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William Alexander Hamilton

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Hamilton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 6/467 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Care of Manchester Bros., Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Hamilton (father), Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/467 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hamilton, of 270, Crinan St., Invercargill. AWMM
    • According to the attestation on enlistment, his date of birth was 17 October 1892. Public - Karl Nicholas - Researcher - 15 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
    • HAMILTON, William Alexander (L-Sgt)
      Canterbury Infantry Battalion; 2 South Canterbury Coy; Serial no. 6/467
      Killed in action Sun Apr 25 1915, age 22
      KIA 25.4.15 during the Battle of the Landing, aged 22 yrs; By 3pm, 25.4.15 Hamilton, following 6/409 Maj. D Grant, had climbed about 500 ft and joined Australians coming under machine-gun fire from the crest. Soon after Grant gave an order to attack the Turkish trench. Hamilton was hit by machine-gun fire and fell seriously wounded. The Turks’ counter-attack over Battleship Hill forced the NZers back to the Nek between Baby 700 and Walker’s Ridge, leaving Hamilton behind. Possibly the Turks bayoneted Hamilton or he died by subsequent fire. Hamilton died alongside Grant. During the armistice on 24.5.15 the 2 bodies were found with Hamilton’s waterproof sheet placed over Grant’s face; Initially reported as wounded and missing 25.4.15; Invercargill South School; NOK F: (eldest son of) William Hamilton, 270 Crinan St, Invercargill; Walker’s Ridge Cem. (27) Public - Marion - Researcher - 29 December 2017 -
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About death

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  • Death
    25 April 1915 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Walker's Ridge Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM Special Memorial 27. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 297 AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM


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29 December 2017MarionBrisbane AustraliaResearcher
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