August and Josef

A history of two brothers

Jur. stud. Gunnar Hammar 1883

Gunnar Hammar was between August and Josef in age   (born 1860). In 1882, the year before this photo,  his father  August Hammar Sr wrote to August Jr in South Africa "Gunnar has completed his academic course and is now in juridical activity with District Judge v[on] Sydow at Hammenhög (close to Ystad) where he not only is exceedingly happy, but has an excellent school to be trained in: Sydow is an outstanding lawyer. " In January 1884 August Sr wrote to August Jr: "But Gunnar has caused us even more troubles. At the end of October he came from Hammenhög, where he had served with the district judge v. Sydow, to Lund for a visit; but was found in a state of mental disorder, which made Uncle Karl take him to the hospital. As soon as I got to know this I went there and took him home, where he soon seemed to recover."

According to the church register for Nosaby parish Gunnar Hammar died on April 27th 1886 of tuberculosis ("lungsot"). (THANKS TO Ann-Britt Hammar for this additional information!)

His father does not mention Gunnars death in his letter from Nov 1886 but writes about the expenses they have had for Gunnar and Hasse.

Harald Sylvander, Strömstad (1885-1943), and  Harald Sylvander, Marseille (1888-1915)

To the left Harald Sylvander, Strömstad (1885-1943), son of Anders Wilhelm Sylvander and Bina Sylvander (born Hammar). Harald Sylvander, Strömstad was thus the nephew of August and Josef. To the right Harald Sylvander, Marseille (1888-1915) brother of Hulda Hammar (born Sylvander) and hence brother-in-law to Josef Hammar. The Strömstad Harald married Ulla Montgomery and many of my generation do remember her from New Years receptions at our grandmother Huldas little flat in Stockholm. Harald Sylvander, Marseille, was killed in battle in the Dardanelles 1915. Details about his death can be found on this link.



In May 2016 I visited the old cemetery in Bouzarea outside Alger, where Josef Hammar was buried. In april 2015 the French embassy moved all human remains of this cemetery to another Christian cemetery in Alger. On this video Bertil Sylvander, who had visited the grave before, shows to Mats Widgren the site where he remembers Josef was buried. Mats Widgren


Mireille Hammar helping her father Josef preparing the donkey for spreading manure in Bouzarea some time 1925 to 1927

Great Johan ! With this photo of my mother Mireille Hammar with her father in Bouzarea I test the functions of the page. Many thanks for a great evening in Uppsala! Mats

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