Harry William (Ha) BAMPTON

BAMPTON, Harry William

Service Number: QX20658
Enlisted: 21 February 1941, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Shepparton, Victoria, 3 May 1919
Home Town: Pomona, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Mapleton State School
Occupation: Farmer (poultry and small crops)
Died: Natural causes (heart), Pomona, Queensland, 23 December 1997, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Pomona Cemetery, Qld
Lawn Cemetery, Pomona - Buried with his wife Olive Hazel Thelma Bampton
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World War 2 Service

21 Feb 1941: Enlisted Private, QX20658, Brisbane, Queensland
21 Feb 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, QX20658, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
22 Feb 1941: Involvement Private, QX20658
22 Jan 1946: Discharged Private, QX20658, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion
22 Jan 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Private, QX20658, 2nd/12th Infantry Battalion

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"My Father"

Harry William Bampton was born in Shepparton, Victoria. His parents were William George Bampton and Bessie Toms. He was one of eight siblings, being  the only one to be born in Victoria. 

After the family moved to Queensland they settled in the picturesque hinterland town of Mapleton where he attended Mapleton State School. He would ride to school on horseback with two or three of his brothers or sisters on the same horse. The family lived very close to the tourist attraction of Mapelton Falls National Park, which I'm sure was a great place for he and his brother's to go looking for adventure. - Hazel Boel