Archibald Herbert Hampton

Date of birth: 1900
Place of birth: St Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Taplow
Rank / Service No: Mess Room Steward
Died: 5th June 1917, aged 16 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


Archie was the second of 4 siblings born to Richard and Annie Sarah Hampton (nee Russell), who married in Hamworthy on 7 July 1894.


The family lived at 6 Grove Street, St. Mary’s.


Annie was born in Poole in 1867 and she passed away on 20 September 1943 in Hamworthy.

Richard had been born on 23 March 1868 in Lymington. Tragically, he died on the same vessel as his son (see separate story).



Sydney Richard   b. 10 April 1896 Southampton   d. 1957 Southampton   Married Millicent E. Barker in Southampton in 1923.

Archibald Herbert 

William Miller   b. 1904 St. Mary’s   d. 1977 Southampton   Married Kathleen Read in Southampton in 1938.

Vernon Victor   b. 1906 St. Mary’s   d. 11 January 1952 Royal South Hants hospital. Left £6445 9s 5d to Rupert Charles Harry Gould, a bank clerk.


The Taplow started life as the Talavera, a cargo steamer, built in Stockton-on-Tees in 1904. In 1916, the vessel’s name was changed to Taplow.


On 5 June 1917, the vessel left the Spanish port of Huelva, bound for Port Talbot, carrying a cargo of copper and copper ore.


Somewhere between the two ports, the vessel disappeared with the loss of 25 men. It is presumed that she was either torpedoed or hit a mine.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2nd September 2016


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