Hamilton, Mervyn James


Only son of Dacre Mervyn Archdall Hamilton, J.P., D.L., of Cornacassa, County Monaghan and his wife, Helen, he entered Culverlea from Mr. Locke’s school at Eversley. He played in Commoner XV and while at Winchester was awarded a testimonial by the Royal Humane Society for saving a child from drowning.

He entered the army in 1899, being gazetted to the Lancashire Fusiliers; he served in South Africa from 1899-1902, for part of the time as Adjutant of mounted infantry in the Orange River Colony, and was mentioned in Despatches. In 1905 he was seconded to the Egyptian Army. From March 1909 until March 1912 he served as Adjutant of a territorial battalion, and retired from the service in May 1914.

On the outbreak of war he rejoined and was posted to the Gordon Highlanders. He went to France early in the campaign and acted for a time as Assistant Provost Marshal. Towards the end of August 1914, with the British Army in retreat the 1st Gordons, with only one company left, managed to reach the river Marne, where the German attack was held and the front line stabilised by the First Battle of Ypres in November. It was during this action, on November 17th, 1914, that Hamilton was wounded in the head by the burst of a shell and died in hospital at Poperinghe on the 27th.

Captain Hamilton married in 1909 Miss Hildred Laura Ward and left a daughter, Phoebe. He was Deputy-Lieutenant for County Monaghan.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hamilton
  • Forenames or initials: Mervyn James
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1893-1897
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 12th December 1879
  • Date of Death: 27th November 1914
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: POPERINGHE COMMUNAL CEMETERY: Grave I.B.4