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Other Ranks, 1915 - 1919

The following information on Other Ranks 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.

Adamson, Gunner
Killed by shellfire, 29 May 1917

Ampleford, G W
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Bayley, A G
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Baxter, A F, Gunner
Regimental Number 7846
Member of B Sub-section
Killed 29 May 1916
Came from Hermitage Lane, Child Hill

Bell, William F, Gunner
Regimental Number 314597
Served with the South Warwickshire Heavy Battery before joining 138HB in 1918
Remained with the Heavies until the first quarter of 1919

W F Bell
Gunner W F Bell

Billingham, Gunner
Batman to Lt Annesley
Wounded, 6 October 1918
Present at the death of Major Paris, 6 October 1918

Bray, C
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Brickwell, G F, Gunner
Regimental Number 1842
Member of B Sub-section
Killed 29 May 1916

Butcher, Gunner
Present at the death of Major Paris, 6 October 1918

Callaghan, P G, Gunner
Born 1896
Enlisted, 18 September 1915
Regimental Number 293052
Remained with the Battery throughout the war
Transferred to the Reserve, 24 March 1919

P G Callaghan
Gunner P G Callaghan

Cameron, Gunner
Wounded, taken to hospital, 10 July 1917

Cane, F C, Gunner
Regimental Number 1614
Killed by shellfire, 15 August 1916

Chapman, C F
Born Camden Town, 11 November 1891
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926
Died 1975

David Chapman, grandson of Gunner Charles Foyle Chapman, has kindly supplied the following details of his grandfather's life.

My grandfather was born in Carlow Street, Camden Town, on 11th November 1891. He lived either in Camden Town or Kentish Town with his mother, father, brother and two half sisters until he married Edith Probets in November 1915. He joined the Heavies when he was 23. I have no photos of him during this period but I do have his copy of the Walter Wright account of "The Hampstead Heavies" published 1926. My grandfather remembered the deep bond between the men in the Heavies. When the War ended, the day he returned to London, he remembered walking the streets feeling a huge sense of loss for the men he had been with, so much so that he didn't want to return home. He was devoted to Major Paris and spoke of him right up until he died in 1975.

Creedy, J G
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Crooks, F L, Gunner
Regimental Number 1751
Suffered burns and removed to hospital, 29 July, 1916

Crossley, Gunner
Wounded and taken prisoner, 21 March 1918
Later died of his wounds

Croud, Gunner
Seriously burned, removed to hospital, 27 June 1917

Dawkins, Gunner
Wounded, taken to hospital, 10 July 1917
Present at the death of Major Paris, 6 October 1918

Deighton, W H, Gunner
Born 1885
Regimental Number 74606
Began training with 166th Heavy Battery RGA, April 1916
Landed in France 29 August 1916
Joined 138 HB RGA, 1 September 1916, with Section transferred from 166 HB
Invalided to England, December 1916
Served with various reserve batteries until 1918

Duckitt, Gunner
Badly wounded by shellfire, 9 November 1917

Dunbane, J G S
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Edgecumbe, F, Gunner
Present at the death of Major Paris, 6 October 1918
Wrote letter describing the circumstances of Major Paris's death
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Edgson, C H, Gunner
Regimental Number 7652
Wounded in the head, 11 May 1916
In hospital for 15 days
Slightly wounded, 10 July 1917

Eggerton, Gunner
Wounded, 24 April 1917

Ellers, C H
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Elliott, G A, Gunner
Regimental Number 1823
Repaired equipment under fire, Battery War Diary, 19 July 1916
Present at the death of Major Paris, 6 October 1918
Attended 1966 reunion of veterans.

Epps, Frederick, William, Gunner
Born 1897
Joined 27 September 1915
Regimental Number 293092
Member of A Sub-section
Received the Meritorious Service Medal

Evans, Gunner
Seriously wounded, 24 April 1917

Eyre, Frederick William Joseph
Born Edmonton, 7 December 1897
Died 1958

Faithfull, H
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Fearnhead, Bombardier
Killed by shellfire, 12 April 1917

Finch, W T
An original member of the Battery
Volunteered aged 17 and a half
Remained in France in spring 1919 assisting the War Graves Commission
Wrote article about the Heavies in the Hampstead and Highgate Express, 27 April 1956
Organised the 1966 reunion of veteran Heavies.

