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13655   Private John Stanley Hamilton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 05/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/08/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 22
Summary      
John Stanley Hamilton was born Ballymena about 1894. John Hamilton was raised by his aunt, Mrs Ellen Whitelock who lived in Caledon, County Tyrone. John S. Hamilton was a member of Caledon and District Branch of the Ulster Volunteers. John Hamilton enlisted at Finner Camp, Donegal. Private John Stanley Hamilton was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was wounded in France. Private John S Hamilton died of wounds on the 1st August 1916. He was 22 years old.
Further Information
John Stanley Hamilton was born Ballymena about 1894.
John Hamilton was raised by his aunt, Mrs Ellen Whitelock who lived in Caledon, County Tyrone.
John S. Hamilton was a member of Caledon and District Branch of the Ulster Volunteers.
John Hamilton enlisted at Finner Camp, Donegal.
Medal card
Private John Stanley Hamilton was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was wounded in France.
Private John S Hamilton died of wounds on the 1st August 1916. He was 22 years old.
John Hamilton did not leave a will, so the documentation leading to his aunt becoming the beneficiary follows:
Lodge, Caledon, County Tyrone 7th September 1917: Letter from Sergeant A Irwin
'Sir, In reply to your letter, form enclosed and attached. I beg to inform you. On the 3rd June 1915, I was on leave from my battalion prior to going to France. I met Private Hamilton, 9th Inniskilling Fusiliers, and a man call Henry Mehaffy outside the Ulster Volunteer Drill Hall, Caledon, Tyrone. We had some conversation together. (I may here state I was Drill instructor to Caledon and District Branch of the Ulster Volunteers and Private Hamilton was also a member. I rejoined my old regiment “the Welsh” on Kitchener's appeal for old N.C.O.'s as instructors for the new army. I was also instrumental in recruiting Hamilton and others to join the army.) As I was on the eve of returning off leave, I personally asked Private Hamilton if he had fixed things up, as he might be in France shortly after me. He replied 'I have given an allotment to Auntie Whitelock (Mrs E Whitelock) and if anything should happen and I go under, all I have or possess will be hers as she has been a good mother to me' and the only mother he ever knew, meaning that she reared him. I hope this statement is clear. I never saw Private Hamilton again and I have been discharged since July 1 as unfit for further war service (disablement, etc). A Irwin'
'NB I rejoined the service with my rank of Sergeant and am discharges as Sergeant. I enclosed certificate from Mr H Mehaffy duly endorsed by Magistrate. Thomas H Shannon Justice of Peace, County Tyrone.'
Castle Street Caledon 5th September 1917: Letter from Henry Mehaffy
'I, Henry Mehaffy, hereby certify that I was present on 3rd June 1915 when the late Private J S Hamilton, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Said to Sergeant A Irwin, 9th Welsh Regiment, ' I have made an allotment to Aunty Whitelock and should I go under, anything I possess will go to her as she has been a mother to me all my life. Henry Mehaffy, Castle Street Caledon.' Thomas H Shannon, Justice of the Peace, Co Tyrone, Ireland.
Annacramp, Caledon, Co Tyrone, Ireland. 1st September 1917. Letter from Thomas H Shannon J.P.,
'I, Thomas H Shannon J.P., have read the statement that Sergeant Irwin has made as to Private Hamilton's effects and as I have known the said Mrs Whitelock and also the late Private Hamilton, I can certify that the statement Sergeant Irwin and Henry Mehaffy has made would be correct.'
The CWGC records Private John Hamilton as the nephew of Mrs Ellen Whitelock of Lake View Cottage, Caledon, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Enagh Row, Caledon Caledon Raised by aunt who lived in Enagh, Caledon 54.359532 -6.842086
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Ellen Whitelock Does not list John as living with his aunt at house 3 in Tannaghlane, Caledon, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Ellen 'Nicholl' Lists Ellen as living with her family at house 7 in Enagh, Caledon, Tyrone
3 Ballymena 1914-18 Details of John Stanley Hamilton
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of John Stanley Hamilton
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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