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First gunfire in the Great War.

THE first British gun to fire after we entered the Great War on August 4, 1914, came from Fort Perch Rock.

Territorials were in charge and, when a Norwegian sailing ship failed to obey a signal to stop, Major Charles Luga, a dentist, ordered a shot to be fired across her bows.

Fortunately the gun's elevation was too high and the first shell landed in a sand-dune at Hightown, where a resident picked it up and carried it to the Seaforth battery. It was then placed in the mess room by an officer, who added the words - "a present from New Brighton".

A second shell hit an Allen liner at anchor.

The Norwegian captain later said that he thought the shore battery had been "having a bit of fun".

At the outbreak of the Second World War, warning shots were fired against a fishing-smack which also ignored signals to "heaveto".
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 14, 2007
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