Sidney William Hammond

Name

Sidney William Hammond

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

24/08/1917
38

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
27014
Somerset Light Infantry
6th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY
XVIII. D. 13
Belgium

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born in 1879, in Kings Langley, Herts, to parents William and Catherine he had one brother Alexander and three sisters Fanny, Rosa and Hilda. In 1881 they were living in High Street Green, Hemel Hempstead and in 1891 they had moved to Beaconsfield Terrace, Hatfield and his father was a police constable. By 1901 Sidney was living as a boarder in New Town Road, Bishop’s Stortford and he was a carpenter. He married Ella Annie Wells in 1903, in Hertford and was living at 23 George Street in 1911 with his wife and daughter Winifred, 5 years old.

Wartime Service

Formerly Herts Regt, 7210.

Somerset Light Infantry was formed in August 1914 and went to France in May 1915 as part of the 14th (Light Division) and served on the Western Front throughout the war. Beginning at the battle for Hooge where they became the first British division to be attacked by flamethrowers. In 1916 they fought at the Somme from 1st July at Delville Wood and Flers-Courcelette. The following year they took part in the 3rd Battle of Ypres where Sydney was killed in action.

Acknowledgments

Terry & Glenis Collins