Sjt
George McDonald Hamilton

Information about birth

Date of birth:
18/08/1885
Place of birth:
Carluke, Lanark, Scotland, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
Baker

Army information

Country:
New Zealand
Force:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Serjeant
Service number:
8/3615
Units:
 —  Otago Regiment, 2nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
16/02/1918
Place of death:
Reutel, Beselare, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
32

Cemetery

Polygon Wood Cemetery
Plot: Unknown
Row: C
Grave: 6

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 ‘Place of death’

My story

Serjeant George McDonald Hamilton served in the Otago Regiment, 2nd Battalion, part of the New Zealand Division.

At the end of January 1918 the Otago Regiment stayed in several camps, including Otago Camp and Walker Camp. This moment of relative comfort ended when on the 8th of February the Regiment was ordered to return to the line in Polygoneveld. The 2nd Battalion proceeded via Westhoek and the Butte to the front line of the Reutel sector. They held that position until they were relieved on the 16th of February and returned to dug-outs in Albania Woods.

The Otago Regiment history does not contain detailed information about what happened on this particular day, so it is difficult to say how Serjeant Hamilton came to his end. The fact remains, however, that he was killed in action on the 16th of February 1918. He was directly buried in Buttes New British Cemetery.

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