William 's Story.
William Hammond was born on 12 January and baptised on 15 February 1885 at Sunderland Street Wesleyan Methodist Church, the son of Sarah (née Higginbotham) and Charles Hammond, a silk dyer of Jodrell Street, Macclesfield.
In 1901, 16-year-old WIlliam was living at 39 Byrons Street, Sutton, south Macclesfield with his parents and sister Mary Alice, 12.
William married Ann Joyce Hall on 25 December 1907 at Brunswick Methodist Church, Sutton, south Macclesfield, and by 1911 they were living at 294 Buxton Road, Macclesfield with their one-year-old son, Charles William. William was employed as a letterpress printer by the Hovis company.
William's widow later lived at 76 Mill Lane, Macclesfield.
William’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 16 February 1917:
THE LATE DRIVER W HAMMOND – MILITARY FUNERAL AT MACCLESFIELD
The funeral of Driver William Hammond, Army Service Corps, who… died in hospital at Salisbury on Wednesday week from pneumonia, took place at the Macclesfield cemetery on Wednesday afternoon with military honours. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and four soldier relatives… acted as bearers, namely Lce-Corporal Higginbotham and Privates H Hall, F Knight and J Lovatt… the Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel was represented by Mr W Hulme and Mr Barnes; St Peter’s Institute by Mr W Swaine; and the Hovis Company was also represented.
Mrs Hammond, the deceased soldier’s wife, has received the following letter of condolence from Mr J Moorhouse of the Hovis Company, by whom her husband was previously employed: “It is with deep regret that I heard of your husband’s death, and I feel it is my duty to express my sorrow in your great loss and the firm, of a good and conscientious workman. He was loved by all with whom he came into contact, and few men had more friends…”
His death was also reported in the Typographical Circular, February 1917:
HAMMOND - At South Tedworth (sic) Military Hospital, on February 7, Private William Hammond, Army Service Corps (a member of the Macclesfield Branch), aged 32. Cause of death, pneumonia.
Private William Hammond is buried in grave ref. P. 13481 in Macclesfield Cemetery.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Hammond.
In Macclesfield, Private William Hammond is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and Brunswick Wesleyan Church war memorials.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Cheshire Non-conformist Marriages (Find My Past): Brunswick Methodist Chapel, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Britain, Trade Union Membership Records (Find My Past)
Macclesfield Times: 16 February 1917
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.