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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Revels, David Henry - Update


Lieutenant David Henry Revels
 


One of the family members of Lieutenant David Henry Revels has been in touch with me.  He had written about a year ago to the Ministry of Defence and made an application to them to see copies of Revels' army file.

This can be undertaken by any member of a family of someone who served.  See this link for details on how to apply:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/pdfs/service_records/army_pack.pdf


Following payment of the required fee, currently £30 (subject to annual review), photcopies of various documents were sent to the family member.

In the case of Revels, these documents included:


Application for Appointment to a Temporary Commission in the Regular Army for the period of the War – dated 27th October 1915
“I wish, however, to be considered specially for artillery, and to have my name placed on the waiting list”.
 
Application for Admission to an Officer Cadet Unit – dated 25th July 1916

When completing the application form, Revels described the occupation of his father as a 'Gentleman Farmer'.
 

Period 1938 to 1941

Various letters between Revels, the Bank and the War Office. Excepts from them follow below.
DHR appears to be offering his services to the army in Northern Ireland and although there is recruitment for a Fortress Unit and an Engineers Unit, DHR would like to see recruitment for a Horse & Field Unit of Artillery.   He seems to think that the ‘movement and training in different parts of the country ... would have a most stimulating effect on recruiting ...’


Application for Emergency Commission – dated 11th February 1941 – aged 53

Revels stated that he preferred working with horses rather than duty with an infantry regiment.

The main Revels biograpy has been updated with these and more detail.  They can be accessed here.

http://northernbankwarmemorials.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/revels-david-henry.html



 

Monday, 11 February 2013

What do others think of this website?

Here are just a few of the comments received in relation to this website:



What an inspiring project you have there...Bloody well done.

Great job with this, a lot of hard work and long hours have gone into this piece. I am forwarding to the NI War Memorial, as I am sure it will be of interest. I suspect there is no similar work.

Thank you again for your hard work. I hope that others appreciate the research that you are doing.

That is a great site that you have.

Just had a look at the site. Very impressive.

Very interesting website.

Nice blog!

An excellent piece of work and a very fitting tribute to your late father....well done.

Just had a quick look at the site this morning, it looks really interesting ...

I for one, think your efforts have been first class.

Well done for creating the blog to record the biographies of the men of the Northern Bank/Belfast Bank. Your efforts will ensure that these men are not forgotten.

I like what you have done with your blog, even more so, as it is how I intend the layout of my research to be presented .....



My thanks to all who have commented.

Gavin Bamford

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Black, John

Flight Lieutenant John Black
was born on 14th August 1920.  His father was John Black Senior (father) of Portstewart – Farmer
Black joined Belfast Banking Company in 1939 and was the ‘junior’ in Limavady branch. 




Belfast Banking Company, Limavady branch


He left the Belfast Banking Company for War Service on 5th June 1939. 
Black’s son records in 2012 the following about his father:
“At the outbreak of WW2 my father was a “junior” in the Belfast Banking Company in Limavady.  He joined the Home Guard, but felt a little left out of things as “everybody else was in uniform”.  He considered the army but didn’t want to be a footslogger.  He considered the Navy but didn’t want to be seasick, so he volunteered for the RAF in 1943.  He was sent to Canada April 1944 for Navigator/ Bomber training at Malton, Ontario (now the airport for Toronto).  Graduated top of his class (Air Bomber Course 100) and was presented with the Dominion Trophy, given by Dominion Airways.  This is a silver ashtray which he always said was one of his proudest possessions. He also was asked to sign a propeller in the Officer’s Mess.  I have tried in vain to trace this but no one seems to know anything about it.  It is probably located in some RCAF archive somewhere.  He returned across Atlantic on Queen Elizabeth as “senior” RAF officer on board. He had been an officer for about six days and outranked his friend Bert Baillie by ten minutes.  He recalled rounding Malin Head and instead of looking for German Bombers he used the ships binoculars to view the home farm of Garborgle outside Portstewart.  He was posted to Wigtown in Scotland.  He spent time in Coastal Command looking for Submarines and downed aircraft.  Transferred to Kinloss where he did more Bomber training and converted from Ansons to Wellingtons.  Transferred to 1651 Conversion Unit Woolfox Lodge in Yorkshire where he converted to Lancasters and upgraded to night flying and fighter affiliation.  They flew in all weathers and quite a number of his friends were killed in training.  As far as we are aware he never actually dropped any bombs in anger but his crew seriously bent several aircraft.  He interpreted his flight log book for me.  One entry said “Bit bumpy at 10,000 ft” what that meant was that they turned a 4 engined heavy bomber upside down in a thunderstorm and after calling “mayday” had to return to base.  The plane never flew again.  War ended before he actually was required to night fly over Germany and he was transferred to the RAF School of Accountancy and was a paymaster in Northern Ireland before being demobbed and returning to the Belfast Banking Co. Ltd in Ballymoney”.
Following his return from Active Service, he was transferred to Ballymoney on 15th April 1946.  His address is recorded as Coorong, Lodge Road, Coleraine. 

