Hamilton, Anthony Edmond Hubert


Tony Hamilton was the elder son of Major Harry Austen Hamilton RFA (I 1893-1897) who was killed in January 1916 at Poperinghe (see individual entry). His mother was Madeleine Tocas Hamilton (daughter of Fernand Toucas Massillon), who came from Paris. His brother Archie (A.G.A. Hamilton, D 1923-1928) was killed in a flying accident in 1934.

In his second year he represented his house in Richardson Shield, scoring second highest marks in the whole competition, and the highest in the winning side of 1924.  He proved a most reliable shot in the Bisley teams of 1925-26, helping also to win Mackenzie Cup in his last Short Half, and the Country Life Cup in 1926.   A keen naturalist and photographer, he and his friend Roddie Casement (D1920-1925) encouraged many others in the same interests.

In 1926 he entered RMA Woolwich as a King’s Cadet, passing out first two years later, taking the King’s and Pollock Medals, the Tombs Memorial Prize, and an Army Scholarship. He went to India in 1928 as a subaltern in the RA, but resigned in 1931 and became the editor and publisher of sporting books, and subsequently a wine merchant. He was married to Pamela Hamilton, and they set up home at 46 Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey.

In 1936 he took a commission in the Territorial Army, and served as a Captain with the BEF in 1940, being promoted Major that same year. In 1942 he went out to serve in the Middle East, and was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1943. He was reported wounded in July 1943, and in September of the same year received the OBE (Military) for his services in North Africa with 1st Infantry Division. He was also mentioned in despatches. In January 1944 his unit – 19 Field Regiment, equipped with 25-pounder guns – was sent to Anzio in Italy, where he was killed in action on 26th February 1944.

Aged thirty-six when he died, he rests in grave I.J.11 of Anzio War Cemetery.

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Hamilton
  • Forenames or initials: Anthony Edmond Hubert
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1921-1926
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: 19 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 12th February 1908
  • Date of Death: 24th February 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: OBE (Military)
  • Burial Site: Anzio War Cemetery: Grave I.J.11