Hamilton is remembered on the war memorial at St. Pancras Roman Catholic Church, Ipswich.


Born: 30th September 1881, Longcross, Surrey.

Baptised: 13th November 1881, at Longcross, Christ Church, Surrey. Parents: Mary & Charles Hugh Berners – a Gentleman.

Died: 14th September 1914; age: 32; KiA by rifle fire – he was in the act of raising his field glasses to locate the source of the enemy’s fire, when he was shot through the chest and body during the ‘Battle of Aisne’ on an advance up the hill to within 200 yards of the northern edge of the wood.

Residence: 7, Sumner Terrace, Onslow Square and of the Guards Club, Pall Mall, London.


Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, Irish Guards, from Militia, 29th November 1905; promoted Lieutenant 25th April 1906 and Captain 5th December 1912.


Date of Entry Therein: 13th August 1914.


Rank: Captain.

Regiment: Irish Guards, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War, 1914 Star + Clasp.


Grave Reference:


Soupir Communal Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Berners, of Woolverstone Park, Ipswich; husband of Edith M.G. Berners, of 22, North Audley Street, London, W1.




1891   The Chestnuts, Chertsey, Surrey.


Hamilton was 9 years old and living with his mother & sister.

Mary Berners (nee Anstruther), 46, born Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

Julia Katherine Berners, 18, born Kensington, London.

1 visitor

1 Cook/Housekeeper

1 nurse

1 lady’s maid

2 kitchen maids

1 butler

1 coachman

1 footman

1 groom

1 parlour maid


1901   42, Lennox Gardens, Chelsea, Middlesex.


Hamilton was 19 years old and living with his sister & nephew at their father’s home.

Julia Bogle-Smith, 28.

James Anstruther Bogle-Smith, 3, born Chelsea.

2 visitors

1 housekeeper

1 nurse

1 house maid

1 cook

1 footman.

On the 1901 census, Hamilton’s father, Charles Hugh Berners was at the family home of, Woolverstone Hall, Suffolk, with 24 house servants. He was 58 years old, a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Suffolk, and employer, born Bedhampton, Hampshire. Visiting Charles was his widowed sister, Edith Maud Rycroft, 54, born Gatcombe, Isle of Wight and 18 year old niece Anna Louisa Harriet Rycroft, born Pimlico, London.


Hamilton attended G.T. Worley’s School, Evelyns, Hillingdon, from January 1891 – December 1894. Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, from January 1895 – August 1899.


Hamilton travelled aboard from 1st November 1899 – 18th December 1900.


The Mechanical Engineer Records record Hamilton’s Apprenticeship with the London & South Western Railway, at Nine Elms, London from the 2nd May 1901.


In 1907, Kensington, Middlesex, Hamilton married Edith Mary Georgina Sandham, born June 1884, Rowdell House, The Street, Washington, West Sussex.


Hamilton was received into the Catholic Church in 1908.


Hamilton’s mother, Mary Berners died April 1911, Marseilles, France. Mary was the daughter of Sir Ralph Abercrombie Anstruther.


Hamilton’s medals were sent to Mrs H.H. Berners (W)., Woolverstone Hall, Suffolk – Buckingham Gate. c/o Drummonds Bank, 49, Charing Cross, SW1.


Probate to Geoffrey Barnardiston Esq., a Land Agent.

Hamilton is remembered on a memorial plaque on Woolverstone church, Suffolk.

Image of Hamilton on a horse.


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