(Service number 91053)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||29 March 1889||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||8 June 1918||Age||38 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Kingsdown, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs B Hampton (wife) Kingsdown, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||5 feet 10 inches tall, 174lb, Maximum chest measurement 40 1/2 inches, minimum chest measurement 37 inches, grey eyes, brown hair, fair complexion.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||A Coy 49th Reinforcements|
|Other Units Served With|
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Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||25 July 1974||Age||74 years|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section Row 28 Plot 115A|
|New Zealand Memorials|
George Hampton was born on 29 March 1880 in Timaru. George drove a team of horses, and he and his brother Jack, were road builders. One of the roads that they built was Woodlands Rd, now one of the main roads in Timaru. George married Beatrice Eleanor Averis on 16 December 1909, in the family home at Kingsdown, their marque had blown down in a Nor’ Wester. After their marriage, George and Beatrice bought a 100 acre farm at Kingsdown. They never had electricity at the farm, they used kerosene as the power board would not put the power in to the end of the road.
George and Beatrice had one child at the time that George was called up. He enlisted in Timaru on 8 June 1918 when 38 years old. During his medical exam he was described as being Anglican, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 174lb, with a minimum chest measurement of 37 ½ inches and a maximum measurement of 40 ½ inches. He had grey eyes, brown hair, and was of a fair complexion
Private Hampton, No. 91053 was attached to A Company of the 49th Reinforcements. George was admitted to hospital in Trentham on 15 October 1918 with influenza. On 1st December 1918, George was placed on leave without pay until further orders on demobilisation on 3 December 1918.
All told George and Beatrice had three children: Eric, Olga, and Zona. George bought his first car in 1929. George continued to farm at Kingsdown until he died on 25 July 1974. He is buried with Beatrice in the Timaru Cemetery.
NZ Defense Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref AABK 18805 W5539 0049901 [6 October 2016] Timaru Cemetery Database [6 October 2916]; Carole Smith, (Sept 1991) Averis from Oxfordshire to Kingsdown and Beyond; New Zealand College Magazines, Lower Hutt.
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