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Personal Details
Date of BirthDecember 12, 1896
Place of BirthFort William, Ontario
CountryCanada
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinNathaniel Hamilton, father, 831 Ave F North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Trade / CallingTelegraph Operator
ReligionPresbyterian
Service Details
Regimental Number3355352
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Place of EnlistmentRegina, Saskatchewan
Address at EnlistmentSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Date of EnlistmentJune 11, 1918
Age at Enlistment21
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathSeptember 10, 1964
Age at Death67
Buried AtForest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, British Columbia

Hamilton, John Thompson

John Thompson Hamilton was born on 12 December 1896 in Fort William, Ontario. His father Nathaniel Hamilton was from New Brunswick while his mother Margaret Thompson was from England. The couple married on 18 October 1883 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over the years Nathaniel worked as a yard master for the Canadian Pacific Railway, first in the Fort William area, then transferring to Kenora, Ontario by 1907 and the death of daughter Eliza, and then on to Saskatoon by 1916. Children born to the family were Margaret Jean (1884), Elizabeth (Eliza) (1885-1907), both in Winnipeg and then Charles Alexander (1896), Robert Lloyd (1890), Mary Emma (Mae) (1895-1974), Nathaniel Gerald (Nathan) (1899), John, Opal Teresa (1900-1986), and Pearl Melrose (1902-1988), all in the Fort William area. Sadly, Eliza died in 1907 in Kenora and is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. At the time of the 1916 census for Saskatoon, John was working as an accountant in the Canadian Pacific Railway office.

With the onset of conscription in the latter part of the war, John had his medical examination under the Military Service Act of 1917 in June of 1918. He was called up for service on 13 July 1918 in Regina. His occupation was given as telegraph operator and his father Nathaniel in Saskatoon as next of kin. Assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion Saskatchewan Regiment, John served in Canada until discharged on demobilization on 21 November 1918 in Regina, rank of Private.

John was to have a long career as a transportation agent with the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1921 he was living and working in Cymric in Saskatchewan, a community about 100 kilometres north of Regina. At some point John married Berthine May Dill. Born on 4 July 1896 in New York, Berthine was the daughter of James Herbert Dill and Emily Ann Lemerey. Her parents had married in 1895 in Inkster, Grand Forks, North Dakota and by the time of the 1911 Canada census the family was living in Saskatoon. They later moved to Portland, Oregon after the 1921 census. A border crossing for John for 1926 indicated that he was now working in Cut Knife in Saskatchewan and was on his way to Portland for ten days to visit his wife. However, the marriage failed and in 1934, in Cut Knife, John married Carol Miriam Hastings. Born on 3 November 1903 in Michigan, Carol was the daughter of Aubrey Ephriam Hastings and Iva Belle Sowle. Both from the States, her parents had married on 6 December 1896 in Essex, Clinton, Michigan. By the time of the 1911 census she and her family was living in the Paynton/Maidstone area of Saskatchewan, close to Cut Knife. John’s wife Berthine later married Delmar Montgomery (1936), Frank Hewitt (1939), and Fletcher Wood (1946), all in the state of Washington. Berthine, a beauty shop operator, died on 29 June 1984 in Portland.

John and Carol gave birth to one known child, daughter Carole. After John’s retirement in 1961, by the next year they were living in Burnaby, British Columbia. John was a member of the Cut Knife Lodge No 160 AF &AM, a life member of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers and a member of the Cliff Avenue United Church in Burnaby.

John died on 10 September 1964 at his home on Sierra Drive in North Burnaby. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Carol, daughter Carole, and sisters Jean Peters of Saskatoon, Mae (Norman) Patterson of Los Angeles, California, Opal (Emmett) Reiley of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Pearl (Cyrus) Grubbs of Montebello, California. He was predeceased by his mother Margaret in 1942 and father Nathaniel in 1946, both in Los Angeles as well as by his brothers Charles, Robert, and Nathan. John’s wife Carol later died on 16 August 1973 in the Vancouver General Hospital. She was survived by her daughter and son-in-law Carole and Richard Ablett, two grandchildren, a sister, and nieces and nephews. John and Carol are interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby.

By Judy Stockham


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