Updated: May 13
It is with a heavy heart that I write today to inform you of the passing of Maj (Retd) Joseph Hutchinson Hammerton, known to everyone as Joe, who died Wednesday 29 April 2020 aged 91 after a long illness.
On leaving the Regular Army Joe enlisted into the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and became OC of Batley. Rest in Peace Joe your duty done to the Country and the Regiment. Cede Nullis.
Joe was hugely respected by the all who served with him and was known for his dry Yorkshire sense of humour. A message of condolence has been received from the town of Ede in Holland; Ede was liberated during WWII by 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division known as the Polar Division, which the KOYLI were part of. In the message, they write “We all remember him as a lovely, cheerful man who was always in for a joke”. Joe had made serval visits to Ede with the Association and was honoured that the towns water polo team were named The Polar Bears in honour of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Joe’s family and friends at this sad time.
Joe’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 19 May 2020. Donations in lieu of flowers are requested in Joe’s name to the Army Benevolent Fund. Donations can be sent to Butterfields Funeral Directors, Bradford Road, Cleckheaton.
Anyone wishing to send cards or letters of condolence is requested to send them to the Rifles Regional Office at Minden House. Office staff will then forward them to the family.