14888 Private Richard Hamilton, 16th Battalion (2nd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry. An old and alternative nickname of the battalion was “Glasgow Boys Brigade Battalion” and “Holy Second” was another, intended to be humorous
Richard Hamilton was born in Coatbridge about 1895, the son of Richard Hamilton, a lorry man, and Mary Hamilton (maiden surname, Knox). The sources disagree about where Richard was resident when he enlisted – Airdrie, Coatbridge or Larkhall. Airdrie Town Clerk’s Department had his residence as 44 Commonside Street, Airdrie and his parents’ residence as 11 Hamilton Street, Larkhall. The book “Coatbridge and the Great War” listed him as resident at 158 Sunnyside Street, Coatbridge. “Soldiers Died in the Great War” listed him as resident in Larkhall. He appears to be commemorated on the civic war memorials of both Larkhall and Airdrie. Prior to his enlistment in the Army, Richard Hamilton was employed by the Coatbridge Co-operative Society as a grocer. After enlistment and training he arrived at the front in France with the 16th Battalion Highland Light Infantry on 23rd November 1915. Richard Hamilton has no known resting place. He is officially commemorated on Pier and Face 15C of the Thiepval Memorial in France. Richard’s elder brother, Private Alexander Hamilton, 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders, had been killed in action in France on 14th September 1914.
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