Sidney Joseph Hamilton

Jul 8, 1894

Born in Birmingham, England to Joseph and Ada (nee Chedsa) Hamilton


Sep 7, 1914

Married to Ruby Alberta Janoe in Ottawa, Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59416 (temporary number 432)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Sidney Hamilton, wife, Grafton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Metal Polisher

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS 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 30, 1915

Admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham with stomach pain and diarrhea.  He later developed pain in the region of the heart.  The pain began 2 days earlier after eating some tinned pineapple


Aug 25, 1915

Transferred to convalescent home where he was granted 1 month sick leave to spend with his parents at 35 Gough Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham


Sep 2, 1915

Transferred from “B” Company to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 14, 1915

The battalion embarked for France while Private Hamilton was still in hospital 

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in Hospital


Sep 25, 1915

Following his leave he was transferred back to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham


Sep 28, 1915

Discharged from hospital and reported to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Oct 31, 1915

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 450 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1915

Admitted to the No. 9 Stationary Hospital in Havre with a diagnosis that reads Balanitis


Nov 6, 1915

Transferred to the No. 11 Camp


Nov 7, 1915

Discharged from hospital and reported to the No. 3 General Base Depot


Nov 14, 1915

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Ridgewood, Belgium


Jun 14, 1916

During an exchange of artillery and mortar fire near Mount Sorrel, Belgium, Private Hamilton was killed when a shell 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 widow, Mrs. R. Hamilton, 147 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Addie Hamilton, Gough Road, Birmingham, England


Private Hamilton is honoured on the War Memorial in Carleton Place, Ontario

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