Mitchell, William Hamilton

Mitchell, William Hamilton

Lieutenant

No. 801 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Killed in action on Monday 27 November 1916 (aged 30)

Buried:

Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, France (Grave III. B. 19)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

William Hamilton Mitchell was born on 28 November 1885 in Belfast (date recorded at attestation) and he became a career soldier.

William Hamilton Mitchell served for eight years with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers before moving to Canada in 1905.  He served for three years on the Permanent Force in Canada and, on 23 September 1914, he volunteered for the first Expeditionary Force and enlisted in Valcartier, Quebec.

In his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 7½ inches tall with a fair complexion, hazel eyes and fair hair.  He cited Miss J. McCaig of Hillview, Manitoba as his next-of-kin.  He sailed from Quebec on 7 October 1914 aboard the SS Franconia.

William Hamilton Mitchell attained the rank of Company Sergeant Major and in August 1915 he obtained a commission for service in the field.

Lieutenant Mitchell sustained gunshot wounds to his feet at St Julien in April 1915 and he was transferred to hospital in England.  He returned to the Front and was wounded again in June 1916 when he sustained a gunshot wound to his left arm.  He was hospitalised again in England (Fishmonger’s Hall Hospital, London and Granville Canadian Special Hospital, Ramsgate) before being discharged in September 1916 and returning to the Front.

Lieutenant William Hamilton Mitchell (No. 801) was killed in action on 27 November 1916, the day before his 31st birthday.  His next-of-kin in Ireland was his brother, John Mitchell, who lived in Comber (in some records Brownlow Street and in others Castle Street).

Lieutenant William Hamilton Mitchell is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 474) where it is recorded that he was a son of John and Margaret Mitchell.

In Army records it is recorded that he was predeceased by his mother.