Honouring 42 SCOTS PGC boys who lost their lives
Date: May 19, 2015 Posted by: Carmel Cowley
The College clock tower was stopped at 4.30am to mark the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.
An emotional mood was set when the College Pipes and Drums marched through the green gates to the Cenotaph for SCOTS PGC College’s ANZAC memorial service held on Friday April 24.
In front of over 400 people attending the ceremony, the College Choir and Pipe Band performed Amazing Grace. Four students were dressed in First World War uniforms whilst the 11th Light Horse Montrose Troop stood proudly as the names of the 42 SCOTS students who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation during World War II were read out and crosses laid in their honour.
This year RAAF Warrant Officer, Keith Lambert Hamilton, who was killed on 26th April 1945, was honoured for his services to our country.
Keith enrolled at SCOTS College in 1938 and after two years of being a boarder he returned home to Mackay before his interests saw him join the No 3 Wing of the Air Training Corp in Mackay, where he passed the Proficiency Certificate in August 1942, and reached the rank of Corporal.
Keith Lambert Hamilton gave his life for his country and the SCOTS College community will never forget his sacrifice and as one student wrote in the College “Clansman” in June 1942 after the principal, John Dunning informed the college assembly of the first Old Boys to die in World War 2:
“His name will always remain with Scots
not merely as a name but as that of a
college hero who has given his life that
many more Scots boys may yet have a
life as free as his has been. We honour
him as a preserver of our freedom; he is one
of whom we shall always pay undying tribute”.
Families and friends of the Hamilton family travelled far and wide to attend the ceremony. One family member said he had been involved in many services in both the military and the police and said without doubt the ceremony conducted in honouring the fallen was the most touching and rewarding experience he had the privilege of being involved in and the commitment to ensuring the legacy of those young men who died or were killed serving their country will always be remembered at the college.