George Hamilton

Dec 20, 1893

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59414 (temporary number 878)

Ø      Next of kin given as Fannie Kelly, 242 Frank St., Ottawa, Ontario

o       This was later changed to read Mrs. Fanny Kelly, c/o Mrs. Ferguson, 243 Dalmarnock Road, Glasgow, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Apr 28, 1915

Sentenced to 2 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for being absent from parade


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 5, 1915

Sentenced to 3 days CB for “inattention on parade”


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 24, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) as a result of a bee sting over his right eye.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 5 CFA for further treatment


May 26, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station to recover and allow the swelling to subside


May 28, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jun 14, 1916

During an exchange of artillery and mortar fire near Mount Sorrel, Belgium, Private Hamilton was killed when a trench mortar exploded near him.  He was subsequently buried in the Bedford House New Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Margaret Hamilton, c/o Gibson, 6 Binne Place, Greenhead, Glasgow, Scotland


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