I'm a little bit down this evening I'm afraid!!
My great uncle Joe - who is a D-Day veteran, and former Sherman tank gunner - recently told me that he'd buried his WW2 pigsticker in the garden at his old house!! I was gobsmacked!! It turns out that during the annual police weapons amnesty a few years ago, he panicked and buried the pigsticker thinking that he could get into trouble if the police knew he had it!!!
Anyway, a few months later the council completely paved his garden, and not long after he moved out!
After a few conversations with Joe, I decided to call in on the current occupant of his old house. He seemed a nice chap, and after explaining what had happened, he agreed to let me lift one of the 3x2 paving slabs, and search for Joe's pigsticker!
Today I went there armed with a few chisels, and a lump hammer! I also took a nice bottle of Brandy for the guy. After smashing through the slab, and nearly putting the spade through some cables, guess what I found.......... Nothing!!!
Sadly, I suspect one of the workmen who laid the slabs may have found the bayonet. On the other hand, Joe may have simply given me the wrong location!
Anyway, I come away empty handed, but the guy has invited me back for another look once the winter months arrive. It could be buried underneath the small area of flower beds on the opposite side of the garden.
The hunt continues!