This site has been created by the Coene family, currently living at Manor Farm, Zillebeke, Ypres, Belgium with the help and courtesy of the families of Gunner Hugh Graham M.M., Captain Maurice C. Walker M.C. and 2nd Lieutenant Herbert Greene M.C. and Bar (all members of 154 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery).

Many thanks to all other friends who helped in gathering information and allowing us to use it on this site. We must also emphasize that the book ‘A History of 154 Siege Battery, R.G.A. 1916-1919’ written by Captain Walker (copyright owned by the Walker family) was an invaluable help in establishing the facts. Some passages of the book can be read, as attachment, in the web site pages.
Also the Correspondence book of Captain Alfred Barnard Goldstein, 154 SB, gave lots of information and valuable help in the history research (with Courtesy of Firepower, Woolwich).

The purposes of this website:

·       To provide information about 154 Siege Battery that served in WW1 on the Western front, it's members, their daily life and their armament of 9.2 inch Howitzers.

·       To show any Commemorative activities both past and forthcoming (for instance weekend 17-18/10/2009) with emphasis on Manor Farm where the Battery was active for 4 months (January to April 1918).

·       To provide a detailed description of the raid on Manor Farm (night 19/20 June 1918) for which 2nd Lieutenant Herbert Greene and Gunner Hugh Graham both received their gallantry Medals. Provide history of Manor Farm itself.

·       In time we hope to trace more descendants of the component Battery Members and any other type of information related to the Battery (letters, maps, photographs etc.....) to increase our knowledge and expand this web site.


The web site header photograph crop shows 154 Siege Battery members in Tourcoing just after the Armistice (November 1918). All Officers are on the front row and behind are all the other ranks.

On the web site slides you can see an example of the price one of it's members paid with the image of the gravestone of the Batteries tailor Gunner W.G. Barefield (died of wounds from a shell at Manor Farm 18/03/1918).

No part of this site may be reproduced in any form by print, photocopy, microfilm or by any other means without the written permission of the author.

We hope you have pleasure in exploring this site and if you have information or questions,  please contact us.
                                                                     Regards, Coene family, Manor Farm ©, 2010 - 2020