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Harry Alfred Hamilton

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Calgary, Alberta
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Country: Canada
Alternative Address: Abbeycartron, Longford, Co. Longford; Gorteenorna, Longford,
Census 1901: Resident at Gorteenorna
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry / [82nd Battalion] / {13th C.M.R.}
Regiment Number: 228500 / [160627]
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Harry was born Harry Alfred Hamilton on the 28 January 1885 in Abbeycartron; his father was a Serjeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) at the time. By 1901, his the family were living at Gorteenorna, near Melview to the north of the town. 


Prior to the war Harry was working as a fireman in with the Calgary Fire Department. Pte Hamilton enlisted in June 1916*, initially serving with the 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles (C.M.R.) and 82nd Batallion before transferring to the PPCLI, known as Patricia's.  He was deployed to the Western Front in July 1916, intially sailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia on board Olympic to Liverpool before entering the war in France in August. He received a back injury during the war, but otherwise appears to have escaped much physical injury. Harry remained in France, save for a number of fortnight's furloughs to the U.K., until March 1919, when he returned to Canada.

Parents Names: Son of John Hamilton and Fanny Jane (née Armstrong) of Drumahiskey, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
Notes: *Some files suggest a date of 1915 and transfer in 1916.

Civil Record of birth; link to Canadian army personnel file

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