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29108   Lance Corporal William James Hammond
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 22/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 12/09/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 40
William James Hammond was the son of William and Mary Jane Hammond. William was born in Castledawson about 1877. William married Isabella Hudson on the 5th June 1900 in the district of Magherafelt. He was a postman. William and Isabella had 5 children. William Hammond enlisted in Coleraine. He was wounded at the battle of Ypres. Lance Corporal William Hammond was serving with 11th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of wounds on 12th September 1917. He was 40 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
  Etaples, Pas De Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave XXVI-A-11A
CWGC Casualty 501789
Étaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne. During the First World War, the area around Étaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
2 Curran Masonic Lodge No. 532 - WW1 Roll of Honour Knockloughrim
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 47
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Hammond family 1901 census lists William Jas as age 22 living with his wife at house 36 in Castledawson, Castledawson, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Hammond family 1911 census lists William James as age 35 living with his family at house 11 in Church Street, Maghera, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Lance Corporal William James Hammond including photos
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023