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Regimental number124
Place of birthRed Hall Cottage, Stare Shotto Lanarkshore, Scotland
SchoolDyke Road, Shotto, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia22
OccupationMechanical Engineer
AddressHayley Street, Lithgow, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWilliam Hamilton, 9 Farm Buildings, Stane, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Previous military serviceRoyal Scots Territorials
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name4th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Corps Orders

"The Lieut. General Commanding is glad to place on record the gallant conduct of the men named below, who on three successive nights crept out and occupied a detached crater, actually connected with the enemy's position by a communication trench, denying the crater to the enemy, and inflicting loss on him, without casualties to themselves."
Recommendation date: 26 July 1915

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"My brother was a good shot and won several prizes at Rifle Range shooting in the Royal Scots . Was also mentioned in despatches for excellent conduct on Battle Field." Details from Sister.
FateKilled in Action 06-9 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 21), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Marion HAMILTON, Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed corporal, 11 March 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Appointed sergeant, 29 April 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, Gallipoli, 6-9 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry, held in the field, 3 November 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 6-9 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAMILTON John

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