William Francis HAMILTON

Regimental number12/377
Date of birth7 September 1880
Place of birthTapu, Thames
AddressTapu, Thames
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33.11
Height5' 6.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Samuel Hamilton, Te Aroha, Thames
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in No 1 Thames Rifles Regiment, NZ Volunteers, 1906-07; corps disbanded; not serving in any military unit at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentPaeroa
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rankPrivate
Final unitAuckland Infantry Regiment
FateDied of wounds 8 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsChunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial (Panel No 10), Gallipoli, Turkey
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Brother of A. Hamilton, Oratia, Waikumete, Auckland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action, 8 May 1915 (gun shot wound, arm); admitted to HS 'Braemar Castle', 10 May 1915; transferred to Malta; disembarked Malta, 18 May 1915, and admitted to St George's Hospital; discharged from hospital, 17 June 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 27 June 1915, and attached to NZ Advanced Base, Mustapha.

Embarked Alexandria, 3 July 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 8 July 1915.

Admitted to hospital, 21 July 1915; rejoined unit from hospital, 22 July 1915 (no details recorded).

Wounded in action (second occasion), 8 August 1915 (gun shot wound, right buttock, compound fracture, left femur).

Died of wounds, 8 August 1915.

Buried, 10 August 1915, at Chailak Dere by 41st Field Ambulance; grave subsequently lost.

War service: 357 days (of which 320 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body
SourcesArchives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 16790798