Pte
Albert Edward Hammarton

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1890
Place of birth:
Stratford, Essex, England, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
printer cutter

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
S/27667
Enlistment date:
31/10/1916
Enlistment place:
Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  The Rifle Brigade, 2nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
21/11/1917
Place of death:
No. 4 Casualty Clearing Station, Dozinghem, Westvleteren, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
Age:
27

Cemetery

Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Plot: XV
Row: C
Grave: 15

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 28/04/1921
Victory Medal
Medal — 08/09/1921

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Albert Edward Hammarton was a 27 year old printer cutter from Stratford, Essex. Private Hammarton enlisted on October 31st 1916 and was part of the 2nd Battalion The Rifle Brigade, 25th Brigade, 8th Division. During the second half of November, his battalion served in the area of Ypres.

On the 17th of November, the 2nd Bn. The Rifle Brigade relieved the 47th Canadian Infantry Battalion and moved into the line northwest of Passchedaele, in the area near Venture Farm. For 48 hours, they encountered heavy shelling. Nevertheless they managed to advance the line in the centre and thus straightened a re-entrant. On the 19th of November, they were relieved and went to Brandhoek, where they trained until the 30th. However, a lot of the men didn’t make it to Brandhoek. During the 48 hours in the line, 39 soldiers were killed, 22 went missing and 84 were wounded.

Albert Edward Hammarton was one of the soldiers who were wounded. He was taken to the 4th Casualty Clearing Station at Dozinghem with wounds to the face and a fractured left leg. He died of his wounds on the 21st of November. He was buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, plot XV, row C, grave 15, where he is still remembered today.

Not only did his wife, Emily Brice, lost her husband. Only two months earlier, on the 27th of September, their little girl Dorothy died at the age of three.

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Ancestry
https://www.ancestry.com/
Sources used
CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/620863/A%20E%20HAMMARTON/
Sources used
Seymour, William W. The history of the Rifle Brigade in the war of 1914-1918. Londen: The Rifle Brigade Club, 1936. 164.
Sources used
The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/the-rifle-brigade-1914-1918/
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