HAMPTON, Edward Lewis
(Service number 7/2022)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Gunner


Date 31 July 1888 Place of Birth Ashburton

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waihaorunga
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin John HAMPTON (father), Waihao Downs, Waimate; later Mrs E. HAMPTON (wife), England
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 9th Reinforcements, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, C Squadron
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Field Artillery

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian E.F.; Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 31 October 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Farmer; surfaceman


Date 7 July 1971 Age 82 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Notices Press, 8 & 9 July 1971
Memorial or Cemetery Canterbury Crematorium
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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 ( [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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