He is recorded in the 1966 annual accounts of the Belfast Banking Company as being manager of Ballymena branch.   

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link’ (Autumn 1974) records his retirement from Kilkeel on 30th June 1974 (see below). 

Black attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour.       

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Bailey, Robert Nixon Armstrong


Major Robert Nixon Armstrong Bailey
was born in 1882. 

He was the son of the Rev. William Henry Bailey MA and Eleanor O. Bailey of The Manse, Clogher (Clogher Presbyterian Church).
Following his education at Dungannon Royal School, Bailey would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1899 / 1900. 

In 1901, Bailey was boarding in house 20, William Street, Fair Gate, Drogheda, Co. Louth.  His occupation is described as a Bank Clerk.  By 1911, Bailey was boarding in house 25, Glenmanus, Ballylagan, Co. Londonderry.  His occupation is described as a Banker. 

He was working in Head Office and had also worked in Ballymena and Portrush branches.
Bailey enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion and also served with the 2nd Bn. Highland Light Infantry and attained the rank of Major. 

He is reported in the Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet as being 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.

The Belfast News Letter of 26th April 1916 reports:





The Belfast News Letter of 27th March 1919 reports:







The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

2nd Highland Light Infantry, Captain
2nd Highland Light Infantry, Temporary Captain
Labour Corps, Major


Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Bailey returned to work eventually ending up as Manager of Whitehead branch. 
Retirement came in 1946. 
He died on 29th September 1957.


Monday, 4 February 2013

Purdon, Charles Vesey


Lieutenant Charles Vesey Purdon
was born in Londonderry on 15th April 1891.

He was the son of James Theodore Purdon and Charlotte Amelia Purdon.   James is recorded as a Bank Manager.   In 1901, the family were living in house 6, Quinsboro Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.   The family were of Church of Ireland faith. 

On 11th May 1908, he joined Northern Bank at Head Office.   Transfers followed to Ball’s Branch (1908), Armagh (1911) and Grafton Street (1912).   By 1911, the family have moved to house 3, Athol Terrace, Bray, Co. Wicklow.   Charles is recorded as a Bank Official. 

Whilst based in Head Office, Purdon volunteered and enlisted on 20th November 1915 (aged 24) into the North Irish Horse as a Trooper.   He was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 18th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles before joining the British Expeditionary Force.   Later he was posted to the 12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Service was seen in St. Quentin 1918.

Purdon was injured once; a gunshot wound. 

The Belfast News Letter of 9th May 1918 reports:




Purdon was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.  His correspondence address was 33 Wellington Road, Dublin.

The Belfast News Letter of 14th February 1919 reported a further promotion to Lieutenant





Following demobilisation in February 1919, Purdon rejoined the Northern Bank on 1st March 1919 at Grafton Street. Transfers followed to Ball’s Branch (1919), Bray (1925), Lisburn (1934), Newcastle (1937) and Castlewellan (1945).

A relative (see comments) advises that Purdon lived in Kilkeel until he died.


