Hamilton, John Irvine (John)
No. 14827, 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 21)
No known grave
Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that John Irvine Hamilton was born in Donaghadee.
John Irvine Hamilton was born on 11 April 1895 in the townland of Ballymaconnell and he was a son of William and Lizzie (Eliza) Hamilton (nee Irvine, sometimes Irwin) who were married on 23 March 1892 in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards. William Hamilton from Ballyboley was a son of Robert Hamilton, a farmer. Lizzie Irvine (aged 18) from Greyabbey was a daughter of John Irvine, a grocer.
In 1911, the Hamilton family lived at 9 Bow Street, Donaghadee.
William Hamilton worked as an agricultural labourer, a milk server and then as a bread server and he and Lizzie had at least seven children:
Martha (Meta, born 14 June 1892 in Greyabbey)
John Irvine (born 11 April 1895 in Ballymaconnell)
Ernest (born 19 January 1897 in Ballymaconnell)
Ellen (born 25 October 1899 in East Street, Donaghadee)
Alexander (born 9 May 1904 in Shore Street, Donaghadee)
James (born 4 August 1907 in Manor Street, Donaghadee)
Agnes Irvine (born 24 May 1910 in Bow Street, Donaghadee)
Some of the children (including John) were baptised in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church and others were baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee.
John Irvine Hamilton enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 21 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Rifleman John Irvine Hamilton has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.