World War Military Artillery Artefacts found in Skipsea

By Rebecca Hannant, Withernsea Correspondant

LAST weekend was a busy weekend for World War II history and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team who were called to two sites in the East Riding of Yorkshire to investigate the unearthing of two previously hidden World War II military artillery artefacts hidden underground. 

On July 25, Humberside Police, the Humber coastguard, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) were called out to Skipsea after four parts of a World War II rocket were discovered on the beach near Far Grange Caravan Park in Skipsea. After the parts were spotted, Humberside Police reported the items to the coastguard. Unsure what they were, both services cordoned off the area until the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) from Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire attended the scene to inspect the parts. 

A spokesperson for the Humberside Police confirmed in a statement that at 10:20am on Sunday 25 July after ordnance was discovered and officers were called to the site where bomb the parts were found on the coastline. 

A spokesperson for the Humber Coastguard later added, “We didn’t know what the items were. The police reported it to the MoD and because they were on the beach, we setup a cordon until they arrived. 

However, once the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team arrived and inspected the items, they later advised the police and the Humber Coastguard that these were historic parts of rocket shells and posed no threat to the public as the rocket had been dismantled and wasn’t live.

UNEARTHING HISTORY: Parts of a World War two rocket were discovered on the beach near Far Grange Caravan Park in Skipsea. Photo courtesy of Humberside Police

A spokesperson for the Humber coastguard told the Gazette: “This sort of thing isn’t uncommon for the area as World War II artefacts are constantly found as the Cowden Bombing Range was once active nearby and lots of shells were left behind. Other shells may have been swept inland by the sea, or they are often uncovered by coastal erosion that has a huge impact on the area; as the rocks fall, the hidden artefacts are uncovered and exposed once again to the open air. 

After inspecting the rocket parts, the MOD confirmed the parts were in fact part of a World War II RP-3 rocket which was widely used by British fighter planes in World War II. 

A spokesperson from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team said: “We can confirm that a British Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were called out to Far Grange Caravan Park, Skipsea at the request of Humberside Coastguard.” After an investigation into the possible threat of the parts found at Skipsea, the parts were identified as being safe and have now been removed from the beach by the Humber Coastguard. The news comes after a busy week for the EOD after they were called to the site of another unearthed World War II artefact which was discovered in Goole. 

The 500lb unexploded WW2 bomb was found on the outskirts of the Town on July 22 and was identified as still being active; causing a potential safety concern to residents in the local area especially with construction work taking place nearby. The unexploded bomb was found on the site of a new development in Rawcliffe Road by construction workers. To prevent danger restrictions were put in place including road closures on the M62 between Goole and Howden, and no-fly zone was enforced, businesses were advised to shut up shop early, and residents were told to stay at home. Once identified as a safe zone, the EOD used a controlled explosion to detonate the bomb on July 24.