Frederick William Hampton

Date of birth: July 1893
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: The London
Battalion: 1/19th (“C” Coy.)
Rank / Service No: Private, 2470
Died: 25th September 1915, aged 21 years
Commemorated: Loos Memorial, France

 

Frederick was the oldest of 5 known siblings born to Frederick and Libbie Viola Hampton (nee Yeates), who married in Portswood in 1892.

The couple had 7 children, so it must be presumed that two died in infancy.

 

Records show they lived at 54 Floating Bridge Road, and then moved to 127 Albert Road.

 

Libbie was born in the USA in 1867 and she passed away in Southampton in 1945.

Frederick was born in Shirley in 1869 and he died in the city in 1955.

 

Siblings

Frederick William 

Alfred THOMAS E.   b. 9 September 1894 St. Denys   d. 1963 Southampton   Married Agnes F. Doncom in Southampton in 1920.

Charles James   b. 1895 St. Denys   d. 1921 London   Married Ellen L. Powell in Romsey in 1920.

Leslie George   b. 1900 Portswood   d. 1947 Southampton   Married Sarah Dodd in Southampton in 1924.

Libbie Viola   b. 1905 Portswood   d. 1982 Southampton   Married Bernard H. Wallbridge in Southampton in 1930. Married John W. Harmer in Southampton in 1965.

 

Charles enlisted in the battalion in Camden Town on 10 March 1915. The battalion left for France the same month, part of the 141st Brigade in the 47th (1st/2nd London) Division.

 

Fred died on the first day of the Battle of Loos; the 1st/19th formed part of the second wave attacking the southern side of the village itself.

It’s C.O. was killed immediately and the battalion encountered stiff opposition in Loos cemetery before pushing on to clear houses and cellars in the village.

 

The battalion ended the day at its final objective, the coal-mining winding gear known as “Tower Bridge”.

 

The 1st/19th battalion suffered the heaviest casualties in the 47th Division that day, 14 officers and 372 other ranks.

 

The Memorial commemorates over 20,000 servicemen who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to Grenay.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2nd September 2016
Updated:

 

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