The Hampstead Heavies
138th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
(04/16 - 01/18)
(1915 - 1954)
Source: Narrative by Walter Wright
Walter Wright's Narrative "The Hampstead Heavies, A narrative of a 60 pounder Battery in France and Belgium during the Great War" was published by the author in 1926 and dedicated "To the undying memory of Major Harold Graham Paris RA, M.C. and Bar, Who founded the 138th Heavy Battery, and who was in command when he was killed in action at Estrees, October 6th, 1918".
Although the preface states that the accuracy of figures and dates cannot be vouched for as the account was written mostly from memory, a cross check with the Battery's War Diary confirms that the vast majority of the narrative is correct in every respect. A copy of the Narrative is held by the library of the Imperial War Museum.
I am pleased to acknowledge that much of the material included on this website has been taken from Walter Wright's account.
In my father's copy of the narrative were a number of local newspaper cuttings about the Hampstead Heavies, one of which recorded the narrative's publication:-
During the 1920s the Heavies held a number of Annual Dinners, the second of which took place on Saturday, 21 May 1921 at Anderton's Hotel in Fleet Street. Another appears to have been held around the time that Walter Wright's book was published as the following signatures appear in my father's copy of the book:-
Where signatures are clearly legible the respective names have been included in the list of members of the Heavies. Several of these signatures also appear in Gunner Chapman's copy of the narrative, and his papers included a poem entitled "If this be life" which poignantly described the mental, physical and emotional conditions in which the Heavies found themselves. The same poem was glued inside my father's copy of the narrative; the image below is from Gunner Chapman's papers.