Oldham, Edward Garr Wesley


2nd Lieutenant Edward Garr Wesley Oldham

was born in 1887.

He was the eldest son of Edward Garr Wesley Oldham and Agnes Oldham.  In 1901 the family lived in house 111, Lisburn Road, Windsor Ward, Belfast.

Oldham would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1905 and worked in Markets branch and Head Office.

By 1911 their property was now described as house 184, Lisburn Road, Windsor Ward, Belfast. Both father and son are described as Bank Officials.

On 28th September 1912, Oldham's father signed the Ulster Covenant at Fisherwick Church, Belfast giving his address as 184 Lisburn Road, Belfast.

Edward volunteered and served with the 10th Royal Irish Rifles.  His Service Number was 10/15717.

In 1917 Edward married Emily (Emmie) Victoria Nicol.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Oldham returned to work. Oldham attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' records Oldham as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.

The Belfast News Letter of 1st May 1918 reports:



The National Archives records a Medal Index Roll as follows:

Royal Irish Rifles, 10/15717, Lance Corporal
Royal Irish Rifles, 2nd Lieutenant


Oldham was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 26th March 1945 paying 5 shillings subscription.

Retirement came in 1948.

Oldham died on 6th November 1949 aged 63 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.  His last address was 19 Rosetta Avenue, Belfast.

Knox, Robert Kyle (Junior)



Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kyle Knox (Junior) MC OBE
was born on 19th July 1899.  His address was Glenburn, Dunmurry.   He was of Irish Church faith. 

He was the son of Sam Wright Knox (32 in 1901, Bank Clerk) and Lacy Trace Knox.  In 1901, the family were living in house 11, Clifton Street, Belfast.   By 1911, Knox Junior was boarding in a school at Ulverton Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin.  

In 1901 and 1911, there is an elderly Robert Kyle Knox (63 in 1901 and recorded as a Retired Bank Director) living in 1 College Gardens, Belfast.  R K Knox (Senior) is a former Chairman of Northern Bank. 

On 15th October 1914, Knox joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  

In the same month he volunteered and enlisted into the 10th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers as a Private.  Knox served with the British Expeditionary Force.  Following promotions through the ranks, he was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Irish Rifles.  He saw action at the Somme 1916, Cambrai 1917, St. Quentin 1918 and Ypres 1918.  On 28th March 1918, he was injured and suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg.  He narrowly escaped being taken prisoner in the late fighting.  

The Belfast News Letter of 18th January 1918 reports:





The Belfast News Letter of 4th April 1918 reports:





The Belfast News Letter of 10th July 1918 reports:





Demobilisation came in February 1919.  He was awarded the Military Cross (MC), the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Following demobilisation, Knox rejoined the Northern Bank at Lisburn on 24th March 1919 as a ‘junior’. 

A transfer in May 1919 took him to Ball’s Branch until 11th January 1922 when he resigned. 

It is probable that he volunteered for further service at the start of WWII as the London Gazette records a 2nd Lieutenant R K Knox MC (with Service Number 146469) serving with the Intelligence Corps in 1940.  In 1943, he was recorded as a Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel).  

He was also awarded the OBE at some time between 1943 and 1946. 

On 17th October 1946, Knox was conferred with the USA military decoration, ‘Legion of Merit, Degree of Officer’ in recognition of distinguished services in the cause of the Allies.  The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. 




Military Cross (MC)



 Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
[the military version of the ribbon has an additional white vertical line]




Legion of Merit (Officer)


McCrum, Robert Cowan


Lieutenant Robert Cowan McCrum
was born on 31st May 1892.  He was the son of Elizabeth McCrum.  In 1901 the family lived in house 8, Kilgreel, Craigarogan, Antrim.
McCrum joined Northern Bank on 2nd May 1910 at Head Office.  Transfers followed with Keady (1910), Ramelton (1911) and Londonderry (1912).  In 1911 he was boarding in house 2, Crossmore, Co. Armagh.  He was of Presbyterian faith. 

