Sergeant Harry Hampton

1st Battalion Liverpool Regiment

21st August 1900

    On August 21, 1900, Sergeant Hampton was in command of a party of mounted infantry at Van Wyk's Vlei, and had been holding an important position for a considerable time against very heavy odds. They were at length compelled to retire, but he saw all his men safely into cover before he would leave, and then, although himself severely wounded in the head, went to the assistance of Lance-Corporal Walsh, who was too badly injured to keep up with the rest, and supported him until the man was killed by another shot, he himself receiving a second wound shortly after.

    Sergeant Hampton, son of Mr. Samuel Hampton, of Crown Terrace, Richmond, Surrey, was born at that place December 14, 1870. Entered the 1st Batt. King's Liverpool Regiment at Aldershot, March 10, 1889, rising to the rank of Corporal in exactly two years. Saw service in the West Indies and Nova Scotia from 1891 to 1897, and in South Africa from the latter year till almost the close of the war. His Commanding Officers on the day he won the Victoria Cross were Brevet-Major C. J. Steavenson and Major (now Colonel Sir) H. K. Stewart, K.C.B., and the decoration was presented to him by H.M. the King at St. James' Palace in December, 1901.


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