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Monday, March 14, 2016

Private William Joseph Hamilton #757786, 3rd Battalion

Photo by Bob Richardson 2011
Born April 28, 1893 in Hamilton, Ontario to Francis and Mary Ann Hamilton. At time of attestation in 1916, William Hamilton was living at 550 James Street North, Hamilton, single, working as a laborer, 5' 4 1/2" tall, had a dark complexion, blue eyes, light hair, religion was \Roman Catholic. His next of kin was listed as his sister, |Lillian, living at 516 John Street North, Hamilton.

Enlisted in the 120th (City of Hamilton) Battalion, in Hamilton on February 7, 1916. He left Halifax on August 8, 1916 on the S.S. Empress of Britain arriving Liverpool on August 23. In England, he was transferred to the 134th Battalion January 23, 1917. Proceeded overseas May 25, 1917 for service in the 3rd Battalion. However on arrival in France, Private Hamilton was directed to the 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion on June 12, 1917. He joined the 3rd Battalion in the field August 24, 1917.

Killed in action August 31, 1918. His Circumstances of Death card states "Killed In Action - He was shot through the head when advancing on Olga Trench, east of Cherisy". Buried in Upton Wood Cemetery, grave B.25.

His page on the Veteran Affairs Canada Virtual War Memorial can be found HERE
His attestation paper and service file Library and Archives Canada can be found HERE

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