1. Memorial:Portsmouth Naval Memorial28 Hampshire
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.124
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour50D GQS

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Family :

Son of John F. B. Hammond; husband of Sarah Elizabeth Hammond, of 8, Markland Rd. Dover.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: HM Submarine K4 

Action : Naval Accident 

During the war there were a number of Naval Accidents which we have isolated because of their shocking caualties and the corresponding impact on members of the craft. There were a number of vessels destroyed in port by explosions which we would today categorise as 'Health & Safety' failures.

Petty Officer 1st Class, HMS Thames, (1909).

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HAMMOND, Jno. W, Gunner, HM Submarine K4 K4 was lost on 31 January 1918 during the night time fleet exercises later known as the Battle of May Island (Operation E.C.1) when she was attached to the 13th Submarine flotilla, and in which a number of submarines were lost. While attempting to avoid a collision with HMS K3, she became the victim of collisions with HMS K6 and HMS K7. So great was the collision that K4 was cut almost in two and sank immediately with the loss of all onboard. The incidents of the Battle of May Island showed that operating with the fleet was an unsound idea, and the idea of steam power for a submarine (albeit oil-fired not coal) made the design one of the worst warship designs ever. Two of them altered course to avoid a surface vessel; one then ran into the Battlecruiser Inflexible, and the rest basically all ran into one another. She was lost with all hands. The wreck is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986. It was not the first time this situation had arisen. On 17 November 1917, K4 collided with sister ship HMS K1 during an accident off the Danish coast. The light cruiser HMS Blonde operating with K1 had to make a sharp turn to avoid 3 units from the 4th cruiser squadron. And in the confusion, K4 collided with K1. The crew of K1 were rescued and K1 sunk by the Blonde. 2 Freemasons were lost in Submarine K4: HAMMOND Jno. W. Gunner WATTERSON Thomas Arthur Lieutenant Sources; Submarines, war beneath the waves, from 1776 to the present day, Robert Hutchinson. SI 2008/0950 Designation under the Protection of Military Remains Act

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : United Service No. 3124 E.C.East Kent

12th November 1909
11th February 1910
12th August 1910

Register shows "Lost in Submarine on Active Service Feby 1918"

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