Royal Navy gun carriage used in Boer War prepared for Royal Tournament | Nostalgia

It’s April 1935 and naval ratings in Portsmouth are cleaning a gun which had its original wood carriage that was used by the Royal Navy in the 100-mile trek to the relief of Ladysmith during the South African War (the Second Boer War).

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August 24, 1939: Sailors arriving at the Royal Naval Barracks, Queen Street, Portsmouth, as part of the British mobilisation before the outbreak of the Second World War on September 3. Picture: AFP via Getty Images.
August 24, 1939: Sailors arriving at the Royal Naval Barracks, Queen Street, Portsmouth, as part of the British mobilisation before the outbreak of the Second World War on September 3. Picture: AFP via Getty Images.

This gun was hauled around Olympia during the Royal Tournament.

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August 24, 1939: Sailors arriving at the Royal Naval Barracks, Queen Street, Portsmouth, as part of the British mobilisation before the outbreak of the Second World War on September 3. Picture: AFP via Getty Images.

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