Sergeant Hill Hamilton (H/7091) served with Royal Winnipeg Rifles during World War Two. He lived in Ballymena, Co. Antrim before emigrating to Canada.
Born on 17th November 1914, he was the son of David Hamilton and Mary Hamilton (née Dempster) of Bridge Street, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. David served in France during World War One and the family later emigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada when Hill was 23 years old.
In February 1942, Hamilton enlisted in the Winnipeg Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. The following year, he was overseas in Europe where he joined Royal Winnipeg Rifles. A brother, Bill, served in the Pacific Theatre with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Death in Belgium
Sergeant Hamilton died on 9th October 1944 aged 29 years old. The regimental war diaries state the day was cloudy and cool with heavy rain and poor visibility by the Leopold Canal, Belgium. Reinforcements reached the Winnipeg Rifles at 0330hrs. By 0500hrs, ‘A’ Company launched an attack taking an enemy position. This allowed a link up with the Regina Rifles, giving 7 Canadian Infantry Brigade an unbroken front.
Lieutenant WG Speechly lead a party of men to clear fallen trees from the road. The unit suffered several casualties under heavy shell fire.
Hill Hamilton’s grave is in Section IX, Row H, Grave 12 of Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium. His headstone bears the inscription:
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.