LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Themetre James HAMMOND

Service No: 2188
Born: Sydney NSW, March 1893
Enlisted in the Army: 29 September 1916
Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations, France, 12 June 1918, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: No additional information
Place of Association: Adavale QLD
Remembered: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

In the afternoon of June 11th five machines under Forrest (1) brought six enemy two-seaters to an engagement over Cuvilly.  Lieutenant T. J. Hammond destroyed one of them.  Soon after dawn next morning Hammond was himself shot down and killed near Noyon in a fight with the circus against eight Pfalz scouts and four Fokker triplanes.  Two Pfalzes having dived on a Camel of the second deck of the circus, Manuel, leading the S.E.Ss promptly attacked one and set it on fire.  In the general engagement which followed Hammond (3) was killed, but three enemy machines were shot down by the Camels, two of them in flames.

(1) Captain Henry Garnet Forrest DFC; born Brunswick VIC, 5 December 1895
(2) Captain Roby Lewis Manuel DFC; born Kerang VIC, 7 October 1895
(3) SE5a aircraft D3960

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 258

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, HAMMOND T J
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book 1/969 AIR page 353, 119473

Bibliography:

Bennett, J. (John William) Highest Traditions: the history of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995

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