Hamilton, John Nelson (Jack)
No. 183105, Pioneer Corps
Died as the result of enemy action on Monday 5 May 1941 (aged 36)
Bangor Cemetery (Section 4. V. Grave 41)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Wesley Centenary Methodist Church Bangor
Bangor Grammar School
Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery
John Nelson (Jack) Hamilton was born on 19 March 1905 in Ballyholme, Bangor and he was the only surviving son of Thomas David Hamilton JP and Maude Caroline Hamilton (nee Nelson) of Highcliffe, 31 Clifton Road, Bangor and, before that, 5 Waverley Drive, Bangor. They were married on 8 June 1904 in Seymour Street Methodist Church, Lisburn. Thomas David Hamilton was a linen manufacturer and he and Maude had at least four children:
John Nelson (born 19 March 1905 in Ballyholme, Bangor)
Georgina Margaret (born 8.30pm 12 June 1908 at 26 Ballyholme Road, Bangor)
James (born 10.00pm 12 June 1908 at 26 Ballyholme Road, Bangor; died of debility 13 June 1908 aged 12 hours)
Maude Gabriella Montgomery (Gay, born 27 January 1916 in Shandon Drive, Bangor)
During the Second World War Gay Hamilton served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).
Jack Hamilton’s mother Maude died on 4 June 1937.
Jack Hamilton was educated at Main Street Bangor Public Elementary School and Bangor Grammar School from 1917 until 1921. There, his school friends elected him to receive the medal awarded annually to the most popular boy in the school. He played cricket and rugby for the school and then he played for Bangor Rugby Club 1st XV. He played golf at the Fortwilliam Club and was a member of their Ulster Cup team.
On 6 July 1933 Jack Hamilton and Muriel Lucile Byford from Belfast were married in St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Church, Antrim Road, Belfast, and they had two children.
Muriel Lucile Byford was born on 22 November 1904 at 31 Grosvenor Place, Rathmines, Dublin.
The Hamilton family lived at 4 Coolmoyne Park, Belfast. John Nelson (Jack) Hamilton joined the Army and after training was gazetted to the Pioneer Corps. He was 36 when he died in service on 5 May 1941 and he was buried in Bangor Cemetery. It is recorded on his death certificate that he died in Eglinton Street School Belfast from ‘blast falling masonry war operations’. Eglinton Public Elementary School was being used as a billet by soldiers from the Pioneer Corps and was badly damaged in the blitz on 5 May 1941. His effects amounted to some £3,086 and probate was granted to J.V.S. Mills, Solicitor.
Second Lieutenant John Nelson (Jack) Hamilton (No. 183105) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church Bangor; in Bangor Grammar School and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery. Also buried there was his sister, Georgina Margaret McNeill, and his brother-in-law, George Herbert McNeill.