Michael James Hamilton

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Liverpool
Regiment: Royal Warwickshire
Battalion: 2/6th
Rank / Service No: Private, 20600
Died: 26th January 1917, aged 30 years
Buried: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Plot II, Row B, Grave 26)

 

Michael was the only child of John and Margaret Hamilton (nee Redmond), who married in Liverpool in 1885.

Both parents were born in Ireland, John in 1858 and Margaret in 1860.

 

John died in Southampton in 1910 and it is not known when Margaret passed away.

 

Michael married Norah Isabel Fry in Southampton in 1911; the couple had 4 children, two of which unfortunately died in infancy…..

 

Margaret Isabel   b. 1912 Southampton   d. 1982 Farnborough

Monica   b. 1914 Southampton   d. 1914 Southampton

Brian G.   b. 1915 Southampton   d. 1916 Southampton

Michael George   b. 13 March 1917 Southampton   d. 1996 Southampton

 

Prior to his marriage, Michael was boarding with the Morgan family in Southampton at the 1911 Census.

 

Michael originally enrolled in the Hampshire Regiment (# 26147), but was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire prior to the outbreak of war.

 

The 2/6th battalion was formed in Birmingham in October 1914 as a “home service” unit only. The battalion was then split, with all those personnel passed fit destined for the Western Front.

 

The “first line” battalion joined the 48th (South Midland) Division and landed in France in March 1915.

 

The Division spent all of its time prior to November 1917 (transferred to Italy) fighting on the Somme.

 

Abbeville was a centre for hospitals for much of the war. It is known that Michael died from disease in the 2nd Stationary Hospital in the town.

 

The Extension to the original cemetery was begun in September 1916 and contains 1,754 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

 

Michael’s headstone reads: “ Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.”

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2nd September 2016
Updated:

 

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