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Private Robert James Hammond

 

46765  11th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment

 

Robert Hammond was born in Bermondsey, London around 1884.  He was the only son of Robert James and Mary (née Okey) Hammond.   His father was employed as a docks foreman.  By 1891 his father had died and his mother had moved to Sudbury and was living in Cornard Road along with her daughters and her parents.  Robert was at this time a pupil at Reedham School (an asylum for fatherless children) in Coulsdon near Purley in Surrey.  

 

At the age of 16 Robert was an apprentice carpenter and was living in Sudbury with his mother and sisters at 36 School Street.  He married Ada Florence Griggs at Sudbury Registry Office on 7th January 1905 and they lived in Newton Road, Great Cornard.

 

Robert was employed as a carpenter and joiner by Messrs Mauldon & Sutton (Builders).  An appeal was made for ‘exemption from military service’ by his firm in May 1916.  It was made on the grounds that 3 men were necessary to complete a contract in hand and restoration.  This was granted for 3 months. 

 

The 11th Battalion was formed in October 1915.  In April 1916 it was attached to the 6th Division as a pioneer battalion.  In 1917 the division saw action at the Battle of Hill 70 (15th – 25th August) and the Battle of Cambrai (20th November – 3rd December).

 

Robert died aged 33 on 5th December 1917 and lies buried in Ribecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France. 

 

He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. 

 

Robert is also remembered on the Sudbury War Memorial along with his brother-in-law Henry Gould.  Henry was married to Robert’s sister Lydia and lost his life in November 1917.

 

©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008