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Twelve Pounder Gun

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A twelve pounder gun, I was on. That's what I had when I was at sea. She was a four-inch gun. There was a sight sailor and a captain of the gun and there was one fellow with a big broom, the water... half the time you'd shoot, you know, you'd shove the water to her, to cool her see. Interviewer: How long would you stay there practicing? So many shots, you know, it was timed. Interviewer: So you would have to get a certain number of shots within a certain period of time? Yes and when I was out to, the Howitzer guns, I guess you know all about it and we had, we got it around and the fellow was there to the gun, you know, they were out there showing the target and I seen the fellow coming down. I noticed the gun was over on this side and I seen them coming down there and I never had time. The fellow was doing, he shot and I looked up and the whole scaffold was going over on top of his head. Narrow escape.

Mr. Andrews describes training on the Twelve Pounder naval cannon, and his crew mates very close call while on target practice.

George Andrews

George Andrews was born in August, 1900 in Point Leamington, Newfoundland. He was the eldest of five sons and attended the Salvation Army and United Church schools to age thirteen, at which time he went to work in a lumber camp. Mr. Andrews enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1916, serving aboard both the HMS Loch Maree and HMS John Barry. Mr. Andrews contends that without the Royal Navy, the war would have been lost.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
George Andrews
War, Conflict or Mission:
First World War
Ordinary Seaman

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