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Arthur Donald Hamilton was born at 6 Hampden Terrace, Mount Florida on 25 January 1882, the son of Clara Louisa Markham and John H Hamilton, architect, son of James Hamilton, who formed the Architectural practice James Hamilton & Son in 1877. Arthur Donald Hamilton was articled to his father from 1899 to 1905, attending classes at The Glasgow School of Art from 1898 to 1906. He was placed with John Archibald Campbell for experience in 1905, before returning to his father's practice as an assistant in 1907 and being taken into partnership in 1910, when the practice became John Hamilton & Son. He made study tours of England, France, Switzerland, Italy and Belgium. He did a good deal of work for the Salvation Army in a heavy-handed art nouveau manner. Much of the work of the practice was valuation, especially in respect of the Glasgow City and District Railway and the Caledonian Railway, and arbitration, notably for the Glasgow Corporation Sewage Scheme. Arthur Donald Hamilton was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912. Arthur Donald Hamilton served as a Private in the 28th London Regiment. He was transferred to the Royal Engineers on 4 Aug 1917, serving as 2nd Lieutenant. He was killed in action on 19 Oct 1917 at Zillebeke Lake, France and was buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery, Belgium. Arthur Donald Hamilton was survived by his wife Margaretta Douglas Adams Linklater (formerly Hamilton) of Danehurst, North Ferriby, East Yorkshire. Arthur Donald Hamilton is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour. Although the Roll of Honour lists his regiment as Durham Light Infantry, our research suggests this refers to another Arthur Hamilton (b. 1886) who was executed on 27 March 1917.
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Source: the Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk; Ancestry.co.uk: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; Durham At War: http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk.