Bertie Leslie Hammond

Rank: Rifleman

Service Number: 53860

Date of Birth: 1899

Regiment:  King's Royal Rifle Corps

Date of Death: 9 August 1918

Age at death: 18

Cemetery / Memorial: Vignacourt British Cemetery

Country: France

Grave / Reference: 5.E.13

Relatives: Son of George and Harriet Hammond

Address: 20 Benton Street, Hadleigh.

Bertie Leslie Hammond was born on 11 December 1899 in Benton Street and was the youngest Hadleigh man to lose his life in the Great War.  In 1911 he is known to be living at 20 Benton Street with his parents; George and Harriet.  On leaving school he was employed as apprenticed plumber working for Walter Gooding at 86 High Street.  In August 1917 aged seventeen and a half he enlisted, he trained with King Royal Rifle Corps and then joined the 6th London Regiment.  Bertie Hammond was in action on the first day of the Battle of Amiens and was one of his battalion’s 327 casualties, he was taken to the rear and died at a casualty clearing station.  He has a grave at Vignacourt British Cemetery just north of Amiens.  

 1911 Census

1911 Census

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 Rifleman Bertie Leslie Hammond's commemorative certificate

Rifleman Bertie Leslie Hammond's commemorative certificate

In August 1917 aged seventeen and a half he enlisted, he trained with King Royal Rifle Corps and then joined the 6th London Regiment.  Bertie Hammond was in action on the first day of the Battle of Amiens and was one of his battalion’s 327 casualties, he was taken to the rear and died at a casualty clearing station.  He has a grave at Vignacourt British Cemetery just north of Amiens.  

 Medal Index Card

Medal Index Card

 

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