Lance Sergeant Henry Ernest Hamilton

Service number NX80827
Birth Date 1916-09-20
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Death Date 1945-07-17
Death Place Borneo: Balikpapan
Final Rank Lance Sergeant
Service Australian Army
Unit 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945

Lance Sergeant Henry (Harry) Ernest Hamilton was born in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1916. At the age of 25, in December 1941, he enlisted in the Second World War with the 2/33rd Battalion. Intriguingly the 2/33rd journeyed back to Australia in February 1944, for a year of intense training, ahead of what transpired to be their last operation of the war, which lasted less than a month. This operation took place at Balikpapan in Borneo, the area of the most determined Japanese resistance. The 2/33rd landed at Balikpapan on 1 July 1945. A little over a fortnight later, on 17 July, Lance Sergeant Harry Hamilton led out a D Company patrol. The patrol was caught in an ambush, and Harry was mortally wounded. Only the day before Harry had received the first photographs of his new born son, Bruce. Harry was to be the last of the 2/33rd’s battle dead in the Second World War. The battalion was withdrawn to rest on 24 July, with the war ending three weeks later on the 15th of August.


  • Roll of Honour:

    2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Lance Sergeant


Date of birth 20 September 1916
Date of death 17 July 1945