The Gazette Report: November 2nd., 1942
Victim -of a 1914-18 shell
Woman blown up
A 55 year old woman from Croft St Middlesbrough has just become a victim of the war—the last war.
She was taken to the North Riding Infirmary last night with a fractured leg after a shell, a relic from the 1914-18 hostilities exploded at her home.
The shell had stood on her mantelpiece as an ornament for 24 years until last night—when she used it as a support for a broken fire grate.
Neighbours say they heard a sizzling noise and then an explosion. The fireplace was blown out and shrapnel hit the walls.
One neighbour who was there when the lady polished the shell and then put in the grate had asked if it was dangerous.
“No, I’ve had it for nearly 25 years,” was the reply.
The victim was said to be ‘very poorly’