Canadian Virtual War Memorial

George Hamilton

In memory of:

Private George Hamilton

June 16, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

445451

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment)

Division:

26th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

July 28, 1893
Campbellton, New Brunswick

Son of Newton and Christy (née Campbell) Hamilton of Campbellton, New Brunswick. Pte Hamilton had 10 Brothers: Clarence Edgar (Clarey) born 13 Jan 1892-died 10 Oct 1968, who served in the Second World War. Twins born in 1894 who died in infancy, Lambert Rufus (Bert) born 18 Nov 1895-died 21 Apr,1971 also served in the First World War with the Carleton and York Regiment, Benjamin Donald (Ben) born 28 Oct 1897-died 13 Mar 1952, Henry Garfield (Harry) born 13 Oct 1899-died 3 Aug 1975 who also served in the First World War. James Brenton (Jim) born 15 Oct 1901-died 12 Mar 1973. Baby Boy who died in infancy, Sterling MacNair, born October 1904 - died 1907, Howard William, born 10 June 1906-died in the United States in 1938.

Commemorated on Page 97 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 26 - 28

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of George Hamilton– Private George Hamilton

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