Bomb Disposal in Wartime Ryde
Bomb disposal is never a laughing matter, particularly in these days of terrorist threats, but when you read the article on bomb disposal in 1944 you may give a sigh of relief that things have changed for the better.
WHEN YOU FIND A BOMB
If you find something that you may think is a bomb, don’t poke at it with your walking stick or umbrella to make sure. It is YOU whom the authorities wish to make a report – not the bomb!
You should report your discovery immediately to a warden or policeman. In fact, the law demands that you shall do this. It is an offence not to report your observation.
Do not suppose that anyone will laugh should you have made a mistake. You will be complimented, whether the object proves to be a bomb or not. You may well have saved the life of some curious child by taking proper action quickly.
Small incendiary bombs may be found lying unignited on the surface or partly buried in gardens, recreation grounds or in the open country. Discovery of bombs or even suspicious holes should immediately be notified to the police. It is a good idea too, if this can be managed to arrange for someone to stay near so as to warn other people until an officer arrives.
Should the warden or Police officer decide that the object- there may be more than one- can be safely handled, assistance can be given by obeying instructions carefully.
Source: Isle of Wight Times 11 May 1944 & The Do’s and Don’ts of Bomb Disposal from The Bomb Disposal Club