From the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, Herbert James Hamilton transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He scored his first victory as an observer serving with 20 Squadron. Posted to 1 Squadron in August 1917, he scored 1 victory before joining 29 Squadron as a flight commander. After scoring 2 more victories, he rejoined 1 Squadron in March 1918 and scored 3 more victories flying the S.E.5a. Hamilton was forced to land by a Fokker Triplane on 26 March 1918 and killed in a crash at Tadcastle when the Sopwith Camel (C158) he was flying lost a wing.
1901 residence, Hornsey, Middlesex.
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Herbert James Hamilton, D. of Corn. L.I., attd. R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has on many occasions displayed the utmost dash and fearlessness in engaging enemy aircraft at close range, and has succeeded in destroying a considerable number. He also attacked with machine-gun fire, and from low altitudes, enemy formations on the ground, and dropped bombs on points of importance behind the hostile lines. He has invariably shown great determination and a fine offensive spirit.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 26 July 1918 (30813/8805)