HAMMOND, Arthur James
(Service number 6/4053)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin R. Hammond(father)Geraldine New Zealand
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion,C Company
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, NZ Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Award Circumstances and Date

DCM London Gazette 24 January 1919,p1255,Rec No 2409.For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.On  August 30th 1917 during 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.

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 13 December 1917 Age
Place of Death Ypres Belgium
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Polygon Wood Cemetery,Zonnebeke,West-Vlaanderen Belgium
Memorial Reference D.11.
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine War Memorial (listed as A J Hammond DCM); Woodbury War Memorial

Biographical Notes


Cenotaph Data Base Auckland Museum

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Ann Munro (SC branch NZSG)

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