Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby kevham » 22 Oct 2016 20:37

A small book published by Alexander Hamilton father of Walter Hamilton VC.
I believe this was handed out at a memorial service 1880.
Contains information about family and correspondence from government.
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby acanthus » 23 Oct 2016 06:42

Hi kevham,

Would be interested to read this item however , I can't open it on my computer.
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby jf42 » 23 Oct 2016 12:13

" Telegram from Viceroy gives detailed report of Cabul massacre; says of your son that his body was seen lying over a mountain gun; that he had killed about three men with pistol and two with sword, before he was shot. The body was stripped and cut to pieces, but not dishonoured, and was subsequently burnt in a garden"

An era associated with circumlocution, euphemism, and indeed hypocrisy, when dealing with the "thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to", but when frankness such as this was seen as a kindness.

Lieutenant's Hamilton's elder brother Charles, aged 24, had died of fever in 1878 while serving with the Cape Mounted Police in South Africa, and his younger brother Archie would die after a riding accident at home in ireland in February 1880. He was 19 years old.

In Memoriam

"And so were cut off these three brothers in the short space of one year and ten months. One lies in Africa- one lies in Aisa - and one lies in Europe. They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and if in their deaths they were divided, they were not divided in duty and affection."
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby acanthus » 23 Oct 2016 18:33

Many thanks jf42.
Obviously the basis of the scene in Far Pavilions where his body was laid in a gun.
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby Mad Guru » 18 Nov 2016 02:35

kevham, thank you for posting this!
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