Figures of Men of the Singapore Volunteer Artillery
The Hoists which once served the the guns above, were of two types, Ladder Hoists and Band Hoists. The Ladder Hoist, which was for shells, was angled, rather like a ladder leaning against the wall. This took shells to a hatch on the rear of the gun platform. The Band Hoist, which was for Cartridges, was vertical and carried Propellant Cartridges to a hatch to the side of the emplacement wall. Both were operated manually by means of a rotating handle which turned gears. In the days before electric power, operating the hoists was hard work, more so in the Singapore climate.
The displays you see in the Magazine are incorrect. Where figures in the Magazine are seen loading Shells, in reality they would be loading Cartridges. Where figures are seen loading Cartridges, they would have been loading Shells.
Although the displayss in the Magazine are incorrect, they do convey the work done by men in the Magazine. As can be seen, there is not a lot of working room. Neither was there a great deal of light. Shells weighed in the region of 45Kg, so both carrying shells and operating a hoist would be hard work. Unseen men would be working in the Cartridge Store, passing Cartridges out through a hatch at floor level in the wall of the Store.