China Boxer Rebellion and Great War Atlantic and Dardanelles campaign group awarded to Chief Stoker A.E. Hammond, Royal Navy, who saw service aboard the cruiser Bonaventure during the operations on and off the coast of China during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. During the Great War he was aboard the armoured cruiser Berwick at the outbreak, being service with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station, and was present when she captured a German merchant ship, SS Spreewald, on 10th September 1914. He was aboard the troop transport and converted battleship Magnificent during the evacuation from Gallipoli, and ultimately saw service aboard the destroyer leader Grenville on Atlantic convoy escort work during 1917 to 1918.
Group of 4: China Medal 1900, no clasp; (A.E. HAMMOND. STO., H.M.S. BONVENTURE.); 1914-1915 Star; (286601. A.E. HAMMOND. CH.STO., R.N.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (286601 A.E. HAMMOND. CH.STO. R.N.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Alfred Ernest Hammond was born on 14th January 1876 in Stonehouse, Devon, and having worked as a labourer, then joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class (Devonport No.286601) with Vivid II from 8th December 1897. Rated as a Stoker whilst with Narcissus on 20th November 1898, he was posted out to Hong Kong with Tamar on 1st January 1899, and then joined the cruiser Bonaventure from 2nd March 1899, and saw service aboard her during the operations on and off the coast of China during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. In all 342 medals, all without clasp, were issued to the crew of Bonaventure.
Hammond was posted back to Vivid II from 30th August 1901, and was rated as a Leading Stoker 2nd Class whilst with Victorious on 2nd February 1904. He was still with this ship when he was promoted to Stoker Petty Officer 2nd Class on 1st July 1906. Hammond was then promoted to Stoker Petty Officer with with Argyll on 6th March 1908. Invalided from Sapphire on 9th February 1911, he rejoined with Vivid II on 16th July 1912, and then joined the armoured cruiser Berwick from 27th March 1913, being rated as an Acting Chief Stoker aboard her on 1st October 1913, and promoted to Chief Stoker whilst aboard her on 1st October 1914 shortly after the outbreak of the Great War.
Hammond was then serving aboard her with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station, and was present when she captured a German merchant ship, SS Spreewald, on 10th September 1914. She patrolled for German raiders and escorted convoys for the rest of the war. Posted back to Vivid II from 1st July 1915, he then joined the old battleship and converted troop transport Magnificent from 9th September 1915, and sailed with her for the Dardanelles where she took part in the evacuation from Gallipoli in December 1915 and January 1916. Posted back to Vivid II from 3rd March 1916 on Magnificent’s return from the Mediterranean, he then joined the destroyer depot ship Sandhurst for service aboard the destroyer leader Grenville from 18th December 1917, and employed on convoy escort work across the Atlantic. Hammond was once again invalided from service on 4th April 1919. Confirmed as his full entitlement.