Northern Banking Company Limited, Londonderry

Whilst based in Londonderry, McCrum aged 23, volunteered and enlisted on 15th December 1915 into the Cadet Company, 19th Bn. RIR as a Private.  He was Gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant and posted to the 19th Bn. RIR.  He joined the British Expeditionary Force, was then posted to the 10th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles, then transferring to the 1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles as a Lieutenant.  Service was seen in Messines 1917, Ypres 1917, St. Quentin 1918 and the Allied Advance 1918.  McCrum was injured once with a gunshot wound. 

The Belfast News Letter of 27th August 1917 reports:



Demobilisation came in January 1919.  He was awarded the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
On 25 October 1921, a Temporary Lieutenant R C McCrum was gazetted and retained the rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Ulster Rifles. 
Following demobilisation, McCrum rejoined the Northern Bank on 22nd February 1919 at Londonderry.  Transfers followed to Omagh (1932) and Kilrea (1941). 

Alan McCrum, a descendent of R C McCrum attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour.

Quail, Hugh Herbert


2nd Lieutenant Hugh Herbert Ormsby Quail
was born in 1897.

He was the son of Hugh Alexander Quail and Josephine Quail.   In 1901 the family were living in house 15, Clontivrin, Clonkeelan, Co. Fermanagh.   The father is recorded as a Bank Cashier probably with the Bank of Ireland.   By 1911 the family have moved to house 47.2 High Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.   His father is described this time as a Bank Official.

On 28th September 1912, a Hugh Quail signed the Ulster Covenant at Armagh giving his address as 4 Barrack Street, Armagh.

Quail would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1914 working in Markets.

Quail served with the 10th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Quail as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address 'in France'.

The Belfast News Letter of 15th August 1917 reports:








MacGregor, Robert Peddle



Acting Captain Robert Peddle MacGregor MC
was born in Greenock, Scotland on 1st March 1884.  He was the eldest son of G G MacGregor, Lisburn Post Master.

On 7th September 1903, MacGregor joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  In 1911, MacGregor is living in house 25, Antrim Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.   He is recorded as a Bank Clerk and is living with his widowed mother Helen, 2 brothers, 5 daughters and a visitor.  The surname is recorded as McGregor.  He was of Presbyterian faith.

MacGregor was a member of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club.

Transfers followed to Head Office – Relief (1913) and Donegall Square (1913).


Northern Banking Company, Donegall Square


MacGregor, aged 31, was serving in Donegall Square branch when he volunteered and enlisted into the 17th Bn. RIR on 6th March 1915.  He served with the 19th Bn. RIR, joined the British Expeditionary Force and was then posted to the 9th Bn. RIR.   He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, then to Lieutenant in June 1916 and to Acting Captain in October 1916.

The Belfast News Letter of 13th November 1916 reports:




The Belfast News Letter of 27th November 1916 reports:




MacGregor saw action at Messines on 7th June 1917.

The Belfast News Letter of 11th June 1917 reports:




He was injured and suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, shoulder and left lung.  MacGregor was invalided out in April 1919.  The Belfast News Letter of 5th April 1919 reports:




The London Gazette of 1st April 1919 reports McGregor (sp) relinquishing his commission on grounds of ill-health caused by wounds, 4th April 1919 and retains the rank of Lieutenant.

He was awarded the Military Cross (MC), the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Following demobilisation, MacGregor obtained a position in the Ministry of Labour on 1st April 1919.

On 1st May 1920, he rejoined the Bank in the Coupon Department.  Transfers followed with Royal Avenue (1921), Head Office (1927), Shaftesbury Square (1929) and Head Office – Manager (1934).

On 1st February 1945 he was appointed as a Director of Northern Bank.

MacGregor died on 10th July 1978.

He is also remembered on a memorial in Railway Street Presbyterian Church.  Also remembered is his brother Cadet G G MacGregor (known as Gregor).


Byers, Thomas





Capt Thomas Byers MC

was born on 19th April 1894.  