W T Finch
Gunner W T Finch

Fitzpatrick, Gunner
Member of B Sub-section
Badly wounded, 9 June 1917

Gridley, Gunner
Member of C Sub-section
Wounded by defective friction tube, taken to hospital, 5 June 1917

Griffiths, W C, Gunner
Killed by shellfire, 26 August 1917

Hannaford, R W, Gunner
Regimental Number 1832
Repaired equipment under fire, Battery War Diary, 19 July 1916
Awarded Military Medal for "Devotion to Duty", 8 January 1917
Seriously wounded by shellfire, 10 April 1917

Harper, A, Gunner
Wounded, 24 April 1917

Harvey, Gunner
Killed by shellfire, 12 April 1917

Hembling, Gunner
Wounded and taken prisoner, 21 March 1918

Hoban, Gunner
Wounded, taken to hospital, 10 July 1917

Holmes, S R
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Hunter, Harrold Henry
Regimental Number 293097
Enlisted on 27 September 1915
Suffered in a number of gas attacks, losing his sight for a few days at one point
Hospitalised 14 - 26 June 1918
A member of the Battery until the end of the war

Ingram, W
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Jinks, A N, Gunner
Regimental Number 1806
Member of B Sub-section
Killed 29 May 1916

Kibble, Thomas, Nelson, Gunner
Born Willesden, 1 November 1897.
Regimental Number 293136.
Enlisted 6 September 1915 aged only 17 using a false birth date of 1895.
Telephonist
Wounded in the leg by shellfire whilst attempting to repair a telephone wire, probably in late 1917.
Awarded the Military Medal, 16 July 1918.
Discharged as unfit for military service, 4 February 1919.
False birth date also given on his discharge papers.
Signed the Battery Narrative (Thos. N. Kibble) in 1926.
Lived in West Hampstead for the rest of his life.
Worked as a driver for the London Borough of Hampstead from 1923 onwards.
Attended the 1966 reunion of veterans.
Died 1977.

T N Kibble
Gunner T N Kibble

Leonard, W A A
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Leslie, Bombardier
Wounded, 24 April 1917

Margetson, Gunner
Member Of D Sub-section
Wounded, later died, 9 April 1917

Marietto, Gunner
Member of B Sub-section
Wounded in the leg, 8 June 1917

McGrath, Gunner
Badly wounded by shellfire, 9 November 1917

McMahon, Gunner
Regimental Number 292979
Killed by shellfire, 26 April 1917

Mead, Gunner
Telephonist
Killed by aerial bombardment, May - July 1918

Morris, Gunner
Killed by shellfire, 12 April 1917

Norman, Charles Talbot, Gunner
Son of Walter and Sarah Norman, and
husband of Annie Amelia Norman, all of Swanage
Regimental Number 138556
Telephonist
Died 4 July 1918, aged 34
Killed by aerial bombardment
Buried, La Neuville British Cemetery
Awarded the Military Medal

C T Norman
Gunner C T Norman

Oldfield, Gunner
Wounded, 24 April 1917

Perkins, G
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Pope, C
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Punchard, Gunner
Battery Commander's Assistant
Badly wounded, 9 June 1917
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Ridler, S W H, Gunner
Born, 24 December 1890
Enlisted, 4 October 1915
Regimental Number 293142
Driver, Member of C Sub-section
Testimonial received from Captain S T Johnson, 15 March 1919
Transferred to Reserve, 18 March 1919
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926.


S W H Ridler
Gunner S W H Ridler

A personal view of my father's service with the Hampstead Heavies
and the development of the Hampstead Heavies website is given HERE

Rigby, Gunner
Wounded, 24 April 1917

Sands, Gunner
Seriously burned, removed to hospital, 27 June 1917

Sharp, R C, Gunner
Killed by shellfire, 10 April 1917

Smith, G, Gunner
Regimental Number 1835
Suffered burns and removed to hospital, 29 July, 1916

Steers, Gunner
Wounded, 24 April 1917

Stewart, H G
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Stockdale, William, Bombardier
Recorded a summary of the Battery's movements in 1918
Made notes and sketches which were published as 138 Heavy Battery in France 1918, an inscribed copy of which was presented to Sgt J R Austin, 17 April 1920

Stowe, Gunner
Member of B Sub-section
Killed by shellfire, 10 June 1917

Stour, A
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Sutton, Gunner
Wounded, taken to hospital, 10 July 1917

Tish, Abraham, Gunner
Regimental Number 292997.
Initially enlisted on the 20 August 1915 in the Royal Field Artillery but subsequently transferred to the 138th Heavy Battery.
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Town, Gunner
Severely wounded by shellfire, 29 May 1917

Turner, Bombadier
Severely wounded by shellfire, 29 May 1917

Turner, Gunner
Wounded 24 April 1917

Ward, J J, Gunner
Batman to Lt Greenhough
Wounded, 6 October 1918
Present at the death of Major Paris, 6 October 1918
Signed Battery Narrative, published 1926

Watson, Gunner
No 2, B Sub-section
Wounded by defective friction tube, taken to hospital, 6 June 1917

Wells, Gunner
Killed by shellfire, 12 April 1917

Wilkins, Bombardier
Member of D Sub Section
Wounded, 9 April 1917

Wilmott, Gunner
Seriously wounded, 24 April 1917
Died later at 33 C.C.S

Wood, Bombadier
Injured by defective friction tube, 29 May 1917

Woodcock, Gunner
Seriously burned, removed to hospital, 27 June 1917

Wright, W
Author of Battery Narrative, published 1926


Young, Allan
Attended 1966 reunion of veterans


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