HAMPTON, Edward Lewis
(Service number 7/2022)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Gunner|
|Date||31 July 1888||Place of Birth||Ashburton|
|Address at Enlistment||Waihaorunga|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John HAMPTON (father), Waihao Downs, Waimate; later Mrs E. HAMPTON (wife), England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||9th Reinforcements, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, C Squadron|
|Date||8 January 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Field Artillery|
|Campaigns||Egyptian; Egyptian E.F.; Western European|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||31 October 1919||Reason|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||7 July 1971||Age||82 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Notices||Press, 8 & 9 July 1971|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Canterbury Crematorium|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Edward Lewis Hampton was born on 31 July 1888 at Ashburton, the eldest son of John and Sarah Jane (née Smith) Hampton. The family had moved to Waihao Downs near Waimate by 1914, and Edward was a farm labourer there. He was a farmer at Waihaorunga when he enlisted, naming his father as next-of-kin – John Hampton, Waihao Downs, Waimate.
Trooper E. L. Hampton embarked with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles of the 9thy Reinforcements, departing from Wellington for Suez, Egypt, on 8 January 1916 by the “Maunganui”. On 7 Aptil 1917 at the West Ham Registry Office, Edward married Eileen O’Shea, who then became his next-of-kin. E. L. Hampton, 7/2022, returned to New Zealand by the “Adolf Woermann”, which was expected at Wellington on 28 September 1919. He was discharged on 31 October 1919 and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his service in Egypt and Western Europe. The name of E. L. Hampton appeared regularly on the Waimate Daily Advertiser Roll of Honour under the sub-title of Answered the Call. There is no indication that Eileen came to New Zealand.
Edward returned to farming at Waihao Downs, but after he married Bessie May Langrish in 1925, they lived in Christchurch, where he was employed as a surfaceman. Edward Lewis Hampton died on 7 July 1971 at Christchurch, aged 82 years, Like Bessie who had died in 1962, he was cremated at the Canterbury Crematorium. They were survived by three sons. A daughter, Patricia May, died in infancy.
Auckland War Memorial Museumm Cenotaph Database [06 July 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [08 July 2022]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [15 July 2022]; Find A Grave [15 July 2022]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 30 May 1918; NZ Times, 8 September 1919, Press, 12 March 1962, 8 & 9 July 1971 (Papers Past) [18 September 2019; 15 July 2022]
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