Hammond, Lieutenant Themetre James

No 2 Sqn AFC

Themetre Hammond came from Sydney, NSW. He was born in 1893 and was a Grazier when he joined No 2 Sqn in Melbourne on 29 September 1916. He departed from Melbourne on HMAT A5 Omrah on 17 January 1917. He briefly left the AFC to serve as a Private in England with the Light Horse, but he returned to the AFC in August and commenced flying training. He was commissioned in November 1917, after graduation from pilot training, and promoted to Lieutenant on 6 February 1918. After further training in the UK he was posted to No 2 Sqn in France on 26 May.

He was killed in action at Lagny, near Noyon, on 12 June 1918 while flying SE 5a D3960. A victory was credited to Ltn Hans Martin Pippart, the commander of Jasta 19; it was the 15th of Pippart’s eventual 22 victories before his death in action on 11 August when his parachute failed to open after he bailed out of his burning Fokker D.VII.

Lt T J Hammond has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

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