|Place of birth||Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland|
|School||Chryston Public School, New Glasgow, Scotland|
|Age on arrival in Australia||15|
|Address||Creek Road, Maryborough, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||20|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Jeanie Munro Hamilton, Creek Road, Maryborough, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||15th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/32/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Gunner|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||11th Field Artillery Brigade|
|Fate||Died of wounds
|Place of death or wounding||Messines, Belgium|
|Age at death||22|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
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|Parents: John and Jeanie HAMILTON, 'Millbrae', Bardon Estate, Paddington, Queensland. Native of Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Joined 15th Bn, Moascar, 5 February 1916. Transferred to 47th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916. Taken on strength, 11th Field Artillery Brigade, 17 March 1916, mustered as Gunner and posted to 42nd Battery.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 10 June 1916.
Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, 12 September 1916 (injury to skin); discharged to duty, 13 September 1916. Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 20 September 1916 (contusion); discharged to duty, 27 September 1916.
Died of wounds received in the field, 7 June 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal