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138th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery


Major H G Paris

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Non-Commissioned Officers, 1915 - 1919

The following information on NCOs who served with 138 Heavy Battery RGA has been extracted from the Battery's War Diary and from Walter Wright's Narrative published in 1926. Every reference to an individual has been included, whatever its significance, in an attempt to provide as complete a list as possible. Some names have been taken from the signatures on my father's copy of the 1926 Narrative.

Austin, Joseph Richard, Senior No 1 Sergeant
Regimental Number 293078
Born Stepney, London, 29 November, 1876
Enlisted 9 July 1894 in 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire regiment - Discharged 8 March 1907
1915, enlisted in 138 Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Mentioned in Strength of Battery report, 14 April 1916
Awarded Military Medal - gazetted 16 July 1918
Received copy of 138 Heavy Battery in France from William Stockdale, inscribed 17 April 1920
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Andrews, Sergeant
Gassed, 20 April 1917
Removed to hospital, 22 April 1917
Slightly wounded, 10 July 1917

Bird, W, Sergeant
Regimental Number 1641
Mentioned in Strength of Battery report, 14 April 1916
Gassed, 20 April 1917
Removed to hospital, 22 April 1917

Conlon, M, Sergeant
Regimental Number 1701
Mentioned in Strength of Battery report, 14 April 1916

Cox, Verney William, Staff Sergeant
Service Number 71464
Killed by shellfire, 22 August 1917, aged 42
Remembered with Honour, Coxyde Military Cemetery

Crawford, W N, Battery Sergeant Major
Born Liverpool 29th June 1869, the son of James Crawford, a Royal Artillery sergeant, and Sarah, née Jackson, at the time of her marriage a school teacher with the Royal Artillery in Ballincollig, Ireland.

Became a pupil teacher at the age of 14 in 1883 and then a school teacher before enlisting in the Royal Artillery (his father's old regiment) in 1891 at the age of 21.

Served in India from 1892 - 98, promoted to Bombardier in 1894, Corporal in 1896, Sergeant in 1900 and Sergeant Major in 1906.

Served in Sierre Leone, Africa 1911-1912.

Discharged from Royal Artillery in April 1914 having served 24 years. Held Educational Certificates 2nd & 1st Class and Short & Long Gunnery Certificates. Receive Long Service & Good Conduct medal. Described on discharge as "Honest, reliable and trustworthy. Sober and active in his habits. Has a good influence with his men. Is good at clerical work and well educated"

Re-enlisted in Hampstead Heavies on 3rd September 1915 as Warrant Officer Class II aged 46.

Fought in France 1916 to 1917
Mentioned in Strength of Battery Report, 14 April 1916
Billeted at Mazingarbe, 18 April 1916

Transferred from 138 HB in 1917 and served on the Isle of Wight, and in 1918-19 at Shoreham, probably training new recruits.

Discharged to the reserves in February 1919.

Received 1914-18 Medal and Great War Medal.

W N Crawford
William Norman Crawford in 1918

Deacon, D, Sergeant
Regimental Number 24825
Mentioned in Strength of Battery report, 14 April 1916
Billeted at Mazingarbe, 18 April 1916
Commissioned and posted to 121 HB, 14 November 1916

Goodwin, A B, Sergeant
Regimental Number 1681
Mentioned in Strength of Battery report, 14 April 1916
Member of Forward Observation Officer's party, 21 March 1918

Hanifin, J, Sergeant
Regimental Number 1656
Mentioned in Strength of Battery report, 14 April 1916
Billeted at Houchin, 18 April 1916

King, Sergeant
Assisted Major Paris remove Breech mechanisms from abandoned guns, 23 March 1918

Lee, T, Battery Quartermaster Sergeant
Regimental number 293026

Born in September 1872 at Hoe Farm, Peaslake in Surrey, the fourth of six children.

Recruited to the Gordon Highlanders in September 1890 aged 18 serving on the North West frontier in India for six years from 1892
Awarded the General Service India Medal 1895 with three clasps.
Returned to the UK September 1898

Served with the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders in South Africa from November 1899 to the end of the Second Boer War.
Awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal and the King's South Africa Medal with five campaign clasps.
Returned to the UK in Spring 1902 and married in April 1903
Discharged from the army in August 1903 having completed 13 years service.

