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DRAKE’S ISLAND –WORLD WAR ONE

DRAKE’S ISLAND –WORLD WAR ONE

By 1915 the garrison strength had increased to around 300. The Island had 9 guns separated into 3 Battery’s of 3 guns each. 3 x 12 pounder quick fire guns were on the Western Battery and the baseplate for one of them can still be seen. Another 3 x 12 Pounder Quick...
THE START OF WORLD WAR ONE

THE START OF WORLD WAR ONE

The last major exercises to test the defences involving the Garrison was a Torpedo Boat and Destroyer attack on Devonport. The Gunners successfully attacked the targets illuminated by the Royal Engineers and it was judged the defences were ready. Tensions had been...

LEADING UP TO WORLD WAR I

By 1901 at beginning of the new Century the three new gun batteries, each consisting of 3 gun emplacements had been completed. The Western Battery had 3 x 12 pounder quick firing guns, the Centre Battery was armed with 3 x 6 inch Mk VII guns and the Eastern Battery...

DRAKE’S ISLAND – ATTACK OF THE SLIMY DEVIL FISH

During 1900 all along the Devon and Cornwall coast including the Sound the local Crab and Lobster Fishermen found the populations of crab and lobster had suddenly fallen dramatically. Around the Island alone up to 30 boats would have been fishing for crab and lobster....