Diamond War Memorial Project

Private William Hamilton

10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers). Regimental Number 15575
Born: ---- Died: 1917-04-22 Aged: 20 Enlisted: ------


Youngest son of Hugh Hamilton.

A pall-bearing party and the brass and fife bands of the 3rd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attended the funeral of Private William Hamilton on Tuesday, April 24, 1917, from his father's residence, 19, Upper Violet Street, Waterside, Londonderry, to Upper Cumber New Cemetery. William Hamilton spent eighteen months at the Front, and died at home from illness contracted on active service. Members of the Murray Club of Apprentice Boys, of which deceased was a member, attended the funeral, and sent a beautiful floral tribute, as did also Sergeant William McGarvey, Derry Volunteers, a comrade of the deceased soldier, then serving on the Western Front. The Reverend Dr Stuart, Waterside Presbyterian Church, officiated at the graveside.

One year after the death of Private William Hamilton, his mother, brothers, sisters, and sister-in-law, 19, Upper Violet Street, Waterside, Londonderry, placed the following lines in a Derry newspaper:

'Gone to Jesus ? gone to glory,

Every wave of trouble o'er;

He is now with other loved ones

On that peaceful, happy shore.'