The Hampstead Heavies
138th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
(04/16 - 01/18)
(1915 - 1954)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Much of the information on this website has been taken from Walter Wright's Narrative which in its last paragraph contains the statement "Of the 200 officers and men who landed in France with the original Battery, only one officer and about 30 other ranks were left when the last round was fired". Ron Henner, whose grandfather served with the Battery from September 1915 to May 1918, has kindly undertaken some painstaking research of Commonwealth War Graves Commission records which strongly suggests that Walter Wright's statement, with its implication of many fatalities, actually includes absences for all reasons including medical discharge, transfers to other units and possibly delayed demobilisation. Thanks to Mr Henner's efforts it is now known that the Battery suffered a total of 38 fatalities between May 1916 and February 1919, with those following the end of the war resulting from the influenza epidemic which seized the Battery's billets in November 1918.
Details of all who lost their lives while serving with the Battery are given in the following Roll of Honour.
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