Francis Hamilton

Bank: The Royal Bank of Scotland

Place of work: London office

Died: 19 October 1918


Francis Hamilton, known as Frank, was born in Lanarkshire in 1890, the son of a farmer. He worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland.


In 1914 Hamilton left his job in the bank's London office to join the army, initially as a Private in the London Regiment. He was commissioned in September 1916, and eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant, still in the London Regiment. By summer 1918 he had apparently been discharged from the army and wrote to the bank asking to be reinstated to full salary, rather than the part-salary payable to men on military service. Although it appears he was not well enough to return to work, the bank agreed to his request, because it considered the military authorities were treating him 'with some hardship', and 'he must have a subsistence.'


Lieutenant Hamilton died in Scotland on 19 October 1918. He left a widow, Florence Joyce, whom he had married in 1916. He does not appear to have been acknowledged by the authorities as a casualty of the war. Nevertheless, the Royal Bank of Scotland named him on its war memorial.


Francis Hamilton is commemorated on a bank war memorial at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, where he is listed as Frank Hamilton.

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