Aubrey Lionel Bertram HAMPTON MM

HAMPTON, Aubrey Lionel Bertram

Service Number: 6
Enlisted: 19 August 1914
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Field Company Engineers
Born: Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia, 24 November 1885
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fitter and Turner
Died: 4 April 1936, aged 50 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Brighton General Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 6, 2nd Field Company Engineers
21 Oct 1914: Involvement Sapper, SN 6, 2nd Field Company Engineers
21 Oct 1914: Embarked Sapper, SN 6, 2nd Field Company Engineers, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
21 Sep 1916: Honoured Military Medal, Battle for Pozières , London Gazette 21 September 1916

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Aubrey Lionel Bertram Hampton, a 28-year-old fitter and turner, enlisted on 18 August 1914 (service no.18) and was made a sapper in 2 Fld Coy Engrs (2nd Field Company Engineers). He was shipped overseas on the Orvieto in 20 October 1914 (part of the Albany convoy) and served in Gallipoli and the Western Front, becoming a driver in France. He suffered illnesses such as pneumonia and 'debility', and a minor wound, but seems to have escaped major wounds during the war. In 1916 Aubrey's significant act of bravery at Pozieres let to the award of Military and Distinguished Conduct medals. In July 1917 he married Victoria Alexandria Jane Johnstone of Kensington at Southbourne, Dorset, England. Aubrey returned to Australia in October 1918 on 'special leave', and his Victoria later joined him there. He recovered from the effects of the war and went on to work as a fitter at organisations including H.V. McKay and the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission. He and Victoria had three daughters before he passed away at home, aged 50 years.