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Mortar Accident 1949
In 1949 the 1st Bn The XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers were carrying out the duties of Demonstration Bn at Warminster.
They often made Training Films for the Army and it was during the making of one such film (possibly Methods of Instruction Part One) that an accident involving a 3 inch Mortar Bomb killed a Lancashire Fusilier and injured a number of others.
It happened on the Ranges at Imber.
The film was being made by AKC and they were filming a Mock up of a Platoon attack by D Coy 1 LF on a Concrete Pillbox.
The Platoon were supported by the Flame throwing "Wasps" of the Carrier Platoon and there was a 2 Inch Mortar smoke Screen laid down.
One of the Wasps had thrown a track and during the necessary halt to fix it,a few people gathered around.
Maurice Taylor and John"Mucky" Mason were squatting down looking at the track when a loud explosion happened quite close to the group.
Jim Costello remembers it as follows:-
"As I and some others were going to the carrier a loud explosion occured and I saw people fall to the ground. We, obviously, were outside the danger zone as A Coy suffered no casualites. I remember dashing to the nearest person on the ground who was screaming out. The right thigh part of his trousers was ripped open and blood was pulsing out of a hole in his leg. I pressed my hands over the hole but that didn't seem to have any effect. I saw a big lump of soiled, white chalk lying nearby so I tried to lick it clean and placed it in the hole. This seemed to stop the blood flow somewhat. The injured lad went a bit quiet and said, "Don't leave me will you Cossie." a few times. Then some people arrived, put him on a strecher and took him away.

Later as we waited around the Oxford carrier I learnt that D Coy's Fusilier James, had picked up a 3in mortar bomb near the carrier and threw it over the carrier to the other side where it exploded and he was uninjured and had been taken away.
I later learned that the lad I had tried to help was Fusilier Sadler.
Much to my grief, and I am sure to his Mam's and the rest of his family I heard that the poor lad had died.

Strangely enough, as Maurice says, we never heard much more about the incident. Other than Lt Warren Sillitoe, I never heard anything about anybody else, even what happened to Fusilier James.

Whenever this incident flashes through my mind, maybe once in a year, I always think about Sadler knowing my name, yet I did not know who he was."

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