HAMPSON, WILLIAM 53682 L/Cpl “W” Coy 19th Battalion 106 Bde 35th Division

THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  20th July 1917

Formerly 24249 Loyal North Lancs. Regiment

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 62.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 28th July 1917

Lance Corporal W. Hampson, Durham Light Infantry, son of the late Mr John Hampson, Richmond Terrace, Leyland has been officially declared killed in action.

He was 29 years of age and joined the Durham Light Infantry at the end of 1916. He worked at the Wood-Milne Company (his photo appears in the ‘Guardian’ of 18th August 1917).

Preston Guardian Sat. 4th August 1917

A short item reporting L/Cpl Hampson’s death appeared in the ‘P.G.’ of 28th July, but a full report appears in this issue.

The only additional information to that of the Chorley Guardian was ‘that he was the youngest son of Mrs and the late Mr Hampson.’ Also, ‘that he was a member of the choir of the Wesleyan church and the Sunday School secretary.’

Chorley Weekly News 4th August 1917

In a report of the death in action of L/Cpl W. Hampson of 1 Richmond Terrace, Leyland, a warm letter of appreciation from an officer states that L/Cpl Hampson was directing and encouraging his men just previous to his death. He was a keen and enthusiastic ‘Brigade’ boy and a brother of the Leyland Boys Brigade captain.

News of his death having arrived last week, the superintendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School, Mr E. Loxham, arranged for a massing of scholars and teachers in the church, for the passing of a vote of condolence, on Sunday last. Much regret has been expressed, and the widowed mother has received many letters of sympathy.

Chorley Weekly News 11th August 1917

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday morning last for L/Cpl W. Hampson of the Leyland Wesleyan Church-the Rev. J.S. Baker officiating. Brigade Staff-Sergeant Wilcock sounded the Last Post, and organist Mr. W.N. Moss played the Dead March, the audience being moved to emotion.

A Memorial Inscription on the family grave in St. Andrew’s Churchyard records:-

William Hampson

son of the above John and Cecily Chivalrous, Gentle, A Lover of Peace He took up arms to defend the right And was killed in action near Lempire (Somme) July 20th 1917.

“He died that we might Live”

His name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Wesleyan / Methodist ‘Roll of Honour’, South Ribble Museum, Leyland

Mural Plaque in Balshaw’s High School, Leyland.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

William Hampson is buried in the:-

LEMPIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, AISNE, FRANCE

Grave Ref: 9.  Age 29, son of the late John and Cecily Hampson of 1 Richmond Terrace, Leyland.

Lempire, where William was killed in action, is a village and commune in the Department of the Aisne, two miles north of Hargicourt. The Communal Cemetery contains twelve United Kingdom graves of January to July 1917 (including one unnamed) in the south-west corner. The above cemetery is not listed or shown on Michelin Map No. 53.

Census of Leyland – 1891

1 Richmond Terrace – John Hampson, insurance agent; Cecily his wife; and sons John 9, Frank 5, and William 2.

Preston Guardian Sat 8th April 1916

Mr John Hampson of 1 Richmond Terrace, Leyland, insurance agent, who died on the 4th March last, left £4,463-2-10d gross, with net personalty £4,440-12-2d.

Lancashire Daily Post Saturday July 20th, 1918

“In Memoriam”

HAMPSON – In loving remembrance of Lance-Corpl William Hampson, D. L. I. , who was killed in action July 20th, 1917 – Fondly remembered by his Mother and family, 1 Richmond Terrace, Leyland

Note 1:- Richmond Terrace became Charnock Street c.1918. Information the late Mr Russell Jones of Leyland. This is confirmed by the 1918 Electoral Roll:- 1 Charnock Street – Cecily Hampson. A


later perusal of the 1911 25 inch Ordnance Survey Map of Leyland shows the street as Charnock Street: it seems that some occupants must still have used the old name. In the street re-numbering of Leyland in the 1930s, 1 Richmond Terrace – which had become 1 Charnock Street – became the present day No. 2 Charnock Street.

Note 2:- The 19th (Service) Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry was also known as the (2nd County) Battalion having been raised in Durham as a Bantam battalion 13th January 1915.

Note 3:- Captain E. A. James’s ‘Record’ does not show the 35th Division as being in any major engagement about the time of William Hampson’s death, but they were obviously fighting in the Cambrai area. They appear later in the ‘Record’ as fighting in the Second Battle of Passchendaele in October / November 1917.

Hampson, William. WE Waring 2003