James Hamilton

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Service no: 3070 [1]

Place of birth: Orange, 1890

Address: 9 Quigg Street, Lakemba

Occupation: Wharf labourer

Next of kin: William Hamilton (father), 9 Quigg Street, Lakemba

Date of enlistment: 29 August 1915

Place of enlistment: Sydney

Age at enlistment: 27

Fate: Embarked HMAT A69 Warilda, Sydney, 8 October 1915. Joined 3rd Battalion. Wounded twice. Killed in action, Belgium, 29 October 1917.

Date of death: 29 October 1917

Buried: Belgian Battery Corner Military Cemetery, Belgium, Plot II, Row H, Grave 17

Born in Orange in 1890, the son of William and Elizabeth Hamilton, James was the youngest of eleven children. He enlisted in Sydney on 29 August 1915 and embarked there on HMAT Warilda on 8 October 1915 as part of the 3rd Battalion AIF. He was wounded and hospitalised twice before being killed in action at Ypres on 29 October 1917.

James is buried in the Belgian Battery Corner Military Cemetery and is remembered on panel number 30 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

James Hamilton was the uncle of John Patrick Hamilton VC, whose statue stands at the corner of Byng and Anson Streets adjacent to the Soldier’s Memorial Hall, now the WE Agland Memorial Museum. John Patrick Hamilton was the son of James’ oldest brother William.

  • Sharon Jameson and Margaret Nugent, December 2018
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