Edward Charles Hamman
Private Hamman’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Private Hamman’s body was not recovered. His name, like many other at that time, is engraved on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Milton Soldiers on the Vimy Memorial (Google Earth).
Private Edward Hamman was born and raised in Campbellville (now Milton) Ontario in 1886. His attestation papers and number 13749 show that he attested to the 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion (1st Division, 2nd Brigade). His records show that he enlisted within weeks of the start of the war (16th Light Horse – 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles) in August 1914. On or about September 1914, this became the 5th Infantry Battalion. He was hospitalized overseas with appendicitis in April 1915 and was killed in action a month later on May 24, 1915.
In May 1915 the CEF was involved in the Battle of Festubert, only a few short weeks after near devastation at the 2nd Battle of Ypres. The war diary for May 24, 1915 shows that 4 Officers, 11 NCOs and 30 Other Ranks were killed that day (Bethune, Festubert) – south of Ypres, north of the Artois Plateau (Arras). A further 8 Officers, 30 NCOs and 174 men were wounded.Appendix A to the September war diary details the horrors of that attack. The reference to the attack at K5 by the 5th Battalion is detailed on page 102 of Nicholson, Chapter IV. Little was gained for the losses experienced.
The War Graves Register for Private Hamman says that he was killed in action in the assault on K5 and was buried on the spot. It was further stated that “no cross could be erected“. Even though the location of the battlefield grave was recorded it is unlikely the remains could ever be identified. There were thirty-eight (38) Privates of the 5th Battalion lost on that date at that location, all with unknown graves, thus recorded on the Vimy Memorial.
The battlefield burial was recorded as the “Combined Bethune Sheet A2.D.4.8, which is shown below on Nicholson Map 6 and a period trench map:
These images have been submitted to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial for Private Edward Charles Hamman.