Frederick Hamson

Oct 6, 1886

Born in Lancashire, England


Sep 23, 1911

Married in England to Clara Hamson


Mar 4, 1914

Embarked the SS Victorian in Liverpool, England


Mar 12, 1914

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Hamilton, Ontario


Jul 28, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion CEF in Hamilton, Ontario 

Ø      Number 141332

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Clara Hamson, wife, 11 Alice St., Hamilton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bricklayer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to 4 Platoon, “A” Company

o       He was later assigned to the battalion’s 1st Draft


Sep 23, 1915

Sentenced to 3 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for absence


Oct 1, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Montreal, Quebec


Oct 10, 1915

Disembarked in Portsmouth, England and proceeded to West Sandling where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Dec 6, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the battalion strength after being declared a deserter

It was later discovered that he had been admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Jan 3, 1916

Transferred to the Victoria Auxiliary Home Hospital in Strafford


Feb 15, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Canadian Hospital in Uxbridge


Apr 22, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and immediately re-admitted with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)

In an interview, he stated that he most likely became exposed to the disease a week earlier while on a day pass from the hospital


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Apr 25, 1916

Transferred to the Barnwell Military Hospital in Cambridge


Jun 22, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the new battalion, it moved to Seaford


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of about 3,000 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 21, 1917

After leaving the CBD, Private Hamson joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Vimy Ridge as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements from the CBD


Aug 15, 1917

During the battalion’s attack on Hill 70, near Lens, Private Hamson was killed in action.  When the fighting subsided, his body could not be located and he is subsequently honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Clara Hamson, c/o Mrs. Kays, Harmony St., off Barton St. E., Hamilton, Ontario


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