Sir William Mills
(1856-1932)

Died aged 75

Sir William Mills (24 April 1856 – 7 January 1932) was an English engineer. He invented the Mills bomb, which was developed and manufactured at his factory in Birmingham, England. The Mills bomb was the hand grenade most widely used by British and Imperial forces during the First World War. He was knighted in 1922. A blue heritage plaque and Mills Bomb artwork commemorating Sir William Mills' achievements are placed on The Times Inn public house in Wear Street, Low Southwick, Sunderland, SR5 2BH. He was born here in 1856.

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Sir William Mills the inventor 1856-1932. William Mills was born into the Mills shipbuilding family in 1856 at Wear Street, Low Southwick. He was knighted in June 1922 for his invention of the Mills Bomb in 1915. More commonly known as the hand grenade, it was extensively and successfully used by the Allies during the First World War.

The Times Inn, Wear Street, Southwick, Sunderland, United Kingdom where they was born (1856)