Certificate confirming that Aubrey Lionel Bertram Hampton served and was disabled in World War I.
Aubrey Lionel Bertram Hampton, a 28-year-old fitter and turner, enlisted on 18 August 1914 (service no.18) and was made a sapper in 2 Fld Coy Engrs (2nd Field Company Engineers). He was shipped overseas on the Orvieto in 20 October 1914 (part of the Albany convoy) and served in Gallipoli and the Western Front, becoming a driver in France. He suffered illnesses such as pneumonia and 'debility', and a minor wound, but seems to have escaped major wounds during the war. In 1916 Aubrey's significant act of bravery at Pozieres let to the award of Military and Distinguished Conduct medals. In July 1917 he married Victoria Alexandria Jane Johnstone of Kensington at Southbourne, Dorset, England. Aubrey returned to Australia in October 1918 on 'special leave', and his Victoria later joined him there. He recovered from the effects of the war and went on to work as a fitter at organisations including H.V. McKay and the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission. He and Victoria had three daughters before he passed away at home, aged 50 years.
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CERTIFICATE. SERVED AND DISABLED IN THE GREAT WAR, AUBREY L B HAMPTON.
Rectangular certificate on off-white paper, printed in black and red. Features allegorical image of Brittania on a throne, facing two soldiers holding rifles vertically. Elaborate red frame including coat of arms and cherubs at top. Panel at lower right is inscribed with name of soldier and form text. Creases suggest that it has been stored rolled for many years. It has extensive adhesive tape on the back and front, repairing tears. Some foxing and discolouration.
Donation from Mrs E. Retiniotis
Hand-written and printed (form text): Aubrey L. B. Hampton M.M. / Australian Imperial Force / Served with honour and was disabled in the Great War / Honourably discharged on 30.9.19 / George R.J.'
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