Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

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Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby Isandlwana » 07 Feb 2012 22:53

I've just acquired this photograph of Walter Hamilton V.C., dated 22nd June 1878.

So I thought I'd share it with those of the forum who might be interested.

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Walter Hamilton, Corps of Guides, June 1878 (Standing on the left)

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Re: Walter Richard Pollock Hamilton, V.C.

Postby Garen » 07 Feb 2012 23:09

Absolutely fantastic. I just got some (more) lovely ILN prints of the Bala Hissar Residency to add to my collection (edit note: where Hamilton unfortunately met his end).

Nice one!
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby acanthus » 08 Feb 2012 07:50

Nice image, congratulations. Would you by any chance know who the other chap is??
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby Jonathan » 08 Feb 2012 14:43

Fantastic! Thank you for sharing. :)
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby Stuart_Bates » 10 Feb 2012 02:26

Having spoken to Acanthus we believe that the other chap is Lt. Henry Wentworth Hughes. I have taken Hughes from the three well-known photos of the Guides 1878 - 1880.

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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby Garen » 10 Feb 2012 12:12

Stuart_Bates wrote:Having spoken to Acanthus we believe that the other chap is Lt. Henry Wentworth Hughes. I have taken Hughes from the three well-known photos of the Guides 1878 - 1880.

Good call, think you've got him. At first I wondered if it might be a brother, but I don't think any of Hamilton's siblings went into the military (?). His father and at least a couple of brothers were lawyers. Looks very much like Lt. Hughes.
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby Vegart » 28 Jun 2013 10:13

I would be interested to hear from members with any information whatsoever about Walter Richard Pollock Hamilton VC. My sons are direct descendants of his and our knowledge is sadly lacking. We have a history of the action at the siege of Kandahar and we have visited The National Army Museum in Chelsea to see the famous statue.

We understand that after his death, his father spent six months in London canvassing whoever would listen to get the rules changed in order for the VC to be awarded posthumously but have no evidence of this.

We cannot track back to find out how or when his medal came to be first sold by the family either.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby MAMC » 28 Jun 2013 15:41

Hi,
While looking for the Hamilton family in Kilkenny (with no luck) I figured they may have moved to Dublin...
Bingo... I believe this is them. The "Pollock" in the name of another son gives us the connection...
Go to household "Household Returns Form A" to see Walter Hamilton's father's signature...... http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/p ... t/1348613/
There was a book published in 1880 by Alexander Hamilton called "In Memoriam" only about 30 pages, and it seems there is a presentation copy presented to his (Alexander's) sister out there somewhere.
Does anyone have a copy or photocopy!!!
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Re: Walter Richard Pollock HAMILTON VC

Postby acanthus » 29 Jun 2013 21:36

The other man in the photo (taken 1879) is Lieutenant Henry Wentworth Hughes QOCG who was known as "Harry" within the regiment. A very promising young officer, he survived the Afghan War, transferred to the Central India Horse, at one stage held the position of adjutant of that regiment, had changed his name to Hughes-Buller, and was killed accidentally in a steeplechase in India December 1884.
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