I now have the service record of Arthur Edward Hammond from the National Archives (Catalogue reference: ADM 188/296).
His service number was 179179 and he enlisted aged 18 in 1895 at Devonport (he was actually 19 as the recorded date of birth was out by one year). After serving in the Royal Navy for 13 years, he was transferred to the Coastguard service. His first posting was to Dingle on 28 June 1905 with the rank of boatman. He served there until 12 September 1909. He was then posted to Ventry and served there from 18 September 1909 to 2 April 1911. His next posting was to (what looks like) Upper Cove from 3 April 1911 to 31 July 1914. On 31 July 1913 he was promoted to leading boatman. After the Ireland postings, he served in Wales (twice), Gloucestershire and Clovelly, North Devon.
Some personal details: he was 5'3 1/4" tall with brown hair, brown/grey eyes, a fresh complexion and a tattoo of the word 'true' on the back of his right arm.
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