Samuel Battle Hammond

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Samuel Battle Hammond
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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences - A Seventieth Anniversary History page 20
Personal Information
Date of Birth 16 Jun 1918
Place of Birth Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 24 years, 6 months
Description 5'11" (1.80m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
Occupation Research worker (Psychology)
Religion Church of Christ
Address 18 Baldwin street, Annandale, Victoria
Next of Kin Sister , Mrs G Ramsay
Military Information
Reg Number V501852 & VX133122
Date of Enlistment 8 Jan 1942
Rank Captain
Unit/Formation 3rd Australian Psychology Testing Section
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia

Pre War

War Service

Initial service after enlistment was with the Militia's 46th Battalion, but after 3 months he was exempted from service for research work. He then served as an officer in the Militia from 4 Oct 1942 until 7 Jan 1943, and then in the AIF from 8 Jan 1943 where he was initially placed on the Special List for duty at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne. On 22 Feb 1943 Samuel married Marjorie Lochhead in Victoria. On 1 Oct 1943 he was transferred from the Special List to the Australian Army Psychology Service, and on 22 Nov 1943 he was detached to the 3rd Australian Psychology Testing Section.

His son Robert was born on 12 Apr 1944 and on 15 Sep 1944 he was reallocated to the 2nd Mobile Aptitude Testing Section as its OC. On 8 Dec 1944 he entrained at Spencer street, Melbourne for Sydney, where he was promoted Captain on 17 Jan 1945. On 26 Apr 1945 he was transferred to the 2nd Australian Psychology Unit[1]

From 30 Apr 1945 until May 1945 he was given treatment for conjunctivitis, before being posted to the 6th Australian Vocational Guidance Unit in Tasmania on 23 Jul 1945. Transferred to WA on 9 Apr 1946 he was sent to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot's Western Command Discharge Depot, where his appointment was terminated on 26 May 1946.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 26 Fulham road, Alphington, Victoria, University Lecturer; 1963 - 1977 at 3 Storey street, Parkville, Victoria, teacher; 1980 at 10 Spence avenue Aireys Inlet, Victoria, retired.

On 7 Aug 1954 Samuel, together with wife Marjorie, son Robert Battle (10), son Ian James (7), and daughter Barbara Joy (6) sailed from London on SS Strathnaver for Fremantle. Samuel's occupation was recorded as Teacher. On 30 Oct 1958 Samuel and Marjorie sailed from London on the SS Stratheden for Melbourne.

Sam appears to have joined the staff of the new Psychology Department of Melbourne University soon after his discharge from the Army, and remained with it, rising to the Professorial level before retirement. He was also involved with the administration of the Arts Faculty.


  1. Listed in the NSW Order of Battle for May 1942, but the first reference to it has it at the Sydney Showgrounds in January 1945.

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