406 Private Thomas “Tommie” Verran Hammond, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920

Thomas, a well known champion racing cyclist in the Granville district, was perhaps best known for “scooping the pool at Clyde, sports on Easter Monday, 1912, and in the 100 mile test race”[1]. Hammond was a riveter prior to enlisting on 22 August 1914 in Randwick, Sydney with the 2 Infantry Battalion – “D” company.

He embarked with his Unit from Sydney aboard HMAT Suffolk A23 on 18 October 1914. He wrote home and some of his letters were published in The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate:

Source: A Granville boys great heart. (1915, April 28). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 2.

Source: A Granville boys great heart. (1915, April 28). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 2.

Source: A Clyde boy’s wound. (1915, July 28). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 3.

Source: A Clyde boy’s wound. (1915, July 28). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 3.

During the Gallipoli campaign he was wounded in action in Dardenelles in northwestern Turkey on 11 June 1915 and transferred to a hospital in Malta where  his leg was amputated. He died on 24 July 1915. He was only 22 years of age. His parents were William C and Mary E Hammond of Wentworth Street, Clyde, New South Wales. He is buried ‘with a New Zealand and a British serviceman’ in the Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta[4]

Anne Tsang, Research Assistant, Parramatta Council, Heritage Centre, 2015
References

[1] Died for King and Country. (1915, August 7). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 10. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86098295

[2] A Granville Boys Great Heart. (1915, April 28). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86101907

[3] A Clyde boy’s wounds. (1915, July 28). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86102621

[4] Grave of 406 Private Thomas Verran Hammond of the 2nd Battalion AIF, who died on 1915-07-24, aged 22 years. (Donor President of Malta) https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P00545.150/