Hamilton, George Desmond
Flying Officer (Pilot)
No. 150802, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died in service on Monday 14 August 1944 (aged 24)
Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section B.5. Grave 243)
Regent House School, Newtownards
George Desmond Hamilton was born on 31 March 1920 in Elham, Kent and he was the younger son of George and Florence Cecilia Mordie Hamilton (nee Parker) who were married on 24 October 1910 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s). George Hamilton from Newtownards, a sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, was a son of William Hamilton, a police pensioner. Florence Cecilia Mordie Parker from Belfast was a daughter of John Parker, an ex-sergeant major in the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.
George and Florence Hamilton (nee Parker) had at least three children:
Raymond (born 13 August 1911 in Church Street, Newtownards)
Florence Mabel (born 2 February 1914 in Victoria Avenue, Newtownards)
George Desmond (born 31 March 1920 in Elham, Kent)
The Hamilton family had addresses in both Belfast (94 Earlswood Road, Knock and 22 Belmont Park) and Newtownards (Regent Street).
George Desmond Hamilton attended Strandtown Public Elementary School, the Model School, Newtownards and then Regent House School, Newtownards from 1933 until 1936. After leaving school he served his apprenticeship in the engine rooms and drawing office of Messrs Harland and Wolff. His father George saw active service in the First World War and George Senior, together with his two sons, took an active interest in the Boy Scout movement.
Raymond Hamilton was ordained as a Church of Ireland clergyman and appointed Chaplain to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
From the outbreak of war in 1939 George Desmond Hamilton worked at the First Aid Post, Spiers Place, Shankill Road, Belfast. At the beginning of 1942 he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and went to England, Canada and the USA for training. He obtained his wings in December 1943 and then his commission before returning to England for further training. George Desmond Hamilton and Patricia Marie Parker of Wingham, Ontario were married in February 1944 in Toronto.
Flying Officer George Desmond Hamilton (No. 150802) was 24 when he died at Little Green, Shocklach-Oviatt, Cheshire on 14 August 1944 and, after a service on Saturday 19 August 1944 in St. Mark’s Church of Ireland Church, Dundela, he was buried in Dundonald Cemetery. At the time of writing there are no family details inscribed on the Hamilton family grave headstone but on his CWGC headstone, which lies flat in the grave, there is an inscription:
KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
Flying Officer George Desmond Hamilton is commemorated in Regent House School, Newtownards. His father George died on 2 August 1951 and was buried in Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery (Grave B.5. 244).