William Hampstead FIELD


FIELD, William Hampstead

Service Number: 470
Enlisted: 2 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Hoyleton, South Australia, 4 May 1888
Home Town: Mannum, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Clare Public School and Hoylton Public School
Occupation: Stockman/Mounted Police Constable
Died: Illness (Appendicitis), Killed In Action, Comines-Warneton, Belgium, France, 31 July 1917, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium, Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Wimereux, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clare Original Clare School WW1 Memorial, Clare Schools Old Scholars who Fell WW1 Memorial, Clare WW1 Memorial Arch, Mannum War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 470, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 470, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 470, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 470, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Battle of Messines
11 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 470, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Warneton

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Mrs. Field, wife of the late Lance-Corporal Field, has received the following comforting letter from Lieut. B. H. Richards, 43rd Battalion, in reference to her gallant son's death:
—"It is with deep regret that I am writing this letter, but I feel you would be glad to have a little news of your late husband's, Lance-Corporal W. H. Field's, death, which occurred last week in the field. I had been his platoon officer for a couple of months, and well know how useful he was as a section leader, and how highly his men  valued him. He has had rather a varied career in the platoon, as he was for some time platoon quartermaster, and carried out his work most satisfactorily. Later he was in with the Lewis gunners, and finally with the bombing section. He was always most thorough in his work  and very valuable in the line, on account of his coolness under fire. On behalf of the officers of his company, I offer to you our deepest
sympathy in your sad loss."