Hamilton, Harry Austen


Third and youngest son of Edinburgh lawyer Hubert Hamilton, Sheriff Substitute of Midlothian, and grandson of the philosopher, Sir William Hamilton. His elder brother William Stirling Hamilton was in Fearon’s House in 1883, and College in 1884. He came to Winchester from Cargilfield School and shot for two years for Wimbledon VIII, being captain in 1897.

He passed through Woolwich, and obtaining his commission in 1899, served in the South African War from 1900 to 1902, and with the West African Frontier Force in South Nigeria from 1904-1906. He left for France at the end of August 1914 and served there until his death, being twice mentioned in Despatches. Two fellow Wykehamists served with the same Brigade at that time: Major Charles Mallock D.S.O. (C1891-1895) who was gassed on 2nd November 1917 at St Julien, and Lt. Owen Herbert (C 1906-1911) who was killed at Neuve Chapelle on 26th October 1914 (see individual entries).

Hamilton was killed at Poperinghe on January 25th 1916.

Major Hamilton married in 1907 Mlle. Madeleine Tocas Massillon of Paris and left two sons: Lt. Col. Anthony Hamilton O.B.E. (D, 1921-1926) Royal Artillery who was killed in action at Anzio on 24th February 1944; and Archibald George Hamilton (D, 1923-1928) killed in a flying accident in 1934.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hamilton
  • Forenames or initials: Harry Austen
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1893-1897
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 15th February 1880
  • Date of Death: 25th January 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave XXXI. D. 18