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Hamilton Clearie was a butcher and living at 1 Grangeknowe, Dundonald Road in Troon when he enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 8th December 1915. He was posted into the 6th Training Reserve Battalion, and given the service number 175533. Hamilton was 32 years old and had no previous military experience.

He was later given the service number 52626.

On the 12th January 1917 he embarked at Folkestone, arriving in Boulogne later that day.

Hamilton was transferred and posted into the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 16th January 1917. His new service number was 36027.

Three months after arriving in France, 12th May 1917 he was admitted to hospital with a case of ‘rose measles’, more commonly known as rubella. Hamilton rejoined the Battalion on 25th June 1917.

Hamilton had married Janet Garven on 4th September 1912, they had their only child, Jean three months later. They lived together at  1, Carrick Terrace, Troon, Ayrshire.

Hamilton was killed on 11th August 1918.

Three months after the death of her husband, Janet received his personal effects. These comprised of

  • 2 Religious books
  • 1 wallet
  • 3 identity discs (1 wristlet)
  • 1 letter

Janet later took receipt of the British War Medal (August 1921) and Victory medal (April 1922).

Rank: Private
Service No: 36027
Date of Death: 11/08/1918
Age: 34
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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One Response to 36027. PTE. H. CLEARIE. L.N.LAN.R

  1. admin says:

    Hamilton appears on the memorial at Troon Portland Church;

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