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A Great War ‘Western Front’ DCM and LSGC Group  –  2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, late Border Regiment, for conspicuous gallantry in carrying messages across the open during a bombardment.

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A Great War ‘Western Front’ DCM and LSGC Group  –  2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, late Border Regiment, for conspicuous gallantry in carrying messages across the open during a bombardment.

Distinguished Conduct Medal, G.V.R., 1st type,19477 Pte. W. Hampson. 2/E. Lanc: R.; 1914-15 Star, 19477 Pte. W. Hampson. E. Lan. R.; British War and Victory Medals, 1914-1919, 19477 Pte. W. Hampson. E. Lan. R; Coronation 1937, silver, unnamed as issued; Army Long Service and Good Conduct, G.V.R., 2nd type, Regular Army, 3377957 C. Sjt. W. Hampson. D.C.M. E. Lan. R.

Mounted on card for display,

D.C.M.: London Gazette: 16 May 1916:

‘for conspicuous gallantry in repeatedly carrying messages across the open during a very heavy bombardment after the wires had been cut.’

Colour Sergeant William Hampson served with the 2nd and 1st Battalions of the East Lancashire Regiment during the Great War, MIC confirming he landed in France on the 25th March 1915 He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on the Western Front for gallantry in carrying messages across the open during a bombardment in early 1916, and he was discharged from further service on 8 March 1919.

His D.C.M was mentioned in The Manchester Evening News of Wednesday 17 May 1916 under the title ‘Local Heroes’.

His 1937 Coronation medal is confirmed on the medal roll, confirmation included with the research.

Initially serving in the 2nd Battalion he certainly he was certainly with them up to the award of his DCM in May 1916. We have not established at what point he transferred to the 1st Battalion.

2nd Battalion Lancashire Regiment history during WW1:

04.08.1914 Stationed at Wynberg, South Africa at the outbreak of war.

01.10.1914 Embarked for England from Cape Town landing at Southampton 30.10.1914 and then moved to Hursley Park and joined the 24th Brigade of the 8th Division.

06.11.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;

Dec 1914 This Battalion took part in the Christmas Truce of 1914.

During 1915 :

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers, The action of Bois Grenier.

18.10.1915 The 24th Brigade transferred to the 23rd Division which engaged in various actions including;

During 1916:

The German Attack on Vimy Ridge, The Battle of Albert

15.07.1916 The 24th brigade returned to the 8th Division

During 1917:

The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Battle of Pilkem, The Battle of Langemarck.

During 1918:

The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Rosieres, The actions of Villers-Bretonneux, The Battle of the Aisne 1918, The Battle of the Scarpe, The Final Advance in Artois in which the Division captured Douai.

03.02.1918 Transferred to the 25th Brigade of the same Division.

11.11.1918 Ended the war in France, Pommeroeual west of Mons.

Condition – GVF, toned, surface marks, minor bruises and pitting.