William Albert Hamilton

Apr 10, 1897

Born in Toronto, Ontario to William Albert and Elizabeth Jane (nee Martin) Hamilton


Jul 19, 1915

Attested into the 83rd Battalion CEF in Toronto, Ontario 

Ø      Number 171110

Ø      Next of kin given as John Hamilton, brother, 384 Montrose Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Messenger

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to the 1st Regimental Draft


Sep 25, 1915

The Regimental Draft embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec


Oct 6, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to West Sandling where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion and assigned to “E” Company to continue training


Oct 29, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Nov 24, 1915

Transferred to the Workhouse Military Hospital in Newcastle on Tyne for further treatment


Dec 7, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

After leaving the CBD he joined the 21st Battalion in the N & O front line trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Mar 16, 1916

While out on a work party repairing the trenches, Private Hamilton was shot in the head and killed instantly.  He was buried the following day in the Ridgewood Cemetery

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, John H. Hamilton, 48 Essex St., Toronto, Ontario

There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him and there was no widow


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