Hamilton War Memorial

 

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The Hamilton War Memorial, at Melville Oval, was unveiled in 1926 to honour eighty-three Hamilton men who lost their lives during WW1.  The Minister of Defence, Sir Neville Howse arrived in Hamilton on Sunday April 25, 1926 to officiate at the unveiling.  He then travelled on to Warrnambool to unveil that town’s war memorial, as reported in the Camperdown Chronicle of 29 April 1926.

"GEELONG." The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) 26 Apr 1926: 10. .

“GEELONG.” The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954) 26 Apr 1926: 10. <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201637113&gt;.

HAMILTON WAR MEMORIAL c1930-1954. Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria Image no. H32492/2728 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/63654

HAMILTON WAR MEMORIAL c1930-1954. Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria Image no. H32492/2728 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/63654

The small figurine standing on the orb in the female figure’s hand, as seen in the photo above, is no longer there, as seen below.

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The Hamilton War Memorial also honours the Hamilton men who died during WW2.

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Click on an underlined name to read that soldier’s WW1 story

AUSTIN, Glenister Burton 

BEECHAM, George James Leopold

BLACK, James

BAULCH, Leith Silas David

BLACKNEY, James Alexander

BRIANT, Reginald Stuart

BROKENSHIRE, Joseph

CAMERON, Sidney Joseph

CATTERSON, Robert Henry

COLESTON, Stanley George

COULTER, Robert James

DOUGLAS, Claude Campbell Telford

DUNN, Daniel Joseph

ELDER, Frank Reginald

FENTON, John Wilfred

FOLEY,Cornelius

GIBSON, Victor Robert

HARRIS, Leslie Duncan

HENTY, Edward Ellis

HENRY, E. E. (see notes)

HERLIHY, George Joseph David

HICKS, Richard  Ernest

HIND, William Arthur

HUDSON, Charles Robert

HOBBINS, Albert Archibald

JOYCE, Matthew John

JOYCE, Thomas William

JACKSON, Walter Henry

 

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KEEGAN, Roderick James

KENDALL, Frank Selwood

KILKELLY, James Patrick

KIRKWOOD, William John Clyde

KNIGHT, T. L. (see notes)

LANCE, George Basil

LEWIS, Arthur Harold

LINDSAY, Charles Henry

LOVELL, William Leslie

LOWDEN, A .H. (see notes)  

MALONE, John Henry

MORRISSEY, Frank

MULLANE, Leslie

McDERMAID, Robert Bailey

McLUCKIE, John Law

McPHEE, Norman Edward

McQUEEN, George William

McSWAIN, John

NIVEN, James

NIVEN, William David

NIDDRIE, Stanley Roy

NORMAN, William Leslie

OSBORNE, Percy Beaumont

PARR, Alfred D. C.

PORTER, Norman James

RHOOK, Henry Joseph William

RIGBY, Frederick Roland 

RICHIE, George (see notes)

 

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SACK, James

SALTER, Herbert

SANGSTER, Leslie Fairburn

SCOTT, Alexander William

SHEEHAN, Daniel Denis

SLOAN, Joseph

SMITH, Edwin Richardson

SMYTH, James Norman

STAGOLL, Robert Leslie

STEVENSON, Alexander John

STEVENSON, Edgar Richmond

STEWART, Charles Herbert

STEPHENS, William Hudson

THOMPSON, William Norton

TILLEY, George Edward

TORBET Gordon James

TOLEMAN, Kenneth

TREDREA, Francis Stanley

TULLY, John Luke Victor

WATERS, William Henry

WESTGARTH, Horace Leonard

WHITE, James Michael

WILLIAMS, Clifford Davies

WILLIAMS, Lancelot Hamilton

WINNELL, William

WARING, Frederick Charles MacLeod

YOUNG, Clarence Everard

FRANCIS, John Walter

LIEBE, Stanley August

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Photos courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.  Photos of W.H.Waters, R.J.Coutler, W.A.Hind, R.L.Stagoll courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator (1914-1918) at Trove

Notes

HENRY, E.E. – Maybe Horace James Henry, who was discharged in England in December 1918, but returned to live in Casterton.

KNIGHT, T.L. – Most likely James Alfred Knight for whom a tree was planted along Anzac Avenue.

LOWDEN, A.H. – Most likely Andrew Harry John Louden who served with the home forces. The Hamilton Spectator’s report on Anzac Avenue published on 4 July 1918 listed a A.H.Loden as a tree recipient.

RICHIE, G – Listed on memorial as RITCHIE, G.  Most likely George Richie.  Killed on 5 February 1917, he was the son of Issac and Janet Richie of South Hamilton.  The Hamilton Spectator also listed this soldier as G.Ritchie in the paper’s article on the Anzac Avenue planting published 4 July 1918.

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The Recessional by Rudyard Kipling (1897)

(Sung at the unveiling of the Hamilton War Memorial in 1926)

God of our fathers, known of old,
   Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
   Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

The tumult and the shouting dies;
   The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
   An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

Far-called, our navies melt away;
   On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
   Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
   Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
   Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

For heathen heart that puts her trust
   In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
   And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!
 
MELVILLE OVAL, HAMILTON. Image Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image No.H32492/2800 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/63848

MELVILLE OVAL, HAMILTON. Image Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image No.H32492/2800 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/63848

 

 

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