Object Title

Grenade - Number 5 ‘Mills’ hand grenade

Grenade - Number 5 ‘Mills’ hand grenade

Date

1915

Object Number

XX.2204

Provenance

Purchased 9 December 1994, see acquisition.

Physical Description

Standard issue Mills comprising a heavily segmented cast iron body, with a filler hole visible at the top, filled by a brass screw plug. The firing mechanism is retained in the safe position by a steel lever which holds the firing pin in place. The lever is released by withdrawing a split pin at the rear of the grenade. The base plug is cast brass, and has two drilled holes to permit it to be removed for insertion of the detonator.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength4in.
OverallLength102mm
OverallWeight603g
OverallWeight1.3lb
OverallWidth3.1in.
OverallWidth78mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number NVN

Calibre

N/A

Inscriptions and Marks

Manufacturer's mark
No5 Mk1 12/15 Burman & Sons Ltd Birmingham
base plug
stamped

Associations

Notes

Introduced in 1915, its segmented pineapple shape provided a firm grip in trench conditions. To ignite the charge the safety pin had to be removed and the lever released. Originally manufactured with a seven second delay, this was shortened to four seconds, so the enemy could not take cover.