He was the son of James T. Byers (Law Clerk (*)) and Bessie Byers (*).  In 1901, the family lived in house 14, Earlswood Road, Belfast.  By 1911 the family property is described as house 168, Earlswood Road, Belfast.  The house was known as 'Dewsbury'.  Thomas’ occupation is that of Bank Clerk. 

In 1920, the property was numbered 144 (#).

Known as Tommy, he probably joined the Belfast Banking Company in 1911 when he was 16 and worked in Central branch (Donegall Square North).

On 28th September 1912, Byers signed the Ulster Covenant at Sydenham Methodist Church, Belfast.

In 1916, Lance Corporal Byers was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant with the 9th Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). 

The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

Royal Highlanders, 2122, Private
Royal Highlanders, Lieutenant
Royal Highlanders, Captain


The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet reports Byers as having been 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.

The Belfast News Letter of 7th June 1917 reports:




The Belfast News letter dated 7th July 1917 reported:



On 18th July 1917, the London Gazette reported that Byers had been awarded the Military Cross.

His citation reads

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  He was the only officer of the company for five days.  He carried out his duties under most trying conditions and shell and machine gun fire, with great skill and endurance.  His example and ability kept the men in hand and their spirits up at a very trying time.”


The Belfast News Letter of 19th July1917 reports:





The Belfast News Letter of 15th December 1917 reports:




Promotion to Captain came in 1917.



Following the war, Byers emigrated to Canada.

Tommy Byers died on 20th July 1976 and was cremated in Mission, British Columbia, Canada,


[Death certificate - courtesy of Dave Donatelli]




Thanks to Dave Donatelli, Canada for supplying the photographs.

(*)  Bessie Byers died in 1925 aged 60 and is buried in Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast.  James T Byers died in 1941 aged 84 and is buried with his wife.   Their last address was 2 Downshire Park, Bangor.

(#)  A brother, James Thomas Byers (born 1891) died in 1920 and is buried in Cemetery Cemetry, Belfast.  His last address was 144 Earlswood Road, Belfast.

Hogarth, Herbert Plunket



Corporal Herbert Plunket Hogarth
was born in 1895 in Newcastle upon Tyne.  He was the son of Herbert Hogarth and Mrs Annie Plunket Hogarth.

At one stage, he lived in Harrow, Middlesex.

The 1901 Irish Census records Plunket living in house 9, Straheglin, Belturbet, Co. Cavan with his grandfather, James H Mahaffy JP.  

By 1911, the family are recorded as living in house 29.1 Antrim Road, Clifton Ward, Belfast.  Plunkett describes his occupation as a Bank Clerk. 
Educated at the Belfast Royal Academy, Hogarth joined the Belfast Banking Company and served in Western and Portadown branches.
Hogarth volunteered and enlisted into the army as a Private with Service Number 75307. 
He was serving with 7th Signal Company, Royal Engineers as a Despatch Rider with the rank of Corporal when he was killed in action on 13th May 1917.  Hogarth is buried in the Vraucourt Copse Cemetery, Vaulx-Vraucourt, Pas De Calais, France. 

The Belfast News Letter of 30th May 1917 reports:







Hogarth was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.


McElvaine, Andrew Floyd


Lieutenant Andrew Floyd McElvaine
was born in 11th January 1895 in Scarva. 

He was the son of Andrew McElvaine JP and Susan McElvaine.  In 1901 the family lived in house 14, Lisnabrague, Scarva, Co. Down.  By 1911 the property was known as house 7, Lisnabraque, Scarva, Co. Down. 

The family also lived at Union Lodge, Poyntzpass.
McElvaine would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1912 working in Portadown and Cookstown.

McElvaine served with the 18th Bn. Tank Corps and attained the rank of Lieutenant. 

The Belfast News Letter of 17th May 1917 reports:




The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records McElvaine as 'previously wounded'.

Hamilton, John





[Ballymena Weekly Telegraph - August 1916 - courtesy of Great War Belfast Clippings]


[Fermanagh Times - January 1917 - courtesy of Great War Belfast Clippings]



2nd Lieutenant John Hamilton
was born on 20th February 1886.  

