Lye Mun Reverse Battery, Lye Yue Mun [1877-????] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Lye Mun Reverse Battery, Lye Yue Mun [1877-????]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1877-08-01 (Day is approximate)

Year completed is: Accurate
Condition at last visit: Demolished
Date of last visit: Dec-1997
Ref: ROB-00130
Other: The 6 pdr QF gun position for this Bty was still intact in 2013. See: http://gwulo.com/node/18374

Timeline:

  • 1886: Construction commenced in February, estimated cost £3,000.  (WO 78/5353).
  • 1887: Construction completed in August, actual cost £3,479.5.5  (WO 78/5353).
  • 1887: Initial Armament: 3 x 9" RML 12 ton guns on Sliding Carriages.  (WO 78/5353).
  • 1889: 3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1892: 3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1894: 3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages.  (CAB 11/57)
  • 1897: 3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages, 1 x 6 pdr QF gun.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1901:  3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages, 1 x 6 pdr QF gun.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1903:  3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages, 1 x 6 pdr QF gun.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1904: 3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages, 1 x 6 pdr QF gun, 2 x M/G mounted, only 1 x 6 pdr QF and 1 x M/G approved.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1905: 3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages, 1 x 6 pdr QF gun, 2 x M/G mounted, only 1 x 6 pdr QF and 1 x M/G approved.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1906: 3 x 9" RML guns on Sliding Carriages, 1 x 6 pdr Qf gun, 2 x M/G mounted, only 1 x 6 pdr QF and 1 x M/G approved.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1907: 1 x 6 pdr QF gun approved, 1 x 6 pdr QF gun to be reduced.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1909: 2 x M/G mounted.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1910: 2 x M/G mounted.  (CAB 11/57).
  • 1911: Not listed.  (CAB 11/58).

Note: A second battery apparently was built near the Reverse Bty site.

Timeline:

  • 1914: A proposed plan for 2 x 12 pdr QF guns near Reverse Bty.  (WO 78/5352).
  • 1915: Two new Btys for 2 x 12 pdr and 2 x 4.7" are being constructed to the West of Pak Sha Wan Bty.  (WO 32/5316).
  • 1917: Described as Lyemun Pass near Reverse Bty: guns on loan to Navy for arming Merchant Vessels.  (CAB 11/58).
  • 1917: The two 12 pdr QF guns at Lyemun Pass (near Reverse Bty) lent to the Navy for arming Merchant Ships.  (WO 78/5354).
  • 1917: Refers to the 12 pdr Bty requirements for wire entanglements.  (WO 32/5316).
  • 1921: Not listed.  (CAB 11/58).
  • 1997: Ruins noted on personal visit.
  • 2014: Restricted area of Museum of Coastal Defence, condition unknown.

For a background to these notes, and a glossary of terms used, please see: http://gwulo.com/node/24630  

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