Hamilton Hugh Burrowes was the youngest son of William and Mary Burrowes. Hamilton was born in Dungannon in 1885. Hamilton attended the Royal School Dungannon from 1898 to 1900. Hamilton worked as a Chemist’s Apprentice before he emigrated to South Africa in 1909. He was a Sergeant Dispenser with the South African Veterinary Corps. A Sergeant Dispenser was in effect, a pharmacist. Hamilton Burrowes served throughout the German South West Africa campaign in the Veterinary Corps. It is not known if he was in the Military at that time, but the fact that he is NOT listed in the CWGC would infer that he was not. More proof of this would be that although his brother John ‘Jack’ Burrowes is listed on Dungannon War Memorial, Hamilton is not.
Hamilton Hugh Burrowes was the youngest son of William and Mary Burrowes. Hamilton was born in Dungannon in 1885.
Hamilton attended the Royal School Dungannon from 1898 to 1900.
The 1901 census reveals the family were living in Perry Street, Dungannon. His father William was a confectionery shop owner. He was also a Car Owner and Driver. Hamilton was not living with the family.
Hamilton was living with the Anderson family in Lambeg, Lisburn. He was 15 years old and working as a Chemist's Apprentice. John Anderson was a Pharmaceutical Chemist.
Hamilton Burrows played hockey for the recently formed (1901) Lisnagarvey, who were based in the Lisburn area.
The photo above shows Lisnagarvey 2nd XI in the 1906-07 season. Hamilton is far left in the middle row.
Hamilton emigrated to South Africa in 1909.
The 1910 Ulster Towns directory lists William Burrows as being a confectioner and having a posting establishment at Church Street, Dungannon
By 1911, Hamilton's father had died and he is no longer listed with the family who now lived in Thomas Street, Dungannon.
The Royal School Dungannon book records that the school magazine from that time details that he was a Sergeant Dispenser with the South African Veterinary Corps. A Sergeant Dispenser was in effect, a pharmacist.
Hamilton Burrowes served throughout the German South West Africa campaign in the Veterinary Corps. German South West Africa is now Namibia.
There was a Private Hamilton Burrowes who served with the South African Infantry in France and was killed in an accident on 7 December 1917. This is NOT our Hamilton Burrowes and has created some confusion.
A report in the Tyrone Courier depicts that Hamilton Burrowes was accidentally killed in Johannesburg in August 1916. He was actually killed on 25th July 1916, according to his death notice in the Mid Ulster Mail.
Hamilton Burrowes was buried in New Cemetery, Johannesburg on 26th July 1916. The cemetery is now known as Brixton Cemetery.
It is not known if he was in the Military at that time, but the fact that he is NOT listed in the CWGC would infer that he was not. More proof of this would be that although his brother John 'Jack' Burrowes is listed on Dungannon War Memorial, Hamilton is not.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 2nd September 1916:
BURROWES – 25 July 25, 2015, at the Johannesburg Hospital South Africa, the result of an accident, Hamilton Hugh (Hammie) Burrowes, youngest son of the late William Burrowes and Mrs Burrowes, Hillside, Dungannon. Interred in the New Cemetery, Johannesburg 26th July. Deeply mourned.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 2nd September 1916: Dungannon Man Killed at Johannesburg
Much regret is expressed in Dungannon at the death, as the result of an accident, of Mr Hamilton Hugh Burrowes, youngest son of the late Mr William Burrowes, and Mrs Burrows, Hillside, Dungannon. He was a chemist in the Imperial Pharmacy, Jeppestown, Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Rand Daily Mail of 25th July, in narrating the sad occurrence says:-
Early this morning a young man named Hamilton Burrowes, a chemist employed at the Imperial Pharmacy, Jeppes, was removed to hospital in a very precarious condition, as the result of a fall sustained by him in Castle Mansions, Eloff Street. He was attempting to slide down the bannisters of a stairway when he over-balanced and crashed onto the basement below. When picked up he was unconscious and he died a few hours after being admitted to hospital.
The deceased young gentleman, who was very popular among all classes of the community, served his apprenticeship with Mr John S Anderson, The Medical Hall, Lisburn, and was an enthusiastic member of the Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and of the Lisburn Cricket Club, and also belonged to the local Masonic Lodge. He emigrated to South Africa about six years ago , and on the outbreak of the present war volunteered for active service. He took part in the German South West Africa campaign under General Botha, being first attached to the South African Veterinary Corps and afterwards with the South African Mounted Rifles. At the victorious conclusion of that campaign he returned to Johannesburg and had re-entered into business. His brother, Trooper Jack Burrowes, also served in German South West in the Imperial Light Horse, and is now in German East Africa with the 14th South Africa Horse under General Smuts.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 4 January 1917: Trooper Jack Burrowes – brother of Hamilton Burrows
On Saturday, Mrs Burrowes, 'Hillside' Dungannon, received intimation from the War Office, that her second son Trooper Jack Burrowes, 4th South African Horse, had died on 23rd December from a malignant fever contracted during the present arduous campaign in German East Africa. The deceased soldier, who had been in business in Dungannon, had emigrated to South Africa several years ago where he entered into trade in Johannesburg and had considerable farming interests up country. He arrived home on a visit at the time war was declared and promptly returning to South Africa, volunteered in the Imperial Light Horse and served under General Botha throughout the successful German South West Africa campaign. At its conclusion, he re-volunteered for active service in German East Africa and joined the 4th South African Horse and until his fatal illness, had participated in the victorious campaign in that country. He had been a member of St John's Masonic Lodge No 185, Dungannon, for the past ten years and was a great favourite in his native district. Mrs Burrowes unfortunately sustained a second bereavement recently as her youngest son, Mr Hamilton S Burrowes, who had also served throughout the German South west campaign in the Veterinary Corps, was accidentally killed in Johannesburg in August last.
Both brothers are listed on the memorial plaque in Scotch Street (Dungannon) Presbyterian Church.
Many thanks to Paul Kerr and the Royal School Dungannon for his intelligent research which uncovered our error and all the other information provided.