Private John Hamilton

Private John Hamilton

The war brought opportunities for travel and adventure that would never otherwise have come most men’s way. John Hamilton of Longridge was working as a delivery vanman for a local baker, and can never have imagined that when war broke out with Germany, it would lead him to a lonely death of enteric disease, so far from home. In most of these distant postings where tropical diseases were rife, deaths from disease outstripped death in conflict.

Mrs John Hamilton, Longridge, has received official information that her son, Pte. John Hamilton, A.S.C. (M.T. Section), died of enteric fever at Dar-es-Salaam, East Africa, on 19th February. The deceased, who was 26 years of age, joined up in November 1916. Before enlistment, he was a vanman to the late Mr James Wood, baker, Whitburn, and his pleasant and obliging manner made him friends all over the district. His brother, Pte. Thomas Hamilton, R.S.F., has been a prisoner in Germany since 13th November 1916, and his youngest brother Pte. William Hamilton, R.S., recently wounded has been serving in France since July 1916. Throughout the district, much sympathy is felt for Mrs Hamilton in her sad bereavement.

Fortunately for Mrs Hamilton, her other two sons returned safely. William was also made a POW during the German spring offensive of 1918, but both boys were repatriated on the same day in December 1918.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, Pte. Hamilton was a member of the 817th Mechanical Transport Company, Army Service Corps.

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War Memorial
John Hamilton's name on the war memorial at Longridge, far from where's he buried in Africa.