Stokes Mortar

The Stokes mortar was a British trench mortar invented by Sir Wilfred Stokes KBE that was issued to the British, Commonwealth and U.S. armies, as well as the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps (CEP), during the latter half of the First World War. The 3 inch trench mortar is a smooth-bore, muzzle-loading weapon for high angles of fire. Although it is called a 3-inch mortar, its bore is actually 3.2 inches or 81 mm.

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Wilfred Stokes
... Sir Frederick Wilfred Scott Stokes KBE (9 April 1860 – 7 February 1927) was the inventor in 1915 of the Stokes Mortar, which saw extensive use in the latter half ... Stokes was born on 9 April 1860 in Liverpool the son of Scott Nasmyth Stokes a school inspector ... A civil engineer by trade, Stokes was Chairman and Managing Director of Ransomes Rapier, an engineering company based in Ipswich and which manufactured cranes ...

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