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DISCOVER THE LEGACY OF THE WAR IN WALES

1914

1918

 

First World War Sites in north west Wales

 

 

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Penmaen Ucha Rifle Range
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Penmaen Ucha rifle range was created in about 1900 for the use of Yeomanry troops training for the Boer War (1899-1902). It saw its most intense period of activity in the First World War as a general military rifle range, and it was also used in the Second world War.

The 1st World War earthworks which include the firing positions, machinery and mechanical target butts are very well-preserved. However, the view from the firing positions to the targets is obscured by a stand of coniferous woodland.

The surviving remnants of the range consist of a 500m Gallery Range of a type designed in 1909. They consist of target frames that can be raised and lowered on a wheel and chain system. The target operators would have sheltered behind the constructed bank which protected them from stray shots. The targets consisted of canvas stretched over a wooden frame, which could in turn be slotted into the target frame. When the targets were raised they would appear above the protective bank. The targets would be re-used by pasting canvas strips over the bullet holes.

At the beginning of the war, the target frames cost £6 17s 6d but by 1919 they would have cost over 1.5 times this amount.


Penmaen Ucha Firing Positions

 

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