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  • Name: John Patrick HAMILTON
  • D.O.B: 24th January, 1896
  • D.O.A: 9th August, 1915
  • D.O.D: 27th February, 1961
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 3rd Battalion (NSW), 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Australian Imperial Force

Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey 7-9 August 1915

7-9 August 1915

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The Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 1915–9 January 1916 

After the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915 a front line had been established running roughly north to south across the 400 Plateau, south-east of the Cove. The Turkish defences in the south-eastern section of the Plateau had been named Lone Pine by the Australians. On the night of 6-7 August, as part of the diversionary attacks accompanying the landing at Suvla Bay to the north, the Australians attacked the Turkish positions at Lone Pine and, despite heavy casualties, broke through the enemy’s line. The Turks mounted counter-attacks over the succeeding days but the Australians held on and consolidated their gains. The action was a triumph and seven of the Australians were awarded VCs for their gallantry in the fighting: Captains A J Shout and F H Tubb, Lieutenant W J Symons, Lance Corporal L M Keysor, Corporals A S Burton and W Dunstan and Private J P Hamilton.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery on 9th August, 1915, in the Gallipoli Peninsula. During a heavy bomb attack by the enemy on the newly captured position at Lone Pine, Private Hamilton, with utter disregard to personal safety, exposed himself under heavy fire on the parados, in order to secure a better fire position against the enemy’s bomb-throwers. His coolness and daring example had an immediate effect. The defence was encouraged and the enemy driven off with heavy loss. 

The London Gazette of 15 October 1915, Numb. 29328, p. 10154

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