|Place of birth||Cobram, Victoria|
|School||Cobram State School, Cobram, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Market Street, Cobram, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs A Hamilton, Market Street, Cobram, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||2nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/19/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Gunner|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||14th Field Artillery Brigade|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||27|
|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 Annie HAMILTON. Native of Cobram, Victoria|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 February 1916. Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; taken on strength, 16 February 1916. Transferred to 5th Division Artillery, 17 March 1916, and posted to 56th Battery.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 June 1916. Transferred to 25th Field Artillery Brigade, 8 July 1916.
Wounded in action; admitted to No. 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound, ankle); transferred to England, 21 July 1916, and admitted to General Military Hospital, Colchester, 22 July 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 1 December 1916; rejoined unit, 6 December 1916.
Transferred to 14th Field Artillery Brigade, 24 January 1917, and posted to 55th Battery, 25 January 1917.
Killed in action, 1 October 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, HAMILTON Gordon Stanley|