The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lieutenant C E Hemmerde



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Lieutenant Charles Eric HEMMERDE,  6th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  (formerly Corporal Gunner, 3rd Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery, Service No.74769.), killed in action, 27th  September 1918, age 22.

Born 1896, London, son of Charles Louis Hemmerde and Maud Hemmerde, of 38, Braemar Avenue, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon, London.

1911 Census - Ongar Grammar School, Chipping Ongar, Essex - Charles Hemmerde, pupil, age 14, born Lee, Middlesex.

18th January 1918, St Pauls Protestant Episcopal Cathedral, married Emelle, (Mitzie) Mauritzen of Copenhagen.

Resided 38, Braemar Avenue, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon, London.

The Washington Post, Tuesday 5th March 1918 - Camp to train snipers - Meade sharpshooters will use rifles with telescopic sights - Periscopes to be utilized - School of observation quickly develops marksmanship - camouflage tricks to be taught by experts - How Boche conceals himself will be shown by Capt. Hemmerde - by a staff correspondent.

Camp Meade, Monday March 4 - Beginning today the intensive training of snipers, of whom each regiment will have one or more platoons, will be inaugurated. A consignment of the latest model Springfields, fitted with telescopic sights, has just bee received for the use of these potential sharp shooters, who must be able to hit an egg at 100 yards before they complete the elementary phases of their training.

Capt. C.E. Hemmerde, of the Royal West Kent Regiment, and a sniping expert of the British Army, is aiding in the organization of the corps of sharp shooters. Under his supervision a number of periscopes for the use of the snipers have been constructed. A demonstration of these new devices will probably be held next Saturday.

Good Averages shown - The periscope fits in at the back of a stand, into which the sniper fixes his rifle. A limited try out of telescopic sighted rifkes was held at te division school in observation and sniping this afternoon and at the end of an hour every man of a selected group was getting a high average of hits on an imitation German loophole at 100 yards. The objective was only three inches wide by about twelve inches long.

All the regimental schools which start this week, will  be equipped with new rifles and periscopes. Ordinary sharp shooting as heretofore understood in the army, will not enable a man to qualify. As the Instructor expresses it "the men must be able to hit anything they can see at 400 yards, and must have almost perfect control over their rifles up to 1,000 yards."

Capt. Hemmerde, and his assistants, who have graduated in these special branches at the division school, will explain methods the boche employs to conceal himself. The students will be taught to detect the difference between rubbish and camouflage put out by the Germans to conceal snipers and observers. Also they will teach the student how to conceal themselves.

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Buried at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, I. F. 11., France.


London Gazette 8th February 1916

The under mentioned Warrant and Non-Commissioned Officers to be Second Lieutenants for service in the Field.

The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Bombardier Charles Eric Hemmerde, from Royal Horse Artillery. Dated 16th January, 1916.

London Gazette 25th May 1917.

The following is in continuation of Sir Douglas Haig's Despatch of 9th April, submitting names deserving of special mention, published in the London Gazette of Tuesday. 15th May, 1917: 

Royal West Kent Regiment. -  Hemmerde, 2nd Lieutenant C. E.

London Gazette 18th July 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the under mentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field :

2nd Lieutenant Charles Eric Hemmerde, Royal West Kent Regiment.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in personally reconnoitring an obscure situation under heavy shell and machine gun fire in order to ascertain the whereabouts of our advanced troops. The valuable information which this gallant action afforded enabled our artillery to give closer support to the infantry, whose attack had been held up.

London Gazette 28th January 1918.

Royal West Kent Regiment. - The under mentioned 2nd Lieutenants to be Lieutenants: 1st July 1917.

C. E. Hemmerde, M.C., and to remain seconded . 14th July 1917

London Gazette 11th February 1918

Lt. C. E. Hemmerde M.C. R.W.Kent R. to be seconded and to be temporary Capt. whilst so employed.  

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