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Full Name: Arthur James Hammond
Rank Last Held: Sergeant
Forename(s): Arthur James
Surname: Hammond
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 6/4053
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: R. Hammond (father), Geraldine, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 10th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Embarkation Date: 4 March 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport:
Vessel: Willochra or Tofua
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: 26
Page on Nominal Roll: 15
Military Awards: Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Award Circumstances: DCM. London Gazette 24 January 1919, p1255, Rec No 2409. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On August 30th 1918 during the attack on Rancourt this N.C.O was in charge of a 3" Stokes Mortar. By his able leadership he kept his Gun team and comrades well up with the Infantry and on several occassions dealt effectively with hostile machine Guns. During the first assault on the Village, with great dash he bought his gun into action in the open and in spite of heavy Machine Gun fire placed down such an effective barrage in a strongly hidden portion of Trench that our Infantry were enabled to rush the position. He showed great initiative throughout the operations and supported the Infantry with such effect that they were able to take their objectives with very light casualties.
Last Unit Served: Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death: Ypres, Belgium
Date of Death: 13 December 1917
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Polygon Wood Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference: D. 11.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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