- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Malcolm Welsh
- Location of story:
- Buckhaven, Fife
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- Contributed on:
- 09 November 2003
My story is set in 1943/44 when I was seven or eight years old in small former fishing town of Buckhaven on the north shore of the Firth of Forth on the East coast of Scotland.
I was in class at the local primary one morning and was sat beneath a sea facing window at my desk when the window above me blew in following an explosion on the sea shore.Fortunately there were no serious casualties in the classroom . However we were told later that day that a sea mine had been washed ashore and that some local tradesmen had found the mine and unwittingly decided to load it onto a horse drawn cart with disasterous results . The tradesmen tried to manhandle the mine on to the cart watched by a group of school children on their lunchbreak when the mine slipped of the cart detonated killing the men , horse and a number of children one of which was known to my grandmother.
In recent times I have tried to find reference to this incident but without much success maybe the BBC can uncover the story from archives.
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