HAMMOND, WILLIAM GEORGE otherwise HAMMOND, GEORGE

BERKS CEMETERY EXTENSION

Rank: Rifleman
Service No: C/6048
Date of Death: 30/06/1916
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: King’s Royal Rifle Corps 18th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. C. 3
Cemetery: BERKSHIRE CEMETERY EXTENSION

Additional Information:

Born in 1888 at Woodford, son of George (Jobbing Gardener) and Alice Eliza Hammond. 1901: With his family at 6, Squirrels Heath Romford. 1911: An Oil & Colour Assistant – providing materials to artists – living with his family at 6, St James Cottages, Brentwood Road, Romford.

He enlisted at Romford, and joined 18 Kings Royal Rifle Corps (Arts & Crafts Battalion) which was formed privately in 1915 at Gidea Park. The Battalion went to France in 05-16, spending time in billets near Bailleul, before going into the line at Ploegsteert South of Ypres, where they would perform two months trench duty. This was a relatively quiet sector in which Battalions from England could be “inducted” into front line service.

On 30-06-16 a trench raid was preceded by an artillery barrage lasting from 07.30 to 17.00. Further shelling and a release of poison gas occurred before the raiding party set out at 22.23. The German forces responded with a wide ranging artillery barrage of their own. It is likely that William Hammond and six others from the Battalion lost their lives to German artillery.

Memorial: Roll of Honour: St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Regimental History.
Qualification: Borough Resident.