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Private William Rampton

Private William Rampton A2 display sheet

Family

William Percy Rampton was born on 26 October 1887 in Tadley, possibly Doe Lane (now part of Malthouse Lane). He was baptised on 18 December 1887 at Tadley Old Meeting.

His parents were James and Elizabeth Rampton (née Smith). He was the eldest of nine children: William Percy, Alfred John, Lily Gertrude, Albert, Agnes Elsie, Sidney, Dorothy May, Ethel, Lloyd Charles ‘Sonner’.

In the 1901 Pamber census he was 13 years old and living at Pamber Heath. The 1911 census records that he was aged 23 years, married and living at Tadley Hill, near The Green with his wife Rose. His occupation was listed as ‘Bricklayer’s Labourer’.

William married Rose Stacey on 10 September 1910. They had a daughter, Rose, who was born in either 1914 or 1915.

Prior to her marriage, Rose Stacey was living with her family at Bottom Farm, near ‘The New Inn’, in what is now known as Rowan Road.

By 1911, William’s parents, James and Elizabeth, had moved to Westend Cottages, Brimpton and subsequently to Headley Common (Kingsclere).

William’s younger brother Albert also died in World War I. He was a Gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery. He was buried at Greenwich Cemetery, London and is remembered on the Headley Common war memorial.

Service record

William served as a Private in the 1st/4th Battalion South of the South Lancashire Regiment (service number 203439). In August 1914 the 1/4th Battalion was in Warrington as part of South Lancashire Brigade in West Lancashire Division. In February 1915 the Battalion left the Brigade and sailed at Le Havre. On arrival it was attached to 7th Brigade in 3rd Division and in October 1915 it became Pioneer Battalion to same Division. In January 1916 it transferred to 55th (West Lancashire) Division.

Died

William died of wounds at the Battle of Arras on the Western Front on Wednesday 6 June 1917, aged 29.

Commemorated

William was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

He is also remembered on the Tadley war memorial and the Headley Common (Kingsclere) memorial.

Decorations

William was awarded two medals: Victory, and British. These would have been sent to his wife.

TADS World War I Memorial Exhibition is available for loan to interested bodies (eg, schools, Remembrance events etc). Copies of individual's sheets may be purchased from Profile Print & Copy (see for further details)

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Page updated: Saturday 2 May 2015; review date: 1 June 2015.