Enlisted with the 138th Heavy Battalion RGA on 7th September 1915.
Appointed Battery Quartermaster Sergeant at the time of enlistment.
Mentioned in Strength of Battery report, 14 April 1916
Billeted at Houchin, 18 April 1916
Served with the Battery as BQMS until 16th October 1917 when he was admitted to hospital suffering from severe nephritis.
Evacuated to England on 22nd October 1917

Served for short periods at Catterick and Ripon
Discharged from the army on 9th May 1918 being deemed no longer medically fit for service.

Emigrated with his wife to Kenya, probably in the 1920s, but never returned to the UK.
Died in Kenya, April 1949, aged 75

W N Crawford
Thomas Lee

Norton, R W, Corporal
Present at the death of Major Paris, 6 October 1918
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Penley, E C, Sergeant
Mentioned in Strength of Battery report, 14 April 1916
Billeted at Houchin, 18 April 1916
Promoted to Battery Quartermaster Sergeant, 10 May 1918
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Barbara and John Landstreet of London, Ontario, have kindly supplied the following photographs and details of Sergeant Penley's life. Barbara is the granddaughter of Sergeant Penley

Edwyn Clive Penley was born in Islington, London, in 1880, the second of four children of William G. R. Penley and his wife Louisa Arabella (Powell) Penley. In the late 1880s the family moved to the isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands. As a teen-ager, Clive belonged to the 1st R. W. Jersey Light Infantry Militia, and in March 1898, at the age of 18, with the South African War on the horizon, he joined the Gloucestershire Regiment of the British Army as a private. At the beginning of 1900, he and his Battalion boarded ship for South Africa, where he fought in the battles of Paardeburg and Driefontein, and at the relief of Kimberly. Clive returned to Britain in July 1900, and was eventually discharged from the Army.

In 1906 Clive married Blanche Ballantyne in London. He seems to have worked in and around London as a dispatch clerk for various stores or merchants. By the time the Great War broke out in August 1914, the couple had five children, and a sixth was born in late 1914. In spite of his age and large family, in September 1915 Clive (now 35 years old) enlisted in the newly formed Hampstead Heavies. Probably because of both his age and his previous military experience, he was quickly promoted as one of the seven Sergeants in the Battery. He trained with the Heavies through the autumn and winter of 1915-16, and sailed with the Battery to France in April 1916. Almost immediately after his arrival there, his two youngest children died of pertussis. Clive had a short emergency leave to home, but he quickly rejoined the Battery.

Clive remained with the Heavies for the remainder of the Great War. In the spring of 1918 he was promoted to Battery Quarter Master Sergeant, and he had a brief stay in hospital. After the Armistice, he stayed in France with the Battery (apart from two short leaves) until August 1919, presumably to help oversee the final hand-over of guns, horses, and equipment.

After the War, Clive and his family moved to Bournemouth, Dorset, and he later separated from his wife and opened a bakery in Havant, Hants, where his sister Gladys Penley (a QAIMNSR Staff Nurse and Sister during the War) worked as a Sister and later Matron in a veterans' hospital. Clive died in Havant in March 1939 of a stroke.

Clive in about 1899 as a young recruit
in the Gloucestershire Regiment
Clive and Blanche Penley
with their five oldest children, probably late 1915
Clive with his younger sister,
Staff Nurse Gladys May Penley (QAIMNSR), in about 1916
Peters, H, Corporal
Promoted to Sergeant, 3 March 1917
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Phillips, J S, Corporal
Regimental Number 1833
Awarded the Military Medal, 30 May 1916
Received temporary commission
Posted to 1/2 London HB, 10 November 1916

Riding, W G, Sergeant
Regimental Number 3403
Posted to the Battery from 24th Division Artillery, 5 March 1917
Joined 10 March 1917

Taylor, R V P, Sergeant
Regimental Number 293039
Killed, 6 October 1918, aged 19
Remembered with Honour, Hargicourt Military Cemetery

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