Topic: Trooper Frederick Selwyn Hampton

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A soldier of the Great War who died of influenza at Chanak, near Gallipoli.

 Trooper Frederick Selwyn Hampton – 62986

Hampton, F. S.

Frederick was born at Spreydon, Christchurch on 22nd February 1894, son of Dudley and Margaret Hampton. Before enlisting he was farming with his brother Dudley at Ballykillbeg Farm, Jamiesons Road, Chertsey. Frederick had previous military experience having served five years with the 8th, South Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He was 5ft 9½in tall with a medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Family history notes that he and Ella Ivy Stringfellow were engaged to be married before he enlisted. 

Frederick enlisted at Ashburton on 24 July 1917 and was assigned to 32nd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade. During training at Trentham he lost 4 day’s pay for being absent without leave on 20th October 1917. He embarked on 13th November 1917 aboard the SS Tofua for Suez and arrived just before Christmas on 21st December 1917. He marched in and was posted to TRG regiment at Moascar on the same day. Moascar is located west of Ismailia on the Railway line to Cairo. After Christmas in Moascar he was sent to hospital with tonsillitis on 24th January 1918 not returning to his unit until 19th February. After returning to duty he was transferred to the Mounted Rifles on 28th April and then posted to 1st Squadron on the field on 5th May. The hard conditions took a toll and on 11th July he was sent to hospital in Gaza, sick with malaria. A month later on 8th August he was transferred to General Hospital in Heliopolis. He was finally discharged on 22nd August and then back to the Mounted Rifles 5th October. He embarked for the Dardenelles from Alexandria on 27 November 1918. He was admitted to hospital in Chanak, at the entrance to the Sea of Marmara, with influenza on 9th December and moved to Constantinople where he was declared dangerously ill on Christmas day. He died three days later on 28th December aged 24, and was buried the next day at the Chanak Consular cemetery not far from Gallipoli. In New Zealand Frederick is remembered on the Leeston Plaque of the Ellesmere County War Memorial and the Southbridge School Roll of Honor.on a farm of 788 acres. Dudley looked after the farm once Fred left for the war. However, falling land and commodity prices meant Dudley was not able to meet commitments, and he walked off the property in 1924.  In 1919, his brother Dudley named his new born second son Frederick Selwyn.

 Researched and written by L M Seaton                                            

CWGC Cemetery locale history: The Consular Cemetery was used for three naval burials in April 1915 and between 1918 and 1920, it was used again by no 84 Field Ambulance, no 28 Casualty Clearing Station and no 49 Stationary Hospital which were stationed at Chanak.

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Trooper Frederick Selwyn Hampton


First Names:Frederick Selwyn
Last Name:Hampton
Date of Birth:22 February 1894
Place of Birth:Spreydon, Christchurch
Date of Death:28 December 1918
Place of Death:Turkey
Memorial or Cemetery:Chanak Consular Cemetery
Age at death:24
User Name:L. M. Seaton
Occupation before enlisting:Farmer
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F.32nd Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade
Enlistment details:24 July 1917
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Dudley and Margaret Hampton, Leeston, Canterbury, New Zealand
Service Number:62986
Rank last held:Trooper
Embarkation:13 November 1917
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Tofua
Theatres of War:Middle East
Cause of Death:Died of disease, Influenza
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