Private Hampson is not listed on either the Victoria Park Cenotaph or the Haltonville Cenotaph. His name appears in references to Milton, thus we have included him on this site for the benefit of others who are researching soldiers associated with the Town of Milton. He is remembered on the Virtual War Memorial and in the Book of Remembrance, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.
XXX’s body was not recovered. His name, like many other at that time, is engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres (Ipres) Belgium.
Milton Soldiers on the Menin Gate Memorial (Google Earth).
Private Hampson originally attested to the 71st Battalion on September 13, 1915. He was a 30 year old Butcher from Eden Mills (Guelph Milton Border). He was transferred to the 54th Battalion on May 28, 1916 (11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Division).
He arrived in England aboard the Olympic in April 1916. The unit was subsequently broken up and absorbed by the 51st Battalion, which itself was broken up to feed reserve units. His records show that he was then taken-on-strength to the 54th Battalion on May 2, 1916.
Private Hampson was reported missing and later reported to have been killed in action on September 17th, 1916. During the period from July to November 1916, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force were fighting for it’s life in the “Battle of the Somme“, a battle initiated to relieve pressure on the French Army fighting at Verdun. Meanwhile, the newly formed 4th Canadian Division (of which the 54th Battalion was part) arrived on the line on August 25, 1916. The 4th Division remained in the Ypres Salient, as part of the international “Frank’s Force” to provide a diversion to the fighting in the south at Flers-Courcelette. The 54th Battalion was one of 6 Canadian units that carried out 7 raids on the night of September 16th-17th. when Private Hampson met his fate.
The War Diary of the 16th & 17th at Micmac Camp tells of the raid on Crater No. 2. By the end of the raid 4 Lieutenants and 21 other ranks were missing and 1 Lieutenant and 7 others were reported killed in action. Searches for the missing continued on the 16th and 17th without success. Private Hampson was one of the 21 who were lost and never found.
There are no additional digital images of Private Hampson on the Virtual War Memorial at this time.