William John HAMILTON

Regimental number931
Place of birthBanaghadereen, Co Roscommon, Ireland
SchoolNational School
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.75"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFather, Archibald Hamilton, 41 Spence Street, Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 175 days in the Royal Irish Rifles, British Army.
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


'Gallant conduct and valuable services at Pozieres.'
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateDied of wounds 19 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26
Place of burialMont Huon Military Cemetery (Plot V, Row N, Grave No. 9B), Le Treport, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Archivald and Frances HAMILTON

Military Medal

'During the attack on POLYGON WOOD, east of HOOGE, on 20/21st September 1917, Cpl. HAMILTON and Pte. BURGESS were instrumental in the capture of a strong post on our left flank. With great tact and fearlessness they moved round to its rear and gallantly rushed it, causing its garrison of some dozen Huns to surrender.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1018 Corporal Robert George HAMILTON, 10th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 4 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Devanha' and proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 March 1915.

Taken ill whilst on lines, 30 July 1915; admitted to 17th Australian General Hospital, Alexandria, 31 July 1915 (slight fever); discharged to duty, 4 August 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915 (influenza); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 31 August 1915. Embarked on board fleet sweeper and proceeded to Egypt for further treatment, 31 August 1915; admitted to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 18 September 1915 (enteric fever); transferred to Enteric Convalescent Camp, Port Said, 18 September 1915. Embarked Port Said on HS 'Goorkha' and proceeded to England for further treatment, 3 November 1915; admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 9 November 1915.

Proceeded to France from 3rd Training Bn, Perham Downs, 25 July 1916; taken on strength of 12th Bn, 9 August 1916.

Taken ill in the field, 27 November 1916; admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 30 November 1916 (rheumatism); transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 30 November 1916; to Ambulance Train '24', 1 December 1916; admitted to 1st General Hospital, Etretat, 2 December 1916 (myalgia); transferred to No 4 Convalescent Depot, Havre, 13 December 1916; discharged to duty, 16 December 1916.

Admitted to 7th Canadian Stationary Hospital, Havre, 31 December 1916 (ingrowing toe nail); transferred to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 31 December 1916 (onychia); to No 4 Convalescent Depot, Havre, 15 January 1917.

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 3 February 1917 (bronchitis); discharged to duty, 13 February 1917; taken on strength of 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 April 1917; struck off strength, 11 April 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 15 April 1917; promoted to rank of Lance Corporal, 1 July 1917; to 1st Anzac School for Light Machine Gun Course, 6 August 1917; to be promoted to rank of Corporal, 11 August 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 27 August 1917; granted leave, 24 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 7 October 1917; promoted to rank of Leading Sergeant, 20 October 1917; awarded the Military Medal, 20 October 1917.

Admitted to 1st Canadian Field Ambulance, 4 November 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 November 1917; to 56th General Hospital, Etaples, 6 November 1917. Embarked on board HS 'Stad Antwerpen' and proceeded to England for further treatment, 9 November 1917; admitted to Sevan Hospital, Sandgate, 9 November 1917; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 4 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 11 February 1918. Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 4 March 1918.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 8 April 1918 (deformity of toes); discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 April 1918; marched into Longbridge Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 28 May 1918.

Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 19 June 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 21 June 1916; moved into the field, 23 June 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 24 June 1918; transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 3 July 1918; discharged to duty, 4 July 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 6 July 1918; moved into the field, 10 July 1918; rejoined unit from hospital, 13 July 1918.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 August 1918 (shrapnel wound, right arm and fractured skull); transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 August 1918; transferred to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, 13 August 1918.

Died of wounds, Le Treport, 19 August 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal