Westley Green Development, Dry Street, Langdon Hills–Part 3

Following previous articles on the development at the east end of Dry Street, another two roads have been named honouring local Veterans who lost their lives in the various conflicts in the last century.

  • Reginald Ernest Hammond was killed in action on the 10th August 1917. He was a private in the 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. The Battalion had been assigned to the 18th Division who along with the 25th managed to capture a portion of West Flanders that had evaded them during the Battle of Pickern Ridge a few days earlier. This battle was part of the Third Battle of Ypres better known as Passchendaele. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belguim. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Hammond of Brook Cottage, Dry Street and husband of Charlotte who was living in Walthamstow.
  • George Siggers he died of wounds on the 8th February 1917. He was a gunner with the Royal Horse Artillery and Field Artillery and had served in France and Flanders since the 8th July 1915. It would appear that at the time, there were no major offensives by either the British or Germans taking place other than short lived skirmishes. He had taken over the role of cook, becoming the officers’ chef. It was outside the officers’ mess that a long distant shell landed, killing at least five soldiers. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British and Victory War medals to go alongside the Military Medal for bravery he had previously received. He is buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, France and is remembered on St Mary’s, Langdon Hills Roll of Honour. He was husband of Charlotte (nèe  Burr) of Dry Street, Langdon Hills.
Hammond Close
Siggers Crescent

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  • Hi Ian,
    Your Great Uncle is on our Roll of Honour, we have him as being born in Laindon (Would like confirmation). Service number 9194…Son of Sarah Spooner….We Would like to have more information on him so if you could give our editor permission I will contact you. If the Council need any more names I will give them your uncle’s name.

    Cheers Ken

    By Ken Porter (29/11/2021)
  • I would like to add another name to the list of men who fell from Langdon Hills. my Great uncle, his name Lance Corporal Ernest John Hollowbread 1st Bn, Essex regiment who died on Friday 6th August 1915 age 24. He lived in Brick cottage just over One Tree Hill. Remembered with Honor HELLIS MEMORIAL Turkey. Died in the Gallipoli campaign.

    Editor: Please click here to find out more about the Hellis Memorial

    By Ian Hollowbread (23/11/2021)

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