About Us…

Michael Holden, grandfather of Brian Eves

Welcome to the Hackney Royal Garrison Artillery 152nd  Heavy Battery. The site is dedicated to all the 198 men from Hackney and surrounding boroughs who enlisted at Hackney Baths in 1915.  Much of the research is the work of Brian Eves who’s grandfather fought with the battery. Brian who has worked in partnership with Eyewitness Tours would welcome any further information that may help complete this fascinating story.

Brian’s grandfather, Gunner Michael Holden, answered the call to serve his countrywhen, in 1915, the Mayor of Hackney appealed for local men to join the Royal Garrison Artillery. On 5th October, along with 197 other men, Michael Holden reported to the Hackney swimming baths and joined the 152nd Heavy Battery. The unit trained at Bordon before leaving for France in April 1916. We follow their story through the bloody Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, the German Spring Offensive in 1918 and allies final counter attack that led to the armistice in November 1918. The battery moved into Germany before being disbanded in 1919.

The website has three purposes:

  • To share information on the battery with other interested people and parties
  • To gather further information that will add to our knowledge
  • To offer and share expertise to those researching men and officers who fought in the Great War

If you have any information on the men or other aspects of the Hackney Royal Artillery 152nd Heavy Battery we would love to get in touch, please contact us

We look forward to hearing from you.

Hackney Gunners Research Group in partnership with:

Great War Digital Mapping, Hooge Crater War Museum & The Old Blighty Tea Room