C. F. Hamilton

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Colonel Charles Frederick Hamilton (1879–1933) was a Canadian intelligence officer and newspaper journalist.[1][2]

Hamilton was born in Roslin, Ontario in 1879, and later graduated from Queen's University[3]

As a journalist, Hamilton first worked for The Toronto World, and from 1899-1902, at the Toronto Globe, where he covered the Boer War and "scooped" coverage of the Battle of Paardeberg. He later worked at the Toronto News.[1][3][4][5]

He co-authored a biography of George Monro Grant, Principal Grant, in 1904.[6]

During World War I, Hamilton served as a deputy chief censor, where he focused largely on cablegrams and radio traffic.[1][7][8]

Following the war, in 1919, he returned to the Royal North-West Mounted Police, where he was made intelligence liaison, and became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's first intelligence officer.[1][9] There he penned influential reports on naval policy and voiced concern about a military threat from Japan in the 1920s.[3][10] He served in that capacity at the RCMP until his death in 1933.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Colonel C. F. Hamilton is Dead in Ottawa". Montreal Gazette. December 6, 1933. p. 5. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Noted Police-Writer Veteran Passed Away". Calgary Daily Herald. December 6, 1933. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Kinsman, Gary William; Buse, Dieter K.; Steedman, Mercedes (2000-10-30). Whose National Security?: Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies. Between The Lines. pp. 21–. ISBN 9781896357256. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  4. ^ Wood, James A. (2010-03-15). Militia Myths: Ideas of the Canadian Citizen Soldier, 1896-1921. UBC Press. pp. 287–. ISBN 9780774817653. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  5. ^ Hadley, Michael L.; Sarty, Roger (1991-01-01). Tin-Pots and Pirate Ships: Canadian Naval Forces and German Sea Raiders 1880-1918. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 24–. ISBN 9780773507784. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  6. ^ Christie, Nancy; Gauvreau, Michael (2001-03-01). A Full-Orbed Christianity: The Protestant Churches and Social Welfare in Canada, 1900-1940. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 32–. ISBN 9780773522404. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  7. ^ Baker, William M. (1998). The Mounted Police & Prairie Society 1873-1919. CPRC Press. pp. 361–. ISBN 9780889771031. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  8. ^ Keshen, Jeff (1996). Propaganda and Censorship During Canada's Great War. University of Alberta. pp. 72–. ISBN 9780888642790. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  9. ^ The Institute Bulletin. Professional Institute of the Civil Service of Canada. 1926. p. 19.
  10. ^ Donaghy, Greg (2008). Contradictory Impulses: Canada and Japan in the Twentieth Century. UBC Press. pp. 69–. ISBN 9780774814430. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  11. ^ Whitaker, Reg; Kealey, Gregory S.; Parnaby, Andrew (2012-09-14). Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada From the Fenians to Fortress America. University of Toronto Press. pp. 171–. ISBN 9781442662384. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  12. ^ Wark, Wesley K. (2012-12-06). Espionage: Past Present and Future?. Psychology Press. pp. 133–. ISBN 9780714645155. Retrieved 20 December 2012.

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