Clarence William Hammond
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|Date of Birth||c1897|
|Place of Birth||North Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Death||29 Oct 1982, aged 85|
|Place of Death||Highgate, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 2 months|
5'7½" (1.71m) tall ; 130 lbs|
58.967 kg; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; dark hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Konnongorring, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Jesse Hammond|
|Date of Enlistment||3 May 1917|
|Unit/Formation||44th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|Date of Embarkation||29 Jun 1917 ‒ 25 Aug 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A30 Borda Fremantle to Plymouth|
|Date of Return||4 Aug 1919 ‒ 27 Sep 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Main|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument||Kelmscott Congregational Church Honour Board|
British War Medal |
Clarence enlisted in Northam. Entering Blackboy Hill camp he was initially earmarked for the 21st reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, but was transferred on 29 Jun 1917 to the 8th draft for the 44th Battalion, and he subsequently sailed with them to England. During the trip he was a guest of HMAT A30 Borda's hospital from 11 - 15 Aug 1917
On arrival in England Clarence was sent to the 11th Training Battalion at Larkhill to prepare for the Western Front. On 5 Nov 1917 he was transferred to the 10th Training Battalion at Sutton Mandeville, and on 18 Dec 1917 he proceeded overseas to France through Southampton.
On Christmas Eve 1917, he and 78 other reinforcements were welcomed into the 44th Battalion who at that time were in the lines in the Bois Grenier sector. Clarence was posted to "C" Company.
Clarence remained with the 44th Battalion until he was granted English leave from 23 Nov 1918 until 7 Dec 1918, after which he rejoined them in the Heucourt-Croquoison area west of Amiens. On 7 Jan 1919 he was detached to a 3rd Division HQ unit until 19 May 1919, when be embarked for England and began his return to Australia.
Discharged by the 5th Military District on 28 Oct 1919.
In 1922 Clarence married Vera Craig (b.1899) in the Northam district. Vera died in Hilton on 9 Oct 1988. Children were Maurice Douglas (1923-1965); Gordon Sinclair (1928-1978); Neville (1939-1978); and Lomond Marjorie ( -2015).
Electoral Roll entries - none before 1936, when Clarence is a salesman living with Vera at 289 Suburban road, South Perth; in 1949 he is an orderly. in 1954 they have moved to nearby 31 Todd avenue where they remain until 1980 or later.
During WW2, with a Birth date of 15 Aug 1900, he served in the 2nd AIF WX5323. Enlisted on 27 Jul 1940 and discharged 6 Oct 1944, it appears that he was in a reinforcement platoon for the 2/11th Battalion at the time of his discharge.
Appears that he enlisted very soon after the family left the district for the farm. Father Jesse Elijah Hammond was a building contractor who was in Kelmscott from 1911 to at least 1916.
Included on Kelmscott Congregational Church Honour Board.