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Private William Hamilton

17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry ( Glasgow Commercial )
Service No: 15625

William  Hamilton grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Mr and Mrs William Hamilton of 70 Academy St, Coatbridge

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 70 Academy St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 01/07/1916 at the Somme

Enlisted

Glasgow

Employed

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Age

30

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

William was posted missing on the 01/07/1916 presumed killed. He was 1 of 15 men from the Memorial to fall on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. His Battalion along with the 16th led the assault on the Leipzig Salient where they overran the redoubt before being brought to a standstill by heavy German fire from the Wonder Work. Also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College and Coats Parish Churches Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for Williams name on the Thiepval Memorial

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