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the Northover in a mobile role, and there were demonstrations in the throwing of all types of "live" grenades and even anti-tank mines. These last were somewhat more spectacular than had been planned. Whether the zeal was all attributable to Major Hodgkin or C.S.M. Harris is not quite clear, but sundry pieces of iron which had been placed on top of the mine to increase the effect were lifted with some force and not only landed uncomfortably near the main strength of the spectators, but also considerably surprised certain officers who had withdrawn to what they considered a safe distance. However, no damage was caused and a day of concentrated activity and noise finished without any casualties.

Shortly after this, Major Hodgkin was appointed "H" Sector Weapons Training Officer and the Battalion had to look for a suitable replacement. Again we were fortunate in the selection of Lieut. Fox.

Fox, except in size, was a similar man to Hodgkin; he possessed the necessary pluck, organising ability and inexhaustible energy to carry on the good work of his predecessor. C.S.M. Harris was still with him and he had the assistance of a team of instructors from "A" Coy. Such men as Long, Buck, Markey and others whose reliability and efficiency was due probably as much to Harris's example as to the influence of their genial Company Commander.



There was much to be done at the time, for instruction had to be given not only on grenades 36, 68, 69, 73, 74, 75 and 76 but also in such weapons as Spigot Mortars, Northover, E.Y. rifle and, later,  Boyes' A/Tank Rifle, Mines, Fougasse Tank Torpedoes, Demolitions and Booby Traps. Fox tackled this job with his usual thoroughness and tenacity of purpose and with his assistants had a busy time teaching, demonstrating and conducting "live" practices.

In addition to the Company and Platoon instructions and training he ran "instruction" Courses at the Beacon Hut and did turns of instructional duty at the Sector School, Aldridge Lodge. It is no wonder that his H.G. duties overlapped his civilian life and that his wife, like so many other H.G. wives, said she wondered whether she was divorced, separated or just deserted.

For various reasons outside anybody's control, the Spigot Mortar teams became dispersed to some extent, and to look after the training of fresh teams and to carry on the training of existing ones the C.O. gave permission for a Battalion Spigot Mortar School to be opened at Foden's Farm, Mill Green, Chester Road. Second Lieut. (now Lieut.) G. C. Richards was put in charge and in a short time we had a self-contained instructional unit complete with lecture room, stores, inert firing range with static and moving targets. This was due to Richards's keenness and to the ready assistance given by the Foden family. They had been our good friends since the "early days" and it was with genuine sorrow and regret that we learnt of Mr. Foden's tragic death while working