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Regimental number2423
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
AddressMerbein, via Mildura, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4"
Weight95.5 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Winnie Hamilton, Merbein, via Mildura, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on grounds of being sole support of mother)
Enlistment date7 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 July 1916
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 July 1919
Discharge date11 November 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 55157 Pte John HAMILTON, 8th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Shropshire', 25 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 November 1916; marched into 15th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 21 November 1916.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS 'Princess Clementine', 30 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 31 December 1916; moved into the field, 8 February 1917; taken on strength of 60th Bn, 10 February 1917.

Admitted to 5th Divisional Receiving Station, 18 February 1917 (pleurodynes); discharged to duty, 5 March 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 6 March 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 13 June 1917 (trench fever); transferred to 5th Divisional Receiving Station, 13 June 1917; admitted to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 June 1917; to Ambulance Train, 18 June 1917; admitted to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 19 June 1917; transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 23 June 1917; to No 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 27 June 1917; discharged to 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 7 August 1917; proceeded on leave to England, 22 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 9 February 1918.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 26 June 1918 (impeligo); discharged to Australian Infantry Base Depot, 24 September 1918; moved into the field, 13 October 1918; taken on strength of 59th Bn, 15 October 1918; granted leave to the United Kingdom, 29 November 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 December 1918; promoted to rank of Temporary Corporal, 24 March 1919; rank reverted to Private, 24 May 1919; moved in from the field, 24 May 1919. Embarked Havre and proceeded to England, 30 May 1919; disembarked Southampton, 31 May 1919; marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 31 May 1919.

Embarked Devonport on HT 'Bahara' and commenced return to Australia, 24 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 September 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 11 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 April 1952
Age at death54
Place of burialMildura Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAMILTON James

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