LEIGHTON BATTERY, BUCKLAND HILL
ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF PORT FREMANTLE, WA

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A 3.7" Heavy Anti-aircraft battery of four guns was installed and commissioned on Buckland Hill two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. There was another 3.7" Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Station located at Skinner Street, Fremantle where the John Curtin High School Sports Oval is now located.

Two heavy 6" guns were relocated from the Fort Arthur Head Battery and installed and commissioned at Buckland Hill in February 1943. Over 300 metres of tunnels were excavated on Buckland Hill in support of these guns. When the guns were scheduled to fire some practice shots, the children at the nearby North Fremantle State School were given the day off. They were used as an Examination Battery for the nearby Fremantle port. The Leighton 6" Battery was supported by two searchlights.

In March 1945, the two 6 inch guns were relocated to the Princess Royal Battery at Albany as they were to be replaced by 802 Battery which was to comprise three 5.25-inch dual-purpose Coast Artillery/Anti-aircraft guns. Work on 802 Battery had commenced some time in 1944.

Buckland Hill is open to visitors every Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Good to see some of our WW2 Heritage preserved and open to the public.

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

This 3.7" gun has since been moved

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

Photo prior to the room being revamped

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

Photo prior to the room being revamped

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 7 May 2010

 

The following six poor quality videos were taken by me inside the extensive WWII tunnel system that was installed in 1942 / 1943 to support the two 6 inch Mk VII guns of the Leighton Battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES

The Leighton Battery Heritage Site, Buckland Hill

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
I'd like to thank Julie from WA, Chris Jamesson and Graham McKenzie-Smith for their assistance with this web page.

 

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