In Memory of


Ordinary Seaman

C/JX 656703

H.M.S. Vengeance, Royal Navy

who died on

Friday 9th February 1945. Age 20.

Additional Information:

Son of John Charles and Mary Ann Hammond of Norwich, Norfolk, England. Ships Company HMS. Vengeance. Fell overboard in the Firth of Clyde and never found.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty No. 2468122. Memorial photo below. (Enlarged)


Commemorative Information

Cemetery: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom.
Grave Reference/Panel Number: 81, 1.
Location: The Memorial overlooks the town of Chatham and is approached by a steep path from the Town Hall Gardens.
Historical Information: After the First World War, an appropriate way had to be found of commemorating those members of the Royal Navy who had no known grave, the majority of deaths having occurred at sea where no permanent memorial could be provided. An Admiralty committee recommended that the three manning ports in Great Britain - Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth - should each have an identical memorial of unmistakable naval form, an obelisk, which would serve as a leading mark for shipping. The memorials were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, who had already carried out a considerable amount of work for the Commission, with sculpture by Henry Poole. After the Second World War it was decided that the naval memorials should be extended to provide space for commemorating the naval dead without graves of that war, but since the three sites were dissimilar, a different architectural treatment was required for each. The architect for the Second World War extension at Chatham was Sir Edward Maufe (who also designed the Air Forces memorial at Runnymede) and the additional sculpture was by Charles Wheeler and William McMillan. Chatham Naval Memorial commemorates more than 8,500 sailors of the First World War and over 10,000 from the Second World War.