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    Hello,
    I am trying to find records for my grandfather Charles Hammond (he had no middle name). He grew up in Lamesly (his father was the stationmaster).
    I found this lucky piece of paper on line. What are the numbers? I am sure this is his enlistment, but it is not in his beautiful handwriting. He was 14.

    https://www.ancestry.com/interactive...37/edit/record




    I found this record that seems to fit - except for Haltwhistle

    https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk...nd-fusiliers/#
    Last edited by Lorene; 18-10-2017 at 5:33 PM. Reason: missing a link

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    Hi

    There is a part record for a Charles Hammond, Durham, service number WR/176562
    Royal Engineer, 40 BGQ Company, but they are part of the burnt records, I think that cap badge looks like Royal Welch Fusiliers

    Peanut

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    Hi and welcome to the British-Genealogy forums
    On the service record you found the number 1316 is his service number.
    This will help you find his Medal Roll Index card which will not give you any information other than his number, regiment, medals awarded and possible date of first o/s deployment.. Very, very rarely they may have a little info such as an address to which the medals were posted.
    Having come to us from Forces War Records reading this will tell you a little about us and what we do.
    If the service record is your man you are very lucky it survived as 60% plus of WW1 service records were destroyed by bombing/fire in WW11.

    The 'piece of paper' you found on ancestry is his joining up papers and the address is given as Station House LamL.... so looks very promising.
    It is not just a 'piece of paper' there are more pages - click on the arrows on the side of the image next to the +/- bar.
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    On about the 3rd or 4th page of the service records you found there is his signature. Do you recognise it?
    The Medal Roll Index card for this soldier 1316
    Charles Hammomd
    Regiments - Northumberland Fusiliers, Northumberland Fusiliers, rank - Private 1316, WR200252,. Royal Engineers, Royal Engineers - rank - sapper - 176562, 458903.
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    Hi Lorene and welcome to BritGen.

    The record you found on Ancestry consists of 13 pages,16801-16813. At the bottom of page 16805 you'll find a mention of a brother M.Hammond of Concord, Mass. U.S.A. Perhaps this will confirm that you have the right man.

    Haltwhistle has a railway station, so maybe Charles, as a railway telegraphist, was posted to that station and attested in the town.

    The attestation will have been completed by the attesting officer but Charles' signature appears near the bottom of the document.

    Peter

    (Typed while Christina was posting!)

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    His age on enlistment is actually 17, not 14, and your Charles looks as if he is a patient in the 1911 census of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Jesmond St Andrew. He is described as a 14 year old Scholar born Lamesley, Durham. The 1901 census record for Charles & his family (RG13/4704, folio 107, page 38) confirms the details given on the Service record that Christina has found for you in that the family are living at Station House, Lamesley, Durham, and father Charles E P HAMMOND is shown as the Stationmaster. The 1911 census record for father Charles shows him as the Station Master at Coanwood Railway Station which is apparently (according to Wikipedia) the preceding station to Lambley and is on Haltwhistle to Alston Line, which again ties in with the Service record.

    Ancestry has a Grand Lodge of Freemasons record for Charles senr which shows he was initiated in 1895 and was Station Master at Lamesley. Looking at the 1891 census record of Lamesley for the HAMMOND family (RG12/4125, folio 60, page 3) shows that there is a son Matthew aged 3 born Sunderland so he is presumably the brother M HAMMOND referred to in the Service record for Charles jnr.

    Hope this helps to furnish some corroborative evidence to the Service record found in the above posts.

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