HAMILTON, Alexander James

War
1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Regina - Saskatchewan
Regimental Number
427303
Rank
Private
Date of Death
Age at Death
24 years 9 months
Biographical Summary

NAME:                          HAMILTON          Alexander James                                                                                                DIVISIONAL UNIT:       1st Canadian Infantry Division                                                                                                                                             3rd Infantry Brigade                                                                                                                                                               13th Battalion - Royal Highlanders of Canada                                                                                                                     Canadian Infantry Corps                                                                                                                RESIDENCE:               Reginal - Saskatchewan                                                                                                                  FATHER:                      Mr. Joseph Hamilton - Localsh / Lucknow - Ontario                                                                        SISTER:                       Mrs. A. J. McLennan - Localsh - Ontario                                                                                          Personal:                      Height was 5'  7" with a ruddy complexion, gray eyes and brown hair.

     Alexander earned his living from farming and was raised in the Presbyterian faith.                                                         Following his enlistment and his training in Canada, Private Hamilton made his way to Halifax in  October and embarked from Canada on October 21, 1915 on the SS Lapland and arrived overseas in Liverpool on              November 2, 1915. Upon his arrival in England he immediately goes to Camp Aldershot - Hampshire to continue with his training.                                                                                                                                                                     On March 15, 1916 he is admitted into hospital with the measles and is released April 26th. On June 16th he travels overseas into France and joins the 13th Battalion in the field on June 19, 1916.                                                     During September 24th the artillery of the Canadians and the Germans was active and both used all calibre of guns with the enemy shelling Courcelette where the 13th Battalion was passing through. A number of casualties were taken during this bombardment. During the night of September 24/25 it rained heavily. The weather on September 25th was warm and fine.                                                                                                                                     Battalion diaries state that the artillery used all calibre of guns during a bombardment onto the enemy front trenches and support trenches. The enemy immediately replied with a heavy bombardment of their own but this was not very effective.                                                                                                                                                                   Brigade diaries state that earluy on the morning of September 25th the enemy artillery bombarded the front lines of the Battalion with high explosive shrapnel shells and their 5.9" guns. At mid day the enemy artillery brought down a barrage to the right of Courcelette to Partinpuich onto the communication with high explosive and shrapnel shells.At 4 pm the 13th Battalion reported the enemy was shelling their positions in and around Courcelette.                   From the diaries and the military file of Private Hamilton we can assume with some accuracy that in all liklihood Private Hamilton lost his life from the effects of high explosive shelling and shrapnel shelling by the enemy onto the positions of the 13th Battalion.