The Ammunition Limber

To carry the BL 60 pdr ammunition the gun crew had an armour plated wagon that was built on a chassis mounting the ammunition chest, fuse lockers, brake gear, draft fittings. Two 56 inch diameter wooden wheels with 3 inch tyres were attached to either side of the chassis. Each wheel hub had  a drag washer to help the crew man handle the wagon.

The wagon carried 24 rounds of ammunition, 24 powder charges in tin containers and 2 fuse boxes. The exterior had fastenings to carry ropes and other tools and accessories.

The interior of the chest was divided into two sections. The two compartments are divided by a vertical steel plate and the rear stowage space is divided into three sections with steel horizontal plates acting as dividers. The lower compartment held 4 high explosive (HE) shells and 4 containing shrapnel. The middle row contains 2 HE shells, 2 shrapnel, 2 powder charges in tin containers, 1 fuse box holding 14 fuses and 1 empty compartment. The upper row contained 10 powder charges in tin containers.

Ammunition Limber

The powder charges and shells were retained in position by quick release straps which removed the shell but were riveted to the rear of the compartment to prevent the strap being removed and possibly lost.

The front section of the wagon was equipped with a steel door, hinged at the bottom so that it swung downwards when opened. The rear compartment had the same arrangements but the steel door was armour plated to offer the crew added protection. Attached to the external surfaces of the wagon were various grips and holds that helped the crew man handle the wagon once it was unhitched.

Suspended below the front section were two lockers, each containing 15 fuses. At the rear of the wagon a tin box, containing 3 lbs of grease, was strapped to the platform. As with the gun limber a wire mesh was suspended beneath the wagon to hold ropes and a canvas water bucket.

The weight of the wagon (unloaded) was 1,732lbs but with a full complement of ammunition this rose to 3,556lbs.