Major General Heathcote Howard Hammer

Service number VX24325, 3107396
Ranks Held Brigadier, Temporary Brigadier
Birth Date 15 February 1905
Birth Place Australia: Western Australia, Southern Cross
Death Date 10 March 1961
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Brighton
Final Rank Major General
Service Australian Army
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1947-03-06
Published in London Gazette in 1944-04-27
Published in London Gazette in 1945-07-19
Published in London Gazette in 1943-02-11
Published in London Gazette in 1947-03-06
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1944-04-27
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1945-07-19

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    15th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier
    London Gazette
    06 March 1947 on page 1091 at position 10
    Commonwealth Gazette
    06 March 1947 on page 750 at position 68
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    15th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Brigadier
    London Gazette
    27 April 1944 on page 1927 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    27 April 1944 on page 893 at position 36
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    15th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Brigadier
    London Gazette
    19 July 1945 on page 3715 at position 8
    Commonwealth Gazette
    19 July 1945 on page 1547 at position 7
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Brigadier
    London Gazette
    11 February 1943 on page 743 at position 6
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945

Timeline

Date of birth 15 February 1905 Southern Cross, WA.
Date commissioned 25 February 1926 Lieutenant, 8th Battalion.
Date promoted 25 February 1935 Appointed captain.
Other 03 July 1936 Reserve of Officers.
Other units 26 January 1937 17th Machine Gun Regiment.
Date promoted 09 January 1939 Appointed major.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 08 June 1940 Enlisted in the 2nd AIF.
Other units 14 June 1940 Headquarters 1 Australian Corps.
Other units 01 July 1940 7th Division Cavalry Regiment.
Other units 01 August 1940 Seconded Headquarters Australian General Base Depot.
Other 13 October 1940 Arrived Middle East.
Other units 02 November 1940 Attached 16th Australian Infantry Training Battalion.
Other 1940-11-20 - 1940-12-21 Course Middle East Tactical School.
Other units 21 January 1941 Commanding officer (temporary) Depot Battalion.
Other units 21 January 1941 Seconded AIF Middle East reinforcements S Depot.
Other units 05 March 1941 Brigade major Headquarters 16th Brigade.
Other 1941-05 Arrived Middle East.
Other 14 June 1941 Course Middle East Combined Training Centre.
Other units 1942-01-08 - 1943-06-18 Lieutenant colonel commanding officer 2/48th Battalion.
Date wounded 31 October 1942 Wounded in action - gun shot wound right cheek.
Other 09 November 1942 Returned to unit.
Date of honour or award 16 January 1943 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Date returned to Australia 25 February 1943 Returned to Melbourne.
Other units 18 June 1943 Temporary brigadier, commander 15th Brigade.
Other 25 June 1943 Arrived New Guinea.
Other units 23 November 1943 Attached Headquarters 29th Brigade.
Date of honour or award 01 May 1944 Bar to Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Date returned to Australia 27 June 1944 Returned to Townsville.
Date promoted 24 October 1944 Appointed colonel (retains rank of temporary brigadier).
Other 16 November 1944 Arrived Bougainville.
Date returned to Australia 24 November 1944 Returned to Townsville.
Other 30 December 1944 Arrived Bougainville.
Date of honour or award 20 July 1945 Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Date returned to Australia 01 October 1945 Returned to Brisbane.
Other 29 November 1945 Reserve of Officers.
Date of honour or award 06 March 1947 Mention in Despatches.
Other units 01 January 1953 Command 2nd Armoured Brigade.
Other units 02 July 1956 Temporary major general command 3rd Division.
Other 01 July 1959 Reserve of Officers.
Date of death 10 March 1961
Other c 1941-03-20 Arrived Greece.