1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 16238 Samuel Hamilton
- Age: 26
- From: Bootle, Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- D.O.W Sunday 22nd October 1916
- Commemorated at: Etaples Mil Cem
Panel Ref: VIII.C.3A
The 1891 Census shows the family are living at 35 St Johns Road, Kirkdale. Parents Samuel and Phoebe A with children Annie, William, James, Minnie and Samuel – age 9 months
By the time of the 1911 Census the family are living at 111 Bedford Road, Bootle - Parents with children Marion and Samuel.
His service records show that he enlisted 1/9/1914 at Liverpool joining the 18th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 16238, he was aged 24 years and 60 days old was 5’11” tall weighed 135lbs with a 37” chest, sallow complexion with brown hair and eyes and his religion was CofE.
Samuel died of wounds at Etaples on 22/10/1916 aged 26. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery. His headstone inscription reads:
His death was reported in the Bootle Times on 10th November 1916.
"BEDFORD "OLD BOY."
PRIVATE S. HAMILTON DIES OF WOUNDS IN FRANCE.
The news of the death of Private Samuel Hamilton, of the King's Liverpool Regiment, has caused sorrow in the large circle of friends in Bootle who held him in highest esteem.
He was educated at the Bedford Road Council School, and on leaving entered the firm of Messrs. McIver and Co., now incorporated with Messrs. Lever Bros., Ltd. At the beginning of the war he enlisted in Lord Derby's Liverpool Pals, and after training at Hooton, Knowsley, Grantham, and Aldershot, went across to France twelve months ago. In a recent action on the Somme, he was severely wounded in both legs, and the left arm by machine gun fire. He died a few days afterwards in a British hospital in France.
Associated from early childhood with Queen's Road Primitive Methodist Church, he became one of its most active workers. For eight years he held the important office of Sunday School Secretary. As a regular, conscientious unassuming worker in the school, as a popular member of the Church Choir, and an earnest official in the Band of Hope, he is greatly missed in the Methodist community, where during his short but noble career he endeared himself to all who knew him.
The Rev. Benjamin Fell, minister of the church, preached a most impressive sermon in his memory. Taking his text from Isaiah, 43, 2, "When thou passest through the waters I will be with thee, " he spoke tender words of comfort and sympathy to the mourners, and paid a glowing tribute to the memory and work of the fallen. He has made the supreme sacrifice by giving himself for the Commonwealth, and with thousands of our dearest and best, will receive each for his memory, praise that will never die, and with it the grandest of all sepulchres a home in the minds of men; for the whole earth is the sepulchre of such heroes, and their story is graven not only in stone but lives on without visible symbol wove into the stuff of other men's lives. He has gone to receive the Crown incorruptible.
His Next of Kin on 4/5/1919 were his Mother, his brother William and sister Annie Jones. His father had died in 1918.
Samuel is commemorated on the following Memorials:
Bedford Road School
Port Sunlight Civic Memorial and Lever Brothers Employees.
Killed On This Day.(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
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