(Service number 24/1066)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||9 September 1894||Place of Birth||Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Date||13 May 1915||Age||21 yrs 8 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Werry's Hotel, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Marital Status||Single. Married Emily Clara CHISNELL, on 18 August 1917 at the Chertsey Registry Office, Surrey, England.|
|Next of Kin||Mrs William HAMILTON (mother), 65 Greenhill Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 144 lbs. chest measurement 34-37 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes brown. Hair brown. Sight and hearing both good. Colour Vision correct. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth - false upper, lower good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||D Company|
|Date||9 October 1915|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star;british War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||6 June 1918||Reason||No longer physically fit for war service (asthma) (Pre-enlistment)|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Wounded in France on 27 September 1916. In October 1916 he was reported wounded and then discharged from hospital. 29 December 1916 hewas at Walton-on-Thames Hospital. 30 April 1917 he was discharged from hospital. On 17 December 1917 admitted to Walton-on-Thames Hospital, with asthma.
Labourer (NZ Railways?)
|Date||11 June 1959||Age||65 yrs|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch|
|Memorial Reference||Block 1B, Plot 185|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Matthew HAMILTON was a son of William and Margaret HAMILTON, of Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Matthew was at home with his parents and siblings, at 65 Greenhill Road, Rutherglen, in 1901, a 7 year old scholar. On 19 December 1915 he was appointed cook; then two months later he had his first visit to hospital. He was again appointed cook and ceased duties as cook when he joined his unit. Perhaps it was while he was on leave after being discharged from hospital that he married Emily CHISNELL in Chertsey, England. He returned to New Zealand, embarking on 14 March 1918 and arriving on 10 May 1918 by the "Remuera", no longer fit for war service on account of asthma. He intended to live again in Timaru.Prior to discharge, Matthew was granted sick-leave from 10 May 1918 till 16 May 1918, and then granted 'privilege leave' from 17 May 1918 till 6 June 1918. His next-of-kin at death in 1959 in Christchurch was his widow, Mrs E. HAMILTON of Sunnyside Hospital, Christchurch, for whom the Rev. I. B. Wilson substituted.
Cenotaph Database [29 June 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0049696) [01 July 2014]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery memorial inscription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records microfiche) [29 June 2014], Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial records (Christchurch City Council Cemetery Records online) [29 June 2014]; Timaru Herald, 17 October 1916, Auckland Star, 17 October 1916 (Papers Past) [30 June 2014]; 1901 census Scotland - transcript (ancestry.com.au) [30 June 2014]
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