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66092 Rifleman Lewis Hamilton, 2nd Battalion, 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade

66092 Rifleman Lewis Hamilton, 2nd Battalion, 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade

Lewis Hamilton was born at Green Park, near Lincoln in Canterbury on 30 March 1876, the fourteenth child of eighteen born in his family. On the outbreak of war, he was working as a labourer for New Zealand Railways at Avoka near Arthur’s Pass. He enlisted in the army on 12 July 1917 and underwent training at Trentham. His unit sailed for Europe on the Ulmaroa on 8 February 1918 and arrived at Liverpool on 29 March 1918.

 

Lewis marched into camp at Etaples in France with other reinforcements on 17 May 1918 and he was transferred to A Company the 2nd Battalion, 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade two days later. He reported sick on 4 August but re-joined his unit six days later. On 26 August 1918, Lewis was killed during attacks on positions at St Aubin, near Bapaume for which A Company was in support. He was buried at the New Zealand Cemetery, half a mile North East of Bapaume by the battalion chaplain, Reverend Douglas Smith. Following the end of the war his body was reinterred at Vaulx Hill Cemetery.

 

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