Enniskillen in Fermanagh And Omagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
German 21cm Mortar, 1918
Presented in commemoration of the award of the
on 29th October, 1914 to
Lieutenant J.A.O. Brooke
2nd Battn. The Gordon Highlanders
"For conspicuous bravery and great ability near Gheluvelt, on the 29th October in leading two attacks on the German trenches under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, regaining a lost trench at a very critical moment. He was killed on that day.
By his marked coolness and promptitude on this occasion Lieutenant Brooke prevented the enemy from breaking through our line at a time when a general counter-attack could not have been organized.
London Gazette, 18th February, 1915
This Mortar stood outside Colebrooke House until presented on indefinite loan to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Museum by Viscount Brookeborough in February, 1976.
Weight of Shell..83.5kg
Rate of Fire.....2 rounds per minute
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Victoria Cross Recipients series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 18, 1915.
Location. 54° 20.764′ N, 7° 38.716′ W. Marker is in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in Fermanagh And Omagh. Marker is on the grounds of Enniskillen Castle Museums, off Wellington Road (A4) at the River Erne. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Enniskillen, Northern Ireland BT74 7HL, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Watergate and Flag of St George (here, next to this marker); German 77mm Light Artillery Gun (a few steps from this marker); South Africa War Memorial (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); World Wars Memorial (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Cole's Monument (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Welcome to Irvinestown (approx. 13.9 kilometers away); Centenary Gardens House 2 (approx. 14 kilometers away); Centenary Gardens House 1 (approx. 14 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Enniskillen.
Also see . . .
1. Enniskillen Castle Museums. (Submitted on March 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Database of the WW1 Surviving Artillery
3. German 21cm Mortar on YouTube. (Submitted on March 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.