Tuesday, January 23, 2018

George Asher Hamon

George HamonSerial Number and Rank:  2432, Private
Birth:  22 August 1893 Milton. Birth 1893/22664
Parents:  William James Hamon and Annie Dickson of Wason St Milton
Enlisted:  5 April 1916 Milton (second enlistment see notes)
Next of Kin:  F. William James Hamon
Service:  45th Battalion
Death:  29th May 1917, KIA.
Burial:  Neuve Churchyard, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Panel: S. 2.
Honour Rolls:
Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades
Croobyar Public School
Milton Methodist
Milton Methodist Flag
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Primary School

George Asher Hamon, was born 22 August 1893 at Milton, the son of William and Annie Hamon of Wason St Milton.  He enlisted into the war on 29 July 1915, but soon afterward contacted   pneumonia, his condition at one stage being serious. He recovered and was medical discharged, returning home to Milton.

Regaining strength in due time he again sought to enlist, at first was turned down, but later was passed on 4 April 1916, and sailed for England in August 1916. The thought of being home while men were needed at the front was always tasteful to George Hamon, and he took upon himself the duty he deemed to be his.

Whilst on the voyage to England to England, he come down with the mumps, and sent to Perham Downs to recover. He travelled to France in January 1917 to join the 45th Battalion. George was killed in action, aged 22 years on May 29 1917 at Messines, France.

The Milton Ulladulla Times when reporting of his death wrote:

“He has been called back to make the supreme sacrifice, and though he would not return to us in the flesh his memory will be treasured as one who stood between home and loved ones and an avaricious and relentless enemy seeking to bring our nation under the accursed Prussian heel”.

George Asher Hamon, Private, Service Number 2432 received the 1914-1915 Star, British WM and Victory Medal. His name is listed on the following local Honour Rolls, RSL Honour Roll, Milton School, Milton Methodist, Milton Methodist Flag and Croobyar Public School in addition to the Milton Town Memorial and the Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades.

To Our Fallen Comrades
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning.
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget

Sources: Newspaper clipping of the death and letters from the front from the 45th Battalion (no date on clippings). Hamon and Harper family members

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