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Meysey George HAMMOND

Regimental number80
Date of birth--/02/1894
Place of birthHandsworth, Staffordshire, England
SchoolWorcestershire School
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationP.O. assistant
AddressBroome, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10.5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinFather, R M Hammond, c/- British Consul, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Enlistment date25 February 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name28th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia,
30 Officers and 982 Other Ranks embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' on 29 June 1915; 12 others embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A36 'Thirty-Six' on 12 July 1916. From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish the latter 12.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF28
Promotion date: 29 July 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 9 June 1916

FateDied of wounds 14 June 1918
Place of death or woundingMorlancourt, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 17), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Postmaster General's Department Roll of Honour, Commonwealth of Australia Building, Perth, Western Australia. Dedicated to 'Officers from Western Australia who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918'. Parents: George and Emily HAMMOND, The Cottage, Aston Subedge, Campden, Glos., England. Native of Handsworth, Staffs.

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As Intelligence Officer he went forward with the advance party and secured much valuable information. Though only having the use of one arm, he captured a score of prisoners single handed. He was fearless in the extreme volunteering for any dangerous work, and making a number of reconnaissances of the front line through which he obtained much useful information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. When the barrage opened, he jumped out of the trench and cleverly led his men across 'No Man's Land'. The first to jump into the hostile trench, he pointed his revolver at the enemy, with the result that twenty surrendered to him. He quickly consolidated his line, and put out covering parties. He set a fine example of courage and coolness, and was subsequently wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, Military Medal, `1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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