First shot fired in WWI

First shot fired in WWI
John Purdue, a Sergeant with the Army’s Royal Australian Garrison Artillery, was stationed at Fort Nepean, on the Mornington Peninsula Victoria.


At 12.45pm, on August 5th 1914, he was ordered to fire on the German cargo steamer SS Pfalz to stop it escaping Port Philip Bay into the open sea.


His shot was the first to be fired at the start of the Great war.
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