Wars Last Goodbyes
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Pershore Cemetery

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Also of Capt G. Meysey Hammond M.C. M.M. 28th Batt A.I.F. who died of wounds June 14th 1918

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Pershore Cemetery

Worcestershire

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George Meysey

Hammond

3rd July 1892

Handsworth, Staffordshire

14th June 1918

Shot by a sniper through the liver and died at the 61st Casualty Clearing Station, Vignacourt, France

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Vignacourt British Cemetery, Somme, France

First World War

Captain

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.

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