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John William HAMILTON

Date of birth28 March 1870
Place of birthAlbury New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationExaminer of patents
Address'Jacuna', Douglas Street, East Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Height6' 3"
Weight217 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs U A T Hamilton, 'Jacuna,' Douglas Street, East Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Brisbane Engineers, and 6 years in the Brisbane Company of Sub-miners;
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name6th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 25), 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.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Anne HAMILTON; husband of Una HAMILTON, 'Rosedale', Kerferd Street, East Malvern, Victoria, Australia. Native of Clonmel, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Promoted major, 1 January 1915.

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

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25-30 April 1915.

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

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