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Artillery and Ammunition 4 weeks 20 hours ago #83599

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Perhaps fired by the VSM 1-pounder pictured in David's last post?

Brass plate engraved: "Fired by the Boers into MAFEKING. May 10th 1900".
Paper label applied to base of projectile with ink inscription: "Boer Pom Pom shell fired into Mafeking during the Seige [sic] 1899 - 1900, brought back by my father Louis Edward Anderson A.L.B.A."

Surgeon-Major Louis Edward Anderson served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, receiving the QSA with clasps for Defence of Mafeking & Transvaal and the KSA with clasps for South Africa 1901 & South Africa 1902. Note in remarks column of QSA roll reads: "M.O. Protectorate Regiment".






Major General Louis Edward Anderson CB, later Deputy Director of Medical Services Southern Command India.
Born 27/3/1861 at Roden Place, Dundalk. Educated at Dundalk School and Qualified at the College of Surgeons Dublin in 1881. Too young for the army, he sailed as a Ships Doctor for six voyages, 1881-84. He served in the Soudan Expedition December 1884 (Medal with two clasps-Khedives Star).Thence to India and served in the Tochi Valley (Medal & clasp). Served in the South African War as Principal Medical Officer during the Siege of Mafeking (QSA with two clasps, including Defence of Mafeking), KSA with two clasps, MID LG 8/2/1901. Surgeon General 1912. Major General in 1919. War Medal 1914-18 for service in Ireland until 1916, thence India. CB 1913.


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Artillery and Ammunition 2 weeks 5 days ago #83731

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Early handbook for the Vickers Sons & Maxim 1-pounder or "pompom". Published in 1893, this example predates the 1897 merger of Maxim Nordenfelt and Vickers, and the formation of Vickers Sons & Maxim. Pre-merger, the "pompom" was simply known as the "Maxim 1 1/2 Inch Automatic Gun".

HANDBOOK OF THE Maxim 1 1/2 Inch Automatic Gun.

1893 Edition (No. 4585. 25/7/93).





VSM Vickers Sons & Maxim 1-pounder (Vickers-Maxim pompom)
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Early handbook for the Vickers Sons & Maxim 1-pounder or "pompom". Published in 1893, this example predates the 1897 merger of Maxim Nordenfelt and Vickers, and the formation of Vickers Sons & Maxim. Pre-merger, the "pompom" was simply known as the "Maxim 1 1/2 Inch Automatic Gun".

HANDBOOK OF THE Maxim 1 1/2 Inch Automatic Gun.

1893 Edition (No. 4585. 25/7/93). FIGURES.

Note: Figure 8 was printed upside down.











VSM Vickers Sons & Maxim 1-pounder (Vickers-Maxim pompom)

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Members of the Staffordshire Regiment with their Vickers-Maxim 1-pounder. The Staffordshire Knot has been laid out in whitewashed stones on the hillside behind.

Note the belts of 25 rounds, coiled on top of their ammunition boxes, to left and right. The handbook in my last two posts shows belts of 50 rounds. I am not sure whether both lengths were available at the the time of the ABW, or whether the 50-round version had become obsolete.



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