The data is the editor's interpretation of documents from the The National Archives, London, Commonwealth War Graves Commission,Ancestry and Find My Past.

Newspaper ArticleNewspaper Article PhotographHAMMOND, Walter, Lance Corporal, died 10/10/1918 aged 28. Enlisted Mill Hill on 05/06/1912 when he was 18 years and 7 months. Service No. L14106 Duke of Cambridge's Own 13th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Buried at St. Aubert British Cemetery. This was his final resting place. In a letter held by the National Archives, it explains to his widow that in agreement with the French and Belgian Governments, to remove graves that were scattered amongst the battlefields and therefore Walter Hammond's body had been exhumed and re interned
Son of Mrs. Emma Jane Woodcock of Old Mead Cottages Henham.
Walter and his brother Arthur were born in Berden, Essex, they both died exactly one year apart. At the outbreak of war their mother was widowed their father was Daniel Hammond.

Lance Corporal Hammond served in India and Malta, prior to the outbreak of war. He was in the Bedfordshire Special Reserve service no. 6554 and moved to various Middlesex battalions during his army career.

 

Whilst in Hove in 1917 recovering he marries Kate Elizabeth Austin a widow on 5 October 1917 at Hove Parish Church, she is living in Brighton when she is repatriated with his effects in 1919.

 

Some of the notes on his army record shows that:
He sustained a gun shot wound to his eyebrow in December 1914 as part of the British Expeditionary Force.
From 30 Aug 1916 to 14 Jun 1918 Walter is in Britain after contracting malaria and is treated at Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, he returns to France on 15 Jun 1918.

He served a total of 6 years 128 days before he was killed.

 

The newspaper article announcing his death states that he was in the regular army before war was declared and was posted prior to the outbreak of WWI to Malta. Prior to joining the regular army he had worked for Mr Cowell of Battles Farm, Manuden. Walter and Arthur had a sister who is referred to in the newspaper as Mrs A Crisp of King Street, Bishops Stortford

 

 


A photograph of his grave can be found at the War Graves Photographic Project.

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