Hamilton, George (No. 18/1088)

Hamilton, George

Rifleman

No. 18/1088, ‘A’ Company, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Wednesday 7 March 1917 (aged 26)

Buried:

St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium (Grave II. B. 8)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church

Brother of Rifleman Hans Hamilton (No. 18/998)

Brother of Rifleman Robert Hamilton (No. 18/932)

BIOGRAPHY

George Hamilton was born on 29 April 1891 in Donaghadee and he was the eldest son of Robert and Margaret (Maggie) Hamilton (nee Maxwell) who were married on 7 April 1890 in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.  Robert Hamilton was a son of Hans Hamilton, a labourer.  Maggie Maxwell was born in Scotland and she was a daughter of George Maxwell, a labourer.

The Hamilton family lived in the townland of Hogstown and later at 30 Moat Street, Donaghadee.

Robert Hamilton worked as a general labourer and he and Maggie had at least eleven children:

Eliza Jane (born 5 August 1887 in New Row, Donaghadee)

George (born 29 April 1891)

Hans (born 9 April 1893 in McConkey’s Court, Donaghadee)

Robert (born 13 January 1896 in Hogstown)

James (born 22 July 1898 in Hogstown)

Maggie Ann (born 8 January 1901 in Hogstown)

Mary (born 7 December 1903 in East Street, Donaghadee)

Sarah (born 7 October 1906; died 7 December 1907)

Ernest (born 25 November 1908 in East Street, Donaghadee)

Eadie or Essie (born February/March1911 – from 1911 census)

Essie (born 27 September 1912 in Moat Street, Donaghadee)

Hans and Robert Hamilton were baptised in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.

George Hamilton worked as a general labourer before he enlisted on 22 November 1915 in Donaghadee.

Rifleman George Hamilton served with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 25 when he was killed in action on 7 March 1917.

Rifleman George Hamilton was buried in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium

and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

UNTIL THE DAY BREAK

AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY

Rifleman George Hamilton, Rifleman Hans Hamilton and Rifleman Robert Hamilton are all commemorated on Donaghadee and District War Memorial and in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.