In Memory of

Herbert Henry Parke Hamilton

Lieutenant

26th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F

who died on

Wednesday, 14th August 1918.

 

Additional Information: Son of Robert David Hamilton, Brisbane and the late Emilie Hamilton.

Native of Middlesex, England.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: VIGNACOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France

Grave Reference/ Panel Number: V. C. 7.

Location: Vignacourt is a village in the Department of the Somme on the west of the roadfrom Amiens to Doullens, the D933. From the D933 take the D113 from Flesselles and 5 kilometres along this road the Cemetery will be found at the entrance of the village.

Historical Information: From October, 1915, to March, 1918, five British and one Australian soldier were buried in the Communal Cemetery; but in the latter month the German advance on this point began, and Vignacourt was occupied by the 20th and 61st Casualty Clearing Stations and became in addition a headquarters of Royal Air Force Squadrons. The British Cemetery was begun in April and closed in August. The burials reflect the desperate fighting of the Australian forces on the Amiens front. The six graves in the Communal Cemetery were removed to the British Cemetery after the Armistice. There are now nearly 600, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. The Cemetery covers an area of 2,357 square metres. On the West side, opposite the War Stone, is a monument erected by the village in honour of the British dead. This French monument was unveiled in August, 1921. It is a statue of a French soldier, on the base of which are engraved the words: "Freres D'armes de L'Armee Britannique, tombes au Champ D'Honneur, dormez en paix. Nous veillons sur vous." ("Brothers in arms of the British Army, fallen on the field of honour, sleep in peace; we are watching over you.").

 

Inscription at base of grave:

LOOKING TO THE GREAT REUNION

Roll of Honour
Australian War Memorial, Canberra