HAMMOND, Thomas Arthur

No.71530, Private, Thomas Arthur HAMMOND
Aged 31

35th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
formerly 12086, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 29th April 1917

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 [28] groom/gardener; his mother Kate [26] born Lawshall; brother Walter Charles [7]; sister Alice Minnie [2]. 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 [9], Florence E [6] and Beatrice M [10 months] ;brother Bertie [3]. 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 [4]; sisters Florence, Beatrice and Edith [8].

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

photo CWGC

Thomas Hammond is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Faubourg d'Amiens bay 10

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