The 1901 Irish Census records James Hamilton (60) and Lily Hamilton (41 - nee McCracken) as his parents.  There are two other sons, Wm S (13) and Janus B (5) together with a sister, Margaret (17).  

The family address is house 15, Ballyrobin, Stranocum.  

This address would also be known as Woodview, Stranocum, Ballymoney. 

Probably around 1906, Hamilton joined the Belfast Banking Company and served in Ballyshannon and Coleraine branches.


Belfast Banking Company, Ballyshannon branch





Belfast Banking Company, Coleraine branch


The 1911 Irish Census records John as boarding in house 19, Cabra Park, Phibsborough, Glasnevin, Dublin.  His occupation is recorded as Bank Clerk.


[Thanks to Nigel Henderson for identifying the Irish Censi records]

Later, he enlisted and served with the 12h Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 

Promotion to Lance Serjeant followed with Service Number 14748.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website records one John Hamilton having the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and serving in the 11th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who died on 1st July 1916. 

The Belfast News Letter of 9th May 1917 reports:




John Hamilton is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial.  Hamilton is mentioned in ‘Bushmills Hero’s 1914 - 1918’ by Robert Thompson, Coleraine, published privately, 1999.  

The same picture appeared in the Belfast Evening Telegraph, Ballymoney Weekly Telegraph and the Fermanagh Times in addition to the Belfast Banking Company War Memorial.

John is remembered on the 36th Ulster Memorial website and in Carncullagh Presbyterian Church.

The 36thulster.com website records an excellent obituary for John Hamilton.  The text and a further photograph are copied below:
John had been a leading sportsman in the years before the 1st World War and was prominent in athletics as well as being a member of Bann Rowing Club.  He rowed number two in Jack Lowry’s senior four in 1913.  He was a son of Mr John Hamilton, of Woodview, Stranocum, and before enlisting worked in the Belfast Bank in Coleraine.  He enlisted on the outbreak of hostil- ities, joining the Royal Inniskilling Fusilieers.  At first, training took place at Finner Camp, in County Donegall, starting on 20th September 1914. 
Finner Camp had originally been used to provide training facilities for soldiers during the Boer War and was known locally as the Boer War Camp.  Much progress was made in the early stages as the men had already been in training for other reasons.  In early January the battalion marched to the hutted camp at Shanes Castle, near Randalstown, and remained there.  In February John Hamilton was sent on a course of instruction to Chelsea Barracks and received his  commission on 19th April.  On the evening of Wednesday 7th July 1915 they embarked at Dublin on their way to Bramshott, in Surrey. Much intensive training now took place and on 5th October they sailed for France.  At Folkestone they embarked on the St. Oriel trans- port vessel and arrived at Boulougne at 3.00am.  They immediately marched to Ostrohove rest camp and remained there all next day.  Soon after this they were moved up to the area close to the front to help with trench digging and for more training.  On the 1st of July, as the attack began at 7.30am and the 11th battalion left their trenches, they were immediately hit by machine-gun fire and rifle fire.  John was with Captain Myles as they crossed No Man’s Land and it was after they had left the sunken road and were approaching the Crucifix that Capt Myles was injured. John then took command of the Company and led them on towards the German positions.  It was as they approached the German wire and were searching for a way through that John was hit in the neck by machine-gun fire.  He was reported missing. Much later, and long after the news that he was missing had reached home, his sister Margaret applied for a court order presuming his death in action. 
A letter from the Chaplain, the Rev J.J.Wright of Ballyshannon, told how 2nd Lieut Hamilton had been struck by a bullet in the left side of the neck and killed.  The Judge granted the application.
Three other young Ballymoney men serving with the 11th battalion were killed on this day.  Samuel McClelland is buried in the nearby Mill Road Cemetery.  John Reid of Finvoy, and Alex Kirkpatrick, both killed as they attacked the Schwaben Redoubt, were never seen again. 



See Comments section below for further commentary from a couple of relatives.