Hamilton, Hans (No. 18/998)

Hamilton, Hans

Rifleman

No. 18/998, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Sunday 12 August 1917 (aged 24)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 40)

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church

Brother of Rifleman George Hamilton (No. 18/1088)

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

BIOGRAPHY

Hans Hamilton was born on 9 April 1893 in McConkey’s Court, Donaghadee and he was the second 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.

Hans Hamilton worked as a general labourer before he enlisted on 16 November in Belfast.

Rifleman Hans Hamilton served with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 24 when he was killed in action on 12 August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres.

Rifleman Hans Hamilton has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.

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.