Connaught Rangers 1st Battalion
Date of Enlisting:
Date of Death:
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
Ashwell Village War Memorial
The Rolls of Honour say he enlisted in April 1915 which seems unlikely as he was at the front in the same month. The school log book implies he enlisted in December 1914.
Albert enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Connaught Rangers, regimental number 4714, and served under the surname of Hampton. He served in the Western European Theatre of War, France and Flanders, but was killed in action on 26th April 1915.
He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. Roll of Honour, St Mary’s Church, Ashwell and the Ashwell War Memorial.
Date of Birth:
Mile End, Essex
Albert’s father was a carpenter born in Germany, his mother Sarah was born in America and died in 1901 in London. Albert was the last of seven children all born in London. By 1911 all Albert’s brothers and sisters had left home and it is possible his eldest brother had moved to America, only his father Charles is listed in the 1911 census in Guilden Morden.
In 1914 his sister Harriett married Charles William Andrews in Ashwell and in 1915 his youngest sister Kitty (Catherine) married William James Wall in Ashwell.
It is not known if Albert Amtman lived in Ashwell (In 1911 his father lived alone in Guilden Morden) but he attended Merchant Taylors School and his two sisters were married in Ashwell and so qualified for inclusion on the Ashwell Memorial.
On the 11th December a handsomely framed engraved Roll of Honour of Old Boys of the Merchant Taylors School serving their King and Country in the war was unveiled.
‘This excited among the Scholars much interest and a patriotic spirit and many were the glances at the list of names some of whom were the Fathers and Brothers of the Boys. They numbered 64 boys in all who had volunteered for active service.
Two on the list – Horace Bryant and Percy Reeve – had died the death of heroes in trying to save England from the ravages of the “Cultural Hun” being killed in action in the retreat from Mons.’
Only a week later there were more additions to the list. The new volunteers were Frederick Pack, Clem Pack, Horace Reeve, Jack Harman, John Winter and Albert Amtman. However there was also news of another old boy, George Waldock, that had been killed in action but there was no further information. There are two members of the Waldock family on the War memorial, Harry W.G. Waldock and Herbert George Waldock either could have been familiarly called ‘George’
And at St Mary’s, Miss Amtman married Mr C H Andrews of London.
There was one wedding at St Mary’s between Miss Catherine Amtman and Mr James Wall of London.
|Birth Place:||Mile End, Essex|
|Type of Casualty:||Killed in Action|
|Theatre of War:||Western Europe|