Edward Hamilton Service Number 17/1059 Lieutenant Royal Irish Fusiliers
Edward was born on 9 September 1893 at Ballymacarrett, Belfast. He was one of 4 children born to John William Alex and Sarah Hamilton, 12 Cregagh Road, Belfast. The children were Margaret Helen, John, Edward and Robert Francis.
Edward was a clerk by profession and enlisted into the 17th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles on 5 June 1915 as a private. He joined the 7th Officer Cadet Battalion on 5 April 1916 and was commissioned into the Princess Victoria’s Royal Irish Fusiliers on 7 July 1916.
The McQuiston church magazine of August 1916 records that Edward passed his military examination with great distinction, having obtained 82%.
He embarked to France on 25 September 1916 and joined the 9th Battalion on 14 October 1916. He commanded “B” Company from late March 1918 until he was killed in action on 14 April 1918 near Wulverghem, Belgium. He is buried at the Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery, near Leper, Belgium.
His brother John also served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Edward’s name is included on the Presbyterian Roll of Honour.