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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Hamilton, Charles Daniel

Trooper Charles Daniel Hamilton
was born on 27th November 1881 at Church Street, Dromore, Co. Down to John Hamilton, Linen Manufacturers Clerk and Emily Hamilton nee Daniel of Dromore Co. Down. 

Charles would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1900 and worked in Derry.

BBCo, Londonderry branch

His father, John signed the Bankers Indemnity giving his address as Dromore.  Later, Donald Bruce Hamilton and Francis Roycroft Hamilton would join in the indemnity.

BBCo Bankers Indemnity ledger - C D Hamilton

In 1901 Charles was boarding with the Black family in house 45, Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.  He is described as a Bankers Clerk. 

In 1901 the family were living in house 43, Princes street, Dromore, Co. Down.  Parents John and Emily, siblings Francis, Alice, Walter and Bruce, boarders William Larmour and Alfred Davison. 

By 1911 Charles had moved to Strabane and was boarding with the Thompson family in house 1, Main Street, Strabane West, Co. Tyrone.  He is described as a Bank Clerk.  The home contained the father, 3 daughters, 3 boarders and 3 servants.

Belfast Banking Company, Strabane

John (father) died aged 63 on 13th September 1911 at Glencoe House, Dromore.  He had been predeceased by his wife Emily who died aged 62 on 16th March 1909 at Glencoe House, Dromore. 

Charles volunteered and enlisted on 10th December 1915.  The Attestation Form signed by Charles (copy below) lists various army regiments i.e.:  Royal Irish Rifles, Tank Corps, Dorset Regiment and Inns of Court OTC (last one stroked out).  The declaration was made in Lincoln, England.  Two Service Numbers are also present i.e. 8288?, 2117 and 317859.

The BBCo records Charles as serving with the Dorset Yeomanry as a Trooper.

Attestation Form dated 10th December 1915 

Charles' brother Bruce served in 'C' Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, Service Number 16568.  He was a Sergeant and was killed in action at France and Flanders on 16th August 1917.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial.

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