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  cap badgePrivate Hamilton Park

2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: S/15617

Hamilton Park grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Hamilton Park. Husband of Janet Park of 31 Back Row, Rosehall, Coatbridge. Father of 4 children, Jane Hamilton Park born 05/02/1908, Agnes McBlane Park born 02/02/1910, Ellen McDowall Park born 06/06/1911 and Maggie Park born 13/03/1914. From the 1891 Census - Address - Woodbine Cottage, Ayrshire - Thomas McEwen aged 69, Margaret McEwen aged 69, Hamilton Park aged 35, Hamilton Park aged 8, Alexander Park aged 4 (father and 2 sons living with Hamilton's mothers parents). From the 1901 Census - Address - 74 Pitt St, Cambuslang - Matthew Ryans aged 26, Catherine Ryans aged 22, Mary Ryans aged 3, Matilda Ryans aged 1, boarders Hamilton Park aged 17, William Fowler aged 18. Hamilton's Pension was awarded to his wife Janet on the 10/01/1916. Their 4 children are also listed.

Born / Resided

Annbank, Ayrshire / 31 Back Row, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 10/05/1915

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Rosehall Colliery

Age

30

Buried / Remembered

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 38 and 40), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

Hamilton fell during the 2nd Battle of Ypres (Battle of Frezenberg (8–13 May). The Germans moved field artillery forward, placing three army corps opposite the 27th and 28th Divisions on the Frezenberg ridge. The German attack began on 8 May with a bombardment of the 83rd Brigade in trenches on the forward slope of the ridge, but the first and second infantry assaults were repelled by the survivors. However, the third German assault of the morning pushed the defenders back. Although the neighbouring 80th Brigade repulsed the attack, the 84th Brigade was pushed back; this left a 2-mile gap in the line. The Germans were prevented from advancing further by Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)'s counter-attacks and a night move by the 10th Brigade. The PPCLI held the line at a steep cost; their 700-man force was reduced to 150, who were in no shape to fight. After this, their unofficial motto "Holding up the whole damn line" is still used today. See photos for Hamilton's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial Panel List, his Pension Record, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial and the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge.

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