James Hamilton was the son of John Hamilton. He was born about 1897 in Duneane, midway between Toome and Randalstown. He enlisted in Lisburn. Corporal James Hamilton was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in Flanders on Friday 10th August 1917. He was 20 years old.
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.