Robert Lorne Hamilton


Jan 4, 1881

Born in Richmond, Ontario to William Henry and Ann Elizabeth (nee Good) Hamilton


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario with his brother, William Henry Hamilton  

Ø      Number 59415 (temporary number 765)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Hamilton, father, Westboro, Ontario

o       His father is noted as the County Chief Constable

Ø      Previous occupation given as Engineer

o       Noted as being a Railroad Engineer for the CNR

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

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


Apr 3, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for an unspecified offence


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Jun 15, 1916

Admitted to the No. 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Hemorrhoids.  He was transferred the same day to the 2nd Division Rest Station then to the No. 6 CFA


Jun 19, 1916

Discharged to duty from the CFA


Jul 28, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Inguinal Hernia and transferred the same day to the No. 4 CFA


Jul 31, 1916

Discharged to duty from the CFA


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on the sugar refinery at Courcelette, Private Hamilton was killed at about 7.00 am, shortly after entering the enemy’s front line trench.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and is subsequently honoured on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed in France with no known grave

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, William H. Hamilton, Richmond Road, Westboro, Ontario 

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Anna Hamilton, at the same address.


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