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Royal Garrison Artillery - 128th Heavy Battery

Postby Chelseagirl3 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:16 am

I am researching my grandfathers ww1 service. I am lucky in that I have found his army record and know that he enrolled in Dec 1915 and was out in the army reserve until June 1916. In October 1916 he was posted ti BEF France to 128th Heavy Battery is there anyway of finding out where in France this unit was based?

My Grandfather was injured, which led to him having his left lower leg amputated. The family story is that he was taking a message on horseback when he was injured, the horse was killed and grandad leg was trapped under the horse. He was lucky that he was found. Does this story ring true? I would appreciate any help with these queries.
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery - 128th Heavy Battery

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:44 am

Some info here.... https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/271 ... y-battery/

Also here (though also some confusion)
https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/154 ... ga-oxford/

I found those just through Google. The Great War Forum is your best bet because the Heavies are confusing - they moved in and out of allocations, and the things that they were allocated to, changed names.

If you can give the guys a specific time period to look at, they might be able to give the allocations and then you "only" need to find the War Diaries... The surviving diaries are at Kew - some are on Ancestry. The problem, I think, with the Heavies is that it's not clear to me which level keeps the diary - the battery or the group / brigade above. The TNA catalogue should tell you what exists but it can be difficult hitting the right search term.

The bit about the horse sounds plausible to me. Unlike the Royal Field Artillery, RGA men didn't all ride, so it might be that he got specific training as a dispatch rider??? Bit of a guess from me.

But definitely try the GWF

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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery - 128th Heavy Battery

Postby Chelseagirl3 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:59 am

Thanks Adrian, I'll certainly check out those sites
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery - 128th Heavy Battery

Postby Jethro Tull » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:41 pm

I agree with Adrian, the Great War Forum is an excellent source of info. Also just found a Facebook group referring to the 128th.

Just checking through some of my books it looks like the serial numbers allocated to the 128th (Oxford) Heavy Battery fall between 291350-291500. This is not a hard and fast numbering system as people did move around or had previous numbers before joining the R.A. The 128th first went to France in March of 1916 landing at Le Havre. I believe at this time as part of 11 HAG, they moved to 12 HAG on 5th June 1916, I will see if there are any war diaries with more info. Do you have your Grandfathers name and number?

There is a good book here;

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Jv5 ... th+(oxford)+heavy+battery+rga+locations&source=bl&ots=JYKPkcdhxX&sig=ACfU3U2Fwl6AFacUG2dBv_GClomEA-_s1Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwje2Yn789fiAhWgSRUIHcw9Bh0Q6AEwA3oECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=128th%20(oxford)%20heavy%20battery%20rga%20locations&f=false

which gives some good info on their initial movements etc.

The guns they were issued with would have most probably have been 60 pounder (5in) guns or possibly old (5in) howitzers.

Hope this is of some interest.

Cheers

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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery - 128th Heavy Battery

Postby Chelseagirl3 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:51 pm

Hi Dan,

Thank you for your advice. I have been on the Great war Forum and they have been exceedingly helpful. I have found out the 128th HB were based near Vlamertinghe. My Grandfather was William Edward Baxter 90387.
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery - 128th Heavy Battery

Postby Tuppy13 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:50 am

Hi.
When I first looked at this post it read 198th., Heavy Battery.
I have just gone back to it and it now reads 128th., Heavy Battery.
At first I was so excited as I have been searching for information on 198 Heavy Battery RGA for so many years. Now I am deflated.

Should it be 128 or 198 ?

Many thanks,
Judy.
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery - 128th Heavy Battery

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:26 pm

Since there are numerous 128 references, including the ones referring to the Oxford name, I think that all the information here refers to the 128HB


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