked a German machine gun position decimating his colleagues, running across open ground, shooting the gunner and blowing up the position with Mills bombs
One of them was nineteen-year-old Private Tommy Holmes of the Canadian Mounted Rifles who scrambled from shell hole to shell hole to take out two machine guns posts and a pillbox with Mills bombs
Similar action occurred on the 2nd Division's front and, when troops were caught in a crossfire from a machine gun in a trench, Cpl Ellis Sifton crawled up to the trench and silenced the occupants with Mills bombs