By Kit Duddy.
Aye it’s chinged ye ken
fae in ma day, never be
the same. Streets huv
gone withoot a song an
naebuddies tae blame.
The hert o’ auld Hamilton
has chinget ower the years,
a remember ma ain wee
granny saen the same an
Yit still they hivnae kilt it,an
staunin up will be, a chinget
face o’Hamilton in the year
So here’s tae yir future an the
kids the world you’ll gie, yir
blessed an safe and hearty
an fur aw that chinge,
ye still ur Free!
Happy New Year
when it comes.
James Thomson (Private) – Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 9th Battalion.
James was officially reported to have died of wounds on the 25th of September 1915 during the battle of Loos. It appears that a shell struck a dug out killing two men on the spot and wounding James, who succumbed two hours later.
He was born and lived in Hamilton and prior to enlisting he was a coal miner for ten years at Greenfield Colliery. He left a widow at 7 Ann Street, Burnbank. He is interred in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France Special memorial in front of roe J, Grave 1.
Bill Hunter sent us this picture of his great uncle, Bill wrote:
“My Great Uncle Corp. James Thomson, Udston Square.10th Service Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, Killed missing in action at Loos 1915. Was only 3 months in Theater. Seen with his wife Mary Rodgers and his 2 children.”
Bill went on to tell us:
“Mary moved to the USA in 1921 with her two children to stay with her brother. She did re-marry and I am in communication with her descendants.
James medals went missing during the passage of time but were found 75 years later when an older member of the family passed away and the medals were found in an old rusty tin.
The German War Graves Commission assisted me by searching their records to ascertain if they buried the war dead of this battle when they re-took the line. But the records showed that they had not buried any British soldiers. Documents later showed that the 10th Battalion had in fact carried out the burials.”
25579 Michael Tonner McNamee (MM) (Private) – Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 17th Battalion.
My relative Michael McNamee died of wounds on the 19th of October 1918 at No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearance Station, while his division was engaged in the Battle of Ypres (28th September – 2nd October).
Michael was 22 years of age and was born and raised in Hamilton. He also enlisted in Hamilton and was part of the 106th Brigade 35th Division. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a Coal Miner at Ferniegair Colliery.
During his army service Michael had been awarded the Military Medal (MM). He was five feet four inches tall and weighed 98 pounds and was the son of Thomas McNamee and Jane Rankin Adams and their home address was 35 Church Street.
Michael is interred in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXX Row H, Grave 3.
Edith Bulloch sent us this great picture of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). The picture was taken “Somewhere in France”. In the picture are men from Hamilton and the surrounding areas and it was taken in 1915. Edith told us that her father is the first one sitting in the second row.
William Syme Adam. (Quartermaster Sergeant) William was killed in Action on the 23rd of March 1918 at the Battle of St. Quentin (21-23 March) during the German Spring Offensive.
He was 29 years old and part of the 43rd Brigade 14th Division. He was born 13th December 1888 at James Street, Hamilton and was the second son of William Adam & Jane Lamb.
Before the war, he was a Teacher in Motherwell and was married to Marion B Murray. He had two children.
The above picture was sent to Historic Hamilton by Wilma Bolton. In this picture are Soldiers on horseback walking up Quarry Street.
At the moment I don’t have an exact date but would guess that the picture was taken at some time between 1885 – 1901.
Wilma told us: “Here is an old photograph of the bottom of Quarry Street. The last building on the right was demolished to widen the road. How the town has changed. Regards Wilma.”