Hamilton, Robert Baldwin

Lieutenant Colonel R. B. Hamilton, VD was born in Toronto 10 October 1848, son of Sidney Smith Hamilton and Ann Coulthard. On 30 April 1878 he married Mary Kate Pellatt whose brother would later be known as Major General Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. They had one daughter Beatrice Maud who would marry the author Stephen Leacock.

Hamilton died 8 April 1928 at the age of 80.

Service Record

  • by 1867 – Rifleman in No. 5 Company, Queen’s Own Rifles
  • 1868 – Lance Corporal
  • 1869 – Corporal
  • 1870 – Colour Sergeant
  • 4 August 1871 – Appointed Ensign
  • 31 May 1872 – Promoted Lieutenant
  • 1875 – On service during Pilgrimage Riots
  • 28 January 1876 – Promoted Captain
  • 1877 – On service during the Belleville Riots
  • 29 Feb 1884 – Promoted Major
  • 30 Aug 1889 – Promoted Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer
  • 26 Mar 1896 – Relinquished command
  • 8 July 1897 – Transferred to Reserve of Infantry Officers
  • Awarded Volunteer Decoration (VD)
Lieutenant Colonel R.B. Hamilton – Sixth Commanding Officer, 1889-1897. The original painting hangs in the Queen's Own Rifles Officers' Mess. While the artist's signature is not evident in this photo, it was likely J. W. L. Forster who had painted the preceding five and the next succeeding Commanding Officer. •Photo by Christopher Lawson, June 17, 2010.
Lieutenant Colonel R.B. Hamilton – Sixth Commanding Officer, 1889-1897. The original painting hangs in the Queen’s Own Rifles Officers’ Mess. While the artist’s signature is not evident in this photo, it was likely J. W. L. Forster who had painted the preceding five and the next succeeding Commanding Officer. • Photo of portrait by Christopher Lawson, June 17, 2010.

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