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  1. Hi Togger,the bullets are .303,as fired from the SMLE LEE ENFIELD rifle during both World Wars.
  2. Great topic,and very interesting as I have spent many happy days metal detecting on Midhope Moor where the ATVR was constructed during WW11 with targets across the valley to the east and west under the shadow of the bronze age burial mound on Pike Low. A mate of mine was once the gamekeeper on there,so I had free range well before the right to roam act came into force,and the amount of ordnance I managed to pull out of the ground was unbelievable,and as Americans,Canadians and British trained on there the variety was mind boggling:- Mills bombs,Yank Pineaple grenades,variety of mortor rounds British & Canadian .303,50 Cal, American .30 & 50 cal,many unfired and just buried after the war.Obviously being an ex soldier gave me the knowledge of what was safe or unsafe to touch helped in no uncertain terms,and I must admit a lot of stuff still lying around on the surface up there is still decidedly dodgy to say the least.So my advice to anyone who wanders around on there,if you see anything that looks remotely like ordnance,DO NOT TOUCH! The main battle tank used on the ranges was the American "Sherman" which fired mainly the 75MM solid shot round,not explosive but with an aproximate weight of 20lb in the warhead was a really effective armour piercing shell.These I have found in abundance complete with drive band,and once cleaned up and painted make brilliant door stops! As an interesting foot note,whil,st on there detecting one day right at the side of one of the old firing positions,out of the grassy bank I dug up what I first thought was an old Regimental cap badge.Once at home and after cleaning under the tap I realised that it was something quite significant,made out of bronze and decorated on the front with the image of a roaring lion.Remarkably,still attached to each corner was a small ferrous metal pin. When I took it along to the small finds co ordinater it was identified as an Anglo Saxon Stirrup Mount,dated 800AD. What A Bonus!
  3. Hi Haystack, if you have transport, you will be able to go and explore yourself, just make your way up past Lodge Moor and keep going right up to Redmires dams. When you are driving at the side of the last dam (which will be on your left), just before you reach the bend, there is a small car park on your right, pull in and park up. Then walk to the path at the back of the car park, which if you followed it right across to the very end, it would bring you out on the A57 near Moscar. However, after you get onto the path, about 50 yards up on your left hand side you will see the big mound of the old quarry workings. Make your way over to them,and then climb up onto the top, have a good look all around, and that is where you will see the zig zag markings on the ground in front and to the left of you which indicates the old trench workings, and it covers a fair old area! If not sure get back in touch, and thanks for your best wishes with the house move. Being a Sheffielder born & bred, its a new beginning, as the missis and me are moving up on the coast to Seaham County Durham. She is a Durham lass, and after being with me all these years, especially during my 22 years in the army, she has always wanted to go back to what she calls "home". I guess after 44 years of being married to me she deserves it! You know us old soldiers, we can doss down anywhere, as long as we get our scoff and beer, what more do you need! ;-)
  4. Hi There, this is the first time that I have been on since I last posted, so excuse my delayed response. I will try and get some pics up for you, but the problem I have at present is that the missis and I are in the throws of moving house. I am sure the married blokes out there will be familiar with how organised women are, so every time I want to put my hands on something, I find that she has already packed it away, but don't worry I will put her through a bit of the old tactical questioning in order to find the location. I am unsure as to whether the training area at Hallam Moor has been detected before, but I know that there has been an archeological dig on there by a local World War 1 historical society. I was told this by the guy who's sheep graze the land, and whilst on there I actually found the spot where they had been investigating, and as a bonus found a few pound coins, enough for a couple of pints! Pics to follow.
  5. Very interesting site, and being an ex soldier I have a great interest in military history especially WW1 as my own grandfather was badly wounded on the Western Front. I have been over to the western front several times visiting the many battlefields including "Sheffield Park" on the Somme, always a very moving experience.
  6. Knutty was born and brought up in Summerfield Street,and as a bin lid went to the same school as me,"Pomona Street County School",but him being clever,passed the 11 plus exam and went to Nether Edge School,After attending there for a year,the school closed and all the pupils went to the newly opened "Abbeydale Grammer School for boys on Hastings road Millhouses. His family moved up onto the cross when they pulled the houses on Summerfield Streer down in the early 60s,and knuttys back yard was situated where the DVLA office now stands.
  7. Marti Caine (Lyn Shephard),as a teenager was on the beauty queen circuit,and also a member of possibly the oldest ladies weights gym in the world,"The Sheffield Barbells".During the early 60s the club was based at the old Portland Street school,and most of the members competed on the beauty queen circuit and they also had a display team that used to go round the country doing an exercise routine to music using weights. These were the days when there were many more boozers than gyms,not like today,when there are more gyms than boozers! So they were very much pioneers of weight training for women,and indeed the only people you saw running on the streets were usually trying to escape the truncheon of a copper,but obviously these were the days when most people got all the exercise they needed by doing hard physical graft at work. At one time her former husband Malcolm stringer did indeed have a butchers shop on Wostenholme Road and one at Banner Cross.
  8. Hi There this is my first post and am hoping someone may be able to give me some info on the age of an old Joseph Rodgers Bowie knife that I have. Any help would be most appreciated.