|Place of birth||Maitland, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||2 Cullwanon Road, West Maitland, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||25|
|Next of kin||A Hamonet, 2 Cullwanon Road, West Maitland, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served for 6 weeks in E Company, 4th Australian Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||3rd Battalion E Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/20/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on
|No details of embarkation for HQ and A-H Companies entered on Embarkation Roll.|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Machine Gun Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Consistent courage under fire and inspiration to men. (Polygon Wood 19-23 September 1917).
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||28|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: John and Mary HAMONET; husband of Mary HAMONET, 62 Fieldside Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, England|
'During the action east of YPRES, 19/23rd September, 1917, this N.C.O. was with a Battery of Machine Guns and by his courage, during heavy shelling, he inspired all his men by visiting his gun positions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.
Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 22 July 1915 (influenza); transferred to Fleet Sweeper 'Clacton', 23 July 1915; disembarked Mudros. Transferred on No. 1 HS 'Devanha' to Malta, 2 August 1915; admitted to St George's Hospital, 5 August 1915. Transferred to England, 26 August 1915; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 15 September 1915. Embarked on 'Olympic' to rejoin MEF, 15 November 1915; disembarked Lemnos, 3 December 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 7 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Appointed Lance Corporal, 12 March 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 28 March 1916. Promoted Corporal, 30 July 1916.
Wounded in action, 9 November 1916 (gun shot wound, right arm); embarked for England, 14 November 1916, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, 15 November 1916; discharged, 1 December 1916. Married Mary HAMONET, 62 Field Side Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, England [date not recorded on file].
Proceeded overseas to France, 1 March 1917; rejoined unit, 15 March 1917.
Promoted Sergeant, 7 September 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.
Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal