No.71530, Private, Thomas Arthur HAMMOND
35th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Thomas Arthur Hammond was born in Ixworth (2nd qtr 1886 Thingoe 4a:701) son of Fred and Katherine Kate HAMMOND (née NUNN).
1891 census...Aged 5, he was at 45 High Street,Ixworth with his father Fred HAMMOND  groom/gardener; his mother Kate  born Lawshall; brother Walter Charles ; sister Alice Minnie . All except his mother born in Ixworth.
1901 census...Aged 15, a farm labourer, he was at High Street Ixworth with his parents (father now farm labourer); sisters Alice M, Constance , Florence E  and Beatrice M [10 months] ;brother Bertie . All the siblings born in Ixworth.
1911 census...Aged 25, a farm labourer, he was still at High Street, Ixworth with his parents; brothers Bertie and Reginald ; sisters Florence, Beatrice and Edith .
He enlisted in Ixworth.
The second battle of Arras was ideally to divert German troops from the Nivelle Offensive further south. The Arras operation achieved a degree of success, advancing further that any time before. The Nivelle Offensive was a very costly affair for the French, leading to demoralising of their troops and bringing about several mutinies.
Thomas was the only one killed in his company that day
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