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5094   Private George Hamilton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/07/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 13th Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Army)
Died: 20/09/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 35
Summary      
George Hamilton was the son of James and Jane Hamilton. George was born in Killyman, Dungannon, County Tyrone. George served a 5 year apprenticeship with R Richardson, Dungannon. George then moved to Belfast where he work as a grocerís assistant. George arrived in Sydney about 1912. George Hamilton enlisted on 8th August 1915 in New South Wales with Australian Infantry. Private Hamilton was wounded in the field on 1 September 1916. He had a fracture right arm and an injured left ankle and was removed to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital. Private George Hamilton died on Sussex County Hospital in Brighton of a fracture humerus, amputation of arm and septicaemia on September 20th 1916.
Private George Hamilton
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George Hamilton was the son of James and Jane Hamilton. George was born in Killyman, Dungannon, County Tyrone, about January 1886.
George served a 5 year apprenticeship with R Richardson, Dungannon, presumably as a grocer.
R Richardson Ltd newspaper Christmas advertisement
R Richardson Ltd newspaper advertisement
By the time of the 1901 census, George's father had died. The family had moved to Belfast.
It seems that George Hamilton then moved to Belfast.
The 1911 census describes a George Hamilton, born Tyrone, son of Jane Hamilton, working as a grocer's assistant. He had a sister called Annie Hamilton (born about 1883).
George Hamilton arrived in Sydney about 1912.
He was a well known member of North Sydney Rifle Club.
George Hamilton enlisted on 8th August 1915 at Harwick Farm, New South Wales with Australian Infantry. He gave his age as 29 years and 8 months (born Jan 1886?). He listed his occupation as grocer.
By this time his parents were deceased He gives his next of kin as Mrs Jane Marsh, Darley Street, North Sydney, New South Wales. This was later corrected to Tweed Bay Road.
George Hamilton Enlistment / Attestation - Page 1
George Hamilton Enlistment / Attestation - Page 2
George Hamilton was the brother of Mrs C Marsh, of Darley Street, North Sydney, He also had a brother, William Hamilton who lived at 11 Beal Street, Leicester, England.
Private Hamilton embarked from Alexandria 7th June 1916.and arrived at Marseille 14th June 1916.
On 15 July 1916, he became Acting Corporal Hamilton with duty and pay at Etaples.
On the 25th August, he joined the 13th Battalion and reverted back to being Private Hamilton
Private Hamilton was wounded in the field on 1 September 1916. He had a fracture right arm and an injured left ankle and was removed to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital.
On the 2nd September he embarked from Boulogne for England
Private George Hamilton died on Sussex (2nd East) County Hospital in Brighton of a fracture humerus, amputation of arm and septicaemia on September 20th 1916. He was 30 years old.
From the Sydney Morning Herald dated Wednesday 11 October 1916.
George Hamilton, brother of Mrs C Marsh, of Darley Street, North Sydney, has died of wounds in hospital at Brighton. He was a native of Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Ireland and arrived in Sydney about four years ago. He was wounded in France and died on September 20th. He was a well known member of North Sydney Rifle Club.
From an unknown Belfast Newspaper
Sergeant G Hamilton, Australian Forces, who has died of wounds, was in the employment of Messrs Forster, Green and Co. before enlisting.
Private Hamilton was buried at Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester. Grave no 56320. Section E, no 628.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Killyman Killyman born Killyman 54.492178 -6.698413
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1 1901 Census lists Hamilton family Does not list George as living with the family at house 47 in Cooke Street, Cromac, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Hamilton family Lists George as age 30 living with the family at house 55 in My Lady's Road, Ormeau, Down
3 Australian Embarkation Roll Embarkation Roll - George Hamilton
4 Australian Military Records 31 documents regarding George Hamilton's Military Record
5 Australian Nominal Roll Nominal Roll - George Hamilton
6 Australian Roll Of Honour Roll of Honour - George Hamilton
7 Northern Ireland and the A.I.F. Photo of Private George Hamilton
8 Sydney Morning Herald Notice of death - died of wounds
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