Regimental/Unit Information

Unit of interest

2 nd Bn The Hampshire Regiment
XV Corps,
29 th Division,
88 th Brigade

Soldiers

Pte WJ Monger MM

W J MONGER MM
Private
14263
2nd Bn., Hampshire Regiment
who died on
Thursday 19th October 1916. Age 19.

Pte A Rampton

A RAMPTON
Private
23199
2nd Bn., Hampshire Regiment
who died on
Monday 14th October 1918.

ERNEST SANDFORD (AE)
Private
14915
2 nd Bn Hampshire Regiment
Killed in action
1 st July 1915 Gallipoli.

Regiment
Information

The 2nd Battalion The Hampshire Regiment had only eight months in India when war broke out. On August 31st it was directed to leave Mhow at once for Bombay to take over from the Sherwood Foresters. The Battalion stayed at Colaba (were they removed ammo from a ship on fire in the dockyard) until the middle of November, when the 1/7th Hampshire relieved them. In all 21 officers, 43 sergeants, 15 drummers, and 816 rank and file boarded the Gloucester Castle on November 16th and headed for England. On December 22nd the convoy reached Plymouth, then Romsey. They joined the 29th Division and were attached to the 88th Brigade at Stafford-on-Avon and Warwick.

The 2nd Hampshire were supplied with 2 drafts of men, 181 on January 31st, and 50 on February 20th. It was at first allotted for France, but then was dispatched to Gallipoli, and embarked on March 28th. Before they left on March 12th the whole division passed in review of the King. W and X companies embarked on the H.T. Aragon, Y and Z in the Manitou, 26 officers, 993 other ranks. Calling in Malta and Alexandria, on the 2nd of April, and Lemnos. On April 24th headquarters,Y and Z companies left Lemnos in the Alaunia for Tenedos, where they transferred to the River Clyde. And headed for Gallipoli, at Cape Helles.

Time Line


16 March 1915 : sailed from Avonmouth, landing in Egypt two weeks later.

10 April 1915 :
moved to Mudros

25 April 1915
: landed on Gallipoli, at Cape Helles

Battles for Krithia and the Achi Baba heights

The Division occupied positions on Cape Helles

2 January 1916 :
withdrawn from Gallipoli and moved to Egypt

29 March 1916 :
landed at Marseilles and proceeded to the Western Front

The Battle of Albert (first phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916)

The Battle of Le Transloy (eighth phase of the Battle of the Somme 1916) (88th Brigade)

The First Battle of the Scarpe (first phase of the Arras Offensive
)

The Second Battle of the Scarpe (second phase of the Arras Offensive)

The Battle of Langemarck (second phase of Third Battle of Ypres)

The Battle of the Menin Road (third phase of the Third Battle of Ypres)

The Battle of the Polygon Wood (fourth phase of the Third Battle of Ypres)

The Battle of Broodseinde (fifth phase of the Third Battle of Ypres

The Battle of Poelcapelle (sixth phase of the Third Battle of Ypres)

The Battle of Cambrai

The Battle of Estaires (first phase of the Battles of the Lys)

The Battle of Messines, 1918 (second phase of the Battles of the Lys) (88th Brigade)

The Battle of Hazebrouck (third phase of the Battles of the Lys) (less 88th Brigade)

The Battle of Bailleul (fourth phase of the Battles of the Lys) (88th Brigade)

The First Battle of Kemmel (fifth phase of the Battles of the Lys) (88th Brigade

The Advance in Flanders (took part in the Action of Outtersteene Ridge )

The Battle of Ypres 1918

The Battle of Courtrai

Individual
Information

Pte WJ Monger MM

Date MM gazetted - 21/9/16. The London Gazette does not carry citations for the Military Medal, the award may be associated with events which lead to his death, as there is a time lag between award and gazetting.
Battle of the Somme, on Wednesday 18/10/1916 12 th Div assaulted Grease Trench with 29 th Div. 88 th Bde attached to 12 th Div. 2nd Hampshire part of 88 th Bde.
Pte Monger is recorded as dying the day after the action mentioned above. Although not investigated yet, it may be assumed that he died of wounds following this action.
Buried in
Longueval Road Cemetery, Somme, France.

Individual
Information

Pte A Rampton

Death corresponds with unit action during the Final Advance in Flanders, September to October 1918.
Buried in Ledeghem Military Cemetery, Ledegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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