Herbert James BAMPTON

BAMPTON, Herbert James

Service Number: 438
Enlisted: 6 July 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Burra, South Australia, 1 October 1871
Home Town: Port Augusta, Port Augusta, South Australia
Schooling: Burra Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Horse driver
Died: Killed in Action, Harbonnières, France, 8 August 1918, aged 46 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Boulder Roll of Honor, Boulder Roll of Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

6 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 438, Adelaide, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 438, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: Surname incorrectly spelled Brampton on original record.
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 438, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
19 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 438, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), GSW (right thumb)
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 438, 32nd Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens

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Biography contributed by Cheryl Hutchins

Son of Henry BAMPTON and Mary Jane nee BROWNING

"The death is reported of Pte. Herbert Bampton, 32nd Battalion, on August 8, in France.  Pte Bampton was well known in Burra.  He lived with his parents at Aberdeen and was educated at the Burra School and for many years was in the employ of Messrs. S. Drew and Co." - from the Burra Record 28 Aug 1918 (nla.gov.au)

"438 Private Herbert James Bampton, 32nd Battalion. A horse driver from Parkside, South Australia, he embarked from Adelaide on 18 November 1915 aboard HMAT Geelong for Suez. His battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, during June 1916. Pte Bampton was wounded in action at the Battle of Fromelles, was treated in Boulogne and rejoined his unit in mid-September. In December 1916 he was hospitalised with trench feet and evacuated to England for treatment, recuperation and furlough and attachment to the training units in England for six months before rejoining the 32nd Battalion in late October 1917. Pte Bampton was killed in action near St Qentin, France, on 8 August 1918. He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France. He was aged 47 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)