Private Charles Edward Hammond (2889)

2/8th Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment, 183rd Brigade, 61st Division, T.F., B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: St James West Malvern,

Burial/Commemoration: Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery

Nature of Death: Killed in action France and Flanders 2/10/16

Age: 19

Next of Kin: Third son of Thomas and Hannah of Rye Croft, Lower Road, West Malvern

Education: Malvern Link Council School

Charles Edward Hammond

Charles Hammond was the son of Thomas Hammond, a plasterer and Hannah his wife of Rye Croft, Lower Road, West Malvern. They received information that their third son of the 2/8 Worcesters has been killed by a German trench mortar on the 2nd October. The officer of his platoon writes: “Your son was the best man I had in my raiding party always willing, hardworking and loved by all. His loss is a battalion loss. Everyone misses his cheery face – I especially as I was his platoon officer. With deepest sympathy from all the boys of the platoon.”

A chum of the deceased says: “Charlie was liked by all, not only in the company, but by everyone in the battalion and was very much respected by the platoon officer. His death was instantaneous.” When he was in Worcester he was billeted in Vincent Road and known as “Tiny”.

Pont-du-Hem was in German hands from mid-April to mid-September, 1918. The Cemetery in which Clarles Hammond is now buried was begun, in an apple-orchard, in July, 1915, and used until April, 1918, by fighting units and Field Ambulances; these original burials are in Plots I, II and III, and Rows A and B of Plot IV. In April and May, 1918, German burials were made in Plots III and IV. After the Armistice, 426 German graves were removed to other cemeteries; 1st Portuguese graves of 1917-1918 were removed to the Portuguese cemetery of Richebourg-L’Avoue; and British graves were brought in from smaller burial grounds and from the surrounding battlefields.

Malvern News 14/10/16
Stevens Annual for 1914 Malvern 1914

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