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Remembered Today:

Ordinary Seaman William Hammond

dave parry

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WH volunteered for service on 26.02.1918 and until his discharge on 16.08.1918, he is recorded as serving on "Victory".

I understand from other posts that "Victory" probably refers to a shore-based training unit, however, I have a photograph of WH in his uniform (complete with "RNRT" flash on his left sleeve) that bears an ink stamp on the reverse side: "Samson & Co, Koln, Hohestrasse", suggesting that he visited Germany whilst in the navy.

Other details on the certificate include:

Port Division: Portsmouth

Official Number: J85158

"Ind gr no 25"

"Cause of Discharge: Transfd to Dk Ad RNRT"

Any help interpreting some or all of the above information gratefully received.

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Looks like he joined up as a seaman in the Royal Navy and then transferred to Deck Hand Royal Naval Reserve (Trawler Section) so the photo you have is after 16/08/1918.

He should have another service record at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, copies at the National Archives.

Regards Charles

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He should have another service record ... copies at the National Archives.

These are in BT 377/7 on microfilm in service number order. You can find his service number from the BT 377/3 Alphabetical indexes to service numbers (microfilm copies): G-L 1908 Jan 01 - 1955 Dec 31. His medal entitlement will be on the microfilmed medal roll ADM 171/121.

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