A fine Second Burma War Pegu Campaign Mention in Despatches and Indian Mutiny pair awarded to Major G.J. Hamilton, 1st Madras Fusiliers, Honourable East India Company Forces, who saw service during the Pegu Campaign in the Second Burma War which lasted from 28th March 1852 through to 30th June 1853, and was Mention in Despatches by General Godwin. He then saw service as a local Major during the Indian Mutiny.
India General Service Medal 1854, 1 Clasp: Pegu; (LIEUTT. GEO. JOHN HAMILTON. 1ST: MADRAS FUSRS:); Indian Mutiny Medal, no clasp; (CAPT. G.J. HAMILTON, 1ST MADRAS FUSRS:)
George John Hamilton was born on 11th December 1828 in Barking, Essex, the son of the Reverend Thomas Neate Hamilton late of the Bengal Ecclesiastical Establishment and by then the Curate of All Hallows in Barking. Accepted as a Cadet for the Honourable East India Company Forces at Addiscombe in the 1846 to 1847 season, he was commissioned Ensign in 1847, and then travelled out to India, where he joined the 1st Madras Fusiliers. Promoted to Lieutenant, he then saw service during the Pegu Campaign in the Second Burma War which lasted from 28th March 1852 through to 30th June 1853. Hamilton was Mention in Despatches for his services during the Pegu Campaign, being mentioned by General Godwin. Promoted to Captain, he married Louisa M. Field at Caversham on 16th August 1856 whilst at home on leave. Having returned to India, he then saw service during the Indian Mutiny as a Captain and local Major. With the transferral of the Honourable East India Company Forces to the crown and the formation of the Indian Army, Hamilton opted to leave the service and retired from the Madras Army on 20th June 1860, and died at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire on 11th September 1903. This is his full entitlement.