The Hampstead Heavies
138th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
A personal View
Centenary Exhibition, Fellowship & Sacrifice, Hampstead and the First World War
Burgh House, Hampstead, July 2014
Burgh House and Hampstead Museum marked the start of the First World War Centenary with an exhibition which examined the effects of the war on Hampstead Village and Heath. It considered the important role played by local military hospitals and residents, the work of official war artists from the area and of soldiers from units raised in Hampstead who fought at the Front. In the words of Rebecca Lodge, exhibition curator, "It is important to uncover these stories and raise awareness of how the war affected the local community and the ways that Hampstead helped the war effort by, for example, hosting military hospitals, parades, fundraising "Tank Days", and training exercises on Hampstead Heath."
Members of the Hampstead Heavies were represented in the exhibition by two group photographs, also included on this website, one showing the entire Battery and the other C Sub-Section at the end of training in March 1916. The initial viewing took place on 16th July 2014 when invitations to attend were extended to Alan and Brian Bristow, grandsons of the Commanding Officer Major Paris, and to John Ridler, whose father served with the Battery from September 1915 until the end of the war. The photographs below were taken at this event.
Alan Bristow, John Ridler and Brian Bristow at Burgh House, 16th July 2014