With passing of my Father and his brother.In the achieves a story has emerged of how they wrecked the Kings Birthday salute in 1947.They made what they thought would be a 21 gun salute by carefully mixing slow burning powder in a 1 inch water pipe 2 feet long. carefully standing .22 cartridges between layers of powder and the thought was as one cartridge went off it would allow time for the next cartridge and so on. The result was perfect timing with rnzn gun salute,as the rnzn gunner counted down to fire 1 round,the 2 above salute explode as 1 causing panic at the saluting platform as the navy thought they had a misfire.The 2 culprits let it off at the devonport dinghy skids outside philomel and high tailed it up spring st along calliope rd down clarence st to garden tce number 8.When in the confines of home they said to their Father sounds like the navy had a misfire,totally forgetting that their father was a gunner at the western front and gallipoli,in a gruff irish voice he said that was no 8 pounder knowing full well who the culprits were.
Until recently I had always thought that my Father and Uncle were in their mid teens,turns out 1 was 21 and the other was 19.
Imagine trying to that today!