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138th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery


War Diary
(04/16 - 01/18)

Walter Wright
(Narrative, 1926)

Hampstead and
Highgate Express
(1915 - 1954)

The Hampstead & Highgate Express, 4 September 1915

Hampstead Howitzer Brigade - Recruitment Complete

As stated in last week's "Express," the 183rd Howitzer Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Hampstead's Own), has now its full complement of 815 men, and will shortly go into camp on a portion of Golder's-hill Estate.

Col. Connelly, of the R.F.A., has been appointed to the command. The men are billeted chiefly in the neighbourhood of West Hampstead, and over 500 a week is being spent in billet money in the borough. The War Office will issue tents and camp equipment as quickly as possible, and visitors to Golders-hill-park will soon have the opportunity of viewing the camp of the Hampstead Brigade.

The house is to be used as offices and officers' quarters, and the men's camp will be in the field in which the bandstand is situated, the horses being kept on the rough ground below that. The first lawn near the house is not to be interfered with, and will still be open to the public, who will also continue to have access (as already stated) to the miniature Zoo, the Shakespearean flower garden, and the fruit gardens. The other parts will be barricaded off, and the men will probably remain in training there until the end of October, when they will be taken over by the War Office and moved off to their winter hutments.

The brigade has its full complement of officers, of whom some five or six are Hampstead men.

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