Charles Henry Hampton

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Leinster
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 8326
Died: 5th May 1915, aged 24 years
Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate)


Charles was the oldest of 3 siblings born to Charles Henry and Sophia Hampton (nee Green), who married in Southampton in 1888.

Both parents were born in Southampton, Charles in 1865 and Sophia in 1868.


Charles, a confectioner, died in Fareham in 1924 and Sophia passed away in Southampton in 1945.


At the 1901 Census, Charles Snr is running a sweet shop at 44 St. Mary’s Street, and young Charles is visiting his Auntie Mary in another part of St. Mary’s.



Charles Henry 

Ada   b. 1893 Southampton   d. 1962 Winchester   Married Edward J. Risden in Southampton in 1913.

Daisy Sarah   b. 1899 Southampton   d. 1990 Milton Keynes



The 1st Leinsters were part of the 82nd Brigade in the 27th Division until November 1916.


The battalion was stationed in India at the outbreak of war, and they left Bombay on 16 October 1914.

After landing in Plymouth the battalion moved to Morne Hill, Manchester to join up with the Division.


They landed at Le Havre just before Christmas 1914 and went straight into action in northern France.


Charles lost his life during the Second Battle of Ypres. The battalion was based around the Frezenberg Ridge, an area that came under heavy German fire from the start of the battle.


Charles was one of 59,000 British casualties in the battle, the first time poison gas was used in warfare.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2nd September 2016


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