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3rd July 1892
14th June 1918
Shot by a sniper through the liver and died at the 61st Casualty Clearing Station, Vignacourt, France
Vignacourt British Cemetery, Somme, France
First World War
28th Battalion Australian Imperial Force
Military Cross, Military Medal
George Meysey Hammond became an Australian military hero for his actions in the war. He was rapidly promoted from Sergeant to Captain, wounded badly in the arm thus making it unusable, saw action at Gallipoli, Pozieres, Polygon Wood, Flers and demanded his return to lead his men when he heard of the casualties. He was frequently seen ahead of his men, his cane under his injured arm and his watch in his hand. His loss to his men and to the Australian troops he led must have been great. All this for a boy who rowed home to Pershore at weekends from Worcester to Pershore, crossing Severn and Avon rivers. At his heart, Meysey Hammond was an adventurer and an officer who cared for his men.