Lieutenant Arthur Leslie Hamilton

Biography of Lieutenant Arthur Leslie Hamilton

Arthur Leslie Hamilton was born 25th July 1892 in Helensburgh, and was the only son of James Whitelaw Hamilton and Lilian Millar Shaw. The family lived at The Grange, Helensburgh, where Arthur grew up with his sister Hilda.

From the age of 17, Arthur was a part-time student at the Glasgow School of Art from 1909 to 1915. During this time he also worked as a draughtsman for the architect Alexander Nisbet Paterson, and was a member of the University of Glasgow's Officers' Training Corps.

As a member of the OTC, Arthur was quickly commissioned to the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry in 1915. In June 1916 he was sent to Mesopotamia where he served until his death on 25th October 1918. He is buried in the Basra Memorial near Mushak in an unmarked grave.

Lieutenant Arthur Leslie Hamilton is remembered on the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art Rolls of Honour. He is also remembered on the Helensburgh War Memorial, which was designed by his employer A. N. Paterson. The University of Strathclyde's Arthur Leslie Hamilton Memorial Prize was founded by Arthur's father after his death, and is awarded to the student who has reached the highest standard of general excellence in his/her work in the final year for the BArch degree.

Arthur's father was close friends with the artist James Guthrie, and in 1916 Arthur posed for a portrait by Guthrie. The portrait currently resides in the Kelvingrove Museum.


Lieutenant Arthur Leslie Hamilton
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 1st Highland Light Infantry
Degree: N/A
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action in Mesopotania 25 October 1918. Member of University of Glasgow OTC
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/366
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/90


Glasgow School of Art Roll of Honour

For items held by the University related to Arthur's father James Whitelaw Hamilton, please click here.

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