HAMMOND George Meysey
Regiment : 28th Battalion Australian Infantry Australian Imperial Force
Service number : 80
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 14th June 1918 aged 25
Buried : Vignacourt British Cemetery, France, Grave III. C. 17.
Relatives : Son of George Richard and Emily Hammond, of The Cottage, Aston Subedge, Campden, Gloucestershire, England
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Pershore C of E School now in Pershore Working Men's Club.
Additional information on the memorial: Australian Imperial Force.
Awarded Military Cross (M.C.) and Military Medal (M.M.)
Native of Handsworth, Staffordshire.
Name given as Meysey Hammond on Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
George Hammond enlisted as Meysey George Hammond when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 25th February 1915 for the duration of the war at Blackberry Hill, Western Australia. On his attestation paper he gave his place of birth as Handsworth, Birmingham, England, his age as 21 and his occupation as an Assistant Post Office with telegraphic operation ability. He was 5 feet 10½ inches tall with a fresh complexion, grey blue eyes and brown hair. It was noted that he had tattoos on both arms and the 2nd toe on his left foot was bent. His next of kin was shown as his father Richard Meysey Hammond, of Pershore, Worcestershire, England. This address was later amended to Campden, Gloucestershire.
On 1st August 1917 in France he completed a statutory declaration amending his ‘incorrect name’ on his original attestation paper from Meysey George Hammond to George Meysey Hammond.
George did not remain a Private for long, he was promoted to Corporal on 24th May 1915 and then to Sergeant on 6th August 1915. He suffered several bouts of jaundice for which he was admitted to hospital, finally returning to duty on 6th March 1916. On 16th March 1916 he arrived in France. In late July 1916 he was admitted to No 44 Casualty Clearing Station with a gun-shot wound to the leg before being transferred to St Johns hospital, Etaples. On 29th July 1916 he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. He returned to duty on 17th September 1916 and was awarded the Military Medal on 27th October 1916 for bravery in the field. On 4th November 1916 he was wounded again with a gun-shot wound to his left elbow; this was to leave him with a permanent disability. He was evacuated to England on a hospital ship and admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital on 6th November 1916. On 21st December 1916 he entered the Officer Training Corps at Durrington Camp in England. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1st January 1917, George proceeded overseas to France on 17th May 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross on 14th October 1917, the citation reads:
“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.”
On 16th November 1917 he was promoted to the rank of temporary Captain. From 4th to 20th February 1918 he was granted leave in England, relinquishing the rank of Temporary Captain before returning to France on 15th May 1918.
On 28th May 1918 he was granted the temporary rank of Captain. On 12th June 1918 George was admitted to No 61 Casualty Clearing Station dangerously wounded with a gun-shot wound to his abdomen. He died of his wounds at the 61st Casualty Clearing Station on 14th June 1918 and was buried in Vignacourt British Cemetery, 8 miles North North West of Amiens. He was posthumously awarded a Bar to his Military Cross on 24th September 1918:
“Awarded Bar to M.C. 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.” (M.C. gazetted 27 October 1917).
Australian Service Records Reference: Barcode 4256140 Series Accession No B2455 Location: Canberra
Accessed via: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/
Further information from: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hammond-george-meysey-6542 includes a photograph of George Hammond
Captain. M.C. bar. M.M. 29th Battalion A.I.F. Died of wounds 14th June 1918 in his 25th year.
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Two different photographs of Second Lieutenant Meysey Hammond of Pershore/Captain G. Meysey Hammond of Aston Subedge, can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 30th September 1916 and Saturday 13th July 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: