The Adam Park Project

Fuse Safety Cap

Item Information:

Catalogue Number: 09/07/021 Source: TAPP Archaeology Surveys Location: No 9 Adam Park Report No: Report No.16 Artifact Type: Ammunition Production Date: 2013-01-16 00:00:00 Dimensions of Item: 35mm x 30mm Copyright with The Adam Park Project

Other Description:

Item 09/07/21 is 35mm in diameter and 30mm deep. It is annotated with the words ‘REMOVE BEFORE FIRING’ and ‘No 152’. Also stamped into the rim of the cap is the abbreviation ‘P.L.C’. There is a machined twist grip on the exterior surface of the cap and an internal screw thread. Two holes 7mm in diameter have been drilled through the side of the cap.

Historic Context:

The Type 152 fuze is a percussion fuze used on the 3” mortar. These facts tallies with the battalion history that states Sgt Pike and Sgt Reeves’s mortars were located at No.7 on the 12th February and that the house was used as an ammunition store during the fighting where mortar rounds were made ready for firing. The mortar section was virtually wiped out in the bombardment of the RASC camp on the other side of the Adam Road on the 15th February. All the mortars were lost and much of their ammunition was set alight. This may account for the molten cap found at No.9.

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